THIS DAY :-
1957 - Two rock and roll acts made their debut
on the Ed Sullivan Show: Sam
Cooke ("You Send Me") & Buddy
Holly & the Crickets with "That'll Be the Day"),
1960 - Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married.
eloped and married at Don Kirshners apartment in Elizabeth. NJ at 3am.
The couple met
in Rome while filming
1964 - Ringo Starr, The Beatles
into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.
- 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.
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.
1981 - Keyboard
player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo
with Alison Moyet.
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
1995 - Frank Sinatra is $2,072,000 richer
after an auction of his possessions.
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 17,
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
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
1949 - Gene
Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hit the record
1959 - TV
show "This Is Your Life." surprised
Bobby Darin with his story.
1967 - Jimmie Rodgers
singing career ended. He
was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious but non
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.
- The first production of Michael
Tippett's opera The Knot Garden is staged by the Royal Opera House
- Taj Mahal performed for
the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1973 - The Who were jailed overnight after causing $6,000 worth
of damage in their hotel room after a show.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
1965 - While
performing "The Last Time." Keith
Richards was electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones
concert in Sacramento, CA.
1966 - Ray Charles was
and given a five year suspended prison sentence after being convicted
of possessing heroin and marijuana.
1969 - John Lennon was asked to play the
title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The offer was taken
back the next day.
1971 - The Montreaux Casino was destroyed
by fire during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep
Purple who were recording an album their at the time write the 'Smoke
On The Water.'
1976 - In
Kingston, Jamaica, seven
gunman fired shots into Bob Marley's home while Bob and the Wailers
were rehearsing. No one was seriously hurt.
1976 - The
CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run,
when a giant 40ft inflatable
pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from it's
moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd's 'Animals',
1978 - The Philadelphia Furies, a soccer
team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger, lost their
first match in the North American League, 3-0 to the Washington Diplomats.
1979 - Eleven "Who" fans were
trampled to death in the rush to get unreserved seats to the band's
at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum .
1986 - Judas Priest were sued by two family's,
alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide
pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest Records
for six hours.
1991 - Alan Feed received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Janet Jackson gets an injunction
against Eric Leon Christian, who she claimed had been harassing her.
2002 - Peter Garrett quit Midnight Oil
after 25 years.
2013 - Madison Square Garden announced
today that the legendary Billy Joel, will become the first-ever music
franchise of The Worlds Most Famous Arena.
Billy will kick off his franchise at The Garden performing a show a
month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27th 2014.
1956 - The
'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place
with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis recording together
at Sun studios. The session would not be released for 25 years.
1971 - Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at
No.1 on the UK chart with the 'Four Symbols' album. Featuring the 8-minute
track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on the US chart for 1 week
short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.
1976 - Packers at EMI records went on strike,
refusing to package the Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'
1980 - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul
Jones made the announcement of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin
in the wake of the death of drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham.
filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would
file again in January 1988.
- Roy Orbison gave his final concert in Akron,
OH. He died two days later.
1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a
ruling that said that Prince did not steal the song, "U Got The
Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were
similar to ones she had written.
1995 - Michael Jackson appears with legendary
mime Marcel Marceau at New York news conference promoting a Jackson
special airing on HBO.
1999 - Rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail,
after being accused of attacking Lance Rivera when a fight broke out
at a party for rapper Q-Tip at a Manhattan Club.
2000 - Irish singer Ronan Keating was dumped as
chart topping boy band Westlife's manager. Ronan was told his services
were no longer required. Westlife had scored seven No.1 UK singles with
2004 - Budding pop star Ashlee Simpson faces negative
publicity following the inadvertent exposure of a lip-synched appearance
on "Saturday Night Live".
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.
1936 - Bing Crosby
took over as host of "The Kraft Music Hall". Jimmy Dorsey
(who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
1956 - Alan Freed's "Rock Rock Rock"
film (with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.
1968 - Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced
the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days later.
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.
1970 - 'Amazing Grace' by Judy Collins
entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent
a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position.
1976 - Music weekly NME reviewed
the Sex Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK' saying 'Johnny Rotten
sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is
of a third- rate Who imitation'.
