ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: 11.16.20


1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with their third and final studio album Electric Ladyland. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and a version of Bob Dylan's ‘All Along the Watchtower’. Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with the original "naked lady" cover which was banned by several record dealers as "pornographic", while others sold it with the gatefold cover turned inside out.

1973 - David Bowie was the host of a special edition of the ABC show "Midnight Special". His show was called "1980 Floor Show", and featured Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull, who wore a nun's habit with an open back.

1974 - John Lennon was at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Whatever Gets You Through The Night." Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No. 1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal, and on Thanksgiving Day 1974, the two played three songs together during a show at New York's Madison Square Garden: "I Saw Her Standing There," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Whatever Gets You Through the Night." The public had no idea Lennon was going to appear during the show. According to a BBC documentary about the event, Elton John says the crowd gave Lennon a 10-minute standing ovation.

2000 - Jewel becomes one of the first artists to stream a concert online, doing so to benefit an organization working to bring clean water to those who need it.

2002 - The Rolling Stones and John Mellencamp played a private concert for billionaire David Bonderman's 60th birthday party at The Joint in Las Vegas. Robin Williams entertained guests between acts. The party cost $7 million.

2010 - The Beatles back catalogue was made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes." Apple Computer spent decades battling the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the rights to sell music using the Apple name.

2014 - U2's Bono was involved in what doctors called a "high energy bicycle accident." The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's emergency department and underwent five hours of surgery. The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Birthdays:

Songwriter Teenie Hodges, who wrote many hits for Al Green, including "Take Me to the River", "Love and Happiness", "L-O-V-E (Love)", and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", was born today in 1945.

1964 - Jazz singer Diana Krall is born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She is married to Elvis Costello

On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.