THIS DAY :-
1940 -ASCAP tells Glenn Miller that he doesn't have the
rights to use "Moonlight Serenade" as his theme, so he switches to "Slumber
1945 - Burl Ives makes his concert
debut at New York's Town Hall.
1956 - One of
the first Rock movies, The Girl Can't Help It, opens in America. Featuring performances
by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters and Fats Domino,
the film starred Jayne Mansfield as an aspiring singer..
1956 - The
Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide" opened on Broadway, based on the
book by Voltaire..
1958 - Neil Sedaka signs with
RCA Records as a solo artist.
- The musical "Flower Drum Song" Rodgers and Hammerstein opened
on Broadway at the St. James Theatre..
- On his way to a show in El Paso Chuck Berry meets a young
lady named Janice Escalante in Juarez, Mexico. After learning she is a runaway,
Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant.
But she's only just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting
minors across state lines. He would be arrested and serve 20 months in jail.
- Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan
Show: with The Rays performing "Silhouettes", Sam Cooke singing "You
Send Me", and Buddy Holly & the Crickets performing "That'll Be
the Day" and "Peggy Sue". Sullivan called Buddy back on stage after
the second song for an impromptu interview and to solicit another "very nice
hand for these Texas youngsters"..
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married. They eloped and married at Don Kirshners
apartment in Elizabeth. NJ at 3am. The couple met in Rome while filming "Come
1964 - Ringo Starr, The Beatles
drummer booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils out.
- Janis Joplin made
her final appearance with Big Brother & The Holding Company, before going
solo. She formed 2 backing bands before
her death in 1970..
1972 - Martha
and the Vandellas give their farewell performance in Detroit, Michigan..
- On her 30th birthday, Bette Midler undergoes emergency surgery to remove
1976 - Rock band Queen inadvertently
make somebody else's history. Due to appear on Bill Grundy's 'Today' programme,
the band pull out at the last minute. EMI replace them with their latest signing,
pioneers of the newly-formed Punk Movement, The Sex Pistols, who subsequently
rock the nation with their abusive behaviour on the programme. In the interview
Glenn Matlock said the word "f***." The result was the Sex Pistols being
banned in several British cities.
1978 - Singer-songwriter
Barry Sadler killed country music songwriter Lee Emerson Bellamy with one gunshot
to the head. The shooting was the culmination of a month-long dispute the men
had concerning Darlene Sharp, who was Bellamy's former girlfriend, and Sadler's
lover at the time.
- Talking Heads supported by U2 appeared at the Hammersmith Palais, London,
1981 - Keyboard
player Vince Clarke announced he was quitting Depeche Mode to form Yazoo with
- Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label
was not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous
albums. His latest album Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly
songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's
1987 - Prince decided to cancel
the release of "The Black Album." It was only a week away from release.
1987 - A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in
the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall'
to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with
its bad language and sexual content.
1989 - Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days in jail
for driving under the influence of cocaine.
Vanilla Ice started a 4 week run at No.1 in the UK with the single 'Ice Ice Baby'.
The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1 'Under Pressure'.
'Ice Ice Baby' was initially released as the B-side to the rapper's cover of 'Play
That Funky Music', and became the A-side after US DJ's started playing it.
. . C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville,
after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief following their
concert in the town that night.
1991 - The musical
"Once on this Island" closed after 469 performances..
- Frank Sinatra is $2,072,000 richer after an auction of his possessions.
- Kenny G set a record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 mintues
and 47 seconds.. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who
held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows
him to blow and breathe at the same time).
An Oasis fan enjoyed "the best day of his life" when Noel Gallagher
popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes
had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part
of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for
the tiny gig..
2008 - Wham's Last Christmas was
the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society
put the 1984 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, just ahead of Band
Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? The Pogues came third with Fairytale of New
York, recorded with the late Kirsty MacColl and first released in 1987. Other
featured artists include Slade, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen..
- It's a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as
Hanson announces they will be selling MMMHop beer.
- Antonio de la Rua, former boyfriend and business manager of Latin pop
star Shakira, files a lawsuit for $100 million against her. The suit alleges that
Shakira wouldn't have had the success she'd had without his help, and Rua seeks
compensation for his management work.
2013 - Big
Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought The Blues To Britain aired on BBC Four for the
first time. A biography of the bluesman
Big Bill Broonzy, who would inspire generations of musicians..
- Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly
provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat
association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine.
In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis
to that of Serbs and Croats.
2014 - Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts quotes lyrics from Eminem's song "'97 Bonnie &
Clyde" in making the case that a man threatening his estranged wife by writing
violent rap lyrics and posting them on Facebook was protected by free speech.
Roberts, who mentioned lines like "Dada make a nice bed for mommy at the
bottom of the lake", pointed out that Eminem made these kind of threats very
often, and he and others should be allowed to do so if it is presented as art.
2014 - Phil Rudd the drummer of rock band AC/DC
pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.
