This Day In Music History: November 1st.

ParentalAdvisory1985   The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), headed by Tipper Gore, Susan Baker, Pam Howar, and Sally Nevius (aka the Washington Wives).

As a result, the RIAA  agrees to slap offending albums with the now-famous “Parental Advisory” labels. Some mainstream stores like Wal-Mart refuse to sell albums that carry the label, but overall, record sales remain the same.

Other PMRC actions include forcing record stores to stock albums with explicit covers under the counter, and pressuring TV stations not to broadcast explicit songs or videos.

The PMRC had brought their concerns before the senate in August, producing examples of explicit songs. Their testimony was rebutted by Dee Snider, John Denver, and Frank Zappa. Zappa famously said “the PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal’s design.”

Other events on this day in history

1894   A trade publication called Billboard Advertising publishes its first issue; at first, the magazine is about advertising on billboards, but a few years later, it changes focus to           the shows advertised on billboards, and by the 1930s, “Billboard” covers radio and sales of jukebox records

1955   The Famous Flames, lead by singer James Brown, make their first demo (a song        called “Please, Please, Please) at a radio station in Macon, Georgia; the demo gets them signed with King Records

1956   Elvis Presley buys a new Harley Davidson motorcycle and spends the day riding        around Memphis with actress Natalie Wood

1959   For the first time in nearly 5 years, there is no Elvis Presley single on the Billboard     charts, because Elvis is away in the army

          Ray Charles leaves record label Atlantic, for ABC-Paramount Records

1963   For the first time, The Beatles headline at a show in Gloucestershire, England

1964   The Beach Boys kick off  their first U.K. tour in London

          The Dave Clark Five makes its U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show; Sullivan calls        them “nice, neat boys” (as opposed to the shaggy and unruly Rolling Stones)

1966   The Doors play the first night of a month-long residency at the Ondine Discotheque in    New York

1968   George Harrison releases the album “Wonderwall Music,” making him the first Beatle          to release a solo album

          The Beatles record “Hello Goodbye”

1969   Elvis Presley’s single “Suspicious Minds” hits #1 on the U.S. charts; he hasn’t had a #1         hit since “Good Luck Charm” back in 1962

          Beatles’ album “Abbey Road” hits #1 and stays there for 11 weeks

1970   ABBA (currently called the Festfolk Quartet) play their first-ever show at a restaurant in   Gothenburg, Sweden

1975   Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter’s declining health caused by her anorexia, The Carpenters cancel their upcoming European tour

          Wings kicks off an 11-date tour in Australia at The Entertainment Centre in Perth

1979   Bob Dylan plays songs from his new Christian album, “Slow Train Coming,” in San    Francisco, CA; the audience hates the new material and boos throughout the set

1980   Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” hits #1 on the U.S. charts, his is his first #1 album

1993   Rapper Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is arrested for allegedly trying to shoot another    man in a dispute over a woman

1994   Nirvana releases the album “MTV Unplugged in New York”

1996   U2 sets up a video link from their recording studio in Dublin so fans can watch them                 record their new album online

1999   Third Eye Blind offers their single “Anything” exclusively online—a very unusual move          for the time, as downloading music is still a challenge for most people

          Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame

2000   Ben Folds Five breaks up

2002   Rapper T.I. is convicted in Georgia for illegally carrying a 10mm pistol; the rapper’s          second arrest for gun possession in less than a year

2003   The MTV Europe Awards recruits “screamers” for the event; about 1,500 people          audition, but just 500 get to scream live at the show

2004   EMI pays tribute to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, celebrating 50 years of his        recording for the company; Rostropovich is presented with a golden Neumann     microphone and a plaque commemorating the 100 recordings he’s made with EMI since 1954

          Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia’s stalker is deemed too mentally ill to be    interviewed by police

2005   Black Sabbath is inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame; the band plays their song      “Paranoid” at the ceremony; Ozzy Osbourne moons the crowd because he’s Ozzy

2006   Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the U.S. iTunes Music Store           dedicated to Latin music and entertainment

2012   Metal Hammer magazine publishes a list of the top ten rock and heavy metal           mustaches; Freddie Mercury leads the pack, which includes Frank Zappa, James Hetfield, Lemmy, and everybody in Black Sabbath except Ozzy Osbourne


Billboard #1 hits

1950   “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers

1955   “Autumn Leaves” Roger Williams

1960   “Save the Last Dance for Me” The Drifters

1965   “Yesterday” The Beatles

1970   “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5

1975   “Island Girl” Elton John

1980   “Woman In Love” Barbara Streissand

1985   “Saving All My Love for You” Whitney Houston

1990   “Black Cat” Janet Jackson

1995   “Fantasy” Mariah Carey

2000   “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You) Christina Aguilara

2005   “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

2010   “Like a G6” Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev




1922   George S Irving (American singer and actor)

1937    Bill Anderson (American country singer)

1940    Barry Sadler (American singer)

1944   Mike Burney (English musician, Wizzard)

1945    Rick Grech (French bassist, Blind Faith, Traffic)

1947    Jim Steinman (American composer, lyricist, and record producer)

          Bob Weston (English guitarist and songwriter, Fleetwood Mac)

1949   David Foster (Canadian musician, producer, composer, arranger)

1950    Dan Peck (vocalist, guitarist, America)

1951   Ronald Bell (Kool & The Gang)

1954   Chris Morris (guitar, Paper Lace)

1955    Beth Leavel (American musical theater actress)

1957    Lyle Lovett (American country singer)

1959    Eddie MacDonald (bassist, The Alarm)

1961   Calvin Johnson (American musician, Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic           Sound System)

1962    Anthony Kiedis (American vocalist, Red Hot Chili Peppers)

            Magne Furuholmen (Norwegian keyboardist/vocalist, A-ha)

1963    Rick Allen (American drummer, Def Leppard)

          Kenny Alphin (American guitarist, Big & Rich)

1966    Mary Hansen (Australian guitarist and singer, Stereolab)

1967    Sophie B. Hawkins (American musician)

1967   Tina Arena (Australian singer)

1975    Bo Bice (American singer)

          Scott “Skippy” Chapman (American musician)

1981   LaTavia Roberson (Destiny’s Child)

1985    Dizzee Rascal (English rapper)




1927   Florence Mills (American singer, dancer, comedian), tuberculosis, age 32

1986    Sippie Wallace (American blues singer), 88

1995   Florence Greenberg (American music executive and record producer), heart failure, age 82

2004    Mac Dre (American rapper) gunshot, age 34

          Terry Knight (American music promoter), stabbed to death by his daughter’s boyfriend,         age 61

2005    Skitch Henderson (English pianist, conductor, composer), age 87

2008    Nathaniel Mayer (American soul musician) stroke, age 62

          Yma Sumac (Peruvian singer), 86

2008   Shakir Stewart (American music producer), self-inflicted gunshot, age 38

          Jimmy Carl Black (American drummer and vocalist, Mothers of Invention) lung cancer, age 70