Under-age Elton... -- A big one for Bruce... -- Somewhat underrated singer b'day...

Elton John on a 1998 "South Park" episode. Yes, really! (Getty Images)

11/7/1967 (51 years ago today) - Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin sign a deal with DJM Publishing; their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because both artists were under 21 years of age. Bernie had answered a newspaper ad for someone who was looking for a lyric writer -- since then, the two have collaborated on over 30 full-length albums! Historic!

11/7/1987 (31 years ago today) - Bruce Springsteen goes to No. 1 with the somewhat-introspective "Tunnel Of Love" album; The Boss' eighth studio effort sells over three million in the U.S., with "Brilliant Disguise" going on to becoming one of his biggest hit singles (No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100). Lotsa great stuff on here ("Tougher Than The Rest", "One Step Up", "When You're Alone" all rank among his best work in the sorta-love-song genre), and although members of The E Street Band are listed in the credits, this was (essentially) a Bruce solo album: he recorded almost all of it by himself with drum machines and synthesizers. Well worth going back for a re-listen, still sounds fresh today, it really does...

11/7/1942 - Happy Birthday to oft-taken-for-granted pop-rock singer Johnny Rivers, 76 years old today. While never quite earning the clout of some of his peers, Johnny sure racked 'em up hits-wise; in the Sixties and Seventies, he was a bona-fide radio star, one of the few who could put together a genuine "Greatest Hits" collection: "Poor Side Of Town", "Summer Rain", "Secret Agent Man", "The Seventh Son", "Memphis", "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'", "Mountain Of Love"; at the time, Johnny was an interesting mix of styles -- garage rock, blue eyed soul and rockabilly -- and it was this inability to pin-him-down that probably kept him from achieving superstar status. Still, lotta great singles to turn up loud...

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