This Day In Music: 11/18/11

Here’s the “This Day In Music For the Day”. Enjoy.


Musician Birthdays: Graham Parker (singer/songwriter, born in 1950), Kirk Hammett (lead guitarist for Metallica, born in 1962)

– In 1963: The Beatles received silver LP discs for ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘With the Beatles’ at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for ‘Twist and Shout’ and a silver single for ‘She Loves You’. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests.

– In 1972: Cat Stevens started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Catch Bull At Four’.

– In 1972: Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose aged 29. Member of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and writer of ‘I Don’t Wanna Talk About It’, covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge and Everything But The Girl. The Neil Young song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).

– In 1978: Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with ’52nd Street’, his first US No.1 album.

– In 1992: Black Sabbath were honoured with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

– In 1993: Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York.

– In 1993: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace after a fight broke out in a bar.

– In 2001: Britney Spears scored her second US No.1 album with ‘Britney.’

– In 2003: More than five hundred Britney Spears fans camped overnight outside the Virgin Records Megastore in New York’s Times Square waiting to get the star to sign copies of her new album ‘In The Zone.’

– In 2003: Following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy, police raided Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch. Jackson denied the allegations, the search came on the day that his latest greatest hits album, ‘Number Ones’ was released in the US.

– In 2003: American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’


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