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Monday, December 18, 2017

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1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
After reaching #15 with "Tonight I Fell In Love" earlier in the year, a Brooklyn, New York group called The Tokens scored the top tune on the Billboard charts with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

December 18
Le Roy Van Dyke achieved the rare feat of having a Country song cross over to the Billboard Pop chart when "Walk On By" peaked at #5. Five years earlier he also had a Top 20 hit with "Auctioneer" and would return the following Spring with "If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)", which would reach #35.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
The Beatles return to Hamburg, Germany for the fifth and final time, where they will play a twelve night run at The Star Club.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Funeral services are held in Chicago for Sam Cooke. A crowd of fans break the glass doors and cause other damage to the A.R. Leak Funeral Home and so many of them surround the limo of James Brown, he is forced to leave.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
A New York Times article estimates that the youth audience in America accounts for 75-percent of the $1 billion spent annually on recorded music.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
"I Gotcha" by Joe Tex is released by Dial Records. The song will reach #1 on the Billboard R&B chart in late January 1972, largely because of the publicity caused by way Tex slurred the line "Told you not to play with my affection," which causes many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.

December 18
Sly And The Family Stone had the number one album on the Billboard chart with "There's A Riot Going On". The original title of the LP was "Africa Talks to You", but was renamed in response to Marvin Gaye's landmark album "What's Going On".

1982 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Hall And Oates overtook The Everly Brothers as the top recording duo of all time when their biggest hit, "Maneater" reached number 1 on the US singles chart. It made #6 in the UK.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
With Mick Jagger as the best man, Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen during a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple have two daughters, Theodora Richards and Alexandra Richards.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Gilbert O'Sullivan wins an injunction that prevents rapper Biz Markie from sampling his 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)" for a new Rap single called "Alone Again".

2003 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Michael Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under the age of fourteen and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
A Gibson SG guitar that George Harrison used during the recording of "Revolver" and John Lennon played on "The Beatles" (the White Album) sold for 294,000 Pounds ($570,000) at an auction in New York.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
British plane passengers were left fuming when Madonna was allowed to leave a diverted Virgin aircraft two hours before other travelers. The material girl was onboard a flight from New York to London, but the plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport because of heavy snowfall.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Mick Jagger appears on The Late Show With David Letterman where he read The Top 10 Things I've Learned After 50 Years In Rock And Roll. One of the things on the list was "Nobody wants to hear anything from your new album."

December 18
The Discovery Channel announced that because of poor ratings, Ted Nugent's reality TV show American Guns was not being renewed and that they had no plans to air any re-runs.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
Larry Henley, the lead singer of The Newbeats, died of Lewy Body Dementia at the age of 77. His group placed four songs in the Billboard Top 40, including the #2 hit "Bread And Butter" in 1964. He later enjoyed a prolific song writing career which included Bette Midler's 1989 #1 song, "Wind Beneath My Wings".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 18
The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies performed together for the first time in twenty years when Ray joined his brother on stage at London's Islington Assembly Hall. The pair performed their 1964 smash "You Really Got Me" and re-ignited hope that the Davies brothers would put aside their years of bickering and animosity and reform the band.

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2015 Dallas Taylor, former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young drummer, dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease in Los Angeles, California, at age 66.

2015 John Legend and Common perform "Glory" (from the movie Selma) at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor the march King led from the bridge to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

2008 Amid casting sessions for American Idol, Clay Aiken makes his Broadway debut in New York City in Monty Python's Spamalot.

1990 Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented eighteen-night concert stay at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1989 The Fourth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.

1987 Steve Winwood marries Eugenia Grafton.

1985 USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1983 Samantha Mumba, known for her hit debut single "Gotta Tell You" (2000), is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1980 Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

1980 Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager are sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail on charges of tax evasion, which soon brings the legendary disco to an end.

1978 Neil Sedaka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Concert takes place the night before the swearing-in, featuring performances by Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin, among others. John Lennon and Paul Simon are among those spotted in the crowd.

1977 Michael Tierney is born in Sydney, Australia. He and his brother, Andrew, along with next-door neighbor schoolmates Phil Burton and Toby Allen form the Australian boy band Human Nature while they are students at Hurlstone Agricultural High School in Sydney.

