This Day in Music, November 21: George Harrison, The Partridge Family, Queen, and David Bowie

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On this day in 1960, the Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison. Harrison had been deported on this day for being underage (he was 17) and not legally allowed to remain in a nightclub after midnight.

1970: The Partridge Family started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "I Think I Love You". The song was featured in the first episode of The Partridge Family TV series, made by the same company that made The Monkees.

1981: Queen and David Bowie were at No.1 in the UK with "Under Pressure". They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist.

1987: Billy Idol knocked Tiffany from the No.1 position on the US singles chart with his version of Tommy James' "Mony Mony". Tiffany had been at No.1 with another Tommy James song, "I Think We're Alone Now."

1995: Legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant died from a heart attack aged 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early '60s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and The Animals.

2003: Record producer Phil Spector appeared before a California court and was formally charged with murder. B-movie actress Lana Clarkson had been found at his mansion in February of that year with a fatal gunshot wound to her face. Spector pleaded not guilty to charges of murder during a brief hearing in Alhambra, near Los Angeles, and was released on $1m bail.

2007: The Red Hot Chili Peppers were suing a US network over the name of a TV show, Californication, saying the title was "immediately associated in the mind of the consumer" with its 1999 album and single release. The band filed a lawsuit against Showtime Network, the makers of the TV show, which featured David Duchovny as a writer going through a mid-life crisis. "For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right," said the band's singer, Anthony Kiedis. He described Californication as "the signature CD, video and song of the band's career".


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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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