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November 16, 1974 John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” became his only solo U.S. #1. Piano and backup vocals were done by Elton John.

Top Single: “Mr. Blue” The Fleetwoods #1 1959

November 17, 1956 The Heartbeats standard “A Thousand Miles Away” charted (#53 Pop, #5 R&B) and The Continentals inspiring “Dear Lord” was released.

1968 – Dion appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS-TV.

Top Single: “Fool, Fool, Fool” The Clovers #1 R&B 1951 “Big Girls Don’t Cry” The Four Seasons #1 1962

Birthday: Bob Gaudio (The Four Seasons) 1942 Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition) 1967

November 18, 1957 The Superiors “Lost Love”, The Jay Hawks “Everyone Should Know” and The El Venos “You Must Be True” were released.

– Two sixties vocal groups, The Shangri-Las and The Three Degrees, went to court in dispute over who owned their respective names. The Shangri-Las won, but The Three Degrees court ruling granted their name to former manager Richard Barrett.

Top Single: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes” #1 R&B 1972 “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash #1 1972

Birthday: Hank Ballard (The Midnighters) 1936

November 19, 1955 The Cues, mostly known as a studio backup group for the likes of Atlantic stars Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker, had their first chart single of their own with “Burn That Candle”.

Top Single: “You Keep Me Hanging On” The Supremes #1 1966

Birthday: Dave Guard (The Kingston Trio) 1934 Hank Medress (The Tokens) 1938 Warren “Pete” Moore (The Miracles) 1939

November 20, 1954 The Clovers “I Confess” and The Valentines “Tonight Kathleen” were released along with what would become the quintessential R&B Christmas record, The Drifters “White Christmas).

1961 – The Crystals debut single, “There’s No Other” charted as the first of their eights hits.

Top Single: “Love So Right” The Bee Gees #4 1976 “Up Where We Belong” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes #1 1982

Birthday: Tony Butala (The Lettermen) 1938


November 21, 1954 The Wrens recorded four sides including the street corner classic “Come Back My Love”

1960 – Gene Pitney’s first single under his own name, “I Wanna Love My Life Away” was issued. He recorded in 1959 as Billy Bryan and in a duo as Jamie in Jamie & Jane.

Top Single: “Stay” Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs #1 1960

November 22, 1956 Newly formed Club Records signed the “Church Bells May Ring” hit makers, The Willows and Pat Cordell & The Crescents. The latter became The Elegants of “Little Star” fame.

– Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested for driving drunk when he drove his Rolls Royce into a ditch.

Top Single: “Let’s Do It Again” The Staple Singers #10 1975 “Fly, Robin, Fly” Silver Convention #1 1975

Jamie Troy (The Classics) 1942 - Steven Caldwell (The Orlons)

November 23, 1899 The first Jukebox was installed at The Palace Royal Hotel in San Francisco.

Top Single:
“I’m Leaving It Up To You” Dale & Grace.

November 24, 1956 The Dell-Vikings recorded nine songs including “Come Go With Me” all A cappella. After instrumentation was added, “Come Go With Me” went on to be the first top 10 Pop hit by a racially mixed Rock & Roll vocal group.

1972 – Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert TV show debuted featuring Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Alice Cooper.

Top Single: “Big Girls Don’t Cry” The Four Seasons #1 1962 “Photography” Ringo Starr #1 1973 November 25, 1957 The Sultans “If I Could Tell” was released. Member Gene McDaniels went on to solo success with “A Hundred Pounds Of Clay” and “Tower of Strength” in 1961.


November 25, 1957 The Sultans “If I Could Tell” was released. Member Gene McDaniels went on to solo success with “A Hundred Pounds Of Clay” and “Tower of Strength” in 1961.

– Bob Geldof and 36 stars recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas” for Ethiopian famine relief. Artists included Phil Collins, Boy George, Sting, U2, Duran Duran, George Michael and James Taylor.

