This Day in Music History — November 28

1964 : Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.

1968 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates’ Court, London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. Lennon pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.

1974 : John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden, reciprocating for Elton’s appearance on Whatever Gets You Thru The Night. They sing that one as well as The Beatles’ I Saw Her Standing There. It would be Lennon’s last concert appearance.

2001 : Aretha Franklin sues the tabloid Star magazine for $50 million over a December, 2000 article titled “Aretha Franklin Drinking Herself into Grave.”

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This Day in Music History — November 1

1965 : The Rolling Stones’ concert in Rochester, NY, ends abruptly when 3,000 rabid fans storm the stage after just seven minutes. After three more attempts to resume the show, it’s canceled by police, with only six songs having been played.

1975 : Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter’s struggle with anorexia, The Carpenters are forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.

1985 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by another initialed organization, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve. Most record companies go with the labels, which don’t seem to hurt sales.

1999 : Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.

2000 : Ben Folds Five announces they’re breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.

2002 : T.I. is arrested and convicted in Georgia for carrying a 10mm pistol. This is is second arrrest for gun possession charges in one year.