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November 4th Today in Music History -A Day after Election Day 2020

Since we do not know, as per today’s news, who is our President, the only thing sure is my list of Today’s Event on Music History.


Felix Mendelssohn passed away. He was a composer, pianist, and conductor. one of the most-celebrated figures of the early Romantic period. In his music Mendelssohn largely observed Classical models and practices while initiating key aspects of Romanticism—the artistic movement that exalted feeling and the imagination above rigid forms and traditions. Remembered for one of his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Hector Berlioz Les Troyens was premiered in France at the Theatre de la Ville.

was his largest and most ambitious work, and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. It represented the pinnacle of his creative abilities, and the convergence of all the major influences, both literary and musical, that had shaped his artistic personality. Of all his great works it was also the one that took longest to mature. Its roots go back to Berlioz’s childhood: he relates in his Mémoires how his father introduced him to the poetry of Virgil, and how moved he was in particular by the story of the death of Dido, queen of Carthage, as told in the fourth book of the Aeneid.

It was the longest opera performed in stage in 1863, not taking into consideration it rehearsals. Berlioz was very jealous of his work and dislike other people conducting his masterpieces. However, in Paris there was a policy that operas should be conducted or directed by someone else different to its composer.

Berlioz attended all the rehearsals for Les Troyens over a period of weeks; he no doubt gave plentiful advice but found the experience exhausting. In his letters and his Memoirs, he commented on every aspect of the performances (orchestra, singers, actors, etc). However, he said nothing about the conductor, whose name and very existence are never mentioned. Nor does he ever comment in his letters on the tempi at which his music was played.


Pianist Joe Sullivan born in Chicago, IL.  graduated from the Chicago Conservatory and was an important contributor to the Chicago jazz scene of the 1920s. He was in New York during the next decade and his solo recordings include an original (“Little Rock Getaway”) that would become a standard. In 1936, Sullivan joined Bob Crosby’s band, but tuberculosis put him in the hospital for ten months and Bob Zurke replaced him (having a hit with “Little Rock Getaway!”). However, Sullivan recovered, led his own record dates, and was involved in a lot of jam sessions with the Condon gang in the 1940s. By the 1950s he was largely forgotten, playing solo in San Francisco and drinking much more than he should. Despite an occasional recording and a successful appearance at the Teagarden family reunion at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival, Sullivan’s prime years were long gone by the time he passed away.


With voice & music transmission for mass entertainment still in the experimental stages, David Sarnoff of American Marconi wrote a memo suggesting what he called a “radio music box” for radio reception.


Gabriel Fauré passed away. He was a French composer and teacher. For many years he was a church organist and later he was Paris Conservatory’s Director. Among his students were: Maurice Ravel, Enesco, Flourent, and Nadia Boulanger. His best known work is Requiem Mass (1887).

Fauré studied piano with Camille Saint-Saëns, who introduced him to the music of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. While still a student, Fauré published his first composition, a work for piano, Trois romances sans paroles (1863). In 1896 he was appointed church organist at the church of La Madeleine in Paris and professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory. In 1905 he succeeded Théodore Dubois as director of the conservatory, and he remained in office until ill health and deafness forced him to resign in 1920

Louis Armstrong records Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust.”


Harry Elston is celebrating his birthday. He was a member of  The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).

Elston had been singing with the Hi-Fi’s in the mid-60s, warming up for Ray Charles in tours across the country. When that group split in 1966, members Marilyn McCoo and Lamont McLemore went on to co-found the enormously successful Fifth Dimension and Elston started the Friends, whose sound was similar to, and often confused with, the Fifth Dimension — both included tightly harmonizing men and women dressed in late 60s “hip” clothing — though the Friends’ music was generally more soulful

You’re a Sweet Little Headache, from the movie Paris Honeymoon, was recorded by Bing Crosby — on Decca.


Delbert McClinton, US singer, songwriter, (1980 US No.8 single ‘Giving It Up For Your Love’), worked with Bruce Channel, wrote ‘Two More Bottles Of Wine’ country No.1 for Emmylou Harris. He turned 80 this year. November marks his 63rd year on stage. From the road houses of Fort Worth to Carnegie Hall and the White House, Delbert admits that he has always been “a fugitive from the law of averages.” Delbert wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on Tall, Dark & Handsome, and Rolling Stone said, “It’s not a stretch to say that McClinton is making the best music of his career.”  