1987 - The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from
appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the
groups name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band
to be called JANC but the group didn't agree.
1997 - Carl Edward Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested
in Japan on suspicion of marijuana possession.
- Former Hee-Haw star Roy Clark, playing Santa
Claus, loses his big red pants at the annual Pageant of Peace Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House. Clark's Santa pants slowly
slide off during his performance of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Band Aid 20 started a four week at No.1 on the
UK singles chart with a new version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas.'
The third time the song had reached No.1. The new version featured,
Joss Stone, Beverly
Chris Martin, Bono, Dido,
Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Will Young, Jamelia,
Fran Healy and Sugababes.
1959 - Gene Vincent made his UK live debut at
The Tooting Granada, London, when he was a guest on The Marty Wilde
1964 - The movie "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London.
1969 - Four people died during a free concert
given by the Rolling Stones at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson
Airplane, Santana. As
the group played, Stones
fan, Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Hell's Angels who'd been
hired to police the event. The event was recorded and released a year
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.
1984 - Two former Beatles debuted in two film
releases this day. Paul McCartneys "Give My Regards to Broad
Street" and George Harrisons "A Private Function"
were finalized for theatre audiences.
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.
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
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.
2003 - Elvis Costello and Diana Krall are married
in a private ceremony at Elton John's estate.
2003 - David Bowie postpones the Atlantic City,
N.J start of the North American leg of his A Reality tour after contracting
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.
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.
1963 - The Beatles appeared on the British
TV show "Jukebox Jury."
1964 - Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, suffered
a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The event led
Wilson to stop touring with the group.
1967 - Otis Redding was in the studio recording
'(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'. The song went on to be his biggest
hit. Otis didn't see its release; he was killed three days later in
a plane crash.
1968 - Eric
Burdon announced he would break-up the Animals after a December 22 concert
at Newcastle City Hall. His intention was to go to California and start
an acting career.
1974 - Carl Douglas started a two week
run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The song
was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B- side and sold 10 million.
1984 - A benefit concert for Ethiopia was held
at The Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring, Nick Heyward, Feargal Sharkey,
Julian Lennon, Mike Rutherford and others.
1986 - Huey Lewis and the News sing the
national anthem a cappella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets
football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
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.
2002 - A fire rips through the heart of
Edinburgh, Scotland, severely damaging and rendering unsafe the Guilded
Balloon and La Belle Angele, which are located in a protected "world
heritage site. La Belle Angele hosted early performances by the likes
of Oasis and Radiohead.
1914 - "Watch Your Step" opened in New
York. It was the first musical revue to feature a score completely by
1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland
and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.
1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped and released
two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded
by the kidnappers, who were later captured, prosecuted, convicted, and
sentenced to long prison terms.
Three days after he quit the Hollies,
Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash
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'.
1972 - Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement
in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps,
roulette, keno and blackjack.
1976 - John Denver appeared on the Carpenters'
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.
1980 - In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot
John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an
album for Chapman.
1984 - One time Coasters manager Patrick Cavanaugh
was convicted of first degree murder of group member Buster Wilson whose
dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in 1980.
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
1998 - The FBI releases nearly 1,300 pages of
the secret files it kept on Frank Sinatra, detailing Old Blue Eyes'
ties to organized crime, allegations that he was a Communist Party sympathizer
and that he dodged the draft.
2000 - Sting joined the Hollywood greats when
his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.
2003 - Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain
vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone,
eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in
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."
2007 - Tom Jones sang "God Save the Queen",
the United Kingdom's national anthem, before Ricky Hatton's fight against
Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
1967 - Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is arrested
in New Haven following backstage fight when security guard mistakes
him for a fan.
1968 - The Supremes' and the Temptations' "TCB
(Takin' Care of Business") special aired on NBC-TV.
1971 - Richie Havens receives a role in
the orchestral stage version of the Who's rock opera "Tommy".
1974 - George Harrison released his first
album on his Dark Horse label, entitled "Dark Horse."
1978 - "Soul Man," John Belushi and
Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name, 'The Blues Brothers'.
1984 - The Jacksons play their last show
together in Los Angeles.