Phil was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with
his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally
charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
announced that the song "Gangnam Style" ~ Psy, had broken the YouTube
counter at 2,147,483,647 views, prompting the company to update its software to
handle larger numbers..
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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.
- Eddie Crandall writes to "Pappy" Dave Stone,
radio station KDAV station manager, asking for exclusive rights to help Buddy
Holley obtain a recording contract. The next day Crandall sends Stone a telegram
asking that Holly and his group send him a recording of four original songs.
- Al Priddy, disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio
station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of "White Christmas,"
which the station has banned, their program manager saying it "desecrates
the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent". But it turns
out to be a publicity stunt - Priddy was back on the air two weeks later, with
the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ.
- Connie Francis records "In The Summer Of His Years,"
which was inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1967 - Jimmie Rodgers
singing career ended. He was found
in his car with a fractured skull after a serious but non fatal accident..
Harrison joins the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, in
Bristol, UK, making this the first tour of a Beatle since 1966..
1969 - Cindy
Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped by the caretaker of her Hollywood apartment,
who, while holding a knife to her throat, forces her to tie up her two visiting
friends. He then forces her into a car and drives toward Long Beach, but the singer
jumps from the car and escapes. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days
- The first production of Michael Tippett's
opera The Knot Garden is staged by the Royal Opera House..
- Taj Mahal performed for the men on
death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1973 - The Who were jailed overnight after causing $6,000 worth of damage
in their hotel room after a show.
- Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets
1974 - Ravi Shankar is hospitalized
after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
- Singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge are granted a divorce..
1976 - The front page headline of the Daily Mirror
reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!", as the British press were in an uproar
the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the Today programme on London regional
TV and swore repeatedly.
- MTV aired Michael Jackson's 14 minute "Thriller" video for
the first time..
1986 - At
a Eurythmics concert in Birmingham, singer Annie
Lennox ripped off her bra while performing in front of 10,000 fans.
1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford
Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition.
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Willie Nelson appeared on "Geraldo"
to discuss "Sex on the Road"
1991 - The
US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed
$1.2 million in unpaid royalties.
1995 - The
Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace of Base's "The Sign"
was the best-selling debut of all time, with 19 million copies sold..
- Adam Duritz of Counting Crows severed a ligament and tore cartilage in
his knee after he fell during a concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. He
underwent orthoscopic surgery during the band's Christmas break.
- Whitney Houston pulled out of a concert sponsored by the Moonies two
hours before she was due on stage. The religious group said they had no intention
of suing providing the singer returned the $1m fee she had received.
- Jay-Z stabbed Lance Rivera at a party at Manhattan's
Kit Kat Klub. Jay-Z plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three
years probation on September 17th 2001.
2000 - Thieves broke into Madonna's home in London,
forcing their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before
loading up Guy Ritchie's car with some of the couple's possessions and driving
2003 - Justin
Hawkins, singer, with Darkness was
held for two hours at JFK Airport, New York after police mistook him for a wanted
man with the same name and looks. The police let him go after Darkness manager,
Sue Whitehouse, produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July
- The Spice Girls open their reunion tour in Vancouver, Canada.
- Police in Arkansas find the country singer Mindy McCready hiding in a
closet two days after she kidnapped her 5-year-old son from her mother, who was
living with the child in Florida. Mindy, who did not have custody of her son,
was seven months pregnant with twins at the time.
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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. .
- 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.
. . 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'.
The Lerner and Loewe musical "Camelot"
opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre.
- 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.
- 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.
While performing "The Last Time." Keith Richards was electrocuted and
knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, CA.
- 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.
- The Monkees made their
live debut at the International Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- The Supremes were guests on The Tennessee Ernie Ford television special.
- 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,
1969 - Al Green was in concert
at the New Century Hall in Manchester, England.
- Ronnie Wood's wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis
and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house in Richmond. Krissies friend
Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found
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.
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',
1976 - The Royal Albert Hall received
3.5 million applications for a total of 11,212 tickets for upcoming ABBA shows
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.
- 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.
- Alan Feed received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Gilby Clarke was hired as rhythm guitarist of Guns 'N' Roses, replacing
1995 - Prince opened the inaugural
VH1 Fashion Awards.
- Janet Jackson got an injunction against
Eric Leon Christian, who had been harassing her.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 groups 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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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.
Buddy Holly & The Crickets return to Lubbock. Niki Sullivan leaves the group,
citing the harsh tour schedule as his reason.
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]
- 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
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.
- 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'.
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 Sheas
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.
- Madonna filed for
divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would file again in January
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Paula Abdul was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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
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- Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music
Hall". Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
- Flight 19 disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle; this
inspired the 1981 "Flight 19" song by B.A. Robertson.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
- The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
- Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation
of Crosby, Stills and Nash 3 days later.
- 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.
- '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
- 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
1976 - Elvis Presley
falls onstage at his show in Las Vegas and sprains his ankle.
