November 18th – Today In Music History

Born on November 18

1936 – Don Cherry was an American jazz trumpeter. Noted for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s, Cherry also became a pioneer of world fusion music in the 1960s. During this period, he incorporated various ethnic styles into his playing. After relocating to Sweden in the 1970s, he continued to tour and play festivals throughout the world and worked with a wide variety of musicians.  He died on October, 19, 1995. MORE ON DON CHERRY

1950 – Graham Parker is 60. He recently played himself in the Judd Apatow film “This Is 40.”

1950 – Bassist Rudy Sarzo is also 60. He worked with Whitesnake, Dio, Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.

1954 – “The Man in Motion” John Parr is 61. “St Elmo’s Fire” went to #1 in many countries including the U.K. and U.S.

1960 – Everyone had a crush on Kim Wilde in the 80’s. She’s 55. His “Kids in America” went to #1 in the U.S.

1962 – Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is 53.




1971 – Memphis blues singer and musician Herman ‘Junior’ Parker died during brain surgery. He was only 39. His was discovered by Ike Turner and is known for the #5 R&B hit “Feelin’ Good.”

1972 – Another singer/songwriter was gone too young. Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose. He was 29. Whitten was a member of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse. He wrote “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” which was recorded recently by Rod Stewart.



1956 – Fats Domino sang “Blueberry Hill” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1972 –  Cat Stevens was on the Billboard Albums Chart with “Catch Bull At Four” The album followed what many consider his best two albums “Tea for the Tillerman” from 1970 and “Teaser and the Firecat” from 1971.

bruce_springsteen1975 – Bruce Springsteen made his first ever stop in the UK at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. He played some biggies including “Thunder Road,” “10th Avenue Freeze-out” and “Born To Run” among others.

1978 -Remember when Billy Joel used to release new music? His album “52nd Street” was #1 in the U.S. on this day. It also won the Grammy for “Album of the Year.” Sony Music also choose it as thier first compact disc release in the 80’s.

1992 – Black Sabbath got their star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

1993 – Nirvanna were in Sony Studios recording their MTV “Unplugged” special.

1993 – Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder got in a bar fight in New Orleans and was arrested.

2001 – Britney Spears second album “Britney”(one of the most available CD’s at Goodwill and Value Village) like the first went to #1 in the U.S.

2003 – Police raided Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch after a 12 year old boy claimed sexual abuse. Jackson denied everything. His “Number Ones” album was released on the same day.

2003 – The talented composer Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London. He was 55. He worked with many including Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. He co-wrote one of the biggest love songs of all time the Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’


genesis_the_lamb_lies_down_on_broadway_1974_nov_18ALBUM RELEASES

1974 – Genesis releases their last album with Peter Gabriel. The ambitious double album “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.” The album tells the surreal story of a half Puerto Rican juvenile delinquent named Rael, who lives in New York City and is forced to go underground, facing bizarre creatures and nightmarish dangers, to rescue his brother

2003 – Michael Jackson – “Number Ones