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December 10

December 10th: On this day
1949, Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records. One of those songs was called ‘The Fat Man’, which later became his nickname.
1959, The four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation after an incident on August 10th in Cincinnati. Despite the outcome of the trial, the scandal would severely damage the group’s career.
1961, James Brown, The Famous Flames, Sugar Pie DeSanto and The Brownies all appeared at The Evergreen Ballroom, Lacey, Washington.
1961, The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.
1965, 18-year-old David Bowie recorded ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ at Pye Studios, London, England, which was later released as a single under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third. It became the first David Bowie record to be released in the US as well as the first time the name “Bowie” appeared under the songwriters credit.
1966, The Beach Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Vibrations’, the group’s third US No.1. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up “vibrations” from people, so that the dog would bark at “bad vibrations” Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1967, American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.
1971, Playing the first of two nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre, in England, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by Trevor Howell, the jealous boyfriend of an audience member. Zappa fell onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit – the band thought Zappa had been killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year.
1973, The CBGB Club (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues), opened in the lower eastside of New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and the Ramones.
1983, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Say Say Say’. It was Jackson’s 10th No.1 (solo & The Jackson’s) and McCartney’s 29th, (solo and The Beatles).
1998, Bruce Springsteen won a £2 million court battle to ban an album of his early songs. The case revolved around a dispute over copyright ownership between Bruce and a former manager.
1998, A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300, ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles’ 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for £5,195 ($8,500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.
1999, Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). Renamed The Band who released their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the single ‘The Weight’). The Band released the 1978 concert film-documentary triple-LP soundtrack ‘The Last Waltz.’
1999, A war of words broke out between Cliff Richard and George Michael after George branded Cliff Richards hit ‘Millennium Prayer’ as ‘vile’. Cliff hit back by saying that his single was a Christian celebration.
2000, Eminem went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Stan’. The rappers second No.1, the female singing on the track was by Dido.
2000, Westlife scooped the Record of the Year award at the Smash Hits awards for ‘My Love’. Other winners included Atomic Kitten, for best new band, best new male went to Craig David, best British band, 5ive and Best Female Britney Spears.
2004, One of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.
2005, Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.
2007, Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London’s 02 Arena as part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show with all proceeds going to Ahmet’s own charity. Zeppelin performed 16 songs including two encores. A number of celebrities attended the gig including Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Priscilla Presley and Paris Hilton.
2008, The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to “create fear, disorient and prolong capture shock” for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were ‘Born In The USA’ by Bruce Springsteen, ‘Hell’s Bells’ by AC/DC, ‘White America’ by Eminem, ‘The Theme From Sesame Street’ and ‘I Love You’ from the Barney and Friends children’s TV show.
2009, In an interview with Q magazine, Paul McCartney was asked if his marriage to Heather Mills was the worst mistake of his life. He replied “OK, yeah. I suppose that has to be the prime contender.” The divorce settlement had cost McCartney £24m ($38.9m), plus annual payments for his daughter, Beatrice.
2010, The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ sold at a New York auction for $422,500 (£267,400). Adam Sender, a hedge fund manager and art collector, outbid five others, placing telephone bids. The song, one of Dylan’s most politically charged, was the title track of his 1964 album.
2011, A copy of The Beatles ‘Love Me Do’ 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.
December 10th: Born on this day
1910, Born on this day, John Hammond, producer, A&R scout. Worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, George Benson and Janis Joplin Hammond died on 10th July 1987.
1926, Born on this day Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones, New Orleans blues guitar player from the 1940s and 1950s best known for the million-selling song ‘The Things That I Used to Do’, a song that is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1941, Born on this day, Ralph Tavares, Tavares, (1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’).
1941, Born on this day, Northern Indian-born British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Sarstedt, best known for the single ‘Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?’, which topped the UK Singles Chart in 1969 (and 14 other countries), and won an Ivor Novello Award.
1946, Born on this day, English bassist, Ace Kefford, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way’). He was the co-founder of The Move in October 1965 with Trevor Burton, after meeting David Bowie at Birmingham’s Cedar Club, following a performance by Bowie’s band Davy Jones and the Lower Third. The duo invited Roy Wood, then Carl Wayne and Bev Bevan to join and complete the classic Move line-up.
1948, Born on this day, Jessica Cleaves, The Friends Of Distinction, (1969 US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).
1954, Born on this day, Geoff Deane, Modern Romance, (1982 UK No.4 single ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’).
1957, Born on this day, Paul Hardcastle, British composer, musician, and multi-instrumentalist who scored the 1985 UK No.1 single ‘Nineteen’ which became the top-selling single in 13 countries
1965, Born on this day, Joseph Mascis, guitar, vocals, Dinosaur Jr, (1993 UK No.20 single ‘Start Choppin’).
1972, Born on this day, Brian Molko, guitar, vocals, Placebo, (1997 UK No. 6 single ‘Nancy Boy’).
1974, Born on this day, Meg White, American drummer, The White Stripes. Their 2003 UK No.1 album ‘Elephant’ spent 46 weeks on the UK chart.

