Music History: December 2nd:
"God bless you all for your prayers. Surgery went well
and I am now on the road to recovery. Therapy & Radiation for the next six weeks." Author Allen 'The Raider' Erhard
2014 Bobby Keys, whose saxophone can be heard on Rolling Stones tracks "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" and "Tumbling Dice," dies at age 70.
2013 Reggae star Junior Murvin dies at age 67.
2011 Police in Arkansas find the country singer Mindy McCready hiding in a closet two days after she kidnapped her 5-year-old son from her mother, who was living with the child in Florida. McCready, who did not have custody of her son, was seven months pregnant with twins at the time.
2011 Soul singer Howard Tate, original performer of the Janis Joplin hit "Get It While You Can," dies at age 72 from complications of multiple myeloma and leukemia.
2009 Scottish singer-songwriter Eric Woolfson (of The Alan Parsons Project) dies of kidney cancer at age 64.
2008 Odetta Holmes, known by the mononym Odetta, dies of heart disease at age 77. The blues singer was often called "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement."
2006 Glam rocker Dave Mount (drummer for Mud) dies at age 59.
2002 Richard Dangle, lead guitarist of the Fabulous Wailers, dies.
1991 The US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomasare owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.
1991 Morten Harket accepts a BMI Award in London on behalf of his band a-ha for achieving one million radio plays of their hit "Take On Me" in America.
1986 Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.
1986 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born musician and I Love Lucy star, dies of lung cancer at age 69.
1983 Jana Kramer is born in Michigan. She stars in the TV series One Tree Hill before launching a career as a country singer.
1982 Folk singer-songwriter David Blue, writer of the Eagles' "Outlaw Man," dies of a heart attack at age 41 while jogging in New York City.
1981 The Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which is based on The Supremes, opens on Broadway. It is later made into a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.
1979 Singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge are granted a divorce.
1978 Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.
1978 Nelly Furtado is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Portuguese parents.
1976 The British press is in an uproar the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the Today programme on London regional TV and swore repeatedly. The front page headline of the Daily Mirror reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!"
1974 Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
1973 The Who and their companions are jailed overnight in Montreal following $6,000 worth of hotel destruction inflicted after their show at the Forum.
1972 Steely Dan make the Billboard 200 for the first time when their debut album, Can't Buy a Thrill, lands at #197. The title comes from the Bob Dylan song "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry," where he sings:
Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby
Can't buy a thrill
1971 Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1970 Treach (of the hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature) is born Anthony Criss in East Orange, New Jersey.
1969 An intruder kidnaps Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes and forces her to tie up her two companions and get in a car with him. Birdsong escapes by jumping out of the car, and the man is arrested four days later in a bizarre case that makes national headlines. The intruder turned out to be a maintenance man at Birdsong's apartment building.
1969 In Bristol, England, George Harrison joins the Delaney & Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, making this the first tour of a Beatlesince 1966.
1969 On the way to their fateful Altamont concert of December 6, The Rolling Stones stop at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, where they spend three days recording the songs "Wild Horses," "You Gotta Move" and "Brown Sugar."
1968 Nate Mendel (bassist for Foo Fighters) is born in Richland, Washington.
1968 Rapper Danny Boy (of House Of Pain) is born Daniel O'Connor in Brooklyn, New York.
1967 The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" hits #1 in America for the first of four weeks.
1967 American Breed's "Bend Me Shape Me" enters the pop charts.
1967 The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album hits #1.
1963 Connie Francis records "In The Summer Of His Years," which was inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1962 Andy Williams records "Can't Get Used To Losing You."
1961 Elvis Presley fills in an automobile insurance form. He lists a 1950 Chevy one-ton truck, a pink 1955 Cadillac Sedan, a 1958 Harley-Davidson and a 1960 Rolls-Royce.
1961 "Surfin'", the first recording by The Beach Boys, gets its first ever play on KFWB Radio.
1960 Rick Savage (bass guitarist for Def Leppard) is born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1950 Phil Harris' "The Thing" hits #1.
1950 Country singer John Wesley Ryles is born in Bastrop, Louisiana. He makes his debut with the 1968 hit single "Kay."
1942 Ted Bluechel Jr. (drummer, guitarist for The Association) is born in San Pedro, California.
1941 Tom McGuinness (guitarist for Manfred Mann) is born in Wimbledon, South London, England.
1918 Milton DeLugg is born in Los Angeles, California. Aside from being a talented accordionist, he writes the Nat King Cole hit "Orange Colored Sky," and composes music for popular game shows such as The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and What's My Line?
1917 Jazz singer Sylvia Syms is born Sylvia Blagman in Brooklyn, New York. In 1956 she lands her breakthrough hit with a cover of "I Could Have Danced All Night."
1916 Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1915 Libretto writer Adolph Green is born in New York City. Along with his partner Betty Comden, he writes lyrics for a number of musicals, including On the Town, Bells Are Ringing and Singin' in the Rain.
"Thriller" Video Debuts On MTV
Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video debuts on MTV.
1999 Jay-Z stabs the record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a party at Manhattan's Kit Kat Klub, believing Rivera bootlegged his album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. The rapper pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault and is sentenced to three years probation.
1995 "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey's duet with Boyz II Men, hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds the top spot for a record 16 weeks.
1981 Britney Spears is born in McComb, Mississippi. She is raised in Louisiana.
1972 The Temptations "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" hits #1 in the US. Running 6:58, it's one of the longest chart-topping singles.
1957 Al Priddy, a disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of "White Christmas," which the station has banned, their program manager saying it "desecrates the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent." The story makes national news, but it turns out to be a brilliant publicity stunt - Priddy is back on the air two weeks later, with the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ. As part of the stunt, Priddy recorded the GM calling in to "fire" him for playing the song and played the conversation on his show before he left.