Monday, December 25, 2017

Today in Music History...December 25, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 25th:

     
 
 
2009 Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt dies from an overdose of muscle relaxants at age 45.

2009 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy (frontman for Redbone) dies of liver failure in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 63.

2008 Eartha Kitt dies of colon cancer in Weston, Connecticut, at age 81.

2008 Bluesman Robert Ward dies from a culmination of health issues, including two strokes, in Dry Branch, Georgia, at age 70.

2006 James Brown, age 73, dies of congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia.


1998 Bryan MacLean (guitarist and songwriter for Love), age 52, dies of a heart attack in a Los Angeles restaurant.

1998 Singer/actress Damita Jo dies at age 68 following a respiratory illness in Baltimore, Maryland.

1995 Dean Martin, also suffering from lung cancer, dies from acute respiratory failure due to emphysema at age 78. Las Vegas honors the legend by dimming the lights along the city's famous Strip.

1990 Soldiers in South Carolina are treated to a concert by James Brown, who is given a furlough from the work center where he is being detained so he can play for the troops. He includes his patriotic hit "Living In America" in the set.

1981 The J. Geils Band play a gig for prisoners at Boston's Norfolk Correctional Center, with lead singer Peter Wolf telling his captive audience, "We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside."

1977 At Ivanhoe's in Huddersfield, the The Sex Pistols play their last UK gig before their split. The show is a charity benefit for firemen who are on strike.

1972 Pop singer Dido is born Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong in Kensington, London, England.

1971 Noel Hogan (guitarist for The Cranberries) is born in Moyross, Limerick, England. He writes most of the music for their songs, with Dolores O'Riordan adding the lyrics.

1971 Melanie's "Brand New Key" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks.

1969 16-year-old Robbie Bachman of Winnipeg, Canada, receives his first drum kit for Christmas and begins to play along with his older brother, guitarist Randy. Just three years later, Randy asks him to join his new band, named Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

1967 Paul McCartney announces his engagement to Jane Asher (they break up eight months later without ever getting married).

1965 The Dave Clark Five's "Over And Over" hits #1.

1964 The Zombies headline Murray the K's Big Holiday Show in New York City.

1960 Twelve-year-old James Taylor gets his first guitar as a Christmas present.

1960 Mary Wells' "Bye Bye Baby" enters the charts.

1957 Shane MacGowan (lead singer-songwriter for The Pogues) is born in Pembury, Kent, England, to Irish parents.

1954 Robin Campbell (lead guitarist for UB40) is born in Birmingham, England.

1954 Up-and-coming R&B star Johnny Ace, age 25, is killed when he shoots himself backstage at a concert in Houston, possibly while playing Russian Roulette. His song "Pledging My Love" becomes a hit after his death.

1948 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is born in Houston, Texas. She would have her first #1 country hit with "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed" in 1978.

1948 Merry Clayton (named for Christmas) is born in New Orleans. A backup singer by trade, she is most famous for her incendiary vocal alongside Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter." She would later appear on the Coldplay song "Up & Up."

1946 Jimmy Buffett is born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, but would be raised in Mobile, Alabama.


1945 Noel Redding (bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience) is born David Noel Redding in Folkestone, Kent, England.

1945 Soul singer Steve Mancha, of 100 Proof (Aged in Soul), is born Clyde Darnell Wilson in Walhalla, South Carolina.

1944 Henry Vestine aka The Sunflower (guitarist for Canned Heat) is born in Takoma Park, Maryland.

1944 John Edwards (lead singer of The Spinners) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1943 Guitarist Trevor Lucas (of Fairport Convention) is born in Bungaree, Victoria, Australia. He learns to play the guitar to help with his dyslexia.

1937 O'Kelly Isley Jr. (the eldest of The Isley Brothers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1934 R&B singer McKinley Mitchell, known for the 1962 hit "The Town I Live In," is born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1929 Billy Horton of The Silhouettes is born in Hickory, North Carolina.

1929 R&B singer Chris Kenner is born in Kenner, Louisiana.

1915 Pete Rugolo, jazz composer and arranger, is born Pietro Rugolo in San Piero Patti, Sicily, Italy, but moves to Santa Rosa, California, by age 5. Known for his work with big band leader Stan Kenton.

1913 Singer/actor Tony Martin is born Alvin Morris in San Francisco, California. A steady presence on the pop charts throughout the '40s and '50s, his biggest hits are 1940's "It's a Blue World" (#2) and 1949's "There's No Tomorrow" (#2).

1907 Jazz singer Cab Calloway is born Cabell Calloway III in Rochester, New York. He would grow up in Baltimore, Maryland.

George Michael Dies

 
2016
George Michael dies of heart failure aged just 53 in bed at his riverside home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. He is found by his boyfriend, Australian hair stylist Fadi Fawaz.

Featured Events

 
2006 Alongside stars like Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson makes her acting debut in the movie Dreamgirls, based on the Supremes-inspired Broadway musical.

1995 Eminem's daughter, Hailie Jade, is born. He mentions her in many of his songs, and in 1999 her cooing appears on his track "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (where Em imagines killing Hailie's mother, Kim). Eminem gets her name tattooed on his arm.

1994 Green Day play Madison Square Garden in New York City. It's quite a leap for the band, which had been playing small clubs at the beginning of the year. During the show, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong performs wearing only socks and a strategically placed guitar.

1984 The twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso are born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia. They form The Veronicas.

1982 David Bowie and Bing Crosby's "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth," an unlikely duet broadcast five years earlier on Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas TV special, becomes an even more unlikely hit, reaching #1 in the UK.


1980 Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney to wish him Merry Christmas and suggest they write some songs together. They end up recording three duets together (including the lead single to Thriller), but their friendship ends when Jackson buys the publishing rights to McCartney's songs.

1954 Annie Lennox is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.




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