Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today in Music History...December 8, 2016

Music History: December 8

 

Births

1914: Floyd Tillman
1921: Johnny Otis
1925: Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Smith
1939: Jerry Butler (The Impressions)
1942: Bobby Elliott (The Hollies)
1943: Jim Morrison (The Doors)
1946: Graham Knight (Marmalade)
1947: Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band)

Deaths

1980: John Lennon
1981: Big Walter Horton
1982: Marty Robbins
1991: Buck Clayton

Events

1960: Teen idol Fabian visits Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Elvis rips his pants demonstrating his new passion, karate, and Fabian lends him his pair.
1962: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City and testifies to receiving money from labels to play their records on the air. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done.
1963: Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, NV, and freed three days later after his famous father pays the $240,000 ransom. The three men responsible are eventually caught and incarcerated.
1969: In a Toronto, Canada courtroom, Jimi Hendrix testifies in his trial for posession of hashish and heroin. Claiming to have "outgrown" drugs, the guitarist gives a very detailed history of his drug use. After eight hours, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty.
1975: The benefit concert "A Night of the Hurricane" is held at Madison Square Garden. The last date on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the show features many non-musical celebrities and raises over $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Carter and his alleged accomplice. Carter himself calls the stage from jail.
1976: The Carpenters' Very First Special, featuring guest star John Denver, airs on ABC.
1980: At 11:07 PM EST, former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in New York by a deranged fan just outside the Dakota Hotel, New York City. Lennon is shot in his chest, back and left arm and is pronounced dead thirty minutes later. Earlier that day, the killer had met Lennon outside the Dakota and had him sign a copy of his latest album, Double Fantasy.
1995: Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.
1998: The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne suffers several fractures in his upper body in an ATV accident.

Releases

1961: The Beach Boys, "Surfin'"
1967: The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour (UK EP)
1967: Traffic, Mr. Fantasy

Recording

1941: Ray Eberle and The Modernaires with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, "Moonlight Cocktail"
1960: Henry Mancini, "Moon River"
1966: The Beatles: "Strawberry Fields Forever," "When I'm Sixty-Four"
1969: The Beatles, "Octopus's Garden"

Certifications

1972: Carly Simon's No Secrets album is certified gold

Charts

1954: The Drifters' "White Christmas" enters the R&B charts
1956: Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" hits #1
1979: Styx's "Babe" hits #1

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