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This Day in Music History: November 5th

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2000: The Who made a guest appearance on The Simpsons’ 250th episode. Pete Townshend didn’t voice himself as he thought somebody else would like in Yellow Submarine. Townshend’s brother Paul provided the voice of Pete.

1999: It was announced that Gary Cherone was no longer the singer for Van Halen, after recording just one album with the band, 1998’s Van Halen III.

1995: A performance of The Wizard of Oz was staged at the Lincoln Center in New York City featuring Roger Daltrey as The Tin Man, Jackson Browne as The Scarecrow, Nathan Lane as The Cowardly Lion and Jewel as Dorothy. The concert was a benefit for The Children’s Defense Fund.

1995: Van Halen ended their tour in support of Balance at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. This would be their last concert with Sammy Hagar until 2004.

1983: Billy Joel reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Uptown Girl” which spent five weeks on top of the chart. The song would reach number three in the U.S.

1983: The Clash’s drummer Topper Headon was arrested in London for walking his dog while he was drunk.

1973: During The Who’s concert in Newcastle, U.K., Pete Townshend stormed offstage in frustration due to the backing tapes being 15 seconds too slow. Townshend later returned a half hour later to finish the concert.

1970: Led Zeppelin released “Immigrant Song” which later reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

1967: Bob Dylan recorded “All Along the Watchtower” at Columbia Studio A in Nashville. The song would go on to be covered by The Jimi Hendrix Experence, U2, Neil Young & the Grateful Dead. 

Gram Parsons born in 1946
Don McDougall-guitarist for The Guess Who born in 1948
Bryan Adams born in 1959

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