Today In Pop Music: November 20 – Monkees Bomb On Big Screen
NOVEMBER 20 BIRTHDAYS
1942 – Norman Greenbaum (Spirit In The Sky)
1946 – Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band – guitar – died 1971)
1947 – Joe Walsh (James Gang/Eagles – guitar)
1957 – Jim Broen (UB40 – drums – ‘Red Red Wine’)
Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie Band – bass/vocals)
ON THIS DAY
1961 – Bob Dylan began recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Records New York studios.
1971 – Issac Hayes began a two week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the ‘Theme From Shaft’. He would later win a Grammy award for best Original Film Score.
1973 – Musical satirist Allen Sherman, whose song ‘Hello Muddah Hello Faddah peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963, died of emphysema ten days before his 49th birthday.
1976 – Paul Simon hosted Saturday Night Live where he performed ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound’ with George Harrison. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City that night watching the show on television.
1979 – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)’.
1984 – Michael Jackson got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 19 years later – to the day – MJ flew to Santa barbara to be arrested by police. He had his mug shot and was fingerprinted before posting a $3 million bail.
1968 – The Monkees feature film ‘Head’ opened in six cities to disastrous reviews and even worse box office receipts. Hard core fans who expected a longer version of the tv show got word it was noting like that and stayed away by the millions.