Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Today in Music History...December 20, 2017 (Now with more info)

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2016 On a flight from Vietnam to South Korea, '80s soft rocker Richard Marx helps subdue a mentally unhinged passenger who starts attacking flight attendants and fellow passengers. Marx and wife Daisy Fuentes had been vacationing in Hanoi all week before boarding the chaotic four-hour flight.

2012 Rapper Fat Joe pleads guilty in federal court in New Jersey to tax evasion charges. He is charged with failing to pay taxes on over $1 million of income in both 2007 and 2008 and is expected to serve about two years.

2010 Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, winds up his VH1 reality TV show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It by sticking a rock on the finger of Kristi Gibson, longtime on-and-off girlfriend for 18 years - despite his former reality TV show, Rock of Love, in which he held a contest to let women get engaged to him concurrent with this relationship. She accepts his proposal on-air. They later break the engagement off. Michaels makes four subsequent relationships the subject of reality TV shows.

2009 James Gurley (guitarist for Big Brother & the Holding Company) dies of a heart attack in Palm Desert, California, at age 69.

2005 Tejano pop singer René Herrera (of René & René) dies of cancer at age 70.

2004 Paula Abdul gets caught in a hit-and-run when she clips another car with her Mercedes and drives off. In March 2005, she is charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

2003 Producer/composer Charles Randolph Grean dies at age 90. Wrote the Phil Harris hit "The Thing" (1950) and arranged Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song."

1990 JoJo is born Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

1975 Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" enters the pop charts.

1971 The Main Ingredient records "Everybody Plays The Fool."

1971 The Rolling Stones release Hot Rocks.

1969 Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" hits #1, where it stays for one week.

1968 The Beatles release The Beatles' Sixth Christmas Record.

1967 The band Jethro Tull, named after the 18th-century inventor of the seed drill, is formed.

1967 Joan Baez and her mother are sentenced to 45 days in prison for the singer's part in the Oakland Demonstration, where she protested the draft.

1966 Chris Robinson (lead singer for The Black Crowes) is born in Marietta, Georgia. His dad, Stanley "Stan" Robinson, had a 1959 hit with "Boom-A-Dip-Dip."

1965 Wilson Pickett records "634-5789" with Booker T. & the MG's, sans Booker (with Isaac Hayes filling in for him on piano).

1962 The Osmond Brothers (later The Osmonds), minus 5-year-old Donny, make their first appearance on the Andy Williams Show.

1960 Elvis Presley's movie Flaming Star opens.

1959 Jackie Fox is born Jacqueline Fuchs in California. She gives up a promising career in mathematics when she joins The Runaways as bass player at the age of 15, rather than taking early entry into UCLA. After leaving the band she returns to her studies, graduating from UCLA and then Harvard - where she is a classmate of Barack Obama - and goes on to work as an entertainment lawyer.

1952 Jimmy Boyd's "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" hits #1.

1948 Alan Parsons (of The Alan Parsons Project) is born in London, England. He starts his music career as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he engineers Paul McCartney's Wild Life and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

1947 Little Stevie Wright (lead singer for The Easybeats) is born in Leeds, England, but would be raised in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney).

1945 Peter Criss is born George Peter John Criscuola in Brooklyn, New York. He will become the drummer for Kiss and write their song "Beth."

1944 Bobby Colomby (drummer for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in New York.

1939 Soul singer Kim Weston is born Agatha Nathalia Weston in Detroit, Michigan.

1932 Al Jolson records "April Showers."

1898 Actress and singer Irene Dunne is born in Louisville, Kentucky. Known for her Academy Award-nominated performances in the '30s and '40s, including Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, The Awful Truth, Love Affair and I Remember Mama.

1871 Composer/conductor Henry Kimball Hadley is born in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Bobby Darin Dies At Age 37

1973Bobby Darin dies at age 37 after surgery to repair his ailing heart.

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2006 Nearly 40 years after it was recorded, Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher is awarded 40% of the songwriting credit for "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by a London court. The judgment is reduced on appeal in 2008.

1986 Thanks to its use in the movie of the same name, Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," originally released in 1961, reaches #9 in the US.

1980 "(Just Like) Starting Over" gives John Lennon his first #1 single as a solo artist in the UK, 12 days after his murder.

1975 Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon in the Eagles. Walsh was previously a member of the James Gang.

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