THIS DAY :-
1940 -ASCAP tells Glenn Miller that he doesn't have the
rights to use "Moonlight Serenade" as his theme, so he switches to "Slumber
1945 - Burl Ives makes his concert
debut at New York's Town Hall.
1956 - One of
the first Rock movies, The Girl Can't Help It, opens in America. Featuring performances
by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters and Fats Domino,
the film starred Jayne Mansfield as an aspiring singer..
1956 - The
Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide" opened on Broadway, based on the
book by Voltaire..
1958 - Neil Sedaka signs with
RCA Records as a solo artist.
- The musical "Flower Drum Song" Rodgers and Hammerstein opened
on Broadway at the St. James Theatre..
- On his way to a show in El Paso Chuck Berry meets a young
lady named Janice Escalante in Juarez, Mexico. After learning she is a runaway,
Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant.
But she's only just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting
minors across state lines. He would be arrested and serve 20 months in jail.
- Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan
Show: with The Rays performing "Silhouettes", Sam Cooke singing "You
Send Me", and Buddy Holly & the Crickets performing "That'll Be
the Day" and "Peggy Sue". Sullivan called Buddy back on stage after
the second song for an impromptu interview and to solicit another "very nice
hand for these Texas youngsters"..
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married. They eloped and married at Don Kirshners
apartment in Elizabeth. NJ at 3am. The couple met in Rome while filming "Come
1964 - Ringo Starr, The Beatles drummer booked into University
College Hospital to have his tonsils out.
- Janis Joplin made
her final appearance with Big Brother & The Holding Company, before going
solo. She formed 2 backing bands before
her death in 1970..
1972 - Martha
and the Vandellas give their farewell performance in Detroit, Michigan..
- On her 30th birthday, Bette Midler undergoes emergency surgery to remove
1976 - Rock band Queen inadvertently
make somebody else's history. Due to appear on Bill Grundy's 'Today' programme,
the band pull out at the last minute. EMI replace them with their latest signing,
pioneers of the newly-formed Punk Movement, The Sex Pistols, who subsequently
rock the nation with their abusive behaviour on the programme. In the interview
Glenn Matlock said the word "f***." The result was the Sex Pistols being
banned in several British cities.
1978 - Singer-songwriter
Barry Sadler killed country music songwriter Lee Emerson Bellamy with one gunshot
to the head. The shooting was the culmination of a month-long dispute the men
had concerning Darlene Sharp, who was Bellamy's former girlfriend, and Sadler's
lover at the time.
- Talking Heads supported by U2 appeared at the Hammersmith Palais, London,
1981 - Keyboard
player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with
- Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label
was not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous
albums. His latest album Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly
songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's
1987 - Prince decided to cancel
the release of "The Black Album." It was only a week away from release.
1987 - A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in
the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall'
to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with
its bad language and sexual content.
1989 - Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days in jail
for driving under the influence of cocaine.
Vanilla Ice started a 4 week run at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Ice Ice Baby'.
The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1 'Under Pressure'.
'Ice Ice Baby' was initially released as the B-side to the rapper's cover of 'Play
That Funky Music', and became the A-side after US DJ's started playing it.
. . C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville,
after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief following their
concert in the town that night.
1991 - The musical
"Once on this Island" closed after 469 performances..
- Frank Sinatra is $2,072,000 richer after an auction of his possessions.
- Kenny G set a record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 mintues
and 47 seconds.. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who
held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows
him to blow and breathe at the same time).
An Oasis fan enjoyed "the best day of his life" when Noel Gallagher
popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes
had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part
of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for
the tiny gig..
2008 - Wham's Last Christmas was
the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society
put the 1984 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, just ahead of Band
Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? The Pogues came third with Fairytale of New
York, recorded with the late Kirsty MacColl and first released in 1987. Other
featured artists include Slade, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen..
- It's a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as
Hanson announces they will be selling MMMHop beer.
- Antonio de la Rua, former boyfriend and business manager of Latin pop
star Shakira, files a lawsuit for $100 million against her. The suit alleges that
Shakira wouldn't have had the success she'd had without his help, and Rua seeks
compensation for his management work.
2013 - Big
Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain aired on BBC Four for the
first time. A biography of the bluesman
Big Bill Broonzy, who would inspire generations of musicians..
- Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly
provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat
association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine.
In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis
to that of Serbs and Croats.
2014 - Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts quotes lyrics from Eminem's song "'97 Bonnie &
Clyde" in making the case that a man threatening his estranged wife by writing
violent rap lyrics and posting them on Facebook was protected by free speech.
Roberts, who mentioned lines like "Dada make a nice bed for mommy at the
bottom of the lake", pointed out that Eminem made these kind of threats very
often, and he and others should be allowed to do so if it is presented as art.
2014 - Phil Rudd the drummer of rock band AC/DC
pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.
Phil was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with
his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally
charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
announced that the song "Gangnam Style" ~ Psy, had broken the YouTube
counter at 2,147,483,647 views, prompting the company to update its software to
handle larger numbers..
musical "Carmen Jones" opened on Broadway..
1949 - Gene
Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hit the record charts.
1959 - TV
show "This Is Your Life." surprised
Bobby Darin with his story.
- Eddie Crandall writes to "Pappy" Dave Stone,
radio station KDAV station manager, asking for exclusive rights to help Buddy
Holley obtain a recording contract. The next day Crandall sends Stone a telegram
asking that Holly and his group send him a recording of four original songs.
- Al Priddy, disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio
station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of "White Christmas,"
which the station has banned, their program manager saying it "desecrates
the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent". But it turns
out to be a publicity stunt - Priddy was back on the air two weeks later, with
the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ.
- Connie Francis records "In The Summer Of His Years,"
which was inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1967 - Jimmie Rodgers
singing career ended. He was found
in his car with a fractured skull after a serious but non fatal accident..
Harrison joins the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, in
Bristol, UK, making this the first tour of a Beatle since 1966.. [Dec 02]
1969 - Cindy
Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped by the caretaker of her Hollywood apartment,
who, while holding a knife to her throat, forces her to tie up her two visiting
friends. He then forces her into a car and drives toward Long Beach, but the singer
jumps from the car and escapes. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days
- The first production of Michael Tippett's
opera The Knot Garden is staged by the Royal Opera House..
- Taj Mahal performed for the men on
death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1973 - The Who were jailed overnight after causing $6,000 worth of damage
in their hotel room after a show.
- Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets
1974 - Ravi Shankar is hospitalized
after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
- Singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge are granted a divorce..
