CDJ Today: November 21 in Classic Rock

November 20, 2019
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November 21, 1980 – Don Henley is arrested after paramedics are called to his home in Los Angeles to revive a naked 16-year old girl who is suffering from a drug overdose.  He later receives a $2,000 fine and two years probation.

November 21, 1991 – Aerosmith is the first rock band to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons when they perform “Walk This Way” at Moe’s Tavern.

November 21, 1990 – Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali. The marriage is later declared “null and void” in 1999 after a judge rules that the six-hour ceremony in Bali was never properly registered.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 21, 1940 – Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack), keyboards (d. 2019)
November 21, 1948 – John “Rabbit” Bundrick, keyboards (Free, The Who)
November 21, 1948 – Lonnie Jordan (born Leroy Jordan), vocals, keyboards (War)
November 21, 1950 – Gary O. Pihl, guitar (Boston, Sammy Hagar)
November 21, 1965 – Björk Guðmundsdóttir, vocals (The Sugarcubes)

Rock Remembrances

November 21, 1995 – Peter Grant, legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, dies from a heart attack.  He was 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant was applauded for changing the way artists were treated financially.  He allegedly secured 90% of concert gate money for Led Zeppelin’s American tour and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. Jimmy Page says, “Peter had changed the dynamic that existed between bands, managers and promoters. He was a superb, canny manager.” The former wrestler also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60’s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.

November 21, 2017 – David Cassidy, lead singer and guitarist of the Partridge Family, dies of liver failure.  He was 67.  Cassidy became a teen idol in 1970 after The Partridge Family series ran on TV and used his Partridge Family fame to launch a worldwide solo career, becoming more famous in the UK and Australia than he was in the U.S.  At the end of his life, he publicly proclaimed he had dementia, but later admitted all of his health problems had stemmed from his alcoholism.

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