December 9

December 9th: On this day
1961, The Beatles agent Sam Leach attempted to introduce the group to London agents by promoting a show at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, England. The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended, (local newspaper, The Aldershot News, failed to publish the advertisement for the show). However, the band and friends had their own fun after the show, including a mock funeral for Paul McCartney.
1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album ‘Fresh Cream’ in the UK. The three piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single ‘I Feel Free’ on the same day.
1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1972, Neil Diamond released the live double album Hot August Night, from a concert on August 24, 1972, which was one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The album peaked at No.5 on the US chart and spent 29 weeks at No.1 on the Australian chart.
1978, Boney M had their second UK No.1 single with their version of the Harry Belafonte 1957 hit ‘Mary’s Boy Child’. On the list of the all-time best selling singles in the UK, Boney M. appear in fifth place (with ‘Rivers of Babylon’) and tenth place (with ‘Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord’). The single sold almost 1.8 million copies.
1978, Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Le Freak.’ Nile Rodgers later stated that the song was devised during New Years Eve of 1977, as a result of him and bassist Bernard Edwards being refused entrance to Studio 54, in New York City, where they had been invited by Grace Jones, due to Jones’s failure to notify the nightclub’s staff. He said the lyrics of the refrain were originally “Fuck off!” rather than “Freak out!”
1978, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith’s brother, at a Skafish concert at Hurrah, a New York dance club. Vicious was sent to Rikers Island metro jail for fifty-five days to undergo a painful and enforced detoxification.
1988, According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.
1989, Billy Joel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’. Its lyrics are made up from rapid-fire brief allusions to over a hundred headline events between 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front.
1991, During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N’ Roses played the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
1992, George Harrison was the recipient of the first Century Award, presented by Tom Petty at the third Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, California.
1995, Darren Robinson, founder member of The Fat Boys died of a heart attack, weighing 450lb (204kg) at the time of his death. Also known as Buffy, The Human Beat Box, and DJ Doctor Nice.
1995, Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK No.1 single when ‘Earth Song’ started a 6-week run at the top of the charts. It gave Jackson the UK Christmas No.1 of 1995 and his best-selling UK single ever. The song kept the first single released by The Beatles in 25 years, ‘Free as a Bird’, off the No.1 position.
2000, Sharon Corr of The Corrs called for the legalisation of cannabis, claiming that the drug has medicinal properties. Sharon said, ‘Some people with certain conditions can get a brief reprieve from their symptoms through cannabis’.
2000, U2 made their first-ever appearance on the long-running NBC program ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The band played ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Elevation.’
2001, Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna said ‘motherfucker’ during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.
2001, Winners at The Smash Hits awards included Atomic Kitten, Best single for ‘Whole Again’, Westlife won Best band and Best album for ‘World Of Our Own’, and Blue won Best newcomer, Steps won Best live act, Shaggy won Best male act, Britney Spears won Best Female Act, Destiny’s Child won Best R&B act, S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens won Most Fanciable Female and Best Video went to Gorillaz, ‘Clint Eastwood.’
2003, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne’s accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.
2005, Joss Stone, Lemar and Ms. Dynamite backed by the African Children’s Choir and 1,200 school children set a new world record for the most children singing simultaneously. The ‘Big Sing’ was held at The Royal Albert Hall, London. The singers led a performance of ‘Lean On Me’ which was broadcast to more than half a million people.
2005, A man charged with stealing more than $300,000 worth of Elvis Presley’s jewelry from the Elvis-A-Rama museum appeared in a Las Vegas court. 30 year old Eliab Aguilar was arrested on November 3rd after police said he approached a retired Elvis impersonator and offered to sell him several items including Presley’s 1953 class ring from Humes High School worth $32,000, a 41 carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000 and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special.
2006, Mariah Carey threatened legal action against porn star Mary Carey in an attempt to stop her trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The singer believed fans could get the two performers confused if the adult film actress Mary Carey’s trademark application was successful.
2010, Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Centre in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.
2013, Recipients honored at the 36th annual national John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were: pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; singer and songwriter Billy Joel and guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.
2016, The Rolling Stones topped the UK chart with their latest album Blue & Lonesome, the bands first original studio album to reach No.1 for 22 years and the 12th album by The Rolling Stones to reach the top of the charts.
December 9th: Born on this day
1932, Born on this day, Junior Wells, US blues singer, harmonica player. Worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, toured with The Rolling Stones in 1970. He died on 5th January 1998.
1941, Born on this day, Sam Strain, The O’Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Love Train’).
1941, Born on this day, Dan Hicks, best-known as the lead musician and founder of the 70s acoustic band Hicks and His Hot Licks. He died on 6 Feb 2016 at the age of 74 after suffering with throat and liver cancer. Hot Licks’ hits included ‘I Scare Myself’ and ‘Canned Music’, which blended genre such as country, blues, jazz and swing.
1943, Born on this day, John Traynor, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single ‘This Magic Moment plus nine other US Top 30 hits). Left the group after their 1962 hit, ‘She Cried’. He was replaced by new lead singer David Blatt, who began calling himself Jay Black.
1944, Born on this day, Neil Innes, vocals, guitar, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’. Composed music for Monty Python’s Flying Circus wrote and performed The Rutles a TV spoof on The Beatles.
1946, Born on this day, Walter ‘Clyde’ Orange, drums, vocals, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single ‘Three Times A Lady’).
1946, Born on this day, Dennis Dunaway, bassist with the Alice Cooper Band who co-wrote some of the band’s most notable songs, including ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’.
1950, Born on this day, British singer-songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading, who scored the 1983 UK No.11 single ‘Drop The Pilot’. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996.
1954, Born on this day, Jack Sonni, American guitarist, best known as “the other guitarist” in Dire Straits during the band’s Brothers in Arms era.
1957, Born on this day, Donny Osmond, singer, (1971 US No.1 single with ‘Go Away Little Girl’, a 1972 UK No.1 single with ‘Puppy Love’ plus seven other UK Top 40 singles). As part of The Osmonds he enjoyed a 1971 US No.1 single with ‘One Bad Apple’, and the 1974 UK No.1 single with ‘Love Me For A Reason’.
1958, Born on this day, Nick Seymour, bass, Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single ‘Weather With You’).
1964, Born on this day, Paul H. Landers, rhythm-guitarist, Rammstein.
1968, Born on this day, American guitarist, singer and songwriter Brian Bell, Weezer, 1995 UK No.12 single, ‘Buddy Holly’. Bell also fronts the rock band The Relationship, and was previously the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Space Twins.
1969, Born on this day, Jakob Dylan, guitar, vocals, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, ‘Bringing Down The Horse’).
1970, Born on this day, Zak Foley, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & 1991 US No.1 single ‘Unbelievable’). Died 31st December 2001 aged 31.
1971, Born on this day, English music producer, composer, disc jockey, instrumentalist, Geoff Barrow, Portishead, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Glory Box’).
1972, Born on this day, Frank Wright III, ‘Tre Cool’, drums, Green Day, (he replaced the band’s former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990). Green Day are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He has also worked on the Green Day side-projects The Network and the Foxboro Hot Tubs.