John Lennon gave his last interview, it was with Jonathan
Cott of the Rolling Stone magazine, just 3 days before his death.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Elton John was a guest star on NBC's "Will and Grace".
- 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
Joss Stone, Beverly
Chris Martin, Bono, Dido,
Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy
2004 - Sir
Elton John received Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
- 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.
. . 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
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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
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
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.
- 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
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'.
- 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.
The Rolling Stones tour documentary "Gimme Shelter", featuring
footage of the infamous Altamont concert, opens in New York City.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- John Lennon mixes Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice".
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theatre during a rehearsal for
an upcoming TV special and hospitalized suffering with dehydration.
- 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
1997 - Metallica performed "Fuel"
and "The Memory Remains" with Marianne Faithfull on NBC's Saturday Night
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.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its new inductees:
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.
- Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from Eddie Van Halen
- 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.
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
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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- 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.
- 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
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.
- Nancy Sinatra guest-stars on the CBS TV special Frank
Sinatra: A Man & His Music, Part II to honor her father.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Vince Neil of Motley Crue crashed his car in Redondo Beach, California, killing
his passenger Nick Dingley. Neil was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter.
- Michael Jackson testified in Chicago, IL, that he wrote the song "The
Girl is Mine," not an Illinois man. Jackson won the case.
- 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.
- American singer-songwriter Harry Chapin receives a posthumous Congressional
Medal of Honor, No.111, for his work in fighting hunger.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Arturo Sandoval was granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle
with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- 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,
2003 - Mary J. Blige married producer Kendu
Isaacs at her home in Bergen County, New Jersey.
- 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
2004 - The Stereophonics announced
take the place of drummer Stuart Cable.
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.
- 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."
- 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.
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 Ronnies
3rd wife, confirmed she is expecting twins in June next year.
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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.
- 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
1962 - DJ and promoter Alan Freed
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.
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.
- Jim Morrison, singer with The Doors, was arrested onstage
in New Haven, Connecticut and charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.
3 days after leaving the Hollies,
Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
- Mick Jagger was quoted saying 'I don't really like singing very much,
I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar
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'.
- 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
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.
- 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
John Denver appeared on the Carpenters' very first ABC-TV special..
1976 - John Lennon bought a painting
by Renoir for half a million dollars.
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
- The Carpenters hosted The Carpenters At Christmas on ABC-TV.
- 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.
- 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 Johns last interview.
During the three-hour session, John poignantly says: Were either going
to live or were going to die. I consider that my work wont be finished
until Im dead and buried and I hope thats 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.
- 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.
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
1988 - Michael
Jackson's Bad world tour began a 9 night run at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
- 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..
- 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..
- 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
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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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"..
- 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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- 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
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
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.
- Britney Spears filed for a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese
man that she claimed had been stalking her since September.
Shots are fired and one man is killed during a Toronto-area
video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul.
2004 - Rolling Stone magazine
released it's special issue "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" listing
'Like A Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan the No.1 song..
2008 - Damon
Albarn and Graham Coxon say 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.
. . 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. [Dec 10]
- The film 'The Young Ones', starring Cliff Richard premiered
1963 - Donny Osmond makes his debut
with the Osmonds on NBC's 'Andy Williams Show.'
1965 - The
Grateful Dead played their first concert, along with Jefferson Airplane at the
first Bill Graham promoted show at The Fillmore Auditorium,
San Francisco, CA. supported
by The Great Society and others.
1967 - Steve
Miller (Blues) Band, a previously almost unknown San Francisco group, signs with
Capitol Records for unprecedented $750,000.
1967 - The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band
crashed into Lake Monoma killing the crew, Otis Redding, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell,
Phalin Jones and
Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.
1968 - John
Lennon made his first non-Beatles appearance singing
with the supergroup The Dirty Mac, which was formed
for the TV special, The Rock 'n Roll Circus.
1971 - Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage
by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering
from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
- Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured in a car
accident while driving into Manhattan.
1976 - Billy
Idol's new band Generation X made their live debut at The Central College Of Art,
- Rock bassist Ron McGovney,
quit the metal band Metallica due to growing tensions and many clashes with Ulrich
1988 - Cliff
Richard had his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Mistletoe And Wine.'
- Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of
Fame Star. He is accreditted with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll."
1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a 21/2-year
$2 million legal battle with two British companies that were seeking to release
19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.
2005 - Queen
became the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen
had overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on
the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with
1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making
him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard
remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.
2007 - The
surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with deceased drummer John Bonham's
son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London.
They hold the record
for the "Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert" as 20 million
on-line requests were made.
2011 - Rock
bassist Ron McGovney,
performed publicly for the first time in 29 years with Metallica. He played two
songs onstage with Metallica, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and early studio guitarist
Lloyd Grant at The Fillmore as a part of the celebrations surrounding the end
of Metallica's third decade.
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married for the third time,
twice removed, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown. They
divorced Dec 18th 1971.
