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Musical History DAY BY DAY December 15; From the first post entry
Topic Started: Nov 30 2008, 03:40 PM (16,701 Views)
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What makes the music world tick? How has music evolved over the decades? I will be giving a running history of those events that left their mark on musical history .
Credits for most of these entries belong to : Robert Fontenot, Ronald P. Smith ,onthiddaywebpage and ThisDayIn Music

A little information about Robert Fontenot , who contributed a majority of the information that follows each day.

Robert Fontenot, Jr. is an entertainment critic and journalist who has been published nationally for over a quarter century, and has written about oldies music for most of that time.

Robert's writing career began in earnest in 1987 at Rock and Rap Confidential, headed by former Rolling Stone Chief Editor Dave Marsh. He's spent the last ten years writing for the country's premiere roots music magazine, Offbeat, which covers reissues from the golden age of rock and roll, along with new releases influenced by R&B and classic rock and roll. In addition, he's written for online and print publications such as Blues Revue, AOL CityGuide, and NZone. Recently he was honored to compose the liner notes for Irma Thomas' Grammy-winning After The Rain album. He is also an original board member of the Southern Music Hall of Fame. His original Beatles site was a fixture on the internet from 1997-2001. This oldies site has been featured on several oldies radio stations across the country, as well as Whitney Matheson's Pop Candy blog in USA Today.

Robert holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of New Orleans.


1709 - Composer Franz Xaver Richter was born.
1940: ASCAP informs bandleader Glenn Miller that, due to publishing concerns, he can't use "Moonlight Serenade" as his theme. Instead, Miller picks "Slumber Song."
1945: Burl Ives makes his concert debut at New York's Town Hall.

1956 - The Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide" opened on Broadway. The work was based on the book by Voltaire.

1956 - The rock and roll film "Shake, Rattle and Roll" opened.

1957 - Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day"), Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), and the Rays.

1957, the New York City Ballet debuted Agon, a collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine. The "Pas de deux" choreographed by Balanchine, and danced by Diana Adams and Arthur Mitchell to the music of Stravinsky became a defining moment in ballet history.

1958 - The musical "Flower Drum Song" Rodgers and Hammerstein opened on Broadway.
1958: The Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is To Love Him" hits #1

1960 - Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married.
1966: The Mamas and The Papas' Cass, John, Michelle and Denny album is certified gold
1968 - Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1972 - Martha & the Vandellas gave their farewell performance in Detroit, MI.
1973: The Carpenters' "Top of the World" hits #1

1975: On her thirtieth birthday, Bette Midler undergoes emergency surgery to remove her appendix.

1976 - The Sex Pistols appeared on the British TV "Today Show." In the interview Glenn Matlock said the word "f***." The result was the Sex Pistols being banned in several British cities.

1982 - Epic Records released the album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.

1987 - Prince decided to cancel the release of "The Black Album." It was only a week away from release.

1989 - Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine.

1991 - The musical "Once on this Island" closed after 469 performances.

1994 - Tupac Shakur was convicted on charges of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. He was recovering from gunshot wounds he had suffered the day before.

1995 - An auction of Frank Sinatra's possessions earned him $2,072,000.

1999 - Jay-Z stabbed Lance Rivera at a party at Manhattan's Kit Kat Klub. Jay-Z plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three years probation on September 17, 2001.

2002, Daniel Bedingfield scored his second UK No.1 single with 'If You're Not The One.'

2002, Shania Twain started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Up!’ a No.4 hit in the UK.

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.

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1933 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady," released

1949 - Gene Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hit the record charts.

1952: Michael McDonald was born

1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" reaches #1

1959 - Bobby Darin was the subject of the TV show "This Is Your Life."

1967 - Jimmie Rodgers was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious accident. He recovered from the auto accident, but his singing career ended.

1969 - Cindy Birdsong (Supremes) was kidnapped. She later managed to escape her captor.

1971 - Taj Mahal played for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.