December 8

December 8th: On this day
1961, The Beach Boys first single ‘Surfin’ was released on Candix Records, a small label based in Los Angeles. On the strength of the song’s performance in the Southern California market, Capitol Records signed the group. Other surfing songs would follow: ‘Surfin’ Safari,’ ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’and ‘Surfer Girl.’
1963, Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.
1966, Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.
1969, On trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD no more than five times. Telling the jury that he had now ‘outgrown’ drugs. They found the guitarist not guilty.
1973, Roxy Music had their first UK No.1 album when ‘Stranded’ went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy’s Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole, (who was the magazines’s first full-frontal nude centerfold).
1977, Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn’t arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being unwell.
1979, Styx went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Babe’, the group’s only US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.
1980, John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been waiting for Lennon outside the Dakota apartments since mid-morning and had asked for an autograph earlier in the day. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.
1982, American country singer, songwriter Marty Robbins died aged 57 of complications following cardiac surgery. Had the first No.1 of the 60’s in the US with ‘El Paso’, (winning him a Grammy Award). Robbins later portrayed a musician in the 1982 Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man.
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The group’s third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. This made them the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles.
1984, Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.
1995, Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show ’10 Most Fascinating People’, telling the presenter that she wished she had done ‘eight thousand million things differently’ to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.
1999, 1960’s singer Heinz was given a formal caution by magistrates in Southampton for playing music to loud in his flat. The singer who scored 4 Top 40 singles in the 60’s is now wheelchair bound.
2000, A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.
2000, Sting joined the ranks of Tinseltown’s greatest when his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.
2003, BPI figures showed that the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.
2004, Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.
2013, Metallica played a gig inside a dome at the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini, thus becoming the first band ever to play on all seven continents. During the concert audio was transmitted to an audience made up of competition winning fans from Latin America through headphones. Staged in conjunction with Coca Cola Zero, it was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent, following a performance in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak, at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts.
2016, Sir Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 73, after his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York City. The singer already had seven children, whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014.
December 8th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Sammy Davis Jr, singer, actor, (1972 US No.1 single ‘The Candy Man’). Died of throat cancer on 16th May 1990.
1939, Born on this day, James Galway, Irish musician, (1978 UK No.3 single ‘Annie’s Song’,)
1939, Born on this day, Jerry Butler, vocals, The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single ‘Lilies Of The Field’, solo 1969 US No.4 single ‘Only The Strong Survive’).
1942, Born on this day, Bobby Elliott, drums, The Hollies, (over 25 top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, first released in 1969.
1943, Born on this day, Jim Morrison singer and lyricist with The Doors who had the 1967 US No.1 single ‘Light My Fire’ and 1971 single ‘Riders On The Storm’. Due to his wild personality and performances, he is regarded by some people as one of the most iconic, charismatic and pioneering frontmen in rock music history. Morrison died of heart failure in a bathtub in a Paris hotel room on 3rd July 1971. The events surrounding his death continue to be the subject of controversy, as no autopsy was performed on his body after death, and the exact cause of his death is disputed by many to this day.
1944, Born on this day, Mike Botts, drums, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Make It With You’).
1946, Born on this day, Graham Knight, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’).
1947, Born on this day, Gregg Allman, keyboards, guitar, vocals, The Allman Brothers Band(1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’).
1947, Born on this day, Geoff Daking, The Blue Magoos, (1967 US No.5 single, ‘We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet’).
1949, Born on this day, Ray Shulman, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, (1967 UK No.9 single ‘Kites’). Gentle Giant.
1951, Born on this day, Dan Hartman, multi- instrumentalist, producer, worked with Edgar Winter. Had the 1978 UK No.8 & US No.29 solo single ‘Instant Replay’). He died on 22nd March 1994. Wrote ‘Relight My Fire’ a UK No.1 for Take That and Lulu, collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1953, Born on this day, Colin Routh, Black Lace, (1984 UK No.2 single ‘Agadoo’).
1956, Born on this day, Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist. Worked with Frank Zappa, Duran Duran and Missing Persons. After posing naked with an erection in Brazilian gay magazine, G, in 2000, the guitarist marketed an eight-inch dildo modeled on his own penis, called the Rock Rod. In the early 1990s, Cuccurullo collaborated with Duran bandmate Nick Rhodes, calling themselves TV Mania.
1957, Born on this day, Phil Collen, guitar, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’ and 1987 worldwide No.1 album Hysteria 1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’).
1959, Born on this day, Paul Rutherford, vocals, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.10 single ‘Relax’ and six other UK Top 40 singles).
1962, Born on this day, Marty Friedman, Megadeth, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’).
1966, Born on this day, Sinead O’Connor, Irish singer, songwriter, (1990 UK, US and world-wide No.1 single with the Prince penned ‘Nothing Compares To U’). Her version of the song was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries.
1973, Born on this day, Judith Pronk, Alice Deejay, 1999 UK No. 2 single ‘Better Off Alone’.
1973, Born on this day, Corey Taylor, lead singer with Slipknot, (sometimes known by the number 8), who had the 2001 UK No.1 album Iowa, also a founding member of Stone Sour.
1974, Born on this day, Nick Zinner, guitarist, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (2006 UK No. 18 single ‘Gold Lion’).
1982, Born on this day, Chrisette Michele, American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, 2009 US No.1 album ‘Epiphany’.

December 7

December 7th: On this day
1963, The Beatles second album ‘With The Beatles’ started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album ‘Please Please me’ which had been at the top of the charts since it’s release 30 weeks previously. Also today, all four Beatles appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Juke Box Dury’. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were ‘Kiss Me Quick’ by Elvis Presley, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by the Swinging Blue Jeans. ‘Did You Have a Happy Birthday’ by Paul Anka and ‘Where Have You Been All My Life’ by Gene Vincent.
1963, The Singing Nun started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dominique’, it reached No.7 on the UK chart. The song sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song.
1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, the Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips.
1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn’t see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash. Redding wrote the first verse of the song, under the abbreviated title ‘Dock of the Bay’, on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California a short time after his appearance at The Monterey pop festival. Redding’s familiar whistling, heard before the song’s fade was the singer fooling around, he had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add words in place of the whistling.
1967, The Beatles Apple boutique on 94 Baker Street, London, opened its doors. The store closed seven months later when it fell foul of council objections over the psychedelic mural painted on the outside. All the goods from the shop were given away free to passers by and to people who had queued throughout the night for a chance of getting a free item.
1968, The Beatles White Album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label and featured ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘Dear Prudence’, and the Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’
1974, Barry White was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, the singers first UK No.1. Originally written in the 1950’s as a country song with the title ‘You’re My First, You’re My Last, My In-Between.’
1974, Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million.
1977, Inventor Dr Peter Carl Goldmark was killed in a car crash aged 71. Goldmark invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945 that went on to revolutionise the way people listened to music.
1979, The Police had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Walking on the Moon’, taken from their second album ‘Reggatta De Blanc’. The video for the song was filmed at Kennedy Space Center interspersed with NASA footage.
1985, Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Broken Wings’, a UK No.4 hit.
1991, George Michael and Elton John were at No.1 in the UK with a live version of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go down On Me’, (a hit for Elton in 1974). All proceeds from the hit went to aids charities.
1991, Michael Jackson started a 7 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Black Or White’, his 12th solo No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
1991, U2 went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Achtung Baby’. Featuring ‘One’, Zoo Station’, ‘The Fly’ and ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’.
1992, Mariah Carey’s MTV Unplugged EP became the first Sony Minidisc to be released in the US.
1993, Manic Street Preachers co-manager Phillip Hall died from cancer. Hall was a former Record Mirror journalist and had also worked in PR for Stiff Records. Represented many acts including The Stone Roses, The Pogues, James, The Waterboys, The Beautiful South and Radiohead.
2003, Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘In The Zone’ the singer’s fourth US No.1 album. The singer broke her own record from being the first female artist to have three albums enter the US chart at No.1 to being the first female artist to have 4 albums enter at No.1 consecutively.
2005, The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James’ Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, “Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.” Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Run’ which became the fastest-selling digital-only track. Take That went to No.1 on the UK album after selling over 432,000 copies of their new album The Circus. Britney Spears album Circus, released on the same day as Take That’s album entered the chart at number four.
2014, Pink Floyd’s classic album, The Dark Side Of The Moon made a surprise return to the Billboard chart when it landed at No.13, thanks to ultra-cheap pricing in the Google Play store where the album was discounted to 99-cents. Although it held the No.1 spot in the US for only a week when released in 1973, it remained in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks.
2015, David Bowie made his last public appearance when he attended the opening night of the Lazarus production at the New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. Tickets to the entire run of the musical (which ran until 20th Jan 2016), sold out within hours of being made available.
2016, Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died aged 69 after a battle with cancer. One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the band combined heavy rock riffs with a classical influence. They scored hit albums with Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery and Lake had his solo hit ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’. Jimi Hendrix considered joining ELP in their earliest incarnation, and if this had happened, the band would’ve been known as HELP.
2016, An inquest into the deaths of British band Viola Beach after a crash in Sweden heard that “none of the young men suffered”. The four-piece group and their manager, who were aged between 19 and 32, died in the early hours of 13 February 2016, following a gig in Stockholm. Their car crashed into a raised section of a bridge and plummeted into a canal.
December 7th: Born on this day
1942, Born on this day, Harry Chapin, US singer, songwriter, (1974 UK No.34 single ‘W.O.L.D. & 1974 US No.1 single ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’). Killed on 16th July 1981, when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving.
1949, Born on this day, Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. His songs are best-known through cover versions by other artists: ‘Jersey Girl’, performed by Bruce Springsteen, ‘Ol’ ’55’, by The Eagles and ‘Downtown Train’, by Rod Stewart.
1954, Born on this day, Mike Nolan, vocals, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles’).
1958, Born on this day, Tim Butler, bass, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single ‘Pretty In Pink’).
1961, Born on this day, Robert Downes, guitar, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single ‘Big Area’).
1963, Born on this day, Barbara Weathers, Atlantic Starr, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Always’).
1963, Born on this day, Huw Chadbourne, keyboards, Babybird, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘You’re Gorgeous’, 1996 UK No. 9 album ‘Ugly Beautiful’).
1965, Born on this day, Brian Futter, guitar, Catherine Wheel, (1992 UK No.35 single ‘I Want To Touch You’).
1973, Born on this day, Damien Rice, Irish singer, songwriter, former member of Juniper, now solo, (2003 album ‘O’ featuring the single ‘Cannonball’, 2006 UK No.1 album ‘9’).
1974, Born on this day, Nicole Appleton, vocals, All Saints, (1998 UK No.1 single ‘Never Ever’ and 2003 UK No. 5 single as Appleton, ‘Don’t Worry’).
1986, Born on this day, Jonathan “JB” Benjamin Gill, singer, JLS, runners-up of the fifth series of The X Factor.
1987, Born on this day, Aaron Carter, singer, (1998 UK No. 7 single ‘Crazy Little Party Girl’).
1988, Born on this day, Winston Marshall, banjoist in the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

