Monday, November 19, 2018


  • The late Hank Medress of the Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) is born in 1938
  • Linda Laurie (“Ambrose Part 5”) dies of cancer, 2009
  • Bobby Russell (“Saturday Morning Confusion” and writer of songs like “Honey” and “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”) dies of a heart attack in 1992
  • Songwriter and producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son, who worked with such groups as the Byrds, Beach Boys and Raiders) dies from melanoma in 2004
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. loses an eye in an auto accident while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, 1954
  • Pat Boone undergoes knee replacement surgery, 2015
  • Neil Diamond confesses at her 50th birthday party that “Sweet Caroline” was inspired by young Caroline Kennedy, 2007
  • Chuck Berry is released from a Lompoc, California prison after serving four months for tax evasion, 1979
  • Brian May of Queen is named chancellor of John Moores University in Liverpool, 2007
  • The Library of Congress bestows its Gershwin Prize for popular song to Billy Joel, 2014
  • WCFL radio in Chicago bans all Elvis Presley records (and is promptly picketed by the local Elvis Fan Club), 1957
  • The Supremes appear before Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London (the Queen gives their performance of “Somewhere” a standing ovation), 1968
  • Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond are among those performing at the Royal Variety Show in 2012
  • The Bob Dylan musical “The Times, They Are A-Changin’” closes on Broadway after only 28 performances, 2006
  • “The Beatles Anthology” documentary begins its three-day run on ABC-TV, 1995
  • Linda Ronstadt guests on Fox-TV’s “The Simpsons”, 1992
  • The Frank Sinatra TV movie “Contract On Cherry Street” airs on NBC, 1977
  • Gary Lewis records “This Diamond Ring” in 1964
  • Bobby Goldsboro records “Little Things”, also in 1964