6th November – On This Day In Music

1894 Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone.
1916 Ray Conniff born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. US Orchestra Leader. He died in Escondido, California from a fall he suffered in a bathtub. October 12, 2002.
1932 Stonewall Jackson born in Tabor City, North Carolina. US Country Singer.
1933 Joseph Pope born in Atlanta, Georgia. US Country Singer/Guitarist with The Tams. died July 11, 2013
1938 Jim Pike – US Singer with The Lettermen from 1959 – 1974
1938 P.J. Proby ( James Marcus Smith) in Houston, Texas. US Singer.
1941 Guy Clark born in Monahans, Texas American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. He won the 2014Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture of You. On May 17, 2016, Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma.
1941 Doug Sahm born in San Antonio, Texas. Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Sir Douglas Quintet, (1965 US No. 13 single ‘She’s About A Mover’). Sahm died of a heart attack in his sleep in a motel room in Taos, New Mexico, on November 18, 1999.
1943 “Paper Doll” hits #1 on the US singles chart by Mills Bros.
1947 George Young born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. rock musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as a member of the Australian 1960s band The Easybeats and Flash And The Pan. (1966 UK No.6 & 1967 US No. 16 single ‘Friday On My Mind’). He died on 22 October 2017
1948 Glenn Frey born in Detroit, Michigan. American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. (1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975’ is the second biggest selling album in the world with sales over 30m). Solo (1985 UK No.12 single ‘The Heat Is On’). Frey died on 18 Jan 2016 died at the age of 67 in New York City from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.
1949 Frankie Miller born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist. Miller wrote for and performed with many recording artists and is best known for his album Full House, the single “Darlin'” and his duet with Phil Lynott on the Thin Lizzy song “Still in Love with You”. In 1978 Bob Seger remarked that Miller “was a huge influence” on him.
1950 Chris Glen born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Bass Guitarist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, (1975 UK No.7 single ‘Delilah’).
1961 Craig Goldy born in San Diego, California. American guitarist, most notably of the band Dio.
1961 Jimmy Dean started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Bad John’, a No.2 on the UK chart. Jimmy went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.
1963 Paul Brindley, guitar, The Sundays, (1997 UK No.15 single ‘Summertime’).
1964 During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’ Ready Steady Go! was one of the UK’s first rock/pop music TV programmes which ran from August 1963 until December 1966.
1964 Corey Glover, Living Colour, (1991 UK No.12 single ‘Love Rears Its Ugly Head’).
1965 The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane played at the opening night of San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1965 The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.
1965 “Everybody Loves A Clown” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1965 “Positively fourth Street” by Bob Dylan peaked at #7 on the US singles chart.
1965 “It’s My Life” by the Animals was released.
1966 Paul Gilbert, guitarist, Mr. Big, (1992 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘To Be With You’).
1967 Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line “Sitting in an English garden”.
1967 During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968 Joe Cocker was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. The song was also a UK No.1 for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 and Pop Idol duo Sam and Mark in 2004.
1968 The Monkees’ three quarter of a million dollar feature film, Head opened in New York City. Instead of being aimed at their target audience of teeny boppers, the film contained a dark theme about the manipulation of the group with walk-on appearances by inappropriate guests and scenes of Vietnam War atrocities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
1970 Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
1971 Cher started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves’, the singers first US solo No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.
1971 the soundtrack to ‘Shaft’ by Isaac Hayes went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1971 “Only You Know And I Know” by Delaney & Bonnie peaked at #20 on the US singles chart.
1971 “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens peaked at #7 on the US singles chart.
1972 Bill Wyman lost his driving licence and was fined £20 by Chelmsford Magistrates court after being caught speeding in his Mercedes on the A12.
1972 During a UK tour, Billy Murcia of The New York Dolls died after choking on his coffee after an overdose of Mandrax. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon’.
1972 “Black Sabbath – Vol. 4” album by Black Sabbath was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 “Go All The Way” single by The Raspberries was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 “Living In The Past” album by Jethro Tull was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 “Love It To Death” album by Alice Cooper was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 “Machine Head” album by Deep Purple was certified Gold by the RIAA
1972 “Stand Up” album by Jethro Tull was certified Gold by the RIAA
1973 Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of a coffin containing Gram Parsons body. The court heard that the two men were merely carrying out Parson’s wishes to be cremated in the desert.
1973 Heart Beat – It’s A Lovebeat” single by De Franco Family was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1975 The Sex Pistols made their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London, supporting a band called Bazooka Joe, which included Stuart Goddard (the future Adam Ant). The Pistols’ performance lasts 10 minutes.
1975 “Raunch ‘n’ Roll” album by Black Oak Arkansas was certified Gold by the RIAA
1976 The Steve Miller Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock ‘n’ Me’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.11 in the UK.
1976 “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult peaked at #12 on the US singles chart.
1976 “Magic Man” by Heart peaked at #9 on the US singles chart.
1977 Abba started a four week run at No.1 on the UK single chart with ‘The Name Of The Game, the group’s 6th No.1. The song was first called ‘A Bit Of Myself.’
