17 November

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2020 Shazam announces the most-Shazamed songs in history. The Top 5: 1) "Dance Monkey" - Tones and I 2) "Prayer In C" - Lilly Wood & The Prick 3) "Let Her Go" - Passenger 4) "Wake Me Up" - Avicii 5) "Lean On" by Major Lazer

2014 Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 78. His hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966) and "Hold On (To My Love)" (1980).

2006 R&B singer Ruth Brown dies after suffering a heart attack and stroke at age 78. Known for '50s hits like "So Long," "Teardrops From My Eyes," and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean."

2006 Icelandic rock act the Sugarcubes take the stage in Reykjavik for the first time in 14 years. The group, whose most famous alumnus is Björk, reassembles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut single, "Birthday."

2003 Tori Amos releases her first compilation album, Tales Of A Librarian.

2003 Soul singer Arthur Conley dies of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands, at age 57.

2003 Songwriter and country musician Don Gibson dies of natural causes at age 75. Wrote the country standards "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You."

2003 Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements.

2003 After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms "exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection" but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

2000 Nickelodeon releases the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, an event significant in the music world because its soundtrack includes "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men. The song becomes a worldwide hit, charting in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. It even becomes the unofficial anthem for New Year's Eve parties going into 2001.

1998 The Offspring release their fourth studio album, Americana, with the hit "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)."

1998 Retailers in the US are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs "Super Tuesday." Among the sets released are Garth Brooks: Double Live, Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love, Mariah Carey's #1's, Jewel's Spirit, and three soundtracks associated with the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

1997 Shania Twain's second album, The Woman in Me, is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies.

1995 Folk rocker Alan Hull (of Lindisfarne) dies suddenly of heart thrombosis at age 50.

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Peter Gabriel Leads Campaign To Free Dissidents


Peter Gabriel launches the "Imprisoned For Art" campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world who have been sent to jail for opposing their governments.

Gabriel joins Johnny Depp, Tom Morello, Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and Ana Tijoux in posing for mugshots representing various dissidents as part of The Voice Project. Gabriel is paired with Dawit Isaak, who has been jailed in Eritrea since 2001. "We have to defend and protect those with the courage to speak out," he says.



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