16 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1998 Having suffered a seizure while performing in Hollywood a few weeks earlier, Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites slips into a coma.

1998 Kmart gets into the online music game, launching a site called Music Favorites.

1998 Gospel singer J.D. Sumner (of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps) dies of a heart attack at age 73.

1996 Country singer Lorrie Morgan marries her fourth husband, songwriter Jon Randall ("Whiskey Lullaby"). They divorce in 1999.

1994 Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti (lead singer of Quicksilver Messenger Service), who underwent brain surgery years earlier, dies suddenly at age 51 during a period of ill health.

1988 Stan Love, brother and manager of Beach Boy Mike Love, is sentenced to five years' suspended sentence after being found guilty of embezzling over $300,000 from the group.

1987 Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, who plays Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, elope in Las Vegas. They divorce in 1993 but have a daughter together, Zoe Kravitz.

1986 In the small hours, Satpal Ram stabs a fellow diner to death in the Sky Blue restaurant in Birmingham, England. He is sentenced to life imprisonment the following year, and becomes the subject of the Asian Dub Foundation song "Free Satpal Ram."

1980 '60s soul singer O.V. Wright ("That's How Strong My Love Is") dies of a heart attack at age 41 after consistent drug abuse weakens his health.

1979 Trevor Penick (of O-Town) is born in San Bernardino County, California.

1977 In a sign they are taking hold in America, Rush earn their first Gold albums with 2112, All The World's A Stage and A Farewell To Kings.

1976 Brian Wilson, resident genius of The Beach Boys, comes out of an eight-year seclusion to give an interview to BBC 2's music show Old Grey Whistle Test.

1973 David Bowie is the host of a special edition of the NBC show Midnight Special. His show is called 1980 Floor Show, and features Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull, who wears a nun's habit with an open back.

1970 Stephen Stills releases his first (self-titled) solo album, with the hit "Love The One You're With."

1969 Bryan Abrams (of Color Me Badd) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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"We Built This City" Rises To #1


"We Built This City" by Starship hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is later named Worst Song of All Time by Blender magazine.

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