1978 “Goin’ Coconuts” album by Donny Osmond & Marie was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1979 Trevor Penick, O-Town, winners of US TV show ‘Making The Band’ (2001 US No.3 single ‘All Or Nothing’, 2001 UK No.3 single ‘Liquid Dreams’).
1982 Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker started a three week run at No.1 on the US with a song taken from the film ‘An Officer And A Gentleman’, ‘Up Where We Belong’.
1982 “Heart Attack” by Olivia Newton-John peaked at #3 on the US singles chart.
1982 Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ achieved the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it logged its 43rd week in the Top 100.
1982 “The One You Love” by Glenn Frey peaked at #15 on the US singles chart.
1983 Jon Hume born in Lismore Australia. His family moved to New Zealand. Lead singer of Evermore. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer and Studio owner. Jon is the eldest of the three brothers who make up the New Zealand band Evermore.
1985 Jennifer Rush went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with ”The Power Of Love”. Staying at No.1 for 3wks.
1986 “Break Every Rule” album by Tina Turner was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1987 “Characters” album by Stevie Wonder was released
1990 “Listen Without Prejudice” album by George Michael was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1990 “Cherry Pie” album by Warrant was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1990 “Love Takes Time” single by the beautiful Mariah Carey was certified Gold by the RIAA
1992 “Fear” album by Toad The Wet Sprocket was certified Gold by the RIAA
1993 Meat Loaf started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’d’ Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), also a No.1 in the UK.
1993 Pearl Jam went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vs’, selling 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week.
1993 “All That She Wants” by Ace Of Base peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1995 Anja Nissen born in Sydney, New South Wales. Australian-Danish singer/songwriter. She is the winner of the third series of The Voice.
1995 The Charlatans kicked off a 16 date UK tour at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom, tickets £9.
1998 NSYNC won the Best Dance video and Best New Artist clip for ‘I Want You Back’ at the 1998 Billboard awards.
1998 “Heaven’z Movie” album by Bizzy Bone was certified Gold by the RIAA
1998 “Ridin’ Dirty” album by U.G.K. was certified Gold by the RIAA
1998 “All Saints” album by All Saints was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1999 It was reported that former Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem, the new member of Oasis would only receive £600 per week working with the band which would increase to £1,200 when touring.
2000 Madonna played her first show in eight years when she performed a short 20 minute set at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Madonna wore a tight black vest bearing the sequinned name of 18 year-old Britney Spears.
2001 A number of streets in the German city Frankfurt were temporarily renamed after pop stars to mark the MTV Europe Music Awards. Madonna, Robbie Williams and Janet Jackson all had avenues named after them.
2003 Winners at this years MTV awards included Christina Aguilera for Best female, Coldplay won Best group, Justin Timberlake won Best album for ‘Justified’, The Panjabi MC won best dance act. Best R&B act went to Beyonce. Eminem won the best hip-hop act award for the fifth year running. Reggae artist Sean Paul took the best new act award and best video was won by Sigur Ros. An estimated one billion people in 28 countries watched the show, which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first time.
2003 Metallica kicked off their 137-date Madly in Anger with the World Tour at Yoyogi Taiikukanin Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2005 Madonna scored her 36th Top Ten single with ‘Hung Up’, equaling the record with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. ‘Hung Up’ was also Madonna’s 47th Top Forty single, the most for any female artist. The track sampled the instrumental riff from Abba’s ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’.
2005 The Official UK Charts announced that Robbie Williams had sold the most albums in the UK so far this century with sales of 6.3m. Coldplay were at number two, with sales of 6.2m albums and Dido was in third place 5.7m albums sold. The figures were based on albums sold in the UK from 1st January 2000 to 11th October 2005 excluding greatest hits, live albums and downloads.
2005 Clear Channel agreed to remove posters with 50 Cent holding a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other in the Los Angeles area after a rally was held in protest, the company also agreed to remove 21 posters in Philadelphia. The posters were plugging the rapper’s forthcoming film ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin.’ “The message could be ‘rob to get rich’ said Bilal Qayyum, a leader of the anti violence group Men United for a Better Philadelphia.
2005 Madonna scored her 36th Top Ten single with ‘Hung Up’, equaling the record with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. ‘Hung Up’ was also Madonna’s 47th Top Forty single, the most for any female artist. The track sampled the instrumental riff from Abba’s ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’.
2007 Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor’s orders. Speculation had surrounded the tour after he cut short a gig in Newcastle, telling the audience it is “the last show I may ever do in my life”.
2007 George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family’s singing group The Osmond Brothers, died in Provo, Utah, at age 90.
2014 Taylor Swift’s latest album 1989 debuted at No.1 on America’s Billboard albums chart selling 1.287 million copies in its first week, the largest sales week for an album since Eminem’s The Eminem Show which was released 12 years ago. Swift was now the only act to earn three million-selling weeks with an album. Before 1989, Red sold 1.208 million in it’s first week, while Speak Now clocked up 1.047 million sales.
2014 American musician Rick Rosas died aged 65. He was one of the most sought after studio session musicians in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he played with Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ron Wood and many others. In 2014, Rosas joined Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their European tour, following Billy Talbot’s inability to tour due to a stroke – making Rosas the only bassist to have played with three of Young’s major band-based projects, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse.

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