1988 - According to a poll released in
the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background
music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was
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 that
Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on 3 July 2009. Tickets
for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur announce
another date on 2 July 2009.
2010 . . It was reported that UK singer Pete Doherty
would be taking the lead role opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg in Confession
of a Child of the Century, a film adaption of Alfred de Musset's autobiographical
novel La Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle. The film was screened
at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
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
1967 - The plane carrying Otis Redding
and his band crashed into Lake Monoma killing the crew, Otis Redding,
Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and
Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive
1968 - John
Lennon made his first non-Beatles appearance singing
with the supergroup The Dirty Mac, which
was formed for the TV special, The Rock 'n Roll Circus.
1971 - Frank Zappa was pushed from a London
stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in
a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
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.
1988 - Cliff Richard had his 12th UK No.1
single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.'
- Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood
Walk of Fame Star. He is accreditted with coining the phrase "Rock
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
They hold the record for the "Highest Demand for Tickets for One
Music Concert" as 20 million on-line requests were made.
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married for the
third time, to his
twice removed, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown. They
divorced Dec 18th 1971.
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.
- 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
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.
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
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
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 - The Doors played what would be their
last live show with Jim Morrison when they played in New Orleans.
1971 - Filming began on the Diana Ross
movie, "Lady Sings the Blues.", a biographical film which
tells the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones,
after being with the band for five years
1974 - During studio sessions in Tampa
Bay, Ritchie Blackmore originally planned to record the solo single
"Black Sheep of the Family" and B-side "Sixteenth Century
Greensleeves", satisfied with the two tracks, Blackmore decided
to extend the sessions to a full album -'Ritchie Blackmore's R-A-I-N-B-O-W'
- Dionne Warwick received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1998 - A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring
John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George
Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies
were made with each copy being valued at £10,000.
2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit
against Courtney Love. The case involves the release of material by
Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love filed earlier that
claims Nirvana's contract with Universal Music Group is void and that
all rights pertaining to the band revert to her.
2001 - Flutist James Galway received a knighthood
from Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom.
2003 - Mick Jagger
received a knighthood from Prince
Charles at Buckingham Palace. Mick's 92-year-old father was at the Palace
to see his son receive the award.
. . Hank Williams had back surgery at the Vanderbilt
University Hospital, being released on December 24. He lived during
his recovery with his mother in Montgomery, and later moved to Nashville
with Ray Price.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxy Lady."
and he made his TV debut on Briton's ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!', with
Marc Bolan also appearing on the show.
1969 - The Jackson Five made their first network
television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan
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.
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
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.
- After presenting this week's edition of
'Top Of The Pops', John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject
of the TV show 'This Is Your Life'.
- Billy Preston
agreed to testify against other defendants, after pleading
guilty to insurance fraud.
1999 - Former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney played
a one-off gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles formed
well over three decades earlier. It is the first time since the 1963
that McCartney has played the Cavern.
- Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to No.1 on the
UK singles chart with 'Changes.' a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy
on the Black Sabbath album Volume IV in 1972.
1944 . . Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard;
it was her second marriage and Hank's first. The couple divorced on
May 29th 1952.
1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army
Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel
while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers
has never been determined.
1959 - The Everly Brothers recorded "Let
It Be Me" in New York City. It was the first time they recorded
outside of Nashville and it was the first time they recorded with strings.
1962 - Bill Wyman made his live debut with
The Rolling Stones at Putney Youth Club, London.
1967 - The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris
and learned transcendental meditation.
1969 - John Lennon made what would be his final
ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London,
with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit.
1977 - The Sex Pistols were refused entry into
the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance.
Paul Cook & Sid Vicious refused because of 'moral turpitude', Steve
Jones because of his criminal record and Johnny
Rotten because of a drugs conviction.
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 on February 27, 1991.
1998 - Former Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett
filed a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after
a 50-pound cannon fell on his head during a show.
1999 - Boy George was knocked unconscious when
a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England.
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.
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.
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
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.
1955 - Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes."
, he recorded it in Memphis, TN. less
than 48 hours later.
- Judy Garland
and The Supremes performed at the opening of the Astrodome in Houston.
