26th Nov 1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream's Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker's drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing. More on Cream: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/disraeli_gears
18th Nov 1970, Led Zeppelin III was at No.1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page's http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_iii
6th Dec 1988, American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Pretty Woman', plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/roy_orbison
5th Dec 1973, Paul McCartney released Band On The Run, his fifth album since his departure from The Beatles. Two hit singles from the album – 'Jet' and 'Band on the Run' made it McCartney's most successful album. More on Band On The Run: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/band_on_the_run
2nd Dec 1976, The first day of the photo shoot for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover took place at Battersea Power Station in London, England with a giant inflatable pig lashed between two of the structure's tall towers. More on Animals: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/animals
Happy birthday Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne), born on 3rd Dec 1948. Singer with Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single 'Paranoid', the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005.). Solo (1986 UK No.20 single 'Shot In The Dark'). Star of The Osbournes MTV show. More on Ozzy: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/ozzy
23rd Nov 1979, Pink Floyd released 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and a further 9 countries. Featuring children from Islington Green School in North London, close to Floyd's Britannia Row Studios, it was the group’s first UK single since Point Me At The Sky in 1968, and their first chart hit since See Emily Play in 1967. More here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pag…/another_brick_in_the_wall
27th Nov 1942, Born on this day, Jimi Hendrix guitarist, singer, songwriter who had the 1967 UK No.6 single 'Hey Joe', the 1970 UK No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile', and the 1968 US No.1 and UK No.6 album 'Electric Ladyland'. More on Hendrix here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/jimi_hendrix
1st Dec 1973, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Top Of The World', becoming the duo's second of three No.1 singles, following '(They Long to Be) Close to You' and preceding 'Please Mr. Postman.' More on The Carpenters here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/the_carpenters
30th Nov 1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman.' Jimmy Webb's inspiration for the lyrics to 'Wichita Lineman' came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/glen_campbell
19th Nov 1983, Tom Evans from Badfinger, committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. Evans co-wrote 'Without You' a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Badfinger had 4 consecutive hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), "No Matter What", "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison), and "Baby Blue". More on Badfinger here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/badfinger
8th Nov 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, More on Led Zeppelin iv here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/led_zeppelin_iv
Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell, (Roberta Anderson), born on 7th Nov 1943. Canadian singer, songwriter, 1970 UK No.11 single 'Big Yellow Taxi', 1974 US No.7 single ‘Help Me’. She wrote 'Both Sides Now' a hit for Judy Collins and 'Woodstock' a hit for Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Mitchell's work is highly respected by critics, and she has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres.
22nd Nov 1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
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