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.
1964, On the TV show Shindig! the Supremes sing “Baby Love” and “Come See About Me.” The Righteous Brothers also perform their non-hit “Little Latin Lupe Lu.”
1965, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all appeared at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland, North East England.
1966, The Who played at City Hall in Perth, Australia.
1967, Pink Floyd performed two shows at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, as part of a UK tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, and other lesser acts.
1967, The Who play the Festival of Music at the Cow Palace in San Francisco with The Association, the Everly Brothers, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Sopwith Camel, and the Sunshine Company. The Who are the curtain closers for the first half of the show.
1971, Memphis blues singer and musician Herman “Junior” Parker died during surgery for a brain tumor. He was 39 years old. Parker was discovered in 1952 by Ike Turner, who signed him to Modern Records. Parker then signed to Sun Records in 1953. There, they produced three successful songs including “Feelin’ Good,” a number five on the Billboard R&B charts.
1971, Led Zeppelin played at Sheffield University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1972, Cat Stevens started a three-week run at number one on the US album chart with Catch Bull At Four.
1972, Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose aged 29. He was a 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.
1973, Roxy Music appeared at Leicester University, Leicester, England.
1974, Genesis released the double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, their sixth studio album, and the last album by the group to include lead singer Peter Gabriel.
1975, Bruce Springsteen made his live debut in the UK at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. His set list was comprised of Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Spirit in the Night, Lost in the Flood, She’s the One, Born to Run, The E Street Shuffle / Havin’ a Party, It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City, Backstreets, Kitty’s Back, Jungleland, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) Encores: 4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy), Detroit Medley, For You, and a cover of Gary US Bonds’ Quarter To Three.
1976, Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGB’s New York. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion and was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols’ look and attitude.
1977, Aerosmith performed at Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita, Kansas.
1978, Billy Joel went to number one on the US album charts for seven weeks with his sixth studio album, 52nd Street. His first US chart topping album was also the first commercial album to be released on compact disc, by Sony Music Entertainment. Joel the 1979 Grammy for Album of the Year.
1978, Rush played at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.
1980, KISS appeared at the Adeleaide Fairgrounds, Adelaide, Australia.
1981, The Allman Brothers Band performed at Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia.
1983, Black Sabbath played at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago.
1983, R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show The Tube. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls in London.
1984, Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan wins Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards.
1987, Performing a second night in Los Angeles, U2 decide to support themselves as a fictional country group called the Dalton Brothers.
1993, Nirvana recorded their MTV Unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York. Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly. The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996.
2003, American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. He 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 the Bryan Adams’ ballad “(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.”
Born on November 18: Don Cherry, jazz musician (1936); Hank Ballard, US singer, songwriter (1936); Herman Rarebell, The Scorpions (1949); Gram Parker (1950); Rudy Sarzo, bass, Whitesnake (1950); Laura Lynch, songwriter,bass, founding member, Dixie Chicks (1958); Kim Wilde, singer (1960); Kirk Hammett, guitar, Metallica (1962); Duncan Sheik, singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor (1969);