This Day in Music History — November 21

1934 : The Cole Porter musical Anything Goes opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre.

1960 : The Beatles’ George Harrison, then just seventeen, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group had been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club’s owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George’s age; The Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.

1987 : “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol replaces “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany at #1 in the US. Both songs were originally recorded in the ’60s by Tommy James & the Shondells.

1991 : An animated Aerosmith perform Walk This Way on the “Flaming Moe” episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.

2000 : Backstreet Boys’ Black & Blue debuts with one of the biggest initial retail shipments ever, with about 6 million units.

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This Day in Music History — October 24

1937 : Cole Porter is involved in an horrific accident. While riding his horse at Locust Valley, New York, the animal falls and rolls over onto him crushing his legs. He will spend the rest of his life in constant pain.

1980 : The Guinness Book of World Records presents Paul McCartney with a special rhodium album for being the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music, having written 43 platinum songs and sold over 100 million records.

1992 : End Of The Road by Boyz II Men ties Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog as the longest-running #1 single when it reaches its 11th week at the top. It would spend 2 more weeks at #1, but lose the record 3 months later when Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You stays for 14 weeks.

2008 : Jennifer Hudson is struck by tragedy after her brother, mother and nephew are murdered in Chicago. The man eventually arrested for the crime is Hudson’s brother-in-law, William Balfour.

2012 : R&B singer Bobby Brown is arrested in Los Angeles, California, for a DUI ticket – after a similar incident in March of the same year in which he’d pleaded ‘no contest’ and agreed to attend rehab. This time he is released on bail.

This Day in Music History — October 15

1964 : Composer/songwriter Cole Porter dies of kidney failure in Santa Monica, California. He had suffered with chronic pain since the late-’30s when he was severely injured in a horseback-riding accident, leading to years of operations and an eventual amputation of his right leg.

1973 : Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted for two weeks to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital with what is termed “pneumonia.” Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis’s personal physician, discovers his patient’s addiction to Demerol.

1976 : Ike & Tina Turner officially dissolve their musical partnership.

1992 : Madonna holds a “Sex” party to promote her upcoming book Sex. Held at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan, Madonna shows up dressed like Little Bo Peep and carrying a stuffed lamb.

2006 : The final concert is performed at the famous and celebrated Manhattan music club CBGB, courtesy of Patti Smith. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. New York commerce, over the protest of tearful rock fans who hoped to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, is heedless of the sentimental value as a men’s clothing store moves in and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.