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November 1970








Gold records go to the Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (just a month after its release), the Moody Blues' A Question of Balance, Neil Young's After the Goldrush and Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's Live at Monterey.
Addressing the nation's growing antiwar sentiment, President Nixon, in a televised speech, coins the term "silent majority," referring to what he asserts is a larger, less vocal portion of the American public that approves of his Vietnam policy.
Jethro Tull and McKendree Spring perform in a sold-out Carnegie Hall benefit for Phoenix House, a drug-rehabilitation center.

Los Angeles child welfare authorities focus their attention on a 13-year-old girl named Genie, a feral wild child found confined to a basement, having been abused and isolated by her child-hating father.

Midway through a Beach Boys show at L.A.'s Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Brian Wilson -- making one of his very rare stage appearances -- loses his balance several times and has to be helped offstage. His right ear -- the better of the two -- sustains "severe damage" because of the volume level onstage.
MGM Records President Mike Curb drops eighteen acts from his roster in a move to descredit musicians who "exploit and promote hard drugs through music." Among the acts dropped are such alleged "drug advocates" as Connie Francis, the Cowsills and the Judy Garland Estate -- but not Eric Burdon. CBS Records chief Clive Davis calls Curb's announcement "an irresponsible grandstand play."
Jim Morrison, on this, his twenty-seventh birthday, records the poetry that the other members of the Doors would set to music after his death and issue on the 1978 album An American Prayer.

New Orleans Saints place-kicker Tom Dempsey kicks a 63-yard field goal agains the Detroit Lions, a still-unbroken NFL record.

The Moody Blues earn a gold LP -- their fifth in 1970 -- with In Search of the Lost Chord.
Two very different albums entitled Plastic Ono Band -- one by John Lennon and the other by Yoko Ono -- are released simultaneously on Apple in the U.S. and in the U.K. Also, today, Bob Dylan's book Tarantula is published by Bantam Books. The book is a collection of first person narratives and poems written mostly between 1965 and 1966. Although many are curious -- one reviewer claims to have paid $120 for a set of galleys -- the book is only warmly received.
The Doors make their last appearance as a quartet in New Orleans. Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore later recall watching Jim Morrison lose "all his energy" as the concert drags to an end. The group then records the L.A. Woman album, and Morrison subsequently moves to Paris, where he dies on July 3 of the following year.

Elton John plays The Fillmore West with The Kinks.

Army lieutenant William Calley's court-martial for his involvement in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam opens.

37 members of the Marshall University football team, along with 38 other people including eight coaches and 25 boosters, perish in an airplane crash in West Virginia as they are returning from a game in North Carolina. The accident, which is widely considered to be the worst sports related tragedy in U.S. history, becomes the basis for the 2006 film We Are Marshall starring Matthew McConaughey as replacement coach Jack Lengyel.
An Elton John concert in New York City is broadcast live over WPIJ-FM and is recorded for his 11-17-70 LP.
Jerry Lee Lewis and wife Myra Brown are divorced in Memphis, with Brown claiming their marriage "has turned into a nightmare." The union started in controversy: she is his cousin and was just fourteen years old when they married; the resulting public outcry nearly ended his career.
James Brown, Godfather of Soul, marries Deidre Yvonne Jenkins on the front porch ofher Barnwell, South Carolina, house.
For the second time this year, Kinks singer Ray Davies flies to a London studio to rerecord one word in a new Kinks single. The last time (in June) it was to change Coca-Cola to cherry cola in "Lola" in order to avoid copyright conflicts. This time, Ray must change a line from "Apeman" The air pollution is a-foggin' up" which sounds too much like "a-fuckin'."
"Moon Walk," an original rock musical for children by Betty Jean Lifton, opens at New York's City Center. According to its press release, "Moon Walk" is "science set to rock music, telling what would happen if children could go to the moon to see for themselves what's up there." Music and lyrics for the show are by a group called the Open Window, which includes Peter Schickele, famous for his "P.D.Q. Bach" spoofs of baroque music.

NBC airs a "very special" Adam 12 called "Elegy for a Pig," a documentary style episode without any background music.

The Partridge Family is ABC's highest-rated new series, and today the prefab pop act's inaugural single, "I Think I Love You," tops the charts. Real-life family act The Cowsills provided inspiration, right down to the music: "I Think I Love You" comes from the writer of their hit "Indian Lake." Only two "family members" actually appear on the recording: Mom Shirley Jones, who starred in the film version of Oklahoma, and her stepson, David Cassidy -- that is, Keith Partridge, who sings lead. Like TV-created pop predecessors The Monkees and The Archies, the Partridges will also enjoy a string of Top 40 hits, and teen heartthrob Cassidy launches a successful solo recording career. While none of the other Partridges excel at singing, two of the show's five kids will resurface in later years: Susan Dey as a take-no-prisoners D.A. on L.A. Law, and smart aleck Danny Bonaduce as a radio host, reality-TV star, and all-around train wreck.

The Top Five
1. "I Think I Love You" - Partridge Family
2. "We've Only Just Begun" - Carpenters
3. "I'll Be There" - Jackson Five
4. "The Tears of a Clown" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
5. "Fire and Rain" - James Taylor

Saxophonist Albert Ayler, a giant ofthe jazz avant-garde and a major influence on Frank Zappa, among others, is found drowned in New York's Hudson River at age thirty-four. Rumors that he was found tied to a jukebox remain unconfirmed.
George Harrison releases his first non-instrumental solo album All Things Must Pass, produced by Phil Spector and featuring dozens of noted players, including Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Jim Gordon. The album, an elaborate 3-LP set, is on Apple and its first single, the double-sided "My Sweet Lord/Isn't It a Pity," is on its way to #1 for four weeks beginning in late December.

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