Sunday, November 8, 2009

This Date In Music History-November 8


Patti Page ("Alleghany Moon") is 82
Michael Johnson ("Bluer Than Blue") is 65
Gerald Alston - Manhattans (1942)
John Perez - Sir Douglas Quintet (1942)
Bonnie Bramlett - Delaney & Bonnie (1944)
Rodney Slater - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (1944)
Donald Murray - Turtles (1945)
Roy Wood - Move and ELO (1946)
Alan Berger - Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes (1949)
Bonnie Raitt (1949)
Rickie Lee Jones (1954)
Porl Thompson - Cure (1957)
Terry Lee Miall - Adam And The Ants (1958)
Seventies teen-idol Leif Garrett (1961)
Rat - Neds Atomic Dustbin (1970)
Corey Taylor - Slipknot (1976)
Tiffani Wood - Australian singer (1977)

They Are Missed:

Soul singer Ivory Joe Hunter died in 1974. Hunter was best known for his R&B hits, "Since I Lost You Baby," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and "I Need You So."

Born today in 1947, Minnie Riperton (the Stevie Wonder produced single "Loving You"). She died of cancer July 12, 1979.

Country Dick Montana, lead singer of the Beat Farmers, collapsed and died on stage in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in 1995.


Buddy Holly's radio show made its debut on KDAV-AM in Lubbock, Texas in 1953.

Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" movie was released nationwide in 1957.

In 1961, Brian Epstein phoned the Liverpool Cavern in an effort to get a ticket to the next Beatles show. He would become the band's manager shortly after seeing them.

The first album on Stax Records – 'Green Onions,' by Booker T. & the MG’s – was released in 1962.

Dick Clark's traveling Caravan of Stars opened its fall 1963 tour in Teaneck, New Jersey. The bill featured Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, the Ronettes, LIttle Eva and the Dovells among others.

In 1965, the Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song "Think For Yourself" at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soul album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.

The Dave Clark Five performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London in 1965.

The film "How I Won the War," starring John Lennon, premiered in the US in 1967.

Cynthia Powell Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband of six years, John Lennon, in a London court in 1968. John was absent from court. He was attending to Yoko Ono who was in a hospital, where it was feared she might suffer a miscarriage (she miscarried on November 21).

In 1968, it was announced that Jean Terrell would replace Diana Ross in the Supremes. Ross left to start a solo career.

On the second date of their US tour in 1969, the Rolling Stones broke the Los Angeles concert gross record that was held by the Beatles since 1966. They also added an extra date to their L.A. Forum stand and a fourth date to their upcoming gig at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"Something," the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison, entered the UK singles chart in 1969. It peaked at #4 in the UK and went on to be a #1 on the US chart.

Today in 1969, the song "Wedding Bell Blues" by 5th Dimension topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.

The Allman Brothers Band's epic self-titled debut was released on Capricorn Records in 1969.

Doors’ singer Jim Morrison recorded his poetry in 1970. In '78, the surviving Doors composed music to go with the poetry and released the ill-advised “An American Prayer.”

In 1971, David Bowie began recording what will become “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars” in London.

In 1971, Sly & the Family Stone had huge hits with "Family Affair" and "There's a Riot Goin' On". The album's title could well describe some of Sly's concerts during this time. Much to his fans' dismay, he's a frequent no-show. Of eighty concerts booked in 1970, he canceled 26 and had ducked out of 12 of forty shows in '71.

Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV, commonly referred to as Zoso, was released in 1971. The album includes the rock epic "Stairway to Heaven."

David Bowie made his US TV debut in 1975, performing "Fame" on the Cher CBS-TV show.

Suzi Quatro began her role as Leather Tuscadero on ABC-TV's "Happy Days" in 1977.

The Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street" LP was released in 1979.

Bruce Springsteen started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980 with "The River," his first US #1 album.

Sonny Bono, running as a Republican, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, representing the Palm Springs area of California.

'Hell Freezes Over', the first album of new recordings by the Eagles since 1980, was released in 1994. It includes four new studio compositions, including the hit single "Get Over It."

Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. of America combined forces in 1995 and created the world's third-largest music publishing company with more than 100,000 titles.

Johnny Paycheck officially joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1997. He was the 72nd member of the radio show's cast.

The original "Guitar Hero" game was released in North America in 2005.

The Beastie Boys celebrate their 24th anniversary in 2005 with the release of "Solid Gold Hits." The 15 track compilation includes material from '86 to '04.

The Whisky-A-Go-Go club, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for the Doors, was designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006 as part of the festivities launching a yearlong celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. All three surviving Doors members take part in the festivities, which include signing copies of their autobiography, The Doors by the Doors. Drummer John Densmore even hosts a reading of Jim Morrison's poetry.

In 2008, AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice’ the band's fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008.

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