November 20 – Today In Music History

BIRTHDAYS

1925 – Jazz Singer June Christy would have been 90 today. For anyone who remembers her incredibly foggy altothat raised the bar for any Cool Jazzer. Her signature tune ”Something Cool,” truly showcased her sultry-voice. READ MUCH MORE ON JUNE CHRISTY

1940 – Tony Butala who is the only original vocalist still in the The Lettermen is 75.
1942 – Norman Greenbaum best known for the 1969 hit “Spirit in the Sky” is 73
1944 – Producer Mike Vernon is 71. He worked with the Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After among others.
1946 – Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and Derek and the Dominos would have been 69 today BUT he died in motorcycle accident on October 29,  1971. He was only 24.
1946 – Ray Stiles bassist and vocalist for The Hollies from 1986 to present is 69
1947 – Crazy man Joe Walsh is 68. As well as a successful solo career he was also in the James Gang and has been in the Eagles since 1975.
1947 – George Grantham formally of Poco is 68
1950 – Gary Green formally of the progressive Rock band Gentle Giant is 65.
1954 – Canadian Rocker Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush is 61.
1957 – Jimmy Brown of UB40 is 58.
1965 – Sen Dog of Cypress Hill is 50
1965 – Mike D (Micheal Diamond) of the Beastie Boys is 50.

Elton John on the cover from November, 1975
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1967 – Arlo Guthrie – “Alice’s Restaurant”
1967 – The Beach Boys – “Smiley Smile.”
1972 – Elton John – “Crocodile Rock.”
2001 – Deana Carter – “Father Christmas.”
2001 – Pink – “M!ssundaztood”