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December 1st:
1940 -ASCAP tells Glenn Miller that he doesn't have the rights to use "Moonlight Serenade" as his theme, so he switches to "Slumber Song".
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.
1958 - The musical "Flower Drum Song" Rodgers and Hammerstein opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre..
1959 - 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.
1957 - 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"..
1960 - 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 September".
1964 - Ringo Starr, The Beatles drummer booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils out.
1968 - 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..
1975 - On her 30th birthday, Bette Midler undergoes emergency surgery to remove her appendix.
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.
1980 - Talking Heads supported by U2 appeared at the Hammersmith Palais, London, UK.
1981 -
Keyboard player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet.
1983 - 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 shortest album.
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.
1990 - 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.
1990 . . 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..
1995 - Frank Sinatra is $2,072,000 richer after an auction of his possessions.
1997 - 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).
2006 - 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..
2011 - It's a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as Hanson announces they will be selling MMMHop beer.
2012 - 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..
2013 - 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.
2014 -
YouTube 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..

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December 2nd:

1943 -The 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.
1955 - 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.
1957 - 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.
1963 - 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..
1969 -
George 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..
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 later.
1970 - The first production of Michael Tippett's opera The Knot Garden is staged by the Royal Opera House..
1971 - 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.

1973 - Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets were sold.
1974 - Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
1979 - 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.
1983 - 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.
1988 - 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..
1996 - 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.
1997 - 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.
1999 - 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 off.
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 4th.

2007 - The Spice Girls open their reunion tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2011 - 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.
2016 - With Don Felder's 12-string acoustic guitar intro and throughout the song, The Eagles, "Hotel California" was voted the No.1 "12-String Guitar Songs of All Time"..

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December 3rd:
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.
1938 - Alfred Lennon married Julie Stanley, 22 months later they had a son, John.
1954 - "Let's Have Another Party" by Winifred Atwell started a five week run at No. 1 on the UK singles chart, making it the first piano instrumental to reach No.1 in the UK and made Winifred the first black person to have a No.1 hit in the UK and is still the only female instrumentalist to do so. .
1955 - 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.
1955 . . Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis was described by his new record company as 'The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years'.
1960 - The Lerner and Loewe musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre.
1961 - The Beatles met Brian Epstein for the first time at his record store in Liverpool to discuss Brian's management of the group. Paul McCartney was not with them, he had got up late and was taking a bath.
1964 - The animated TV special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted on CBS, with Burl Ives as the voice of Sam the Snowman. The special is based on the 1949 song, a now Christmas favorite.
1965 -
While performing "The Last Time." Keith Richards was electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, CA.
1965 - The Beatles kicked off on their last British tour at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland with the Moody Blues opening for them. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.
1966 - Ray Charles was fined $10,000 and given a five year suspended prison sentence after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
He had been caught with the heroin in 1964 at Logan International Airport in Boston, his third arrest for possession of heroin.
1966 - The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1967 - The Supremes were guests on The Tennessee Ernie Ford television special.
1968 - The famous Elvis Presley comeback special "Elvis" aired on NBC-TV; Elvis pays tribute to Bobby Kennedy with the closing number, "If I Can Dream".
1969 - John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar". The offer was taken back the next day.
1969 - The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios, on Alabama Avenue in Sheffield, Alabama, USA.
1969 - Al Green was in concert at the New Century Hall in Manchester, England.
1975 - Ronnie Wood's wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house in Richmond. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found ‘sleeping together’.
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', album cover.
1976 - The Royal Albert Hall received 3.5 million applications for a total of 11,212 tickets for upcoming ABBA shows in February.
1976 - Bob Marley was shot in his upper arm when intruders stormed his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were only days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party.
1977 - Wings began a nine-week run at No.1 in the U.K. with "Mull Of Kintyre", the first single to sell over two million copies in the U.K.
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 .
1981 - AC/DC was prohibited from firing their cannons during "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," as police had enforcede an ordinance banning stage weaponry at their show in Hartford.
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.
1988 - Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1991 - Alan Feed received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - Gilby Clarke was hired as rhythm guitarist of Guns 'N' Roses, replacing Izzy Stradlin.
1995 - Prince opened the inaugural VH1 Fashion Awards.
1997 - Janet Jackson got an injunction against Eric Leon Christian, who had been harassing her.
1999 - Prosecutors in California charged Gabriel Gomez with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Ann Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer and guitarist Cesar Rosas. No body had yet been found.
1999 - It was reported that rapper Jay-Z had been arrested in connection with the stabbing of music executive Lance Rivera. The rapper was charged with first-degree assault.
1999 - U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000 - Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and U2 formed a partnership, forming a £100 million offshore investment trust fund to buy commercial property in London, UK.
2002 - Peter Garrett quit Midnight Oil after 25 years.
2003 - A Los Angeles court ruled that the privacy of singer Barbra Streisand was not violated when a picture of her Malibu estate was posted on a website. Streisand had filed a $10m action against software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman after he posted a photo of her home on his conservation site.
2004 - The iTunes Music Store was launched in Canada.
2006 - The reformed Take That topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time ever in their career. The single ‘Patience’ remained at number for the second week, and Beautiful World the group’s new album entered the chart at No.1.
2007 - Diana Ross and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson were honored for their contributions to United States culture in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., attended by President George W. Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute with a medley of Beach Boys' best-known songs.
2009 - Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova.
2013 - Shazam revealed its most-tagged tracks of the year worldwide naming Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., is the most-tagged worldwide track of the year, followed by Avicii's Wake Me Up, a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis double with Thrift Shop and Can't Hold Us, and Pink and Nate Ruess duet Just Give Me A Reason in fifth place.
2013 - Madison Square Garden announced today that the legendary Billy Joel, will become the first-ever music franchise of “The World’s 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.
2014 - A fake MSNBC report claimed that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose had been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.
2014 - Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year's most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third.

2015 - Scott Weiland who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, was found dead in his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, after which Tommy Black, his bassist in The Wildabouts was arrested by police and charged with felony drug possession of cocaine when they searched the bus.

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December 4th:
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.
1962 - The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on Tuesday Rendezvous, on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of 'Love Me Do' and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You’. [Dec 04]
1965 - Jacques Brel makes his American debut in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1967 - It was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour, on which Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner to play at the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jimi Hendrix was having equipment problems and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, the audience greeted it all as part of the act.
1969 - President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view "simulated acid trip" films and listen to rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.
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.
1971 - Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute legendary classic song eventually sell over 3 million copies.
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 'Smoke On The Water'.
1975: Patsy Collins, the bodyguard for Deep Purple, fell six floors down an elevator shaft in the hotel where the group was staying in Jakarta, Indonesia. Collins was still conscious and demanded a taxi take him to a hospital but he died en route and his body was never recovered.
1976 - Packers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package the Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK' .
1976 - 25 year old Tommy Bolin died from a drug overdose in a Miami hotel room, after opening for Jeff Beck at the jai-alai fronton in Miami.
1980 - Prince played the first night on his 31 date "Dirty Mind" North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn't wear spandex pants without any underwear, he began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
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" Bonham. They have never fully reformed, but do play some shows with Jason Bonham filling in for his father.
1987 - Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would file again in January 1988.
1988 - Roy Orbison gave what turned out to be his final concert in Akron, OH.; his final song was "Running Scared". Sadly 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.
1990 - Nightline aired Madonna's video for "Justify My Love" in its entirety, then interviewed Madonna live about the video's sexual content and censorship. The previous week MTV had banned the video.
1991 - Paula Abdul was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Sammy Hagar had promised the show because he had lost his voice during a show in Dallas 3 1/2 years earlier.
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..
2002 . . Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown's missus also admitted to being addicted to sex. She said her business is sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.
2004 - Budding pop star Ashlee Simpson faces negative publicity following the inadvertent exposure of a lip-synched appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
2006 - Yahoo revealed that Britney Spears was the most searched for term of 2006 with more online searches done about Spears than any other topic or person. Female celebrities dominated the top 10 overall search list, with Shakira at number three, Jessica Simpson at number four and Paris Hilton at number five.
2012 - Randy Blythe, the frontman of US metal band Lamb of God, was charged over the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010. The singer was accused of pushing the fan off stage during a show in the Czech Republic. The fan hit his head when he fell to the concrete floor and died of his injuries 14 days later. The 41-year-old singer faced five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
2013 - Gary
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.
2014 -
The day after a fake MSNBC story reports the death of Axl Rose, the very much alive Guns N' Roses frontman tweets: "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"
2015 - Iron Maiden headphones launched exclusively for rock and heavy metal fans go on sale today. Ed-Ph0n3s aka Ed-Phones, is a collaboration between Iron Maiden and Japanese electronics company Onkyo.