1976 - The front page headline of the Daily Mirror
reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!", as the British press were in an uproar
the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the Today programme on London regional
TV and swore repeatedly.
1981 - The Broadway
musical Dreamgirls, which is based on The Supremes, opens on Broadway. It would
later be made into a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson..
- MTV aired Michael Jackson's 14 minute "Thriller" video for
the first time..
1986 - At
a Eurythmics concert in Birmingham, singer Annie
Lennox ripped off her bra while performing in front of 10,000 fans.
1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford
Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition.
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Willie Nelson appeared on "Geraldo"
to discuss "Sex on the Road"
1991 - The
US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed
$1.2 million in unpaid royalties.
1995 - The
Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace of Base's "The Sign"
was the best-selling debut of all time, with 19 million copies sold..
- Adam Duritz of Counting Crows severed a ligament and tore cartilage in
his knee after he fell during a concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. He
underwent orthoscopic surgery during the band's Christmas break.
- Whitney Houston pulled out of a concert sponsored by the Moonies two
hours before she was due on stage. The religious group said they had no intention
of suing providing the singer returned the $1m fee she had received.
- Jay-Z stabbed Lance Rivera at a party at Manhattan's
Kit Kat Klub. Jay-Z plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three
years probation on September 17th 2001.
2000 - Thieves broke into Madonna's home in London,
forcing their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before
loading up Guy Ritchie's car with some of the couple's possessions and driving
2003 - Justin
Hawkins, singer, with Darkness was
held for two hours at JFK Airport, New York after police mistook him for a wanted
man with the same name and looks. The police let him go after Darkness manager,
Sue Whitehouse, produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July
- The Spice Girls open their reunion tour in Vancouver, Canada.
- Police in Arkansas find the country singer Mindy McCready hiding in a closet
two days after she kidnapped her 5-year-old son from her mother, who was living
with the child in Florida. Mindy, who did not have custody of her son, was seven
months pregnant with twins at the time.
1925 - The first jazz
concerto for piano and orchestra was presented at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Commissioned
by Walter Damrosch, American composer George Gershwin presented "Concerto
In F", and was also the featured soloist playing a flugelhorn in a slow,
bluesy style as one of his numbers.
- Eddie Crandall sends a telegram to "Pappy" Dave
Stone, radio station KDAV station manager, that Buddy Holly and his group send
him a recording of four original songs.
1965 - While
performing "The Last Time." Keith
Richards was electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert
in Sacramento, CA.
1966 - Ray Charles was
fined $10,000 and given
a five year suspended prison sentence after being convicted of possessing heroin
- John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar."
The offer was taken back the next day.
1971 - The
Montreaux Casino was destroyed by fire during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers
of Invention. Deep Purple who were recording an album their at the time write
the 'Smoke On The Water.'
1976 - In
Kingston, Jamaica, seven gunman fired
shots into Bob Marley's home while Bob and the Wailers were rehearsing. No one
was seriously hurt.
1976 - The
CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run, when a
giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free
from it's moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd's 'Animals',
1978 - The Philadelphia Furies,
a soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger, lost their
first match in the North American League, 3-0 to the Washington Diplomats.
1979 - Eleven "Who" fans were trampled
to death in the rush to get unreserved seats to the band's concert
at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum .
1986 - Judas Priest were sued by two family's,
alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide pact
and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest Records for six hours.
1991 - Alan Feed received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
- Janet Jackson gets an injunction
against Eric Leon Christian, who she claimed had been harassing her.
2002 - Peter Garrett quit Midnight Oil after 25 years.
2013 - Madison Square Garden announced today that
the legendary Billy Joel, will become the first-ever music franchise of The
Worlds Most Famous Arena.
Billy will kick off his franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as
long as there is demand, starting January 27th 2014.
1956 - The
'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place
with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis recording together at Sun studios.
The session would not be released for 25 years.
1957 . . Buddy
Holly & The Crickets return to Lubbock. Niki Sullivan leaves the group, citing
the harsh tour schedule as his reason.
1971 - Led
Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the 'Four Symbols'
album. Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on
the US chart for 1 week short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.
1976 - Packers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to
package the Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'
1980 - Jimmy
Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones made the announcement of their decision
not to re-form Led Zeppelin in the wake of the death of drummer John "Bonzo"
- Madonna filed for
divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would file again in January
- Roy Orbison gave his final concert in Akron, OH. He died
two days later.
1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court
upheld a ruling that said that Prince did not steal the song, "U Got The
Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar
to ones she had written.
1995 - Michael Jackson
appears with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at New York news conference promoting
a Jackson special airing on HBO.
1999 - Rapper
Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail, after being accused of attacking Lance Rivera
when a fight broke out at a party for rapper Q-Tip at a Manhattan Club.
2000 - Irish singer Ronan Keating was dumped as chart topping
boy band Westlife's manager. Ronan was told his services were no longer required.
Westlife had scored seven No.1 UK singles with Ronan..
2004 - Budding
pop star Ashlee Simpson faces negative publicity following the inadvertent exposure
of a lip-synched appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
Richrath reunited with REO for a performance of "Ridin' the Storm Out"
to end REO's set at the sold-out concert, "Rock
to the Rescue", to raise money for the affected families of the tornado in
central Illinois. Gary stayed on stage to help with the encore of "With a
Little Help From My Friends" along with REO, Styx, Richard Marx and others.
- Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music
Hall". Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
1956 - Alan Freed's "Rock Rock Rock" film
(with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.
Petty signs contracts for Buddy Holly & The Crickets to participate in three
tours, including the Paramount Theater in New York, the America's Greatest Teenage
Recording Stars, and a short Florida tour.
1968 - Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation
of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days later.
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move and Amen Corner finished
their package tour, this final night was at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.
1970 - 'Amazing Grace' by Judy Collins entered the
UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on
the chart never making the No.1 position.
1976 - Music weekly NME reviewed the Sex
Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK' saying 'Johnny Rotten sings flat, the
song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third- rate Who imitation'.
1987 - The Jesus And Mary Chain
were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy
when the groups name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band
to be called JANC but the group didn't agree.
1997 - Carl Edward
Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of marijuana
- Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa Claus, loses
his big red pants at the annual Pageant of Peace Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
at the White House. Clark's Santa pants slowly slide off during his performance
of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Band Aid 20 started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles
chart with a new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas.' The third time the
song had reached No.1. The new version featured, Robbie
Joss Stone, Beverly
Chris Martin, Bono, Dido,
Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy
2013 - Rock
bassist Ron McGovney joined Dave Mustaine's band Megadeth onstage in Charlotte,
North Carolina, sharing the lead vocal on a cover version of Thin Lizzy's "Cold
1959 - Gene Vincent
made his UK live debut at The Tooting Granada, London, when he was a guest on
The Marty Wilde Show.
