Almanac: November 9, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1895 - George Dewey Hay (started Grand Ole Opry radio program, member of Country Music Hall of Fame) (d. 1968)
  • 1930 - Jack Cardwell (85)
  • 1936 - Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) (d. 2009)
  • 1937 - Roger McGough (Scaffold) (78)
  • 1941 - Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (d. 1990)
  • 1943 - Lee Graziano (American Breed) (72)
  • 1944 - Phil May (Pretty Things) (71)
  • 1948 - Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult) (67)
  • 1948 - Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) (67)
  • 1954 - Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden) (61)
  • 1960 - Demetra Plakas (L7) (55)
  • 1964 - Pepa (born Sandra Denton) (Salt-N-Pepa) (51)
  • 1970 - Susan Tedeschi (44)
  • 1970 - Scarface (born Brad Jordan) (Geto Boys) (44)
  • 1972 - Corin Tucker (Slater-Kinney) (43)
  • 1973 - Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) (42)
  • 1974 - Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) (Kid Rock) (d. 2000)
  • 1978 - Sisqó (born Mark Andrews) (37)
  • 1984 - Delta Goodrem (31)

Deaths
  • 1999 - Herb Abramson (co-founder of Atlantic Records, producer, songwriter) (82)
  • 2004 - Davey Goldsworthy (Chesterfields) - Killed by hit-and-run driver
  • 2008 - Miriam Makeba - Heart attack (76)

On This Day
  • 1929 - Production began on The Singing Breakman, a ten-minute short and the only film starring Jimmie Rodgers.
  • 1961 - Brian Epstein saw the Beatles play live for the first time at the Cavern in Liverpool.
  • 1962 - Roy Acuff was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is the first living person to be inducted.
  • 1966 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono met for the first time at an art exhibition in London.
  • 1967 - The first issue of Rolling Stone was put out in San Francisco.
  • 1967 - David Crosby was fired from the Byrds by Roger McGuinn.
  • 1975 - Sparks played their last show until 1994.
  • 1990 - All of Willie Nelson's bank accounts and property was seized by the Internal Revenue Service to use towards and outstanding $16 million tax bill.
  • 1991 - Richard Marx played in Baltimore, New York, Cleveland, Chicago and Burbank (Airport) in one day on the Rush-n Rush Out Street Tour.
  • 1995 - Flavor Flav is charged with gun and drug possession while driving a cab in New York.
  • 1996 - Liam Gallagher of Oasis was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A controlled substance.
  • 1997 - Paul Weller was arrested and jailed for destroying his hotel room in France.
  • 1998 - Rick James suffers a stroke after headbanging during a show in Denver.
  • 1998 - Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby Blue Bland receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Blues Foundation.
  • 1998 - Billy Preston, his manager and his manager's wife were indicted on 22 counts of fraud in collecting insurance claims.
  • 1999 - The RIAA named the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 the biggest selling album of the century and Candle in the Wind 1997 by Elton John as the biggest selling single.
  • 2002 - It was announced that Madonna's movie Swept Away would not be released in the U.K. after its poor showing in the U.S.
  • 2005 - Ben Harper left the band Yellowcard.
  • 2005 - Bob Kingsley ended his 27-year stint of hosting American Country Countdown. Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, took his place. 
  • 2008 - It was announced that Merle Haggard was suffering from non-small cell lung cancer. 
  • 2008 - Elvis Presley, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Little Richard and Jo Walker-Meador were added to the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. 
  • 2010 - A warehouse in San Carlos, CA that housed instruments, paintings and cars belonging to Neil Young burned. 

Marriages
  • 1968 - Robert Plant and Maureen Wilson
  • 2002 - Sheena Easton and John Minoli

Recorded
  • 1938 - Country singer Hank Penny recorded his first sides for the ARC label.
  • 1955 - Everly Brothers had first recording session in Nashville.
  • 1970 - After the Fire is Gone - Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn (first duet)

Released
  • 1962 - You've Really Got a Hold on Me - Miracles
  • 1963 - Louie Louie - Kingsmen (single)
  • 1969 - The Rod Stewart Album - Rod Stewart (debut solo album, U.K. name - An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down)
  • 1973 - Piano Man - Billy Joel
  • 1993 - Remember Two Things - Dave Matthews Band (debut album)
  • 1999 - When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks Like A King What He Knows Throws The Blows When He Goes To The Fight And He’ll Win The Whole Thing ‘Fore He Enters The Ring There’s Nobody To Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand And Remember That Depth Is The Greatest Of Heights And If You Know Where You Stand, Then You’ll Know Where To Land And If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You’ll Know That You’re Right - Fiona Apple
  • 1999 - Breathe - Faith Hill

Awards
  • 2004 - CMA Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Kenny Chesney
    • Song - Live Like You Were Dying - Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
    • Single - Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
    • Album - When the Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney
    • Male Vocalist - Keith Urban
    • Female Vocalist - Martina McBride
    • Vocal Duo - Brooks & Dunn
    • Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts
    • Musician - Dann Huff
    • Horizon Award - Gretchen Wilson
    • Musical Event, Music Video - Whiskey Lullaby - Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

Broadcasts
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan - Peter and Gordon
  • 1973 - In Concert (ABC) - Cat Stevens (national TV debut)
  • 1975 - Cher (CBS) - David Bowie


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