Friday, December 15, 2017

Today in Music History...December 15, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 15th:


2015 Kim Fowley dies of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California. The self-styled "Lord of Garbage" and founder of The Runaways was an infamous eccentric and was often sighted in his later days walking the Las Vegas strip with a cane, and his hair dyed green.

2011 Bluesman Fred Sanders Jr. dies of lung cancer at age 71.

2010 Charlie Daniels is rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke. Daniels recovers and is released from the hospital two days later.

2005 Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia.

2003 In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lou Rawls is arrested on one count of battery against his girlfriend.

1998 James Brown is admitted to a South Carolina hospital for addiction to painkillers.

1994 Harry Nilsson, known by the mononym Nilsson, dies of heart failure at age 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack.

1993 Prolific lyricist Sammy Cahn, known for enduring tunes like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," dies of heart failure at age 79.

1992 Johnny Cash, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the MG's, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam & Dave, and The Yardbirds are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1992 On an episode of the pop culture news show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent - such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them "the women who pioneered rock and roll" and points out that they're just as important as the men. Lee's remarks and others like her do eventually break the "glass ceiling" of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?

1982 Harry Casey (the KC in KC and the Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in a Miami car crash. His recovery takes the better part of a year.

1981 Pitbull is born Armando PĂ©rez in Miami.

1977 Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" hits #1.

1977 The Eagles' Hotel California album hits #1, taking over the top spot from Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.

1976 Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon on guitar for Eagles.

1974 With '50s nostalgia trending, Happy Days premieres on ABC with "Rock Around The Clock" as its theme song.

1974 Brownsville Station's "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" is certified Gold.

1971 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" in the UK.

1971 Chase records "Get It On."

1969 Elvis Presley records "A Little Bit of Green" and "Gentle On My Mind."

1967 The film The Fastest Guitar Alive, starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City.

1967 Lisa Velez (of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) is born in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

1967 The Buckinghams record "Don't You Care."

1966 The Rolling Stones' December's Children album is certified gold.

1966 The Supremes' "My World is Empty Without You" enters the pop charts.

1965 The Who's first single, "I Can't Explain," is released in the UK.

1964 In Chicago, Capitol records obtains an injuction which prohibits Vee-Jay Records from manufacturing or distributing any further Beatles records. Vee-Jay files suit against Capitol and Swan, which owned the rights to "She Loves You."

1964 The King and I soundtrack album is certified gold.

1961 The Supremes sign with Motown Records.

1958 Elvis Presley records "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble," "New Orleans," "King Creole," and "Crawfish."

1952 Cellist Melvyn Gale (of Electric Light Orchestra) is born in London, England.

1948 Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist, guitarist, and driving force) is born in Jacksonville, Florida.

1942 The Glen Gray Orchestra records "It's the Talk of the Town."

1941 Captain Beefheart is born Don Vliet in Glendale, California.

1936 Edward "Sonny" Bivins of The Manhattans is born in Macon, Georgia.

1930 Blues guitarist Earl Hooker is born in Quitman County, Mississippi.

1909 Jazz drummer Gene Krupa is born in Chicago, Illinois.

Phil Collins Paints An Ugly Picture On TOTP

1981Phil Collins plays "In The Air Tonight" on Top of the Pops with a paint can and brush nearby as props, seemingly a reference to the painter with whom his first wife cheated on him.

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1994 Counting Crows are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "Mr. Jones" and "Round Here." The appearance sparks sales of their debut album and sends radio stations scrambling to add the songs to their playlists. Despite this breakthrough appearance, the band is never asked back for the show.

1991 On the United Nations deadline for Iraq to remove troops from Kuwait, a new version of "Give Peace A Chance" is released, with contributions from Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, LL Cool J and dozens of others.More

1981 Stevie Wonder leads a rally in Washington to get Martin Luther King's birthday declared an official holiday. He performs his song "Happy Birthday," written for King, which becomes a rallying call for the movement.

1972 Don McLean's "American Pie" hits #1 US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 - you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it.

1967 Mick Jagger does as he's told and sings "Let's Spend The Night Together" as "Let's Spend Some Time Together" when The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jagger rolls his eyes derisively when he sings the altered line.

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