1964 - The movie "Ferry
Cross the Mersey" with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London.
1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the
Rolling Stones at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana.
the group played, Stones
fan, Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to
police the event. The event was recorded and released a year later.
- Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organised the burning of Elton
John and Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting
to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers
had sex when listening to rock music.
1978 - Sex
Pistol Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd Smith
during a fight at New York club Hurrah.
1984 - Two
former Beatles debuted in two film releases this day. Paul McCartneys "Give
My Regards to Broad Street" and George Harrisons "A Private Function"
were finalized for theatre audiences.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Power
Of Love'. The groups third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. Made them the first
group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three
1990 - Shaun Ryder, Happy Monday singer
booked into The Priorty detox clinic at Manchester, UK.
- The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It
Easy" which led to their reunion.
1995 - Joni
Mitchell was awarded the Billboard's Century Award.
Gabriel Gomez was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife
of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She had disappeared from her home on
2003 - Elvis Costello and Diana Krall
are married in a private ceremony at Elton John's estate.
2003 - David
Bowie postpones the Atlantic City, N.J start of the North American leg of his
A Reality tour after contracting the flu.
2003 - The
first official Dennis Wilson Bash, celebrating the life and music of Beach Boy
Dennis Wilson, was held at Chez Jay's in Santa Monica, CA.
Robbie Williams accepted substantial libel damages over
claims that he is secretly homosexual. The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars
magazines in 2004 published stories alleging Mr Williams had engaged in casual
- The first concert of the The New York Philharmonic, then called Philharmonic
Society of New York took place in the Apollo Rooms on lower Broadway before an
audience of 600. The concert opened with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, led by the
founder, Ureli Corelli Hill himself.
1955 - At Nesman Recording Studio in Wichita Falls, Buddy
Holly, Don Guess and J.I. Allison record "Love Me", "Don't Come
Back Knockin'", "Moonlight Baby", and "I Guess I Was Just
A Fool" which are submitted on acetate to Decca.
1963 - The
Beatles appeared on the British TV show "Jukebox Jury."
1964 - Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, suffered a nervous
breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The event led Wilson to stop touring
with the group.
1967 - Otis Redding was in the
studio recording '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'. The song went on to be his
biggest hit. Otis didn't see its release; he was killed three days later in a
- Eric Burdon announced he would break-up the Animals after
a December 22 concert at Newcastle City Hall. His intention was to go to California
and start an acting career.
1974 - Carl Douglas
started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'.
The song was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B- side and sold 10 million.
1984 - A benefit concert for Ethiopia was held
at The Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring, Nick Heyward, Feargal Sharkey, Julian
Lennon, Mike Rutherford and others.
1986 - Huey
Lewis and the News sing the national anthem a cappella before a San Francisco
49ers-New York Jets football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
- Mariah Carey's MTV Unplugged EP became the first Sony
Minidisc to be released in the US.
1993 - Guns N' Roses announced
they would keep the tune written by Charles Manson "Look At Your Game, Girl"
on their album, "The Spaghetti Incident?" The decision to keep the song
came when the band learned that the royalties would go to the son of one of Manson's
1996 - Jerry Lewis' white and red pinstriped
devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea's Performing Arts Center
in Buffalo. Lewis needed the costume, valued at $9,000, to play the role of Satan
in the musical Damn Yankees.
1997 - Shane MacGowen
spent the night in police cells after being arrested in Liverpool. He was charged
after throwing a mike stand into the crowd and injuring a fan.
- A fire rips through the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, severely damaging
and rendering unsafe the Guilded Balloon and La Belle Angele, which are located
in a protected "world heritage site. La Belle Angele hosted early performances
by the likes of Oasis and Radiohead.
1914 - "Watch
Your Step" opened in New York. It was the first musical revue to feature
a score completely by Irving Berlin.
1960 - Fabian
visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his
1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr.
was kidnapped and released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000
ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, prosecuted, convicted,
and sentenced to long prison terms.
Three days after he quit the Hollies,
Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash
- Mick Jagger was quoted saying 'I don't really like singing very much,
I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar
1972 - Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement
in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps, roulette,
keno and blackjack.
1976 - John Denver appeared
on the Carpenters' ABC-TV special.
Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn't arrive for
a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the
group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry
1980 - In New York City, Mark David
Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed
an album for Chapman.
1984 - One time Coasters
manager Patrick Cavanaugh was convicted of first degree murder of group member
Buster Wilson whose dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in
1995 - Courtney Love was interviewed by
Barbara Walters for ABC's "10 Most Fascinating People of 1995." During
the interview Love told Walters that she wished she had done "eight thousand
million things" differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain's death.
1998 - The FBI releases nearly 1,300 pages of the secret
files it kept on Frank Sinatra, detailing Old Blue Eyes' ties to organized crime,
allegations that he was a Communist Party sympathizer and that he dodged the draft.
2000 - Sting joined the Hollywood greats when his star was
unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.
2003 - Ozzy
Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included
a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of
the vertebrae in his neck.
2003 - The USA Secret
Service reported that it was "looking into" allegations that Eminem
threatened President George W. Bush in "We As Americans" (an unreleased
bootleg at the time), with the lyrics: "Fuck money, I don't rap for dead
presidents. I'd rather see the president dead, it's never been said but I set
2007 - Tom Jones sang "God
Save the Queen", the United Kingdom's national anthem, before Ricky Hatton's
fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
1967 - Doors
lead singer Jim Morrison is arrested in New Haven following backstage fight when
security guard mistakes him for a fan.
1968 - The
Supremes' and the Temptations' "TCB (Takin' Care of Business") special
aired on NBC-TV.
1971 - Richie Havens receives
a role in the orchestral stage version of the Who's rock opera "Tommy".
1974 - George Harrison released his first album on
his Dark Horse label, entitled "Dark Horse."
1978 - "Soul
Man," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name,
'The Blues Brothers'.
1984 - The Jacksons play
their last show together in Los Angeles.
1988 - According
to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best
background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross
was voted third.
1990 - Paula Abdul was taken
to North Hollywood Medical Centre after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles.
1991 - After a long legal battle, Bob Marley's
$11.5 million estate is awarded to his wife Rita and her children. Ziggy Marley's
daughter is born on this day and he names her Justice in honor of the verdict.
