November 2 – 8th – This Week In Rock

November 2 – 8th – This Week In Rock

November 2 – 8th – This Week In Rock…


Keith Emerson – November 2, 1944 (keyboards, Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
Dave Pegg – November 2, 1947 (bass, Jethro Tull)
Sonny Rhodes – November 3, 1940 (blues singer and lap steel player)

Happy Birthday Delbert McClinton!

Delbert McClinton – November 4, 1940 (blues singer)

Ike Turner – November 5, 1931 (musician, songwriter, and record producer)

Loleatta Holloway – November 5, 1946 (Soul/Disco Singer)

Art Garfunkel – November 5, 1941 (vocals, Simon & Garfunkel)

Gram Parsons – November 5, 1946 (guitar and vocals, The Flying Burrito Brothers)

Bryan Adams – October 5, 1959 (rock guitarist/singer)

Happy Birthday Johnny Greenwood!

Johnny Greenwood – October 5, 1971 (guitar, Radiohead)

Glenn Frey – November 6, 1948 (vocals, guitar, and keyboards, The Eagles)

Rushton Moreve – November 6, 1948 (bass, Steppenwolf)

Joni Mitchell – November 7, 1943 (singer-songwriter)

Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore – November 8, 1913 (Blues singer)

Bonnie Raitt – November 8, 1949 (blues vocalist and guitarist)


Mississippi John Hurt: November 2, 1966 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Jim Clench: November 3, 2010 (bass, Bachman Turner Overdrive)
Eddie Harsch: November 4, 2016 (keyboard, The Black Crowes)
Link Wray: November 5, 2005 (guitarist, popularized the “power chord”)
Billy Murcia: November 6, 1972 (drums, New York Dolls)
Rick Rosas: November 6, 2014 (bass session musician)
Leonard Cohen: November 7, 2016 (Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist)


Cream’s “Wheels of Fire” goes platinum – November 2, 1968
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit #1 with ‘So Far’ – November 2, 1974
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Great Balls Of Fire” releases – November 3, 1957
Eagles’ “Long Run” hits number 1 – November 3, 1979
My Generation” releases by The Who – November 5, 1965

Led Zeppelin Releases Immigrant Song!

Led Zeppelin releases “Immigrant Song” – November 5, 1970
Beach Boys top the charts with “Kokomo” – November 5, 1988
The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud” hits #1 – November 6, 1965
Bruce Springsteen hits #1 with Tunnel of Love – November 7, 1987
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV releases on November 8, 1971
“Amanda” by the band Boston hits #1 – November 8, 1986
AC/DC hits #1 with Black Ice – November 8, 2008


Carly Simon and James Taylor tie the knot at Simon’s apartment in Manhattan. Later at a show at Radio City Music Hall, Taylor jokes “I don’t know whether to be more nervous about. The concert or the marriage.” The marriage lasts eleven years. November 3, 1972

Elton John announces his retirement. The announcement came during a concert at London’s Empire Pool. However, fans soon find relief when he returns to music business before a year and a half is up. November 3, 1977

Eric Clapton is a CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire – by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. He should be a knight! November 3, 2004

The blues-rock trio Cream play their final show in the US. It was in Providence, Rhode Island on November 4th, 1968. On November 4th, 1991, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds and others, are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A young Bob Dylan, wins the Nobel Prize, appears at Carnegie Hall for the first time on November 4, 1961. Dylan receives some positive press and is able to secure the Carnegie gig. The gig is in a small auditorium in the building called the Carnegie Chapter Hall. Tickets prices are $2 and about 50 people attend the show, and most of them are Dylan’s friends.

Aerosmith played their first show ever at Nipmuc Regional High School, in Mendon, Massachusetts on November 6, 1970. Aerosmith gets the gig because the mother of Joe Perry, guitarist, works at a nearby school. And has an “in” The show’s tickets are $1.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd gets charges for attempting a murder-for-hire transaction on November 6, 2014. The hit is on two men, but the charges are dropped the next day. Rudd serves as AC/DC’s drummer from 1975 – 1983, and 1994 – 2015.

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin meet to decide on the course of the band. After the tragic death of drummer John Bonham on November 6, 1980. Ultimately, they decide to dissolve the band.

On November 7, 1967, musician Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin signed their first major publishing deal. This probably made them feel very adult. However, their parents need to be there to witness the signing of the contract since both songwriters are legally minors.

Bruce Springsteen auctioned off a lasagna dinner at his house to raise money for charity on November 7, 2014. Two fans paid $300,000 for the honor of supping with The Boss at his abode. Not only did they get to partake in his lasagna feast. But they also got to ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorcycle. And they also got the shirt off of his back. Literally. We have no details on how good the lasagna was.

Paul McCartney launched his new band, Wings, with a party at the Empire Ballroom in London on November 8, 1971.

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd becomes an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on November 8, 2002.

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