Thursday, December 22, 2016

Today in Music History...December 22, 2016

Music History: December 22

 

 

Births

1937: Red Steagall
1944: Barry Jenkins (The Nashville Teens, The Animals)
1948: Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
1949: Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees), Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees)

Deaths

1992: Albert King
2003: Dave Dudley

Events

1956: Billboard announces that Elvis Presley has notched seventeen chart hits this year alone. (Pat Boone only manages five.)
1966: Acting on an earlier order from John Lennon, producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick manage to adjust the tape speeds of two completely different versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever" in order to create the track we know today.
1968: Singer Eric Burdon leaves the Animals for a solo career.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health John Munro to discuss drug abuse.
1975: Ike and Tina Turner's suitcase, containing $86,000 in concert receipts, is stolen.
1976: Isaac Hayes files for bankruptcy.
1978: Faces' drummer Kenney Jones joins the Who, replacing Keith Moon, who had died from an accidental overdose of anti-alcoholic medications two months earlier.
 1978: The stage version of Harry Nilsson's musical The Point opens in London, featuring ex-Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.
1979: The Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea benefit premieres at London's Hammersmith Odeon, featuring organizer Paul McCartney, the Who, Queen, and an all-star "Rockestra."
1981: A Sotheby's auction in London features an enameled Abbey Road street sign ($600), an autographed program from the Beatles' Royal Command Performance ($2,000), a letter of introduction from Buddy Holly to Decca Records (also $2,000), the marriage certificate of John Lennon and first wife Cynthia ($850), an autographed program from the world premiere of the Beatles' movie Help! ($2,100) and a jacket once worn by Tom Jones ($12).
1991: Gregg Allman makes his acting debut as a drug kingpin in the movie Rush.

Releases

1962: The Rebels, "Wild Weekend"

Recording

1941: Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, "Blues in the Night"

Certifications

1972: Joni Mitchell's For the Roses album is certified gold
1976: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's Live Bullet album is certified gold

Charts

1958: The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" hits #1
1962: The Tornadoes' "Telstar" hits #1
1979: Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" hits #1

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