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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Sunday, November 29, 2015

82 years ago (1933)John Mayall, of the Bluesbreakers, is born.
74 years ago (1941)Dennis Doherty, vocalist with The Mamas & the Papas, is born.
71 years ago (1944)Felix Cavaliere, keyboardist and vocalist for the Rascals, is born.
64 years ago (1951)Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau is born.
56 years ago (1959)Bobby Darin is the winner of the 1959 Grammy Award for Record of the Year -- Mack the Knife -- and the Best New Artist of the Year. Frank Sinatra's Come Dance With Me. is the Album of the Year.
52 years ago (1963)The Beatles' fifth British single I Want to Hold Your Hand is released. Advance orders exceed 700,000 and within three days, the record will have sold one million copies, making it their second million seller.
47 years ago (1968)Jonatham Knight of New Kids on the Block is born.
47 years ago (1968)The Who release their first concept record, The Who Sell Out.
46 years ago (1969)John Lennon, the Beatle to be tried on drug charges, is convicted of possesion of cannabis and fined $360 in London. The court accepts his explanation that he no longer uses marijuana and that the amount found in his possession was an old, forgetten stash. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, is cleared of charges.
44 years ago (1971)The Who perform in New Orleans at the Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street. The set includes Baba O'Riley, Bargain, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again, Baby Don't You Do It, Magic Bus, Overture, Amazing Journey, Sparks, Pinball Wizard, See Me Feel Me, and My Generation.
39 years ago (1976)Jerry Lee Lewis shoots his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis is charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.
38 years ago (1977)Kansas, riding the crest of popularity forged by the 1976 hit Carry on Wayward Son, enjoys their biggest album to date, Point of Know Return, which goes platinum. Like the Leftoverture album, it was recorded at Studio in the Country® in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
37 years ago (1978)Neil Young's 13th solo album, Comes a Time, goes gold.
36 years ago (1979)Anita Pallenburg, Keith Richards' common-law wife, is cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male companion, whose body had been found in her New York state home.
36 years ago (1979)Michael Jackson receives a gold record for Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough, the first of four Top Ten hits from his album, Off the Wall. Both Don't Stop... and Rock With You will hit #1 on the soul and pop charts. Also the album will be a #1 Pop and Soul LP.
36 years ago (1979)Paul Simon, in an attempt to leave his record label, CBS, files two lawsuits against the company in New York State Supreme Court.
36 years ago (1979)The four original members of KISS perform for what they think will be the last time together. However, they reunite in 1996 for a tour in full makeup.
23 years ago (1992)U2's first TV special, called U2's Zoo TV Outside Broadcast, airs on Fox-TV.
20 years ago (1995)Sammy Hagar marries Kari Karte on a mountain in Northern California.
14 years ago (2001)Guitarist George Harrison dies at age 58 while resting at a friend's home in Los Angeles. The news comes as somewhat of a shock to the world, despite Harrison's much-chronicled cancer treatments throughout the year. Harrison leaves this world peacefully, according to those close to him, and it's safe to bet he viewed death with the same zen-like perspective he carried throughout his life.
9 years ago (2006)U2’s Bono tells reporters says he presented Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a pair of his trademark Giorgio Armani sunglasses, and in return, won a pledge from Abe that Japan will boost aid to Africa and other parts of the developing world.
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