1967, The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and bans them from ever appearing there again.
1968, Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage. John Lennon has a Nagra tape recorder sent to the hospital so he can record the last heartbeats of his son, who is named John Ono Lennon II.
1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England.
1969, The Doors played the first of two nights at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City.
1970, The Partridge Family started a three week run at number one on the US singles chart with “I Think I Love You.” The song was featured in the first episode of The Partridge Family TV series, made by the same company that made The Monkees.
1970, Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at number one on the singles chart with “Voodoo Chile” the guitarist’s only chart topping single.
1971, Elton John kicked off a 13-date UK tour at The Coventry Theatre, promoting his new album Madman Across The Water. The album cover was embroidered over two weeks by Janis Larkham, wife of the album art director David Larkham. She used the back of an old Levi’s jacket, and the original was gifted to Sir Elton.
1972, Hawkwind play at St.Andrews Hall, Norwich, England.
1973, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention perform at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York.
1974, Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York City for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.
1975, To commemorate Elton John week in Los Angeles, the singer received a Star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
1975, The Sex Pistols appeared at Westfield College, Frognal, London.
1976, The Stranglers, supported by Chelsea, appeared at The Nashville, London, England. This was Billy Idol’s last gig with Chelsea, who then joined fame in the punk band Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1976, Foghat perform at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1977, Queen play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, while Jethro Tull appears at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
1979, Country-rock act Dr Hook were at number one on the UK singles chart with “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman,” their only UK chart topper. It was a top six hit in the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.
1980, Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug over-dose, he received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.
1981, Queen and David Bowie were at number one with “Under Pressure.” They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie’s first released collaboration with another recording artist.
1983, Michael Jackson’s 14-minute video for “Thriller,” was premiered in Los Angeles. Directed by John Landis and co-starring former Playboy centerfold Ola Ray. The video, like the song, contains a spoken word performance by horror film veteran Vincent Price. The video was filmed at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, the zombie dance sequence at the junction of Union Pacific Avenue and South Calzona Street in East Los Angeles and the final house scene in the Angeleno Heights neighborhood at 1345 Carroll Avenue.
1987, Billy Idol knocked Tiffany from the top singles position on the US singles chart with his version of Tommy James’ “Mony Mony.” Tiffany had been at number one with another Tommy James song “I Think We’re Alone Now.”
1988, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, appearing with John Miles and Jason Bonham, the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
1991, Aerosmith made a guest appearance on The Simpsons TV animated comedy. Other acts who have appeared on the show included Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, U2, The Moody Blues, The B-52’s, The Who, R.E.M., Phish, Blink-182, Metallica, and The White Stripes.
1995, Legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant, died from a heart attack aged 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early ’60s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.
1995, The Beatles Anthology Vol 1 was released in the US, featuring 60 tracks including the track “Free As A Bird,” a song originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995 a studio version of the recording was released as a single by The Beatles, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
1995, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Ghost of Tom Joad Tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first of 128 shows.
2003, An acoustic guitar on which the late Beatle George Harrison learned to play fetched £276,000 ($441,600) at a London auction. His father originally bought the Egmond guitar for Harrison for £3.50. Another item auctioned was a signed invitation to the post-premiere celebrations for The Beatles Hard Days Night film, which went for £17,250 ($27,600.)
2007, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were suing a US network over the name of its TV show, Californication, saying the title was “immediately associated in the mind of the consumer,” with its 1999 album and single release. The band filed a lawsuit against Showtime Network. Five years after the filing there was no public resolution to the matter.
Born on November 21: Dr John, aka Malcolm John Rebennack (1940); Lonnie Jordan, War (1948); Alphonse Mouzon, drummer, songwriter, Weather Report, The Eleventh House (1948); Livingston Taylor (1950); Brian Ritchie, bass, Violent Femmes (1960); Bjork Gudmundsdottir, singer, actress, The Sugarcubes (1965); and Alex James, bass, Blur (1968)