This is Music History Today for November 4. On this date:
* In 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album.
* In 1994, Sonic Smith of MC5 & the Sonics passed away.
* In 1988, U2’s music documentary Rattle & Hum premiered.
* In 1984, Prince started his Purple Rain tour.
* In 1847, classical composer Felix Mendelssohn passed away.
Born on this date:
* Sean Combs
* Shawn Rivera of Az Yet
* Jeff Soto of Journey
* James Honeyman-Scott of the Pretenders
* Chris Difford of Squeeze
* Van Stephenson of Blackhawk
* Mike Smith of Amen Corner
* Scherrie Payne of the Supremes
* Delbert McClinton
* Harry Elston of Friends of Distinction
* Jeff Watson of Night Ranger
* Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater
* jazz musician Najee
* Wayne Static of Static-X
* Kool Rock of the Fat Boys