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December 5th:
1936 - Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music Hall". Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
1945 - Flight 19 disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle; this inspired the 1981 "Flight 19" song by B.A. Robertson.
1955 - The BMI Annual Awards in New York City score big for R&B, with rhythm and blues songs winning a record eleven awards.
1956 - Alan Freed's "Rock Rock Rock" film (with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.
1957 -
Norman Petty signs contracts for Buddy Holly & The Crickets to participate in 3 tours, including the Paramount Theater in NYC, the America's Greatest Teenage Recording Stars, and a short Florida tour.
1959 -
Upon arriving in England, Gene Vincent met TV producer Jack Good; it was Good who convinced him to adopt an all-leather look.
1960 - Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two were told to leave Germany and so the unhappy Beatles returned home.
1960 - Billboard reports that 5 "answer records" to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" have been released... four versions of "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight" and one "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight".
1961 - Ray Charles was arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana for possession of drugs.
1965 - The Beatles performed for the final time in their native Liverpool, at the Liverpool Empire. More than 40,000 people applied for tickets for the 2,550-seat venue.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move and Amen Corner finished their package tour, this final night was at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland. Davy O'List, guitarist for the group Nice, often filled in for Floyd as Syd Barrett who either didn't bother showing up or was in no condition to perform.
1967 - The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
1968 - Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash 3 days later.
1968 - The Rolling Stones threw a launch party for the album 'Beggars Banquet' at Queensgate Hotel in London. It turned into a food fight with the custard pie dessert, which was mainly thrown at executives of the record label who had vetoed the toilet cover art that the Stones had planned, but Brian Jones, who was about to be fired, landed a few right in Mick Jagger's face.
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 - The 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'.
1976 - Two days after he is shot in an assassination attempt, Bob Marley performs at the Smile Jamaica concert, which he organized in an effort to promote peace in the country, but the concert became more of a political event after the shooting. About 80,000 Jamaicans attended the concert, where Marley performed on stage for 90 minutes.
1976 - Elvis Presley falls onstage at his show in Las Vegas and sprains his ankle.
1980 - John Lennon gave his last interview, it was with Jonathan Cott of the Rolling Stone magazine, just 3 days before his death.
1980 - U2 play their first show in the US when they perform at The Ritz Ballroom in New York City.
1981 - Damaged, Black Flag's debut album, is released. It went on to become one of the most influential albums in the hardcore punk genre.
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 - Toni Braxton filed suit against LaFace Records and its distributor Arista Records, claiming that her 1989 recording contracts were invalid.
1997 -
Carl Edward Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of marijuana possession.
2001 - David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
2002 - 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.

2002 - Elton John was a guest star on NBC's "Will and Grace".
2003 - Former Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore undergoes surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.
2004 - 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 Williams, Joss Stone, Beverly Knight, Busted, Chris Martin, Bono, Dido, Justin Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy and Sugababes.

2004 - Sir Elton John received Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
2005 - Chris Cornell, lead singer of Audioslave, and his wife celebrated the birth of son Christopher.
2006 - Handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by Paul McCartney sold for $192,000 at a Christie's auction in New York City. A Jimi Hendrix guitar went for $168,000 and a poem of Jim Morrison's sold for $49,000.

2007 - Robbie Williams apologised to Nigel Martin-Smith the ex-manager of Take That and agreed to pay undisclosed damages over an allegation he made about him in a song. In the lyrics of ‘The 90s’ Williams had suggested that Nigel Martin-Smith had stolen funds from the band.
2009 - In an interview with the UK daily newspaper The Guardian, George Michael said he had cut back on his cannabis intake and now smoked 'seven or eight' spliffs per day instead of the 25 he used to smoke.
2009 - Paul Anka ended a stormy marriage by filing for divorce from his 2nd wife Anna a year-and-a-half after their wedding.
2009 - Phish played the last show of their 2009 Fall Tour at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. At the beginning of a first set a fan run on stage fully naked. He ran up and hugged guitarist Trey Anastasio and kissed him on the cheek. He made three laps around the stage before finally being chased down by security.
2010 . . The cast of the show Glee performs on the reality competition show The X Factor.
2013 - Spotify responded to critics by revealing how much acts can expect to earn from the music streaming site. The company said it paid an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures on its new website Spotify Artists, aimed specifically at musicians. Explaining its business model, Spotify said it had paid more than $1bn (£612m) in royalties since its 2008 launch. Earlier this year Radiohead singer Thom Yorke pulled material from the site in protest at how much it pays artists.
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 Sweat".

