This Day In Music: 11/17/11

Here is the “This Day In Music” for today.


Musician Birthdays: Gordon Lightfoot (Canadian singer/songwriter, born in 1938), Rupaul (US male drag queen & rapper, born in 1960), Jeff Buckley (US Singer/songwriter, born in 1966)

– In 1962: The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, the group’s second No.1 of the year. It made No.13 in the UK.

– In 1967: Pink Floyd released their third single ‘Apples And Oranges’, which failed to chart.

– In 1967: The Who kicked off their second North American tour supporting The Buckinghams at Shawnee Mission South High School in Kansas City.

– In 1973: The Who’s double album ‘Quadrophenia’ entered the UK album chart peaking at No.2. One of two two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1969 ‘Tommy’). The 1979 film based on the story stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.

– In 1974: John Lennon scored his second solo US No.1 album with ‘Walls And Bridges.’

– In 1979: Jethro Tull bass player John Glascock died at the age of 28, as a result of a congenital heart defect. Had also been a member of Chicken Shack.

– In 1979: The Commodores went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Still’, the group’s second US No.1 single, it made No.4 in the UK.

– In 1990: David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young was admitted to hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder and ankle after crashing his Harley Davidson motorbike.

– In 2003: 21 year-old Britney Spears became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The only other performer to get a Hollywood star at her age was Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert.

– In 2007: The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.

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