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CDJ Today: November 15 in Classic Rock

Gran Funk Railroad
The core members of Grand Funk Railroad in 1971 (Don Brewer, Mark Farner, and Mel Schacher).

November 15, 1971 – Grand Funk Railroad releases E Pluribus Funk, the last album they would record as a trio (Mark Farner, Mel Schacher, and Don Brewer).  The original release cover is round and covered with a silver-like film to resemble a large coin. On the back side of the cover, there is a picture of Shea Stadium to celebrate Grand Funk beating The Beatles‘ attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 15, 1949 – Steve Fossen, bass (Heart)
November 15, 1954 – Tony Thompson, drums (The Power Station, Chic) (d. 2003)
November 15, 1955 – Joe Leeway, keyboards, percussion, vocals (Thompson Twins)
November 15, 1974 – Chad Kroeger (born Chad Robert Turton), vocals, guitar (Nickelback)

Rock Rememberances

November 15, 2018 – Roy Clark, longtime host of Hee Haw, dies of pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, OK.  He was 85.  Clark was also an accomplished musician and huge country music star and ambassador.  During the time he hosted Hee Haw in the 70’s, the show would draw over 30 million viewers.  Clark was also an actor and played two recurring parts on The Beverly Hillbillies, in addition to being a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

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