1998 - All Saints singer Nicole Appleton walked
out during the recording of BBC2's 'Later' saying she had quit the band.
2001 - Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna
said 'motherfucker' during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna
was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have
a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.
- Britney Spears filed for a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese
man that she claimed had been stalking her since September.
Shots are fired and one man is killed during a Toronto-area
video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul.
2004 - Rolling Stone magazine released it's special issue
"The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" listing 'Like A Rolling Stone'
by Bob Dylan the No.1 song.
2008 - Damon Albarn
and Graham Coxon say that Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on 3 July
2009. Tickets for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur
announce another date on 2 July 2009.
2010 . . It
was reported that UK singer Pete Doherty would be taking the lead role opposite
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Confession of a Child of the Century, a film adaption
of Alfred de Musset's autobiographical novel La Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle.
The film was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
- The film 'The Young Ones', starring Cliff Richard premiered
1963 - Donny Osmond makes his debut
with the Osmonds on NBC's 'Andy Williams Show.'
1965 - The
Grateful Dead played their first concert, along with Jefferson Airplane at the
first Bill Graham promoted show at The Fillmore Auditorium,
San Francisco, CA. supported
by The Great Society and others.
1967 - Steve
Miller (Blues) Band, a previously almost unknown San Francisco group, signs with
Capitol Records for unprecedented $750,000.
1967 - The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band
crashed into Lake Monoma killing the crew, Otis Redding, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell,
Phalin Jones and
Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.
1968 - John
Lennon made his first non-Beatles appearance singing
with the supergroup The Dirty Mac, which was formed
for the TV special, The Rock 'n Roll Circus.
1971 - Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage
by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering
from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
- Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured in a car
accident while driving into Manhattan.
1976 - Billy
Idol's new band Generation X made their live debut at The Central College Of Art,
- Rock bassist Ron McGovney,
quit the metal band Metallica due to growing tensions and many clashes with Ulrich
1988 - Cliff
Richard had his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.'
- Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of
Fame Star. He is accreditted with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll."
1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a 21/2-year
$2 million legal battle with two British companies that were seeking to release
19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.
2005 - Queen
became the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen
had overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on
the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with
1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making
him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard
remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.
2007 - The
surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with deceased drummer John Bonham's
son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London.
They hold the record
for the "Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert" as 20 million
on-line requests were made.
2011 - Rock
bassist Ron McGovney,
performed publicly for the first time in 29 years with Metallica. He played two
songs onstage with Metallica, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and early studio guitarist
Lloyd Grant at The Fillmore as a part of the celebrations surrounding the end
of Metallica's third decade.
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married for the third time,
twice removed, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown. They
divorced Dec 18th 1971.
1957 - In a letter to his parents, Buddy Holly relates:
"I've been writing a few songs. Some of them are fairly good. The best one
to date is a 'top secret' one titled "Peggy Sue Got Married." Please
don't mention it to anyone either. I want it to be a complete surprise."
1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village
1968 - Filming began for The Rolling
Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko,
The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released
1970 - Ringo Starr's movie "The
Magic Christian" premiered in London.
1972 - James
Brown was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a concert in Knoxville.
Charges were dropped when the singer threatened to sue the city for a million
dollars, claiming he was beaten by police.
1982 - The
Jam played their last ever gig as a band in Brighton, England.
- A Roy Orbison benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre featured
Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt.
1992 - Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire was quoted as saying
'I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury'.
- A bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer
Chris Robinson during
a gig in Tuscon, Arizona.
A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
1998 - Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs was injured after a performance
in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after a difference
of opinion with one of the club's security guards.
Guns N' Roses North American tour suffers a final blow as promoter Clear Channel
Entertainment confirms it is canceling the remaining dates with which it is affiliated.
A handful of shows being worked by other promoters are also axed.
- Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting
wife Whitney Houston in the face. Whitney
said they were trying to work out their
2007 - Melissa
Etheridge performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, together
with a variety of artists; the concert was broadcast live to over 100 countries.
1956 - Don't
Knock the Rock starring Alan Dale and featuring performances by Bill Haley &
His Comets, Little Richard,
the Applejacks, the Treniers, and
Dave Appell premiered
in New York City.
1957 - Al Priddy a DJ on US radio
station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley's version of 'White
Christmas'. He had violated the radio station's ban against the song. The station
management said, 'it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas'.
1963 - The Beatles are the first act to claim the first
and second slots on the UK Singles Chart (w/e 12th) with "I Want To Hold
Your Hand" at the top of the chart and "She Loves You" at No. 2.
They held these positions for three weeks.
Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 fine
for drug offences. Three psychiatrists agreed that Jones was an extremely frightened
young man (with suicidal tendencies).
1970 - Little
Richard was charged with "larceny by trick" in Miami Beach, FL, by Blacks,
Inc. The group claimed that Little Richard pocketed $250 he solicited for the
group. The charges were later dropped.
- During the Doors' last public performance
with Jim Morrison, at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morrison seemed
to have a breakdown on stage. Midway through the set, he slammed the microphone
numerous times into the stage floor until the platform beneath was destroyed,
then sat down and refused to perform for the remainder of the show.
1971 - Filming began on the Diana Ross movie, "Lady
Sings the Blues.", a biographical film which tells the story of jazz singer
- Guitarist, Mick Taylor
left the Rolling Stones, after being
with the band for five years
1974 - During studio
sessions in Tampa Bay, Ritchie Blackmore originally planned to record the solo
single "Black Sheep of the Family" and B-side "Sixteenth Century
Greensleeves", satisfied with the two tracks, Blackmore decided to extend
the sessions to a full album -'Ritchie Blackmore's R-A-I-N-B-O-W'
- Dionne Warwick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
1998 - A seven inch single by the Quarry
Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George
Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made
with each copy being valued at £10,000.
2001 - Dave
Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against Courtney Love. The case involves
the release of material by Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love
filed earlier that claims Nirvana's contract with Universal Music Group is void
and that all rights pertaining to the band revert to her.
2001 - Flutist
James Galway received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom.
2003 - Mick Jagger
received a knighthood from Prince
Charles at Buckingham Palace. Mick's 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see
his son receive the award.
. . Hank Williams had back surgery at the Vanderbilt University
Hospital, being released on December 24. He lived during his recovery with his
mother in Montgomery, and later moved to Nashville with Ray Price.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxy Lady." and
he made his TV debut on Briton's ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!', with Marc Bolan also
appearing on the show.
1969 - The Jackson Five
made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on
The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969 - Diana Ross took
" Latino Casino" to court
for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an
exterminator in her dressing room.
