Thursday, December 21, 2017

Today in Music History...December 21, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 21st:


2013 "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna hits #1 in America. It's the first hit co-written by Bebe Rexha, who later emerges as an artist.

2012 Lee Dorman (bassist for Iron Butterfly) dies in Laguna Niguel, California, at age 70.

2007 Tim Burton's film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens in US theaters. Johnny Depp stars as the Demon Barber himself, and manages to earn the respect of critics for his singing performance on the film's soundtrack.

2001 The movie How High opens in theaters. The film stars Method Man and Redman as stoners who get into Harvard.

2001 De La Soul's AOI: Bionix debuts at #136 on the Billboard 200 chart and #31 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

1996 En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.

1992 Bluesman Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 69.

1989 Carlos Santana (of Santana) and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.

1988 Paul Avron Jeffreys (bassist for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) is killed en-route to his honeymoon when he and his wife, Rachel, become victims of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing (of Pan Am Flight 103). He was 36. The Four Tops were also slated to be onboard the plane but overslept after a late-night recording session.

1985 Dante Bonutto's Phil Lynott interview is screened. It would be the singer's last TV appearance before his death.

1971 Fuel frontman Brett Scallions is born in Brownsville, Tennessee.

1971 Martha and the Vandellas officially disband.

1970 Traffic's John Barleycorn Must Die, Judy Collins' In My Life, and the original British cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar are all certified gold.

1969 On The Ed Sullivan Show, Diana Ross appears with The Supremes for the last time.

1968 Crosby, Stills & Nash perform together on stage for the first time.

1968 Janis Joplin makes her solo concert debut in Memphis at an event for the Stax/Volt record label. The Stax house band Booker T. & The MG's also plays.

1968 Traffic's self-titled album enters the charts.

1967 The Beatles throw a party at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel in order to celebrate the BBC airing of Magical Mystery Tour.

1966 The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" single as well as their Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, Vol. 2. albums are all certified gold.

1965 Gabby Glaser (guitarist, singer for Luscious Jackson) is born in New York.

1965 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" enters the pop charts.

1963 The Ronettes' "Baby, I Love You" enters the pop charts.

1959 Chuck Berry is arrested when a 14-year-old girl he brought from Texas to work in his St. Louis club reports him to police. Berry serves 20 months in prison for transporting a minor across state lines.

1953 Soul singer-songwriter Betty Wright is born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami, Florida. Known for '70s hits like "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight is the Night."

1951 Nick Gilder is born in London, England, but will be raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1946 Carl Wilson is born in Hawthorne, California. He becomes lead guitarist in The Beach Boys when he forms the band with older brothers Dennis and Brian.

1943 Guitarist Albert Lee is born in Lingen, Herefordshire, England. Worked with Jon Lord and Eric Clapton, among others.

1943 Gwen McCrae, known for the 1975 hit "Rockin' Chair," is born in Pensacola, Florida.

1942 Carla Thomas, the "Queen of Memphis Soul," is born in Memphis, Tennessee, to R&B singer Rufus Thomas and his wife, Lorene.

1940 Ray Hildebrand (of Paul & Paula) is born in Joshua, Texas.

1940 Frank Zappa is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1926 Country singer-songwriter Freddie Hart is born Frederick Segrest in Loachapoka, Alabama. Known for the 1971 hit "Easy Loving."

Elvis And Nixon Shake On It

1970Music and politics collide when Elvis Presley meets President Richard Nixon at the White House. A famous photo of the two shaking hands horrifies many Elvis fans.

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2013 After five years and 387 shows, Leonard Cohen wraps up his "Grand Tour" in Auckland, New Zealand. It's the last concert he ever plays, as he dies three years later.

2005 Elton John and his partner David Furnish take part in a civil ceremony (gay marriage is not legal in England) to make their union official. Guests at the ceremony, which takes place in Windsor, England, include George Michael, Sharon Stone, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.

1991 "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes back to #1 on the UK charts after the death of Freddie Mercury and stays there for five weeks. In America, the song gets new life the next year when it is used in the movie Wayne's World.

1979 At the San Diego Sports Arena, Linda Ronstadt holds a fundraising concert for her boyfriend, California governor Jerry Brown, who is running for president. Chicago and the Eagles also perform.

1974 Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" hits #1 in the US.

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