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


Dilbert McClinton – November 4, 1940 (blues singer)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

More Birthdays!

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

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

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

Tom Fogerty – November 9, 1941 (guitar, Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Joe Bauchard – November 9, 1948 (bass, Blue Öyster Cult)

Susan Tedeschi – November 9, 1970 (singer, Tedeschi-Trucks Band)

Mojo Buford – November 10, 1929 (Blues harmonica, Muddy Waters’ Band)

Glen Buxton – November 10, 1947 (guitar, Alice Cooper Band)

Greg Lake – November 10, 1947 (bass, guitar, vocals, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer)


Eddie Harsch: November 4, 2016 (keyboard, The Black Crowes)

Fred “Sonic” Smith – November 4, 1994 (of The Sonics, MC5)

Robert Knight – November 5, 2017 (Soul – Pop Singer)

Popularized the “power chord”

Link Wray: November 5, 2005 (guitarist, popularized the “power chord”)

Bobby Hatfield – November 5, 2003 (Righteous Brothers)

Billy Guy – November 5, 2002 (Baritone Singer of the Coasters)

Eddie Harris – November 5, 1996 (Jazz Tenor Saxophonist)

Billy Murcia: November 6, 1972 (drums, New York Dolls)

Rick Rosas: November 6, 2014 (bass session musician)

Hank Thompson – November 6, 2007 (Country Singer)

Poet & Novelist

Leonard Cohen: November 7, 2016 (Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist)

Jody Reynolds- November 7, 2008 (Rockabilly Singer)

Lenny Mayes – November 7, 2004 (Soul Singer – Dramatics)

Lester Bowie – November 8, 1999 (Jazz Trumpeter)

Allen Toussaint – November 9, 2015 (New Orleans Musician, Songwriter, Producer)

Major Harris – November 9, 2012 (Singer – Delfonics)

Gerald Levert – November 10, 2006 (R&B Singer-Songwriter, Levert)

Johnny Griffith – November 10, 2002 (Keyboardist for The Funk Brothers)

Tommy Tedesco – November 10, 1997 (Hollywood Session Guitarist)


The Who releases “My Generation” on November 5, 1965

Led Zeppelin release “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 was released on November 8, 1971

“Amanda” by the band Boston hits #1 – November 8, 1986

AC/DC hits #1 with Black Ice: November 8, 2008

Billy Joel, Piano Man was released: November 9, 1973

The Miami Vice Theme hits #1: November 9, 1985

Elton John’s LP Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hits #1: November 10, 1973

 “Heartache Tonight” by the Eagles hits #1: November 10, 1979

John Lennon and Yoko release “Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins: November 11, 1968

“Mull of Kinyre” is released by Wings: November 11, 1977


A young Bob Dylan, who you may have heard won the Nobel Prize just recently, appeared at Carnegie Hall for the first time on November 4, 1961. Dylan had received some positive press and was able to secure the Carnegie gig. The gig is held in a small auditorium in the building called the Carnegie Chapter Hall. Ticket prices are $2 and about 50 people attend the show, and most of them are Dylan’s friends.

 The blues-rock trio Cream play their final show in the US. It’s 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 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Aerosmith plays their first show at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts on November 6, 1970. The prices for the tickets are $1. And rumor has it that the band sneaked a little bit of booze into the show.


AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is charged with an attempted murder-for-hire on November 6, 2014. And the allege hit is on two men. Charges are dropped. Rudd serves as AC/DC’s drummer from 1975 – 1983, and 1994 – 2015.

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met 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 sign their first major publishing deal. 

Bruce Springsteen auctions off a lasagna dinner at his house to raise money for charity on November 7, 2014. Next, Two fans pay $300,000 for the honor of having dinner with “The Boss” at his abode. They ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorcycle. And they get the shirt off of his back. Literally! As for the lasagna, we have no details.

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 – November 8, 2002.

A Controversial Figure

John Lennon met his future wife, Yoko Ono, on November 9, 1966 for the first time at the Indica Gallery. Ono would remain a controversial figure throughout the duration of Lennon’s life.

Guitarist & vocalist David Crosby is fired from his band, the folk-rock group “The Byrds”, known for their hit songs “Mr.Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. Guitarist Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman pull up to David Crosby’s home in their Porsches and fired him on the spot. Crosby goes on to have enormous success with the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. – November 9, 1967.

The now famous music magazine Rolling Stone releases its first issue featuring John Lennon on the front cover – November 9, 1967.

Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary co-founder of Atlantic Records, and Bobby “Blue” Bland receives a lifetime achievement award from The Blues Foundation on November 9, 1998.

On November 10, 1994, Led Zeppelin visits a Japanese talk show and performs an acoustic version of “Stairway To Heaven”.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons in an episode where they run a rock and roll fantasy camp. – November 10, 2002

A Strange Twist of Fate

The bass player for the Allman Brothers Band, Berry Oakley is killed in a motorcycle accident. – November 11, 1972. The incident occurs in the same location as the crash that claims Allman Brothers’ slide guitarist Duane Allman a year prior. Oakley is only 24 years old at the time of his passing.

On November 11, 1993, the father of funk James Brown appears on an episode of the Simpsons entitled Bart’s Inner Child.

On November 11, 2011, metal masters Black Sabbath announce that they will reunite with the original lineup.

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Furthermore, be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!