Tuesday, December 5, 2017

More Music History for December 5, 2017

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1956 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
The Alan Freed produced movie, Rock Rock Rock is released, with Tuesday Weld lip-synching to Connie Francis' voice.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Adam Faith's version of "What Do You Want" reaches number one in England. At just one minute, thirty eight seconds, it is the shortest song to ever top the UK chart. It was not a hit in America.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Lorne Green becomes the second Canadian solo artist (after Paul Anka) to have a number one hit on the Billboard singles chart when his spoken word recording about a Western gun fighter named Ringo reached the top. It made it to #22 in the UK. The star of NBC-TV's hit show Bonanza would record seven albums for RCA.

December 5
RCA announces that "Elvis' Christmas Album" has sold over 800,000 copies since being released in 1957.

December 5
The Zombies' debut single "She's Not There" tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 in the UK.

December 5
Britain's Julie Rogers cracks the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with "The Wedding", which will rise to #10. It would reach #3 in the UK and #1 in Australia, eventually selling over seven million copies world wide.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
An actual banquet held to launch the Rolling Stones' newest album, "Beggar's Banquet" comes to an abrupt end when a pie throwing fight breaks out.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Fleetwood Mac's tenth album goes Gold and will eventually reach Platinum status. This is the first LP by the regrouped band, including founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, veteran Christine McVie and newcomers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. The album contains the bands's first ever singles to crack the Billboard Top 40, "Over My Head" (#20), "Rhiannon" (#11) and "Say You Love Me" (#11).

December 5
"Gratitude", a double album by Earth, Wind And Fire becomes their fifth album to go Gold.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Just three days before John Lennon was murdered, he calls his Aunt Mimi to say he was homesick and was planning a trip back to England.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Don Henley and David Crosby helped raise $300,000 for children of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks by headlining a concert in Lowell, Mass. US Rep. Martin Meehan organized the benefit to help children of his district pay for future education expenses.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Billy Maybray, bassist / drummer / vocalist for The Jaggerz, died of cancer at the age of 60. Billy played drums on the band's 1970, Billboard #2 hit, "The Rapper" and wrote and sang their debut single, "Baby I Love You".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Boy George, the flamboyant former front man for Culture Club, was convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. 29-year-old Audun Carlsen had alleged he was handcuffed to a wall hook at the singer's east London apartment on April 28, 2007. Prosecutors said Carlsen was held by the singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, for under an hour. O'Dowd, who is 46, admitted he restrained Carlsen with handcuffs because he suspected him of having stolen private photos from his computer. Sentencing was set for a later date.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who reached #25 in America in 1961 with "Take Five", died of heart failure one day before his 92nd birthday. His planned birthday party was recast as a memorial tribute.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
A handwritten, working lyric sheet for Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" sold at Sotheby's for $197,000, well exceeding pre-sale estimates of between $70,000 and $100,000.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced that the all time most performed holiday songs were "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
Ringo Starr's personal copy of "The Beatles" (The White Album), numbered 0000001, sold for a world record $790,000 at Julien's Live auction. The auction house said the sale of the LP broke a record set earlier in the year when Elvis Presley's first acetate recording sold for $300,000.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

December 5
James Taylor, Mavis Staples and The Eagles were among the honorees at this year's Kennedy Center ceremony in Washington D.C. hosted by comedian and Late Show host Stephen Colbert.

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