This Day in Music, November 15: Johnny and The Moondogs, The Doors, and Janis

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1959: Johnny and the Moondogs (The Beatles) played in the final heat of the TV Star Search competition at The Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, England. Judging was done by the volume of applause each group received when it was called back onstage at the end of the night (Simon Cowell take note). Since the Moondogs had no money to stay overnight in Manchester, they were forced to head back to Liverpool before they were called back onstage.

1966: The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release "Break On Through" as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.

1969: Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him a 'son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail.

1987: Dire Straits became the first act to sell over three million copies of an album in the UK. It contained five, top 40 singles: ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘So Far Away,’ ‘Walk of Life,’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick.’

1992: Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring after a gig in California, saying "Who wants to be touring at 46?" (Have you bought your tickets yet for the reunion tour?) 

2000: Michael Abram, the Liverpool man who stabbed George Harrison after breaking into his home, was awarded a not guilty verdict at Oxford's Crown Court. But the verdict was returned in view of Abrams' mental history, and he was taken into care.

2007: Kenneth Donnell, from Glasgow, paid £83,000 for two tickets to see Led Zeppelin rehearse and perform at the O2 arena in London on 10 December. Donnell bid for the tickets as part of an auction for the BBC's Children in Need.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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