Friday, December 22, 2017

Today in Music History...December 22, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 22nd:


2014 Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer at age 70 at his home in Colorado.

2012 Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood marries his girlfriend Sally Humphreys; Wood at age 65 and Humphreys at 34. Coincidentally, the world did not end on the day before, as proponents of the Mayan calendar would have it. Perhaps this bolstered their optimism?

2006 The producer Swizz Beatz and his wife, the singer Mashonda Tifrere, have their first child, Kasseem Dean Jr. In 2016, his stepmother Alicia Keys writes a song for him called "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)."

2003 Country singer Dave Dudley dies of a heart attack in Danbury, Wisconsin, at age 75.

2001 T.I. is arrested in his native Atlanta for illegal gun possession. He allegedly tells police that his name is Douglas Morgan rather than his real name, Clifford Harris. The rapper is released without serious conviction.

2000 The Coen Brothers movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? hits theaters. With the song "Man Of Constant Sorrow" a centerpiece of the film, it ignites interest in bluegrass music. The soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett, sells over 7 million copies in America.

1991 Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) makes his acting debut as a drug kingpin in the movie Rush.

1990 At the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Pearl Jam, still known as Mookie Blaylock, opens for Alice in Chains. Chris Cornell comes on stage and puts Eddie Vedder on his shoulders at one point.

1989 Jordin Sparks is born in Phoenix, Arizona. At age 17, she wins the sixth season of American Idol (2007).

1988 During an interview, Phil Collins jokes about wanting to make a film version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" with Danny DeVito and Bob Hoskins. DeVito later reads the interview and contacts Phil about actually making the movie. Hoskins also signs on (as well as Kim Basinger as Goldilocks) but the film is never made.

1985 Dennes Boon (guitarist, vocalist for Minutemen) is killed in a van accident in Tucson, Arizona, at age 27.

1979 The Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea benefit premieres at London's Hammersmith Odeon, featuring organizer Paul McCartney, The Who, Queen, and an all-star "Rockestra."

1979 Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It retains the top spot for two more weeks, becoming the last chart-topper of the '70s and the first of the '80s.

1978 Faces' drummer Kenney Jones joins The Who, replacing Keith Moon, who had died from an accidental overdose of anti-alcoholic medications two months earlier.

1978 The stage version of Nilsson's musical The Point opens in London, featuring ex-Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

1978 Steven Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe have a baby girl named Mia.

1976 Isaac Hayes files for bankruptcy.

1976 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's Live Bullet album is certified Gold.

1972 Joni Mitchell's For the Roses album is certified Gold.

1972 Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter writes "All The Way From Memphis" and dedicates it to two of their crew, Leee Childers and Tony Zanetta. And Memphis, Tennessee.

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health John Munro to discuss drug abuse.

1968 Singer Eric Burdon leaves The Animals for a solo career.

1967 Richey Edwards (lyricist, rhythm guitarist for Manic Street Preachers) is born in Blackwood, Caerphilly, Wales.

1966 Beatles producer George Martin and his engineer Geoff Emerick pull off one of the all-time great feats of sound editing: combining two takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever" - in different keys and tempos - to make one song. The edit is 59 seconds in, just before John Lennon sings, "Going to..."

1962 The Tornadoes' "Telstar" - an instrumental inspired by the Telstar satellite - hits #1 in the US for the first of three weeks.

1948 Rick Nielsen (lead guitarist for Cheap Trick) is born in Elmhurst, Illinois.

1944 Barry Jenkins (drummer for Nashville Teens, The Animals) is born Colin Ernest Jenkins in Leicester, England.

1939 James Gurley (guitarist for Big Brother & the Holding Company) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1939 Blues singer Ma Rainey - known as "The Mother of the Blues" - dies of a heart attack in Rome, Georgia, at age 53.

1938 Country singer-songwriter Red Steagall is born Russell Steagall in Gainesville, Texas. He discovers Reba McEntire in 1975.

1930 American songwriter Charles K. Harris, known for "After The Ball," dies in New York City, at age 63.

The Chipmunk Song hits #1.

The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" hits #1 on the Hot 100, the last Christmas song to ever top the chart.

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2002 Joe Strummer of The Clash dies of a heart attack at age 50. The Clash are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few months later.

1995 Three years after her feature film debut in The Bodyguard, Whitney Houston gives her second acting performance in Forest Whitaker's romantic drama Waiting to Exhale, leading an all-African American cast that includes Angela Bassett and Dennis Haysbert.More

1987 After a night of debauchery with Robbin Crosby of Ratt and Slash from Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx suffers a drug overdose and his heart stops beating. He is declared clinically dead, but comes back to life.More

1949 The twins Maurice and Robin Gibb are born in Douglas, Isle Of Man, and raised in Manchester, England. They join older brother Barry to form the Bee Gees.

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