1957 - In a letter to his parents, Buddy Holly relates:
"I've been writing a few songs. Some of them are fairly good. The best one
to date is a 'top secret' one titled "Peggy Sue Got Married." Please
don't mention it to anyone either. I want it to be a complete surprise."
1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village
1968 - Filming began for The Rolling
Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko,
The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released
1970 - Ringo Starr's movie "The
Magic Christian" premiered in London.
1972 - James
Brown was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a concert in Knoxville.
Charges were dropped when the singer threatened to sue the city for a million
dollars, claiming he was beaten by police.
1982 - The
Jam played their last ever gig as a band in Brighton, England.
- A Roy Orbison benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre featured
Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt.
1992 - Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire was quoted as saying
'I hope Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury'.
- A bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer
Chris Robinson during
a gig in Tuscon, Arizona.
A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
1998 - Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs was injured after a performance
in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after a difference
of opinion with one of the club's security guards.
Guns N' Roses North American tour suffers a final blow as promoter Clear Channel
Entertainment confirms it is canceling the remaining dates with which it is affiliated.
A handful of shows being worked by other promoters are also axed.
- Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting
wife Whitney Houston in the face. Whitney
said they were trying to work out their
2007 - Melissa
Etheridge performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, together
with a variety of artists; the concert was broadcast live to over 100 countries.
Knock the Rock' starring Alan Dale and featuring Bill Haley & His Comets,
the Applejacks, the Treniers, and
Dave Appell premiered
Paramount Theatre in New York
1957 - Al Priddy a DJ on US radio
station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley's version of 'White
Christmas'. He had violated the radio station's ban against the song. The station
management said, 'it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas'.
1963 - The Beatles are the first act to claim the first
and second slots on the UK Singles Chart (w/e 12th) with "I Want To Hold
Your Hand" at the top of the chart and "She Loves You" at No. 2.
They held these positions for three weeks.
Rolling Stone Brian Jones was given 3 years probation and a £1,000 fine
for drug offences. Three psychiatrists agreed that Jones was an extremely frightened
young man (with suicidal tendencies).
1970 - Little
Richard was charged with "larceny by trick" in Miami Beach, FL, by Blacks,
Inc. The group claimed that Little Richard pocketed $250 he solicited for the
group. The charges were later dropped.
- During the Doors' last public performance
with Jim Morrison, at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morrison seemed
to have a breakdown on stage. Midway through the set, he slammed the microphone
numerous times into the stage floor until the platform beneath was destroyed,
then sat down and refused to perform for the remainder of the show.
1971 - Filming began on the Diana Ross movie, "Lady
Sings the Blues.", a biographical film which tells the story of jazz singer
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
1974 - During studio sessions in Tampa Bay, Ritchie
Blackmore originally planned to record the solo single "Black Sheep of the
Family" and B-side "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves", satisfied
with the two tracks, Blackmore decided to extend the sessions to a full album
-'Ritchie Blackmore's R-A-I-N-B-O-W'
- Dionne Warwick received a star on the Hollywood Walk of
1998 - A seven inch single by the Quarry
Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George
Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made
with each copy being valued at £10,000.
2001 - Dave
Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against Courtney Love. The case involves
the release of material by Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love
filed earlier that claims Nirvana's contract with Universal Music Group is void
and that all rights pertaining to the band revert to her.
2001 - Flutist
James Galway received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom.
2003 - Mick Jagger
received a knighthood from Prince
Charles at Buckingham Palace. Mick's 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see
his son receive the award.
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
. . Hank Williams had back surgery at the Vanderbilt University
Hospital, being released on December 24. He lived during his recovery with his
mother in Montgomery, and later moved to Nashville with Ray Price.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxy Lady." and
he made his TV debut on Briton's ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!', with Marc Bolan also
appearing on the show.
1969 - The Jackson Five
made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on
The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969 - Diana Ross took
" Latino Casino" to court
for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an
exterminator in her dressing room.
1974 - George
Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1985 - Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami
Vice" playing a drug dealer.
1994 - David
Letterman invited Prince
to perform the song "Dolphin" on his show.
1993 - In
Los Angeles, Guns
N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage to play a solo on the tune
1997 - The children's TV characters The Teletubbies went
to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Teletubbies Say-eh-oh'. The single spent
a total of 32 weeks in the chart!!!!!
2000 - It
was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close
down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the
NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
2003 - Whilst
speaking on a stage regularly used by the Pope, Lauryn
Hill launched a blistering attack on the Catholic church, urging religious figures
to "repent". Former Fugees singer was playing a Christmas show in Vatican
City and took the opportunity to speak her mind about allegations of sexual abuse
in America, before an audience that included top Vatican cardinals, bishops and
the cream of Italian society.
2008 - Alexandra
Burke wins the fifth series of The X Factor.
1963 - Dinah Washington
died of a drug overdose at the age of 39. She had 34 top 10 hits on the Billboard
1966 - The Elvis Presley film
'Spinout', co-starring Shelley Fabares, premieres.
1967 - Dick
Clark announced that he was making a film, "The Love Children," about
1969 - The Jackson Five made their
first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan
1972 - Alexander's department store in
New York stayed open late so Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.
