Monday, November 13, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1961 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens and "The Twist" by Chubby Checker both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 A supposedly official biography of The Rolling Stones, "Our Own Story," is published as a paperback book.

In 1965 Fontella Bass makes her TV debut on ABC's "American Bandstand."

In 1965 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown and "Fever" by the McCoys both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 Rolling Stone Brian Jones buys Crotchford Farms in Sussex, England, the place where A.A. Milne wrote "Winnie The Pooh."

In 1970 The Carpenters' album "Close To You" and single "We've Only Just Begun" are both certified gold.

In 1971 "Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards and "Old Fashioned Love Song" by Three Dog Night both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1971 "Imagine" by John Lennon peaks at #3 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. is killed in a highway accident near Hernando, Mississippi.

In 1973 Peter, Paul & Mary's "In The Wind" album is certified gold.

In 1976 "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for eight weeks.

In 1985 Mayor Tom Bradley declares "Rock & Roll Day" in Los Angeles and dedicates the "Rock Walk of Fame."

In 1985 Stevie Wonder's album "In Square Circle" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1986 Bob Dylan is denied admission to a Tanya Tucker concert in Toronto, when he shows up in a parka and jeans.

In 1986 Little Richard puts his palm prints in Hollywood's "Rock Walk."

In 1987 The California Raisins' debut album is released.

In 1988 Mayor Bradley declares "Michael Jackson Month," as the singer opens a 6-night stand at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

In 1990 Palm Springs, CA, Mayor Sonny Bono says he'll investigate running for Senator. He announces his candidacy 10 months later.

In 1990 Madonna's album and video "The Immaculate Collection" is released.

In 1992 Elton John performs in Mexico for the first time. 90,000 people attend the concert in Mexico City.

In 1992 Sting receives an honorary degree from Northumbria University in his hometown of Newcastle, England.

In 1992 Annie Lennox's album "Diva" is certified platinum while Eric Clapton's CD "Unplugged" goes double platinum.

In 1995 M.C. Hammer plays a political benefit in Moscow for Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's "Our Home Is Russia" political party.

In 1997 Ray Charles conducts his first-ever online chat at rhino.com.

In 1997 The Spice Girls are booed at the 44th Premios Ondas Awards in Barcelona, Spain, during a a lip-synched performance of "Spice Up Your Life."

In 1997 Celine Dion's first single in Japanese, "Be The Man," is released. It was the theme to the Japanese TV drama "Eve."

In 1998 Pianist Kenny Kirkland (Wynton & Branford Marsalis) dies a heart attack. He was 43.

In 1998 Weezer's album "Weezer" is certified triple platinum.

In 1999 NBC announces that its upcoming "Saturday Night Live" would be hosted by Garth Brooks, with alter ego Chris Gaines appearing as the musical guest.

In 1999 Donald Mills, the last surviving member of the singing Mills Brothers, dies in Los Angeles at age 84.

In 2000 Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital.

In 2000 The Beatles launch their first official web site, thebeatles.com.

In 2002 Trumpeter and big-band leader William "Bill" Berry dies in Los Angeles after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

In 2004 Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (Russell Jones), 35, accidentally dies of a combination of cocaine and a prescription painkiller while working in the studio.

In 2016 Leon Russell, renowned multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborated with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and Elton John over the course of 50 years, dies at 74.

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