December 6

December 6th: On this day
1949, American blues artist, Leadbelly died. Huddie William Ledbetter wrote many songs including ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘Cotton Fields’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, and ‘The Midnight Special’. Leadbelly was jailed several times for fights and knife related incidents, he was once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman.
1961, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for The Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles accepts on their behalf.
1962, During sessions for the ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ album, Bob Dylan recorded ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ and versions of ‘Hero Blues’, ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’, ‘Oxford Town’, and ‘I Shall Be Free’, at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1964, The film ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’ premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and other Liverpool acts. It was written by Tony Warren, creator of the UK’s longest running TV soap ‘Coronation Street’.
1965, The Rolling Stones record ’19th Nervous Breakdown’ and ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ at RCA’s Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles.
1966, The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Year’s greetings for pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Both stations were broadcasting from ships anchored off the British coastline.
1968, The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet their seventh UK studio album. For the album, (which included ‘Street Fighting Man’, and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’), the Stones had gone to great lengths to toughen their sound and banish the haze of psychedelia, and in doing so, they launched a five-year period in which they would produce their very greatest records.
1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1969, One Hit Wonders Steam started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’. The song was actually recorded by Gary De Carlo, who intended it to be the “B” side of his first single. Gary didn’t like the song and when record executives wanted to issue it as the “A” side, he insisted it be released under an assumed name. The song became a UK No.5 single for girl group Bananarama in 83.
1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell’s Angels who’d been hired to police the event. It’s claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.
1972, While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1975, Paul Simon went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’, his first US No.1 solo album.
1975, Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organised the burning of Elton John and The Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers had sex when listening to rock music.
1976, Showaddywaddy were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Under The Moon Of Love’, (originally a hit in 1961 for Curtis Lee). The rock ‘n’ roll revival group from Leicester, England had nine other Top 10 hits with remakes.
1978, Sex Pistols Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith’s brother Todd Smith during a fight at New York City club Hurrah.
1986, Europe were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Final Countdown’. They became only the second Swedish act to score a UK No.1. The song reached No.1 in 25 countries and the song’s lyrics were inspired by David Bowie’s song ‘Space Oddity’
1988, American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Pretty Woman’, plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. Formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury) with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and had the 1988 UK No.21 single ‘Handle With Care’. Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his life. His first wife, Claudette died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his three sons, died in a house fire.
1994, Tower Records released The Beatles ‘Live At The BBC’, a 69 track, double album of tunes recorded for BBC shows such as Top Gear, Easy Beat, Saturday Club and Pop Go The Beatles. The LP will rise straight to the top of the UK chart, selling over 600,000 copies by the end of the year and 2,000,000 in the US four weeks later.
2003, Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John’s UK mansion. About 150 guests, including Paul McCartney attended the wedding. It was Costello’s third marriage.
2005, Robbie Williams accepted substantial libel damages over claims that he was secretly homosexual. The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars magazines in 2004 published stories alleging Mr Williams had engaged in casual homosexual sex. The publications’ owners, MGN Limited and Northern & Shell plc, now accepted the stories were untrue and had agreed undisclosed damages. Tom Shields QC, told the court: “Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual.”
2008, Beyonce went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘I Am’ Sasha Fierce’, the singers third studio album. It debuted at No.1, making Knowles the third female artist this decade after Britney Spears and Alicia Keys to have her first three albums debut in the top spot.
2011, American singer and songwriter Dobie Gray died from complications of cancer surgery in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 71. His hit records included ‘The ‘In’ Crowd’ in 1965 and ‘Drift Away’, which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, and went on to sell over one million copies.
2013, The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold at auction in New York for a record $965,000. The Fender Stratocaster had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for 48 years after Dylan left it on a private plane.
2016, It was reported that more money had been spent on vinyl than downloaded albums for the first time. Vinyl sales made the record industry £2.4m, while downloads took in £2.1m, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said. It marked a big shift in music consumption. In the same week the previous year, vinyl albums made £1.2m while digital ones made £4.4m.
December 6th: Born on this day
1916, Born on this day, Hugo Peretti, songwriter, producer. Wrote many classic hits including, ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, ‘Shout’, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’ Died on 1st May 1986.
1920, Born on this day, Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, (1962 UK No.12 album ‘Time Further Out’). Brubeck died of heart failure one day before his 92nd birthday on December 5, 2012.
1943, Born on this day, Keith West, (Keith Hopkins), UK singer, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Excerpt From A Teenage Opera’).
1944, Born on this day, Jonathan King, UK pop mogul, singer, producer, TV presenter, (1965 UK No.4 single ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’, plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles under various names, Bubblerock, Shag, Weathermen, Father Abraphart, Sakkarin). King was jailed for seven years in 2001 for sex attacks on five boys.
1947, Born on this day, Miroslav Vitous, Weather Report, (1976 single ‘Birdland’, 1977 album Heavy Weather’).
1947, Born on this day, Fritz Fryer, The Four Pennies, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Juliet’).
1955, Born on this day, Edward Tudor-Pole, vocals, actor, Tenpole Tudor, (1981 UK No.6 single ‘Swords Of A Thousand Men’), appeared in the film ‘Absolute Beginners’ and became the presenter on TV’s Crystal Maze.
1955, Born on this day, Rick Buckler, drummer with The Jam who had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits. ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’ remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.
1956, Born on this day, Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’).
1961, Born on this day, David Lovering, drums, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single ‘Velouria’).
1962, Born on this day, Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl, (1995 UK No.3 & 1996 US No.2 single ‘Missing’).
1969, Born on this day, Mark Gardener, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single ‘Leave Them All Behind’).
1970, Born on this day, Ulf Ekberg, keyboards, vocals, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’, 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Sign’).

