Music History: December 6th:
2015 Carole King is celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, where 73-year-old Aretha Franklin brings the audience to its feet with her rendition of "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," one of many classic songs written by King.More
2013 After its authenticity is verified on the PBS series History Detectives, the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played in his historic performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 is purchased at a 2013 auction for an astounding $965,000. It had spent the previous 48 years with the family of Dylan's personal pilot, who received no reply when he told Dylan to retrieve the gear he left behind.
2011 Barbara Orbison, the second wife and widow of Roy Orbison, dies 23 years to the day after her husband.
2011 Soul singer Dobie Gray dies of complications from cancer surgery at age 71.
2009 President Obama greets honorees Bruce Springsteen and Robert DeNiro during the reception for the Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
2009 Weezer's tour bus crashes, forcing them to cancel the rest of their tour. Frontman Rivers Cuomo is injured, but is back in action six weeks later.
2006 On her third wedding anniversary to Elvis Costello, Diana Krall gives birth to twin boys, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James.
2003 Elvis Costello marries jazz singer Diana Krall at Elton John's London estate.
2000 Tina Turner wraps up her wildly successful Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour with a show in Anaheim, California. She claimed it would be her last stadium tour, but it is not - she hits the road again in 2008.
1995 Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theater during a rehearsal for an upcoming TV special and is hospitalized.
1988 Guitarist Bill Harris (of The Clovers) dies of pancreatic cancer in Washington, DC, at age 63.
1986 Ringo becomes the first Beatle to use his name in an advertisement, for Sun Country wine cooler.
1975 Tyrone Davis' "Turning Point" enters the R&B charts.
1970 Ulf Ekberg (of Ace Of Base) is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1970 The Rolling Stones' tour documentary Gimme Shelter, featuring footage of the infamous Altamont concert, opens in New York City.
1969 Cab Calloway stars in NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of The Littlest Angel.
1968 The Beates' self-titled album (aka "The White Album") is certified gold.
1968 The Rolling Stones release Beggars Banquet.
1968 President Richard Nixon sends out 66,000 signed letters to potential administrative office holders, including Elvis Presley.
1966 The Beatles record "When I'm 64."
1965 The Beatles release "We Can Work It Out," with "Day Tripper" on the flip side.
1965 The Beatles release Rubber Soul (US).
1965 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release "Going To A Go-Go."
1965 The Rolling Stones record "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "Mother's Little Helper."
1964 The Gerry and the Pacemakers movie Ferry Cross The Mersey debuts at the New Victoria Cinema in London.
1963 The Beatles release The First Christmas Record.
1962 Ben Watt (of the alt rock duo Everything but the Girl) is born in Marylebone, London, England.
1961 Brian Epstein gets his first job as a band manager; his first client: The Beatles.
1961 Keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who is on tour with Smashing Pumpkins when he dies of a drug overdose in 1996, is born in Los Angeles. He is the brother of Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa.
1961 David Lovering (drummer for the Pixies) is born in Burlington, Massachusetts.
1957 The Diamonds release "The Stroll."
1957 Elvis Presley visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.
1956 Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot guitarist) is born in Santa Monica, California.
1956 Peter Buck (lead guitarist for R.E.M.) is born in Berkeley, California. While attending the University of Georgia, he works at Wuxtry Records and meets future bandmate Michael Stipe.
1955 Rick Buckler (drummer for The Jam) is born in Woking, Surrey, England.
1952 The Mills Brothers' "The Glow-Worm" hits #1.
1949 Blues musician Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 60.
1948 The CBS television show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts debuts. Plenty of up-and-coming talents appear on the variety program, including Patsy Cline and Tony Bennett.
1947 Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown frontman) is born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, Wales.
1947 Jazz bassist Miroslav Vitous (of Weather Report) is born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1944 The Count Basie Orchestra records "Red Bank Boogie."
1944 Jonathan King, a pop singer and producer who discovers Genesis, is born in London, England.
1943 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Edmonton, North London, England.
1941 Country singer Helen Cornelius, known for a string of popular duets with Jim Ed Brown ("I Don't Want To Have To Marry You," 1976), is born in Monroe City, Missouri.
1939 '60s teen idol Steve Alaimo, who becomes host of Dick Clark's Where the Action Is, is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1920 Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, composer of the standard "In Your Own Sweet Way," is born in Concord, California.
1896 Ira Gershwin is born in New York City. With his younger brother George, he writes music for many popular songs, including "Summertime."
1877 With his new invention, the phonograph, Thomas Edison records "Mary Had A Little Lamb," what was believed for over a century to be the first known recording of the human voice. In February 2008, an earlier recording of "Au Claire De La Lune" came to light.
Stones Altamont Concert Turns Violent
The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It's a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santanaalso on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who are hired as security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.
2004 Mötley Crüe announce their "reunion/farewell tour," with drummer Tommy Lee returning to the fold after a 5-year absence. It is not their farewell: They tour every year until 2015, when they finally call it quits.
1995 Coolio wins Single Of The Year for "Gangsta's Paradise" at the Billboard Music Awards. When he performs the song at the ceremony, he is joined by Stevie Wonder, whose "Pastime Paradise" is the basis for Coolio's track.
1994 Bush release their debut album Sixteen Stone, which takes off in America but is largely ignored in their native England.
1993 At a video shoot for Travis Tritt's remake of the Eagles' "Take It Easy," the Eagles themselves reunite and decide to re-form for new songs and a tour.
1988 Roy Orbison dies of heart failure at age 52.
1977 Jackson Browne releases Running On Empty, a live album compiled from performances at various stops on his summer tour. Live albums typically rely on songs that have already been released, but this one features all new songs, the first major rock album to do so.
1975 Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years album hits #1 in America, his first solo album to top the chart.
1969 Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," the ultimate "see ya later" song, hits #1 in America.