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CDJ Today: November 22 in Classic Rock

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November 22, 1963 – The Beatles release their second album With The Beatles which becomes only the second album in history to sell a million copies in the U.K.  Half of the 14 songs on the album are covers.

November 22, 1968 – The Beatles release their 9th studio album The Beatles, commonly known as the White Album.  The recording was marked by tension and internal discord within the band, eventually leading to their break up.  Most of the songs were written during a retreat in Rishikesh, India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi during three months in the spring of 1968.  Now universally acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time, the album has sold close to 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

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November 22, 2004 – Ozzy Osbourne tries to thwart a burglar at his home in England, but the burglar escapes with jewelry worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Items taken during the burglary included wedding rings, an engagement ring, pearl and diamond necklaces, a large 52-carat sapphire ring and two pairs of diamond earrings, which Mrs. Osbourne says are “totally irreplaceable.”

November 22, 1994 – Pearl Jam release their third studio album Vitalogy, which becomes the first vinyl album to appear on the U.S. chart since the domination of CDs. It eventually sells over 5 million copies.

November 22, 2003 – Dave Navarro weds actress Carmen Electra at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  They later divorce in 2007.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 22, 1950 – Steven Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven or Miami Steve), guitar, vocals  (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul)
November 22, 1947 – Rod Price, guitar (Foghat) (d. 2005)
November 22, 1941 – Ron McClure, bass (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
November 22, 1956 – Lawrence Gowan, vocals, keyboards (Styx)
November 22, 1950 – Tina Weymouth (born Martina Michèle Weymouth), bass (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
November 22, 1941 – Jesse Colin Young, vocals, bass (The Youngbloods)
November 22, 1942 – Floyd Sneed, drums (Three Dog Night)

Rock Remembrances

November 22, 1997 – INXS singer Michael Hutchence is found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence had apparently hanged himself with his own belt from his hotel door. It had been suggested by his girlfriend Paula Yates that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, but no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.  After an autopsy it was ruled that Hutchence’s death was a suicide while depressed and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.  Hutchence sold over 13 million albums with INXS in the U.S. and was also an actor, appearing in several movies.

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