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Music History: December 19th:
2016 Country songwriter Andrew Dorff, brother of actor Stephen Dorff, dies at age 40. Penned hits for artists such as Martina McBride ("Ride"), Kenny Chesney ("Save It for a Rainy Day"), Blake Shelton ("Neon Light") and Hunter Hayes ("Somebody's Heartbreak").
2012 Madonna gets angry at fans at a concert in Santiago, Chile, for smoking cigarettes near her against her wishes. The singer lectures the audience: "If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke."
Did we mention that this was out in the open air in the rain and she was about ten feet above everybody onstage?
2000 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (of The Staple Singers) dies at age 85 after a bad fall leaves him with a concussion.
1996 Avenue H in Lubbock, Texas, is renamed Buddy Holly Avenue in honor of the city's hometown hero.
1993 Michael Clarke (drummer for The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of liver failure at age 47 after decades of alcohol abuse.
1978 The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait airs on ABC.
1968 Kevin Shepard (drummer for Tonic) is born in Southern California.
1968 The Friends of Distinction record "Grazin' In The Grass."
1965 Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert in Ontario.
1960 The Four Preps record "More Money For You And Me" live at North Hollywood High School.
1958 Pop singer Limahl (lead singer of Kajagoogoo) is born Christopher Hamill in Pemberton, Wigan, England.
1957 Doug Johnson (keyboardist for Loverboy) is born in New Westminster, British Columbia.
1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes" two days after writing the song.
1945 Folk musician John McEuen (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is born in Oakland, California.
1944 Zal Yanovsky (lead guitarist for The Lovin' Spoonful) is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1944 Alvin Lee (lead guitarist for Ten Years After) is born Graham Anthony Barnes in Nottingham, England.
1941 Maurice White (founder of Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1918 Blues singer Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is born in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
1915 Charlie Ryan, who co-wrote and was the first to record the 1955 rockabilly hit "Hot Rod Lincoln," is born in Graceville, Minnesota.
1894 Composer/conductor Paul Dessau is born in Hamburg, Germany.
Darlene Love sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show for the final time, as the host has announced his retirement.
1997 Titanic opens in theaters. It becomes the top-grossing movie of all time, with a soundtrack that sells about 15 million copies, thanks mostly to the Celine Dion hit, "My Heart Will Go On."
1985 Johnny Paycheck is drinking at a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio when two guys recognize him and sit near him. Things get tense, and Paycheck pulls out a .22 pistol and shoots one of them, grazing his head. That man, Larry Wise, claims that Paycheck got testy after they offered him a meal of deer meat and turtle soup. Wise says Paycheck yelled, "What do you think I am, a country hick?," and shot him.
The country singer is convicted and serves 22 months in jail.
1980 Nine To Five, starring Dolly Parton and featuring the classic theme song by the singer (where she uses her fingernails as an instrument), opens in theaters.
1975 Ronnie Wood leaves The Faces and joins The Rolling Stones.