1974 - George
Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1985 - Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami
Vice" playing a drug dealer.
1994 - David
Letterman invited Prince
to perform the song "Dolphin" on his show.
1993 - In
Los Angeles, Guns
N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage to play a solo on the tune
1997 - The children's TV characters The Teletubbies went
to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Teletubbies Say-eh-oh'. The single spent
a total of 32 weeks in the chart!!!!!
2000 - It
was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close
down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the
NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
2003 - Whilst
speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope, Lauryn
Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures
to "repent". Former Fugees singer was playing a Christmas show in Vatican
City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse
in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and
the cream of Italian society.
2008 - Alexandra
Burke wins the fifth series of The X Factor.
1963 - Dinah Washington
died of a drug overdose at the age of 39. She had 34 top 10 hits on the Billboard
1966 - The Elvis Presley film
'Spinout', co-starring Shelley Fabares, premieres.
1967 - Dick
Clark announced that he was making a film, "The Love Children," about
1969 - The Jackson Five made their
first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan
1972 - Alexander's department store in
New York stayed open late so Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.
1977 - The film 'Saturday Night Fever' premiered
in New York.
1980 - Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute
silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death
six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor
- James Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker.
1992 - Merle Haggard and his wife Theresa Lane have a baby
that they name Binion Louis Haggard.
Merle also filed for bankruptcy protection this day.
1995 - Classified documents from the White House
were released that revealed the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war
activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported.
- After presenting this week's edition of
'Top Of The Pops', John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject of the TV
show 'This Is Your Life'.
- Billy Preston
agreed to testify against other defendants, after pleading
guilty to insurance fraud.
1999 - Former
Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney played a one-off gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool,
where the Beatles formed well over three decades earlier. It is the first time
since the 1963 that McCartney has played the Cavern.
- Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to No.1 on the UK singles
chart with 'Changes.' a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy on the Black Sabbath
album Volume IV in 1972.
1944 . . Hank Williams
married Audrey Sheppard; it was her second marriage and Hank's first. The couple
divorced on May 29th 1952.
1944 - A single-engine
plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the
English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers
has never been determined.
1959 - The Everly
Brothers recorded "Let It Be Me" in New York City. It was the first
time they recorded outside of Nashville and it was the first time they recorded
1962 - Bill Wyman made his live
debut with The Rolling Stones at Putney Youth Club, London.
The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and learned transcendental
1969 - John Lennon made what would
be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London,
with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit.
1977 - The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two
days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance.
Paul Cook & Sid Vicious refused because of 'moral turpitude', Steve Jones
because of his criminal record and Johnny
Rotten because of a drugs conviction.
James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various
offences including possession of weapons, resisting arrest and for leading police
on a late-night, two-state car chase. He was released on February 27, 1991.
1998 - Former Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett filed
a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after a 50-pound cannon
fell on his head during a show.
1999 - Boy George
was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset,
2005 - According
to an end-of-year chart compiled by US magazine Billboard, U2
had the top-grossing tour of 2005, with more than three million people watching
the band's sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m).
The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more
than $71m (£40m). Kenny Chesney was fourth with $63m (£35.5m), Paul
McCartney $60m (£33.8m), Rod Stewart with $49m (£27m), Elton John
with $45.5m (£25.6m), Dave Matthews Band with $45m (£25.3m), Jimmy
Buffett with $41m (£23m) and Green Day with $36.5m (£20.5m).
2006 - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in
the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the influence of drugs
and with a suspended license.
- Eugene H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast
on radio. He sang from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too
young to perform there with the Beatles.
first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released on Polydor records
after being rejected by the Decca label. It
peaked at No. 6 in the UK but failed to chart in USA .
1967 - The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull
was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.
Frank Zappa's 200 Motels film opened Piccadilly Classic Cinema, London, UK
1971 - Don McLean's eight-minute-plus version of "American
Pie" was released.
1973 - Stephen Stills
lost a paternity suit filed by a woman in California, and on this day ITV
broadcast a Barbra Streisand spectacular on UK TV, the set had been filmed at
1974 - Mott the Hoople breaks
1983 - The Who officially disbanded.
1991 - Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's
in Canada seeking $14,000 million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his
voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.
1993 - MTV aired Nirvana's New York "Unplugged"
session for the first time.
1997 - Singer Bobby
Brown settles out of court with Althea Durant who claims that she paid the performer
$30,000 for a show in Trinidad that he never played.
- A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London,
while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.
Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit
against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract.
The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered
on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.
2004 - Studio
8, the Detroit-area studio where Eminem recorded "My Name Is" for "The
Slim Shady LP" goes on sale on Internet auction site eBay. Eminem recorded
at Studio 8 in 1997; "The Slim Shady LP" was released in 1999. The recently
renovated, 700 square-foot Studio 8 is listed in eBay's commercial real estate
section for a bid of $215,000.
1955 - Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes."
, he recorded it in Memphis, TN. less than
48 hours later.
- Judy Garland and
The Supremes performed at the opening of the Astrodome in Houston.
1968 - The Who held their Christmas Party at London's The Marquee Club,
with the newly formed band "Yes" also performing.
- TV history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger
were married on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. With 40 million
viewers watching, it broke records for TV
1977 - George
Harrison played an unannounced live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley-
1977 - Mr David Ackroyd purchased
the one-millionth copy of 'Mull Of Kintyre', by Wings and became the first record
buyer to receive a Gold Disc.
1982 - Karen Carpenter
made her last live appearance with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman,
1988 - Bros
are featured on the front page of the NME, in the interviewed for the paper, a
quote from Matt, 'We've got the quickest selling debut LP in the history of CBS
Records. You don't do that if your talentless'.
1993 - Sting's wife Trudie Styler gave birth to a son, Giacomo
Luke, at a London hospital.
1995 - A statue
of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of
Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
2004 - Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85%
of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman
would run Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue from his
music and films. In the deal Lisa Marie would retain possession of Graceland and
many of her father's 'personal effects.'
2007 - Cliff
Richard has openly complained about the lack of commercial support he receives
from radio stations and record labels. He spoke about this on The Alan Titchmarsh
Show on ITV, pointing out that while new bands needed airplay for promotion and
sales, long-established artists such as himself also relied upon airplay for the
Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" publicly
premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1961 - Britain's
EMI Records rejected the Beatles. They later signed them.
- Funeral services
were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.
- At a London Christmas party, called 'An Alchemical Wedding',
John and Yoko appear on stage in a large white bag. Yoko calls it 'Bag-ism'.
