This Day in Music, November 22: Steel Mill, Jesus and Mary Chain, Michael Hutchence

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On this day in 1968, The Beatles' double White album was released in the UK, featuring "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Dear Prudence", "Helter Skelter", "Blackbird", "Back In The USSR", and George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Priced at £3.13 shillings ($8.76), it spent eight weeks as the UK No.1 album.

1969: Iron Butterfly, supported by Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen), appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school's 3,500-seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.

1987: Jesus and Mary Chain singer Jim Reid was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the audience with his microphone stand. He was released on $2,000 bail.

1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence's body was found at 11:50am, naked, behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto-eroticism, although no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.

2004: Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Osbourne told reporters that he had the masked raider in a headlock as he tried to stop him. The burglar broke free and jumped 30 feet from a first floor window. A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid in which two burglars were involved.

2005: Poems written by Bob Dylan in his college days sold for $78,000 (£45,000) at a New York City auction. The 16 pages of poems were the first known time Robert Zimmerman used the Dylan name and came from his studies at the University of Minnesota during 1959-60.

2005: A gig by former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. Two thousand people were told to leave Newcastle's Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.


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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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