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December 6th:
1877 - Thomas Edison records "Mary Had A Little Lamb,"
his new invention, the phonograph, what was believed for over a century to be the first known recording of the human voice, but in February 2008, an earlier recording of "Au Claire De La Lune" came to light.
1939 - Cole Porter's musical comedy "Du Barry Was a Lady" opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre.
1957- Elvis Presley visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.
1959 - Gene Vincent made his UK live debut at The Tooting Granada, London, when he was a guest on The Marty Wilde Show.
1961 - Brian Epstein gets his first job as a band manager; his first client: The Beatles. He promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for The Cavern lunchtime sessions.
1964 - The movie "Ferry Cross the Mersey" with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London..
1966 - The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Year's greetings for pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Both stations were broadcasting from ships anchored off the British coastline.
1968 - The Beates' self-titled album aka "The White Album" is certified gold.
1968 - President Richard Nixon sends out 66,000 signed letters to potential administrative office holders, including Elvis Presley.
1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, and Santana. As the group played, Stones fan, Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by the Hell's Angels who had been hired to police the event. The concert is documented in The Stones movie 'Gimme Shelter'.
1969 - Cab Calloway stars in NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of The Littlest Angel.
1969 - Ringo Starr was a guest on The David Frost Show.
1970 - The Rolling Stones tour documentary "Gimme Shelter", featuring footage of the infamous Altamont concert, opens in New York City.
1972 - While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1975 - 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.
1980 - John Lennon was interviewed by British BBC disc jockey Andy Peebles at John's home in the Dakota building. Before the interview, Yoko in her huge office instructed, 'I need to make very clear to you that this interview will be 50 per cent about John, and 50 per cent about me'. Peebles came out of the interview thinging that the John and Yoko re-union was a sham.
1980 - John Lennon mixes Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice".
1984 - Two former Beatles debuted in two film releases this day. Paul McCartney’s "Give My Regards to Broad Street" and George Harrison’s "A Private Function" were finalized for theatre audiences.
1984 - 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 singles.
1986 - Ringo becomes the first Beatle to use his name in an advertisement, for Sun Country wine cooler.
1986 - Europe reached No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Final Countdown'. They became the second Swedish act to score a UK No.1. The song reached No.1 in 25 countries and the song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie's song 'Space Oddity'.
1988 - Metallica teamed up with Michael Salomon to shoot the music video for 'One.' This was Metallica's first music video.
1990 - Shaun Ryder, Happy Monday singer booked into The Priorty detox clinic at Manchester, UK.
1993 - 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.
1995 - Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theatre during a rehearsal for an upcoming TV special and hospitalized suffering with dehydration.
1995 - Coolio wins Single Of The Year for "Gangsta's Paradise" at the Billboard Music Awards. When he performs the song at the ceremony, he is joined by Stevie Wonder, whose "Pastime Paradise" is the basis for Coolio's track.
1997 - Metallica performed "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains" with Marianne Faithfull on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
1999 - 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 October 23.
1999 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its new inductees:
Nat King Cole, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and the Moonglows, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eric Clapton, the Lovin' Spoonful, as well as executive Clive Davis and musicians Scotty Moore, Earl Palmer, and Hal Blaine.
2003 - George Clinton was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in Tallahassee, FA.
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 - Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John's UK mansion.
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.
2004 - Motley Crue announced they were reuniting for their first tour in five years.
2005 - 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 homosexual sex.
2005 - Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from Eddie Van Halen
2005 - A Jeep hit a patch of ice on Elvis Presley Boulevard and crashed through ‘the graffiti wall’ outside the Graceland mansion. No-one was hurt in the accident.
2006 - The iTunes Music Store was officially launched in New Zealand.
2009 - President Obama greets honorees Bruce Springsteen and Robert DeNiro during the reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
2010 - Richard Finch, bass guitarist for K.C. & the Sunshine Band, was sentenced to seven years in prison in Ohio for sexually abusing teenaged boys.
2011 - Barbara Orbison, the second wife and widow of Roy Orbison, dies exactly 23 years to the day after her husband.
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December 7th:
1842 - 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.
1956 - Britain's Tommy Steele makes his concert debut at Finsbury Park, Astoria, London. Reviews proclaim him "Britain's answer to Elvis"..
1956 - Rock! Rock! Rock!, one of the earliest Rock and Roll movies, opens in theatres. The film features the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and Lavern Baker. Connie Francis was the singing voice for Tuesday Weld.
1962 - The Rolling Stones held an audition for bass players at the World's End pub in Chelsea, London. Bill Wyman got the job partially because he had lots of equipment the group could use.
1963 - The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album 'Please Please Me' which had been at the top of the charts since it's release 30 weeks previously.
1963 - The Beatles appeared as panelists on the British TV show "Jukebox Jury".
1964 - Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, married singer Marilyn Rovell in Los Angeles. The couple had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy.
1964 - Jerry Lee Lewis kicked off his
first tour of the UK along with The Yardbirds, Twinkle, and The Quite Five at The Town Hall In Birmingham.
1966 - Nancy Sinatra guest-stars on the CBS TV special Frank Sinatra: A Man & His Music, Part II to honor her father.
1967 - Graham Nash announces the formation of his new group Crosby, Stills & Nash is in prossess.
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 plane crash.
1967 - The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. Seven months later, they would close the boutique due to council objections over the psychedelic mural painted on the outside. They gave away the remaining merchandise.
1968 - Eric Burdon announced he would break-up the Animals after thier Dec 22 concert at Newcastle City Hall. His intention was to go to California and start an acting career, but later joined the band War.
1973 - Todd Rundgren performs his hit "Hello It's Me" on The Midnight Special wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit. Rundgren wrote the song in 1968, and by the time it became a hit, he had moved on to a psychedelic/art rock phase, hence his wardrobe choice.
1973 - Fleetwood Mac's manager, Clifford Davis, gets fed up with the premature cancellation of a tour and sends out his own version of the group with unknown musicians. It doesn't go well: the new band lasts just a few weeks and the real band wins the rights to their name after years of litigation.
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 copies.
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.
1984 - Vince Neil of Motley Crue crashed his car in Redondo Beach, California, killing his passenger Nick Dingley. Neil was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter.
1984 - Michael Jackson testified in Chicago, IL, that he wrote the song "The Girl is Mine," not an Illinois man. Jackson won the case.
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.
1987 - American singer-songwriter Harry Chapin receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, No.111, for his work in fighting hunger.
1987 - Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins and among others appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.
1992 - 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 victims.
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.
1998 - The Indiana University cappella group, Straight No Chaser, perform their zany rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas" at school. In 2006, a video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube and goes viral, earning the group a record deal and sending the song to #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1998 - Arturo Sandoval was granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
2002 - A fire ripped 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.
2003 - James Brown received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
2003 - Mary J. Blige married producer Kendu Isaacs at her home in Bergen County, New Jersey.
2003 - Whitney Houston called police to her home in Alpharetta, Georgia, alleging then-husband Bobby Brown hit her in the face. He was charged with battery three days later.
2004 - The Stereophonics announced
Javier Weyler will take the place of drummer Stuart Cable.
2005 - The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon." Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
2007 - Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.
2011 - The Black Keys, who won three Grammy Awards in 2011, appeared on The Colbert Report. They play "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling."
2011 - 30 Seconds to Mars breaks the record for most shows performed during a single album cycle when they play their 300th concert in support of their album This Is War at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
2015: Katie Price blasted Ronnie Wood after the Rolling Stone star announced he is set to become a father again at the age of 68. The mum-of-five, Katie, branded the rocker ‘selfish’ for wanting more children with 37-year-old wife, Sally Humphreys, during an interview on ‘Loose Women’. Sally, who is Ronnie’s 3rd wife, confirmed she is expecting twins in June next year.
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December 8th:
1914 - "Watch Your Step" opened in New York at the New Amsterdam Theatre . It was the first musical revue to feature scores completely by Irving Berlin.
1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.
1961 - The Beatles performed at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, England before 18 people. A complaining neighbour called the police, and when the group emerged from the Ballroom, they were told to "leave town and never return". The Beatles drove to London and played a set at the Blue Gardenia Club in Soho in the early morning hours.
1962 - DJ and promoter Alan Freed appeared in
a NYC courtroom and testified he had received monies from labels to play their records on the air. He was found guilty, fined $300, and got 6 months probation.
1962 - Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, took George Martin, future producer of the group, to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England to see the group perform.
1963 - While in Lake Tahoe, Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped, then released a few 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.
1963 - Rolf Harris was a guest on To Tell the Truth on CBS-TV.
1965 - The Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS-TV.
1967 - Jim Morrison, singer with The Doors, was arrested onstage in New Haven, Connecticut and charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.
1968 -
3 days after leaving the Hollies, Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1968 - 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 either'.
1969 - Jimi Hendrix claims that he has now "outgrown" drugs, while testifying at his trial for possesion of hashish and heroin in the Toronto courts. The jury found him not guilty after 8 hours of deliberations.
1969 - 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 either'.
1972 - Pete Townshend, guitarist of the Who, was a narrator for the orchestral performance of Tommy at the Rainbow Theatre in London that starred Roger Daltrey, Richie Havens, Steve Winwood and actor Peter Sellers and featured the London Symphony Orchestra.
1972 - Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps, roulette, keno and blackjack.
1974 - John Lennon was a guest in the booth during a National Football League game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football on ABC television.
1975 - The benefit concert "A Night of the Hurricane" is held at Madison Square Garden. They were mainly black artists, when Dylan was asked about who would back him, he replied "The Hell with it, I'll come in with my whole revue". It became the last date on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the show features many non-musical celebrities and raises over $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Carter and his alleged accomplice.
1976 - John Denver appeared on the Carpenters' very first ABC-TV special..