1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra, who he
married when she was only 13, get divorced, as he prepared to marry 29-year old
Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.
1972 - Bob Dylan
starting filming his role in the film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid'.
1975 - The official break-up of Faces is announced at a
London press conference. Rod Stewart will continue his solo career while Ronnie
Wood joins The Rolling Stones.
1981 - Rod Stewart
plays Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The show is broadcast
around the world via satellite to a television audience of 35 million.
- Rolling Stone famed Keith Richards married 27 year old Patti Hansen on
his 40th birthday.
1988 - Mike Peters of The Alarm was rushed to hospital after
having his eyes burnt by spotlights during a gig in Chester, causing the remaining
dates on their UK tour to be cancelled.
1997 - Tori
Amos, offered 14 music videos, including a rare clip of "Cornflake Girl,"
for viewing over the Internet as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape,
Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Users were allowed access to the clips
for a four week period in exchange for a donation of $5.
1999 - The
Spice Girls unveiled their waxwork look-alikes at Madame Tussaud's, London. Each
model had cost £35,000 to make.
2003 - Out
on bail, Michael Jackson was formally charged with 7 counts of child molestation
and 2 counts of administering intoxicating liquor to a minor with the intent of
committing a crime. The abuse was claimed to have taken place between 07 07 Feb
-10 March 2003 and the alleged victim was identified only as 'John Doe'.
2003 - John Rutter tells US TV programme 60 Minutes that
he is not a particularly religious man yet still deeply spiritual and inspired
by the spirituality of sacred verses and prayers
2004 - A
guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon sold for £294,000 ($570,000)
at auction in New York. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to
1969, including the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during White Album sessions.
1957 - Elvis
Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join
the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
- "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 1375
1965 - Drummer Keith
Moon collapses at Who gig at Ricky Tick Club in Windsor.
1969 - Mick
Jagger was fined £200 plus 50 guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court
for illegal possession of cannabis.
1975 - Ron
Wood joined the Rolling Stones
1976 - In an
interview with The Daily Mail, Sex Pistol Paul Cook's mother said he was no longer
welcome at home and she was going to turn his bedroom in a dining room.
1987 - Two teenage girls died in a crush at a Public Enemy
gig at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville.
1987 - Paul
Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday
1997 - MTV drops video "Smack
My Bitch Up" by Prodigy
2001 - Former Spice
Girl Emma Bunton (Baby) paid £3,000 for a custom built toilet. The singer
ordered the hand painted porcelain loo complete with hand crafted toilet roll
holder for her new £500,000 seaside apartment.
2005 - Sir
Elton John turned down £5.7m for the exclusive rights to his civil union
to his partner David Furnish. The couple had considered the offer from a US television
channel, putting the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude
magazine they had decided to keep the day private.
2008 - Scott
Weiland signed a publishing deal with Bug Music, allowing him to "receive
funding to pursue the development of creative projects and writers for Bug Music
through his co-founded label, Softdrive Records". The deal includes his share
of the Stone Temple Pilots catalog and future solo projects.
1920 - Bob
Hope became an American citizen
The Osmonds made
thier TV debute appearing on the NBS- TV Andy Williams show, performing 'I'm A
Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas'.
1967 - Folk
singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during
an anti- war demonstration.
1975 - Guitarist
Joe Walsh, formerly with the James Gang, joins Eagles as replacement for Bernie
Leadon who left for a solo career
1973 - Singer
Bobby Darin died following open-heart surgery at the age of 37.
'Just Like Starting Over' gave John Lennon his first ever UK solo No.1 single,
days after he was shot dead
1981 - Harry Krieger/Tom
Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls," premieres at Imperial Theatre, New York
City for 1522 performances
1980 - Motorhead's
Phil Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck when partying after a gig in
1995 - "Paul Roebson" opens
at Longacre Theatre, New York City, for 14 performances
- Ritchie and J from Five were remanded on bail following a court appearance
in connection with a fight in a Dublin pub. They were charged with public order
2009 - Rage Against the Machine takes
the Christmas No.1 slot in the UK with "Killing in the Name", after
a massive Facebook campaign to prevent the winner of The X Factor from taking
the slot once again.
1960 - Elvis
Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with
the opening with his movie "Flaming Star."
1964 - Rolling
Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book 'Ode to a High Flying Bird' is published. It
is a book of text and drawings about Charlie Parker
1968 - Janis
Joplin takes her place alongside otherwise in-house bill at Stax/Volt Yuletide
party in Memphis. Other performers include Booker T, Staple Singers, Bar Kays
and Eddie Floyd
1970 - Elvis Presley goes to
the White House to volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation's
drug problems. He gives Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and receives a Narcotics
1971 - Martha & the Vandellas
1971 - Bulgarian
singer Boris Godjunov was one of the few survivors of a plane crash, a fatal air
disaster that killed fellow Bulgarian singer Pasha Hristova.
1991 - Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives'
by Queen started a five week run at No.1 in the UK, released as a tribute to Freddie
1995 - Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol,
issued a writ against the band seeking damages and royalties from his work on
('What's The Story) Morning Glory'
1996 - Tony
Bennett was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia.
Bennett was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President
and Mrs. Clinton when he fell ill.
1999 - Readers
of Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium.
Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium.
2005 - Madonna
was forced to cancel a romantic holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland after her
private jet broke down with technical difficulties at London Airport.
2005 - Elton John marries David Furnish in London. This
marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions the same legal
protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
2012 - Flavor
Flav teamed up with Gino Harmon and Salvatore Bitonti to start a national franchise
known as Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs, which opened in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The restaurant closed in July 2013 after being evicted by its landlord for failure
to pay rent.
1967 - Appearing
at The Olympia, London 'Christmas On Earth Continued'. An all night festival featuring
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric
Burdon & The Animals, Soft Machine, DJ John Peel plus a paddling pool, light
shows and a movie theatre, tickets £1.
1968 - Eric
Burdon left the Animals.
1969 - John Lennon and
Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health,
John Munro and discuss drug abuse.
1972 - Little
Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Long Haired Lover From
Liverpool.' At nine years of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1
record, also the biggest seller of 72.
1975 - Ike and Tina Turner are robbed of $86,000
when a suitcase was stolen containing concert receipts.
- Kenny Jones joins Who, taking the place of the late Keith Moon
- At a rock & roll memorabilia auction in London, a stage suit worn
by John Lennon sold for £2,300, a letter from Paul McCartney to a fan sold
for £2,200 and a Perspex sculpture of John &
Yoko was bought by singer Kate Bush for £4,200.
