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
Nickelback’s sixth studio effort, “Dark Horse” is released. Vocalist Chad Kroeger reflects on the difficulty creating a follow-up to “All The Right Reasons.” “There’s a mountain sitting behind us,” says Kroeger. “We’ve got to . . . put something out now that’s going to stand up to that.”  2008
 “Dark Horse” sells 3-million in the U.S. and 5-million worldwide (“All The Right Reasons” sold twice that).
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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
Queen plays New York’s Madison Square Garden. During the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” they have semi-nude female cyclists ride around the stage. 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
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is arrested in New Orleans. The charges, later dismissed, are public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. 1993
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
Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in London. Ozzy lightens the mood by mooning the audience while performing with Sabbath. “I thought they needed livening up a bit,” says the Prince of Darkness. 2005
Peter Gabriel (former Genesis vocalist and solo performer) receives the annual Man Of Peace honor 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 in the U.S. The soundtrack includes the theme song “You Know My Name,” performed by Audioslave’s Chris Cornell. 2006
The Official Charts Company declares Queen’s “Greatest Hits” the best-selling U.K. album of all time.  Sales are in excess of 5.4-million copies (and will continue to rise).  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
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
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
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
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