Music History: December 9th:
2014 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, an original member of The Manhattans, dies of cancer at age 74.
2014 Sting joins the Broadway cast of his musical The Last Ship, which is based on the shipbuilding community where he grew up.
2011 Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O marries her longtime boyfriend, director Barnaby Clay.
2005 Mike Botts (drummer for Bread) dies of colon cancer the day after his 61st birthday in Burbank, California.
2003 Ozzy Osbourne crashes his quad bike, breaking several bones, including his collarbone, and fracturing vertebrae. The injuries are considerable, but not life-threatening.
2003 After the runaway success of the bluegrass soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou?, producer T Bone Burnett helms another Appalachian-inspired album for the Civil War movie Cold Mountain. Alison Krauss sings the Sting-written "You Will Be My Ain True Love" and "The Scarlet Tide," both of which are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
2003 The Offspring release their seventh studio album, Splinter.
2002 Australian band The Vines are booted from The Tonight Show with Jay Lenowhen lead singer Craig Nichols trashes equipment during sound check.
1991 A long legal battle over Bob Marley's estate ends when the nearly $12 million estate is awarded to his widow, Rita, and her children. In honor of the verdict, son Ziggynames his daughter, who was born that day, Justice Marley.
1989 Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" hits #1.
1987 Will Shatter (vocalist, bassist for Flipper) dies of a drug overdose.
1981 Sonny Til (lead tenor for The Orioles) dies of heart failure and diabetes in Washington, D.C., at age 53.
1978 The Blues Brothers release their first single, a cover of "Soul Man." The original is by Sam & Dave, whom the Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) emulated to create their act.
1978 Steely Dan's Greatest Hits album enters the charts.
1978 Chic's "Le Freak" hits #1.
1974 Rapper Canibus is born Germaine Williams in Kingston, Jamaica. He would spend his childhood moving to various cities, following his mother's career.
1974 George Harrison releases Dark Horse.
1972 Tre Cool (drummer for Green Day) is born Frank Edwin Wright III in Frankfurt, West Germany, but would be raised in Willits, California.
1972 The Moody Blues' Seventh Sojournalbum hits #1 in America, where it stays for five weeks.
1971 Portishead instrumentalist Geoff Barrow is born in Somerset, England.
1968 Brian Bell (rhythm guitarist/keyboardist for Weezer) is born in Iowa City, Iowa.
1968 The TV special TCB (Takin' Care Of Business), starring Supremes and The Temptations, airs on NBC.
1963 The Beach Boys release "Little Saint Nick," which envisions Santa in a hot-rod sleigh.
1958 Nick Seymour (bass guitarist for Crowded House) is born in Benalla, Victoria, Australia.
1957 Donny Osmond is born in Ogden, Utah.
1955 Randy Murray (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
1955 Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, Arkansas, and introduces his new song, "Heartbreak Hotel," by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."
1953 Frank Sinatra records "Young At Heart."
1950 Joan Armatrading is born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. Her family moves to England when she is 7, and raises her in Birmingham.
1946 Walter "Clyde" Orange (drummer, vocalist for Commodores) is born in Florida. He sings lead on the hits "Brick House" and "Nightshift."
1944 R&B singer Shirley Brickley (The Orlons) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1944 Neil Innes (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) is born in Danbury, Essex, England.
1941 Country singer Dan Hicks is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Known for songs like "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music."
1939 Sam Strain (Little Anthony & The Imperials, The O'Jays) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1935 Country singer David Houston is born Bossier City, Louisiana. His 1966 breakthrough hit "Almost Persuaded" spends nine weeks atop the Country chart - a feat not matched again until Taylor Swift's 2012 smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" goes on a 9-week run.
1934 Bluesman Junior Wells is born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr. He is raised in West Memphis, Arkansas (where he may have also been born). He learns harmonica from his cousin, Junior Parker.
1906 Tenor saxophonist Freddy Martin is born in Cleveland, Ohio.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Makes Its Debut
A Charlie Brown Christmas makes its debut, airing on CBS in place of The Munsters. The famous score, which becomes synonymous with the Peanuts, is written by the jazz musician Vince Guaraldi and performed by his trio.
2001 Perhaps hoping for a Nigel Tufnel Spinal Tap moment, Slash shows up at The Joint in Las Vegas, where his old band Guns N' Roses is playing. He is denied entry, as band management doesn't want to upset Axl Rose.
1984 The Jacksons' Victory tour comes to an end with a show at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It would be the only tour featuring all six members of The Jacksons (including Michael).
1980 The airwaves are filled with the music of John Lennon, who was shot and killed the previous evening. In Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen opens his concert by telling the crowd, "It's hard to come out here and play tonight, but there's nothing else to do."
1970 Jakob Dylan (lead singer for The Wallflowers) is born in New York City, New York. He is the fifth and youngest child of Bob Dylan and his first wife, Sara Lownds.
1967 Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested at his own concert in New Haven, Connecticut, after a police officer finds him backstage with a young girl and maces him. It's the first time a famous musician is arrested in the middle of a performance.