Monday, November 30, 2009

This Date In Music History-November 30


American Bandstand host Dick Clark - often called "the world's oldest teenager" (1929)

Paul Stookey - Peter Paul and Mary (1937)

Frank Ifield (1937)

Jimmy Bowen - Rockabilly singer and MCA Records executive (1937)

Sixties soul vocalist J.J. Barnes (1943)

Leo Lyons - Ten Years After (1943)

Rob Grill - Grass Roots (1944)

Roger Glover - Deep Purple (1945)

Terry Reid - UK singer, member of Peter Jay's Jaywalkers. Reid turned down the job as lead singer with Led Zeppelin - Ooops (1949)

June Pointer - Pointer Sisters (1953)

David Sancious - keyboard player and guitarist, early member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, contributed to the first three Springsteen albums (1953)

George McArdale - Little River Band (1954)

Billy Idol (real name William Broad) (1955)
Richard Barbieri - Japan (1957)
John Ashton - Psychedelic Furs (1957)

Paul Wheeler - Icehouse (1965)

John Moyer - Disturbed (1973)

Clay Aiken - runner-up in 2003 US American Idol (1978)

They Are Missed:

The late Luther Ingram ("If Loving You Is Wrong") was born in 1937.

Ukulele-strumming freak Tiny Tim (real name Herbert Khaury) died in 1996 from an apparent heart attack. He was 74.

Born on this day in 1924, Allan Sherman (1963 #2 hit "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"). He died on November 21, 1973 (age 49).

Born today in 1929, Johnny Horton (1959 #1 "The Battle Of New Orleans"). Horton was killed in a car crash on November 5, 1960.

Don 'Sugarcane' Harris was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment in 1999 at the age of 61. The American guitarist and violinist was part of the 50's duo Don & Dewey. He also worked with Little Richard, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and Johnny Otis.


Coed Records released the Crests' "16 Candles" in 1958. It will be the Johnny Maestro-led group's biggest hit, reaching #2 on the pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart in January.

In 1959, Billboard reported the payola scandal "will substantially damage the careers of at least twenty-five DJs." Alan Freed was quoted as saying that his career has gone "down the drain."

George Harrison was deported from Germanyin 1960 for working under the legal age limit (he’s 17). The remaining Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best) eventually followed him back to Liverpool ending the band’s first Hamburg excursion.

Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People" was released in 1968.

Glen Campbell started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1968 with "Wichita Lineman."

In 1969, The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.

David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Grapefruit and the Graham Bond Organization and other acts performed at the Save Rave '69 benefit concert to aid the youth culture magazine, Rave, in London in 1969.

Simon & Garfunkel's first TV special aired in 1969. Sponsor AT&T backed out when they learn that the duo plan to show footage of Bobby Kennedy's funeral march and clips of the Vietnam War.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.

Sly And The Family Stone were at #1 on the US singles chart in 1971 with "Family Affair."

Genesis releases "Nursery Cryme" in 1971.

Wings released "Hi, Hi, Hi," in 1972. The song was quickly banned from the BBC because of its "unsuitable lyrics." However, the song is a hit, making #5 in the U.K. and #10 in the U.S. in early 1973.

Jazz drummer Buddy Rich was arrested on marijuana possession charges during his Australian tour in 1973. He pleads innocent and the charges are later dropped.

The Eagles' "Best Of My Love" was released in 1974.

Elton John started a ten-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1974 with his "Greatest Hits."

In 1977, David Bowie appeared on Bing Crosby's 42nd annual Christmas Special. He does a duet with Bing on "Little Drummer Boy." The show had been taped prior to Crosby's death the previous month.

At the Top Rank club in Wales in 1980, Elvis Costello and Squeeze performed a benefit concert for the family of late Welsh boxer Johnny Owen, killed recently by head injuries suffered in an American match.
In 1983, the Jackson family and promoter Don King announce plans for the "Victory" tour.

In 1985, the Dead Kennedys release the "Frankenchrist" album, which includes a poster later deemed by courts to be obscene.

Phil Collins had his fifth US #1 in 1985 with "Separate Lives." The song was taken from the film 'White Nights' and featured Marilyn Martin.

LL Cool J performed the first rap concert in 1988 which was held in Africa.

Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli infamy was hospitalized in Los Angeles in 1991 following a suicide attempt.

In 1991, the Billboard Hot 100 chart changed by including airplay as well as sales, the #1 hit this week was P.M Dawn, "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss."

Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot five times while being robbed outside a New York City recording studio in 1994. He survived, but was killed in another shooting nearly two years later in Las Vegas.

Metallica were at #1 on the US album chart in 1997 with "Reload," the bands third US #1 album.

In 1999, Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall performing 'It's A Sin' with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.
In 2003, the corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York was renamed Joey Ramone Place, in honor of the late punk icon. Among the hundreds attending were Tommy and Marky Ramone, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, The Dictators' Handsome Dick Manitoba and Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts.

In 2005, 50 Cent was planning to create a vibrator of his manhood, so his female fans could pretend to have sex with him. The rapper was also planning to sell a line of condoms and waterproof sex toys designed to excite his female fans. The rapper said: "I need to make a 50 Cent condom and motorised version of me, which will have to be waterproof so you can utilise it in the tub, Blue is my favorite colour so it will probably be blue." How freaking vain.....

Also in 2005, police were investigating claims that Michael Jackson was trafficking drugs to feed his 40 pills-a-day habit. The singer was suspected of flying antidepressants and painkillers from the US to his current home in Bahrain.

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