Music History: December 10th:
2015Janis Joplin's psychedelic-painted Porsche sells for $1.76 million at auction.
2011 At the last of four 30th anniversary concerts at The Filmore in San Francisco, Metallica are joined on stage by two original members: bass player Ron McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine.
2010 Michael Jackson's first posthumous album, Michael, is released.
2006 A demo called KO At Home by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is accidentally leaked on the internet. The recording was meant to be a gift to friend Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio but it was stolen from Sitek's suitcase. Karen O shrugged off the leak, saying "shit happens."
2003 Bill Deal (frontman for The Rhondels) dies at age 59. Known for the 1969 hit singles "I've Been Hurt," "What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am," and "May I."
1999 Rick Danko (bassist for The Band) dies of heart failure in his sleep in Marbletown, New York, at age 56.
1997 Olivia Newton-John causes trouble for Murphy Brown on the episode "I Hear A Symphony."
1996 Country singer Faron Young dies a day after shooting himself, possibly due to his failing health, at age 64.
1995 During a recording session, Fat Boys member Darren Robinson, known as "The Human Beatbox," dies of a heart attack at age 28.
1991 Alan Freed, the disc jockey who coined the phrase "rock and roll," is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1985 Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1983 Tina Turner's first solo hit, a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," charts at #6 in England as her comeback gets going.
1980 John Lennon's body is cremated. There is no funeral, but a worldwide vigil is held four days later.
1979 Kool and the Gang's "Ladies' Night" is certified Gold.
1976 Queen release their fifth album, A Day At The Races, in the UK (US release is December 18). Like their previous album, A Night At The Opera, it's titled after a Marx Brothers movie.
1976 Billy Idol's Generation X play their first live performance, at London's Central College of Art.
1976 Wings release Wings Over America.
197 5 The Who's The Who by Numbers album is certified Gold.
1974 Meg White (of The White Stripes) is born Megan Martha White in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
1974 Hawkwind begins their UK tour, A Dead Singer, at Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, England.
1973 The nightclub CBGB opens on Manhattan's Lower East Side. A former flophouse, it becomes ground zero for East Coast punk rock, with Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television and Blondie often performing there.
1972 Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured when her bass player totals her new Citroen near Manhattan.
1971 Monkees singer Davy Jones guest stars on The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones."More
1971 Scot Alexander (bass guitarist for Dishwalla) is born in Santa Barbara, California.
1971 During a concert in London, Frank Zappais thrown into the orchestra pit by a fan's jealous boyfriend, breaking his leg and ankle and fracturing his skull. Zappa takes months to recover.
1971 At the "Free John Sinclair Rally" in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Lennon debuts his new song, fittingly called "John Sinclair." Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Phil Ochs also appear at the rally, which is an effort to get Sinclair, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints, out of jail. Sinclair was released two days later.
1967 Keyboardist Ronnie Caldwell dies in a Wisconsin plane crash along with three of his Bar-Kays bandmates and Otis Redding, one week before his 19th birthday.
1967 Drummer Carl Cunningham dies in a Wisconsin plane crash along with three of his Bar-Kays bandmates and Otis Redding. He was 18 years old.
1967 Bar-Kays saxophonist Phalon Jones, age 19, dies in a Wisconsin plane crash along with three of his bandmates and Otis Redding.
1967 Along with three of his Bar-Kays bandmates, 18-year-old guitarist Jimmie King dies in a Wisconsin plane crash that also takes the life of Otis Redding.
1967 The previously unknown San Francisco group The Steve Miller Blues Band signs to Capitol for an unprecedented $750,000, dropping "Blues" from their name in the process.
1966 Timothy Christian Riley (drummer, keyboardist for Tony! Toni! Tone!) is born.
1966 The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" hits #1.
1965 The Grateful Dead perform their first concert in San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (and only their second overall).
1963 Donny Osmond performs with The Osmonds for the first time when they appear on The Andy Williams Show.
1959 The Platters' four male members are acquitted of charges made on August 10th in Cincinnati, Ohio, of "aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation."
1952 Susan Dey (of The Partridge Family) is born in Pekin, Illinois. She has no previous acting experience when she lands her first TV role as Laurie Partridge in 1970.
1951 Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is born Juan Raul Davis Rodriguez in Sabinal, Texas. Among other hits, reached #5 on the country charts with a cover of the Eagles' "Desperado."
1949 At J&M Studio in New Orleans, Fats Domino records his first single, "Detroit City Blues," backed with "The Fat Man." The B-side becomes the hit, the first of many for Domino.
1948 Jessica Cleaves (lead singer for Friends of Distinction) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1946 Ace Kefford (bass guitarist for The Move) is born Christopher John Kefford in Moseley, Birmingham, England.
1941 Kyu Sakamoto is born Hisashi Oshima in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.
1941 Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy) is born David Stuart Chadwick in Windermere, Cumbria, England.
1941 R&B singer Ralph Tavares is born, the eldest of his singing brothers that form Tavares.
1930 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra record "Mood Indigo."
1927 The Nashville radio show "WSM Barn Dance" becomes "The Grand Ole Opry."
1926 Guitar Slim is born Eddie Jones in Greenwood, Mississippi.
1924 Pop singer Ken Albers (The Four Freshmen) is born in Woodbury, New Jersey.
1914 Dorothy Lamour, actress and big band singer, is born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton in New Orleans, Louisiana. Starred with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in their series of Road To... movies.
1906 Lyricist Harold Adamson is born in Greenville, New Jersey. He would write the lyrics for the iconic theme to I Love Lucy. Though it was kept as an instrumental, Desi Arnaz sings the lyrics in the episode "Lucy's Last Birthday."
1822 Composer Cesar Franck is born Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck in Liege (now in Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of Netherlands).
Led Zeppelin Reunites For One Show Only
Led Zeppelin play a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, the biggest reunion in rock history. John Bonham's son, Jason, plays drums at the show, which is hailed by critics and fans as triumphant.
2016 Bob Dylan accepts the Nobel Prize in Literature. He doesn't attend the ceremony, but sends an insightful speech that is read by the US ambassador to Sweden.
2015 The TV movie Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors airs on NBC.
2005 After five years of dating, country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tie the knot in a private ceremony at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The marriage is Brooks' second and Yearwood's third.
1974 The Rankin/Bass animated holiday special The Year Without A Santa Claus airs on ABC.
1967 Otis Redding dies at age 26 when his personal Beechcraft plane crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Members of his road band The Bar-Kays also die in the crash; the only survivor is the band's trumpet player Ben Cauley. One month later, "Dock of the Bay" is released, becoming the first #1 song issued after the artist's death.
1953 The first issue of Playboy magazine is published (Marilyn Monroe is on the cover). Over the next two decades, "playboy" shows up in several hit songs:
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