1987 - Nikki
Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced 'dead on arrival' in an ambulance when his
heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline
in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his
2000 - Madonna marries film director
Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella
McCartney, Sting, Bryan
Adams, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi,
Celine Dion, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
2005 - Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005
according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches with people looking
for pictures from her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' at the 2004 Super Bowl when
she exposed her right breast.
1927 - Fiddlin' Arthur Smith made his solo debut as a fiddler
on the Grand Ole Opry He was made a member of The Opry in the 1920s.
1959 - Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14 year old
Janice Norine (who unbeknown to Berry was working as a prostitute), across a state
line. He was sentenced to 5 years jail but after racist comments by the judge
Berry was freed.
1957 - Tom and Jerry later known
as Simon and Garfunkel, release their first-ever single, 'Hey Schoolgirl'
1964 - During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous
breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to
concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands
1966 - The final show of BBC-TV's
"Ready, Steady Go!" was aired with the Who as special guest.
1969 - Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs
1977 - Cat Stevens converted to Islam
and changed his name to Yusef Islam.
1985 - Judas
Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to
the Judas Priest album Stained Class. The two had drunk beer, smoked
marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun
to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then
blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying
of effects of the shooting.
1989 - The second
version of 'Do They Know Its Christmas' by Band Aid II, went to No.1 on the UK
1991 - James Brown sued the producers
of the movie "The Commitments." Brown claimed that one of the characters
too closely resembled him. He lost the case.
1998 - BBC
1 TV aired the programme about the life of Robbie Williams, 'Some Mothers...'.
2005 - Geezer Butler, the bass player with Black
Sabbath offered £5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of
Toga, the three-month-old penguin which had been stolen from a zoo on the Isle
of Wight a few days earlier.
1920 - Enrico
Caruso gave his last public performance, when he sang in Jacques Halevy's "La
Juive" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
1951 - Gian
Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," was first broadcast
by NBC. It was the first opera written specifically for television.
1967 - The Bee Gees performed their Christmas special 'live'
from Liverpool Cathedral, which was broadcast on UK TV.
1972 - Concert
by Manfred Mann in Miami is cut short as local residents complain about noise.
The plug is pulled and the crowd riots
1973 - Tom
Johnson of the Doobie Brothers was arrested in Visalia, CA, on charges of marijuana
possession. His court appearance on January 10, coincides with the release of
the group's new album, titled "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits."
1988 - Nirvana started recording their first album 'Bleach'
using a $600 loan from an old school friend.
1988 - Ziggy
Marley becomes the first reggae artist to score an American No. 1 as 'Tumblin'
Down' reaches top of 'Hot Black' chart
1990 - Dave
Clark's company 'Right Time' took out double page ad's in the press thanking those
who helped him win £665,000 damages against Rank Theatres who he claimed
had been responsible for the closure of the 'Time' musical.
. Legendary Cliff Richard pulled a stunt on the radio stations
by releasing a single "Can't Keep This Feeling In" under the anonymous
stage name CR. It was played frequently on Climax Radio, Choice FM and at times
on BBC Radio 1, making it to the top ten the the UK singles chart. It also topped
the British rhythm and blues charts before he revealed his true identity and accused
the stations of ageism. They immediately stopped airing the song after they knew
his real identity!!
2005 - Rapper Foxy Brown
was handcuffed and threatened with jail after she stuck her tongue out at a New
York judge who asked her to stop chewing gum. She was in court on charges of assaulting
two nail salon workers during a row over payment.
- "Silent Night" was
performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
- The first public performance
of the song "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, was performed on NBC's
radio show The Kraft Music Hall; a copy of the recording from the radio program
is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning
for their December 25th 2011, programme.
1958 - The first day of a 10 day residency in Alan Freeds
Christmas rock n' roll spectacular in New York with Chuck Berry, Frankie Avalon,
Dion, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.
1959 - Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first
drum set for Christmas. The 18 year old is currently working as an apprentice
1967 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher
become engaged, but they never married.
1969 - The
Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan
show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.
Iron Maiden is formed, in Leyton, east London, by bassist Steve Harris.
1977 - Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened.
- Public Image Ltd., featuring John Lydon, plays its first
gig, at Rainbow Theatre, London
1981 - Michael
Jackson phoned Paul McCartney and suggested they write and record together, the
first result being The Girl Is Mine. The song was a US No.2 &
UK No.8 in 1982.
1990 - James Brown, on 4 day leave from prison,
gives his first concert performance in two years in front of South Carolina soldiers.
The troops' leave had been cancelled because of the impending Gulf War.
- Michael Jackson
recorded his first interview since news of the allegations of sexual abuse with
a 12-year old boy. He told the CBS TV network he would 'slit his wrists' before
he would hurt a child.
2011 . . CBS
News Sunday Morning borrowed the
private copy of the 1941 recording
of NBC's radio show The Kraft Music Hall,
air, of Bing Crosby
performing "White Christmas" for the first time.
- Stevie Wonder arrived in the
UK for appearances on TV shows 'Ready Steady Go!' and 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1964 - Lulu and Marty Wilde appeared
in the pantomime 'Once Upon A Fairytale', at the Gaumont Theatre, Doncaster, England
1964 - The Rolling Stones placed an advertisement
in the music paper New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers and their
families a Happy Christmas.
1966 - The Jimi
Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club, London. Hendrix
also wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze in the dressing room on the same day.
1966 - John Lennon appeared as a men's room attendant
in Peter Cook's and Dudley Moore's BBC TV show 'Not only... But also'
- The Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after Paul Desmond left the
1973 - Paul and Linda McCartney presented
the UK TV BBC's 'Disney Time'.
1976 - The Sex
Pistols recorded 'God Save The Queen' at Wessex Studios London.
- Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell is hospitalized when his Jeep is hit head-on
by a wrong-way driver.
1988 - Shane McGowan
was arrested for smashing the glass from a shop window in a drunken rage. The
Pogues singer was later fined £250.
1998 - The
Spice Girls scored their 8th UK No.1 single with 'Goodbye', giving them the Christmas
No.1 for the third year in a row equalling the record set by The Beatles from
1963, 64 and 65.
2009 - Nowhere Boy, a biopic
about the young John Lennon, is released in the UK.
- The musical "Showboat" opened in New York.
1939 - "The Glenn Miller Show," also known as
"Music that Satisfies," debuted on CBS radio.
- While at KLLL radio station in Lubbock, Buddy Holly is
prompted by a bet to write a song in less than 30 minutes. Holly composes "You're
The One," which is recorded on the station's acetate machine. Buddy sings
and plays guitar, while Waylon Jennings and Ray "Slim" Corbin, the station's
deejays, provide percussion with hand-claps.