1975 Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago officially declares today Bobby Vinton Day as a tribute to the artist.

1975 Barry Manilow's "Mandy" hits #1.

1973 The Rolling Stones perform a benefit concert for the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua, where Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from. The show raises $400,000.

1971 KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis is born in Bakersfield, California.

1971 The McCann-Erickson advertising agency takes a meeting with British songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway to record a Coca-Cola commercial with the group the New Seekers. That will eventually become "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing." While it initially attracts little attention on its radio release, it becomes a smash hit as a TV ad filmed with a globally diverse cast performing on a hillside outside Rome. The commercial, titled simply "Hillside" and costing a whopping $250,000 to film, is first aired in July 1971, and becomes a smash hit with many sequels, including a Christmas version filmed at night with a choir holding candles on a hillside in a tree formation. The commercials become some of the most successful and iconic ever filmed, and in a way herald in the dawn of the globalization era. They also make chart-topping stars of the New Seekers.

1970 DJ Quik is born David Marvin Blake in Compton, California.

1969 Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use.

1969 The Beatles' album Yellow Submarine enters the charts.

1966 Lyricist Fred Wise dies aged 50 in New York, the city of his birth.

1965 Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.

1960 Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1956 Tom Bailey (lead vocalist for Thompson Twins) is born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

1953 Brett Hudson is born in Portland, Oregon, the youngest in The Hudson Brothers lineup.

1948 The Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour debuts on the Dumont network, a spinoff of Major Bowes' popular radio series. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone, among others, are discovered via the program.

1944 "Legs" Larry Smith (drummer for Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) is born in Oxford, England.

1944 New York City's Metropolitan Opera House holds its first Jazz concert, featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

1943 English composer/keyboardist Dave Greenslade is born in Woking, Surrey, England.

1941 Country/pop singer Bobby Goldsboro is born in Marianna, Florida.

1941 David Ruffin (of The Temptations) is born in Meridian, Mississippi. He takes the lead on the hits "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg."

1939 Louis Armstrong records "Jeepers Creepers."

1928 Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose premieres at the Maliy Opera Theatre in Leningrad.

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1996 Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.

1974 Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs, and King Crimson's Boz Burrell unite to form the band Bad Company.

1973 Elton John issues his sixth studio album, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player. It features two of his most popular songs: the '50s flashback "Crocodile Rock" (Elton's first #1 hit in America) and the Vietnam War-inspired "Daniel."More

1968 At a White House luncheon to discuss the rise in urban crime, Eartha Kitt gets into a notorious spat with First Lady Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson, declaring, "Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason." Although accounts of the entire argument differ, Kitt is subsequently blackballed in America.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It happened one day near December's end, Two neighbors called on an old friend...

The Christmas Guest
Johnny Cash

 "The Christmas Guest"

It happened one day near December's end,
Two neighbors called on an old friend.
And they found his shop so meager and lean
Made gay with thousand bows of green
And Conrad was sitting with face a-shine
When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine
And he said "Old friends, at dawn today,
When the cock was crowing the night away
The Lord appeared in a dream to me
And said "I'm coming your guest to be."
So I've been busy with feet astir
Strewing my shop with branches of fern.
The table is spread and the kettle is shined.
And over the rafters the holly is twined.
Now I'll wait for my Lord to appear
And listen closely so I will hear
His step as He nears my humble place.
And I'll open the door and look on His face.
So his friends went home and left Conrad alone
For this was the happiest day he had known,
For long since, his family had passed away
And Conrad had spent many a sad Christmas Day.
But he knew with the Lord as his Christmas Guest
This Christmas would be the dearest and best.
So he listened with only joy in his heart
And with every sound he would rise with a start
And look for the Lord to be at his door.
Like the vision he had had a few hours before.
So he ran to the window after hearing a sound
But all he could see on the snow covered ground
Was a shabby beggar whose shoes were torn
And all of his clothes were ragged and worn.
But Conrad was touched and he went to the door
And he said, "You know, your feet must be frozen and sore.
I have some shoes in my shop for you
And a coat that will keep you warmer too."
So with grateful heart the man went away
But Conrad noticed the time of day
And wondered what made the Lord so late
And how much longer he'd have to wait.
When he heard a knock, he ran to the door
But it was only a stranger once more.
A bent old lady with a shawl of black
With a bundle of kindling piled on her back.
She asked for only a place to rest
But that was reserved for Conrad's Great Guest.
But her voice seemed to plead "Don't send me away,
Let me rest for awhile on Christmas Day",
So Conrad brewed her a steaming cup
And told her to sit at the table and sup.
But after she left he was filled with dismay
For he saw that the hours were slipping away
And the Lord hadn't come as he said he would.
Then Conrad felt sure he had misunderstood.
When out of the stillness he heard a cry
"Please help me and tell me where am I?"
So again he opened his friendly door
And stood disappointed as twice before.
It was only a child who'd wandered away
And was lost from her family on Christmas Day.
Again Conrad's heart was heavy and sad
But he knew he should make the little girl glad.
So he called her in and he wiped her tears
And quieted all her childish fears.
Then he led her back to her home once more
But as he entered his own darkened door
He knew the Lord was not coming today.
For the hours of Christmas had passed away
So he went to his room and knelt down to pray
And he said "Dear Lord, why did you delay?
What kept you from coming to call on me?
For I wanted so much your face to see."
When soft in the silence a voice he heard.
"Lift up your head for I kept my word.
Three times my shadow crossed your floor
And three times I came to your lonely door.
I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet
And I was the woman you gave something to eat.
I was the child on the homeless street.
Three times I knocked, and three times I came in.
And each time I found the warmth of a friend.
Of all the gifts, love is the best.
And I was honored to be your Christmas Guest.

