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CDJ Today: November 1 in Classic Rock

Nirvana MTV Unplugged

November 1, 1994 – Nirvana releases MTV Unplugged in New York, the first Nirvana album following the death of Kurt Cobain.  The album debuts at number one on the Billboard 200, and is certified 5x platinum in the United States by 1997. It also wins the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996.

November 1, 1968 – George Harrison releases Wonderwall Music, becoming the first Beatle to release a solo album.  It’s a soundtrack to the psychedelic movie Wonderwall.  It includes guest appearances from Eric ClaptonRingo Starr and Peter Tork.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 1, 1963 – Rick Allen, drums (Def Leppard)
November 1, 1962 – Anthony Kiedis, vocals (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
November 1, 1946 – Ric Grech, bass (Blind Faith, Traffic) (d. 1990)
November 1, 1950 – Dan Peek, vocals, guitar (America) (d. 2011)
November 1, 1959 – Eddie Macdonald, bass (The Alarm)
November 1, 1947 – Jim Steinman, producer (Meat Loaf)

Rock Remembrances

November 1, 2004 – Terry Knight (born Richard Terrance Knapp), former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas.  He was 61.  Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend who was high on methamphetamine and is now serving life in prison.  Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, which scored a Billboard top 50 hit with “I, Who Have Nothing.”

November 1, 2008 – Jimmy Carl Black (born James Carl Inkanish, Jr.), dies of lung cancer in Germany.  He was 70. Black was the drummer and a vocalist in The Mothers Of Invention. He also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead and The Turtles.

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