Music Almanac: November 20, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1930 - Curly Putman, Jr. (songwriter) (d. 2016)
  • 1938 - Tony Butala (Lettermen) (79)
  • 1939 - Dick Smothers (Smothers Brothers) (78)
  • 1942 - Norman Greenbaum (75)
  • 1944 - Mike Vernon (producer) (73)
  • 1945 - Danny McBride (Sha Na Na) (d. 2009)
  • 1946 - Ray Stiles (Hollies, Mud) (71)
  • 1946 - J. Blackfoot (born John Colbert) (Soul Children) (d. 2011)
  • 1946 - Roger Murrah (songwriter) (71)
  • 1946 - Duane Allman (d. 1971)
  • 1947 - Joe Walsh (70)
  • 1947 - George Grantham (Poco) (70)
  • 1950 - Gary Green (Gentle Giant) (67)
  • 1954 - Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) (63)
  • 1956 - Dan Powers (Michael Stanley Band) (61)
  • 1957 - Jim Brown (UB40) (60)
  • 1960 - Paul King (King) (57)
  • 1962 - Steve Alexander (Brother Beyond, Duran Duran) (55)
  • 1962 - Todd Nance (Widespread Panic) (55)
  • 1962 - Gail Ann Dorsey (session bass guitarist) (55)
  • 1965 - Mike D (born Michael Diamond) (Beastie Boys) (53)
  • 1965 - Sen Dog (born Senen Reyes) (Cyprus Hill) (52)
  • 1969 - Sarah Jory (48)
  • 1970 - Q-Tip (born Kamaal Fareed) (47)
  • 1975 - Dierks Bentley (42)
  • 1975 - Davey Havok (born David Marchand) (AFI) (42)
  • 1977 - Josh Turner (40)
  • 1981 - Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud) (36)
  • 1983 - Future (born Nayvadius Wilburn) (34)
  • 1986 - Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) (31)
  • 1986 - Oli Sykes (Bring Me the Horizon) (31)
  • 2000 - Connie Talbot (17)
Deaths
  • 1973 - Alan Sherman - Emphysema (48)
  • 1997 - Robert Palmer (critic) - Liver disease (52)
  • 1998 - Roland Alphonso (Skatalites) - Burst blood vessel in brain (67)
  • 2004 - Jenny Ross (Section 25) - Cancer (42)
  • 2005 - Chris Whitley - Lung cancer (45)
  • 2012 - Mick Dunford (Nashville Teens) - Cerebral hemorrhage
  • 2016 - Craig Gill (Inspiral Carpets) (44)
On This Day
  • 1954 - Gene Autrey made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1959 - Alan Freed was fired by WABC in New York after he refused to deny he took payola.
  • 1974 - Keith Moon collapsed on stage during a Who concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilizer.
  • 1975 - Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers was found not guilty in the death of a 76 year-old woman he had struck with his car.
  • 1975 - The Who opened a North American tour in Houston, TX where Keith Moon was arrested post-show for disorderly conduct.
  • 1981 - Prince opened his Controversy tour in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1984 - Michael Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1987 - Prince's movie, Sign O' the Times, opened.
  • 1991 - The Rolling Stones signed a 20 million pound deal with Virgin Records.
  • 1991 - Randy Jackson of the Jacksons received a sentence of 30-days in jail for violating probation.
  • 1995 - The Beatles' Free as a Bird was released to radio for airplay.
  • 1997 - Kenny G received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - Mel C announced she was leaving the Spice Girls.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson returned to Santa Barbara, CA to be arrested by police.
  • 2003 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their new inductees would be Prince, George Harrison, Traffic, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, and the Dells.
  • 2003 - Phil Spector plead not guilty in the death of actress Lana Clarkson.
  • 2005 - Robbie Williams set a new world record by selling 1.6 million tickets in one day.
  • 2007 - Velvet Revolver canceled a Japanese tour after their visas were rejected due to previous drug convictions.
  • 2007 - Thom Yorke said he downloaded his band, Radioheads, new album In Rainbows for free. The album had been released as a pay what you want proposition.
  • 2009 - The Blind Side starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw premiers. 
  • 2013 - Loretta Lynn received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
Marriages
  • 1932 - Muddy Waters and Mabel Berry
  • 1986 - Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant
Recorded
  • 1961 - Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan (first day of recording debut album)
Released
  • 1954 - I Confess - Clovers (single)
  • 1954 - White Christmas - Drifters (single)
  • 1962 - Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons (single)
  • 1967 - Smiley Smile - Beach Boys
  • 1972 - Rated X - Loretta Lynn (single)
Broadcasts
  • 1955 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Bo Diddley (banned from show after he sang Bo Diddley after he was told to sing 16 Tons)
  • 1964 - Ready Steady Go (BBC) - Rolling Stones
  • 1976 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Paul Simon
  • 1999 - Brandy in Concert: A Special for the Holidays
  • 2010 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Martina McBride, Train
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1965 - I Hear a Symphony - Supremes (2 weeks)
  • 1971 - Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - What's My Name? - Rihanna Featuring Drake (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1948 - Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby (9 weeks (21 previous weeks))
  • 1999 - The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine (1 week)
  • 2004 - NOW That's What I Call Music 17 - Various Artists (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1943 - All For You - Nat King Cole Trio (2 weeks)
  • 1954 - Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown (1 week)
  • 1971 - Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1948 - Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way) - Eddy Arnold (1 week (5 previous weeks))
  • 1961 - Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean (2 weeks)
  • 1965 - May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose - Little Jimmy Dickens (2 weeks)
  • 1971 - Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - War is Hell (On the Homefront Too) - T.G. Sheppard (1 week)
  • 1993 - Almost Goodbye - Mark Chestnutt (1 week)
  • 2004 - Mr. Mom - Lonestar (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - As She's Walking Away - Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1971 - Baby I'm-a Want You - Bread (1 week)
  • 1976 - Muskrat Love - Captain & Tennille (2 weeks (2 previous weeks))
  • 1982 - Truly - Lionel Richie (3 weeks)
  • 2010 - Breakeven - The Script (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1999 - She's the One / It's Only Us - Robbie Williams (1 week)
  • 2004 - Vertigo - U2 (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
  • 1976 - 23 Golden Guitar Greats - Bert Weedon (1 week)
  • 1993 - Both Sides - Phil Collins (1 week)
  • 2004 - Encore - Eminem (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - The Gift - Susan Boyle (1 week)

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