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Today In Pop Music: November 24 – Steve McQueen And Diana Ross Were Supposed To Star In ‘The Bodyguard’

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NOVEMBER 25 BIRTHDAYS

1940 – Percy Sledge (‘When A Man Loves A Woman’)

1944 – Bob Lind (‘Elusive Butterfly’)

1960 – Amy Grant (Baby Baby)

ON THIS DAY

1961 – The Everly Brothers started active service for the 8th battalion Marine Corps Reserves, working as artillerymen.

1968 – The Beatles ‘White Album’ was released in the United States, the only 2 disc set before their break up two years later.

1969 – John Lennon returned his MBE to The Queen because of England’s involvement in the Nigera Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.  Don’t ask me to explain it – I can’t.

1972 – Chuck berry had the only #1 hit of his career with ‘My Ding a Ling’.  It wasn’t his best record.

1976 – The Band’s final performance ‘The Last Waltz’, was filmed by Martin Scorsese who made it into a documentary two years later.  Also included in the film were Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond,Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Dr. John, among others.

1984 – A gathering of superstars produced the bestselling record of all time (at that time.  ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and featured Paul Young’, Bono, Boy George, Sting, and George Michael.  It raised over $13.5 million for charity.

1992 – ‘The Bodyguard’ starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, opened nation-wide.  The screenplay had been written in the 70′s by Lawrence Kasdan as a vehicle ffor Steve McQueen and Diana Ross.  the soundtrack with Whitney’s performances, went on to sell over 42 million copies worldwide, and the movie itself was was the second largest grossing film worldwide of 1992.

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