The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Paper Doll” by The Mills Brothers.


American singer Sherri Payne best known as the final lead singer of The Supremes from 1973 until 1977. Payne is the younger sister of singer Freda Payne.


Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker records “Klactoveedsedstene” with drummer Max Roach.

Mike Smith from Welsh rock group Amen Corner who had the 1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ plus five other UK Top 40 hits.


Perry Como recorded his next #1 hit single (& million seller) “Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes.”


English singer, musician, songwriter Chris Difford, who was a founding member of Squeeze. Some of their best-known songs are ‘Tempted’, ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’, ‘Cool for Cats’ and ‘Up the Junction’. Difford now works as a solo artist.


Jackie Wilson made his US chart debut with ‘Reet Petite’, (it made No.1 in the UK in 1986, 29 years after its first release).

James Honeyman-Scott, with English-American rock band The Pretenders, who had the 1980 UK No.1 single with ‘Brass In Pocket’. He died on 16th June 1982 of heart failure caused by cocaine intolerance.


The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty.


Cliff Richard scored his first UK No.1 album with his 5th release ’21 Today’. The album was released on October 14, 1961, the exact date of Cliff Richard’s 21st birthday. Side 1 of the album contained rock tunes while side 2 consisted of ballads.

Bob Dylan gave his first major concert outside of Greenwich Village. The Carnegie Hall solo appearance was seen by just 53 people who paid two dollars each.


The night after The Rolling Stones had just come off a 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers, they kicked off another 50-date UK club tour at the Top Rank Ballroom in Preston.

The Beatles topped the bill at The Royal Variety Show at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London. With the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in the audience, this was the night when John Lennon made his famous remark ‘In the cheaper seats you clap your hands. The rest of you, just rattle your jewelry’. The show was broadcast on UK television on the Nov 10th 1963.


The Beatles recorded “What Goes On,” the only song credited to Lennon/McCartney/Starkey.


The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations’, entered the UK chart and went on to be a UK & US No.1 hit single. As a child, Brian Wilson’s mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations”. Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.


Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they appeared at the Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring singer Janis Joplin and singer / songwriter Richie Havens.


Cream played their final US show on Long Island

Pink Floyd recorded ‘Point Me At The Sky’ and ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ at Abbey Road Studios, London.


Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60. The group who formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis, had the 1939 US hit ‘If I Didn’t Care’, and ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position for 13 weeks.


David Bowie released his third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World in the US – the first with the nucleus of what would become the “Spiders from Mars”, backing band. The album was released in the UK in April the following year.

The Beach Boys played the first of four nights at one of rock’s most famous venues, the ‘Whisky A Go-Go’ club in LA.


The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park, London, England appearing on the first of three nights.


American reggae singer-songwriter Johnny Nash posed wearing a leather jacket in London in July 1975. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Johnny Nash started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, his only US chart topper, it made No.5 in the UK. Nash is also known for his reggae music. He was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica


The Last Waltz, the movie of The Band’s final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.


Crosby Stills Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over a $1 million claiming he was owed from sales of their album ‘Deja Vu’

Springhill, Nova Scotia-born Anne Murray‘s ‘You Needed Me’ reached #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart.  It proved to be Anne’s only US #1

Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Living In The USA.


The Police released ‘Walking on the Moon’ as the second single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc which became the band’s second No.1 hit in the UK. Sting has said that he wrote the song when he was drunk one night after a concert in Munich. The following morning, he remembered the song and wrote it down.


Prince played the first of seven nights at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the start of his 87-date North American Purple Rain tour. The outing marked the live debut of his new band The Revolution


Roxette scored their second US No.1 single with ‘Listen To Your Heart’, a No.6 hit in the UK the following year


Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T. & The M.G.s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds were all elected to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame


Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry suffered a concussion while performing in Las Vegas when he was hit in the head by a camera boom rig. The incident occured while the group’s “Back in the Saddle” was being filmed for upcoming NASCAR promotional spots. Despite the injury Perry was able to finish the show.


A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by songwriter Guy Hobbs against Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin over their hit song ‘Nikita’ wasthrown out of court.The Judge ruled that both songs shared similar themes and phrases, but that these were prevalent in modern music.


Toronto-born keyboardist Eddie Harsch, who played with the Black Crowes between 1991 and 2006, died at age 59.

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