Music History: December 7th:
2016 Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies at 69 after a battle with cancer.
2016 One Direction's Louis Tomlinson loses his 43-year-old mother, Johannah Deakin, to leukemia.
2015 Less than a month after their concert was invaded by terrorists and many of their fans murdered, Eagles of Death Metal make an emotional return to the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, where they lay flowers in memory of the 90 dead. They also join U2 on stage at the AccorsHotel Arena to perform Patti Smith's "People Have the Power." "Don't Let It Go Away" is performed by the Missing People Choir in a carol service at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square in the evening.
2011 30 Seconds to Mars breaks the record for most shows performed during a single album cycle when they play their 300th concert in support of their album This Is War at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
2011 The Black Keys, who won three Grammy Awards in 2011, appear on The Colbert Report. They play "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling."
2010 Judas Priest announces that their Epitaph World Tour, which will run until 2012, will be their last major tour. In 2013 they change their minds and pick up right where they left off.
2008 Classics IV frontman Dennis Yost dies of respiratory failure at age 65, two years after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall.
2003 Mary J. Blige marries her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs. She files for divorce in 2016.
1996 Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" hits #1 in America for the first of 11 weeks.
1990 Soul singer Dee Clark, known for the 1961 hit "Raindrops," dies of a heart attack at age 52.
1987 Aaron Carter is born in Tampa, Florida, to a family that includes brother Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys. Aaron will release his self-titled debut album by the time he's 10.
1987 Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins (among others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.
1987 Harry Chapin receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in fighting hunger. Along with Bill Ayres, Chapin founded World Hunger Year, which is later re-named WhyHunger and becomes a very effective organization in distributing food to those in need.
1985 "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
1980 Darby Crash (of the Germs) commits suicide at age 22 through an intentional heroin overdose.
1979 Sara Bareilles is born in Eureka, California.
1974 Nicole Appleton (of All Saints) is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1974 Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1973 Todd Rundgren performs his hit "Hello It's Me" on The Midnight Special wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit. Rundgren wrote the song in 1968, and by the time it became a hit, he had moved on to a psychedelic/art rock phase, which explains the incongruent wardrobe selection.
1971 Paul McCartney & Wings release their debut album, Wild Life (UK).
1968 Lead singer Eric Burdon announces that The Animals will call it quits by the end of the year. Burdon later joins the band War.
1967 Graham Nash, fresh from his break with The Hollies, announces the formation of his new group Crosby, Stills & Nash.
1964 Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys marries Marilyn Rovell. They remain married until 1979 and have two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who form the group Wilson Phillips.
1963 Barbara Weathers (of Atlantic Starr) is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1963 The Beatles appear as panelists on the BBC show Juke Box Jury to rate records. Elvis' new single, "Kiss Me Quick," is declared a "hit."
1962 At a pub in Chelsea, The Rolling Stoneshold auditions for a bass player. They decide that Bill Wyman will do, as he has a nice amp. Wyman doesn't tell them that he has a wife and young son.
1958 Tim Butler (bassist for The Psychedelic Furs) is born in Teddington, Middlesex, England.
1957 The movie Jamboree, featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire," debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
1956 Tommy Steele, billed as "Britain's answer to Elvis," makes his concert debut at Finsbury Park, Astoria, London.
1956 Rock! Rock! Rock!, one of the earliest Rock and Roll movies, opens in theaters. The film features the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and LaVern Baker.
1949 Tom Waits is born in Pomona, California.
1931 Bobby Osborne (of The Osborne Brothers) is born in Leslie County, Kentucky.
1924 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett is born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Known for the 1955 hit "Seventeen."
1924 Pianist/composer Bent Fabric is born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre in Frederiksberg, Denmark.
1910 Louis Prima is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1889 At the Savoy Theatre, the opera The Gondoliers is first performed.
The King Of Pop Reigns With "Black Or White"
"Black Or White" by Michael Jackson hits #1 in America for the first of seven weeks.
1998 The Indiana University a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform their zany rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas" at the school. In 2006, a video of the performance is uploaded to YouTube and goes viral, earning the group a record deal and sending the song to #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1973 Fleetwood Mac's manager, Clifford Davis, gets fed up with the premature cancellation of a tour and sends out his own version of the group with unknown musicians. It doesn't go well: the new band lasts just a few weeks and the real band wins the rights to their name after years of litigation.
1967 The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. Seven months later, they close the boutique and give away the remaining merchandise.
1963 The Singing Nun's "Dominique" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1942 Harry Chapin is born in New York City. The folk rocker debuts in 1972 with the album Heads & Tales, featuring his first hit, "Taxi."