December 5

December 5th: On this day
1960, Elvis Presley started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘G.I. Blues’. His fifth US No.1 album. Music on this album comprised songs that had appeared in the film of the same name.
1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two were told to leave Germany and The Beatles returned home, discouraged.
1964, Lorne Greene star of the NBC TV show ‘Bonanza’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ringo’, making him the second Canadian (after Paul Anka) to have a US No.1 single. The song was a No.22 hit in the UK.
1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group’s final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. The group also had the UK No.1 single with ‘We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper.’
1967, This was the final night of a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Erie Apparent and Amen Corner at Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow. All performances had two shows per night, in this case at 6.15pm, with the second at 8.45pm. Jimi Hendrix had the curtains closed on him halfway through his set, after the management at the venue regarded his movements with his guitar as having sexual overtones.
1968, The release of The Rolling Stones’ new album Beggars Banquet was celebrated at a party in London. A food fight with custard pies was the highlight of the event that went on without an ill Keith Richards. The original cover for the LP was in the form of a plain white invitation, but was later changed.
1970, ‘Amazing Grace’ by Judy Collins entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position. ‘Amazing Grace’ is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton which was first published in 1779.
1973, Paul McCartney released Band On The Run, his fifth album since his departure from The Beatles. Two hit singles from the album – ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’ made it McCartney’s most successful album. The majority of Band on the Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as McCartney wanted to make an album in an exotic location. McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine, doubling on drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself as well as bass.
1976, Music weekly NME reviewed The Sex Pistols debut single ‘Anarchy In The UK’ saying “Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation.”
1981, Julio Iglesias was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Begin The Beguine.’ A Cole Porter song from 1935 with Spanish lyrics it was the singers only UK chart topper.
1987, Fat Larry James, drummer, singer and leader of Fat Larry’s Band died of a heart attack aged 38. Scored the 1982 UK No.2 single ‘Zoom’. The opening drum break from Down On The Avenue, from the band’s first album, Feel It has been sampled by N.W.A. Ice-T, Jungle Brothers and Run-D.M.C.
1987, Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’, the ex Go-Go’s member first solo No.1, also a No.1 hit in the UK. The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason.
1987, The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the group’s name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band to be called JANC but the group didn’t agree.
1992, Whitney Houston started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Will Always Love You’. The longest ever run at No.1 for a female artist the Dolly Parton penned song was taken from the Bodyguard soundtrack.
1993, Co-founder of Gin Blossoms Doug Hopkins died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds age 32. The guitarist and songwriter was in a detox unit of Phoenix’s St. Luke’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona when he snuck out and bought a .38 caliber pistol. The next day Hopkins committed suicide.
2004, Band Aid 20 started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? The third time the song had reached No.1. The new version featured, Joss Stone, Busted, Chris Martin, Bono, Justin Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Beverly Knight, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy, Sugababes, Dido and Robbie Williams.
2004, U2 started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, the bands ninth UK No.1 album. The band also went to No.1 on the US album chart giving them their sixth US No.1 album.
2006, Beatles lyrics handwritten by Sir Paul McCartney to an early version of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer sold for $192,000 (£97,000) at an auction in New York. A guitar owned by Jimi Hendrix fetched $168,000 (£85,000), a notebook containing lyrics written by Bob Marley sold for $72,000 (£36,445) and a poem penned by Doors frontman Jim Morrison made $49,000 (£25,500) at the Christie’s sale.
2007, Robbie Williams apologised to Nigel Martin-Smith the ex-manager of Take That and agreed to pay undisclosed damages over an allegation he made about him in a song. In the lyrics of ‘The 90s’ Williams had suggested that Nigel Martin-Smith had stolen funds from the band.
2009, In an interview with the UK daily newspaper The Guardian, George Michael said he had cut back on his cannabis intake and now only smoked ‘seven or eight’ spliffs per day instead of the 25 he used to smoke.
2009, Phish played the final show of their 2009 Fall Tour at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. At the beginning of a first set an erratic fan proceeded to run on stage fully naked. He ran up and hugged guitarist Trey Anastasio and kissed him on the cheek. He made three laps around the stage before finally being chased down by security.
2011, After spending 45 weeks at the top end of the UK charts, singer Adele’s second album ‘21’ become the biggest selling LP in Britain this century, surpassing the late Amy Winehouse’s 2006 LP ‘Back to Black’.
2013, Spotify responded to critics by revealing how much acts can expect to earn from the music streaming site. The company said it paid an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures on its new website Spotify Artists, aimed specifically at musicians. Explaining its business model, Spotify said it had paid more than $1bn (£612m) in royalties since its 2008 launch. Earlier this year Radiohead singer Thom Yorke pulled material from the site in protest at how much it pays artists.
2016, A statue of David Bowie was set to go up in the town where he first performed as Ziggy Stardust following the success of a crowdfunding campaign. More than 650 people pledged sums totalling more than the £100,000 goal, 19 hours before the deadline. The statue would be put up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where Bowie unveiled his Ziggy character.
December 5th: Born on this day
1899, Born on this day, Sonny Boy Williamson II, American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Blue, before calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson. Van Morrison, The Who The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues and many blues and rock artists have recorded his songs. He died on 25th May 1965.
1932, Born on this day, American musician, singer and songwriter Richard Penniman, (Little Richard) who had the 1956 US No. 6 & 1957 UK No.3 single ‘Long Tall Sally’, plus over 10 other US & UK Top 40 singles. His music played a key role in the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk and helped shape rhythm and blues for generations to come.
1938, Born on this day, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter. Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include ‘After Midnight’ by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia, ‘Cocaine’ by Eric Clapton, ‘Clyde’ by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, and ‘Call Me the Breeze’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Eric Clapton. Cale died on 26th July 2013 of a heart attack.
1945, Born on this day, Eduardo Delgado, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single ’96 Tears’). ’96 Tears’ was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.
1947, Born on this day, Jim Messina, Buffalo Springfield, (1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’). Loggins and Messina, (1972 US No.4 single ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’).
1952, Born on this day, Andy Kim, singer, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Rock Me Gently’)
1960, Born on this day, Les Nemes, bass, Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’ and ‘Fantastic Day’.
1965, Born on this day, Johnny Rzeznik, singer and guitarist with Goo Goo Dolls who had the 2002 US No.3 album ‘Gutterflower’. In 2007, Rzeznik was a judge on the Fox network’s The Next Great American Band.
1971, Born on this day, Craig Gill,drummer with Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’). He ran musical tours of the Manchester area, explaining landmarks relating to the Madchester scene and Manchester’s musical heritage. He co-wrote the book, The Manchester Musical History Tour. Gill died at the age of 44 on 22 November 2016.
1980, Born on this day, Zainam Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’).
1980, Born on this day, Christian Smith Pancorvo, drummer, Serafin. Previously a member of Razorlight with Johnny Borrell.
1982, Born on this day, Keri Lynn Hilson, American R&B singer and songwriter, part of a collective of writers and producers known as The Clutch.

