Friday, November 6, 2009

This Date In Music History-November 6


P.J. Proby - sang on many of Elvis Presley's demos also singer, songwriter, and actor who has portrayed Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison in musical theater productions (1938)

Guy Clark - singer, songwriter, wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs (1941)

George Young - Easybeats (1947)

John Wilson - Them (1947)

Rushton Moreve (born John Russell Morgan) - Steppenwolf (1948)

Glenn Frey - Eagles (1948)

Chris Glen - Sensational Alex Harvey Band (1950)

Paul Brindley - Sundays (1963)

Corey Glover - Living Colour (1964)

Paul Gilbert - Mr. Big (1966)

R&B singer Pebbles (1966)

Trevor Penick - O-Town (1979)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1814, Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone (died February 4, 1894).

The late Ray Conniff was born in 1916 (died October 12, 2002).

During a UK tour in 1972, Billy Murcia of The New York Dolls died after choking on his coffee after an overdose of Mandrax. The influential band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 "New York Dolls" and 1974 "Too Much Too Soon."

Dickie Goodman died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1989. He created a genre of novelty records in which a narrative was illustrated with snatches from top 40 songs. With Bill Buchanan, he had a string of hits in the '50s, including the #3 "The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)." He later became the head of music for 20th Century Fox.

Born today in 1942, Doug Sahm, Tex Mex Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Sir Douglas Quintet (died November 18, 1999).


In 1954 Elvis Presley did his only commercial, for Southern-Made Doughnuts, on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio program (he also signs a year-long contract with the "Hayride").

Jimmy Dean started a five week run at #1 in 1961 with "Big Bad John."

Bill Graham, who will become one of rock's most powerful entrepreneurs, produced his first rock concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 1965. The show featured the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Charlatans.

On the night of New York City's famous blackout in 1965, Bob Dylan, the Band's Robbie Robertson and Dylan friend Bob Neuwirth jammed with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones in his suite at the New York Hiton.

The Animals' "It's My Life" was released in 1965.

The Rolling Stones, Strangeloves and Fontella Bass appeared on "Shindig!" in 1965.

In 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".

Also in 1967, during a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded "All Along The Watchtower" and "John Wesley Harding" at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Monkees' three quarter of a million dollar feature film, Head opened in New York City in 1968. 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.

Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts in 1970.

Cher started a two week run at #1 in 1971 with "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves," the singers first US solo #1.

The soundtrack to 'Shaft' by Isaac Hayes went to #1 on the US album chart in 1971.

Michael Jackson's first solo single, "Got to Be There" (#4 pop, #4 R&B), was released in 1971. Already he's had eight Top Forty hits with the Jackson 5, including four consecutive chart-toppers.

Also in 1971, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were hired as staff songwriters at ABC-Dunhill Records in Los Angeles.

Deep Purple's "Machine Head" LP went gold in 1972.

In 1973, singer Gram Parsons' manager Phil Kaufman was fined $300 for stealing Parsons' body from the Los Angeles International Airport. After he took the body, Kaufman had the corpse cremated and left the ashes at the Joshua Tree monument, according, he said, to his friend's wishes.

The Sex Pistols played their first show at St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1975.

The Steve Miller Band went to #1 in 1976 with "Rock 'n' Me," the group's second #1 hit (The Joker #1 1973).

Iggy Pop releases 'Lust for Life" in 1977. The album was produced by David Bowie.

In 1980, Led Zeppelin met on the island of Jersey to discuss their future following John Bonham's death. Peter Grant remembers, "What happened was the three of them - Jimmy, Robert, and Jonesy - went over to Jersey in the Channel Islands to have a discussion of what they were going to do in the future. I had never raised the subject with them. When they came back, we arranged to rent a suite at the Savoy in London and we had afternoon tea, just the four of us. They looked at me and said, 'What do you think, Gee?' And I said I couldn't see them carrying on as it was, because it couldn't be the same. It was a very emotional moment. They all said, 'Thank God you've said that, because that's what we thought while we were away.'"

In 1982, Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker started a three week run at #1 with a song taken from the film An Officer And A Gentleman, "Up Where We Belong."

Meat Loaf started a five week run at #1 in 1993 with "I'd' Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Pearl Jam went to #1 on the US album chart in 1993 with "Vs," selling 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week.

Britney Spears' album "Britney" was released in 2001.

Winners at the 2003 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney were the big winners at the annual CMA Awards in 2006, but the ceremony is most memorable for Faith Hill's outraged reaction when she loses best female vocalist to American Idol's Carrie Underwood.

In 2007, previously unreleased live tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne were featured on the "Serve2" compilation. Proceeds from the album benefit the World Hunger Year charity's Artists Against Hunger & Poverty initiative.

Queen + Paul Rodgers Live From the Ukraine was shown in high-definition and surround-sound audio in more than 300 U.S. theaters in 2008. The footage was from a concert just two months earlier in Kharkov.

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