1977 - The film 'Saturday Night Fever' premiered
in New York.
1980 - Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute
silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death
six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor
- James Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker.
1992 - Merle Haggard and his wife Theresa Lane have a baby
that they name Binion Louis Haggard.
Merle also filed for bankruptcy protection this day.
1995 - Classified documents from the White House
were released that revealed the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war
activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported.
- After presenting this week's edition of
'Top Of The Pops', John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject of the TV
show 'This Is Your Life'.
- Billy Preston
agreed to testify against other defendants, after pleading
guilty to insurance fraud.
1999 - Former
Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney played a one-off gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool,
where the Beatles formed well over three decades earlier. It is the first time
since the 1963 that McCartney has played the Cavern.
- Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to No.1 on the UK singles
chart with 'Changes.' a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy on the Black Sabbath
album Volume IV in 1972.
2004 - 'The Aviator'
premiered in New York with singer songwriter Gwen Stefani playing the part Jean
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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..
- 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..
- 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.
- 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..
- 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
1967 - The Beatles'
Magical Mystery Tour album is certified gold.
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,
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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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.
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.
Births ... DEC:
Deaths ... DEC:
- Eugene H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast
on radio. He sang from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.
George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too
young to perform there with the Beatles.
first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released on Polydor records
after being rejected by the Decca label. It
peaked at No. 6 in the UK but failed to chart in USA .
1967 - The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull
was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.
Frank Zappa's 200 Motels film opened Piccadilly Classic Cinema, London, UK
1971 - Don McLean's eight-minute-plus version of "American
Pie" was released.
1973 - Stephen Stills
lost a paternity suit filed by a woman in California, and on this day ITV
broadcast a Barbra Streisand spectacular on UK TV, the set had been filmed at
1974 - Mott the Hoople breaks
1983 - The Who officially disbanded.
1991 - Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's
in Canada seeking $14,000 million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his
voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.
1993 - MTV aired Nirvana's New York "Unplugged"
session for the first time.
1997 - Singer Bobby
Brown settles out of court with Althea Durant who claims that she paid the performer
$30,000 for a show in Trinidad that he never played.
- A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London,
while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.
Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit
against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract.
The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered
on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.
2004 - Studio
8, the Detroit-area studio where Eminem recorded "My Name Is" for "The
Slim Shady LP" goes on sale on Internet auction site eBay. Eminem recorded
at Studio 8 in 1997; "The Slim Shady LP" was released in 1999. The recently
renovated, 700 square-foot Studio 8 is listed in eBay's commercial real estate
section for a bid of $215,000.
- 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.
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..
Births ... DEC:
Deaths ... DEC:
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.
- 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.
- 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..
- Drummer Keith Moon collapses at Who gig at Ricky Tick
Club in Windsor.
- Judy Garland and
The Supremes performed at the opening of the Astrodome in Houston.
- 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.
- 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'..
- 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
1977 - George Harrison played an unannounced
live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley- On- Thames.
- 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..
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..
Duran Duran, Frankie
Goes To Hollywood, Big Country, Paul Young and Ultravox, all appeared on the UK
TV show 'Razzmatazz Solid Gold Christmas Special'.
- Paul and Linda McCartney's limo caught fire en route to
a TV taping in Newcastle, UK. Luckily both musicians were unharmed.
- 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'.
- 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
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.
- 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 McCartneys 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..
- 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..
Births ... DEC:
Deaths ... DEC:
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.
- Bob Dylan played his first ever UK gig the at the Troubadour Club in
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..
- 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
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.
- 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'.
- Janis Joplin held auditions for her Kozmic Blues Band in San Francisco,
1969 - A new report indicated that 75% of
the $1 billion in music sales came from youths.
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono took out a full-page advertisement in the New
York Times saying "War is Over! If You Want It."
- 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.
- 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".
- Rolling Stone's Keith Richards married 27 year old Patti Hansen on his
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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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
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
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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Deaths ... DEC:
1955 - Carl Perkins
recorded his signature song "Blue Suede Shoes" at Sun Records in Memphis,
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..
- 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.
- 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.
- U.S. President Richard Nixon commended Mike Curb of MGM
Records for dropping acts, including Connie Francis, that purportedly advocated
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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
2001 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple
Pilots pleaded guilty in Las Vegas, Nevada to domestic battery.
- 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
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.
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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Deaths ... DEC:
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.
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.
- 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
1967 - Singer Ian Anderson formed
Jethro Tull with bassist Glenn Cornick in Blackpool, England..
- 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.
- Lead singer of the Raspberries, Eric Carmen debuted as
a solo artist on this date with his first single "All By Myself".
- Guitarist Joe Walsh, formerly with the James Gang, joined
Eagles as replacement for Bernie Leadon who left for a solo career
'Just Like Starting Over' gave John Lennon his first ever UK solo No.1 single,
days after he was shot dead..
