This Day In Music History: November 5

misstexas1933   Mary Louise Cecila “Texas” Guinan, American singer, actress, emcee, and speakeasy owner, dies, and it’s the end of an era. She set the iconic look and style of the tough-girl saloon owner for generations to come.

Born in Waco, Texas in 1884, Miss Guinan would move to New York in 1904. Her fine voice and witty Wild West patter make her a hit in Vaudeville. In 1917, she stars in a silent movie called “The Wildcat,” where she becomes American film’s first movie cowgirl. She’s known to the public as the “Queen of the West.”

Texas Guinan is also a smart businesswoman. Like many others, she sees prohibition as an opportunity, and opens a speakeasy called the 300 Club in 1920. The place quickly becomes a hangout for the rich and famous—Pola Negri, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Irving Berlin, and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. George Gershwin plays there regularly. Texas greets her guests with “Hello, suckers!” and ends the risque stage acts with “Give the little ladies a great big hand.” She’s credited with coining the phrase “Never give a sucker an even break.

She makes two more movies before losing the club in the Great Depression. Not one to be kept down, Texas takes her show on the road. She would contract the disease that killed her while touring in Vancouver, B.C. She dies exactly one month before the end of prohibition.

Other events on this day in history

1955   The rebuilt Vienna Opera house (damaged in WWII) opens in Austria

1956   “The Nat King Cole Show” premieres on NBC-TV; the first U.S. musical variety show hosted by an African-American

1965   The Who release “My Generation”

1966   The Monkees’ “Last Train To Clarksville” hits #1 on the U.S. charts; none of the group actually played their instruments on the recording

1967   Robin Gibb on a train which crashes in South East London, killing 49 people and injuring 78; Gibb treated for shock but otherwise unhurt

          Kenny Rogers makes his TV debut on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”

1968   Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermists) marries Mireille Strasser; the couple is still married

1970   Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in L.A., suffers ear damage from an overly loud sound system

          Led Zeppelin releases “Immigrant Song”

1971   Elvis Presley kicks off 15-date North American tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in      Minneapolis; at the end announcer Al Dvorin proclaims “Elvis has left the building”

1972   U.S. TV special “The Jackson 5 Show” airs on CBS

1973   Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who storms offstage in Newcastle, England, after         realizing that the prerecorded backup track is running 15 seconds behind the band

1977   Manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England arrested for displaying a poster for the album “Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols”

1979   Mick Jagger divorces first wife Bianca

1982   Iconic English TV show “The Tube” premieres; hosts Paula Yates and Jools Holland          interview Mick Jagger.

          Brian Wilson leaves The Beach Boys on the advice of his psychiatrist

1983   Topper Headon of The Clash arrested in London for walking his dog while drunk

1988   The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” hits #1 on the U.S. charts

Kylie Minogue’s “The Locomotion” in the U.S. top 5 singles; the song was also a top 5 hit for Little Eva in 1962 and Grand Funk Railroad in 1974

1992   Tom Jones guest stars on the “Marge Gets a Job” episode of “The Simpsons”

1995   “The Wizard of Oz in Concertis staged for charity at Lincoln Center in N.Y.C. featuring Jewel (Dorothy), Jackson Browne (The Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey (The Tin Man), and Nathan Lane (The Cowardly Lion)

Nirvana producer Butch Vig’s new band Garbage makes live U.S. debut The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis

1998   Former Smiths singer Morrissey ordered to pay former Smiths member Mike Joyce an         estimated £1million in back earnings

1999   Lead singer Gary Cherone leaves Van Halen

2000   U2′s album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” hits #1 on UK charts; the band’s 8th #1     album

          The Who guest star on “A Tale of Two Springfields” episode of “The Simpsons”

2002   Funeral of Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) of Run-DMC, shot by an unknown killer on     October 30th

2005   Beach Boys singer Mike Love sues bandmate Brian Wilson for “shamelessly           misappropriating Mike Love’s songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark” to promote Wilson’s new album; the lawsuit is later dismissed