Top Single:
“Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” The Hollywood Flames #1 R&B 1957 “Incense & Peppermints” Strawberry Alarm Clock #1


November 26, 1955 The Four Coins “Memories Of You” charted.

Top Single: “Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys” #2 1966

Birthday: Garnett Mimms (The Enchanters)

November 27, 1954
The Charms “Hearts Of Stone” chart debut reached #15 Pop, #1 R&B while beating out The Jewels original recording.

– Ray Charles had his 18th of a career 76 chart singles when “Unchain My Heart” reached the Top 100.

Top Single:
“Heartaches” The Marcels #7 1961 “Theme From Shaft” Isaac Hayes #1 1971

November 28, 1992 36 years after The Five Satins original legendary hit, Boys II Men’s remake of “In The Still of The Night” charted, soaring to #3 Pop, #4 R&B. The feat was all the more impressive in the rap era as the “Boys” sang the recording A cappella.

– Hank Ballard & The Midnighters “Hoochie Coochie Coo” was released reaching #23 Pop, #3 R&B.

Top Single: “Come A Little Bit Closer” Jay & The Americans 33 1964 “Leader Of The Pack” The Shangri-Las #1 1964

Gary Troxel (The Fleetwoods) 1939 Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) 1968

November 29, 1980 Manhattan Transfer’s remake of The Videos “Trickle, Trickle” charted.

1986 – Cyndi Lauper’s “Change Of Heart” charted eventually reaching #3.

Top Single:
“Nights On Broadway” The Bee Gees #9 1975 “Come Together/Something” The Beatles #1 1969

Denny Doherty (The Mama’s & The Papa’s) 1941 John Wilson (Sly, Slick & Wicked)

November 30, 1959 The Five Satins “Shadows” charted becoming their 3rd of 7 Top 100 singles. Their classic “In The Still of The Night” charted 3 of those 7 times.

Top Single: “I’m Leaving It Up To You” Dale & Grace #1 1963


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Tim Hauser, Co-Founder of the Manhattan Transfer, Dead at 72


Tim Hauser of
Manhattan Transfer

This is the obituary the family wrote for Tim Hauser.

Tim Hauser, the founder of the Manhattan Transfer, the Grammy- winning vocal group, died on Thursday, October 16 in Sayre, Pa. He was 72.

Tim was born in Troy, N.Y., on Dec. 12, 1941, and grew up mostly on the Jersey Shore, in Ocean Township and Asbury Park. He went to high school in Belmar, N.J., and studied economics at Villanova University. When he was still in his teens, Tim and a friend started a singing group called the Criterions, recording several songs, and he later sang in a folk trio, the Troubadours Three.

After graduating from Villanova in 1963, he worked for a time in the marketing department of Nabisco. In 1969, he started a singing group with a country and rhythm-and-blues bent that he called the Manhattan Transfer, taking the name from a 1925 novel by John Dos Passos. They recorded one album, “Jukin’,” for Capitol Records before disbanding.

In 1972, Tim reformed the group with three new members (Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Laurel Massé) and the focus this time embraced a wide spectrum of musical styles, from gospel and swing to doo-wop, pop and rhythm and blues – everything from Louis Armstrong numbers from the first half of the 20th century to “Tuxedo Junction” (1940), “Route 66” (1946), the gospel tune “Operator” (1959) and “The Boy From New York City” (1965).

Following an automobile accident, Laurel Massé left the group and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. By then the Manhattan Transfer had signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and had headlined a summer variety series on CBS in 1975.

During the 1980s the group recorded their best-known albums — among them “Extensions,” which included a vocal version of the Weather Report song “Birdland,” which became one of their signature tunes; “Vocalese,” a collection of songs with lyrics (written by Jon Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) set to previously recorded jazz instrumentals; and the samba-tinged “Brasil” — and won multiple Grammys in both jazz and pop categories.

Later, Tim appeared as an actor in the 1991 film “The Marrying Man,” whose soundtrack he helped produce. He also recorded a solo album, “Love Stories,” that was released in 2007 in Japan and in 2010 in the United States. The Manhattan Transfer was still performing at the time of his death. He performed for presidents and royalty all over the world. He had in total eight Grammys, many gold and platinum records, lifetime achievement awards, including an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.

