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Today in Music History...December 23, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 23rd:


2015 '80s hitmaker Richard Marx marries model and TV host Daisy Fuentes. Marx was previously married to actress/dancer Cynthia Rhodes.

2009 Andre Kyles aka DJ Omega Supreme (of Organized Konfusion) dies of cancer.

2007 Jazz musician Oscar Peterson dies at age 82.

2006 English entertainer Charlie Drake dies in Twickenham, Middlesex, England, after suffering multiple strokes at age 81.

2003 Simon & Garfunkel donate a million dollars to the Children's Health Fund (started by Paul six years earlier.)

1997 Jackie Landry (of The Chantels) dies of breast cancer at age 56.

1996 Tony Bennett is released from a Washington, DC, hospital after an emergency hernia operation (he was stricken while preparing to perform at the White House).

1994 Dan Hamilton of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds dies of Cushing's syndrome in Los Angeles, California, at age 48.

1992 Eddie Hazel (lead guitarist for Funkadelic) dies from internal bleeding and liver failure in Plainfield, New Jersey, at age 42.

1991 James Brown sues the producers of the movie The Commitments, claiming his name and likeness were used without his permission (he loses the case five years later).

1989 Ice Cube is fired from N.W.A, who had just rose to fame with their multi-platinum record Straight Outta Compton. Cube eventually goes solo.

1987 Carly Simon marries her second husband, James Hart (they divorce 19 years later).

1987 Failing to stop Pink Floyd from using the name to tour without him, ex-member Roger Waters instead settles for receiving royalties whenever his image is used in any Floyd promotion.

1978 Rod Stewart releases "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" in the US.

1972 At the Grand Funk Railroad concert in Madison Square Garden, the group's former manager Terry Knight brings a court order allowing him to confiscate the group's equipment, which he does at the end of the show.

1969 Elton John meets for the first time with what would become his classic team - songwriter Bernie Taupin, arranger Paul Buckmaster, and producer Gus Dudgeon - to begin work on his first solo album.

1969 B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" is certified gold.

1967 Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy appears on CBS-TV's My Three Sons in the episode "Liverpool Saga."

1967 John Lennon makes the first contact with his estranged father, Alf, in years: After hearing that he's taken ill, John sends him a get well note and a car so that he can visit his famous son.

1966 With union rules ending the practice of lip-synching on British TV, the popular show Ready Steady Go! broadcasts its last show with guests, featuring The Who, Mick Jagger and Eric Burdon.

1966 London's premiere psychedelic hangout, the UFO club, opens on Tottenham Court Road, with Pink Floyd as the house band.

1964 Boasting a hipper, more commercial staff of on-air DJs, Radio London, Britain's third major "pirate radio" station, begins broadcasting from MV Galaxy, a former American vessel used as a minesweeper in WWII.

1961 The Beach Boys make their live debut, performing two songs during the intermission of Dick Dale's concert at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Newport Beach, California.

1959 The Drifters record "This Magic Moment."

1958 Folk rocker Victoria Williams, known for "Crazy Mary" and "Century Plant," is born in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1957 Simon & Garfunkel (then known as Tom & Jerry) release their first single.

1956 Dave Murray (guitarist for Iron Maiden) is born in Edmonton, London, England.

1955 Fats Domino records "My Blue Heaven" at J&M Studios in New Orleans.

1951 Johnny Contardo (of Sha Na Na) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1949 Adrian Belew is born Robert Steven Belew in Covington, Kentucky. The guitarist plays with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, King Crimson, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Primus, and William Shatner.

1947 Graham Bonnet is born in Skegness, England. He'll go on to front the rock bands Alcatrazz and Rainbow.

1947 Three scientists at Bell Labs in New Jersey demonstrate the transistor, which leads to the invention of small, portable "transistor" radios. The scientists win the 1956 Nobel Prize for their work.

1946 Singer-songwriter Robbie Dupree, known for the 1980 hit "Steal Away," is born Robert Dupuis in Brooklyn, New York.

1946 Ariel Bender (guitarist for Mott the Hoople) is born Luther James Grosvenor in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

1945 Ron Bushy (drummer for Iron Butterfly) is born in Washington, DC.

1943 Harry Shearer (aka Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap) is born in Los Angeles, California. Shearer is also known for voicing a number of characters on The Simpsons, including Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders.

1941 Folk musician Tim Hardin is born James Timothy Hardin in Eugene, Oregon. Wrote the '60s hit "If I Were A Carpenter."

1940 Eugene Record (lead singer of The Chi-Lites) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1940 Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist for Jefferson Airplane) is born in Washington, DC.

1935 R&B/jazz singer "Little" Esther Phillips is born Esther Mae Jones in Galveston, Texas. At age 14 she's discovered by Johnny Otis, a musician and talent scout, and soon lands her first hit with "Double Crossing Blues."

1935 Johnny Kidd (of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates) is born Frederick Albert Heath in Willesden, North London, England.

1929 Jazz singer/trumpeter Chet Baker is born Chesney Henry Baker Jr. in Yale, Oklahoma. He hits his stride in the '50s when he joins the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and releases his signature hit "My Funny Valentine."

1926 Harold Dorman, known for the 1960 hit "Mountain of Love," is born in Drew, Mississippi.

1689 Baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier is born in Thionville, France.

Cat Stevens Becomes Yusuf Islam

1977Cat Stevens converts to Islam and changes his name to Yusuf Islam.

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1999 Cristin Keleher, an unemployed musician in Hawaii, breaks into George Harrison's Maui home and makes herself at home, ordering pizza, drinking root beer, doing laundry, and calling her mother before authorities arrive to arrest her. She is eventually charged with breaking and entering and theft, and serves four months. "I thought I had a psychic connection with George," she says.

1996 Two weeks after his divorce from Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt is finalized, Mötley Crüe bass player Nikki Sixx marries Baywatch star Donna D'Errico.

1964 Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam frontman) is born Edward Louis Severson III in Evanston, Illinois. The surname Vedder comes from his mom's maiden name.

1964 After appearing on the TV show Shindig! where they perform their Christmas hit "Little Saint Nick," The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson has a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston, where they begin a two-week tour. Wilson decides to stop performing, and Glen Campbell replaces him on the tour.

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