November 15 – Today In Music History
1928 – CW McCall (Bill Fries) is 87. He is best know for his 1976 novelty song “Convoy.”
1932 – Clyde McPhatter (died at 39 on June 13, 1972 from complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease, brought on by alcohol abuse) He was a key figure in the shaping doo-wop and R&B in 50’s & 60’s. He was the founder of The Drifters. With that band he is most remembere for “Such a Night,””Lucille,””Honey Love” and “Money Honey. His biggest solo hits were “Long Lonely Nights” and “A Lover’s Question”
1932 – Petula Clark is 83. The U.K. actress/singer had man hits, mostly in the 60’s, including “Downtown,” “A Sign Of The Times” and “Don’t Sleep In The Subway.”
1937 – Little Willie John (died at 30 on May 26, 1968) Best known for his hits “All Around the World” (1955), “Need Your Love So Bad” (1956) and “Fever” (1956), the latter covered in 1958 by Peggy Lee. An important figure in early R&B music, Little Willie John was a 1996 Inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More on Little Willie John
1945 – Frida formerly of ABBA is 70 (she’s the brunette) Her real name is Anni-Frid Lyngstad. She was married to fellow ABBA member Benny Anderson from 1978-1981. She was one of the lead singers of ABBA from 1972-1982.
1949 – Steve Fossen Formerly of Heart is 66 He played bass with the Ann and Nancy Wilson from 1967-1982 with different versions of Heart like “The Army,” “White Heart” and “Hocus Pocus.” He was an integral part of the 70’s Heart sound.
1954 – Tony Thompson drummer for Chic who gave us “Le Freak” in 1978. He was also in Power Station with Robert Palmer. (he died on November 12, 2003 within a month of being diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). Interestingly it was two months after Palmer’s death.
1974 – Nickelback guitarist Chad Kroeger is 41.
1991 – Jacques Morali who produced and formed The Village People. He produced over 70 albums.
TODAY IN HISTORY
1956 – Elvis released, “Love Me Tender,” his first of 31 movies. Just two months before he performed the title tune to an audience of around 54 million on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1964 – Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones leaves their tour (missing the last few dates) after being admitted to Passavant Hospital in Chicago with a temperature of 105.
1965 – The Rolling Stones perform ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ on their American TV debut on “Hullabaloo”
1966 – The Doors sign their first recording contract with Elektra Records. The deal was for 7 albums. Their self titled debut would be one of the top albums of 1967 with two big hits “Break On Through” and “Light My Fire.”
1969 – Proving that she was no wallflower Janis Joplin is arrested at her concert in Tampa, Florida. Upset with Police presence she threatens to kick an officer in the face. Her bail was $504.
1968 – Over 500,000 took part in the antiwar “Marching on Washington” Performers included Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, and John Denver.
1977 – Led Zeppelin were in Chicago ready to play the first of four shows The Stadium.
1980 – Blondie had hit # 1 for a fifth time with “The Tide Is High.” It also reached the top in the U.S.
1980 – Kenny Rogers reached #1 in the U.S. for the first of six weeks with Lionel Richie’s “Lady.” It was also produced by Richie.
1987 – Dire Straits were breaking records. They became the first band in U.K. history to sell over three million albums with “Brothers in Arms.”
1990 – Milli Vanilli came clean. In a press conference producer Frank Farian admits that Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus did not sing on their album.
1992 – Ozzy Osbourne tells a concert crowd in California that he is retiring. How did that work out for you Ozzy?
2007 – How bad do you love Zeppelin? Kenneth Donnell, from Glasgow paid $126,264(U.S.) to watch Led Zeppelin sound check for thier O2 London reunion. His auction win cash auction went to the BBC’s Children in Need.