1976 - John Lennon bought a painting by Renoir for half a million dollars.
1977 - 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 being unwell.

1977 - The Carpenters hosted The Carpenters At Christmas on ABC-TV.

1980 - At 11 am photographer Annie Leibovitz arrives at john Lennons home, to take the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York's Dakota building. John wanted one of the shots to be him naked, clinging to a clothed Yoko. The resulting picture made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine weeks later.
1980 - At 1:00pm, San Francisco radio producer Dave Sholin arrived at John Lennon's sprawling 34-room apartment in the Dakota building, New York, to conduct what becomes John’s last interview. During the three-hour session, John poignantly says: “We’re either going to live or we’re going to die. I consider that my work won’t be finished until I’m dead and buried – and I hope that’s a long time”.
1980 - Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death, shooting him in the back, arm and chest, outside the Dakota building in New York City. 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, back in 1980.
1984 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood were
the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles back in the 60s; , when
FGTH's 'The Power Of Love', the group's third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1 topped the charts..
1988 - Michael Jackson's Bad world tour began a 9 night run at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
1991 - Guns N' Roses played the first of three concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1991 - The musical "Nick and Nora" opened at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway. It closed after only nine performances..
1992 - Bill Wyman, bassist of the Rolling Stones, quit the group after 30 years..
1994 - James Brown filed for divorce from his wife, Whitney Houston
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.
1995 - Four months after the death of their founding member Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup..
1995 - The Beatles song "Free As A Bird", the group's first new song in 25 years, debuted on a six-hour documentary on ABC featuring the group.
1998 - The FBI releases nearly 1,300 pages of their 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.
1998 - Yoko Ono spread Christmas cheer via a billboard in New York's Times Square, with her message: "War is Over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko".
1998 - It was announced that Bruce Springsteen would tour again with the E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.
1999 - Now bound to an wheelchair, 1960's singer Heinz was given a formal caution by magistrates in Southampton for playing music to loud in his flat.
2000 - Sting joined the Hollywood greats when his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.
2000 - A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.
2000 - U2 performed "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" in their first-ever appearance on Saturday Night Live on NBC-TV.
2002 - Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" opened on Broadway..
2003 - Britney Spears broke her own record for being the first female artist to have three albums enter the US chart at No.1 to being the first female artist to have 4 albums enter at No.1 consecutively, when her
4th album ‘In The Zone’ came in at No.1 on the album charts.
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 - BPI figures showed that the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.
2003 - The road manager of Great White was indicted for involuntary manslaughter for a February fire at a Great White concert in Rhode Island.
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 precedents".
2004 - Guitarist Dimebag Darrell is shot dead on stage while performing with his band Damageplan at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The murderer, Nathan Gale, killed three others, the band's Head of Security, Jeffery Thompson as he fought with Gale, a fan who attempted to give CPR to Thompson and Darrell, and roadie Erin Halk, who also tried to stop the shooter, before police shot Gale dead.
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.
2008 - Toni Tennille of Captain & Tennille broke a femur, needing three titanium screws to repair her hip.
2011 - Sinead O'Connor married a drug counselor named Barry Herridge in Las Vegas. The couple splits up a few weeks later but then announces they're back together shortly afterwards.
2013 - The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold at auction in New York for a record $965,000 (£591,000). The Fender Stratocaster had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for 48 years after he left it on a plane. The festival in Newport, Rhode Island, is often cited as the performance where Dylan "went electric"..
2013 - Metallica played a gig inside a dome at the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini, so doing became the first band ever to play on all seven continents. During the concert audio was transmitted to an audience made up of competition winning fans from Latin America through headphones. Staged in conjunction with Coca Cola Zero, it was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent. The first performance was in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak, at British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts.
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December 9th:
1949 - Fats Domino recorded his first songs for Imperial Records, including "The Fat Man", which later became his nickname..
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
"Dark Horse" on his Dark Horse label.. [Dec 09]
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.
2002 - Britney Spears filed for a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese man that she claimed had been stalking her since September.

2002 - 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 Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on 3 July 09. Tickets for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur announce 2nd date, 2 July 2009.
2010 . . It was reported that 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.

December 10th:
1945 . . Oscar Brand's Folksong Festival debuted on WNYC-AM 820 in New York City. It went on to run for over 70 years before Oscar's death, to become the longest-running radio show with the same host, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
1949 . . Fats Domino recorded several tracks for Imperial Records, including "The Fat Man" which is regarded by some as the first rock and roll record..
1961 - The film 'The Young Ones', starring Cliff Richard premiered in London.
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 Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.
1968 -
John Lennon made his first non-Beatles appearance singing "Yer Blues" 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.
1972 - 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, London.
1982 - Rock bassist Ron McGovney, quit the metal band Metallica due to growing tensions and many clashes with Ulrich and Mustaine.
1988 - Cliff Richard had his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.'
1991 - 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.

December 11th:
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married for the third time, to his third cousin, 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 Vanguard.
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 in 1996.
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.
1988 - 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'.
1998 - 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.
2002 - 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.
2003 - Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in the face.
Whitney said they were trying to work out their problems "privately".
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.

December 12th:
1956 -
'Don't Knock the Rock' starring Alan Dale and featuring Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, the Applejacks, the Treniers, and Dave Appell premiered at Paramount Theatre 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.
1967 - 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).
1969 - "The Magic Christian" film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, premiered in the UK..
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.
1970 -
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 Billie Holiday.
1974 - Due to many frustrations, Mick Taylor quit the Rolling Stones, after being with the band for six years. The bandmates were at a party in London when Taylor told Mick Jagger he was quitting and walked out..
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'
1985 - Dionne Warwick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 - A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ge
orge 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.
2012 . . The "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief" benefit concert took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Many famous performers took part in the charity event, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, and, for the first time in eighteen years, the surviving members of Nirvana Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring member Pat Smear, performed together in a collaboration with Paul McCartney during his show-closing set.

December 13th:
1951 . . 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 the
Philadelphia's " 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 "Shameless."

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.

December 14th:
1963 - Dinah Washington died of a drug overdose at the age of 39. She had 34 top 10 hits on the Billboard R&B charts.
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 hippies.
1969 - The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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 the request.
1985 - 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.
1996 - 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'.
1998 - 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.
2003 - 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.
2004 - 'The Aviator' premiered in New York with singer songwriter Gwen Stefani playing the part Jean Harlow.

