Music History: November 1st:
2008 Jimmy Carl Black (drummer, vocalist for Mothers Of Invention) dies of lung cancer at age 70.
2008 R&B singer Nathaniel Mayer, whose first hit was 1962's "Village Of Love," dies at age 64 in Detroit, Michigan, after suffering a series of strokes.
2008 Yma Sumac, a Peruvian soprano who rose to fame in the '50s, dies of colon cancer at age 86. The spotlight shone on her again when her song "Ataypura" was featured in the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski.
2008 Def Jam executive Shakir Stewart dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 34.
2006 Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the US version of the iTunes Music Store dedicated to Latin music and entertainment. iTunes Latino features top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts.
2005 Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band plays "Paranoid" at the ceremony and Ozzy moons the crowd, feeling that they aren't rocking hard enough.
2005 Skitch Henderson, original bandleader for The Tonight Show (hosted by Steve Allen) and founder of The New York Pops orchestra, dies at age 87.
2004 Terry Knight, original manager and producer for Grand Funk Railroad, is murdered by his teenage daughter's boyfriend, Donald A. Fair. Knight, age 61, was stabbed to death when he tried to breakup an argument over Fair's drug use.
2004 EMI pays tribute to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates 50 years recording for the company. In a rare appearance at a private party at EMI's London headquarters, Rostropovich is presented with a golden Neumann microphone and a plaque commemorating the 100 recordings he has made with the company since 1954.
2002 T.I. is arrested and convicted in Georgia for carrying a 10mm pistol. This is the rapper's second arrest for gun possession charges in less than a year.
2000 Ben Folds Five announce their breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.
1999 Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.
1999With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offer their single "Anything" exclusively online. It's free, but can only be played for three weeks.
1998 Madonna presents director Alan Parker with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director's Guild of Great Britain. The ceremony takes place aboard a boat on the river Thames in London.
1998 NBC airs part one of the four-hour miniseries The Temptations based on Otis Williams' autobiography Temptations. Williams, portrayed by Charles Malik Whitfield, is the last surviving member of the group's original line-up, and takes a lot of heat from his former bandmates' families for his version of events.
1993 Rapper Flavor Flav of the group Public Enemy is arrested for allegedly trying to shoot another man in a dispute over a woman. Police charge the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
1991 Eddie Kendricks, formerly with The Temptations, gets out of the hospital after having a cancerous lung removed.
1990 Eagle-eyed viewers can spot Eagle-Eye Cherry as "Guy #2" on the "Just Thinking About It" episode of The Cosby Show. By the end of the decade, the actor-turned-singer's debut single, "Save Tonight," is a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.
1986 Playing a character named Cinnamon, Stacey Q performs her hit "Two of Hearts" on The Facts of Life episode "Off-Broadway Baby."
1981 LaTavia Roberson, an original member of Destiny's Child, is born in Houston, Texas.
1975 Elton John's "Island Girl" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks, knocking off a song Elton sang backup on and released on his Rocket label: "Bad Blood" by Neil Sedaka.
1975 Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter's struggle with anorexia, The Carpentersare forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.
1971 Olivia Newton-John releases her first solo album, If Not For You.
1970 The Festfolk Quartet, which later becomes ABBA, play their first-ever concert at a Gothenburg, Sweden restaurant.
1970 Elvis Presley releases Almost In Love.
1968 The Beatles record "Hello Goodbye."
1966 Willie D (of Geto Boys) is born Willie James Dennis in Houston, Texas.
1966 Elvis Presley's LPs Elvis Presley, Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2, and Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3 are certified gold.
1964 The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour with a show in London.
1964 The Dave Clark Five makes their US TV debut on Ed Sullivan Show, earning praise from the host, who declares them, "nice, neat boys."
1964 Sophie B. Hawkins ("Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover") is born in New York City.
1963 Rick Allen (drummer for Def Leppard) is born in Dronfield, Derbyshire, England.
1963 The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England. On the set list: "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me To You" and "All My Loving."
1963 Lorne Greene records "Ringo."
1962 a-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen is born in Oslo, Norway.
1962 Anthony Kiedis (lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers) is born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1960 The Everly Brothers record "Temptation."
1960 Elvis Presley releases "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
1959 Elvis Presley's current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboardcharts.
1959 Ray Charles leaves his old label, Atlantic, for a better deal at ABC-Paramount Records.
1957 Country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett is born in Houston, Texas, and is raised in nearby Klein.
1955 James Brown's group The Famous Flames record "Please Please Please" at the radio station WIBB in Macon, Georgia.
1954 Chris Morris (guitarist for Paper Lace) is born in Nottingham, England.
1951 Ronald Bell (tenor saxophonist for Kool & the Gang) is born in Youngstown, Ohio.
1950 Dan Peek (of America) is born in Panama City, Florida.
1946 Rick Grec, bass player for Blind Faith and Traffic, is born in Bordeaux, France.
1940 Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler is born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His stage name refers to his service as a Green Beret combat medic during the Vietnam War.
1938 Jazz saxophonist Mike Burney (of Wizzard) is born in Great Barr, Birmingham, England.
1937 "Whispering" Bill Anderson is born in Columbia, South Carolina, but is raised in Georgia. The soft-spoken country singer is known for chart-topping hits of the '60s and '70s such as "I Get the Fever," "For Loving You," and "Sometimes."
1936 R&B singer Zephire "Andre" Williams is born in Bessemer, Alabama. Known for the 1957 hit "Bacon Fat," he also co-wrote "Shake A Tailfeather" by The Five Du-Tones.
1926 Jazz alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is born in Badin, North Carolina.
1894 Billboard Advertising, a trade publication dealing with all manner of billboard advertising, begins publication and sells for a dime. Within a few years, it will begin focusing on the entertainment shows advertised by billboards, and by the 1930s Billboard, as it has come to be known, is covering radio and sales of the new medium, juke box records.
RIAA Agrees To Label Offensive Albums
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by another initialed organization, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve. Most record companies go with the labels, which don't seem to hurt sales.
1994 Mariah Carey's album Merry Christmas is released. By the end of the year, it has sold over 3 million copies.More
1994 Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New Yorkalbum, taken from a performance a year earlier, is finally released. The album tops the charts in many countries, including the US, UK and Australia.
1992 Pearl Jam play Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert for the first time. The event takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater outside of San Francisco.
1979 Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called Slow Train Coming, on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, California. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1969 Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" hits #1. It's his first chart-topper since "Good Luck Charm" in 1962.
1968 George Harrison releases Wonderwall Music, becoming the first member of The Beatles to release a solo album.