Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Today in Music History...December 26, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 26th:


2012 R&B singer Fontella Bass, known for the 1965 hit "Rescue Me," dies of complications from a heart attack at age 72.

2003 Matthew West releases his major label debut album, Happy. The album includes the hit single "More."

1979 Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) is born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

1969 Peter Klett (lead guitarist for Candlebox) is born in Bellevue, Washington.

1968 D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Monterey Pop, which chronicles the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival (where The Who smashed their instruments and Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire) opens in theaters.

1967 The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film debuts on BBC-TV.

1967 The Monkees record "Valleri."

1967 The Osborne Brothers release "Rocky Top."

1966 J. Yuenger (guitarist for White Zombie) is born Jay Noel Yuenger in Chicago, Illinois.

1966 Jimi Hendrix writes the lyrics to "Purple Haze" in his dressing room between performances at London's Uppercrust Club.

1961 Jay & the Americans record "She Cried."

1958 Stan Freberg presents a check for $1,000 to the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California as his royalties from the first year's release of "Green Chri$tma$" (he gives all proceeds from the single charity).

1957 The Champs release "Train to Nowhere," which as the title implies, makes no impact. But DJs love the B-side, a saxy tune called "Tequila." Three months later, it's the #1 song in America.

1953 Steve Witherington (drummer for Ace) is born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.

1951 Paul Quinn (guitarist for Saxon) is born in Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

1946 Bob Carpenter (keyboardist, accordionist for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1940 Famed record producer Phil Spector is born in The Bronx, New York. He moves to Los Angeles, California, in his teens.

1937 English poet and composer Ivor Gurney dies of tuberculosis at age 47.

1935 Duke Fakir (pf The Four Tops) is born Abdul Fakir in Detroit, Michigan.

Led Zeppelin Opens For Vanilla Fudge In First US Concert

1968Led Zeppelin's first US tour begins in Denver. They're the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.

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1999 Curtis Mayfield dies of complications from diabetes in Roswell, Georgia, at age 57.

1970 George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to top the Hot 100 as a solo artist as "My Sweet Lord" hits #1.

1963 Lars Ulrich (drummer for Metallica) is born in Gentofte, Denmark. He becomes interested in music after seeing Deep Purple in concert at age 9.

1963 The Beatles release their first hit single in the United States: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" backed with "I Saw Her Standing There." It's their first single issued by Capitol Records; within months the group becomes a Stateside sensation.

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