Music History: December 5th:
2017 French music star Johnny Hallyday dies of lung cancer at 74.
2016 Boy George appears on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillswhen it's revealed that he's the regular houseguest of newest housewife Dorit Hemsley and her talent manager husband PK.
2012 Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dies one day before his 92nd birthday.
2012 Alicia Keys scores her fifth #1 on the Billboard albums chart with Girl On Fire.
2010 The cast of the show Glee performs on the reality competition show The X Factor.
2010 Porn director-turned-blues musician John Leslie dies of a stroke at age 65.
2004 In Washington D.C., Elton John receives a Kennedy Center honor.
2003 Coldplay frontman Chris Martin marries actress Gwyneth Paltrow, a year after meeting backstage at one of his concerts.
2002 Elton John guest stars on Will and Grace, one of the first shows featuring a lead character who is gay.
2001 David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
1981 Damaged, Black Flag's debut album, is released. It will go on to become one of the most influential albums in the hardcore punk genre.
1980 The movie Flash Gordon, with a theme song by Queen, opens in theaters.
1980 U2 play their first show in the US when they perform at The Ritz Ballroom in New York City.
1976 Two days after he is shot in an assassination attempt, Bob Marleyperforms at the Smile Jamaica concert, which he organized in an effort to promote peace in the country. The concert becomes more of a political event after the shooting, which was carried out by a political party who saw Marley as a threat. About 80,000 Jamaicans attend the concert, where Marley takes the stage for 90 minutes.
1976 Elvis Presley falls on stage at a show in Las Vegas and sprains his ankle.
1975 Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album is certified Gold.
1975 Earth, Wind and Fire's Gratitude album is certified Gold.
1969 The Rolling Stones release Let It Bleed.
1968 Glen Graham (drummer for Blind Melon) is born in Columbus, Mississippi.
1968 The Rolling Stones hold a "Beggar's Banquet" at Elizabeth Rooms, London, to promote their release of the new album with the same name. The "banquet" ends with a pie fight.
1965 Johnny Rzeznik (frontman for The Goo Goo Dolls) is born in Buffalo, New York.
1964 The Beach Boys' Beach Boys Concertalbum hits #1 for the first of 4 weeks, claiming the top spot for the rest of December.
1964 The Zombies' "She's Not There" enters the pop charts.
1960 Jack Russell (Great White vocalist) is born in Montebello, California.
1960 Billboard reports on a spate of answer records to Elvis Presley's hit "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," including a few songs called "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight."
1960 Mary Wells releases her debut single, "Bye Bye Baby."
1955 The BMI Annual Awards in New York City score big for R&B, with rhythm and blues songs winning a record eleven awards.
1947 Jim Messina (of Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina) is born in Maywood, California.
1946 Canadian pop rocker Andy Kim is born Andrew Youakim in Montreal, Quebec.
1945 Flight 19 disappears over the Bermuda Triangle, inspiring a song by B.A. Robertson.
1945 Eduardo "Eddie" Serrato (drummer for ? & the Mysterians) is born
1938 Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale, a forerunner of the Tulsa Sound, is born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1936 Chad Mitchell (of the Chad Mitchell Trio) is born in Portland, Oregon.
1932 Richard Wayne Penniman, who will become known as Little Richard, is born in Macon, Georgia.
1922 Songwriter Don Robertson is born in Beijing, China. Aside from his own 1956 hit, "The Happy Whistler," he penned songs for several artists, including Elvis Presley ("Anything That's Part of You," "Love Me Tonight," among others), The Chordettes ("Born to Be with You") and Les Paul and Mary Ford ("Hummingbird").
1912 Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson, author of "Shotgun Blues" and "No Way Out," is born Alex Miller in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. This is the date he claims he was born, but his headstone (erected 12 years after his death) reads March 11, 1908.
Beyonce Channels Etta James In Cadillac Records
The musical biopic Cadillac Recordspremieres in US theaters, with Beyoncé in a starring role as soul legend Etta James.
1998 Billboard changes the way they calculate the Hot 100, finally accounting for airplay. Previously, if a song wasn't available for purchase as a single, it couldn't chart. As labels withheld singles to goose album sales, popular songs like "Don't Speak" and "One Headlight" were conspicuously absent from the chart, prompting the change.
1993 Onetime Gin Blossoms guitarist Doug Hopkins commits suicide at age 32. Hopkins was fired from the group before the release of their debut album, New Miserable Experience, but the biggest hits from that album, "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You," were songs he wrote.
1980 Speaking with Rolling Stone's Jonathan Cott, John Lennon gives his last print interview, as he is killed three days later.
1968 Graham Nash quits The Hollies and a few days later forms Crosby, Stills and Nash.