2 November

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In Music History

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2020 Thanks to a swell of views from children home during the coronavirus pandemic, "Baby Shark" overtakes "Despacito" as the most-viewed video in YouTube history, with a little over 7 billion views.

2015 80-year-old Johnny Mathis returns home from an Ohio concert to find his iconic Hollywood Hills mansion, built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, engulfed in flames. The fire consumes nearly all of the singer's possessions, save for a few mementos.

2014 English clarinetist Acker Bilk, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Stranger On The Shore," dies at age 85 after years of health issues that included throat cancer, bladder cancer, and a stroke.

2013 'N Sync reunites for Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding, as his four bandmates serve as groomsmen for his nuptials to Karly Skladany.

2012 Brian Eno's new album LUX is previewed for travelers at Tokyo International Airport, a fitting move for a composer whose 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports was designed for such purpose.

2007 In Glasgow, a reunited Verve play their first show since 1998. The band part ways again in 2009.

2007 A right of passage for any up-and-coming British musical act, Laura Marling makes her debut on Later…with Jools Holland, performing the songs "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" before a live studio audience. The former Squeeze founder's late night music variety show has become an institution in the UK, and many other networks rebroadcast it around the world.

2006 Justin Timberlake hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards, where he also wins for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist. Gnarls Barkley wins Best Song for "Crazy."

2006 Surprising no one, Shakira is the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The Colombian pop star wins song and record of the year awards for "La Tortura," a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also receives trophies for female pop vocal album and album of the year for her Spanish-language Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1.

2005 Depeche Mode is forced to cancel their tour opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma devastates the area.

2003 David Cassidy guest stars on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, where he plays aging teen idol Boon Vincent. Of the character, Cassidy says: "I drew from my experiences meeting the most egotistical, egocentric human beings who have ever dawned on a stage."

2001 Country singer Buddy Starcher, known for the 1965 spoken-word recording "History Repeats Itself," dies at age 95.

2001 Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood" and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" each take three trophies at the Billboard Music Video Awards.

1999 Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot, shoots to #1 on the Billboard albums chart and goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.

1998 President Clinton gives his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network's BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.

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George Harrison Releases Cloud Nine, With #1 Hit "Got My Mind Set On You"


George Harrison releases Cloud Nine, a commercial comeback that includes the #1 hit "Got My Mind Set On You." It's the last album he puts out in his lifetime.

Harrison's previous album was Gone Troppo in 1982, which didn't move the needle. When he set out to make another, he looked for a producer on his level who could act as a true collaborator, and found one in Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra. After working on a song ("Zig Zag") for the movie Shanghai Surprise, which was produced by Harrison's film company, they got to work on Cloud Nine. Lynne co-wrote three of the tracks with Harrison, including "When We Was Fab," a playful send-up of Beatlemania. Many of the same musicians who contributed to Harrison's 1970 landmark All Things Must Pass return to help him out, including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Gary Wright and Jim Keltner. Elton John also plays on three tracks. Harrison has his own label, Dark Horse, but it's distributed through Warner Bros., which got a dud with Gone Troppo. They push Cloud Nine hard, commissioning big-budget videos and launching an extensive promotional campaign. It pays off when the first single, "Got My Mind Set On You," a cover of a 1962 song originally recorded by James Ray, gives Harrison his first #1 in America since "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" 24 years earlier. Harrison teams up with Lynne to form The Traveling Wilburys, but doesn't release another album in his lifetime. After he dies of cancer in 2001, his son Dhani completes an album he was working on called Brainwashed, which is released in 2002.



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