Today In Pop Music – November 1 – Former Grand Funk Manager Murdered


1940 – Sgt Barry Sadler (Ballad of the Green Berets – died 1989)

1946 – Rick Grech (Blind Faith/Traffic – bass)

1949 – David Foster – musician, producer, composer, arranger)

1950 – Dan Peek (America/solo – died 2011)

1951 – Ronald Bell (Kool and the Gang – ‘Celebration’,’Joanna’)

1954 – Chris Morris (Paper Lace – guitar ‘ The Night Chicago Died)

1957 – Lyle Lovett

1962 – Mags Furuholmen (a-ha – guitar/keyboards – ‘Take On Me’))

1963 – Rick Allen (Def Leppard – drums)

November 1, 1955 – The Famous Flames, led by singer James Brown, cut their first demo of  ‘Please please please’ at a radio station in Macon, Georgia.  That rough demo eventually got them a long term contract with King Records.

November 1, 1968 – George Harrison released his first solo album, ‘Wonderwall Music’.  Assisting George on the sessions were Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and an uncredited Peter Tork of The Monkees.  unfortunately, much of the album consisted of mediocre (at best) instrumentals.

November 1, 1975 – Elton John scored his 5th #1 American hit with Island Girl.  It would remain atop the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

November 1, 1980 – Bruce Springsteen scored his first #1 album with ‘The River’.

November 1, 2004 – Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight, who had his own hit with ‘I Who Have Nothing’, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas.  He was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her 26 year old boyfriend.  Terry Knight was 61 years old.


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