This Day In Music History: November 6

monkees1968  The Monkees‘ psychedelic movie “Head” opens in New York City. Marketed as the “most extraordinary adventure, western, comedy, love story, mystery, drama, musical, documentary satire ever made (And that’s putting it mildly),” the movie isn’t aimed at the band’s teen girl fans. It’s a dark, surreal, and absurdist contemplation of the nature of free will.

Some of the film’s imagery is disturbing, and the stream of consciousness storytelling style leaves most people cold. The band’s depiction of themselves as being helplessly trapped as their public personas strikes many as an affront to their fans, as does the shocking ending. The movie succeeds in destroying the band’s innocent public image, which is exactly what they want.

They probably didn’t want the awful reviews the film receives, or the sharp drop in the popularity of their music.

In later years, the movie would gain a cult following. Some fans view it as a fine example of surreal filmmaking, while others just think it’s an entertaining mess.

Other events on this day in history

1953   Frankie Laine’s song “Answer Me” banned by the BBC, who say the lyrics “Answer me, Lord above” are mocking Christianity; they also ban Lee Lawrence’s “Crying In The Chapel.”

1954   Elvis Presley records a radio commercial for Southern Maid Donuts on the show Louisiana Hayride, the only commercial he ever records

1961   Jimmy Dean hits #1 on the US singles chart with “Big Bad John”

1964   The Beach Boys appear live British rock program “Ready Steady Go!”

          Hank Williams biopic “Your Cheatin’ Heart” premieres in Nashville

1965   The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane play at opening night of San Francisco’s Fillmore West

The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off Of My Cloud” hits #1 on the US singles chart, knocking off The Beatles’ “Yesterday”

1967   The Beatles mix “Hello Goodbye,” “Your Mother Should Know,” “Magical Mystery Tour” and “I Am the Walrus” at Abbey Road

Bob Dylan records “All Along The Watchtower” and “John Wesley Harding” at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, TN

1968   Joe Cocker hits #1 on the UK singles chart with his version of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”

1970   Aerosmith plays their first-ever gig at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, MA

1971   Cher at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves”

1973   Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman charged and fined $300 each for the theft of Gram Parson’s body; the two were carrying out Parson’s wish to be cremated in the desert

1975   The Sex Pistols make their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London; they open for a band called Bazooka Joe, which includes Stuart Goddard (Adam Ant)

1979   Paul Simon kicks off a British tour at Hammersmith Odeon in London by offering to buy everyone in the audience a drink; the bill comes to about $2,000

1982   Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” has the longest unbroken run on the UK charts when it hits 43rd week in the Top 100

1983   Miniseries Princess Daisy debuts on ABC; Ringo Starr plays a gay fashion designer

1993   Meat Loaf’s “I’d’ Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” hits #1 on the U.S. singles chart

1993   Pearl Jam’s ‘Vs’ is #1 on the U.S. album charts; it sells 950,378 copies in one week

1998   Marilyn Manson wins twice at the Billboard Music Video Awards for “The Dope Show” single and video from the album Mechanical Animals”

1999   Johnny Lydon (Johnny Rotten), webcasts an early online radio show called “Rotten Radio;” on the 4-hour program, guests are allowed to say whatever they want without censorship

2000   Madonna plays her first show in 8 years; a 20-minute set at the Roseland Ballroom in New York

2002   Usher guest stars in an episode of the reboot of “The Twilight Zone”

2003   Metallica kicks off their 137-date “Madly in Anger with the World” tour at Yoyogi Taiikukanin, Tokyo

2006   Marianne Faithfull announces she’s beaten two-month fight with breast cancer

2007   Meat Loaf cancels his European tour due to a cyst on his vocal cords

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   “Get Off Of My Cloud” The Rolling Stones

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


1894   Adolph Sax (inventor of the saxophone)

1916   Ray Conniff (American bandleader)

1932   Stonewall Jackson (American country singer)

1933    Joseph Pope (American singer)

1937   Eugene Pitt (American musician, The Jive Five)

1938    P J Proby (American singer-songwriter, actor)

1938   Jim Pike (American singer, The Lettermen)

1941    Doug Sahm (American country singer, Texas Tornadoes)

1941   Guy Clark (American country singer)

1943   Mike Clifford (American singer-songwriter)

1944    Bill Henderson (Canadian singer and guitarist, Chilliwack)

1947   George Young (Scottish guitarist, AC/DC)

1947   John Wilson (Them)

1948    Glenn Frey (American singer, Eagles)

1950   Chris Glen (English bass player, Sensational Alex Harvey Band)

1961   Craig Goldy (American guitarist, Dio)

1963    Rozz Williams (American musician, Christian Death)

1963   Paul Brindley (English guitarist, The Sundays)

1964    Corey Glover (American musician, Living Color)

1964   Greg Graffin (American singer, Bad Religion)

1966    Paul Gilbert (American guitarist and singer)

1966   Christian Lorenz (German keyboardist, Rammstein)

1969    Bryan Abrams (American singer)

1976    Mike Herrera (American singer and bassist)

1976   Jodi Martin (Australian singer-songwriter)

1983    Jon Hume (Australian singer Evermore)


1893   Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian composer), cholera, age 53

1972   Billy Murcia (Columbian-American drummer, New York Dolls), asphyxiation, age 21

1986   Elisabeth Grümmer (Alsatian operatic soprano), age 75

1987   Zohar Argov (Israeli singer), heroin overdose, age 32

2005   Minako Honda (Japanese singer and musical actress), leukemia, age 38

2005   Miguel Aceves Mejía (Mexican actor, composer and singer), age 90

2007   Hank Thompson (American country singer), age 82