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1954 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Bill Haley And His Comets put the first Rock and Roll song on the UK singles chart with "Rock Around The Clock", which would later peak at number 4.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
While their hit "Only You" was still at #2, The Platters' "The Great Pretender" enters the Billboard R&B chart at #13.

December 17
Tennessee Ernie Ford's version of "Sixteen Tons" is number one on both the Billboard Pop and Country & Western charts. The song was first recorded in 1946 by American Country singer Merle Travis.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" enters the Billboard Pop chart for the first time, where it will reach #6. It will make the chart again in December 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1962.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
James Carroll at WWDC in Washington, DC, became the first disc jockey to broadcast a Beatles' record on American airwaves. Carroll played "I Want To Hold Your Hand", which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend, who brought the single back from Britain. 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.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
The Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" enters the Billboard Pop chart, where it will peak at #2 during its eleven week run.

December 17
The Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love" enters the Billboard Hot 100. During a ten week stay, the record will peak at #6. It also reaches #2 on the R&B chart.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
An estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to see 36 year old Tiny Tim marry 17 year old Victoria May Budinger, whom he refers to as "Miss Vicki", on The Tonight Show. For appearing on the program, they received a free reception, wedding apparel, hair styling, flowers and a honeymoon in the Bahamas. The couple would later have one daughter, Tulip, but divorced in 1972.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
The Beach Boys play a command performance for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Elvis Costello appears on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, where producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow him to perform "Radio, Radio" because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry. A few measures into "Less than Zero", Costello halts his group and goes into "Radio, Radio". He was never invited back.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Paul McCartney and Wings played the Glasgow Apollo where they recorded a live version of "Coming Up", which would rise to number two in the UK and top the Billboard chart in America, selling over four million copies. They closed the show with "Mull Of Kintyre", accompanied by the same pipers and drummers from the Campbelltown Pipe Band who appeared on the record.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Karen Carpenter made her last public appearance, singing Christmas carols at Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Paul McCartney's limo catches fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. Both he and his wife Linda escape unharmed.

December 17
The Doobie Brothers reunite for a benefit in Palo Alto, California. The performance inspires a reunion tour the next year and leads to one last Billboard Top Ten hit, 1989's "The Doctor".

1994 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
A remixed version of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" re-enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will stay for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in history. The song reached #1 the first time out and #14 during its second stay.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards decides to keep a guitar that he was asked to autograph, outside his birthday party at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. The owner of the guitar decides not to press charges saying, "It's Keith, man."

December 17
Rex Allen, a musician and actor who had a US Top 20 hit with a song called "Don't Go Near The Indians" in 1962, died after suffering a heart attack and was later accidentally run over in the driveway of his home by his caretaker. The 78 year old Allen was also known as the narrator in many Disney nature and Western film productions, which earned him the nickname, "The Voice of the West."

