Music History: November 29th:
"God bless you all for your prayers. Surgery went well
and I am now on the road to recovery. Therapy & Radiation for the next six weeks." Author Allen 'The Raider' Erhard
2013 Dick Dodd (of The Standells) dies of cancer in Fountain Valley, California, at age 68.
2004 Green Day release "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
2003 In front of a crowd of 40,000+ at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, The Corrs make their first concert appearance as part of Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign to raise AIDS awareness in Africa. Alongside artists like Bono, Beyonce, and Peter Gabriel, they help raise money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation for AIDS.
2000 Chuck Berry's longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, sues the rock legend, alleging that he wrote the music for 52 of Berry's classics. The suit is thrown out by a judge who rules that the statute of limitations has run out on any claims.
1994 Mary J. Blige releases her breakthrough second album, My Life.
1987 Burl Ives and Mac Davis join Dolly Partonfor a "Down Home Country Christmas" on her TV series, Dolly, singing numerous holiday favorites with children and puppets.
1979 Rockabilly singer Ray Smith commits suicide at age 45. Known for the 1960 hit "Rockin' Little Angel."
1979 Paul Simon hits his record label, CBS, with two lawsuits in an attempt to break his contract.
1979 The original four members of Kiss play for the last time together before their first "breakup."
1979 Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is certified Gold.
1978 Neil Young's Comes a Time album is certified Gold.
1977 Kansas' Point of Know Return album is certified Platinum.
1975 Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks. The disco tune has very few lyrics, since the German group couldn't speak English.
1975 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" hits #1 in the UK and stays for a record nine weeks. In America, it becomes the group's first Top 10 hit when it peaks at #9 on April 24, 1976.
1969 The Beatles' "Come Together" hits #1 on the Hot 100.
1968 Jonathan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) is born in Dorcester, Massachusetts. He is the older brother of fellow NKOTB member Jordan Knight and the oldest member of the group.
1968 For his cannabis possession charge, John Lennon is fined $360 in a London court. The judge believes John's explanation that he no longer uses marijuana and had merely forgotten about the stash. Wife Yoko Ono is entirely cleared of charges. Lennon is the first Beatle to be charged with such a crime.
1966 Elvis Presley hears Tom Jones' version of "Green Green Grass Of Home" on the radio just outside Little Rock, and calls the radio station to hear it several times. Elvis later covers the song.
1965 Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo player for Jamiroquai) is born.
1958 Michael Dempsey, original bassist for The Cure, is born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, but is raised in England.
1952 Joni James' "Why Don't You Believe Me" hits #1.
1951 Rock guitarist Barry Goudreau (of Boston) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1947 Ronnie Montrose (of Edgar Winter Group, Montrose) is born in San Francisco, California.
1942 Felix Cavaliere (keyboardist for The Rascals) is born in Pelham, New York.
1940 Jazz composer and flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione is born in Rochester, New York.
1940 Denny Doherty (of The Mamas & The Papas, Mugwumps) is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1939 Domenico "Meco" Monardo is born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania. His space disco version of the Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band hits #1 in 1977.
1938 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra record "Hawaiian War Chant."
1933 John Mayall (founder of The Bluesbreakers) is born in Macclesfield, England.
1932 Jazz guitarist Ed Bickert (of the Paul Desmond Quartet) is born in Hochfeld, Manitoba, Canada.
1932 Singer/actor John Gary is born in Watertown, New York.
1932 The Broadway musical The Gay Divorce, featuring Cole Porter's classic "Night And Day," premieres in New York. Two years later, it reaches the big screen as The Gay Divorcee, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
1917 Merle Travis, writer and original performer of "Sixteen Tons," is born in Rosewood, Kentucky.
George Harrison Dies
George Harrison succumbs to lung cancer at age 58. His final hours are spent with his wife, son, and musician Ravi Shankar at his side.
2016 Minneapolis-based musicians Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski flame a cultural debate about gender roles when they post a reinterpreted version of the Christmas song "Baby It's Cold Outside" with new lyrics: Instead of pressuring her to spend the night, the guy respects her decision to leave and helps her get home safely.
2014 Taylor Swift replaces herself at #1 on the Hot 100 when "Blank Space" knocks "Shake It Off" from the top spot, making Swift the first female artist to do so.
1986 "You Give Love A Bad Name" by Bon Jovigoes to #1 in the US, giving the group their first big hit.
1959 At the second Annual Grammy Awards, Bobby Darin wins for Best New Artist and also takes the award for Record of the Year for "Mack The Knife," which is still at #1 on the Hot 100. This is the first time the event is televised, and also the only time the ceremony is held at the end of the year instead of early the following year, meaning nothing in December 1959 is Grammy eligible. This faux pas is rectified with awards for 1960 given out in early 1961.