1981 - Harry Krieger/Tom
Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls", 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..
1980 - Motorhead's Phil Taylor accidentally broke a bone
in his neck when partying after a gig in Belfast.
- "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theatre, New York City, for
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
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 - In
today's episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, a man was shot and another
wounded at a party for Ja Rule in Peoria, Illinois.
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
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
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
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.
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..
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Deaths ... DEC:
1960 - Elvis
Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with
the opening with his movie "Flaming Star."
1964 - Rolling
Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book 'Ode to a High Flying Bird' is published. It
is a book of text and drawings about Charlie Parker
1968 - Janis
Joplin takes her place alongside otherwise in-house bill at Stax/Volt Yuletide
party in Memphis. Other performers include Booker T, Staple Singers, Bar Kays
and Eddie Floyd
1970 - Elvis Presley goes to
the White House to volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation's
drug problems. He gives Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and receives a Narcotics
1971 - Martha & the Vandellas
1971 - Bulgarian
singer Boris Godjunov was one of the few survivors of a plane crash, a fatal air
disaster that killed fellow Bulgarian singer Pasha Hristova.
1991 - Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives'
by Queen started a five week run at No.1 in the UK, released as a tribute to Freddie
1995 - Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol,
issued a writ against the band seeking damages and royalties from his work on
('What's The Story) Morning Glory'
1996 - Tony
Bennett was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia.
Bennett was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President
and Mrs. Clinton when he fell ill.
1999 - Readers
of Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium.
Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium.
2005 - Madonna
was forced to cancel a romantic holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland after her
private jet broke down with technical difficulties at London Airport.
2005 - Elton John marries David Furnish in London. This
marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions the same legal
protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
2012 - Flavor
Flav teamed up with Gino Harmon and Salvatore Bitonti to start a national franchise
known as Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs, which opened in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
The restaurant closed in July 2013 after being evicted by its landlord for failure
to pay rent.
1967 - Appearing
at The Olympia, London 'Christmas On Earth Continued'. An all night festival featuring
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric
Burdon & The Animals, Soft Machine, DJ John Peel plus a paddling pool, light
shows and a movie theatre, tickets £1.
1968 - Eric
Burdon left the Animals.
1969 - John Lennon and
Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health,
John Munro and discuss drug abuse.
1972 - Little
Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Long Haired Lover From
Liverpool.' At nine years of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1
record, also the biggest seller of 72.
1975 - Ike and Tina Turner are robbed of $86,000
when a suitcase was stolen containing concert receipts.
- Kenny Jones joins Who, taking the place of the late Keith Moon
- At a rock & roll memorabilia auction in London, a stage suit worn
by John Lennon sold for £2,300, a letter from Paul McCartney to a fan sold
for £2,200 and a Perspex sculpture of John &
Yoko was bought by singer Kate Bush for £4,200.
1987 - Nikki
Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced 'dead on arrival' in an ambulance when his
heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline
in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his
2000 - Madonna marries film director
Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella
McCartney, Sting, Bryan
Adams, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi,
Celine Dion, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
2005 - Janet
Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005 according to Google; the singer
topped a list of searches with people looking for pictures from her infamous 'wardrobe
malfunction' at the 2004 Super Bowl when she exposed her right breast. At 6: Michael
Jackson, 7: American Idol, 8: Britney Spears
. . Italian
metal band Draugrs final performance took place at the Tipogragfia in Pescara,
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
lead singer with rock band Bitter Suite, said that Joe was "without doubt
the greatest rock/soul singer ever to come out of Britain".
1927 - Fiddlin' Arthur Smith made his solo debut as a fiddler
on the Grand Ole Opry He was made a member of The Opry in the 1920s.
1959 - Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14 year old
Janice Norine (who unbeknown to Berry was working as a prostitute), across a state
line. He was sentenced to 5 years jail but after racist comments by the judge
Berry was freed.
1957 - Tom and Jerry later known
as Simon and Garfunkel, release their first-ever single, 'Hey Schoolgirl'
1964 - During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous
breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to
concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands
1966 - The final show of BBC-TV's
"Ready, Steady Go!" was aired with the Who as special guest.
1969 - Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs
1977 - Cat Stevens converted to Islam
and changed his name to Yusef Islam.
1985 - Judas
Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to
the Judas Priest album Stained Class. The two had drunk beer, smoked
marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun
to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then
blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying
of effects of the shooting.
1989 - The second
version of 'Do They Know Its Christmas' by Band Aid II, went to No.1 on the UK
1991 - James Brown sued the producers
of the movie "The Commitments." Brown claimed that one of the characters
too closely resembled him. He lost the case.
1998 - BBC
1 TV aired the programme about the life of Robbie Williams, 'Some Mothers...'.
2005 - Geezer Butler, the bass player with Black
Sabbath offered £5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of
Toga, the three-month-old penguin which had been stolen from a zoo on the Isle
of Wight a few days earlier.
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.
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.