December 4

December 4th: On this day
1956, The so-called ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ impromptu jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1960, The Crickets released the single ‘I Fought the Law’ on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.
1962, The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on Tuesday Rendezvous, on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of ‘Love Me Do’ and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You.’
1964, The Beatles released their fourth album ‘Beatles For Sale’. The album featured: ‘No Reply’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Baby’s in Black’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’, ‘Mr. Moonlight’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’, ‘Eight Days a Week’, ‘Words of Love’, ‘Honey Don’t’, ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’, ‘What You’re Doing’, and ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’. It spent 11 weeks as the UK No.1 album.
1965, The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ the group’s second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.
1967, This was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour, on which Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner to play at the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jimi Hendrix was having equipment problems and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an enormous arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, which the audience greeted as all was part of the act.
1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’. In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the blaze, Nobs saved several young people who, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames, had hidden in the casino from the blaze. A recording of the outbreak and fire announcement can be found on a Frank Zappa Bootleg album titled Swiss Cheese / Fire.
1971, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the Four Symbols album, otherwise known as Led Zeppelin IV. Featuring the 8-minute track ‘Stairway To Heaven’, the album stayed on the US chart for one week short of five years, selling over 23 million copies in the US alone.
1971, T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release ‘Electric Warrior’. The album which became the biggest seller of the year in the UK contained two of T. Rex’s most popular songs, ‘Get It On’ and ‘Jeepster.’
1976, American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).
1976, Workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package The Sex Pistols single ‘Anarchy In The UK.’
1979, U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London. Misnamed ‘The U2s’, they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.
1980, Prince played the first night on his 31 date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
1982, The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Beat Surrender’, the group’s fourth UK No.1 and final single. They split in 1983, and leader Paul Weller formed the Style Council.
1988, Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared in Cleveland, Ohio. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.
1993, Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention as well a solo recordings including the 1969 album ‘Hot Rats’ and 1974 album ‘Apostrophe’. Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, ‘Freak Out’ released in 1966, it was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music (although Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde preceded it by a week). He married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, in 1967, they had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.
1999, Rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail, after being accused of attacking Lance Rivera when a fight broke out at a party for rapper Q-Tip at a Manhattan Club. Police declined to say what caused the dispute.
2002, Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown’s missus also admitted to being addicted to sex. She said her business is sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.
2006, Yahoo revealed that Britney Spears was the most searched for term of 2006 with more online searches done about Spears than any other topic or person. Female celebrities dominated the top 10 overall search list, with Shakira at number three, Jessica Simpson at number four and Paris Hilton at number five.
2012, Randy Blythe, the frontman of US metal band Lamb of God, was charged over the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010. The singer was accused of pushing the fan off stage during a show in the Czech Republic. The fan hit his head when he fell to the concrete floor and died of his injuries 14 days later. The 41-year-old singer faced five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
2015, Justin Bieber scored his third UK No.1 single with ‘Love Yourself’, which knocked his previous chart topper, ‘Sorry’, to No.2. The last living artists to achieve the feat were The Beatles in 1963 with ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.
2015, A new statue of The Beatles was unveiled in Liverpool – 50 years after their last show in Merseyside. The bronze sculpture, by Andy Edwards which weighed 1.2 tonnes, had been given to the city by The Cavern Club the venue synonymous with the Fab Four in the 1960s.
2016, Wayne Duncan, bassist with Australian rock band Daddy Cool died following a stroke. Their debut 1971 single ‘Eagle Rock’ stayed at No.1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached No.1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.
December 4th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Freddy Cannon, singer, (1959 US & UK No.3 single, ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’).
1942, Born on this day, Bob Mosley, Moby Grape, (1967 ‘Moby Grape’).
1944, Born on this day, Chris Hillman, bass, vocals, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’), Flying Burrito Brothers, The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, (1974 US No.27 single ‘Fallin’ In Love’).
1944, Born on this day, Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys, (1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day’s drinking.
1947, Born on this day, Terry Woods, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘The Irish Rover’).
1948, Born on this day, Southside Johnny, vocals, harmonica, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).
1951, Born on this day, Gary Rossington, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’).
1967, Born on this day, Adamski, (Adam Tinley, 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Killer’).
1969, Born on this day, Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter), 1998 UK No.2 single ‘Hard Knock Life’ 1999 UK No. 10 single with Mariah Carey, ‘Heartbreaker’ 2001 US No.1 album ‘The Blueprint’. Owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, is the second richest Hip-Hop Entertainer (behind Sean “Puffy” Combs), having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.
1972, Born on this day, Justin Welch, drums, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Waking Up’), Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 single ‘Hanging Around’).
1973, Born on this day, Kate Rusby, UK folk singer, songwriter. 2007 No.2 indie album Awkward Annie.

