November 12 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
November 12

1931 : Abbey Road recording studios open in London's pricey St. John's Wood.

1955 : Fats Domino is named the Favorite Rhythm & Blues artist and Chuck Berry the Most Promising Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll.

1965 : The Velvet Underground's first paid gig, at a New Jersey high school, earns them $75.

1966 : Grateful Dead are the house band at a dance put on by the Hell's Angels biker gang at San Francisco's Sokol Hall.

1987 : Sly Stone arrives one hour late for a major comeback concert in Santa Monica, California, only to be arrested at the gig for failure to pay child support.

1997 : Billy Preston is sentenced to four years in prison in California's Avenal State Prison for cocaine use and fraud when he arranged a fake burglary of his home in 1994. He will serve a year and a half.

1997 : Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.

1979 : Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Marty Balin premieres his new rock opera, "Rock Justice", at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco.

1998 : Madonna draws the best female and the best album, "Ray of Light", honors at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan.

1999 : Kid Rock and Lauryn Hill top the 1999 Billboard Music Video Awards, held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

1999 : Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England's Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the Eighties; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.

2005 : Mariah Carey wins artist of the year, album of the year for "The Emancipation of Mimi", R&B voice of the year and best R&B song for "We Belong Together" at the Vibe Awards.

2005 : Vietnamese authorities visit Gary Glitter's home in Ba Ring Vung Tau and find his live-in companion, a fifteen-year-old girl. The singer, however, has vanished.

2010 : Katy Perry launches her first fragrance, "Purr".

2012 : After 35 years, 11 albums, and soldiering on without their lead man Michael Hutchence, INXS confirms that they are indeed hanging up their guitars and calling it quits. The band had actually announced the news days earlier at a concert in Perth, Australia, during which they broke the news onstage and drummer Jon Farriss even admitted that he was getting a little teary-eyed at the thought of their last show.

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