November 9, 1858 marked the first performance of NY Symphony Orchestra.
In 1936 Mary Travers of Peter Paul & Mary was born in Louisville, Kentucky
On this day in 1941 Tom Fogerty, guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival was born. Fogerty died on September 6, 1990.
In 1948 Alan Gratzer of REO Speedwagon was born and one year later in 1949 Tommy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band was born. In 1954 Dennis Stratton, guitarist for Iron Maiden was born.
In 1958 Elvis Presley made music history when “Hound Dog”, exceeded three million copies sold in the USA, becoming only the third single to do so. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” & “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” by Gene Autry being the other two.
In 1967, The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
Also in 1967, The Byrds’s Roger McGuinn booted David Crosby from the group. Crosby was replaced by Gene Clark. It turned out to be a fortuitous event for CSNY fans when Crosby went on to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
On November 9, 1968, Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Zeppelin singer Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig.
1969, Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art’s voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later say he regretted. The song won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Also on this day in 1969, Sandra Denton, better know as Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa, was born.
Another November 9 birthday: Susan Tedeschi in 1970, Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees in 1973 and Mark Andrews better known as Sisqo in 1977. You may remember Sisqo’s “Thong Song” from 2000 which reached #3 on the US & UK singles charts.
In 1990, The internal revenue seized all of US country singers Willie Nelson’s bank accounts and real estate holdings in connection with a $16 million tax debt.
In 1991, Prince and the New Power Generation started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cream’, a No.15 hit in the UK. Also on this day in 1990 Richard Marx played in five cities in 1 day during a ‘Rush-n Rush Out, Street Tour’. Marx appeared in Baltimore, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago and Burbank Airport.
November 9, 1993 marked the release of The Dave Matthews Band’s first album, Remember Two Things on the Bama Rags label.
In 1999, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John’s 1997 “Candle In The Wind” is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles’s Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
In 2004 the 38th Country Music Association Awards were held. Winners included Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban. The 50th CMA awards were held on November 2 of this year. In other award news: 2011 Shakira is honored as Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.
Also on November 9, 2004, A Dutch man was jailed for nine months for harassing former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm. The unnamed 39-year-old sent the singer parcels, letters and tapes during 2001. Dutch police searched the man’s home after he tried to hand-deliver a parcel to Ms Chisholm’s London home.
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