Music History November 14

Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt

Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt


1905 – John Henry Barbee, American blues singer and guitarist (d. 1964)
1915 – Martha Tilton, American popular singer (d. 2006)
1919 – Johnny Desmond, American popular singer (d. 1985)
1936 – Carey Bell, American blues singer and harmonica player (d. 2007)
1936 – Freddie Garrity, English singer (Freddie and the Dreamers) (d. 2006)
1936 – Cornell Gunter, American singer (The Coasters and The Flairs) (d. 1990)
1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordionist and zydeco musician. (d. 2016)
1949 – James Young, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Styx)
1951 – Frankie Banali, American drummer and songwriter (Quiet Riot and W.A.S.P.)
1951 – Stephen Bishop, American singer-songwriter, guitarist
1951 – Alec John Such, American bass player (Bon Jovi)
1952 – Johnny A., American guitarist
1954 – Anson Funderburgh, American blues guitarist and bandleader
1961 – Brett Walker, American songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
1964 – Rockie Lynne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1964 – Joseph Simmons, American rapper and producer (Run–D.M.C.)
1967 – Nina Gordon, American singer-songwriter (Veruca Salt)
1969 – Butch Walker, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (SouthGang and Marvelous 3)
1970 – Brendan Benson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Raconteurs)
1973 – Moka Only, Canadian singer-songwriter (Swollen Members)
1974 – Joe Principe, American singer and bass player (Rise Against and 88 Fingers Louie)
1978 – Chris Shar, American bass player (Stiffed and Man Man)


2011 – Jackie Leven, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doll by Doll) (b. 1950)
2012 – Martin Fay, Irish fiddler (The Chieftains) (b. 1936)


1952 – The British music paper New Musical Express publishes its first record chart. The first Number One: Al Martino’s “Here In My Heart.”

1957 – The Boston stop on Alan Freed’s “Biggest Show Of Stars” concert is the scene of yet another rock and roll “riot” when five audience members are arrested for fighting during a performance by Fats Domino. One audience member, a sailor, is stabbed during the fight.

1960 – Ray Charles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with “Georgia On My Mind.” The cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s 1930 standard, became the first of three No.1 hits for the singer.

1964 – At the start of her first UK tour, Dusty Springfield causes a furor when she tells a local magazine: “I wish I’d been born colored. When it comes to singing and feeling, I want to be one of them and not me. Then I see how some of them are treated and I thank God I’m white.”

1964 – Them, the Van Morrison-led band who would later
score a hit with the garage-rock classic “Gloria,” backs up legendary bluesman Jimmy Reed during a British tour.

1967 – Pink Floyd begin their first UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London, playing on a package bill with The Move, Nice, Amen Corner, and the headliner, the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

1977 – KISS played the first date on their 51-date Alive II Tour at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1981 – The Police had their fourth UK No.1 single with “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” It went to No.3 hit in the US.

1987 – In a initially awkward but eventually moving live event, David Letterman convinces guest Cher to sing “I Got You Babe” just one more time with embittered ex Sonny Bono on his NBC-TV Late Night program. Both Sonny and Cher are left in tears, though no reunion is forthcoming.

1990 – This week’s issue of Newsweek hits the stands, featuring what seems like a stark admission from the Who’s Pete Townshend — he’s bisexual. “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman,” he says. “And I won’t be classified as just a man.” About his song “Rough Boys,” which some saw as a gay anthem, he says, “…In a way it was a coming-out. That it was a real acknowledgment of the fact that I’d been surrounded by people that I really adored — and was actually sexually attracted to — who were men. And that the side of me that responded to those people was a passive side, a subordinate side.”

2000 – The trial of Michael Abram began. He had attacked George Harrison and his wife in their home in Britain on December 30, 1999.

2006 – Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.

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