December 3

December 3rd: On this day
1955, Elvis Presley’s first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis was described by his new record company as ‘The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.’
1956, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of ‘Singing The Blues’, which spent nine weeks at the top of the charts. Two other charting versions of the song were released almost simultaneously with Mitchell’s, one by UK singer Tommy Steele (with the Steelmen) and the other by US country singer Marty Robbins.
1961, Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting, (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was “taking a bath”.
1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Little Red Rooster’. The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics.
1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.
1965, The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema on 12th December.
1966, British act The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Winchester Cathedral’. A No.4 hit in the UK.
1966, Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
1966, The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu.
1969, The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger’s secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.
1975, Ronnie Wood’s wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple’s house in Richmond. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found ‘sleeping together.’
1976, A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London, England after breaking free from its moorings. The pig, nicknamed Algie, was being photographed for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover. The Civil Aviation Authority issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run, and the pig eventually crashed into a barn in Godmersham, Kent, where the farmer complained of his cows being scared by the incident.
1976, An attempt was made on Bob Marley’s life when seven gunmen burst into his Kingston home injuring Marley his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, the attack was believed to be politically motivated.
1976, An estimated three and a half million people applied for ABBA’s forthcoming British Albert Hall concerts, there were just over 11 thousand tickets available.
1977, Wings started a nine-week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘Mull Of Kintyre’. The first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK, (it was co-written by Denny Laine who sold his rights to the song when he became bankrupt).
1979, A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats, another 26 fans were injured. The concert was using ‘festival seating’ where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. When the waiting fans outside the Coliseum heard the band performing a late sound check, they thought that the concert was beginning and tried to rush into the still-closed doors.1986, Judas Priest were sued by two family’s, alleging that the band were responsible for their son’s forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of ‘do it’ had been included in the Judas Priest song Better By You, Better Than Me from the Stained Class album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The trial lasted from 16 July to 24 August 1990, when the suit was dismissed.
1994, Boyz II Men knocked themselves off the No.1 position on the US singles chart when ‘On Bended Knee’ started a six week run a No.1. The group’s ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ had been at No.1 for a record breaking 14 weeks.
1999, It was reported that rapper Jay-Z had been arrested in connection with the stabbing of music executive Lance Rivera. The rapper was charged with first-degree assault.
1999, U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000, American composer Hoyt Curtin died of heart failure aged 78. He was the composer of many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons’ theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, The Jetsons, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
2001, American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. He was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, playing guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, Marty Robbins’ ‘El Paso’ and Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.
2003, A Los Angeles court ruled that the privacy of singer Barbra Streisand was not violated when a picture of her Malibu estate was posted on a website. Streisand had filed a $10m action against software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman after he posted a photo of her home on his conservation site.
2006, The reformed Take That topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time ever in their career. The single ‘Patience’ remained at number for the second week, and Beautiful World the group’s new album entered the chart at No.1.
2007, Diana Ross and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson both collected awards for contributions to US culture a ceremony in Washington, attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys’ best-known songs.
2008, Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire, England. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.
2009, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.
2014, Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year’s most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third.
2015, American musician and singer-songwriter Scott Weiland died aged 48. He was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 to 2013, as well as Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008.
December 3rd: Born on this day
1928, Born on this day, Andy Williams, US singer, (1957 US & UK No.1 single ‘Butterfly’, 1963 US & UK No.2 single ”Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, plus over 25 other US Top 40 singles. Presented the long running Andy Williams TV show). Williams died on Sept 25th 2012 at the age of 84 of bladder cancer.
1942, Born on this day, Ken Lewis, Ivy League, (1965 UK No.3 single ‘Tossing and Turning’).
1944, Born on this day, Ralph McTell, UK folk singer songwriter & children’s TV presenter, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘Streets of London’).
1946, Born on this day, Vic Malcolm, Geordie, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘All Because Of You’).
1948, Born on this day, John Wilson, drums, Taste, (1970 UK No.18 album ‘On The Boards’).
1948, Born on this day, Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne), vocals, Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’, the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005.). Solo (1986 UK No.20 single ‘Shot In The Dark’). Star of The Osbournes MTV show.
1949, Born on this day, American rock singer Mickey Thomas, best known as one of the lead vocalists of Jefferson Starship and Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’). Thomas also worked with the Elvin Bishop Group.
1951, Born on this day, Mike Stock, (part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.
1951, Born on this day, Nicky Stevens, Brotherhood Of Man, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).
1952, Born on this day, Duane Roland, guitar, Molly Hatchet, (1980 album ‘Beatin’ The Odds).
1952, Born on this day, American rock vocalist and guitarist Don Barnes, one of the founding members of the Southern rock band 38 Special.
1968, Born on this day, Montell Jordan, singer, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘This Is How We Do It’).
1979, Born on this day, Daniel Bedingfield, singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Gotta Get Thru This’).

December 2

December 2nd: On this day
1957, Al Priddy a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley’s version of ‘White Christmas’ The station management said, ‘it’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas’.
1963, The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show. The Beatles played ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.
1966, David Bowie released ‘Rubber Band’, his first single on the Deram label. It was part of a three-track audition tape Bowie’s new manager Kenneth Pitt used to persuade the label to sign him. Despite some good reviews in the music press, the single was a flop, once more failing to break into the UK charts.
1967, The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’.
1969, Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.
1976, The first day of the photo shoot for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover took place at Battersea Power Station in London, England with a giant inflatable pig lashed between two of the structure’s tall towers. A trained marksman was hired ready to fire if the inflatable escaped, but was not needed on this, the first day. Unfortunately the following day the marksman hadn’t been rebooked, so when the inflatable broke free from its moorings, it was able to float away, eventually landing in Kent where it was recovered by a local farmer, reportedly furious that it had ‘scared his cows.’
1978, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, the singers fifth UK chart topper. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition ‘Taj Mahal’. Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to United Nations Children’s Fund.
1978, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand’s ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart. A radio station engineer had spliced together Neil’s version with Barbra’s version and got such good response, the station added it to their playlist. When Neil Diamond was told about it, he decided to re-record the song with Streisand herself, and within weeks of its release, the single went to No.1 in the US and No.5 in the UK.
1982, US folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack aged 41 while jogging in New York’s Washington Square Park. Member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue during the late 70’s. He wrote ‘Outlaw Man’ covered by The Eagles on their 1973 Desperado album.
1983, MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for the first time. Now regarded as the most influential pop music video of all time, in 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive this honor, for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.
1995, Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her duet with Boyz II Men ‘One Sweet Day’. It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive single debut at No.1, ‘Fantasy’ being her first.
2000, Thieves broke into the London home Madonna shared with Guy Ritchie. The raiders forced their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before loading up Guy Ritchie’s car with some of the couple’s possessions and driving off.
2001, Singer Valerie Jones died aged 45. One-third of the sister group The Jones Girls, who sang back-up vocals with Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Betty Everett.
2002, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer. The incident happened at the Bayerischer hotel in Munich, the singer lost his two front teeth in the brawl and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold.
2003, Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was held for two hours at JFK Airport, New York after police mistook him for a wanted man with the same name and looks. The police only agreed to let him go after Justin’s fiance and manager Sue Whitehouse produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July 4th when the crime was committed.
2006, David Mount the drummer with Mud died in London. They had the 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ (best-selling single of 1974). Plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.
2006, 25 year old singer and actress Beyonce was set to earn more money than any other black actress for her performance in her latest film ‘Dreamgirls’. The musical based on the history of Diana Ross and The Supremes would earn the singer a £5m fee.
2006, Dutch singer Mariska Veres from Shocking Blue died of cancer at the age of 59. Had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Venus’, (later covered by girl group of Bananarama).
2007, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family’s custom pool table for $11,250 (£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy’s trademark round glasses went for $5,250 (£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).
2012, Led Zeppelin received a prestigious award from Barack Obama for their significant contribution to American culture and the arts. Dressed in black suits and bow ties, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were among a group of artists who received Kennedy Centre Honours at a dinner event at the White House. In his tribute to the band, Mr Obama said: “When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming.” The president thanked the former band members for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of “hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around”.
2013, Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the 1976 hit song ‘Police and Thieves’, died in Jamaica aged 67. ‘Police and Thieves’ (produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry), was a hit in Jamaica and also took off in the UK where it found an audience with punk rock aficionados.
2013, Roger Taylor and Brian May opened the Queen Studio Experience – Montreux, an exhibition of Queen memorabilia at Mountain Studios in Switzerland, where they had recorded many classic tracks spanning seven albums and where Freddie Mercury recorded his last vocal. The exhibition would open to the public a day later.
2014, American saxophone player Bobby Keys died as a result of cirrhosis at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. Keys started touring at age fifteen with Bobby Vee and fellow Texan Buddy Holly and was best known as being the main saxophone player for The Rolling Stones. When on tour with the Sones, according to legend Keys filled a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drank most of it.
2016, Duran Duran said they were “outraged and saddened” at losing a High Court fight to reclaim US rights to some of their most famous songs. The group had argued that US copyright laws gave them the right to call for a reversion of copyright after 35 years. ‘Girls on Film’, ‘Rio’ and ‘A View to a Kill” were among the disputed tracks.
December 2nd: Born on this day
1906, Born on this day, Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, who invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945. The invention went on to revolutionise the way people listened to music. Goldmark was Killed in a car crash on 7th December 1977.
1941, Born on this day, Tom McGuinness, guitar, vocals, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’). McGiness Flint (1970 UK No.2 single ‘When I’m Dead And Gone’). Also a member of The Blues Band.
1942, Born on this day, Ted Bluechel Jr, drums, vocals, The Association, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Windy’).
1960, Born on this day, Rick Savage, bass player, Def Leppard, (1987 UK No.6 single ‘Animal’ 1987 world wide No.1 album Hysteria 1988 US No.1 single ‘Love Bites’).
1960, Born on this day, Sydney Youngblood, singer, (1989 UK No.3 single ‘If Only I Could’).
1968, Born on this day, Nate Mendel, bassist with, Foo Fighters, The Jealous Sound, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Fire Theft. Mendel was also a member of Diddly Squat, and punk bands Christ On A Crutch.
1971, Born on this day, Donna Matthews, guitar, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Waking Up’).
1978, Born on this day, Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado. Her debut album Whoa, Nelly! (2000) spawned two top 10 hit singles; ‘I’m Like a Bird’ and ‘Turn Off the Light’. Furtado’s third album Loose (2006) became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide.
1978, Born on this day, Chris Wolstenholme, bass, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’). Muse were nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.
1981, Born on this day, Britney Spears, US singer, (1999 US & UK No.1 single ”Baby One More Time’, 1999 album ‘Baby One More Time’, spent 82 weeks on the UK chart. Biggest selling teenage act in the world with album sales over 40m).
1986, Born on this day in Tal Wilkenfeld, Australian bass guitarist who has gained worldwide attention performing alongside some of rock and jazz music’s most notable artists including Jeff Beck.
1991, Born on this day, American singer and songwriter Charlie Puth best known for writing and singing on Wiz Khalifa’s US No.1 single ‘See You Again’, taken from the Furious 7 soundtrack.

