November 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US and stays #1 for 11 weeks

Album Release

Nov 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK

Television Premiere

Nov 9 "An Evening with Julie Andrews and Harry Belafonte ", music special with arrangements by Michel Legrand, premieres on NBC-TV

Music History

Nov 11 Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK

Music History

Nov 11 Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by the FBI for drunkenness

Music History

Nov 15 Janis Joplin, accused of vulgar & indicent language in Tampa, Florida

Music History

Nov 25 John Lennon returns MBE to protest "against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts."

  • Nov 29 The Beatles' single "Something / Come Together" reaches #1

TV Show Appearance

Nov 30 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond makes his only appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Sweet Caroline" and "Holly, Holy"


Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 2 Reginald Arvizu, American bassist (KoЯn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 3 Robert Miles [Roberto Concina], Swiss musician, record producer, and composer of trance and ambient music ("Children"), born in Fleurier, Switzerland (d. 2017)

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Nov 4 American rapper and record producer ("Come To Me"; "I'll Be Missing You"), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 7 Hélène Grimaud, French classical pianist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Nov 9 Allison Wolfe, American musician (Bratmobile; Partyline), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nov 12 Kathleen Hanna, American singer and songwriter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 14 (Bradley) "Butch" Walker, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (SouthGang - "Tainted Angel"; The Marvelous 3), born in Rome, Georgia
  • Nov 16 Bryan Abrams, American singer (Color Me Badd - "I Want to Sex You Up"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Nov 18 Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter ("Barely Breathing"), born in Monclair, New Jersey
  • Nov 23 Jonathan Seet, Canadian singer, born in Singapore
  • Nov 24 Rob Nicholson, American session and touring heavy metal bassist (Rob Zombie; Ozzy Osbourne)

Weddings in Music

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Nov 12 American filmmaker Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 4 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • Nov 12 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • Nov 18 Léon Jongen, Belgian organist, composer, and academic, dies at 85
  • Nov 18 Ted Heath, British jazz trombonist, composer, and big bandleader, dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Acario Cotapos, Chilean composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 23 (Donnell) "Spade" Cooley, American Western swing fiddler, bandleader, and television personality ("Shame On You"), dies of a heart attack during the intermission of a performance at 58