Today In Music, November 3: Dylan Settles Lawsuit With Hootie & The Blowfish, Eagles Begin a "Long Run" At #1, and Happy Birthday Adam Ant!


On this date in 1995, Bob Dylan reached a settlement with the members of Hootie and the Blowfish after the legendary folk singer had sued the band for their appropriation of his lyrics for their song "Only Want To Be With You".  The song quotes quite liberally from Dylan's "Idiot Wind" while also name-checking Dylan's "Tangles Up In Blue".  The band's settlement including a payment to Dylan in the high six figures, ownership of 50% of the song's publishing, and co-writing credit on the song.

On this day in 1979, Eagles start an eight-week stay at #1, knocking Led Zep's In Through The Out Door out of the top spot.  The first single from the album, "Heartache Tonight", also hit #1 this month and sold over a million copies.  It would be the band's last song to top the charts.  It's a little-known fact that Detroit rocker Bob Seger came up with the chorus after Glenn Frey called him and sang the verse over the phone to him.

Born on this day: Adm & The Ants singer Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) was born on this date in 1954.  He turns 60 today.  His 1980 album with the Ants, Kings Of The Wild Frontier, stormed the #1 spot in the UK with three Top 5 hit singles; "Dog Eat Dog", "Antmusic", and the title cut.  In 1981, he would score two #1 singles with "Stand And Deliver" and "Prince Charming" before putting the band to rest to embark on a solo career.

After a lengthy period that saw the singer battle mental health issues, Ant returned to active duty in 2013 with a new album, Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter.  This month, he releases his latest effort, Bravest Of The Brave.

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