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert FX Sillerman in a deal worth $100,000,000. Sillerman will run Presley's Memphis home, Graceland, will own Elvis' name and likeness, as well as the rights to his photographs and revenue from his music and films. Lisa Marie will retain ownership of Graceland and many of her father's personal effects. The agreement was to pay her $53 million in cash and absolve her of $25m in debts owed by the estate. She will also receive shares in the new company expected to be worth more than $20 million. Actress Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie's mother and Presley's former wife, remained executive consultant to the business.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Dennis Payton, saxophonist for The Dave Clark Five, died of cancer at the age of 63.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Insisting that he has let go of all his "anger and bitterness", John Lennon's son Julian said that he has finally forgiven his late father for walking out on him as a child. "I realized if I continued to feel that anger and bitterness towards my dad, I would have a cloud hanging over my head." After John was murdered in 1980, it was revealed that he had left very little to Julian in his will.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Don Van Vliet, who became a Rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died from complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 69. He rose to prominence in the 1960s with a unique style of Blues-inspired, experimental Rock 'n' Roll. His "Trout Mask Replica" LP was #58 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 17
Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller would be inducted into the shrine at their ceremony next April.

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2015 Police are called to the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas in the wee hours of the morning, where a fight involving The Weeknd is raging. The R&B singer is arrested after allegedly punching a cop who tries to intervene.

2012 Johnny Otis, the bandleader and talent scout who discovered Etta James, dies at age 90.

2011 Don Kirshner (promoter behind The Monkees, The Archies) dies of heart failure at age 76.

2008 After stopping off at a local shop in London on her way home from visiting her husband, who remains in prison, Amy Winehouse blows off some steam and attacks a photographer, which leads to the singer being escorted away by the police.

2006 Kristen Hall announces she is leaving Sugarland. According to a statement by fellow bandmates, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, Hall chose to quit so she could "stay home and write songs."

2000 Garth Brooks is named the 1990s' Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards, having sold more than 95 million albums, more than any other American recording artist.

1992 Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1990 The Fifth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who.

1986 Olivia Newton-John gives birth to her daughter, Chloe. The father is her husband Matt Lattanzi, who co-starred with Olivia in Xanadu.

1976 Barry Manilow's "I Write The Songs" hits #1.

1976 Earth, Wind and Fire's album Gratitude hits #1 in America.

1974 Singer Dino Martin (not to be confused with his more famous father, Dean) is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of firearms. He is arraigned and released the next day on $5,000 bail.

1972 Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, is renamed "Elvis Presley Blvd."

1971 Kid Rock is born Robert James Ritchie in Romeo, Michigan.

1971 Halftime entertainment at Super Bowl V in Miami comes courtesy of the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band. Marvin Gaye does the national anthem.

1970 Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" peaks at #76, where it will stay for one week.

1970 R&B singer Billy Stewart dies in a car accident in North Carolina at age 32.

1969 Elton John releases "Lady Samantha."

1968 Elvis Presley records "U.S. Male."

1960 Berlin bassist John Crawford is born in California.

1959 Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1956 Paul Young ("Everytime You Go Away")is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1955 Country rocker Steve Earle is born in Fort Monroe, Virginia.

1949 Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones guitarist) is born in Welwyn Garden City, but raised in nearby Hatfield, England.

1945 R&B singer William Hart (of The Delfonics) is born in Washington, D.C.

1944 French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy is born in Paris.

1943 '60s singer Chris Montez is born Ezekiel Christopher Montanez in Los Angeles, California.

1942 Cassius Clay is born in Louisville, Kentucky. Later changing his name to Muhammad Ali, he becomes a champion boxer and one of the world's most famous athletes. His clever, boastful raps during interviews and other public appearances influence hip-hop, and he becomes an icon of the genre. He is also one of the first athletes to make music: his cover of "Stand By Me" is a minor hit in 1964.

1941 Gene Krupa records "Drum Boogie."

1927 Eartha Kitt is born in North, South Carolina.

1920 Jazz composer George Handy is born George Joseph Hendleman in New York City.

1913 Jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Vido Musso is born in Carini, Italy.

1712 English composer John Stanley is born in London.

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1996 David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, and The Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1993 Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, and Diana Ross perform at President Bill Clinton's inauguration ceremonies.

