This Day in Music History
1944 : Frank Sinatra, late of the Harry James big band, signs with Columbia as a solo recording artist.
1961 : Joan Baez plays her first major headlining concert, opening at New York's Town Hall in a sold-out, critically acclaimed show.
1963 : After a gig in Birmingham, England, The Beatles find themselves attempting to escape a throng of fanatically devoted fans for the first time, escaping through the crowd by dressing up as policemen.
1965 : Journalist Al Aronowitz gets the garage band The Velvet Underground their first gig - at the Summit High School dance in Summit, New Jersey.
1969 : Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested by the FBI for drunk and disorderly behavior and interfering with the flight of an aircraft in Phoenix, Arizona, after a flight attendant on his trip from Los Angeles accuses him of attacking and sexually harassing her. He was flying to a Rolling Stones concert. Morrison and his flight companion, American actor Tom Baker, spend the night in local jail but are released the next day on $2,500 bail. The charges are later dropped.
1970 : Bob Dylan publishes his first novel, a poorly-received stream-of-consciousness work called "Tarantula".
1976 : Linda Ronstadt makes her UK live debut, performing at the Odeon in Hammersmith, London.
1986 : Pink Floyd announce their intention to record a new album and tour under their band name, a name which recently departed leader Roger Waters considers his alone.
1994 : Christie's auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia, including The Beach Boys' guitars, a stage outfit worn by Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon's famous Army fatigues.
1997 : Following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Metallica holds a free concert in Philadelphia to celebrate the release of its newest album "Re-Load".
1998 : Madrid band Jarabe De Palo tops the 45th Premios Ondas in Barcelona, winning for best album, "Depende", and best video. Other winners include Alejandro Sanz for best song, "Corazón", and Ella Baila Sola, best group. The Ondas are organized by media group Prisa through Radio Barcelona.
1999 : Britney Spears is the big winner at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. The teen artist wins best female, best pop, best breakthrough artist and best song for "Baby One More Time".
2003 : The owner of a pub in Wiltshire, England is awarded £40,000 in damages after suing Van Morrison for pulling out of a scheduled performance at the pub in the summer of 2002 at the last moment.
2004 : M'hammed Soumayah, bodyguard for Liza Minelli, sues ths singer for $100 million for allegedly forcing him to have sex with her or be fired.
2005 : Billy Joel begins touring again, launching his first solo tour in eight years.
2011 : On 11-11-11, Black Sabbath announces that it will reunite its original lineup for a new album and tour in 2012. The press conference is hosted by Henry Rollins.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com