Music History: November 5th:
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2015 After defeating heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko in a unanimous decision, Tyson Fury gets a turn on the mic and sings the Aerosmith hit "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" to his wife, who has joined him in the ring.
2008 Britney Spears releases her sixth album, Circus.
2001 Twisted Sister, Anthrax, Ace Frehley and Sebastian Bach play the New York Steel benefit concert to raise money for widows and children of firefighters and police officers who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The sold-out show is held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.
2001 Aretha Franklin sues the tabloid Starmagazine for $50 million over a December 2000 article titled "Aretha Franklin Drinking Herself into Grave."
1993 Jerry Edmonton (drummer for Steppenwolf) dies in a car accident in Santa Ynez, California, at age 47.
1984 Prince releases "I Would Die 4 U," where he declares: "I'm not a woman. I'm not a man. I am something that you'll never understand." In 1993, he changes his name to a symbol incorporating the male and female signs.
1984 Don Addrisi (of the pop duo The Addrisi Brothers) dies of pancreatic cancer at age 45. Co-wrote "Never My Love," a 1967 hit for The Association.
1984 Rapper Trey Songz is born Tremaine Aldon Neverson in Petersburg, Virginia.
1979 Ringo Starr's home in Los Angeles burns down.
1977 Elvis: the Musical, starring Shakin' Stevens, opens in London.
1974 Rapper Apl.de.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas) is born Allan Pineda Lindo in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He relocates to the US at age 14, where he is adopted by lawyer Joe Ben Hudgens.
1971 Blues singer Papa Lightfoot (real name: Alexander Lightfoot) dies of respiratory failure at age 47. Known for the 1969 albums Natchez Trace and Rural Blues Vol. 2.
1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates' Court, London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. Lennon pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.
1966 The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" is certified gold.
1966 The Righteous Brothers' Soul and Inspiration album is certified gold.
1964 The Shangri-Las teenage tragedy song "Leader Of The Pack" goes to #1 in America.
1964 Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1962 Matt Cameron (drummer for Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is born in San Diego, California.
1957 Harry Belafonte becomes the first black man to hit #1 in the UK when "Mary's Boy Child" tops the chart. The single stays at #1 for seven weeks and becomes a Christmas favorite.
1949 Paul Shaffer is born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The multi-instrumentalist finds fame as a bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman.
1948 Beeb Birtles (guitarist for the Little River Band) is born Gerard Bertelkamp in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1947 Gary Taylor (bassist, rhythm guitarist for The Herd) is born Graham John Taylor in Walton-on-Thames, London, England.
1944 The movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis, featuring Judy Garland, premieres in New York.
1943 Film composer Randy Newman is born in Los Angeles, California.
1943 "Take a Letter Maria" singer R.B. Greaves is born Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III in Georgetown, Guyana.
1940 Bruce Channel, known for the 1962 hit "Hey Baby," is born in Jacksonville, Texas.
1939 Gary Troxel (of The Fleetwoods) is born in Centralia, Washington.
1936 Jazz drummer Roy McCurdy (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Rochester, New York.
1929 Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1925 The "WSM Barn Dance" debuts on the Nashville radio station WSM. Two years later, the show is rechristened "The Grand Ole Opry."
1915 Jazz trumpeter Dick Vance is born in Mayfield, Kentucky, but will be raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He blows his horn for a number of prominent Big Bands, including Chick Webb's orchestra.
1829 Pianist/composer Anton Rubinstein is born in Vikhvatinets, a village in present-day Moldova (formerly part of the Russian Empire).
1632 Composer Jean-Baptiste Lully is born in Florence, Italy.
Dirty Dancing Song Lifts To #1
The Dirty Dancing hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" goes to #1 in America as the "Swayze-lift" becomes a popular dance move.
1992 Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," a cover of a Dolly Parton song from 1974, goes to #1 in America.
1974 John Lennon makes his last-ever concert appearance when he joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden, reciprocating for Elton's appearance on "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" and making good on a bet he lost: Elton wagered that "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" would hit #1 in the US, and when it did, Lennon owed the appearance. The pair perform that song and also do The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds."
1964 The Kinks' first hit, "You Really Got Me," peaks at #7 in America.
1960 Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" hits #1 for the first of six weeks.