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Today's Birthdays, 11/21

  • Dr. John is 74.
  • The McCoys drummer Randy Zehringer is 65.
  • War keyboardist Lonnie Jordan is 66.
  • Songwriter David Porter is 73.  He's best known for his work with Isaac Hayes.  As the house composers for Stax Records, they wrote such hits as "Soul Man" and "Hold On! I'm Coming!"


Today In History
In 1960

  • Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" hit number five on the pop singles chart.  It was one of four songs he had running in the Hot 100 chart.
  • The Shirelles released the single "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
  • George Harrison was deported from Germany, where The Beatles were working in Hamburg, because he was under the age of 18.


In 1962

  • Elvis Presley's eleventh movie, "Girls, Girls, Girls," opened in theaters.


In 1963

  • Britain's House of Commons addressed the question of whether The Beatles should be allowed police protection from their overenthusiastic fans.
  • The Dave Clark Five released the single "Glad All Over" in the UK.
  • Elvis Presley's movie "Fun in Acapulco" had its premiere.

In 1964

  • Jay & the Americans' "Come A Little Bit Closer" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
  • The Supremes' "Come See About Me," Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Goin' Out Of My Head," and The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance" broke into the Top 40.
  • Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is" broke into the Hot 100 chart.

In 1967

  • The Who released the album "The Who Sell Out," featuring the hit "I Can See For Miles."
  • The Beatles were working on their film "Magical Mystery Tour" at a studio in London.


In 1968

  • The Supremes & Temptations released the single "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."


In 1970

  • The Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Santana's "Black Magic Woman," The Fifth Dimension's "One Less Bell To Answer," Chicago's "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," The Supremes' "Stoned Love," and Badfinger's "No Matter What" were among the songs entering the Top 40 chart.
  • Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1974

  • Marty Balin rejoined the Jefferson Starship.


In 1975

  • Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


In 1980

  • Don Henley was arrested for possession of cocaine, marijuana, and Quaaludes, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after paramedics came to his Los Angeles home and treated a naked 16-year-old girl who was suffering from drug intoxication. 


In 1981

  • Bob Dylan wrapped up his Shot of Love tour with a show in Lakeland, Florida.  It was one of Dylan's longest performances ever, including 28 songs and six encores.
  • The Queen-David Bowie duet "Under Pressure" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1982

  • Joni Mitchell married bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California.


In 1985

  • Dionne Warwick released the album "Friends."


In 1987

  • Billy Idol hit number one on the pop singles chart with his live version of "Mony Mony."
  • Bruce Springsteen's "Brilliant Disguise" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

In 1988

  • Jimmy Page launched a solo UK tour with a show at the Birmingham Hummingbird.
  • Pink Floyd released the live album "The Delicate Sound of Thunder."


In 1991

  • Jimi Hendrix received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Aerosmith appeared in animated form on "The Simpsons."

In 1993

  • A mural of Jimi Hendrix was unveiled above the Seattle music store where his father bought him his first electric guitar.


In 1995

  • Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant died from a heart attack.
  • "The Beatles Anthology, Volume 1" arrived in stores, and 450-thousand copies of the set were sold on its first day out.

In 2003

  • James Brown marked the 40th anniversary of the recording of his legendary album "Live at the Apollo" with the first of two concerts at the famed New York City venue.
  • "The Los Angeles Times" reported that Phil Spector had told his chauffeur, quote, "I think I killed somebody" on the night Lana Clarkson died at his home in California.
  • Paul McCartney and Elton John were among those slated to attend a lunch for President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.

In 2006

  • The former Cat Stevens said he'd resolved his 2004 security issue with the U.S. government, and was no longer on a federal terrorist watch list.


In 2007

  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band keyboardist Danny Federici confirmed that he had been diagnosed with melanoma, and he was taking a leave of absence from the group to begin cancer treatments.


In 2011

  • James Taylor took part in a special "In Performance at the White House" concert salute to country music.
  • Jimmy Buffett made a guest appearance on the TV series "Hawaii Five-0."  He portrayed a helicopter pilot who helped the Five-0 team with a rescue mission in North Korea.
  • Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.;" The Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main Street;" Paul Simon's "Graceland;" Santana's 1969 self-titled effort; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's "Deja Vu" were among the albums inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  Singles receiving the honor included Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," and Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."


