November 16 – Today In Music History
1943 – Manhattans vocalist Winfred “Blue” Lovett. There hits include “Kiss And Say Goodbye” and the Grammy award-winning “Shining Star.” He died of Cancer on Dec 9, 2014 at 74.
1962 – The Stone Roses bassist Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield is 53 today. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Manchester United.
1964 – Canadian Jazz singer Diana Krall turns 51. Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She married Elvis Costello December 6, 2003. MORE ON DIANA KRALL
1965 – David Kushner former guitarist for Velvet Revolver is 50.
TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY
1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience had a #1 album in the U.S. with the classic double albums “Electric Ladyland.” It included “Voodoo Child” and “All Along the Watchtower.”
1973 – David Bowie hosts an NBC-TV special
1974 – David Essex was on top of the UK singles chart for the first time with “Gonna Make You A Star.”
1974 – John Lennon was #1 in the U.S. with the single “Whatever Gets You Through The Night.” This was Lennon’s only solo #1 single in the United States while he was alive. Interestingly, it’s also the tune that was centered around a bet. Elton John, who played piano and sang backup vocals on the tune, told Lennon that if it reached the top of the charts he would have to appear on stage with him. Lennon appeared at Elton’s Thanksgiving performance at Madison Square Garden on 28 November 1974. It was his last major concert appearance.
1985 – Feargal Sharkey was #1 in the U.K. for his first and only time with “A Good Heart”
1985 – Starship’s “We Built This City” started a two week run at #1 in the U.S.
1996 – The Spice Girls‘ debut album, ‘Spice’, enters the UK charts at #1
1996 – The Beatles “Anthology 3” was #1 on the U.K. album chart. The package had outtakes of the last three Beatles albums.
2006 – Queen’s “Greatest Hits” became the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K. beating the Beatles “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.” At the time Queen had sold 5.5 million copies.
2010 – Hallelujah! The Beatles finally made their music available on iTunes.
2014 – We almost lost Bono! The U2 singer was in a bicycle accident and underwent surgery for five hours.