November 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 1 Ron Eliran and Harvey Jacobs' musical revue "Don't Step On My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Nov 14 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse NYC after 16 performances

Music Single

Nov 19 George Harrison releases single "This Song", an expression of his frustration at being sued for copyright infringement

  • Nov 20 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos

Music Concert

Nov 25 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California; guest performers include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Staples Singers; concert film "The Last Waltz" directed by Martin Scorcese

Music Single

Nov 26 British punk rockers Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"

  • Nov 26 East Germany strips singer-songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann of his citizenship while he tours West Germany

Music Single

Nov 26 Ringo Starr releases single "Hey Baby"

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 3 Jake Shimabukuro, Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), and composer (Saidoweizu/Sideways), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Nov 6 Jodi Martin, Australian singer-songwriter, born in Ceduna, Australia
  • Nov 6 Mike Herrera, American singer and bassist (MxPx), born in Bremerton, Washington
  • Nov 11 Jesse Keeler, Canadian musician (Death From Above; MSTRKRFT), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 12 Judith Holofernes [Holfelder-Roy], German singer (Wir sind Helden), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Nov 16 Harry Waters, British progressive rock and jazz piano and Hammond organ player, born in England
  • Nov 18 Shagrath [Stian Tomt Thoresen], Norwegian heavy metal singer (Dimmu Borgir), born in Jessheim, Akershus
  • Nov 19 Jun Shibata, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Setagaya, Japan
  • Nov 22 Son Little [Aaron Livingston], American blues and soul singer-songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 22 Ville Valo, Finnish singer (HIM)
  • Nov 23 Joe Sumner, British rock bassist and singer-songwriter (Fiction Plane), born in England
  • Nov 26 Jean Grae [Tsidi Ibrahim], South African-American rapper (The Evil Jeanius), born in Capetown, South Africa
  • Nov 27 Tyrone Sutton, American pop and R&B singer (Perfect Gentlemen - “Ohh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)”) and Muslim chaplain, born in Massachussetts
  • Nov 30 Martin Kasík, Czech concert pianist, born in Frenštát, Czech Republic

Divorces in Music

Donna Summer

Nov 24 American singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

Walter PistonWalter Piston (1894-1976)

Nov 12 Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82

  • Nov 17 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio), dies on his 61st birthday
  • Nov 28 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, dies at 55