On This Day

November 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater, NYC; runs for 72 performances
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances

Music Premiere

Nov 10 Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin's musical "Two by Two" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 343 performances

Music Recording

Nov 17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Music Single

Nov 23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

Album Release

Nov 23 Cat Stevens releases his fourth studio album "Tea for the Tillerman"; featuring singles "Wild World and "Father and Son"

  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass" - it becomes the best selling solo release of any of the Beatles, going 6X Platinum
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 4 Malena Ernman, Swedish opera singer, born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • Nov 7 Neil Hannon, Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 8 Diana King, Jamaican singer and songwriter ("Shy Guy", "I Say a Little Prayer" remake), born in St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • Nov 9 Susan Tedeschi, American musician, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 9 Scarface [Brad Terrence Jordan], American rapper (Geto Boys), born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 9 Chris Jericho [Irvine], American-Canadian professional wrestler and heavy metal rock singer (Fozzy), born in Manhasset, New York
  • Nov 10 Warren G [Griffen], American rapper (Regulate), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 11 Derry Brownson, British rock keyboardist (EMF - "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester, England
  • Nov 15 Jack Ingram, American singer and songwriter
  • Nov 17 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • Nov 18 Johan Liiva, Sweden heavy metal vocalist (Arch Enemy; Hearse), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Nov 19 Justin Chancellor, English bassist (Tool), born in London, England
  • Nov 20 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Nov 20 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor], American rapper (A Tribe Called Quest - "Check the Rhime"; "I Legft My Wallet In El Segundo"), born in Queens, New York (d. 2016)
  • Nov 24 Chad Taylor, American rock guitarist (Live - "Lightning Crashes"), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 24 Julieta Venegas, Mexican singer

Divorces in Music

Dennis Hopper

Nov 8 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 6 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • Nov 18 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • Nov 24 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 29 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70