Saturday, December 16, 2017

Today in Music History...December 16, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 16th:


2016 Bruce Springsteen begins The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album The River is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.

2015 Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

2008 Radiohead is slated to perform a free gig at a small record store in London, but nearly 1,500 fans turn up, forcing the band to move the show to a nearby club.

2006 The Japanese government names female pop duo Puffy as goodwill ambassadors to the United States.

2002 A section of Interstate 80 in California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

1999 At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays "Ventura Highway." Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.

1996 Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.

1992 Eric Clapton records Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album wins six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year.

1991 The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner.

1988 Tina Turner performs at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to a sell-out crowd of 180,000 - at the time, this sets a new record for attendance at a performance of a solo artist.

1981 The TV series Harper Valley P.T.A., inspired by the Jeannie C. Riley song and the 1978 movie of the same name, airs on NBC. Barbara Eden reprises her role as scandalous single mom Stella Johnson.

1980 Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, which lands him 10 days in a Tokyo jail upon arrival. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."

1979 Aaliyah is born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn, New York.

1979 Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers becomes final.

1979 Roger Miller sings a medley of songs on The Muppet Show. He also sings "In the Summertime" in a patch of musically skilled watermelons and drops the bombshell news that he, like the all-chicken cast of Vet's Hospital, once suffered from "Cluckitis."

1976 The television variety show Donny and Marie, starring Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC.

1975 Jazz musician Paul Beaver (of Beaver and Krause) dies at age 49.

1975 Sly and the Family Stone fail to attract much notice with their eight-show, six-night "comeback" bid at Radio City Music Hall.

1975 McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They stay through Mardi Gras.

1973 Gospel singer Clara Ward (leader of The Famous Ward Singers) dies at age 48 after suffering two strokes.

1973 Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. His concert had not been advertised due to a strike by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan.

1972 David Seville (real name: Ross Bagdasarian), who created The Chipmunks, dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1971 At a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."

1970 John Lennon's "Bag One" exhibit at the Arts Gallery in London is closed down by Scotland Yard. The original Lennon lithographs in the exhibit are ruled obscene. Eight prints are confiscated.

1968 Elvis Presley records "Goin' Home" and "Stay Away."

1965 The Guess Who release their debut album, Shakin' All Over.

1964 The musical Hello, Dolly! opens on Broadway, starring Carol Channing in the title role. The show is a huge hit, and a recording of the title song by Louis Armstrong goes to #1 in May, knocking The Beatles out of the top spot.

1962 Paul Webb (bassist for Talk Talk) is born in Essex, England.

1962 Maxine Jones (of En Vogue) is born in Paterson, New Jersey.

1960 In Britain, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appear together on ITV's pop show Boy Meets Girl.

1959 Sade is born Helen Folasade Adu in Nigeria.

1958 Elvis Presley records "Dixieland Rock," "Lover Doll," "Don't Ask Me Why," "As Long As I Have You," and "Steadfast, Loyal and True."

1957 Little Richard records "Lucille."

1957 Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop charts.

1957 The Cavern Club, where The Beatles cut their teeth, opens in Liverpool, England.

1950 Damo Suzuki (lead singer of the German band Can) is born Kenji Suzuki in Japan.

1948 John Carpenter, horror film director and composer, is born in Carthage, New York. Known for Halloween, The Thing, and Christine.

1944 Country pop singer Jim Stafford is born in Winter Haven, Florida. His first charting hit is "Swamp Witch" in 1973.

1943 Ronnie Milsap is born in Robbinsville, North Carolina. He becomes country music's first successful blind singer, starting with his first chart-topper, "Pure Love," in 1974.

1942 Billy Francis (keyboardist for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) is born in Mississippi.

1942 Electric blues guitarist Barbara Lynn, known for the 1962 R&B hit "You'll Lose A Good Thing," is born Barbara Lynn Ozen in Beaumont, Texas.

1942 Kay Kyser records "A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal)."

1939 Ray Phillips (of The Nashville Teens) is born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, South Wales.

1934 Bob Bogle (lead guitarist, bassist for The Ventures) is born in Oklahoma.

1932 Duke Ellington records "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing)."

1929 Jazz drummer G.T. Hogan is born in Galveston, Texas.

1908 Broadway entertainer Ethel Merman is born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in Astoria, Queens.

Benny Goodman Brings Jazz To Carnegie Hall

1938Clarinetist Benny Goodman, who many call an improvisational genius, breaks through cultural barriers to play the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

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1996 Jamaican police mistake Jimmy Buffett for a drug smuggler and shoot at his seaplane (the Hemisphere Dancer) after it lands in the water. Bono of U2 is on board with his family, along with Island Records head Chris Blackwell.More

1988 George Harrison hits #1 with "Got My Mind Set On You," becoming the act with the longest time between #1 hits - it was 24 years since "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." The Beach Boys break this record when "Kokomo" hits #1.

1965 Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top."

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