Friday, December 29, 2017

More Music History for December 29, 2017

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1963 -

December 29
The Weavers, who at one time were America's most popular Folk group, give their farewell concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The group had hits in the late '40s and early '50s with songs like "Goodnight Irene" and "On Top of Old Smokey".

December 29
Johnny Tillotson's "Talk Back Trembling Lips" becomes the tenth of his fourteen Billboard Top 40 hits when it peaks at #7 during a ten week stay. He, along with many others, would soon be overwhelmed by teen audiences' preference for English music that the press would dub "The British Invasion."

1964 -

December 29
The Liverpool Youth Employment Service announced that some applicants were finding it difficult to get jobs because their Beatle style haircuts and clothing were unacceptable to employers.

1966 -

December 29
The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show Top Of The Pops, performing "Hey Joe".

1967 -

December 29
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Dave Mason quits Traffic, one of the UK's most popular and successful Rock bands, to embark on a solo career.

1968 -

December 29
The first big Rock festival held on the east coast, The Miami Festival, gets under way in Hallandale, Florida. Tickets sell for six and seven dollars and 100,000 people turn out for the three day event. Those appearing include the hottest acts of the day, Jose Feliciano, Procol Harem, Three Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, Canned Heat and Joni Mitchell.

1973 -

December 29
Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" tops the Hot 100, the second of three posthumous hits for the late singer / songwriter.

1980 -

December 29
Singer / songwriter Tim Hardin died at age 40 of a heroin overdose in his Hollywood apartment. He is best remembered for "If I Were a Carpenter" (a hit for Bobby Darin in 1966 and the Four Tops in 1968) and "Reason to Believe" (a hit for Rod Stewart in 1971).

1982 -

December 29
Jamaica issues a Bob Marley commemorative stamp in honor of the late Reggae star.

2010 -

December 29
The trade publication Pollstar reported that Bon Jovi was the highest earning touring act of the year, taking in over $200 million (130.7m Pounds). Australian rockers AC/DC landed at number two for the second year in a row, with tickets sales from their recent trek totaling $177m (115m Pounds). U2, which was the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at third place with ticket sales totaling $160.9m (104.6 Pounds). Lady Gaga followed in fourth place, with Metallica at number five.

2011 -

December 29
Robert Lee Dickey, who performed as Bobby Purify in the '60s Soul duo James And Bobby Purify, passed away at the age of 72. The pair is most often remembered for their 1966, Billboard Top 10 hit, "I'm Your Puppet".

2014 -

December 29
74-year-old Ringo Starr revealed plans for a new album in 2015 and hinted at a North American tour that would kick off in February or March. That album turned out to be "Postcards from Paradise", which was produced completely by Starr himself and was recorded with a little help from his friends Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Todd Rundgren and several others.

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