This Day In Music History: November 7

elton1967   Pianist and singer Reginald Dwight (Elton John) and his future songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin, sign on to DJM publishing. Their parents have to witness the boys’ signatures, because they’re both under 21. It’s the start of a legendary partnership. Taupin  and John go on to collaborate on more than 30 albums.

Both John and Taupin had answered an ad for musicians and lyricists placed in the magazine “New Musical Express.” Although neither one of them passed the audition for Liberty Records, the label’s Artists and Repertoire agent recognized their potential, and introduced the boys.

For years, the two have an unusual songwriting style. Rather than creating songs together, Taupin would write the lyric and then pass it on to John, who would set it to music. Their creative process is documented in the 1991 movie “Two Rooms.” Taupin and John still collaborate to this day, but their process has become more cooperative, with Taupin spending time with John in the studio.

The two have written dozens of chart-topping hits. To name a few:

  •        Border Song
  •        Candle In The Wind
  •        Crocodile Rock
  •        Daniel
  •        Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
  •        Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  •        Lady Samantha
  •        Levon
  •        Madman Across The Water
  •        Philadelphia Freedom
  •        Rocket Man
  •        Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
  •        Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  •        Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word
  •        Your Song

Other Events on This Day in History

1786   Stoughton Musical Society (oldest choral organization in the United States) founded

1912  Deutsche Opernhaus (now Deutsche Oper Berlin) opens with Beethoven’s Fidelio

1960  Elvis Presley releases “Are You Lonesome Tonight”

1963  The Beatles play two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin—their only appearances in       Ireland

1969   The Rolling Stones kick off their 6th North American tour at Fort Collins state   University, Colorado; also appearing are Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, BB King

1970   MGM Records dumps several artists; their intent is to no longer support acts who       “exploit and promote hard drugs through music”

          Led Zeppelin releases “Led Zeppelin III”

          Chicago releases “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”

1975   Steve Anderson sets new world record for continuous guitar string plucking; he plays    for 114 hours 17 minutes

Elton John’s “Rock of the Westies” hits #1 on the U.S. album charts

1981   The Kingston Trio tape reunion concert for PBS-TV Magic Mountain Los Angeles

Hall and Oates’ “Private Eyes” at #1 on the U.S. singles charts

1983   The Rolling Stones release “Undercover”

1986   Willie Nelson guest stars as a corrupt cop on “Miami Vice”

1987   Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” at #1 on the U.S. album charts

At 16, Tiffany is youngest artist to have a #1 hit on U.S. charts (“I Think We’re Alone Now” since Michael Jackson (Ben, 1972)

1991   Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses

2001   Michael Jackson makes first-ever in store appearance at Virgin Megastore in Times           Square; the appearance is broadcast live on MTV

2002   12 Guns N’ Roses fans arrested for rioting after a show in Vancouver, B.C. is canceled

2002   Bobby Brown arrested, charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, driving          without a license in Atlanta City, NJ

2003   The Rolling Stones perform in Hong Kong; they are hired to appear by the government to boost tourism after SARS outbreak

2006   Orleans lead singer John Hall elected to the US House of Representatives

2011   23-year-old Adele has surgery on her vocal cords at a hospital in Boston

2011   Dr. Conrad Murray found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael     Jackson

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


1922    Al Hirt (American jazz trumpeter)

1926    Joan Sutherland (Australian operatic soprano)

1927    Ivor Emmanuel (Welsh singer and actor)

1937   Mary Travers, (Peter Paul and Mary)

1938    Dee Clark (American singer)

1942    Johnny Rivers (American singer-songwriter)

1943    Joni Mitchell (Canadian singer-songwriter)

1951    Nick Gilder (English singer)

1951   Kevin Scott MacMichael (Canadian guitarist, Cutting Crew)

1954   Robin Beck (American singer)

1957   John “Jellybean” Benitez (producer, club DJ and remixer)

1960    Tommy Thayer (American guitarist, Kiss)

1962    Arend Bouwmeester (Dutch saxophonist)

1963   Clint Mansell (English singer and guitarist, Pop Will Eat Itself)

1964    Liam O’Maonlai (Irish vocalist/pianist, Hothouse Flowers)

1967   Sharleen Spiteri (Scottish singer)

1968    Greg Tribbett (American musician, Mudvayne)

1969    Hélène Grimaud (French pianist)

1970    Neil Hannon (Northern Irish musician, The Divine Comedy)

1971    Robin Finck (American musician, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses)

1974    Chris Summers (Norwegian drummer, Turbonegro)

1978   Tomoya Nagase (Japanese actor and singer)

1978   Mark Daniel Read (English singer-songwriter, A1)

1979    Jon Peter Lewis (American singer)

1981    Anthony Moffat (Scottish musician, writer, filmmaker)

1990    Matt Corby (Australian singer)


1956    Una Mae Carlisle (American pianist/singer), mastoid illness, age 40

1960    Alvin Carter   vocalist (Carter Family), age 68

1986    Tracy Pew (Australian bassist, The Birthday Party) epileptic seizure, age 28

1991   Carter Cornelius (American R&B musician, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose), heart attack, age 43

1993    Adelaide Hall American jazz singer), age 92

1994    Milton “Shorty” Rogers (American jazz trumpeter), age 70

1995    Jerry Daniels (American singer / guitarist, The Ink Spots), age 79

2000   Doug Nelson (American bassist, Jonny Lang) car crash, age 46

           Vernel Fournier (American jazz drummer), stroke, age 72

2004   Howard Keel (American actor and singer), age 85

           Lenny Mays (American singer, The Dramatics), heart attack, age 53

2008   Jody Reynolds (American singer / guitarist), liver cancer, age 75

2011   Andrea True (American actress and singer), heart failure, age 68