Music History: December 3rd:
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2016 Thanks to a spike in sales following his death, Leonard Cohen's original version of "Hallelujah" enters the Hot 100 at #59, giving Cohen his first entry on the chart.
2014 Graeme Goodall, an Australian recording engineer and co-founder of Island Records, dies at age 82.
2014 Sonny Bivins, leader of The Manhattans, dies at age 78.
2014 A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.
2014 Ian McLagan (keyboardist for Small Faces, Faces) dies of a stroke at age 69.
2000 Kevin Mills, Newsboys' former bassist, is killed in a motorbike accident. He was 32.
1992 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards confirm the rumors that Bill Wyman, their bass player since 1962, will be leaving The Rolling Stones.
1988 Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1983 Songwriter Irving Taylor dies in Los Angeles. Co-wrote "Everybody Loves Somebody," which later became a hit for Dean Martin.
1981 At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.
1979 Daniel Bedingfield is born in New Zealand. He is the older brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle.
1978 The Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst accidentally pees on Billy Idol backstage after a show in Bristol, England, where The Cure are opening for Idol's band Generation X. Idol is entertaining a young lady in a men's room stall when Tolhurst unloads his lager, missing the urinal and hitting Idol's leg. The Cure are kicked off the tour the next day.
1976 It's a Spinal Tap moment for Pink Floydwhen during the shoot for their Animalsalbum cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station breaks free. Pilots in the London area are warned of a pig loose in the skies, which reaches a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.
1976 Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.
1973 Ringo Starr releases "You're Sixteen" in the US.
1971 "This Is How We Do It" singer Montell Jordan is born in Los Angeles, California.
1968 The O'Kaysions' "Girl Watcher" is certified gold.
1968 The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions" is certified gold.
1968 Aretha Franklin's Aretha Now album is certified gold.
1968 Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-da-Vida album is certified gold.
1968 Cream's Fresh Cream album is certified gold.
1967 The Supremes guest star on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.
1966 The Monkees, who are stars thanks to their TV show, play their first concert. About 8,000 screaming fans show up for the performance in Honolulu, confirming their status as real-life superstars.
1966 Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.
1966 The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" hits #1.
1965 The Beatles release Rubber Soul (UK).
1965 The Beatles release "Nowhere Man" in the UK.
1961 The Beatles meet Brian Epstein for the first time, at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. Later, at six that afternoon, they meet again to discuss Brian's management of the group.
1960 The Lerner and Loewe play Camelot, featuring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
1952 Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet guitarist) is born in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
1951 Mike Stock of the British songwriting/production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman is born.
1949 Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starshipsinger) is born in Cairo, Georgia.
1949 Nicky Stevens (Brotherhood of Manvocalist) is born Helen Thomas in Carmarthen, Wales.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne is born John Michael Osbourne in Birmingham, England. He becomes the lead singer of Black Sabbath.
1947 John Wilson (drummer for Them) is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1944 Pop singer Paul Nicholas is born Paul Oscar Beuselinck in Peterborough, England. As an actor, he's known for starring in the 1983 BBC TV sitcom Just Good Friends.
1944 Frank Sinatra records "Old Man River."
1931 Pop singer Jaye P. Morgan is born Mary Margaret Morgan in Mancos, Colorado. Her high school classmates nickname Mary, the class treasurer, "Jaye P." after the famous banker J. Pierpont Morgan.
1927 Andy Williams is born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
1925 Country singer Ferlin Husky is born in Cantwell, Missouri.
1925 George Gershwin premieres his "Concerto In F," the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin is also the featured soloist on flugelhorn.
1907 Connee Boswell (of the '30s jazz trio The Boswell Sisters) is born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1863 Gussie Davis, the first popular black Tin Pan Alley composer, is born in Dayton, Ohio.
1721 Johann Sebastian Bach marries Anna Magdalena Wilcken.
1585 Choral composer Thomas Tallis dies.
Adam Sandler Introduces "The Chanukah Song" On Saturday Night Live
Adam Sandler performs "The Chanukah Song" on the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, enlightening us to the fact that Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and David Lee Roth (among many others) are, in fact, Jewish. Released as a single the following year, the song reaches #10 US and become a seasonal favorite.
2015 A live adaptation of The Wiz airs on NBC. Based on the book (but not the film) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz began as a stage production in 1975, and was made into a movie (with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross) in 1978.
2015 Scott Weiland dies at age 48 when he suffers cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, where his band The Wildabouts are scheduled to perform.
1990 Madonna appears on the news program Nightline, where she debuts her video for "Justify My Love," which MTV has refused to play. As the lascivious clip plays, Madonna provides commentary, answering questions from host Forrest Sawyer.
1979 Before The Whoconcert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, 11 people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush to enter the arena. Like many concerts of the day, there are no reserved seats, a practice known as "festival seating." The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.
1968 A TV special simply called Elvis airs on NBC, drawing a huge audience and revitalizing the career of Elvis Presley. Footage from two June concerts makes up most of the special, which pays tribute to Bobby Kennedy with the closing number, "If I Can Dream."
1964 The animated TV special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer debuts on CBS, with Burl Ives as the voice of Sam the Snowman. The special is based on the 1949 song, which has become a perennial favorite.
1947 Patti Page records her first hit single, "Confess." Unable to find background singers due to a strike, Mercury Records sound engineer Bill Putnam overdubs Page's own vocals. It's the first-ever recording with overdubbed vocals.