November 16th – 22nd This Week In Rock

November 16th – 22nd This Week In Rock

This Week’s Trivia Answer: On November 18, 1994, the Rolling Stones became the first band to live-stream a concert on the internet.

November 16th – 22nd – BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK:

W.C. Handy – November 16, 1873 (pivotal blues musician)
Hubert Sumlin – November 16, 1931 (guitar, Howlin Wolf)
Diana Krall – November 16, 1964 (jazz singer)
Gene Clark – November 17, 1944 (guitar and vocals, The Byrds)
Martin Barre – November 17, 1946 (guitar, Jethro Tull)

Happy Birthday Tab Benoit!

Tab Benoit – November 17, 1967 (blues singer/guitarist)
Hank Ballard – November 18, 1927 (R&B Singer)
Rudy Sarzo – November 18, 1950 (bass, many metal and rock bands)
Kirk Hammett – November 18, 1962 (guitar, Metallica)
Duane Allman – November 20, 1946 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)

Happy Birthday Coleman Hawkins!

Joe Walsh – November 20, 1947 (guitar & keyboards, The Eagles)

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)
Steven Van Zandt – November 22, 1949 (guitar, The E Street Band)

November 16th – 22nd – DIED THIS WEEK:

O.V. Wright – November 16, 1980 (blues and soul singer-songwriter)
Dino Valente (Chet Powers) – November 16, 1994 (guitar, vocals, Quicksilver Messenger Service)
John Glascock – November 17, 1979 (bass, Jethro Tull)
Sharon Jones – November 18, 2016 (soul and funk singer)
Little Junior Parker – November 18, 1971 (blues vocalist and harmonica player)
Danny Whitten – November 18, 1972 (guitar, Crazy Horse)
Tom Evans – November 19, 1983 (bass, Bad Finger)
Greg Ridley – November 19, 2003 (bass, Humble Pie)
Chris Whitley – November 20, 2005 (blues-rocker)
Little Smokey Smothers – November 20, 2010 (blues musician)
Robert Lockwood Jr. – November 21, 2006 (blues guitarist)


The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s LP Electric Ladyland hits #1 – November 16, 1968
John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” hits #1 – November 16, 1974
Tommy Bolin releases his debut solo album Teaser – November 17, 1975
Genesis releases The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – November 18, 1974
“Do It Again” by Steely Dan enters the Pop charts – November 18, 1972

Billy Joel Hits #1

Billy Joel’s 52nd Street album hits #1 – November 18, 1978

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 releases 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 “Gaucho”

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 hits the top of the Hot 100 with “That’s The Way (I Like It)” – November22, 1975.

The Beatles double album “The Beatles”, better known as “The White Album”, releases – November 22, 1968


After basically being in seclusion for 8 years, The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson appears for an interview with the BBC 2’s program Old Grey Whistle Test on November 16, 1976.

In reference to their song “Fat Bottomed Girls,” on November 16, 1978, Queen featured several dozen nude, amply reared women as guests on the song “Bicycle Race” during a Madison Square Garden performance.

Bob Dylan taped his episode of MTV Unplugged in New York City on November 17, 1994. Although Dylan originally wanted to perform a set consisting of traditional folk songs, MTV urged him to play his own classic folk-rock anthems. The set included such Dylan highlights as “Tombstone Blues,” “Desolation Row,” and “With God on Our Side.”

Nirvana Films Their First MTV Unplugged!

On November 18, 1993, the popular grunge band Nirvana filmed their MTV Unplugged concert in NYC in one take.

On November 18, 1975, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, played his first UK show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The setlist features classic material such as “Thunder Road”, “10th-Avenue Freeze Out”, and “Born to Run.”

On November 18, 1994, the Rolling Stones became the first band to live-stream a concert on the internet.

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 gets the billing as “Thomas Waits.”

On November 20, 1974, Keith Moon collapses during “The Who” concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Someone spikes his drink is with horse tranquilizers. Likewise, 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 Receives A Star!

Elton John receives 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.

Aerosmith becomes “Simpsonized” and appears on the animated sitcom on November 21, 1991.

On November 21, 2003, legendary record producer Phil Spector, famous for his “Wall of Sound” production technique, is 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.

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