1948 John "Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboardist for Free) is born in Houston, Texas.
1944 The Mutual radio network broadcasts the first episode of The Roy Rogers Show, also featuring the Whippoorwills and The Sons Of The Pioneers.
1944 Harry James records "I'm Beginning To See The Light."
1941 David Porter, singer-songwriter and producer, is born in Memphis, Tennessee. A prolific songwriter, he's known for contributing to hits like Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Comin," Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover," and Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
1941 Sax player Andrew Love (of The Memphis Horns) is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Contributed to the legendary horn sound on recordings by Stax Records performers like Otis Redding.
1940 Blues musician Dr. John is born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1934 The Cole Porter musical Anything Goes opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre.
1933 Country singer Jean Shepard is born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. Her biggest hit was 1953's "A Dear John Letter," a duet with Ferlin Husky, which topped the country chart and peaked at #4 on the pop chart.
1907 Songwriter, arranger Buck Ram is born Samuel Ram in Chicago, Illinois. Known for his work with The Platters, among other greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. (You can also spot him under the pseudonyms Ande Rand, Lynn Paul and Jean Miles.)
1904 Coleman Hawkins, jazz tenor saxophonist, is born in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
1846 The literary character Sweeney Todd makes his first ever appearance, in a short story The String of Pearls: A Romance. The story later becomes a musical, complete with the song "The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd."
1695 Baroque composer Henry Purcell dies at age 35 (or 36) from an indeterminate cause.
Adam Sandler sings "The Thanksgiving Song" on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.Read more
2000 Backstreet Boys release their fourth album, Black & Blue. Catering to the screaming teenage girl demographic, they promote it with an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live. The album is one of biggest debuts in history, with initial shipments of about 6 million.More
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