Almanac: November 18, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1909 - Johnny Mercer (d. 1976)
  • 1927 - Hank Ballard (Hank Ballard & the Midnighters) (d. 2003)
  • 1941 - Conleth (Con) Cluskey (Bachelors) (74)
  • 1946 - Jacky Ward (69)
  • 1948 - Andrea Marcovicci (67)
  • 1949 - Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) (66)
  • 1950 - Graham Parker (65)
  • 1950 - John McFee (Doobie Brothers) (65)
  • 1950 - Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) (65)
  • 1954 - John Parr (61)
  • 1954 - Charles Williams (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (61)
  • 1957 - Jenny Burton (C-Bank) (58
  • 1958 - Michael Ramos (BoDeans) (57)
  • 1958 - Laura Lynch (original member of Dixie Chicks) (57)
  • 1959 - Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz, Santana) (56)
  • 1960 - Kim Wilde (55)
  • 1961 - Jan Kuehnemund (Vixen) (54)
  • 1962 - Kirk Hammett (Metallica) (53)
  • 1965 - Tim DeLughter (Tripping Daisy, Polyphonic Spree) (50)
  • 1969 - Duncan Sheik (46)
  • 1972 - Matt Knight (Toploader) (43)
  • 1975 - Anthony “Ant” McPartlin (Ant & Dec) (40)
  • 1976 - Jessi Alexander (songwriter, The Climb) (39)
  • 1977 - Fabolous (born John Jackson) (38)
  • 1980 - Dustin Kensrue (Thrice) (35)
  • 1984 - Johnny Christ (born Jonathan Seward) (Avenged Centerfold) (31)

Deaths
  • 1971 - Junior Parker - During surgery for brain tumor (39)
  • 1972 - Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) - Combination of Valium and alcohol (29)
  • 1994 - Cab Calloway (86)
  • 1999 - Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas Quintet) - Heart attack (58)
  • 2003 - Michael Kamen (composer, arranger, Queen, Eric Clapton) - Heart attack (55)
  • 2004 - Cy Coleman - Cardiac arrest (75)
  • 2007 - Paul Wasserman (publicist for U2, Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, more) (73)
  • 2007 - John Hughey (steel guitar for Conway Twitty, Vince Gill) - Heart complications (73)

On This Day
  • 1975 - Bruce Springsteen made his U.K. debut at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
  • 1976 - Richard Hell & the Voidoids played live for the first time at CBGB's in New York.
  • 1987 - At a concert in Los Angeles, U2 opened for themselves in the guise of fictional country group the Dalton Brothers.
  • 1988 - The film Buster, starring Phil Collins, opened in the U.S.
  • 1989 - The Shangri-Las won a court case allowing them to retain the use of their name.
  • 1989 - The Three Degrees lost a court case where control of their name was awarded to former manager Richard Barrett.
  • 1992 - Black Sabbath received a star on the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
  • 1993 - Nirvana recorded MTV Unplugged in New York.
  • 1993 - Eddie Vedder was arrested in New Orleans for a fight in a bar.
  • 1995 - The Rolling Stones webcast their concert over the internet, a first.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was raided by police looking for evidence in the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
  • 2005 - Belgian composer Salvatore Acquaviva won a plagiarism case against Madonna with the judgment saying that his song Ma Vie Fout L'camp was the basis for Frozen.
  • 2005 - Shania Twain was made an Officer of the Order of Canada

Marriages
  • 1952 - Bill Haley and Barbara Cupchak
  • 1962 - Barry White and Betty Smith
  • 2000 - Brian May and Anita Dobson

Divorces
  • 1970 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Myrna Brown

Recorded
  • 1947 - The Louvin Brothers had their first recording session for Apollo Records
  • 1969 - Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty

Released
  • 1949 - My Bucket's Got a Hole In It / I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
  • 1997 - The Unplugged Collection - John Denver (his last recordings)
  • 2002 - Up! - Shania Twain
  • 2003 - Let It Be...Naked - Beatles
  • 2003 - Blink-182 - Blink-182
  • 2003 - In the Zone - Britney Spears

Awards
  • 1984 - W.C. Handy National Blues Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year, Instrumentalist - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 2004 - MTV Europe Music Awards
    • Song, Video - Hey Ya! - OutKast
    • Album - Confessions - Usher
    • Female - Anastacia
    • Male - Usher
    • Group - OutKast
    • New Act - Maroon 5
    • Pop - Black Eyed Peas
    • Rock - Linkin Park
    • Alternative - Muse
    • R&B - Alicia Keys
    • Hip-Hop - D12

Broadcasts
  • 1956 - Ed Sullivan (CBS) - Fats Domino
  • 1964 - Shindig! - Supremes, Righteous Brothers
  • 1979 - The Muppet Show - Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge
  • 1980 - Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (first network TV special)
  • 1983 - The Tube (U.K. Channel 4) - R.E.M. (first appearance outside the U.S.)
  • 2006 - CMT Giants (debut) - Saluting Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Jennifer Nettles, Brooks & Dunn, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride

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