On This Day

November 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances

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Nov 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • Nov 11 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan

Music release#1 in the Charts

Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

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Nov 18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance, as a guest of Elton John, Madison Square Garden, New York City NYC; they perform "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"; "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"; and "I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Nov 30 "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
  • Nov 30 "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 2 Nelly [Cornell Haynes Jr.], American rapper, born in Austin, Texas
  • Nov 2 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2017)
  • Nov 4 Cedric Bixler-Zavala, American musician (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Redwood City. California
  • Nov 5 Angela Gossow, German vocalist (Arch Enemy), born in Cologne, Germany
  • Nov 5 Ryan Adams, American musician, singer and songwriter (Whiskeytown), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Nov 7 Chris Summers, Norwegian drummer (Turbonegro), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Nov 9 Joe C. [Joseph Calleja], American rapper (hype man for Kid Rock), born in Taylor, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • Nov 10 Niko Hurme, Finnish musician (Stala & so), born in Karkkila, Finland
  • Nov 11 Static Major [Stephen Garrett], American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2008)
  • Nov 15 Chad Kroeger, Canadian singer
  • Nov 16 Eric Judy, American rock bassist (Modest Mouse), born in Issaquah, Washington
  • Nov 26 Jamie Jones, American singer (All 4 One), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 28 apl.de.ap [Allan Pineda Lindo], Filipino-American rapper and producer (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Angeles, Philippines

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 8 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, dies at 60
  • Nov 9 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher and musicologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Alfonso Leng, Chilean dentist and composer (Doloras), dies at 90
  • Nov 19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), dies of a drug overdose at 26