20 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1973 Allan Sherman, famous for novelty songs like "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" and "The Drinking Man's Diet," dies of emphysema at age 48.

1972 Elton John releases "Crocodile Rock" in the US.

1971 Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1970 The Kinks' Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a section of the lead vocals for the group's latest single, "Apeman." Radio stations are objecting to the line "The air pollution is foggin' up my eyes," claiming "foggin'" sounds too much like another f-word.

1970 Tom Waits gets his first-ever paid gig, appearing as "Thomas Waits" and receiving $25.00 by opening for Michael Milner and Claire Hart.

1968 Janis Joplin's manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which becomes the Kozmic Blues Band.

1966 The Kander-Ebb musical Cabaret, featuring Joel Grey and Bert Convy, opens on Broadway.

1965 Michael Diamond aka Mike D (of Beastie Boys) is born in New York City.

1965 "I Hear A Symphony" by The Supremes goes to #1 in America for the first of two weeks.

1964 John Lennon acts out his own "Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me)," taken from his recent book of whimsy In His Own Write, for later broadcast on BBC's comedy show Not Only... But Also, assisted by Dudley Moore and Norman Rossington.

1961 Bob Dylan records "You're No Good," "Fixin' To Die," "House Of The Risin' Sun," "Talking New York," "Song To Woody," "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down," "In My Time of Dyin'."

1961 Billboard reports on the stunning popularity of the "Twist" craze: Three separate films, starring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Dion, are scheduled for production, and New York television station WOR is airing hourly twist lessons of between one and five minutes, also featuring Checker.

1959 Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show Alan Freed's Big Beat Party, is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.

1957 Jim Brown (drummer for UB40) is born in Birmingham, England.

1957 The Silhouettes release "Get A Job."

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