1992 The movie Juice opens in theaters, starring Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah and Cindy Herron of En Vogue.

1967 London's Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in "A Day In The Life."

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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1907 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Eugene Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio when he sang "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Culture Club would take a different song with the same title to number one in 1982.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Elvis Presley gives his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport. Originally signed in October, 1954, Presley made 50 appearances on the show. The immediate and enormous demand for more of Presley's new kind of Rockabilly music actually resulted in a sharp decline in the popularity of the Louisiana Hayride, that until that point had been strictly a Country music venue.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Jimi Hendrix released his first single, "Hey Joe". The record made it to number 6 in the UK, but failed to chart at all in America. He followed with "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary", "All Along the Watchtower" and "Voodoo Chile", all of which made the British Top 10, but in America, only "All Along the Watchtower" reached the Top 40, peaking at number 20.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Five singles and five albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival were certified Gold. The singles were: "Down on the Corner", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", "Travelin' Band", "Bad Moon Rising" and "Up around the Bend". The LPs were "Cosmo's Factory", "Willy and the Poor Boys", "Green River", "Bayou Country" and "Creedence Clearwater Revival".

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Bay City Rollers earn a Gold record for their first US single, "Saturday Night". They will go on to have five more Billboard Top 40 hits.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Bee Gees are awarded a Gold record for "How Deep is Your Love", the fourth of their nine Billboard number one singles. The song would become the subject of a copyright infringement suit five years later when an amateur songwriter named Ronald Selle claimed the brothers Gibb lifted the melody from a composition he'd written called "Let It End". The case was decided in Selle's favor, but the verdict was overturned a few months later.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's Restaurants of Canada seeking $14 million in damages because they allegedly used an imitation of his voice. The song "The Twist" had been used in a French fry commercial.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
With stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson's alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes one of the first to announce that it will no longer play the singer's records.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" peaks at number 2 on the UK charts and number 6 in the US. Written by John Lennon and performed by him on piano as a rough demo shortly before he was murdered, the track was completed by the remaining Beatles at Paul McCartney's home studio.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Pop singer Nicolette Larson, best known for her hit version of Neil Young's "Lotta Love" in 1978, passed away at the age of 45. She had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank with massive liver failure and was then transferred to UCLA Medical Center, where she died from an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Stuart Adamson, a highly regarded Scottish guitarist who led his band Big Country into Billboard's Top 20 in 1983 with "In A Big Country", committed suicide by hanging himself in a hotel room in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 43.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
56 year old singer / songwriter Dan Fogelberg died after a three year battle with prostate cancer. His hits "Longer" (#2), "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), "Hard To Say" (#7) and "Leader of the Band" (#9) helped define the Soft Rock era of the '70s and '80s,

2010 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Paul McCartney paid tribute to his Beatles band mate John Lennon during an appearance on Saturday Night Live where he performed "A Day in the Life" and then thrilled viewers with a cover version of his late friend's anti-war anthem "Give Peace a Chance".

December 16
A spokesman for the British Recorded Music Industry said that over 7.7 million people illegally downloaded 1.2 billion tracks this year. Calling for swift action to be taken, he went on to say "It is a parasite that threatens to deprive a generation of talented young people of their chance to make a career in music, and is holding back investment in the burgeoning digital entertainment sector."

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Legendary American radio host Casey Kasem was laid to rest at Norway's Vestre Gravlund Cemetery. After Kasem died June 15 at the age of 82, his wife Jean Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem waged a public battle over the burial site. Jean wanted Kasem interred in Norway because of her own Norwegian heritage and because her plans to relocate there would allow her to visit him.

December 16
Rock Scully, the manager of The Grateful Dead from their early Haight-Ashbury days up until 1985, passed away at a Monterey, California hospital. He was 73.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Michael Jackson's "Thriller" had sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multi-Platinum status.

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Music History: December 16th:


2016 Bruce Springsteen begins The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album The River is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.

2015 Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

2008 Radiohead is slated to perform a free gig at a small record store in London, but nearly 1,500 fans turn up, forcing the band to move the show to a nearby club.

2006 The Japanese government names female pop duo Puffy as goodwill ambassadors to the United States.

2002 A section of Interstate 80 in California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

1999 At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays "Ventura Highway." Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.