December 15th:
1831 - A small advertisement in the London Times announces the publication of a patriotic song "dedicated to Earl Grey and his noble confederates in the cause of constitutional reform".
1893 - Anton Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, Opus 95, "From the New World," was performed in New York City during a "public rehearsal" at Carnegie Hall. The official world premier was the next day.
1943 - Jazz pianist Fats Waller dies of pneumonia at age 39.
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.
1949 - The Birdland jazz club, named after Charlie Parker, opens in New York City. It quickly becomes a hotspot, with Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and many other luminaries performing there until it closed in 1965..
1956 - Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’..
1957 - Mitch Miller and Sammy Davis Jr. blasted rock and roll in a radio talk show hosted by Sammy Davis. However, MGM label president Arnold Maxim disagrees, stating he sees no end to the fad in the near future.
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 with strings..
1962 - Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at Putney Youth Club, London..
1962 - The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever "Mersey Beat" poll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show at 4:00..
1967 - The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and learned transcendental meditation.
1967 - The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album is certified gold.
1968 - Grace Slick appeared in blackface when Jefferson Airplane appeared on the "Smothers Brothers" TV show on CBS.
1969 - John Lennon played 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. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who's drummer, Keith Moon also took part..
1973 - Jermaine Jackson marries Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown founder and head Berry Gordy, Jr.
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.
1977 - The Who perform a secret concert for fan club members at London's Shepperton Studios. The show is filmed for Jeff Stein's upcoming Who documentary The Kids Are Alright.
1979 - Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall (part II)" goes to No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1984 - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording.
1988 - 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 a little more than two years later on February 27th 1991.
1990 - Rod Stewart married New Zealand model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying 'I Found the Girl that I Want, I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on'. They split in 1999.
1990 - ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog married Swedish surgeon Tomas Sonnenfeld.
1994 - Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear. The couple divorced in 2006.
1997 - The surviving members INXS released a tape of an interview in which they talk about the life and death of the group's late vocalist Michael Hutchence. The band members had been reluctant to give interviews until this release.
1997 - 'Spice World The Movie', featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the 'worst film' at the Golden Raspberry Awards..
1998 - 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.
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.
1998 - Andrew Lloyd Webber was acquitted on charges that he plagiarized a 20-year-old song to write the theme from "The Phantom Of The Opera".
1999 - Posh Spice Victoria Beckham knocked a crazed fan to the ground after he tried to grab her baby son Brooklyn as she left Harrods in London.
1999 -
On TNN's "Crook & Chase" show Garth Brooks said that he planned to keep an "extremely low" profile in 2000 and that he would "probably" announce his retirement at the end of the year.
1999 - Former Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. "I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can change London as Mayor".
1999 - Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England.
2001 - Joe Walsh received an honorary doctorate of music from Kent State University.
2001 - An intruder who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him earlier in the year is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
2003 - Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.
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.
2008 - Madonna paid former husband Guy Ritchie around £50m as part of their divorce settlement. The singers US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told The Associated Press the figure included the value of the couple's Ashcombe home in England, and the financial part of the settlement had been worked out but custody of the couple's children had yet to be finalised.
2010 - Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single 'Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene' sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' sold for £624.00 and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett 'Octopus' / 'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300.
2014 - After a 14-year hiatus, D'Angelo releases his third studio album, Black Messiah.
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December 16th:
1907 - Eugene H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. He sang from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
1960 - George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles.
1966 - The 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.
1971 - 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 Elstree studios.
1974 - Mott the Hoople breaks up.
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.
1999 - A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London, while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.

2002 - 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.
2012 - Adele was named Billboard's top artist of 2012, while her hit record 21 was named top album of the year in the music magazine's annual review. The 24-year-old was the first to receive both accolades two years in a row and the honours for Adele came in a year which saw her win six Grammy awards and dominate the US charts. Her second album 21 went straight to No.1 when it was released in March 2011 and did not leave the top 10 until the beginning of September 2012, during that time, it spent 24 weeks at the top spot. Billboard's top three songs were Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know', Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' and Fun's 'We Are Young' respectively..
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December 17th:
1955 - Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes." , he recorded it in Memphis, TN.
less than 48 hours later.
1960 - The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had stayeed in Hamburg. He was their bassist for only two weeks / four performances. Newby had decided to return to college, this is when Paul McCartney became The Beatles' bass player.
1962 - Bob Dylan arrived in England for his first visit and gigs. He played his first UK date the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.
1963 - James Carroll became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles record on American radio
, this was at WWDC in Washington, DC. Carroll played 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', which he had obtained from his air stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from the UK. Due to listener demand, the song was played daily, every hour. Since it hadn't been released yet in the States, Capitol Records initially considered court action, but instead released the single earlier than planned..
1965 - Drummer Keith Moon collapses at Who gig at Ricky Tick Club in Windsor.
1965 - Judy Garland and The Supremes performed at the opening of the Astrodome in Houston.
1967 - The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official Fan Club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened here for the first time..
1968 -
The Who held their Christmas Party at London's The Marquee Club, with the newly formed band "Yes" also performing.

1969 - TV history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" . With 40 million viewers watching, it broke records for 'television viewership'..
1970 - The Beach Boys played a show for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1971 - David Bowie released his fourth album Hunky Dory, which was the first to feature all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars..
1973 - Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Merry Xmas Everybody' their sixth and last chart topper. 'Merry Xmas Everybody' has been released during every decade since 1973, and in a 2007 poll, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' was voted the UK's most popular Christmas song..
1977 - George Harrison played an unannounced live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley- On- Thames.
1977 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in place of the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols could not get visas to enter the U.S.
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..
1977 - Debby Boone, Pat Boone's daughter, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a (then) record-setting ten consecutive weeks. It became the most successful single of the 1970s in the United States, and set a new Hot 100 record for most weeks spent at Number One.. (Elvis Presley's double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel/ Hound Dog", then recognized as the longest-running No.1 of the rock era, spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Best Sellers chart in 1956, before the 1958 debut of the Hot 100).
1982 - The Who play the last concert of their 'It's Hard Tour' at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The show was recorded and later released as "Live from Toronto." The show was also aired live on cable TV and FM radio across the U.S. and Canada ..
1982 - Karen Carpenter made her last live appearance with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman, California..
1984 -
Wham!, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Big Country, Paul Young and Ultravox, all appeared on the UK TV show 'Razzmatazz Solid Gold Christmas Special'.
1986 - Paul and Linda McCartney's limo caught fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, UK. Luckily both musicians were unharmed.
1986 - American singer Wayne Newton won a $19.2 million suit against NBC News. NBC had aired reports claiming... 'a link' between Newton and mob figures. The reports were proven to be false.
1986 - The Doobie Brothers reunited for a benefit in Palo Alto, CA; this inspired a reunion tour in 1987.
1988 -
Bros are featured on the front page of the NME; in their interview, Matt says, '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.
1994 - A remixed version of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" re-entered the US Hot 100, where it stayed for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run established a record for the longest total chart appearance in US chart history, to date..
1996 - Celine Dion announced that she was going to take a break from her career and concentrate on starting a family.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet.
1999 - Jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, collapsed and died in the "green room" after taping his performance for CBS's "The Saturday Early Show". The show aired the next day..
2000 . . Eminem was the subject of a sick Internet hoax after MTV reported that the rapper had been killed in a car crash en route to a party.
2004 - Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of her 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'.
2005 - U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to Billboard. More than three million people watched 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.
2007 - Cliff Richard 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 same reasons.
2010 - Sir Paul McCartney performed an intimate lunchtime gig at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street, the historic music venue threatened with closure. Around 300 fans were treated to a set lasting almost two hours, in what was McCartney’s smallest gig in the UK for nearly 10 years. A campaign to keep the 100 Club open attracted support from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Sir Mick Jagger.
2014 . .
Bruce Springsteen made his acting debut in the final episode of Season 3 of Van Zandt's show "Lilyhammer", which was named "Loose Ends", after a Springsteen song on his album 'Tracks'. Springsteen played Giuseppe Tagliano, the brother of Van Zandt's character, Frank Tagliano aka Giovanni "Johnny" Henrikssen . Giuseppe is an undertaker and owner of a funeral parlor who occasionally works as a hitman for a mafia family which Frank is associated..
2015 - ITV aired "The Nations Favourite Bond Song", on British TV; in at No.3 was "Goldfinger" sung by Shirley Bassey, the No.2 spot was taken by Paul McCartney's Wings "Live and Let Die", but the Nations favourite was "Skyfall" sung by Adele..