Today's Birthdays, Nov. 20th
Joe Walsh is 67.
Norman Greenbaum is 72.  He's best known for the 1969 hit "Spirit in the Sky."
 
Today In History
In 1955
Bo Diddley performed the tune "Bo Diddley" on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1961
Chubby Checker's "The Twist" broke into the Top 40.
Bob Dylan began recording sessions for his first album.

In 1965
  • The Supremes' "I Hear A Symphony" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
  • Len Barry's "I-2-3" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
  • Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
  • Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.
  • James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" broke into the Top 40.
  • Simon & Garfunkel released the album "Sounds of Silence."


In 1967
The Beach Boys released the album "Smiley Smile" in the
UK.

In 1969
The Rolling Stones kicked off a four night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden, which were recorded for the album "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out."

In 1971
Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart.
Three Dog Night's "An Old Fashioned Love Song" broke into the Top 40.

In 1972
Neil Diamond released the album "Hot August Night."

In 1973
The Who's Keith Moon collapsed on stage twice -- reportedly from jet lag.  Pete Townshend then took an audience member to play drums and finish the set with the band.

In 1975

  • Who bassist John Entwistle was arrested for disorderly conduct at an after concert party in Houston.
  • Ringo Starr released the album "Blast From Your Past."


In 1976

  • Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
  • The Bee Gees' "Love So Right" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
  • The Captain and Tennille's "Muskrat Love" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
  • Elton John's single "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" broke into the Top 40 chart.
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band released the song "Blinded By The Light."
  • George Harrison appeared on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."  His album "The Best of George Harrison" was also released in the UK.


In 1981
Ringo Starr released the album "Stop & Smell the Roses."

In 1982
Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" broke into the Top 40.

In 1990
Chuck Berry received two years' probation for a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

In 1991
The Rolling Stones signed a deal with Virgin Records worth 45-million-dollars, which at the time was the most lucrative contract offered by a record company.

In 1993
A street in Augusta, Georgia was dedicated "James Brown Boulevard."

In 1994
David Crosby received his much needed liver transplant at UCLA Medical Center.

In 1995
The Beatles single "Free As A Bird" was released.

In 2001
Charlie Daniels underwent surgery for prostate cancer.
Mick Jagger released the album "Goddess in the Doorway."

In 2003

  • Michael Jackson traveled from Las Vegas to California to surrender to authorities in response to an arrest warrant on child molestation charges.  He was photographed and fingerprinted, he turned in his passport, and he posted a three-million-dollar bond.
  • Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson.  During his arraignment he pled not guilty to the charge.
  • The late George Harrison, ZZ Top, Silver Bullet Band frontman Bob Seger, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, and Traffic were among the inductees announced for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2004.


In 2005
The Cars announced its plans for a reunion, calling the group The New Cars and tapping Todd Rundgren to be the band's frontman.

In 2007

  • Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artemus Pyle was released from a Florida jail on ten-thousand-dollars bail.  He had spent the night at the facility because state records indicated he hadn't adequately registered as a sex offender.  He denied the allegations, claiming the police, quote, "got it wrong."  Pyle's sex offender status stemmed from a guilty plea in 1993 to charges relating to sexual misconduct with a minor.
  • Diana Ross' father, Fred Ross, died at his home in Detroit.  He was 87.
  • James Brown estate trustees Buddy Dallas and Alford Bradley resigned amid allegations of mismanagement.  A third trustee had stepped down a few months earlier, and was facing jail time because he couldn't account for at least seven-million-dollars that was missing from the estate.


In 2008
Kiss' Gene Simmons was the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which took place in New York.  The event also included the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's "Magic" trek getting the nod for Top Tour and Top Draw and The Allman Brothers Band earning Legends Of Live honors.

In 2011
Elton John took part in a ceremony in Singapore in which an orchid was named in his honor.

In 2012
Rush was aded to the RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

In 2013
Elvis Presley's "Merry Christmas...Love Elvis" debuted at number 147 on the Billboard 200 to become his record-extending 129th album to appear on the chart.  Frank Sinatra has the second-most Billboard 200 chart appearances, with 82.