Today In Music History – November 20th.


Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching.  November 20th in Music History looks like this.

1961, Bob Dylan started recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City

1974, Drummer with The Who, Keith Moon collapsed during a concert after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser. 19 year-old Scott Halpin who was in the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining three numbers.

Same day, one year later.. 1975, The Who kicked off a month-long North American tour at The Summit in Houston. At a party afterwards drummer Keith was arrested for disorderly conduct and spent the night in jail.

1976, Paul Simon hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison on ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound’. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV – This wasn’t the time SNL offered The Beatles €3000 to reform.. That was April of ‘76

1998, A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people.  Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.

Play LOUD!

2007, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke admitted he was among the thousands of people who paid nothing to download the band’s latest album ‘In Rainbows’. Thom’s logic? “There wasn’t any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other.”

2015, Paul Weller won a case taken against a newspaper that privacy laws were broken when it published photo’s of his 3 youngest children in 2012. The family won ten grand.

Finally, rake of birthdays today, Norman Greenbaum, Duane Allman, Eagle and James Gang top man Joe Walsh and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon.

Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.