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December 18th:
1892 - Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1957 - Tom & Jerry released the first single of their career, "Hey, Schoolgirl". We now know them as Simon & Garfunkel..
1961 - Britain's EMI Records rejected the Beatles, but later signed them.
1961 - "The Twist" by Chubby Checker set a record at the time with 23 weeks on the chart.
1962 - Bob Dylan played his first ever UK gig the at the Troubadour Club in London..
1962 - The Beatles performed at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, the start of their final run of 13 concerts at the Star. The final night's performance was recorded and became known as ‘The Star-Club Tapes’, released in 1977 against the wishes of the Beatles themselves..
1964 - Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke. Over 200,000 fans went to the funeral parlour to view him in his glass-topped coffin.
1966 - Tara Browne was killed when driving at high speed in his Lotus Elan after it collided with a parked lorry in South Kensington, London. A close friend of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Brian Jones his death was immortalized in The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ after John Lennon read a report on the coroner's verdict into Browne's death.
1966 - Pink Floyd performed at the Blarney Club in London. The club changed it's name the following week to the UFO Club and Pink Floyd become the house band.
1968 - 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'.
1968 - Janis Joplin held auditions for her Kozmic Blues Band in San Francisco, CA.
1969 - A new report indicated that 75% of the $1 billion in music sales came from youths.
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times saying "War is Over! If You Want It."
1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra, who he married when she was only 13, got divorced, as he prepared to marry 29-year old Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.
1972 - The Ringo Starr-directed T. Rex documentary, 'Born to Boogie', premiered at Oscar's Cinema in Brewer Street, Soho. Ringo Starr, members of T. Rex, and Elton John attend the opening..
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 played Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The show was broadcast around the world via satellite to a television audience of around 35 million in 23 countries.
1982 - Janet Jackson first appeared on the chart with her first career single "Young Love".
1983 - Rolling Stone's Keith Richards married 27 year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday. Mick Jagger, was best his man.
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.
1998 - Alice Cooper's "Cooper'stown" restaurant opened in Phoenix. To celebrate, Cooper performs with his original bandmates Michael Bruce and Neal Smith - the first time the three have been on stage together in 24 years..
1999 - The Spice Girls unveiled their waxwork look-alikes at Madame Tussaud's in London. The model had cost £35,000 EACH, to make.
1999 - Jazz and funk saxophonist, Grover Washington
appeared on CBS's "The Saturday Early Show". Grover had taped his performance for the show the day before in New York, after which he collapsed and died in the 'Green Room'.
2000 - Singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed instantly in a boat propeller accident off the coast of Mexico when a 31ft speedboat hit her. She and her sons were scuba-diving at the Chankanaab reef, Cozumel, in a designated diving area that watercraft were restricted from entering. MacColl saw the boat coming before her sons did; 13 year old Louis was not in the boat's path, but Jamie, then 15 was. She was able to push him to safety, but in doing so, she was hit by the boat and killed instantly.
2001 - Tommy Lee won a court battle with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Anderson had filed the suit to gain full custody of the couple's two children. The judge denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require monitoring of Lee's visits.
2003 - Michael Jackson, who was out on bail, 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 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 - T.I. was arrested on gun possession charges for the third time in three years. Authorities searched his home and find a silencer-enhanced weapon, several rounds of ammunition, and photos of the rapper handling guns. He was placed under house arrest after posting a $3 million bond.
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.
2005 - ‘Fairytale of New York’ was voted the favourite Christmas song ever in a VH1 poll. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's song took the top spot, Mariah Carey's ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, was voted 2nd place and Wham's ‘Last Christmas’ came third. Other songs voted into the Top 10 were, ‘Mistletoe and Wine' - Cliff Richard at No.4; ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ - Slade at No.5; ‘I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday’ - Wizzard was No.6; ‘Christmas Time’ - The Darkness, No.7; ‘Saviour's Day’ - Cliff Richard No.8; Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984) - Band Aid at No.9; ‘Lonely This Christmas’ by Mud at No.10..]
2005 - Pete Doherty
singer with Babyshambles , was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after being stopped by police in east London. Police said the 26-year-old had been driving erratically. Officers sent suspicious substances found in the vehicle for analysis, and Doherty was released on bail.
2012 - Songwriter Earl Shuman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Alicia Keys, claiming her hit single "Girl On Fire" sounds too much like Shuman's 1970 song "Lonely Boy," which was recorded by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl". A settlement was reached in April 2013.
2013 - Rapper Fazer aka Richard Rawson, part of the group N-Dubz, was declared bankrupt.
2013 - Ian Watkins, vocalist with Welsh rock band Lostprophets was sentenced to 35 years in jail for a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, Wales, had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court last month to 13 child sex offences.
2013 . . Rock/Metal band "Kraken" celebrated their 30th anniversary at a special event named "La Fortaleza del Titan"/"The Strength of the Titan" (as the name of the band refers to a titan in Greek Mythology) and filmed the show for an upcoming DVD.

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December 19th:
1955 - Carl Perkins recorded his signature song "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Records in Memphis, TN.
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.
1957 - "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 1375 performances..
1960 - Frank Sinatra recorded for the very first time on his own record company which he had just started, Reprise Records, working on his 1961 Ring-a-Ding-Ding! album..
1962 - The Supremes, The Miracles and Marvin Gaye performed the first of ten concerts at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York.
1964 - The Beatles knocked themselves off the No.1 spot of the UK album chart, with thier 'Beatles for Sale' taking No.1 album from their 'A Hard Day's Night' album.
1969 - Mick Jagger was fined £200 plus 50 guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court for illegal possession of cannabis.
1967 - Buffalo Springfield appeared at the Community Concourse, San Diego, California. The group became a springboard for the careers of Neil Young Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.
1968 - Led Zeppelin performed at the Exeter City Hall in England for a fee of 125 pounds. To draw an audience, the band billed itself as the New Yardbirds.
1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon commended Mike Curb of MGM Records for dropping acts, including Connie Francis, that purportedly advocated drug use.
1974 - On his first solo world tour, George Harrison played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City..

