17 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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

1994 Bob Dylan begins taping his episode of MTV's Unplugged at New York's Sony Studios.

1993 Ritchie Blackmore plays a concert in Helsinki with Deep Purple, then quits the band for the second and final time, in the middle of a tour.

1992 Metallica release their two-part home video, A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica.

1992 Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago, former members of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, are awarded $4 million in back royalties from a music publisher for their 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"

1990 While speeding without a helmet, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) crashes his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Los Angeles, breaking his shoulder, left leg, and ankle.

1987 Metallica issue their first home video, Cliff 'Em All, which is comprised of both fan-filmed and pro-shot live performances prior to bass player Cliff Burton's death in a tour bus accident.

1986 Thanks to the hit "You're The Voice," John Farnham's album Whispering Jack goes to #1 in Australia, where it spends an astounding 25 (non-consecutive) weeks.

1984 Ten weeks after its first appearance in the Hot 100 at #80, Wham!'s single "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" reaches #1. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley hold their lead for three weeks.

1980 Isaac Hanson (of Hanson), the oldest in the trio of brothers, is born Clarke Isaac Hanson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1980 The annual "Royal Command Performance" in London features Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. singing for England's Queen Elizabeth II.

1980 John Lennon releases Double Fantasy. A few weeks later, he is shot and killed, and the album quickly goes to #1 in many countries.

1979 John Glascock (bass guitarist for Jethro Tull) dies at age 28 of a congenital heart valve defect paired with an infection from an abscessed tooth.

1979 The Commodores' "Still" hits #1.

1978 During Bob Dylan's show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his "Christian period" the next year.

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Lou Reed Song Released As Charity Single With Bono, Bowie, Elton John


An all-star rendition of Lou Reed's 1972 song "Perfect Day" featuring Reed, Elton John, David Bowie, Tammy Wynette, Joan Armatrading and several other stars, is released as a single in the UK, with proceeds going to the BBC's Children In Need charity. It debuts at #1 on the UK singles chart and raises over £2 million for the appeal.

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