Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Today in Music History...November 7, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

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Music History: November 7th:


2016 Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart star in the first episode of Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, where they make fried chicken with Wiz Khalifa.

2015 Pentatonix becomes the first a capella group to score a US #1 album when their self-titled release tops the chart.

2011 Adele, just 23, has laser surgery on her vocal chords at a hospital in Boston. The singer had to cancel many tour dates in 2011 because of her throat problems.

2011 Andrea True (of The Andrea True Connection) dies of heart failure at age 68.

2008 Rockabilly singer Jody Reynolds dies of liver cancer at age 75.

2006 Enjoy the Ride, Sugarland's second album (and first as a duo, following the departure of Kristen Hall) is released. The album peaks at #4 on the US charts.

2006 Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard finally arrives. The release date for A Son Unique coincides with the two-year anniversary of ODB's death at a New York recording studio.

2004 Howard Keel, star of Broadway and film musicals before landing a long-running gig on the TV series Dallas, dies of colon cancer at age 85.

2004 Soul singer Lenny Mayes (of The Dramatics) dies of lung cancer at age 53.

2002 Guns N' Roses is scheduled to start their first North American tour since 1993, but their notoriously unreliable frontman Axl Rose doesn't show for the Vancouver concert. The tour sputters and is canceled a month later.

2001 Michael Jackson makes his first-ever instore appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. The event is broadcast live on MTV's Total Request Live.

2001 Tim McGraw is named Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Toby Keith wins Male Vocalist of the Year and Lee Ann Womack nabs Female Vocalist of the Year.

2001 Singer Rod Lauren is accused of stabbing his actress wife Nida Blanca to death in their native Philippines, but flees the country before he can stand trial.

1998 Little Jimmy Dickens celebrates a historic milestone when he appears on the Grand Ole Opry in a performance that marks 50 years as a member of the show's cast.

1997 The Titanic soundtrack is released. It contains just one song with vocals - Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," but sells well over 10 million copies and goes to #1 in most countries thanks to the runaway success of the film.More

1995 Alice In Chains' self-titled album is released on CD and cassette. Previously, the album only existed in a vinyl edition, released on Halloween of 1995.

1995 The Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille) hitmakers from the 1970s renew their wedding vows in Virginia City, Nevada. It is their 20th anniversary.

1991 R&B musician Carter Cornelius (of Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose), also known as Prince Gideon Israel, dies of a heart attack at age 43.

1987 16-year-old Tiffany hits #1 in the US with "I Think We're Alone Now," a cover of a 1967 song by Tommy James & the Shondells.

1986 Willie Nelson guest stars as a corrupt cop on the "El Viejo" episode of Miami Vice.

1985 Lots of Dylan is now available in one place as his five-album Biograph set is released.

1983 The Rolling Stones release Undercover.

1981 The Kingston Trio tape their reunion concert for PBS-TV at Los Angeles' Magic Mountain.

1981 "Private Eyes" by Hall & Oates hits #1, thanks to a detective-themed video that gets lots of airplay on MTV, which debuted three months earlier.

1979 The Rose, starring Bette Midler as a rock singer who hits the big time, opens in theaters. The film is based on the life of Janis Joplin, but filmmakers can't secure the rights to use her image or story. Midler gets an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the role.

1975 Elton John's LP Rock Of The Westies hits #1.

1974 Hard rocker Ted Nugent (of The Amboy Dukes) becomes national squirrel shooting champion.

1972 Bette Midler's debut album The Divine Miss M is released. It earns a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and helps Midler win the trophy for Best New Artist.

1970 Chicago releases "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"

1969 Providing overwhelming evidence that he is still alive, Paul McCartney appears on the cover of Life magazine. When asked about why he didn't appear sooner when the rumors started swirling, McCartney said, "I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don’t have anything to say these days."

1967 Elton John, still going by his given name of Reg Dwight, and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin sign their first major publishing deal, with their parents there to witness the signing, as both are still minors.

1967 The Beatles record "Magical Mystery Tour."

1966 Elvis Presley finishes work on his 23rd film, Easy Come, Easy Go.

1964 Liam O'Maonlai (of Hothouse Flowers) is born in Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland.

1964 The Marvelettes' "Too Many Fish In The Sea" enters the charts.

1963 The Beatles make their only visit to Ireland as a group, performing two shows in Dublin at the Adelphi Cinema.

1960 Elvis Presley records "Lonely Man," "In My Way," "Wild In The Country," "Forget Me Never," and "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell."

1959 Smokey Robinson marries Claudette Rogers, a fellow member of The Miracles and the eventual inspiration for his song "My Girl," made famous by the Temptations. They divorce in 1985.

1957 Drummer John "Jellybean" Benitez is born in South Bronx, New York. Also a songwriter and producer, he works with Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson, among others.

1956 Elvis Presley becomes the first artist to chart an Extended Play or EP 45 rpm record when the four-song Love Me EP enters the Billboard charts.

1956 Ferlin Husky records "Gone."

1953 Pat Boone marries Shirley Lee Foley, the daughter of country singer Red Foley, in what will be a lifelong union. Boone and Foley are both 19 years old.

1951 Frank Sinatra marries his second wife, actress Ava Gardner. The marriage, her third, lasts six years and is credited for moving Sinatra into his "mature" phase as a singer, with Nelson Riddle stating: "It was Ava who did that, who taught him how to sing a torch song. That's how he learned. She was the greatest love of his life and he lost her."

1943 Joni Mitchell is born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada.

1942 Rock singer Johnny Rivers is born John Henry Ramistella in New York City but shortly moves to Baton Rouge, where he is influenced by the Louisiana music scene.

1938 Soul singer Dee Clark, known for the 1961 hit "Raindrops," is born in Blytheville, Arkansas.

1930 Wayne King records "The Waltz You Save For Me."

1928 This Year Of Grace opens at the Selwyn Theatre in New York, with Noël Coward playing the lead.

1922 Jazz trumpeter Al Hirt is born Alois Maxwell Hirt in New Orleans, Louisiana.

MGM Drops "Drug Groups"

1970MGM Records president Mike Curb announces that his label is dumping 18 acts that "exploit and promote hard drugs through music."
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Featured Events

2016 Leonard Cohen, ordained Rinzai Buddhist monk and songwriter extraordinaire, dies at age 82 after a life of music that saw him inducted into the Juno/Canadian, Canadian Folk Music, Canadian Songwriters, Songwriter, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

2011 Dr. Conrad Murray is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray was accused of giving the singer a lethal dose of the sedative propofol on the day he died.

2006 After getting fundraising help from his buddy Jackson Browne, Orleans lead singer John Hall is elected to the US House of Representatives in New York's 19th district.More

2003 With tourism suffering because of the SARS outbreak, the Hong Kong government hires The Rolling Stones to perform a concert there to assure people it is safe. The rockers play to 13,000 people at the city's Harbourfest.

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