Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This Date In Music History-November 18


Herman Rarebell - Scorpions (1949)

Graham Parker - The Rumour (1950)

Rudy Sarzo - Whitesnake (1950)

John McFee - Doobie Brothers (1953)

John Parr - (1985 #1 single "St Elmo's Fire") (1954)

Charles Williams - KC and the Sunshine Band (1954)

Kim Wilde (1960)

Kirk Hammett - Metallica (1962)

Tim DeLaughter - Tripping Daisy (1965)

Duncan Sheik (1969)

Rapper Fabolous (1977)

They Are Missed:

Memphis blues singer and musician Herman 'Junior' Parker died in 1971 (age 39) during surgery for a brain tumor. Parker was discovered in 1952 by Ike Turner, who signed him to Modern Records. Parker then signed to Sun Records in 1953.

Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose in 1972 (age 29). Member of Neil Young's Crazy Horse and writer of "I Don't Wanna Talk About It," covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge and Everything But The Girl. Whitten was later memorialized in Neil Young's anti-drug album, Tonight's the Night, released in 1975.

Songwriter Johnny Mercer, whose more than 1,500 songs included such classics as "One for My Baby" and "Blues in the Night," was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1909 (died June 25, 1976)

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi bandleader Cab Calloway died in 1994. The "Minnie the Moocher" singer was 86. (born December 25, 1907)

Born today in 1936, Don Cherry, jazz musician, stepdaughter & father of Neneh and Eagle Eye Cherry (died October 19, 1995).

Texas music legend Doug Sahm was discovered dead in a hotel room in Taos, N.M. in 1999. His biggest hit was "She's About a Mover" with the Sir Douglas Quintet (born November 6, 1941).

Born on this day in 1936, Hank Ballard, singer/songwriter, wrote 1960 #1 hit for Chubby Checker "The Twist" (died March 2, 2003)

Composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London in 2003 (age 55). Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Rush, Metallica and many others. Kamen also co-wrote Bryan Adams' ballad "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You."

Celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman died in 2007 of respiratory failure (age 73). His clients included the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.


Fats Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956 singing his hit "Blueberry Hill."

In 1963, the Beatles received silver LP discs for "Please Please Me" and "With the Beatles" at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for "Twist and Shout" and a silver single for "She Loves You." The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests.

Also in 1963, according to today's English newspapers, a priest requested the Beatles record a Christmas song. Manager Brian Epstein also issued a press release requesting fans not throw anything at the stage during the Beatles' concerts.

Pink Floyd released their third single, "Apples and Oranges," in 1967.

In 1968, Glen Campbell, a former session musician for Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole and the Beach Boys, received two gold records - one for "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and one for "Gentle On My Mind."

Jerry Lee Lewis and wife Myra Brown were divorced in Memphis in 1970. Brown claims her marriage "has turned into a nightmare." The marriage started with controversy: she is his cousin and was just fourteen when they married.

Cat Stevens started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1972 with the LP "Catch Bull At Four."

Bruce Springsteen made his live debut in the UK at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1975.

Seminal punk rockers Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGB's New York in 1976.

Billy Joel’s “52nd Street,” containing “My Life” and “Big Shot,” began an eight week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1978.

The B-52's self-titled debut went gold in 1980. The group was indirectly responsible for John Lennon's return to music later in the year: when Lennon heard the B-52's, he realized the time was right to get back into music.

In 1983, R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show "The Tube." The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.

U2 opened for itself in 1987— pretending to be a country-rock group called the Dalton Brothers — during a concert in Los Angeles.

Songwriter Diane Warren had the #1 and #2 singles on the US chart in 1989 with "When I See You Smile" by Bad English followed by "Blame It On the Rain," by Milli Vanilli.

Paul McCartney's birth certificate sold for $18,000 at an auction in 1990.

Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York in 1993.

The first live rock concert was streamed on the Internet in 1995 (twenty minutes of the Rolling Stones from Dallas, Texas).

John Denver's last recording, "The Unplugged Collection," was released in the US in 1997.

The AC/DC five-CD boxed set, "Bonfire" was released in the US in 1997.

Britney Spears scored her second #1 album in 2001 with "Britney."

"Let It Be ... Naked," a version of the Beatles final album with Phil Spector's overdubs removed and an altered track-listing lands in stores in 2003.

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' "Nowhere Man" sold for over $300,000 at a New York auction in 2003.

Blink 182’s self-titled album "Feeling This" was released in 2003.

Following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy, police raided Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch in 2003. Jackson denied the allegations, the search came on the day that his latest greatest hits album, 'Number Ones' was released in the US.

The Johnny Cash biographical movie "Walk The Line" opened in 2005.

In 2005, AC/DC's Angus Young topped Maxium Magazine's list of the "25 greatest short dudes of all time." The 5-foot, 2-inch guitarist beat out the two inch taller Napoleon Bonaparte and former NBA guard Spud Webb, who is a majestic 5-foot, 7-inches.

Nickelback’s sixth studio effort, "Dark Horse" was released in 2008.

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