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
2005 - Rapper
Foxy Brown was handcuffed and threatened with jail after she stuck her tongue
out at a New York judge who asked her to stop chewing gum. She was in court on
charges of assaulting two nail salon workers during a row over payment.
- "Silent Night" was
performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.
- The first public performance
of the song "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, was performed on NBC's
radio show The Kraft Music Hall; a copy of the recording from the radio program
is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS News Sunday Morning
for their December 25th 2011, programme.
1958 - The first day of a 10 day residency in Alan Freeds
Christmas rock n' roll spectacular in New York with Chuck Berry, Frankie Avalon,
Dion, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.
1959 - Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first
drum set for Christmas. The 18 year old is currently working as an apprentice
1967 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher
become engaged, but they never married.
1969 - The
Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan
show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.
Iron Maiden is formed, in Leyton, east London, by bassist Steve Harris.
1977 - Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened.
- Public Image Ltd., featuring John Lydon, plays its first
gig, at Rainbow Theatre, London
1981 - Michael
Jackson phoned Paul McCartney and suggested they write and record together, the
first result being The Girl Is Mine. The song was a US No.2 &
UK No.8 in 1982.
1990 - James Brown, on 4 day leave from prison,
gives his first concert performance in two years in front of South Carolina soldiers.
The troops' leave had been cancelled because of the impending Gulf War.
- Michael Jackson
recorded his first interview since news of the allegations of sexual abuse with
a 12-year old boy. He told the CBS TV network he would 'slit his wrists' before
he would hurt a child.
2011 . . CBS
News Sunday Morning borrowed the
private copy of the 1941 recording
of NBC's radio show The Kraft Music Hall,
air, of Bing Crosby
performing "White Christmas" for the first time.
- Stevie Wonder arrived in the
UK for appearances on TV shows 'Ready Steady Go!' and 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1964 - Lulu and Marty Wilde appeared
in the pantomime 'Once Upon A Fairytale', at the Gaumont Theatre, Doncaster, England
1964 - The Rolling Stones placed an advertisement
in the music paper New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers and their
families a Happy Christmas.
1966 - The Jimi
Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club, London. Hendrix
also wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze in the dressing room on the same day.
1966 - John Lennon appeared as a men's room attendant
in Peter Cook's and Dudley Moore's BBC TV show 'Not only... But also'
- The Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after Paul Desmond left the
1973 - Paul and Linda McCartney presented
the UK TV BBC's 'Disney Time'.
1976 - The Sex
Pistols recorded 'God Save The Queen' at Wessex Studios London.
- Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell is hospitalized when his Jeep is hit head-on
by a wrong-way driver.
1988 - Shane McGowan
was arrested for smashing the glass from a shop window in a drunken rage. The
Pogues singer was later fined £250.
1998 - The
Spice Girls scored their 8th UK No.1 single with 'Goodbye', giving them the Christmas
No.1 for the third year in a row equalling the record set by The Beatles from
1963, 64 and 65.
2009 - Nowhere Boy, a biopic
about the young John Lennon, is released in the UK.
- The musical "Showboat" opened in New York.
1939 - "The Glenn Miller Show," also known as
"Music that Satisfies," debuted on CBS radio.
- While at KLLL radio station in Lubbock, Buddy Holly is
prompted by a bet to write a song in less than 30 minutes. Holly composes "You're
The One," which is recorded on the station's acetate machine. Buddy sings
and plays guitar, while Waylon Jennings and Ray "Slim" Corbin, the station's
deejays, provide percussion with hand-claps.
1969 - Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling
Stone magazine, on sale for 2/6,
1970 - "Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway
after a run of 2,844 performances.
1971 - The
"Sonny & Cher Show" begins a four and a half year run on CBS Television
1975 - The Faces split became official. Rod
Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron
Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance
and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.
1986 - Jackie Wilson had the Christmas UK No.1 single of
1986 with 'Reet Petite' 29 years after it first entered the charts.
1989 - A former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant
Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer
had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other
women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual
1992 - Harry Connick Jr was arrested at Kennedy Airport,
New York after police discovered a 9mm pistol in his hand luggage.
2005 - 'Crazy Frog' by Axel F was the best selling UK ringtone
of 2005. 'Tweet Tweet' by Sweetie Chick was the second and '(Is This The Way To)
Amarillo' by Tony Christie and Peter Kay was the third biggest seller. The UK
ringtone market was now worth more than double the value of the CD singles sales.
1968 - A
three day Miami Pop festival took place, the first major rock festival held on
the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood
Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific
Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.
1969 - "Temptations Day" was declared in
1970 - Carl Davis marries actress
1971 - Keith Moon comperes a concert
at Carnegie Hall for one of his favorite acts, Sha Na Na
1975 - In
Spokane, Washington, 25 year old David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent.
Gelfer is brought down by people in the audience , plus security guards and Gelfer
is charged with "intimidating with a weapon."
