This Day in Music
1999 - Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist Fiona Apple's 1996 debut, the oh-so-succinctly titled "Tidal," Clean Slate/Epic releases Apple's "When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks1999 - Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist Fiona Apple's 1996 debut, the oh-so-succinctly titled "Tidal," Clean Slate/Epic releases Apple's "When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks Like A King What He Knows Throws The Blows When He Goes To The Fight And He'll Win The Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters The Ring There's Nobody To Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand And Remember That Depth Is The Greatest Of Heights And If You Know Where You Stand, Then You'll Know Where To Land And If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right."
1998 - Rick James suffers a stroke after a blood vessel ruptures in his neck while he is head banging during a performance in Denver. A spokesman later comments, "The doctor called it a result of rock'n'roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."
1998 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1998 - Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit over stories and pictures in the London Daily Mirror that say his face had been disfigured by cosmetic surgery. "The photographs were taken honestly and were not tampered with, but the Mirror has since met with the plaintiff in person and acknowledges that the photographs do not accurately represent the plaintiff's true appearance," says a lawyer for the publisher.
1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Wild, Wild West," The Escape Club. A different song with the same title is also released in 1988 by Kool Moe Dee, and again in 1999 by Will Smith with Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee. That single Also tops The Billboard Hot 100.
1985 - The theme from the TV show "Miami Vice" climbs to the No. 1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100. The theme is composed by Czechoslovakian artist Jan Hammer, who composed most of the original music for the television series. Hammer's composition for the '80s pop-culture television giant remains on top for one week. The "Miami Vice" soundtrack LP also goes to No. 1 and stays there for 11 weeks, beating out the previous and long-time (1959) record holder, "The Music from Peter Gunn." Hammer receives a congratulatory phone call from Henry Mancini, composer of "The Music from Peter Gunn," for his accomplishment.
1978 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "MacArthur Park," Donna Summer. Richard Harris hit No. 2 with his version of the song in June 1968.
1969 - Spicy raptress, Sandy "Pepa" Denton of rap group Salt-N-Pepa is born.
1969 - Rapper Brad "Scarface" Jordan of the Geto Boys is born.
1967 - The first issue of Rolling Stone is published with John Lennon on the cover.
1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Poor Side of Town," Johnny Rivers. The song is Rivers' only top 40 song that he wrote himself.
1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Need You Now," Eddie Fisher.
1948 - REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer is born in Syracuse, N.Y.
1941 - Tom Fogerty, rhythm guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival, and brother of John Fogerty, is born in Berkeley, Calif.
1905 - Big band leader and trombone soloist Tommy Dorsey is born. He dies on Nov. 26, 1956.