Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today in Music History...December 14, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 14th:


2012 Stalker Jacob Nicholas Kulke is arrested outside a residence belonging to Taylor Swift and is charged with trespassing. Kulke claims that he had been in touch with Swift through social media and had been planning to show up and "surprise her for her birthday." Though the singer had just had her birthday the previous day, she'd been overseas at the time and likely wouldn't be too happy with Kulke scaling her fence.

2011 Country singer Billie Jo Spears dies in Vidor, Texas, at age 73. Known for the 1975 hit "Blanket on the Ground."

2001 Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agrees to testify against six other defendants in the same case.

1997 Kurt Winter (guitarist for The Guess Who) dies of kidney failure at age 51.

1995 Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among the performers honoring Frank Sinatra on the TV special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way.

1995 The FBI, acting on a judge's order, releases most (but not all) of its documents revealing the organization's attempts to deport John Lennon.

1992 Merle Haggard, 55, files for bankruptcy on the same day that his wife gives birth to his sixth child, a son named Binion (Ben). Haggard, whose tax problems led to the filing, sells the copyrights to many of his songs to pay off the debt.

1989 It's a Beautiful Day vocalist Pattie Santos dies in a car accident in California at age 40.

1985 James Taylor marries actress Kathryn Walker.

1978 Billy Joel plays Madison Square Garden for the first time, which growing up he considered a "temple." He later becomes the first musical act to hold residency at the Garden.

1975 R&B singer Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is born in Wheatley Heights, New York.

1972 Seals and Crofts' "Summer Breeze" is certified Gold.

1971 Radical John Sinclair, who was arrested for marijuana possession in 1969 and given a 10-year prison sentence, is released from prison thanks to high-profile supporters such as John Lennon.

1970 John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" is certified gold.

1970 George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" is certified gold.

1968 Tommy James and the Shondells release "Crimson and Clover."

1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is certified gold.

1968 Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for seven weeks. The song was recorded by a few different Motown acts before a version by Gladys Knight & the Pips was finally released, reaching #2 in 1967. Gaye's version, released about a year later, became an even bigger hit and the definitive rendition.

1967 Dick Clark announces that he's filming a movie about hippies, The Love Children, starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.

1966 Chad & Jeremy are guest stars on the TV show Batman.

1964 In spite of (or, perhaps, because of) being banned by some radio stations, The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" hits #2 on the Hot 100 (held off the top spot by The Singing Nun's "Dominique").

1963 Dinah Washington dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at age 39.

1963 "I Want To Hold Your Hand" replaces "She Loves You" at #1 on the UK singles chart.

1959 The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music.

1959 Guy Mitchell's "Heartaches by the Number" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.

1958 Peter "Spider" Stacy (vocalist, tin whistler The Pogues) is born in Eastbourne, London, England.

1958 Mike Scott (lead singer for The Waterboys) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1949 Cliff Williams (bassist for AC/DC) is born in Romford, Essex, England.

1946 Jackie McAuley (keyboardist, vocalist for Them) is born John McAuley in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

1946 Joyce Vincent Wilson (of Tony Orlando and Dawn) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1946 Actress/singer Patty Duke is born Anna Marie Duke in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.

1943 Frank Allen (bass guitarist for The Searchers) is born Francis Renaud McNeice in Hayes, Middlesex, England.

1932 Country singer Charlie Rich, known for the 1973 hits "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl," is born in Colt, Arkansas.

1932 Singer/actress Abbe Lane is born Abigail Francine Lassman in Brooklyn, New York. Known as "the swingingest sexpot in show business," she would marry (and divorce) bandleader Xavier Cugat.

1928 Fanny Brice records "If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)."

1920 Swing trumpeter Clark Terry is born in St. Louis, Missouri. One of the most recorded jazz musicians, he would play with the likes of Charlie Barnet, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.

1915 Actor/dancer Dan Dailey is born in New York City. Known for his roles in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), It's Always Fair Weather (1955) and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956).

1911 Spike Jones is born Lindley Armstrong Jones in Long Beach, California. He allegedly earns his nickname for being so thin, like a railroad spike.

1788 Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies Hamburg, Germany, at age 74.

Saturday Night Fever Opens In Theaters

1977At the peak of the disco era, the film Saturday Night Fever opens in theaters. The soundtrack contains two previous #1 hits and four new ones.

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1999 In a much-publicized show, Paul McCartney returns to play the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time since 1963. Joining him are Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice.

1980 At Yoko Ono's request, a 10-minute worldwide silent vigil takes place at 2:00 p.m. EST for John Lennon, who was shot and killed six days earlier. Lennon was cremated without a funeral, so the vigil is the public outpouring of support and mourning. A large crowd gathers in Central Park near where Lennon lived with Yoko to take part; this becomes a tradition on each anniversary of Lennon's death.

1974 Styx releases "Lady."

1968 Motown acts hold the top three spots on the Hot 100:

1) "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
2) "Love Child" by The Supremes
3) "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder

The chart stays the same the next week, and a week later Stevie and The Supremes trade positions.

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