1976 - Public
demand forces the BBC to repeat Queen's 1975 concert on 'The Old Grey Whistle
1981 - Warner-Elektra-Atlantic
put the prices up
of their 45-rpm records
30cents, from $1.68 to $1.98.
1998 - BBC Radio
1 aired the 100 National Anthems, songs voted by listeners. At No.5 Radiohead,
'Creep', No.4 Underworld 'Born Slippy', No.3 The Verve 'Bitter Sweet Symphony',
No.2 Nirvana 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', No.1 Massive Attack 'Unfinished Sympathy'.
2001 - The original charge
against Marilyn Manson, of fourth-degree
criminal sexual misconduct, was reduced to disorderly conduct. A second charge,
a misdemeanor count of assault and battery allegedly
against a security guard.,
remained unchanged. The incident stemmed from a concert on July 30, 2001 in Clarkston,
2002 - Former glam
rocker, Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia after spending two nights in jail
over suspected sex offences.
2003 - 50 Cent's
debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was named the biggest selling album in the
US in 2003 with the album going platinum six times over.
2012 - American
country singer, Tracy Byrd performed "Amazing Grace" at the memorial
service for KFDM news anchor Bill Leger.
1956 - Elvis
Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending
1963 - The Weavers, founded in 1949
by Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes and Fred Hellerman gave their farewell
concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
1966 - The
Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on 'Top Of The Pops', performing 'Hey
1967 - Guitarist and singer Dave Manson
quit Traffic to start a solo career.
1968 - A
hundred thousand people see Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat and Iron
at the The Miami Pop Festival - the first festival to be held on the East Coast..
1975 - Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane
1980 - US singer, songwriter
Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose.
1982 - Jamaica
in honour of Bob Marley.
1999 - The Melody Maker Music of the Millennium Poll of
albums placed The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' at Number 1.
2002 - Sugar
voted Pink as their No.1 role model. The Top 10 was: 1. Pink; 2. Britney Spears;
3. Ms Dynamite; 4. Kelly Osbourne; 5. Kylie Minogue; 6. Victoria Beckham; 7. Avril
Lavigne; 8. Jennifer Lopez; 9. Sarah Michelle Geller and 10. Holly Valance.
1962 - Brenda
Lee lost her home and dog when her house was destroyed by fire.
- Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce their break-up during
gig at the Lyceum.
1969 - Peter Tork quit The
Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which left him broke.
1970 - Paul McCartney sued the other three Beatles to dissolve
the partnership and gain control of his interest.
1975 - Grace
Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane divorce.
1982 - Bob
Marley commemorative stamp issued in Jamaica
Krist Novoselic and Shelli Dilley were married.
- Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes pleads guilty in Atlanta
to arson charges. Her boyfriend, Andre Rison's $1 million mansion was destroyed
in the blaze.
1999 - George Harrison and his wife were attacked in their
home during a robbery. Though, Harrison was stabbed in the chest four times, he
and his wife were able to subdue the assailant until police arrived.
1999 - In the Queen's Millennium Honours, former Slade singer
Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and Mark Knopfler was awarded an OBE.
2002 - Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving by the
Arizona highway patrol. When asked to walk in a straight line she fell over, could
on one foot or count
to 30. She was twice over the drink drive limit.
1929 - Guy Lombardo
and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve
song for the first time.
1961 - Appearing at
Ritchie Valens' Memorial Concert at Long Beach, Beach Boys play their first show
under that name. (Previously they had been known as Pendletones and Carl and the
1969 - Jimi Hendrix introduced his
new Band of Gypsys at a show that was recorded and later released as the live
album "Band of Gypsys."
1970 - Paul
McCartney files a writ in London High Court against 'The Beatles and Co.', seeking
the legal dissolution of the partnership
1973 - Australian
band AC/DC made their live debut when they appeared at Chequers Bar in Sydney.
1973 - The first Scottish commercial radio station
Radio Clyde began broadcasting to Glasgow. The first record they played was "Song
of the Clyde" sung by Kenneth McKellar.
Mick Fleetwood phones Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, inviting them to join
Fleetwood Mac. 'He called us up sight unseen. We could've been the two heaviest
jerks he'd ever seen', says Nicks
1975 - Elvis
Presley performed for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, MI. He set a
world record for earning $800,000 for a single concert by a single artist.
1976 - Kathy
Kirby performed her hit song "Secret Love" on BBC1's A Jubilee Of Music,
celebrating British pop music for Queen Elizabeth II's impending Silver Jubilee.
1982 - Steve Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, married
1984 - Rick Allen, drummer
with Def Leppard, suffers car accident which leads to the eventual amputation
of his left arm.
1993 - Barbra Streisand performed
her first paid concert in 22 years at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.
The Rod Stewart concert at Copacabanain Rio de Janeiro,
where they appeared in front of a total estimated audience of over 3.5 million.
The Guinness Book of World Records states that this was "the staging of the
largest outdoor concert in history"
50 Cent and four other men were arrested and charged with two counts of criminal
possession of a weapon. Police had found two guns in the vehicle the men were
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