Almanac: November 8, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Ken Dodd (88)
  • 1927 - Patti Page (d. 2013)
  • 1941 - Rodney Slater (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) (74)
  • 1941 - Laura Webb (Bobbettes) (d. 2001)
  • 1942 - Donnie Fritts (73)
  • 1944 - Bonnie Bramlett (71)
  • 1945 - Don Murray (Turtles) (d. 1996)
  • 1946 - Roy Wood (Move, Electric Light Orchestra) (69)
  • 1946 - The Big Figure (born John Martin) (Dr. Feelgood) (69)
  • 1947 - Minnie Riperton (d. 1979)
  • 1949 - Bonnie Raitt (66)
  • 1951 - Gerald Alston (Manhattans) (64)
  • 1951 - Larry Burnett (Firefall) (64)
  • 1954 - Rickie Lee Jones (61)
  • 1954 - Jeanette McGruder (P-Funk, Brides of Funkenstein) (61)
  • 1957 - Paul Thompson (Cure) (58)
  • 1958 - Terry Lee Miall (Adam and the Ants) (57)
  • 1961 - Leif Garrett (54)
  • 1970 - Diana King (54)
  • 1970 - Rat (born Gareth Pring) (Ned's Atomic Dustbin) (45)
  • 1971 - Tech N9ne (born Aaron Yates) (44)
  • 1973 - Corey Taylor (Slipknot) (42)
  • 1977 - Bucky Covington (38)
  • 1994 - Lauren Alaina (21)

Deaths
  • 1974 - Ivory Joe Hunter - Lung cancer (60)
  • 1995 - Country Dick Montana (Beat Farmers) - Heart attack while on stage (40)
  • 1997 - Dr. Tommy Comeaux - Hit by car while riding bike (45)
  • 2003 - Guy Speranza (Riot) - Pancreatic cancer (47)
  • 2011 - Heavy D (born Dwight Myers) - Pulmonary embolism (44)

John Lennon in How I Won the War
On This Day
  • 1952 - The first record chart was printed in the U.K. by the New Musical Express.
  • 1963 - Dusty Springfield started her first solo U.K. tour in Halifax. Also on the bill are the Searchers, Freddie and the Dreamers and the Tremeloes.
  • 1963 - The first date of Dick Clark's latest Caravan of Stars tour opens in Teaneck, NJ with Bobby Vee, the Ronettes and Little Eva.
  • 1964 - Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli appeared together at the London Palladium.
  • 1967 - How I Won the War with John Lennon opened in New York.
  • 1968 - An announcement was made by Motown that Jean Terrell would be the replacement for Diana Ross in the Supremes.
  • 1970 - Jim Morrison recorded spoken-word poems that would eventually be turned into the album An American Prayer.
  • 1971 - Paul McCartney had a party at the Empire Ballroom in London to celebrate his new group Wings.
  • 1985 - Sting's concert movie, Bring on the Night, opens in the U.S.
  • 1986 - Metallica performs for the first time with Jason Newstead.
  • 1988 - Production began on the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire.
  • 1995 - Michael Jackson and Sony joined forces to form the third largest publishing company in the world.
  • 1997 - Johnny Paycheck became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2003 - Duran Duran opened their 78-03 25th Anniversary tour in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • 2009 - A crowd of 8,000 was left hanging after Morrissey stopped a concert in Liverpool, England after the second song. He had been hit in the eye with a plastic beer bottle.
  • 2009 - Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Kid Rock and Hattie Louise "Tootsie" Best were enshrined on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
  • 2010 - The movie Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw premiered in Nashville.
  • 2012 - Jermaine Jackson filed legal papers in Los Angeles to have his last name changed to Jacksun.

Marriages
  • 1997 - Allison Krauss and Patrick W. Bergeson
  • 2009 - Mark Owen (Take That) and Emma Ferguson

Divorces
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Cynthia Powell Lennon
  • 1970 - Michelle Phillips and Dennis Hopper

Recorded
  • 1956 - Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline

Released
  • 1971 - Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin

Awards
  • 2001 - MTV Europe Music Awards
    • Song - Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
    • Video - Since I Left You - Avilanches
    • Album - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Limp Bizkit
    • Female - Jennifer Lopez
    • Male - Robbie Williams
    • Group - Limp Bizkit
    • New Act - Dido
    • Pop - Anastacia
    • Dance - Gorillaz
    • Rock - Blink-182
    • R&B - Craig David
    • Hip-Hop - Eminem
    • Web Award - Limp Bizkit (www.limpbizket.com)

Broadcasts
  • 1975 - Cher (CBS) - David Bowie (U.S. television debut)
  • 1981 - South Bank Show (ITV U.K.) - Documentary on the making of Elvis Costello's album Almost Blue

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