1974 - Due to many frustrations, Mick Taylor quit the Rolling Stones, after being with the band for six years. The bandmates were at a party in London when Taylor told Mick Jagger he was quitting and walked out..
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.
1978 - The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait airs on ABC-TV.
1979 - Elvis Presley's physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with 'illegally and indiscriminately' prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for Elvis during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.
1980 - The movie "9 to 5", starring Dolly Parton, opened in theatres..
1981 - The Rolling Stones thier American Tour 1981, promoting their 'Tatoo You' album, at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1987 - Two teenage girls died in a crush at a Public Enemy gig at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville.
1987 - Paul Simon the musician, joined Paul Simon the presidential candidate, and together they hosted "Saturday Night Live".
1992 - Neil Diamond's "Christmas in Washington" aired on NBC-TV.
1997 - MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy ..
1997 - Marty Raybon made his last appearance with country group Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN..
1998 - The Dave Matthews Band performed in concert at Chicago; it was recorded and released as "Live in Chicago 12-19-98 at the United Center".
2000 - Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol Dirty Bastard was returned to New York from Philadelphia in police custody, in order to face outstanding drug charges for possessing crack cocaine.
2001 - Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.
2001 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots pleaded guilty in Las Vegas, Nevada to domestic battery.
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.
2001 - Madonna appeared on television's "Dateline".
2001 - VH1 premiered "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story"..
2001 - In a final admittal that Western music was the best, the president of Iran banned it from state-owned radio and television stations.
2003 - A 40 year old Florida man, Kevin Eckenrod, who impersonated Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, running up large tabs at bars and restaurants and stealing more than $1,000 from a woman, was sentenced to 25 months in prison.
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.
2006 - Two giant eyeballs donated by Pink Floyd raised £16,500 for the homeless charity Crisis. The 6ft-high props, made to promote the Pulse DVD, were on the auction site eBay for a week and attracted 46 bids. David Gilmour, a vice-president of Crisis, said extra help was needed in the winter months.
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.
2012 - Nick Mason stepped in to help save Foote's, the historic London music shop where he bought his first ever drum kit. The Pink Floyd drummer, along with the store's sales director, Rob Wilson, were buying the business (which would re-open in a new location at 41 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London) from the family who has owned it since the '30s.
2012 - Madonna gets angry at fans at an outdoor concert in Santiago, Chile, for smoking cigarettes near her against her wishes. The singer lectures the audience: "If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke".
2014 - Darlene Love sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show for the final time, as the host has announced his retirement. When Love first performed the song on Letterman in 1986, it went so well that Dave made it a Christmas tradition, and every year she would come back to sing it.

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December 20th:
1920 - Bob Hope became an American citizen
1958 - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarrymen at the wedding reception of Harrison's older brother Harry. The reception was at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.
1962 -
The Osmonds made thier TV debute appearing on the NBS- TV Andy Williams show, performing 'I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas'..
1966 - Otis Redding was in concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1967 - American singer Jimmie Rodgers required brain surgery after he suffered a fractured skull and a broken wrist, allegedly at the hands of three San Diego police officers. Rodgers recovered and returned to performing a little over a year later.
1967 - Singer Ian Anderson formed Jethro Tull with bassist Glenn Cornick in Blackpool, England..

1967 - Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti- war demonstration.
1972 - Led Zeppelin performed at the Brighton Dome in England.
1973 - Singer Bobby Darin died following open-heart surgery at the age of 37.
1975 - Lead singer of the Raspberries, Eric Carmen debuted as a solo artist on this date with his first single "All By Myself".
1975 - Guitarist Joe Walsh, formerly with the James Gang, joined Eagles as replacement for Bernie Leadon who left for a solo career
1980 - 'Just Like Starting Over' gave John Lennon his first ever UK solo No.1 single, twelve days after he was shot dead..
1980 - Motorhead's Phil Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck when partying after a gig in Belfast.
1981 - Harry Krieger/Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls", which is based on The Supremes, premieres at Imperial Theatre, New York City for 1522 performances
. It would later be made into a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson..
1982 - Special guests on US music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show included Jerry Reed who performed "East Bound and Down" and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" and then with Glen Campbell played "Amos Moses", "A Thing Called Love" and "Mule Skinner Blues".
1995 - "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theatre, New York City, for 14 performances
1999 - Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium, with Nirvana's 'Nevermind' winning best album.
2000 - 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 offences.

2000 - Figures from the RIA of America showed that Teen Pop was alive and doing very well. Pop accounted for most of the record sales in America with Jive records, home to Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC selling 31m records
2004 - A man is shot during an after-party for Ja Rule in Peoria, Ill. The evening was also marred by a scuffle that broke out after someone threw a drink in the Murder Inc. rapper’s face.
2005 - ‘Fairytale of New York’ was voted the favourite Christmas song ever in a VH1 poll. The song by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl took the top spot, Mariah Carey's ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, was voted into 2nd place and Wham's ‘Last Christmas’ came third..
2005 - Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after being stopped by police in east London.
2006 - Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum won a High Court battle over who wrote their song 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. Fisher who played organ on the 1967 hit had argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody, but Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to just 40% of the copyright, (rather than the 50% he was seeking). The court decided lead singer Gary Brooker's input was more substantial and Fisher's claim for back royalties - of up to £1m - was also rejected. For almost 40 years, the song had been credited to lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.
2006 -
The Rolling Stone magazine writer Ian Halperin claimed that Michael Jackson was close to death. He said Jackson was suffering from a rare lung condition and needed a lung transplant. He also claimed that the singer had lost 95% vision in one eye and was so ill he could barley speak.
2006 - Eminem and his high school sweetheart divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried. The couple agreed to share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie. The pair told a judge in Michigan they understood this time the divorce was final. The couple had remarried in January. But the rapper filed for divorce less than three months later, saying there had been "a breakdown in the marriage relationship".
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.
2010 - Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, winds up his VH1 reality TV show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It by getting engaged to Kristi Gibson, his longtime on-and-off girlfriend for 18 years.
2011 – Michael Jackson’s house contents fetch over $1 million. Just a month after Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Michael’s death by drug overdose, collectors rampaged the 500 items from Jackson’s home that he rented in LA while preparing for his comeback Tour in London.
2012 - Rapper Fat Joe pleads guilty in federal court in New Jersey to tax evasion charges. He wass charged with failing to pay taxes on over $1 million of income in both 2007 and 2008 and is expected to serve in the neighborhood of 2 years at sentencing.
2013 - Fazer, best known for being part of the group N-Dubz, was declared bankrupt.
2013 - Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was sentenced to 35 years in jail for a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby. Watkins, 36, from Pontypridd, Wales, had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Crown Court last month to 13 child sex offences.
2014 - A single dubbed 'the rarest record in the world' sold for £14,543 at auction. The London Records' pressing of Darrell Banks’ 'Open the Door to Your Heart', was thought to be the only copy in circulation. Banks, who toured with soul singer Jackie Wilson, only released two albums before he was killed in Detroit in February 1970. He was shot in the neck by an off-duty policeman, who had been having an affair with Banks's girlfriend. 'Open the Door to Your Heart' was his only hit, reaching No.2 on the R&B chart in the US..
2015 - A US medical examiner said Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died from a toxic mix of drugs including cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy.

