Today In Pop Music: November 19 – Second Member Of Badfinger Committs Suicide


1938 – Hank Medress (The Tokens – ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ – died 2007)

1939 – Pete Moore (The Miracles – ‘Tracks Of My Tears’, ‘Tears Of A Clown’)

1943 – Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat and Tears – sax)

1946 – Joe Correro (Paul Revere and the Raiders – guitar)

1954 – Annette Guest (First Choice – ‘Armed and Extremely Dangerous)


1955 – Carl Perkins recorded one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time at the Sun Records studio on Union Avenue in Memphis. Later covered by both Elvis Presley and John Lennon,  ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ had been written a few days earlier when Carl woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down the lyrics on the back of a brown paper bag.

1966 – The Supremes began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’, their seventh #1 hit.

1979 – Chuck Berry was released from prison after serving a four month sentence for tax evasion.

1994 – David Crosby (The Byrds/Crosby Stills and Nash) had a successful liver transplant operation in Los Angeles.  His liver was deteriorated from extenside alchol and drug abuse, and hepatitis-C.

2006 – A guitar George Harrison used on the first Beatles album (a Maton MS500) brought in over $100.000 at a London auction.

1983 – Badfinger bass guitarist Tom Evans, who never got over the suicide of bandmate Pete Ham’s suicide in 1975, hung himself in his back garden at home.  Tom wrote ‘Without You’ which was a #1 hit fir Nilsson, and a top 5 hit for Mariah Carey.


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