8 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1994 A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit.

1988 Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.

1987 The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean Martin.

1987 Generating footage for their Rattle and Hum documentary, U2 play a free "Save the Yuppie" concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture.

1986 At the Country Club in Los Angeles, California, Metallica play their first show with bassist Jason Newsted, the replacement for Cliff Burton, who was killed in a tour bus accident in September.

1977 Suzi Quatro makes her first of seven appearances on the TV series Happy Days, playing tough-yet-adorable Leather Tuscadero, the little sister of Fonzie's ex-girlfriend Pinky. Quatro was raised in Michigan but little known in America; in the UK, she's a star, with two #1 hits: "Devil Gate Drive" and "Can The Can."

1977 At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello performs his debut album, My Aim Is True, with the band Clover, which backed him on the album. Members of Clover go on to form Huey Lewis & the News.

1977 Country singer Bucky Covington is born William Joel Covington III, along with identical twin brother Robert, in Rockingham, North Carolina. Bucky will go on to compete on Season 5 of American Idol, taking eighth place.

1976 George Harrison releases The Best Of George Harrison.

1975 John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.

1975 Elton John's album Rock Of The Westies hits #1 in America. It's his third #1 album of 1975, following Elton John's Greatest Hits and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

1975 David Bowie makes his US television debut on the CBS variety show Cher, performing "Fame." Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher.

1974 R&B singer-songwriter Ivory Joe Hunter dies of lung cancer at age 60. Chart-topping hits include "Pretty Mama Blues" (1947), "I Almost Lost My Mind" (1949), "I Need You So" (1950), and "Since I Met You Baby" (1956).

1973 Bob Dylan records "Forever Young" and "On A Night Like This."

1971 Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.

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