1996 Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.

1992 Eric Clapton records Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album wins six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year.

1991 The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner.

1988 Tina Turner performs at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to a sell-out crowd of 180,000 - at the time, this sets a new record for attendance at a performance of a solo artist.

1981 The TV series Harper Valley P.T.A., inspired by the Jeannie C. Riley song and the 1978 movie of the same name, airs on NBC. Barbara Eden reprises her role as scandalous single mom Stella Johnson.

1980 Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, which lands him 10 days in a Tokyo jail upon arrival. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."

1979 Aaliyah is born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn, New York.

1979 Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers becomes final.

1979 Roger Miller sings a medley of songs on The Muppet Show. He also sings "In the Summertime" in a patch of musically skilled watermelons and drops the bombshell news that he, like the all-chicken cast of Vet's Hospital, once suffered from "Cluckitis."

1976 The television variety show Donny and Marie, starring Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC.

1975 Jazz musician Paul Beaver (of Beaver and Krause) dies at age 49.

1975 Sly and the Family Stone fail to attract much notice with their eight-show, six-night "comeback" bid at Radio City Music Hall.

1975 McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They stay through Mardi Gras.

1973 Gospel singer Clara Ward (leader of The Famous Ward Singers) dies at age 48 after suffering two strokes.

1973 Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. His concert had not been advertised due to a strike by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan.

1972 David Seville (real name: Ross Bagdasarian), who created The Chipmunks, dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1971 At a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."

1970 John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit at the Arts Gallery in London is closed down by Scotland Yard. The original Lennon lithographs in the exhibit are ruled obscene. Eight prints are confiscated.

1968 Elvis Presley records "Goin' Home" and "Stay Away."

1965 The Guess Who release their debut album, Shakin' All Over.

1964 The musical Hello, Dolly! opens on Broadway, starring Carol Channing in the title role. The show is a huge hit, and a recording of the title song by Louis Armstrong goes to #1 in May, knocking The Beatles out of the top spot.

1962 Paul Webb (bassist for Talk Talk) is born in Essex, England.

1962 Maxine Jones (of En Vogue) is born in Paterson, New Jersey.

1960 In Britain, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appear together on ITV's pop show Boy Meets Girl.

1959 Sade is born Helen Folasade Adu in Nigeria.

1958 Elvis Presley records "Dixieland Rock," "Lover Doll," "Don't Ask Me Why," "As Long As I Have You," and "Steadfast, Loyal and True."

1957 Little Richard records "Lucille."

1957 Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop charts.

1957 The Cavern Club, where The Beatles cut their teeth, opens in Liverpool, England.

1950 Damo Suzuki (lead singer of the German band Can) is born Kenji Suzuki in Japan.

1948 John Carpenter, horror film director and composer, is born in Carthage, New York. Known for Halloween, The Thing, and Christine.

1944 Country pop singer Jim Stafford is born in Winter Haven, Florida. His first charting hit is "Swamp Witch" in 1973.

1943 Ronnie Milsap is born in Robbinsville, North Carolina. He becomes country music's first successful blind singer, starting with his first chart-topper, "Pure Love," in 1974.

1942 Billy Francis (keyboardist for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) is born in Mississippi.

1942 Electric blues guitarist Barbara Lynn, known for the 1962 R&B hit "You'll Lose A Good Thing," is born Barbara Lynn Ozen in Beaumont, Texas.

1942 Kay Kyser records "A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal)."

1939 Ray Phillips (of The Nashville Teens) is born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Wales.

1934 Bob Bogle (lead guitarist, bassist for The Ventures) is born in Oklahoma.

1932 Duke Ellington records "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing)."

1929 Jazz drummer G.T. Hogan is born in Galveston, Texas.

1908 Broadway entertainer Ethel Merman is born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in Astoria, Queens.

Benny Goodman Brings Jazz To Carnegie Hall

1938Clarinetist Benny Goodman, who many call an improvisational genius, breaks through cultural barriers to play the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

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1988 George Harrison hits #1 with "Got My Mind Set On You," becoming the act with the longest time between #1 hits - it was 24 years since "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." The Beach Boys break this record when "Kokomo" hits #1.

1965 Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top."