18 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1994 Jazz singer/bandleader Cab Calloway dies at age 86, five months after suffering a severe stroke.

1990 Paul McCartney's birth certificate is auctioned off for $18,000.

1985 Seven of Jimi Hendrix's gold records are stolen from his father's home during a burglary. A few months later, Warner Bros. Records replaces them in a ceremony with Mo Ostin, who signed Hendrix to the label in 1967.

1979 Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison in California after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.

1978 Billy Joel's 52nd Street album hits #1 and stays there for 8 weeks.

1977 Rapper Fabolous is born John David Jackson in Brooklyn, New York City.

1975 Bruce Springsteen begins his first UK tour at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, where he learns that his record company has gone overboard with the hype, distributing posters that say: "At last London is ready for Bruce Springsteen."

1975 Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen are guest stars on tonight's "Glitter With A Bullet" episode of NBC-TV's Police Woman.

1972 Danny Whitten (guitarist for Crazy Horse) dies from a lethal combination of Valium and alcohol, while struggling to overcome a heroin addiction, at age 29.

1972 Steely Dan's first single "Do It Again" enters the pop charts. It will peak at #6 on February 11, 1973.

1972 Cat Stevens' Catch Bull at Four album hits #1.

1972 Bill Withers sings his recent hits "Lean On Me" and "Use Me" on the syndicated dance show Soul Train.

1971 Junior Parker dies during surgery for a brain tumor in Blue Island, Illinois, at age 39. Known for '50s R&B hits like "Feelin' Good," "Love My Baby," and "Mystery Train" (later covered by Elvis Presley).

1971 Procul Harum records Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

1970 After 13 years of marriage, Jerry Lee Lewis divorces Myra Gale Brown, the daughter of his bass-player cousin who was just 13 when they wed. She later claims that they spent just three nights together during their marriage. Lewis takes up abstinence and sobriety, but abandons that lifestyle after a few months.

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Nirvana Unplugs


Nirvana records an MTV Unplugged concert in New York. The show is shot in one take - imperfections and all - and is aired one month later.

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