Today In Music History – November 5th.


Music history time!

It’s November 5th, what sort of stuff went on this very day in years gone by. Let’s take a look.

We’ll start today in 1956, when “The Nat King Cole Show” debuted on NBC-TV in America. The Cole program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American – Didn’t last long as it seemed the network couldn’t get a sponsor..  In America, in the 50’s .. Funny that.

1977, The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. 

High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.

1982, Channel 4 TV’s The Tube had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger. Man, this intro brings back memories!!

1983, Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London’s Fulham Road.
2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single ‘Rumble’ which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics.

2010, Keith Richards’ autobiography Life was at No. 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list.

The book by The Rolling Stones guitarist went on to be a million seller.


2014, The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London, attended by his former Cream bandmates, Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker.

Finally – who has a birthday today? If you do, you share with Ike Turner, Art Garfunkel, Gram Parsons, Bryan Adams & Ryan Adams!

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