1969 - Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling
Stone magazine, on sale for 2/6,
1970 - "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway
after a run of 2,844 performances.
1971 - The
"Sonny & Cher Show" begins a four and a half year run on CBS Television
1975 - The Faces split became official. Rod
Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron
Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance
and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.
1986 - Jackie Wilson had the Christmas UK No.1 single of
1986 with 'Reet Petite' 29 years after it first entered the charts.
1989 - A former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant
Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer
had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other
women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual
1992 - Harry Connick Jr was arrested at Kennedy Airport,
New York after police discovered a 9mm pistol in his hand luggage.
2005 - 'Crazy Frog' by Axel F was the best selling UK ringtone
of 2005. 'Tweet Tweet' by Sweetie Chick was the second and '(Is This The Way To)
Amarillo' by Tony Christie and Peter Kay was the third biggest seller. The UK
ringtone market was now worth more than double the value of the CD singles sales.
1968 - A
three day Miami Pop festival took place, the first major rock festival held on
the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood
Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific
Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.
1969 - "Temptations Day" was declared in
1970 - Carl Davis marries actress
1971 - Keith Moon comperes a concert
at Carnegie Hall for one of his favorite acts, Sha Na Na
1975 - In
Spokane, Washington, 25 year old David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent.
Gelfer is brought down by people in the audience , plus security guards and Gelfer
is charged with "intimidating with a weapon."
1976 - Public
demand forces the BBC to repeat Queen's 1975 concert on 'The Old Grey Whistle
1981 - Warner-Elektra-Atlantic
put the prices up
of their 45-rpm records
30cents, from $1.68 to $1.98.
1998 - BBC Radio
1 aired the 100 National Anthems, songs voted by listeners. At No.5 Radiohead,
'Creep', No.4 Underworld 'Born Slippy', No.3 The Verve 'Bitter Sweet Symphony',
No.2 Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', No.1 Massive Attack 'Unfinished Sympathy'.
2001 - The original charge
against Marilyn Manson, of fourth-degree
criminal sexual misconduct, was reduced to disorderly conduct. A second charge,
a misdemeanor count of assault and battery allegedly
against a security guard.,
remained unchanged. The incident stemmed from a concert on July 30, 2001 in Clarkston,
2002 - Former glam
rocker, Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia after spending two nights in jail
over suspected sex offences.
2003 - 50 Cent's
debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was named the biggest selling album in the
US in 2003 with the album going platinum six times over.
2012 - American
country singer, Tracy Byrd performed "Amazing Grace" at the memorial
service for KFDM news anchor Bill Leger.
1956 - Elvis
Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending
1963 - The Weavers, founded in 1949
by Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes and Fred Hellerman gave their farewell
concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
1966 - The
Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on 'Top Of The Pops', performing 'Hey
1967 - Guitarist and singer Dave Manson
quit Traffic to start a solo career.
1968 - A
hundred thousand people see Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat and Iron
at the The Miami Pop Festival - the first festival to be held on the East Coast..
1975 - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane
1980 - US singer, songwriter
Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose.
1982 - Jamaica
in honour of Bob Marley.
1999 - The Melody Maker Music of the Millennium Poll of
albums placed The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' at Number 1.
2002 - Sugar
voted Pink as their No.1 role model. The Top 10 was: 1. Pink; 2. Britney Spears;
3. Ms Dynamite; 4. Kelly Osbourne; 5. Kylie Minogue; 6. Victoria Beckham; 7. Avril
Lavigne; 8. Jennifer Lopez; 9. Sarah Michelle Geller and 10. Holly Valance.
1962 - Brenda
Lee lost her home and dog when her house was destroyed by fire.
- Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce their break-up during
gig at the Lyceum.
1969 - Peter Tork quit The
Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which left him broke.
1970 - Paul McCartney sued the other three Beatles to dissolve
the partnership and gain control of his interest.
1975 - Grace
Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane divorce.
1982 - Bob
Marley commemorative stamp issued in Jamaica
Krist Novoselic and Shelli Dilley were married.
- Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes pleads guilty in Atlanta
to arson charges. Her boyfriend, Andre Rison's $1 million mansion was destroyed
in the blaze.
1999 - George Harrison and his wife were attacked in their
home during a robbery. Though, Harrison was stabbed in the chest four times, he
and his wife were able to subdue the assailant until police arrived.
1999 - In the Queen's Millennium Honours, former Slade singer
Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and Mark Knopfler was awarded an OBE.
2002 - Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving by the
Arizona highway patrol. When asked to walk in a straight line she fell over, could
on one foot or count
to 30. She was twice over the drink drive limit.
1929 - Guy Lombardo
and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve
song for the first time.
1961 - Appearing at
Ritchie Valens' Memorial Concert at Long Beach, Beach Boys play their first show
under that name. (Previously they had been known as Pendletones and Carl and the
1969 - Jimi Hendrix introduced his
new Band of Gypsys at a show that was recorded and later released as the live
album "Band of Gypsys."
1970 - Paul
McCartney files a writ in London High Court against 'The Beatles and Co.', seeking
the legal dissolution of the partnership
1973 - Australian
band AC/DC made their live debut when they appeared at Chequers Bar in Sydney.
1973 - The first Scottish commercial radio station
Radio Clyde began broadcasting to Glasgow. The first record they played was "Song
of the Clyde" sung by Kenneth McKellar.
Mick Fleetwood phones Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, inviting them to join
Fleetwood Mac. 'He called us up sight unseen. We could've been the two heaviest
jerks he'd ever seen', says Nicks
1975 - Elvis
Presley performed for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, MI. He set a
world record for earning $800,000 for a single concert by a single artist.
1976 - Kathy
Kirby performed her hit song "Secret Love" on BBC1's A Jubilee Of Music,
celebrating British pop music for Queen Elizabeth II's impending Silver Jubilee.
1982 - Steve Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, married
1984 - Rick Allen, drummer
with Def Leppard, suffers car accident which leads to the eventual amputation
of his left arm.
1993 - Barbra Streisand performed
her first paid concert in 22 years at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.
The Rod Stewart concert at Copacabanain Rio de Janeiro,
where they appeared in front of a total estimated audience of over 3.5 million.
The Guinness Book of World Records states that this was "the staging of the
largest outdoor concert in history"
50 Cent and four other men were arrested and charged with two counts of criminal
possession of a weapon. Police had found two guns in the vehicle the men were
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