Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Music History for December 19, 2017

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1955 - 
December 19
Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes", a song that he wrote after seeing a young man get angry at his date for scuffing his shoes. Even though today we more often hear Elvis Presley's version, it only made it to number 20 on the Billboard Top 100 during a five week stay, while was Perkins' original went to number 2 and stayed on the chart for 17 weeks.

1964 - 
December 19
"Come See About Me", the third release from The Supremes album "Where Did Our Love Go", becomes their third straight US number one single.

December 19
The Beatles fourth album, "Beatles For Sale", started a seven-week run at the top of the UK album chart. It would stay in the Top 20 for an amazing 46 weeks.

1966 - 
December 19
Nancy Sinatra's "Sugar Town" entered the Billboard Hot 100 where it would reach #5. Although the lyrics seem innocent enough, the song's writer, Lee Hazelwood, would later say "Sugar Town was an LSD song if there ever was one." The B-side was "Summer Wine", a popular duet featuring and also written by Hazelwood.

December 19
For reasons that are never fully explained, a Los Angeles radio station announces that Mick Jagger had died.

1970 - 
December 19
Elton John's first US hit, "Your Song" enters the Billboard Hot 100, where it will reach number eight. An excellent version of the tune had already been recorded by Three Dog Night for their "It Ain't Easy" album, but it wasn't issued as a single.

1975 - 
December 19
As if Disco wasn't bad enough, the US music scene reaches a new all time low when "Convoy" by C.W. McCall earns a Gold record. It would go on to top the Billboard Pop chart in early January. The novelty tune tells the story of interstate truck drivers and their run-ins with the law. It reached #2 in the UK.

1979 - 
December 19
Elvis Presley's personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with 'illegally and indiscriminately' prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and pain killers for the Rock 'n' Roll star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.

1986 - 
December 19
A California Superior Court Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to Osbourne's "Suicide Solution". The judge ruled that Ozzy is protected by The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives him the right to freedom of speech.

1993 - 
December 19
Original Byrds drummer Michael Clarke died of liver failure at the age of 47. After The Byrds, he went on to play for The Flying Burrito Brothers from 1969 to 1973 and Firefall from 1974 to 1981. He and the rest of The Byrds were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in January 1991.

2014 - 
December 19
Wrapping up a 28 year tradition that started in 1986, Darlene Love sang "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on The Late Show With David Letterman for the last time. The 73-year-old Love said she would retire the song from television after Letterman retires.

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