1968 - The Who held their Christmas Party at London's The Marquee
Club, with the newly formed band "Yes" also performing.
- TV history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki
Budinger were married on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
With 40 million viewers watching, it
broke records for TV viewership .
1977 - George Harrison played an unannounced live
set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley- On- Thames.
1977 - Mr David Ackroyd purchased the one-millionth
copy of 'Mull Of Kintyre', by Wings and became the first record buyer
to receive a Gold Disc.
1982 - Karen Carpenter made her last live appearance
with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman, California.
1988 - Bros
are featured on the front page of the NME, in the interviewed for the
paper, a quote from Matt, 'We've got the quickest selling debut LP in
the history of CBS Records. You don't do that if your talentless'.
1993 - Sting's wife Trudie Styler gave birth to
a son, Giacomo Luke, at a London hospital.
1995 - A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled
in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised
by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
2004 - Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of
his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman
would run Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue
from his music and films. In the deal Lisa Marie would retain possession
of Graceland and many of her father's 'personal effects.'
2007 - Cliff Richard has openly complained about
the lack of commercial support he receives from radio stations and record
labels. He spoke about this on The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV, pointing
out that while new bands needed airplay for promotion and sales, long-established
artists such as himself also relied upon airplay for the same reasons.
1892 - Tchaikovsky's
"The Nutcracker Suite" publicly premiered in St. Petersburg,
1961 - Britain's EMI Records rejected the
Beatles. They later signed them.
services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.
- At a London Christmas party, called 'An Alchemical
Wedding', John and Yoko appear on stage in a large white bag. Yoko calls
1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra,
who he married when she was only 13, get divorced, as he prepared to
marry 29-year old Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.
1972 - Bob Dylan starting filming his role
in the film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid'.
1975 - The official break-up of Faces
is announced at a London press conference. Rod Stewart will continue
his solo career while Ronnie Wood joins The Rolling Stones.
1981 - Rod Stewart plays Los Angeles Forum, along
with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The show is broadcast around the world
via satellite to a television audience of 35 million.
- Rolling Stone famed Keith Richards married 27 year old Patti
Hansen on his 40th birthday.
1988 - Mike Peters of The Alarm was rushed to
hospital after having his eyes burnt by spotlights during a gig in Chester,
causing the remaining dates on their UK tour to be cancelled.
1997 - Tori Amos, offered 14 music videos, including
a rare clip of "Cornflake Girl," for viewing over the Internet
as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National
Network (RAINN). Users were allowed access to the clips for a four week
period in exchange for a donation of $5.
1999 - The Spice Girls unveiled their waxwork
look-alikes at Madame Tussaud's, London. Each model had cost £35,000
2003 - Out on bail, Michael Jackson was formally
charged with 7 counts of child molestation and 2 counts of administering
intoxicating liquor to a minor with the intent of committing a crime.
The abuse was claimed to have taken place between 07 07 Feb -10 March
2003 and the alleged victim was identified only as 'John Doe'.
2003 - John Rutter tells US TV programme 60 Minutes
that he is not a particularly religious man yet still deeply spiritual
and inspired by the spirituality of sacred verses and prayers
2004 - A guitar played by George Harrison and
John Lennon sold for £294,000 ($570,000) at auction in New York.
The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, including
the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during White Album sessions.
1957 - Elvis Presley had his draft notice
served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion
third Armor Corps based in Germany.
1957 - "Music Man" opens at Majestic
Theater New York City for 1375 performances
1965 - Drummer Keith Moon collapses at Who gig
at Ricky Tick Club in Windsor.
1969 - Mick Jagger was fined £200 plus 50
guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court for illegal possession
1975 - Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones
1976 - In an interview with The Daily Mail, Sex
Pistol Paul Cook's mother said he was no longer welcome at home and
she was going to turn his bedroom in a dining room.
1987 - Two teenage girls died in a crush at a
Public Enemy gig at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville.
1987 - Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon,
the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday Night Live."
1997 - MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up"
2001 - Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton (Baby) paid
£3,000 for a custom built toilet. The singer ordered the hand
painted porcelain loo complete with hand crafted toilet roll holder
for her new £500,000 seaside apartment.
