BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Ike Turner: November 5, 1931 (musician, songwriter and record producer)
Loleatta Holloway: November 5, 1946 (Soul/Disco Singer)
Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore: November 8, 1913 (Blues singer)
Bonnie Raitt: November 8, 1949 (blues vocalist and guitarist)
Mojo Buford: November 10, 1929 (Blues harmonica, Muddy Waters’ Band)
Mose Allison: November 11, 1945 (blues and jazz singer/pianist)
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)
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)
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)
Glen Buxton: November 10, 1947 (guitar, Alice Cooper Band)
Greg Lake: November 10, 1947 (bass, guitar, vocals, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Chris Dreja: November 11, 1945 (guitar and bass, The Yardbirds)
Vince Martell: November 11, 1945 (vocals and guitar, Vanilla Fudge)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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)
Berry Oakley: November 11, 1972 (bass, The Allman Brothers Band)
Phil Taylor: November 11, 2015 (drums, Motorhead)
Victor Bailey: November 11, 2016 (bass, Weather Report)
MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS:
“My Generation” is released by The Who: 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
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
Aerosmith played their first show ever at Nipmuc Regional High School, in Mendon, Massachusetts on November 6, 1970. Aerosmith was able to get the gig because the mother of Joe Perry, guitarist for Aerosmith, who worked at a nearby school, had an “in.” The show’s tickets were priced at $1. Rumor has it that the band may have sneaked a little bit of booze into the show.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is charged with attempting a murder-for-hire transaction on November 6, 2014. The alleged hit was on two men, but the charge was dropped the next day. Rudd served 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 decided 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 had to be there to witness the signing of the contract since both songwriters were still 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 is made an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on November 8, 2002.
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 hit songs like “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The firing occurred on November 9, 1967, when lead guitarist Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman pulled up to David Crosby’s home in their Porsches and fired him. McGuinn and Hillman told Crosby that he was a) impossible to work with b) not very good anyway and c) that the band would be better off without him. Crosby went on to have enormous success with the band Crosby, Stills & Nash. After all, when one door closes…
The now famous music magazine Rolling Stone released 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 received lifetime achievement awards from The Blues Foundation on November 9, 1998.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform an all-acoustic version of “Stairway To Heaven” while visiting a Japanese talk show.: November 10, 1994
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
On November 11, 1972, Berry Oakley, bass player for southern rockers the Allman Brothers Band, is tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. In a strange twist of fate, the incident occurred in the same location as the crash that claimed Allman Brothers’ slide guitarist Duane Allman a year prior. Oakley was 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.