December 1

December 1st: On this day
1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, performing ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing ‘You Send Me’.
1958, The Teddy Bears were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him.’ The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father’s tombstone.
1961, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the The Cavern in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961 -1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions.
1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60’s such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
1966, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home.’ It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca records its first million selling single by a British artist. Also a No.11 hit in the US.
1967, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Outer Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: ‘Hendrix opened his act with the Beatles’ number Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. Once upon a time this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of Hey Joe and Purple Haze and The Troggs Wild Thing.
1973, The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Top Of The World’, becoming the duo’s second of three No.1 singles, following ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ and preceding ‘Please Mr. Postman.’ Country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and her version became her first hit when it reached No.2 on the US country singles charts in mid-1973.
1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening ‘Today’ show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: ‘You dirty bastard…you dirty fucker…what a fucking rotter!’ Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993.
1983, Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album Everybody’s Rockin’ featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young’s shortest album.
1984, Jim Diamond was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘I Should Have Known Better.’ The song was displaced after one week by Band Aid’s charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’’. Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single, but instead buy Do They Know It’s Christmas?
1987, A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film The Wall to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
1989, Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).
1990, Vanilla Ice started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Ice Ice Baby’. The track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1 ‘Under Pressure’. ‘Ice Ice Baby’ was initially released as the B-side to the rapper’s cover of ‘Play That Funky Music’, and became the A-side after US DJ’s started playing it.
1997, Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows him to blow and breathe at the same time).
2006, An Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig – with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.
2008, Wham’s Last Christmas was the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society put the 1984 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, just ahead of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? The Pogues came third with Fairytale of New York, recorded with the late Kirsty MacColl and first released in 1987. Other featured artists include Slade, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen.
2012, Shakira was being sued for $100m (£62.4m) by a former boyfriend who acted as her business manager for six years. Antonio de la Rua claimed he was the “principal architect” of a business plan that turned the singer into a global superstar. He was seeking to “recover his share of past and future partnership profits,” according to papers filed in New York.
2013, Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.
2014, Phil Rudd the drummer of rock band AC/DC pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Phil Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand’s Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
2016, Drake was named Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2016, with his single ‘One Dance’ the site’s biggest song of the year. The Canadian had 4.7 billion streams in this year, more than half of which were for his album Views. ‘One Dance’ alone was streamed 960 million times. Played consecutively, that would take more than 5,200 years.
December 1st: Born on this day
1930, Born on this day, Matt Monro, UK singer, (1964 UK No.4 & US No.23 single ‘Walk Away’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 hits). He died on 7th February 1985.
1934, Born on this day, Billy Paul, (1972 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.12 single ‘Me and Mrs Jones’). Paul died on 24th April 2016 aged 81.
1936, Born on this day, Lou Rawls, US singer, (1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’). Rawls died from lung cancer on 6th January 2006 aged 72.
1938, Born on this day, Sandy Nelson, US drummer, (1962 UK No.3 & US No.7 single ‘Let There Be Drums’). Worked with The Teddy Bears, Gene Vincent. At end of 1963, Nelson was in a motorcycle accident. The injuries necessitated amputation of his right foot and part of that leg, nonetheless, Nelson continued to record and play drums.
1944, Born on this day, Bette Midler, singer, actress, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’). Worked with Barry Manilow, starred in the film ‘The Rose’ based on the life of Janis Joplin.
1944, Born on this day, Charlie Grima, Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single ‘See My Baby Jive’).
1944, Born on this day, Eric Bloom, guitar, vocals, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’).
1944, Born on this day, John Densmore, drums, The Doors, who had the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single ‘Light My Fire’ & 1971 single ‘Riders On The Storm’. Densmore allowed ‘Riders on the Storm’ to be used to sell Pirelli Tyres, in the UK only and later stated that he “heard Jim’s voice” in his ears and ended up donating the money earned to charity. In 2002, Densmore vetoed an offer by Cadillac for $15 million for ‘Break on Through (To the Other Side)’ because of Morrison’s vehement opposition to licensing the Doors’ music for commercial use.
1946, Born on this day, Gilbert O’Sullivan, singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.1 single ‘Clair’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Alone Again Naturally’, plus 13 other UK Top 40 singles).
1951, Born on this day, Jaco Pastorius, jazz bass player, (1976 hit with Weather Report, ‘Birdland’). Also worked with Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny. Died on 21st September 1987 aged 35. He suffered irreversible brain damage after being beaten into a coma after an altercation with a bouncer at the Midnight Club in Fort Lauderdale.
1956, Born on this day, Julee Cruise, singer, (1990 UK No. 7 single ‘Falling’).
1959, Born on this day, Stephen Batt, Japan, (1982 UK No.5 single ‘Ghosts’).
1963, Born on this day, Sam Reid, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single ‘Don’t Forget Me, When I’m Gone’).
1971, Born on this day, Greg Upchurch, drummer, joined in 2005, 3 Doors Down, (2003 US No.4 single ‘When I’m Gone’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Seventeen Days’).
1974, Born on this day, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, American keyboardist known for his work with The Mars Volta, Jack White and an array of bands from the Long Beach music scene. Owens died on 14th October 2014 aged 39 due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.
1977, Born on this day, Brad Delson, guitar, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’).

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