On This Day: November 24th in music

November 24th has been a day of beginnings and endings in the world of popular music over the course of history. It was a day that established long traditions and a day that also saw the deaths of several musical icons.

2008: Death of drummer Michael Lee

Michael Lee was only 39 at the time of his death on November 24th, 2008. Despite his young age, he left a remarkable musical legacy, having worked with notable artists and bands like Robert Plant, Echo & The Bunnymen, Thin Lizzy and Little Angels.

His work with Plant ultimately gave him the most exposure – after working on Plant's solo music, he joined up with him again when Plant and Jimmy Page created their Page and Plant project in 1994. Page would later attend Lee's funeral in 2008.

1991: Deaths of Freddie Mercury and Eric Carr

Eric Carr, also known as “The Fox” – or Paul Charles Caravello offstage – was best known for being KISS's drummer. Before joining KISS, he had already achieved relative success in other bands, supporting artists like Stevie Wonder.

Carr's death in 1991 was largely overshadowed by Freddie Mercury's death, however. The Queen frontman had publicly announced that he had AIDS just one day before the news of his death came.

His impact on the music world is, of course, undeniable, but his personal life has been of equal interest to fans. He had an adoring attitude towards his cats and had their portraits painted. Despite his animal-loving side, he has also been described as impulsive and temperamental, and some of his best live performances have been said to be a result of emotional arguments with his partners.

1964: The Who played The Marquee Club in London for the first time

On November 24th, 1964, The Who, who had formed earlier that year, played their first Marquee Club show in London's Soho. In the four years that followed, the band performed at the venue a further 28 times. In many ways, The Marquee Club was one of the most significant venues The Who played, and helped the band truly start their career, making them an established and popular live band. While their first gig at the club was attended by less than 50 people, they quickly became a notable name in London's music scene – not least because of their habit of smashing instruments during their shows at the club.

Later, guitarist Pete Townshend established his own studio just a few doors from The Marquee Club, and the venue's significance to both him and the band as a whole is undeniable.