Saturday, December 30, 2017

Today in Music History...December 30, 2017 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 30th:


2016 Of Mice & Men lead singer Austin Carlile posts a letter on Instagram announcing he is leaving the group for health reasons.

2012 The Birmingham Mail reports that Jim Simpson, the record industry A&R man who discovered and signed Black Sabbath, is launching a campaign to have the airport in Birmingham, England, renamed as "The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport." No word on whether the planes would play "Flying High Again" on takeoff and landing.

2010 Disco performer Bobby Farrell (Boney M) dies of heart failure at age 61 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the anniversary of Rasputin's death. The notorious adviser to the tragic Romanovs was murdered in Saint Petersburg in 1916 and was also the subject of Boney M's hit single, "Rasputin."

2006 R&B superstar Brandy is involved in a car accident on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles that kills a 38-year-old woman who is struck by her Land Rover. No criminal charges are files, and a civil suit is later settled.

2004 Levon Helm of The Band sues the ad agency BBDO for using the song "The Weight" in a commercial without his permission.More

2004 Artie Shaw - bandleader, clarinetist and composer - dies from a culmination of health issues, including diabetes, in Thousand Oaks, California, at age 94.

2003 The Nation of Islam activist group denies reports that it has begun handling the affairs of Michael Jackson.

2002 After being pulled over for driving erratically, Diana Ross is arrested in Tucson, Arizona, for driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol level reportedly twice the legal limit. She fails all sobriety tests at the scene, reportedly falling over when asked to walk a straight line. She is charged with three misdemeanor DUIs.

1999 Slade singer Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

1998 R&B singer Johnny Moore (of The Drifters) dies of respiratory failure in London, England, at age 64.

1995 Clarence "Satch" Satchell (saxophonist, guitarist for The Ohio Players) dies of a brain aneurysm at age 54.

1993 Songwriter Mack David dies at age 81. Known for his work on Disney films, such as Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, and for hits like Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So" (1939).

1991 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have their second child, daughter Jessica Rae.

1991 Doo wop singer Richard Blandon (of The Dubs, The Paragons) dies in New York at age 57.

1978 R&B singer Tyrese is born Tyrese Darnell Gibson in Watts, Los Angeles, California. He catches his break singing the slogan "Always Coca-Cola" for a 1994 Coke commercial.

1978 Emerson, Lake And Palmer publicly announce their breakup.

1974 Bob Dylan records "Tangled Up In Blue," "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," and "If You See Her, Say Hello."

1969 Jay Kay (lead singer of Jamiroquai) is born Jason Luis Cheetham in Wangford, Suffolk, England.

1969 Psychedelic rockers The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce they're breaking up.

1969 Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" is certified gold.

1968 Frank Sinatra records "My Way."

1968 Peter Tork leaves The Monkees, paying $160,000 to buy out his contract.

1967 Songwriter Bert Berns - known for penning a string of '60s hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Hang on Sloopy" and "Twist and Shout" - dies of a heart attack at age 38.

1963 The Beatles win Group and Record Of The Year ("She Loves You") in British music newspaper New Musical Express' annual year-end poll.

1962 Eighteen-year-old Brenda Lee's house in Nashville catches fire and burns to the ground; Lee injures herself slightly rushing back into the house to save her poodle, Cee Cee, but the pet unfortunately dies later from smoke inhalation.

1957 Bing Crosby's album Merry Christmas claims the #1 spot from Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album, but Elvis returns to the top spot a week later.

1956 Country singer Suzy Bogguss is born in Aledo, Illinois. She starts her career in 1985 by performing at a Nashville amusement park called Silver Dollar City, soon-to-be renamed Dollywood.

1956 Charlie Gracie records "Butterfly."

1951 Chris Jasper (of The Isley Brothers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1948 Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play The Taming Of The Shrew, opens on Broadway at the New Century Theatre.

1947 Rock musician Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra, The Traveling Wilburys) is born in Shard End, Birmingham, England.

1946 Clive Bunker (drummer for Jethro Tull) is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1945 Davy Jones (of The Monkees) is born in Manchester, England.

1942 Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees) is born Robert Michael Nesmith in Houston, Texas.

1940 Perry Ford, of The Ivy League, is born Brian Pugh in Lincoln, England. The vocal trio, made up of session singers, was first heard on The Who's 1965 hit "I Can't Explain."

1939 Felix Pappalardi (bassist, vocalist for Mountain) is born in the Bronx, New York.

1939 Soul singer Kim Weston is born Agatha Nathalia Weston in Detroit, Michigan. She would sign with Motown Records in 1961.

1937 Folk singer-songwriter Noel "Paul" Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1937 John Hartford - bluegrass, folk and country musician - is born John Harford in New York City, New York. On the advice of record producer Chet Atkins, he would add the 't' to his name.

1934 Rock 'n roll singer Del Shannon is born Charles Weedon Westover in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1931 Country singer Skeeter Davis, known for the 1962 crossover hit "The End of the World," is born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She performs as part of the duo The Davis Sisters in the '40s before going solo in the '50s.

1928 R&B and rock 'n roll icon Bo Diddley is born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, Mississippi. He grows up on the South Side of Chicago, where he and his friends perform music on street corners.

1865 The author, journalist and poet Rudyard Kipling is born in Bombay, Imperial India. The Joni Mitchell song "If" is based on his poem of the same name.

1536 Italian lutenist/composer Alessandro Piccinini is born in Bologna.

Patti Smith Born

1946Punk rock icon Patti Smith is born in Chicago.

Featured Events

2011 Russell Brand files to divorce Katy Perry, citing irreconcilable differences. According to Perry, she finds out the next day when he texts her the news.

1999 George Harrison is nearly killed when the mentally disturbed Michael Abram breaks into his home and stabs him in the chest. Harrison's wife, Olivia, saves her husband by attacking Abram with a poker and a table lamp. George suffers a collapsed lung, but survives.

1967 The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" becomes their 15th #1 single on the US charts.

1942 Frank Sinatra performs as a solo act for the first time, playing to a crowd of screaming teenage girls at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

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