This Day in Music History — November 19

1979 : Loverboy plays their first ever concert, opening for Kiss at The Coliseum in Vancouver.

1979 : Frank Zappa’s one and only rock opera, Joe’s Garage, is released. The second half came out November 19th, the first half was released in the previous September. The opera mixes styles of Blues, Jazz, Doo Wop, Lounge, Orchestral, Rock, Pop and Reggae. While it draws controversy at the time for profane lyrics, it has since been hailed as a cultural milestone and landmark album. The work also looks forward to Zappa’s later crusade against the PMRC with its themes of government censorship, and introduces a few memes into the Zappa lexicon, including “The Central Scrutinizer,” “a little green rosetta,” and of course, the term “roto-plooker.”

1990 : The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences strips the 1989 best new artist Grammy from the group Milli Vanilli because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn’t actually sing on their debut album, Girl You Know It’s True. It is the first time a Grammy has ever been taken back.

2002 : While greeting fans from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks the world by dangling his newborn son Prince Michael II over the side of the railing.

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