In addition to his music career, Tim was involved in the Senior Men’s Amateur Division of the Los Angeles Dodger's organization and played first base as a left-hander for over 20 years and attended several fantasy camps at Vero Beach, Florida, getting to play with some of his Major League heroes. He attended many major league baseball games with family and friends always with a scorecard on one knee, his favorite pencil tucked behind his ear and two Dodger Dogs on his other knee. Tim was also an avid tennis player and was taught to play by his friend Bill Cosby in the late 70’s and went on to participate in celebrity doubles tennis tournaments. He was a member of the LA Tennis Club for several years.

Tim enjoyed restoring classic cars and you could often see him driving around town with the top down, sporting one of his many baseball caps, grinning ear to ear. As a passionate cook, he developed several recipes for his line of tomato-based pasta sauces called "I Made Sauce!" inspired from his early travels to Italy with The Manhattan Transfer. He and his wife, Barb, were planning to launch his pasta sauces later this year after a very successful crowdfunding campaign in May.

Tim was so proud to be able to give two personal day tours of the Gettysburg battlefield this past summer as an expression of his many years of study. In addition, his love of film was shared with his family and friends when he wasn't touring. Tim's knowledge and passion to share stories and history, as he experienced it (especially that of 20th century American music) was enjoyed by anyone who had the opportunity to hear his stories. His love of music spanned decades and he was able to share those stories and detailed accounts of his own experiences on his radio shows, podcasts, during concerts and any time you had a few moments with him. Many remember is long running radio show on KCRW called "Sunday Sings Jazz" and his shows on Sirius radio. Most recently he paired up with his good pal Billy Vera on several occasions spinning Doo-wop favorites from their vinyl collections on Bill Gardner’s show "Rhapsody in Black" on KPFK.

His joys were to sing on stage for those who enjoyed the music, and then come home to spend time with family, friends (and his dog Astro) sharing meals and sipping perfect cappuccinos under the stars and trees that canopied the patio. So many beautiful days and nights were spent there and in friends' homes - relishing music and film, good food, love and laughter from those who he held so dear.

A memorial bench and plaque are being installed in Tim's honor at LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a place he enjoyed spending time. Manhattan Transfer fans might recognize this park because it was where the band actually filmed the video of one of their biggest hits, "Soul Food to Go" which featured Tim. Private services will be held for family and friends in mid-November. A tribute concert for the public honoring Tim's legacy, is being discussed as a possibility in 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Barb Sennet Hauser; a sister, Fayette; a son, Basie; a daughter, Lily; three stepsons, Ryan Wilson, Jayson Wilson and Kellan Wilson.


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In September, the 1960s band The Turtles won a critical legal victory in their lawsuit against Sirius XM. The Turtles sued because Sirius XM has taken the position that it doesn't need permission - and therefore doesn't need to pay for use of - pre-1972 recordings protected under state law, even though it does pay for post-1972 recordings that are protected by federal law. This relates to an issue that SoundExchange has long been fighting - the failure of some large digital radio services to pay for the use of such vintage recordings. We think Sirius XM's position is wrong as a matter of law, and definitely wrong as a matter of justice!

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Congressional Rewind: Abbreviated September Session

During the week of September 15, the House Judiciary Committee held two copyright hearings. The first hearing was part of the Committee's comprehensive copyright review and discussed a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that prohibits people from circumventing technical protection measures. This makes it illegal for pirates to even decrypt digital copyrighted works, often the first step before making an illegal copy. The second was an oversight hearing on the Copyright Office, where Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, testified. Pallante focused on bringing the Copyright Office into the 21st Century, with Committee Members agreeing that there is a need to update and modernize the Copyright Office.  

Congress has now left town to focus on the November election. They will make their way back to Washington, D.C. after voters have their say, for one last shot at getting their business done before the 113th Congress comes to an end.


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