BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Warren ‘Pete’ Moore: November 19, 1939 (singer-songwriter and bass singer for the Miracles)
Coleman Hawkins: November 21, 1904 (jazz sax)
Malcom Rebennack, Jr. AKA Dr. John: November 21, 1940 (blues musician)
“Whistlin” Alex Moore: November 22, 1899 (blues pianist)
Ida Goodson: November 23, 1909 (blues and jazz musician)
Scott Joplin: November 24, 1868 (pivotal ragtime pianist)
Donald “duck” Dunn: November 24, 1941 (bass, Booker T and The MG’s.)
Percy Sledge: November 25, 1941 (American R&B, soul and gospel singer)
Jocelyn Brown: November 25, 1950 (American R&B and dance singer)
Matt Sorum: November 19, 1960 (drummer and percussionist for Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver)
Michael Lee: November 19, 1969 (drummer – Page & Plant, Thin Lizzy, Little Angels, Led Zeppelin, Lock Up)
Duane Allman: November 20, 1946 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)
Joe Walsh: November 20, 1947 (guitar & keyboards, The Eagles)
Steven Van Zandt: November 22, 1949 (guitar, The E Street Band)
Pete Best: November 24, 1941 (drums, The Beatles)
Bob Burns: November 24, 1950 (drums, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Steven Rothery: November 25, 1959 (original guitarist, British rock band Marillion)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Little Smokey Smothers: November 20, 2010 (blues musician)
Robert Lockwood Jr.: November 21, 2006 (blues guitarist)
Cynthia Robinson: November 23, 2015 (trumpeter, vocalist in Sly & the Family Stone)
Buster Pickens: November 24, 1964 (blues pianist)
Big Joe Turner: November 24, 1985 (blues vocalist)
Albert Collins: November 24, 1993 (blues musician)
Tom Evans: November 19, 1983 (bass, Bad Finger)
Greg Ridley: November 19, 2003 (bass, Humble Pie)
Chris Whitley: November 20, 2005 (blues-rocker)
David Cassidy: November 21, 2017 (actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist)
Michael Hutchence: November 22, 1997 (musician, singer, songwriter for band INXS)
Freddie Mercury: November 24, 1991 (lead vocalist, Queen)
Eric Carr: November 24, 1991 (drums, Kiss)
Nick Drake: November 25, 1974 (singer-songwriter and musician)
MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS…
The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” hits number one on the US charts: November 19, 1966.
Van Morrison’s album “Moondance” is certified Gold: November 19, 1976
Led Zeppelin release their last studio album entitled “Coda”: November 19, 1982
Isaac Hayes hit number 1 in the US with the “Theme From Shaft”: November 20, 1971.
Steely Dan releases their great album “Gaucho”: November 21, 1980
Bruce Springsteen releases “ghost of Tom Joad”: November 21, 1995
The Beatles release their second album in the UK titled “With The Beatles”: November 22, 1963.
KC And The Sunshine Band hit the top of the Hot 100 with “That’s The Way (I Like It)”: 22 November 1975.
The Beatles double album “The Beatles”, better known as “The White Album”, is released: November 22, 1968
George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord”: November 23, 1970
It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll by The Rolling Stones hits #1: November 23, 1974
Metallica releases “Garage Inc.”: November 23, 1998.
The actor Robert Downey Jr. releases his debut album: November 23, 2004
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Linda Ronstadt appears on the famous “Mr. Plow” episode of The Simpsons, where she appears in a commercial for Homer’s rival, Plow King (Barney Gumble): November 19, 1992
Bob Dylan began to record his first album in New York on November 20, 1961. Despite Bob Dylan’s current reputation as a songwriting all-time great, the album only featured two original songs, “Talkin’ New York” and “Song to Woody.”
On November 20, 1970, singer-songwriter Tom Waits played his first paid gig. The performance was billed under the name “Thomas Waits.”
On November 20, 1974, Keith Moon collapsed during a The Who concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. His drink had been spiked with horse tranquilizers. Scot Halpin, a fan in the audience, winds up replacing him on drums for the last three songs. At the end of the show, Halpin took a bow with the band.
On November 20, 1976, Paul Simon hosted Saturday Night Live and performed two songs with George Harrison: “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Homeward Bound.” Harrison’s former-fellow Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were watching show on television at Lennon’s home in New York City.
Elton John is presented with a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood as part of Elton John Week: November 21, 1975.
Jimmy Page began his first solo tour on November 21, 1988. The tour begins at The Hummingbird in Birmingham and featured Jason Bonham, John Bonham’s son, on drums.
On November 21, 1991, Aerosmith got Simpsonized and appeared on the beloved animated sitcom!
On November 21, 2003, legendary record producer Phil Spector, famous for his “Wall of Sound” production technique, was formally charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
Ozzy Osbourne attempted to stop a burglar at his mansion in Buckinghamshire on November 22, 2004. Ozzy put the burglar in a headlock. After breaking free, the intruder jumped out a window with about £2m of jewelry.
A sheet metal worker by the name of Louis Balint punched Elvis Presley at a hotel in Toledo on November 23, 1956. The reason? Balint claimed that his wife was so in love with Elvis that it ruined his marriage. Balint was arrested and fined $19.60. He couldn’t pay the fine and was accordingly sent to jail.
On November 23, 2008, 14 years after starting the album, Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses release their album Chinese Democracy.
The Beatles began recording for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band on November 24, 1966. They worked on “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which would not be included on the eventual album. It was released as a single prior due to record label pressure for new music.