BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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)
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)
Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore: (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)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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
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
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY:
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 was held in a small auditorium in the building called the Carnegie Chapter Hall. Tickets were priced at $2 and about 50 people attended the show, and most of them were Dylan’s friends.
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.
Aerosmith played their first show ever at Nipmuc Regional High School, in Mendon, Massachusettes 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 of the 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