26 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2016 The Kensington, Prince Edward Island, police department makes a Facebook post threatening drunk drivers with Nickelback. "On top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year's driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail," it reads. The constable who posted it later apologizes.

2011 English drummer Keef Hartley (of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band) dies at age 67.

2011 Sugarland's lead vocalist, Jennifer Nettles, marries her boyfriend of two years, Justin Miller, at a chapel in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains.

2010 Duffy releases her second album, Endlessly, in the UK. Unlike her breakthrough debut Rockferry, it gets little attention, with no hit singles.More

2008 Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album fails to achieve massive first-week sales numbers, and Axl Rose points the finger at Dr. Pepper for not having honored its promise made back in March 2008, when the soda company had offered everybody in the US a free can of soda if Guns N' Roses released in 2008 the album which had been announced by Axl Rose for many years.

2008 Atlantic Records becomes the first major label whose digital sales have surpassed its CD sales. Downloads of music and ringtones now account for more than half of Atlantic's US sales.

2006 Raul Velasco, longtime host and producer of the Mexican variety show Siempre en Domingo (Always On Sunday), dies of complications of Hepatitis C at age 73.

2006 Tony "Panama" Silvester (of The Main Ingredient) dies after a six-year battle with cancer (multiple myeloma) at age 65.

2003 James Carter (of James Carter and the Prisoners) dies at age 77. His lead vocal on the prison work song "Po' Lazarus" earned him $20,000 when it was used in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000, over 40 years after it was recorded.

2002 Actor and major Elvis fan Nicolas Cage divorces the King's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, after less than four months, citing "irreconcilable differences."

2002 After nearly 40 years, The Statler Brothers play their last concert ever at the Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

2001 At the Queen's Royal Command Performance in London, Elton John, Cher and Donny Osmond perform.

2001 Elton John appears on the show Ally McBeal in the "I Want Love" episode.

1999 98 Degrees melds music and commerce in a novel way when the teen act performs several of its songs and sells some exclusive band merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.

1999 Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes issues a challenge to her TLC bandmates, proposing that they each make solo albums, with the winner determined by sales totals.More

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Arlo Guthrie Arrested For Dumping


After cleaning a church in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where they had Thanksgiving dinner the day before, Arlo Guthrie and a friend clean up the place, but toss the trash down a hill when they can't find an open dump. They are arrested, fined $25 each, and forced to pick up the garbage. When they return to the church, Guthrie writes "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" about the incident, embellishing some details.

Three days after the arrest, the Berkshire Eagle reports on the event, explaining how the chief of police sleuthed them out by riffling through the trash for two hours before finding a piece of paper that identified Ray Brock, who lived in the church with his wife, Alice (the church is known as "Alice's Restaurant" because of the many meals she serves there). Running over 18-minutes long, the song is a long narrative of the happenings that day and the aftermath, but greatly exaggerated - there were not five police officers taking forensic evidence at the crime scene, and Guthrie did not get out of Vietnam because of his criminal record (he got out of it because his number wasn't called in the draft). The song becomes a Thanksgiving classic and Guthrie's franchise. In 1967, he performs it at the Newport Folk Festival, and in 1969 he stars in a movie, also called Alice's Restaurant, which re-tells the story. In 1991, he buys the church and re-names it "The Guthrie Center," running programs for kids. The center also honors his father, the folk singer Woody Guthrie.



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