2005 - Sir Elton John turned down £5.7m
for the exclusive rights to his civil union to his partner David Furnish.
The couple had considered the offer from a US television channel, putting
the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude
magazine they had decided to keep the day private.
2008 - Scott Weiland signed a publishing deal
with Bug Music, allowing him to "receive funding to pursue the
development of creative projects and writers for Bug Music through his
co-founded label, Softdrive Records". The deal includes his share
of the Stone Temple Pilots catalog and future solo projects.
1920 - Bob Hope became an American citizen
The Osmonds made
thier TV debute appearing on the NBS- TV Andy Williams show, performing
'I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas'.
1967 - Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to
45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti- war demonstration.
1975 - Guitarist Joe Walsh, formerly with the
James Gang, joins Eagles as replacement for Bernie Leadon who left for
a solo career
1973 - Singer Bobby Darin died following open-heart
surgery at the age of 37.
'Just Like Starting Over' gave John Lennon his first ever UK solo No.1
days after he was shot dead
1981 - Harry Krieger/Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls,"
premieres at Imperial Theatre, New York City for 1522 performances
1980 - Motorhead's Phil Taylor accidentally broke
a bone in his neck when partying after a gig in Belfast.
1995 - "Paul Roebson" opens at
Longacre Theatre, New York City, for 14 performances
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.
2009 - Rage Against the Machine takes the Christmas
No.1 slot in the UK with "Killing in the Name", after a massive
Facebook campaign to prevent the winner of The X Factor from taking
the slot once again.
1960 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los
Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with the opening with his movie
1964 - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book
'Ode to a High Flying Bird' is published. It is a book of text and drawings
about Charlie Parker
1968 - Janis Joplin takes her place alongside
otherwise in-house bill at Stax/Volt Yuletide party in Memphis. Other
performers include Booker T, Staple Singers, Bar Kays and Eddie Floyd
1970 - Elvis Presley goes to the White House to
volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation's drug
problems. He gives Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and receives a Narcotics
1971 - Martha & the Vandellas 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.
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.
1995 - Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol, issued
a writ against the band seeking damages and royalties from his work
on ('What's The Story) Morning Glory'
1996 - Tony Bennett was rushed to a hospital
for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett was just arriving
at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President and Mrs.
Clinton when he fell ill.
1999 - Readers of Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher
the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted
guitarist of the millennium.
2005 - Madonna was forced to cancel a romantic
holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland after her private jet broke down
with technical difficulties at London Airport.
2005 - Elton John marries David Furnish in London.
This marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions
the same legal protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
2012 - Flavor Flav teamed up with Gino Harmon
and Salvatore Bitonti to start a national franchise known as Flavor
Flav's Chicken & Ribs, which opened in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The restaurant closed in July 2013 after being evicted by its landlord
for failure to pay rent.
1967 - Appearing at The Olympia, London 'Christmas
On Earth Continued'. An all night festival featuring The Jimi Hendrix
Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon
& The Animals, Soft Machine, DJ John Peel plus a paddling pool,
light shows and a movie theatre, tickets £1.
1968 - Eric Burdon left the Animals.
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health, John Munro and
discuss drug abuse.
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the
UK singles chart with 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.' At nine years
of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1 record, also the
biggest seller of 72.
1975 - Ike and Tina Turner are robbed of
$86,000 when a suitcase was stolen containing concert receipts.
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.
2000 - Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie,
at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney,
Adams, George Clooney, Jon
Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
2005 - Janet Jackson was the most-searched name
during 2005 according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches
with people looking for pictures from her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction'
at the 2004 Super Bowl when she exposed her right breast.
1927 - Fiddlin' Arthur Smith made his solo debut
as a fiddler on the Grand Ole Opry He was made a member of The Opry
in the 1920s.
1959 - Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14
year old Janice Norine (who unbeknown to Berry was working as a prostitute),
across a state line. He was sentenced to 5 years jail but after racist
comments by the judge Berry was freed.
1957 - Tom and Jerry later known as Simon and
Garfunkel, release their first-ever single, 'Hey Schoolgirl'
1964 - During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson
had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston.
Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell
replaced Wilson for the bands 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
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...'.
2005 - Geezer Butler, the bass player with Black
Sabbath offered £5,000 for any information leading to the safe
return of Toga, the three-month-old penguin which had been stolen from
a zoo on the Isle of Wight a few days earlier.
1920 - Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance,
when he sang in Jacques Halevy's "La Juive" at the Metropolitan
Opera in New York.
1951 - Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the
Night Visitors," was first broadcast by NBC. It was the first opera
written specifically for television.
1967 - The Bee Gees performed their Christmas
special 'live' from Liverpool Cathedral, which was broadcast on UK TV.
1972 - Concert by Manfred Mann in Miami is cut
short as local residents complain about noise. The plug is pulled and
the crowd riots
1973 - Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers was
arrested in Visalia, CA, on charges of marijuana possession. His court
appearance on January 10, coincides with the release of the group's
new album, titled "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits."
1988 - Nirvana started recording their first album
'Bleach' using a $600 loan from an old school friend.
1988 - Ziggy Marley becomes the first reggae artist
to score an American No. 1 as 'Tumblin' Down' reaches top of 'Hot Black'
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 . . Legendary Cliff Richard pulled a stunt
on the radio stations by releasing a single "Can't Keep This Feeling
In" under the anonymous stage name CR. It was played frequently
on Climax Radio, Choice FM and at times on BBC Radio 1, making it to
the top ten the the UK singles chart. It also topped the British rhythm
and blues charts before he revealed his true identity and accused the
stations of ageism. They immediately stopped airing the song after they
knew his real identity!!
2005 - Rapper Foxy Brown was handcuffed and threatened
with jail after she stuck her tongue out at a New York judge who asked
her to stop chewing gum. She was in court on charges of assaulting two
nail salon workers during a row over payment.
- "Silent Night"
was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff,
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.
- 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...
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
2009 - Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the young John
Lennon, is released in the UK.
- The musical "Showboat" opened in New
1939 - "The Glenn Miller Show," also
known as "Music that Satisfies," debuted on CBS radio.
1969 - Miles Davis was featured on the cover of
Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 2/6,
1970 - "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway
after a run of 2,844 performances.
1971 - The "Sonny & Cher Show" begins
a four and a half year run on CBS Television
1975 - The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart
had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist,
Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to
form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.
1986 - Jackie Wilson had the Christmas UK No.1
single of 1986 with 'Reet Petite' 29 years after it first entered the
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.
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
1969 - "Temptations Day" was
declared in Detroit, MI.
1970 - Carl Davis marries actress Jean
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
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
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.
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
1975 - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson
Airplane were divorced.
1980 - US singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of
a heroin overdose.
1982 - Jamaica
in honour of Bob Marley.
1999 - The Melody Maker Music of the Millennium
Poll of albums placed The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' at Number 1.
2002 - Sugar 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.
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
1982 - Bob Marley commemorative stamp issued in
Krist Novoselic and Shelli Dilley were married.
- Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes pleads guilty
in Atlanta to arson charges. Her boyfriend, Andre Rison's $1 million
mansion was destroyed in the blaze.
1999 - George Harrison and his wife were attacked
in their home during a robbery. Though, Harrison was stabbed in the
chest four times, he and his wife were able to subdue the assailant
until police arrived.
1999 - In the Queen's Millennium Honours, former
Slade singer Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and Mark Knopfler was awarded
2002 - Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving
by the Arizona highway patrol. When asked to walk in a straight line
she fell over, could not balance
on one foot or count
to 30. She was twice over the drink drive limit.
1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played
"Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.
1961 - Appearing at Ritchie Valens' Memorial Concert
at Long Beach, Beach Boys play their first show under that name. (Previously
they had been known as Pendletones and Carl and the 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
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
1993 - Barbra Streisand performed her first
paid concert in 22 years at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.
The Rod Stewart concert at Copacabanain
Rio de Janeiro, where they appeared in front of a total estimated audience
of over 3.5 million. The Guinness Book of World Records states that
this was "the staging of the largest outdoor concert in history"
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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