Sunday, December 24, 2017

Today in Music History...December 24, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 24th:


2016 Rick Parfitt of Status Quo dies at age 68 after years of heart-related ailments.

2000 Folk singer Allan Smethurst (The Singing Postman) dies of a heart attack at a Salvation Army hostel in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, at age 73.

2000 Nick Massi (of The Four Seasons) dies of cancer in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 73.

1992 Bobby LaKind (conga player for The Doobie Brothers) dies of colon cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 47.

1991 Louis Tomlinson, the oldest member of One Direction, is born in Doncaster, England.

1977 After 10 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" is knocked off by another lite favorite: "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees.

1974 James Taylor, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell go Christmas carolling in Hollywood.

1973 Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers frontman) is arrested for marijuana possession.

1972 At a Manfred Mann show in Miami, police respond to noise complaints by cutting power during the band's encore, leading to a riot.

1971 New York Dolls make their live debut, performing at a Christmas Party at the Endicott Hotel in New York City.

1966 Tommy James & the Shondells record "I Think We're Alone Now."

1963 Mary Ramsey, who goes on to replace Natalie Merchant as lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, is born in Washington, DC.

1960 Beryl Ingham Formby, wife and manager of George Formby, dies of leukemia at age 59.

1957 Ian Burden (keyboardist, bass guitarist for The Human League) is born in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England.

1946 Jan Akkerman (guitarist for Focus) is born in Amsterdam.

1944 Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records and head of the Mike Curb Congregation, is born in Savannah, Georgia.

1926 Lee Dorsey, known for his 1961 hit "Ya Ya," is born Irving Lee Dorsey in New Orleans, Louisiana. He befriends future rock and roll legend Fats Domino before moving to Portland, Oregon, at age 10.

"Silent Night" Debuts In Austria

A church choir in Austria introduces a new Christmas song for their Midnight Mass: "Stille Nacht!" better known as "Silent Night."

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1988 Hair metal reaches its apogee as Poison's power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" hits #1 in the US. It stays for three weeks.More

1978 Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA announce they are separating and getting a divorce.

1971 Ricky Martin is born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1945 Lemmy (lead singer for Motorhead) is born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He would earn the nickname Lemmy from his classmates.

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