2010   Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life” hits #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list

2012   One day before the election, dozens of musicians endorse incumbent U.S. president         Barack Obama, including Jay-Z, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Stevie Wonder

Billboard #1 Singles

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   “Part-Time Lover” Stevie Wonder

1990   “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice

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


1911   Roy Rogers (American singer and cowboy actor)

1931   Ike Turner (American guitarist)

1936   Billy Sherrill (American record producer)

1938   Joe Dassin (American-born Jewish/French singer-songwriter)

1941   Art Garfunkel (American singer/actor, Simon and Garfunkel)

1943   Pablo Gomez (Mexican musician, Los Bravos)

1946   Gram Paarson (American singer-songwriter, The International Submarine Band, The        Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)

          Herman Brood (Dutch painter/singer/pianist)

1947   Peter Noone (English singer-songwriter, Herman’s Hermits)

1948   Peter Hammill (English singer-songwriter, Van der Graaf Generator)

          Don McDougall (Canadian guitarist, The Guess Who)

1949   Jimmie Spheeris (American singer-songwriter)

1950   Dennis Provisor (American musician, The Grass Roots)

1956   Rob Fisher (English keyboardist, Naked Eyes)

Helen O’Hara (British musician, Dexy’s Midnight Runners)

1957   David Moyse (Australian vocalist, Air Supply)

Mike Score (English keyboardist/guitarist/singer, A Flock Of Seagulls)

1958   Don Falcone (American musician and producer)

1959   Bryan Adams (Canadian singer)

Ken Coomer (American drummer, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo)

1960   René Froger (Dutch singer)

1961   David Bryson (American guitarist, Counting Crows)

1962   Brian Wheat (American bassist, Tesla)

1963   Andrea McArdle (American singer/actress)

1965   Paris Grey (American singer, Inner City)

1968   Mark Hunter (English keyboardist, James)

1970   Heather and Jennifer Kinley (American country musicians, The Kinleys)

1971   Jonny Greenwood (English guitarist/keyboardist, Radiohead)

          Edmond Leung (Hong Kong singer/actor/record producer)

1974   Angela Gossow (German vocalist, Arch Enemy)

          Ryan Adams (American singer-songwriter/guitarist/producer)

1975   Lisa Scott-Lee (Welsh singer-songwriter)

1979   Mihalis Hatzigiannis (Greek-Cypriot singer-songwriter)

1985   Kate Jenna DeAraugo (Australian singer; winner, third season Australian Idol)

1986   BoA (Korean singer)

1987   Kevin Jonas (American guitarist, The Jonas Brothers)


1933   Texas Guinan (American saloon keeper, actress, musician) Amoebic dysentery, age 49

1942   George M Cohan (American composer, singer, dancer) cancer, age 64

1956   Art Tatum (American jazz pianist), kidney failure, age 47

1960   Johnny Horton (American country singer), car crash, age 33

1977   Guy Lombardo (Canadian-American orchestra leader), heart attack, age 75

1986   Bobby Nunn (American singer, The Coasters) heart failure, age 61

1989   Barry Sadler (American singer) complications from gunshot wound, age 49

          Vladimir Horovitz (Ukrainian/American classical pianist), age 85

1996   Eddie Harris (American saxophonist/composer) bone cancer, age 62

1997   Epic Soundtracks aka Kevin Paul Godfrey (English musician), cause of death inconclusive, age 37

2000   Jimmie Davis (American singer and politician) age 101

2002   Billy Guy (American singer, The Coasters), cardiovascular disease, age 66

2003   Bobby Hatfield (American singer, the Righteous Brothers), cocaine overdose, age 63

2005   Virginia MacWatters (American operatic soprano), age 93

          Link Wray (American guitarist), heart failure, age 76

2010   Shirley Verrett (American operatic mezzo-soprano) heart failure, age 79

2011   Bhupen Hazarika (Indian singer, composer, lyricist, filmmaker), age 84

2012   Elliott Carter  (American composer), age 103