Saturday, December 1, 2018

Today in Music History...December 1, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: December 1st:

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2014 Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts quotes lyrics from Eminem's song "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" in making the case that a man threatening his estranged wife by writing violent rap lyrics and posting them on Facebook was protected by free speech. Roberts, who mentions lines like "Dada make a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake," points out that Eminem made these kind of threats very often, and he and others should be allowed to do so if it is presented as art.

2012 Shania Twain begins a two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, returning to the stage for the first time since 2004.

2012 Antonio de la Rua, former boyfriend (and former business manager) of Latin pop star Shakira, files a lawsuit for $100 million against her. The suit alleges that Shakira wouldn't have had the success she'd had without his help, and Rua seeks compensation for his management work.

2011 It's a good day for comedy writers and late-night talk show hosts as Hansonannounces they will be selling MMMHop beer.

2009 Bluegrass musician Jack Cooke (of the Clinch Mountain Boys) dies of a massive heart attack at age 72.

2009 R. Kelly releases Untitled, his ninth studio album.

2005 At age 55, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gets married for the first time, taking longtime girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater as his bride.

2005 Rocky Horror Picture Show is entered into the National Film Registry.

1995 An auction of his memorabilia nets Frank Sinatra over two million dollars.

1993 Hard rocker Ray Gillen (of Black Sabbath, Badlands) dies of an AIDS-related disease at age 34.

1992 Duran Duran release the single "Ordinary World" earlier than planned after radio airplay creates a huge demand. The song reaches #3 in the US, their biggest hit there since "Notorious" in 1986.

1989 Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, hits theaters in the US, with a theme song written by the powerhouse songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and sung by Mavis Staples.

1989 Scottish keyboardist Billy Lyall (of Bay City Rollers, Pilot, The Alan Parsons Project) dies of an AIDS-related illness at age 36.

1989 Sly Stone (of Sly & the Family Stone) is sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving while under the influence of cocaine.

1988 Tyler Joseph (frontman for Twenty One Pilots) is born in Columbus, Ohio.

1986 Lee Dorsey of "Working in the Coal Mine" fame dies of emphysema at age 59.

1977 Brad Delson (lead guitarist for Linkin Park) is born in Agoura, California.

1975 Bette Midler has a very memorable 30th birthday: she is hospitalized and undergoes an emergency appendectomy.

1973 The Carpenters "Top Of The World" hits #1 in America. The song is also a #1 Country hit for Lynn Anderson.

1972 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi."

1972 Martha and the Vandellas give their farewell performance in Detroit, Michigan.

1971 John Lennon releases "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" in the US.

1969 Chicago bluesman Magic Sam, born Samuel Gene Maghett, dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 32. Known for "All Your Love," "Easy Baby" and "Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)."

1966 The Mamas and The Papas' Cass, John, Michelle and Denny album is certified gold.

1960 24-year-old Bobby Darin marries 19-year-old Sandra Dee at Don Kirshner's apartment in New Jersey.

1958 Neil Sedaka signs with RCA Records as a solo artist.

1958 The Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1956 One of the first rock movies, The Girl Can't Help It, opens in America. Featuring performances by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, The Platters and Fats Domino, the film stars Jayne Mansfield as an aspiring singer.

1956 Julee Cruise is born in Creston, Iowa. The singer-songwriter writes the iconic theme ("Falling") to the cult TV series Twin Peaks.

1954 Fred Rose, country music songwriter and publisher, dies in Nashville, Tennessee, in his mid-50's. Started the first Nashville-based music publishing company with Roy Acuff. Among many others, known for writing the songs "Crazy Heart" and "Take These Chains From My Heart" for Hank Williams and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," made famous by Willie Nelson.

1951 Jaco Pastorius (bassist for Weather Report) is born in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

1946 Gilbert O'Sullivan is born Raymond Edward O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland. He changes his first name as a nod to Victorian-era composers Gilbert & Sullivan.

1945 Bette Midler is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1945 Burl Ives makes his concert debut at New York's Town Hall.

1944 Blue Öyster Cult lead singer Eric Bloom is born in New York City.

1944 John Densmore (drummer for The Doors) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1942 Richard Dangle, lead guitarist of the Fabulous Wailers, is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1939 Dianne "Dee Dee" Lennon in Venice, California. She and her sisters form the pop vocal group The Lennon Sisters, known for the 1956 hit "Tonight, You Belong To Me."

1938 Rock 'n roll drummer Sandy Nelson is born in Santa Monica, California. Aside from being a session drummer on such tunes as the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him," he releases a string of Top 40 instrumental hits, including "Teen Beat" at #4 in 1959.

1934 Soul singer Billy Paul ("Me And Mrs. Jones") is born in Philadelphia.

1933 R&B singer Lou Rawls is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1913 Broadway performer Mary Martin, star of the original productions of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, is born in Weatherford, Texas.

Kid Rock And Pamela Anderson Are Newlyweds Of The Year
GQ magazine names Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson "Newlyweds of the Year," but by the time the issue hits newsstands, the couple are divorced.

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1997 Using a technique called circular breathing, Kenny G sets the Guinness World Record for longest note held on a wind instrument when he keeps it going for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. In 2017, the Nigerian player Femi Kuti breaks the record, going 51:35.

1991 Thinking there are 31 days in November, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell continues his hunting trip, causing the band to miss their next show opening for Van Halen in Memphis.

1976 The Sex Pistolsappear on the Todayprogramme on London regional TV as a last-minute substitute for Queen. After being goaded by host Bill Grundy they swear repeatedly, including the dreaded "F" word, marking the first time blatant profanity aired on British television.

1959 Chuck Berry meets a young lady named Janice Escalanti in Juarez, Mexico (his band has a show in El Paso that night). After learning she is a runaway, Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant. Bad move: she's just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting minors across state lines. When their arrangement doesn't work out, she goes to the police, who arrest Berry. He ends up serving 20 months in jail.

1958 Life magazine becomes the first major publication to print the phrase "teen idol" when they use it to describe their cover subject, Ricky Nelson.

1957 It's a big night on Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly and the Crickets (performing "That'll Be The Day"), Sam Cooke (performing "You Send Me"), and The Rays (performing "Silhouettes") all perform for the first time on national TV.

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