2022-11-17

NOVEMBER 17th
The Faces release their third and best album; “A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse.” The LP includes The Faces’ biggest hit, “Stay With Me,” as well as, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” 1971
John Lennon and Yoko Ono deliver “Double Fantasy.”  Upon Lennon’s murder three weeks later, the album jumps to #1 in the US Billboard chart and wins the ‘81 Grammy for Album of the Year.  1980
The Offspring unfurl their fifth studio album, “Americana” with the singles “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),” “Why Don’t You Get A Job?,” “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “She’s Got Issues.” The set sells over 15-million copies worldwide. 1998
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones publishes his autobiography, “Lonely Boy,” in the U.K. Jones covers his childhood in West London and the founding the Sex Pistols. 2016
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The Byrds’ vocalist Gene Clark enters the world. 1941
Jim Babjak, guitarist for the Smithereens, has a birthday. 1957
Elton John performs a live concert for a New York radio station, W-P-L-J. The show is released as “11-17-70.” The best tracks are “Take Me To The Pilot” and “Burn Down The Mission” (hot piano work). 1970
Ike & Tina Turner’s rousing “Nutbush City Limits” misses the Top 20 (#22) in the U.S. but hits #4 in the U.K. 1973
Rod Stewart puts a capper on the whole disco mess with the release of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” It’s the biggest hit of his career, so apparently the answer is ‘yes’. 1978
The Linda Ronstadt compilation “A Retrospective” goes gold. 1978
Jethro Tull bassist John Glasscock dies of a heart attack in London. He had a history of heart troubles. 1979
U2’s Bono pulls a fan from the audience to sing “People Get Ready” with him. Being that the concert is in L.A. the fan hands Bono a demo tape. 1987
Guns N’ Roses appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the headline “Hard Rock Heroes” following their trek as Aerosmith’s opening act.  1988
David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) is involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He suffers multiple injuries including a broken leg, ankle and shoulder. The police report states Crosby was speeding and not wearing a helmet. 1990
The Beatles release “Let It Be… Naked,” a remastered version of the original ’69 album with Phil Spector’s production removed. Spector, hired to salvage the project, added strings to several tracks – much to Paul McCartney’s displeasure. 2003
Meat Loaf collapses during a performance at London’s Wembley Arena. The 52-year-old singer undergoes heart surgery four days later. 2003
Peter Gabriel (former Genesis vocalist and solo performer) receives the annual Man Of Peace trophy in Rome from the Gorbachev Foundation, an organization founded by former USSR. leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gabriel is recognized for his human-rights activism and promotion of peace. 2006
The James Bond movie “Casino Royale” opens. The soundtrack includes the theme song “You Know My Name,” performed by Audioslave’s Chris Cornell. 2006
Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Nirvana are heard on Guitar Hero II, the sequel to the popular PlayStation 2 video game. 2006
Six years down the drain. Citing irreconcilable differences, Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson files for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. The divorce becomes final the following year. 2006
The Eagles are #1 on the Billboard 200 with “Long Road Out Of Eden,” their first studio effort since ‘79.  2007
John McCain may have lost the ’08 presidential race but he’s still swinging. During the campaign Jackson Browne sued the candidate for using “Running On Empty” in a commercial without permission. Now, McCain’s lawyer files two lengthy motions claiming that the candidate was within his rights to use the song, and the other seeks damages from Browne for apparently “interfering with the politician’s free speech.” It all gets settled in Browne’s favor. 2008
John Mayer unveils his fourth studio album, “Battle Studies,” featuring “Who Says.” 2009
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is one five celebrities transformed into one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids auctioned on Ebay to benefit the Children’s Action Network (CAN), a national adoption awareness organization. Tyler’s Cabbage Patch doll comes with its own microphone stand. Figures. 2011
Pink Floyd land their first U.K. #1 album in 19 years with “The Endless River.” The band last topped the survey in ‘95 with the live album, “Pulse.” 2014
Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder receive the first ASCAP Centennial Awards in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ 100th anniversary. 2014
Former KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss is inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund’s Hall Of Fame as the year’s Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place in New York City. 2014
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers says musicians should “try not to be afraid” following the Paris terrorist attacks just days earlier. One of the targets was an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where 89 people died. U2 and Foo Fighters are among the artists cancelling concerts in the wake of the attacks. “To think that people will be afraid to go to concerts now is a shame,” says Flowers. “I hope we don’t let what happened get the better of us.” 2015
An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his then-wife Linda following the breakup of The Beatles sells at auction for just under $30,000. The two-page typed draft letter with hand-written annotations by Lennon illustrates the acrimony surrounding The Beatles break-up.  2016
Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) begin a limited run of dates as “Trinity.”  The first stop is at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA.  2016
Evanescence’s “Synthesis,” an orchestral and electronic reimaging of the group’s songs, lands at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s the group’s fourth Top 10 effort (“Evanescence”, “The Open Door” and “Fallen” are the others). 2017
Change.org reports that over 40,000 people have signed a petition urging Maroon 5 to back out of the ‘19 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Atlanta in support former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  “Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed his NFL career to call out violent racism in America,” the petition states.  The quarterback famously knelt during the pre-game National Anthem on several occasions.  Still, Maroon 5 does perform at the Super Bowl. 2018
System Of A Down’s first new tracks in nearly 15 years, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” are #1 and #2 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. Combined streaming and downloads raises $600,000 in aid for Armenians affected by the war in Nagorno-Karabakh (a.k.a. Artsakh). 2020