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December 21st:
1950 -
Hank Williams recorded “Cold Cold Heart”, “Dear John”, “Just Waiting” and “Men With Broken Hearts”. at Castle Studio, Nashville.
1960 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with the opening with his movie "Flaming Star".
1963 – The Beatles perform their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford, England..
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.
1966 - The Who played at The Upper Cut in Newham, Nr. London, UK.
1967 - The Beatles had a costume party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to celebrate the showing of their movie Magical Mystery Tour on the BBC.
1967 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Speakeasy Club, London, England. Situated at 48 Margaret Street in the centre of London, the Speakeasy was a late-night haunt for the music industry from 1966 right up to to the late 1970s. It was managed by Laurie O'Leary, a lifelong friend of the Kray twins, from 1968 to 1977 and Roy Flynn, who was also the first manager of Yes.
1968 - Janis Joplin makes her debut solo concert backed by her Kozmic Blues Band at Stax/Volt Yuletide party in Memphis. Other performers include Booker T, Staple Singers, Bar Kays and Eddie Floyd..
1968 - Crosby, Stills & Nash perform together on stage for the first time..
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'..
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 Bureau badge.
1970 – “Hey Old Man,” the first single by the Festfolk Quartet – later known as ABBA – reaches No. 5 in Sweden.
1971 - Martha & the Vandellas disbanded..
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.
1974 –
Bad Company are joined for a jam onstage by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin att the Rainbow Theatre in London; they performed B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby”.
1976 – “Barry Manilow on Broadway” opens for a two-week sold-out run in New York.
1978 – Rod Stewart settles out of court with drummer Mickey Waller, who claims he was not paid royalties for his work on 1974’s Smiler album.
1979 -
Linda Ronstadt held a fundraising concert for her boyfriend, CA governor Jerry Brown, who was running for president. It was held at the San Diego Sports Arena; Chicago and the Eagles also performed.
1988 - Ex Cockney Rebel bass player Paul Jeffreys was one of the passengers killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am flight 103. The plane crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland.
1989 - Guitarist Carlos Santana and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.
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 Mercury.
1992 – Blues guitarist Albert King sadly dies from a heart attack in Memphis.
1993 – Reggae DJ Dirtsman is shot and killed by four gunmen after an attack on his house in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
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 - The charity record 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. With the consent of Bob Dylan musician Ted Christopher of Dunblane, Scotland wrote a new verse for the song in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre.
1996 - Tony Bennett was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. He was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President and Mrs. Clinton when he fell ill.

1998 – Celine Dion, whose single “My Heart Will Go On” powered record-breaking sales of the “Titanic” soundtrack, was named the top-selling artist of 1998 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1999 - Readers of Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium..
2001 – Natalie Merchant was the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. “Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant”; it is aired and streamed on the network’s Web site simultaneously.
2003 - Tommy Hubbard from Whitby, aged 14, won the 2003 Riffathon, a nationwide guitar competition in aid of Action For Brazil's Children Trust. The final was held at the University of Surrey and judged by Jimmy Page and Brian May. The finalists each performed a Led Zeppelin classic track with a full live band. Tommy's performance of 'Ramble On' won him the star prize of a 1958 re-issue Gibson Les Paul standard guitar, donated by Gibson Guitars.
2003 - Eminem's ex-wife Kimberley Mathers pleaded guilty to a drug and driving offences. Mathers had been pulled by traffic police in June and was charged with possession of cocaine, two other charges driving with a suspended license and maintaining a drug house in which police discovered marijuana and Ecstasy were dropped. She appeared in a Michigan court after turning herself in, having previously failed to attend a Nov 1st hearing and had removed an electronic tag used to monitor her movements.
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 - The Sugababes unveiled their new member Amelle Berrabah, aged 21, just a day after Mutya Buena announced she was leaving.
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.
2005 - Singer/guitarist Howie Day was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport after becoming abusive on an airplane. He blamed his rowdiness on mixing a sleeping pill with alcohol.
2010 - A concert by Kings of Leon was postponed after a fire broke out on two of their tour buses which were parked at The O2 arena in London. The blaze began on one coach before spreading to another tour bus in the loading bay of the venue in Greenwich.
2011 – A 31-year-old man was arrested and charged for illegally leaking an early recording of a new Madonna song on the internet. The Demo of “Give Me All Your Love” was posted on the web in November.
2012 - Rolling Stones guitarist, 65-year-old Ronnie Wood married his fiancee Sally Humphreys during a private ceremony in London.
2012 - Paul Simon performed his classic track The Sound of Silence at the funeral of a teacher who died in the school shooting in Connecticut on 14 December of this year. The 1966 song was understood to be a favourite of 27-year-old Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
2012 - Flavor Flav teamed up with Gino Harmon and Salvatore Bitonti to start a 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.
2012 - 'Gangnam Style' by Sth Korean singer Psy became the first YouTube video to reach a billion views..
2014 - Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish formally converted their civil partnership to a marriage hosting a ceremony at their Windsor estate in Berkshire.

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December 22nd:
1948 - Hank Williams recorded various tracks including “There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight”, “Lovesick Blues”, and “Lost On The River” at the E.T. Herzog Studio, Cincinatti Ohio
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.
1978 - Kenny Jones joins Who, taking the place of the late Keith Moon
1981 - 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 death.
1998 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honored Willie Nelson for his lifetime contributions to the arts. Nelson became the first primarily country performer so honored.
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. At 6: Michael Jackson, 7: American Idol, 8: Britney Spears
2013 . . Italian metal band Draugr’s final performance took place at the Tipogragfia in Pescara, Italy..
2014 . .
The two remaining living ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, were among those who paid tribute to the singer Joe Cocker, while Joe's agent, Barry Marshall, former lead singer with rock band Bitter Suite, said that Joe was "without doubt the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain".

December 23rd:
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 live shows.
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 together
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 singles chart.
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...'.
2003 - Pete Townshend revealed in an interview with a U.K. newspaper that he contemplated suicide after his arrest on charges of child pornography, which were dropped four months after his arrest.
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.
2015: In the two horse race for the UK "Christmas Number One", Justin Beiber, tipped to be top, urged his fans to support the charity record "A Bridge Over You" sung by the NHS Choir.

December 24th:
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.
1998 . . Cliff Richard pulled a stunt on the radio stations to win airtime from the ageist radio bosses by sending out promos of a single "Can't Keep This Feeling In" under the pseudonym Black Knight. DJs thought they were championing the work of a cutting-edge artist, even commenting "we don't know the band but the singer's wicked" and it was played frequently on Climax Radio, Choice FM and on BBC Radio 1. The track made it to the top 10 of the UK singles chart, as well as topping the UK rhythm and blues charts. Believing he had shed his staid image, Sir Cliff made the mistake of owning up and revealed his true identity, but promptly saw his track removed from radio playlists and stations immediately stopped airing his song!!
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.

December 25th:
1818 - "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
1941 - 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 engineer.
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'.
1975 - Iron Maiden is formed, in Leyton, east London, by bassist Steve Harris.
1977 - Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened.
1978 - 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.
2003 -
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, to air, of Bing Crosby performing "White Christmas" for the first time.

December 26th:
1963 - 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'
1967 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after Paul Desmond left the group.
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.
1987 - 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.

December 27th:
1927 - The musical "Showboat" opened in New York.
1939 - "The Glenn Miller Show," also known as "Music that Satisfies," debuted on CBS radio.
1957 - 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, (35 Cents).
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 fetishes.

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.

December 28th:
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 Detroit, MI.
1970 - Carl Davis marries actress Jean Boht.
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 Test.
1981 - Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Records (WEA) 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, MI.
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.

December 29th:
1956 - Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending Dec 19th.
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 Joe'.
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 Butterfly
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 were divorced.
1980 - US singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose.
1982 - Jamaica issued a commemorative stamp
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 magazine
readers 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.

December 30th:
1962 - Brenda Lee lost her home and dog when her house was destroyed by fire.
1969 - 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
1989 -
Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic and Shelli Dilley were married.
1994 - 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, she could not balance on one foot or count to 30. She was twice over the drink drive limit.
2006 - Brandy Norwood aka Brandy was involved in a fatal automobile collision on Los Angeles' San Diego (405) Freeway. 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj was the driver of a Toyota which was struck by Brandy's Range Rover. Aboudihaj died from her injuries at the L.A. Holy Cross Hospital the following day.

December 31st:
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 Passions)
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.
1974 - 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 Maureen Santora.
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.
1994 - 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"
2002 - 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 riding in.

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