November 17 – Today In Music History
1938 – Gordon Lightfoot is 77 . The singer songwriter was born in Orillia, Ontario.
1942 – Happy 73rd Birthday to Bob Gaudio of the Four Seasons. The group really started when Frankie Valli shook hands with Bob Gaudio in 1960. Together with Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi they became what would later be known on Broadway as The Jersey Boys. In fact it was Gaudio who had the idea on the stage show. READ MUCH MORE ON BOB GAUDIO
1944 – Gene Clark only lived 46 years but he was busy with The New Christy Minstrels, The Byrds. He lived a hard lifestyle with plenty of drinking. He died of natural causes on May 24, 1991, at age 46. The coroner declared he succumbed to “natural causes” brought on by a bleeding ulcer.
1946 – Guitarist Martin Barre of Jethro Tull is 69. He is one of the longest lasting member of the band,
1947 – Robert Antoni of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia is 68
1956 – Peter Cox of Go West is 59
1966 – Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley would be 49 today. He gained more recognition after his death in May 29, 1997. That day his band flew in from NYC to begin recording when Jeff unexpectedly drowned in the Wolf River Harbor. He was last seen floating on his back singing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” before he disappeared. He was 30 years old. Interestingly Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page considered Buckley’s album “Grace” to be one the best of the 90’s. READ MORE ON JEFF BUCKLEY
1967 – Ronald Devoe of New Edition and Bell Biv De Voe is 48.
1980 – Clarke Isaac Hanson of Hanson is 35
1979 – We lost John Glascock of Jethro Tull (pictured left) on this day in 1979. He was only 28. Glascock died as a result of a congenital heart valve defect, which was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth.
The bassist played with many bands including The Juniors (1962–1964), The Gods (on and off from 1965 – 1969), Head Machine (1970), Toe Fat (1969 – 1970), Chicken Shack (1971 – 1972) and Carmen until 1976. Glascock’s basslines in Carmen were often technical and unusual. READ MUCH MORE ON JOHN GLASCOCK
2003 – Soul Singer Arthur Conley died from intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands at age 57.
TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY
1957 – Harry Belafonte was #1 in the UK for the first of seven week with “Mary’s Boy Child.” It was the first single to sell over 1 million in the UK. Interestingly the other popular version of that tune by Boney M also went to #1 in 1978. It would be the first time two version of the same Christmas song did that.
1962 – The Four Seasons got comfortable at #1 with “Big Girls Don’t Cry” The song stayed on top for five weeks in the U.S.
1963 – All Beatles haircuts were banned at Surrey Grammar School in the UK.
1966 – One of the most ambitious hits of all time “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys was #1 in the UK. The tune was influenced by Brian Wilson’s Mother who told him as a child that dogs could pick up vibrations.
1971 – Slade were sitting on top the UK charts with “Coz I Luv You.” They would have five more #1 singles.
1973 – The Who (pictured below) entered the UK charts at #2 with their second Rock Opera “Quadrophenia.” The first was “Tommy” from 1969.
1985 – Wham was on top in both the US and UK.. Their album “Make It Big” was #1 in England while “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was the champ in the US.
1990 – Rock stars love their motorcycles! David Crosby of Crosby Stills & Nash broke his leg, shoulder and ankle in a crash.
1996 – Spice Girls fever was in full swing around the world. Their debut self titled album was #1 in the UK. The CD had five singles including “Wannabe” which went to #1 in 31 countries. It got even better with the singles “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1” reaching #1 in 53 countries.
2000 – Scottish session drummer Andy White who played on the Beatles “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” found out, after litigation, that he would not get any more than his session fee of £5 for his work in 1962. He however joined an elite group of musicians in the “Fifth Beatle” category which includes Pete Best, Stuart Sutcliffe, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton among others. He died of a massive stroke in Caldwell, New Jersey on November 9th, 2015. He was 85.
2003 – Britney Spears gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also the youngest singer to get that award.
2003 – After taking Sony to court to be relieved of his contract and losing the suit George Michael had no choice but to sign a new deal on this day in 2003.
2003 – Country singer/songwriter Don Gibson died of natural causes. He was 75. Even though he’s been credited as one of the creators of the Nashville sound Gibson once said, “I consider myself a songwriter who sings rather than a singer who writes songs,” He is most remember for writing , “Sweet Dreams,” “Oh Lonesome Me” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
2007 – The Eagles were at #1 in the U.S. with their first album, of new material, since 1979. “Long Road Out Of Eden.” was only the bands 7th studio album since June 1972. READ A REVIEW ON THE ALBUM
2011 – Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters was arrested for possessing rock cocaine.
Was it really a great album or did the loss of John Lennon make us grab anything he touched? “Double Fantasy” certainly was not a critical success when it was released. After Lennon’s death however many of these reviews disappeared. There was also the fact that Yoko sang half the songs. As one reviewer said “you can respect art without liking It.”
On this day in 1980 there certainly was excitement as one of the two main Beatles returned after five years of self-imposed retirement. After being inspired by some New Wave music of the Pretenders and especially the B-52’s song “Rock Lobster,” Lennon felt plugged in. He told Rolling Stone magazine, “It sounds just like Ono’s music.” READ MUCH MORE ON DOUBLE FANTASY