1972 - "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon was released.

1973 - The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of destruction they imposed on a hotel room after a show.

1973 - Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets were sold.

1974 - Ravi Shankar was hospitalized in Chicago after suffering chest pains. He rejoined the George Harrison Tour a week later.

1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

1979 - Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge were divorced.

1981 - "Dreamgirls" opened on Broadway. The show was based on the careers of the Supremes.

1983 - MTV aired Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video for the first time.

1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition.

1986 - Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) ripped off her bra while performing in front of 10,000 fans in Birmingham, England.

1988 - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Willie Nelson appeared on "Geraldo" to discuss "Sex on the Road."

1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Shirelles, B.J. Thomas and Gene Pitney were owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.

1994 - Tupac Shakur was found guilty of sexually abusing a woman but was acquitted of more serious sex and weapons charges.

1995 - The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace of Base's "The Sign" was the best-selling debut of all time, with 19 million copies sold.

1996 - Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) severed a ligament and tore cartilage in his knee after he fell during a concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Duritz underwent orthoscopic surgery during the band's Christmas break.

1997 - Third Street Jazz and Rock Holding Corp., a Philadelphia record store, filed a class-action lawsuit against the six major U.S. record distributors. The suit claimed that EMI, Sony, WEA, Universal, Bertelsmann Music Group and Polygram conspired "to raise, fix, and maintain at artificially high and non-competitive levels the wholesale prices" of CDs.

1998 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Garth Brooks turned on the lights on the Christmas tree in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.

1998 - Shania Twain's video "That Don't Impress Me Much" debuted on CMT: Country Music Television.

1999, it was reported that Stevie Wonder was to undergo an operation to regain his sight. The breakthrough by top eye specialists involved inserting a microchip in the retina.

1999, David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London infront of 2,000 fans.

2000, thieves broke into the London home Madonna shares 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.
2000, The Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago.
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.
2001, Creed started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Weathered'.
2001, Daniel Bedingfield scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Gotta Get Thru This', the single went back to No.1 in January 2002. The track was recorded in Bedingfield's bedroom with his PC and a microphone, using music software.
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, The Game was at No.1 on the US album chart with his second album ‘Doctor's Advocate.’
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).

2011 - At age 87, Doris Day is not exactly pop music's latest hot young artist. But the star of film, TV and music returns to the U.S. record world she conquered more than 60 years ago with a new album, "My Heart." The CD, hit record stores and websites December 2 and is filled with old standards like "My Buddy," previously unreleased tunes such as "Stewball," about a race horse Day loved, and pop hits of the 1960s and '70s such as "Daydream" and "You Are So Beautiful."

2011 - Taylor Swift named 'Billboard' Woman of the Year and Nicki Minaj as Rising Star.
The music industry feted itself along with Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, at Billboard's sixth annual Women in Music event.

2011 - Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son found 'hiding in a closet' with mom By the time Arkansas authorities took country singer Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son from her and into custody on Dec. 2, one thing had already become apparent to much of America: McCready’s life has come to resemble a bad country song. This week’s custody battle was the latest in a long saga of personal heartache and brushes with the law.

2014 - Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist for The Rolling Stones, has died. Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards, confirmed Keys' death , saying the legendary musician had been battling cirrhosis and passed away at his home in Franklin . He was 70 years old.
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1923: Maria Callas, opera singer, born
1925: George Gershwin premieres his "Concerto In F," the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin is also the featured soloist on flugelhorn.
1960: The Lerner and Loewe play Camelot, featuring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
1961: The Beatles Brian Epstein for the first time, at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. Later, at six that afternoon, they meet again to discuss Brian's management of the group.
1965: Keith Richards is electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, CA.
1965: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (UK)
1966: Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.
1966: The Monkees make their stage debut in Honolulu, HI.
1967: The Supremes guest star on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.
1968: Elvis Presley's "comeback" TV special airs on NBC. Sponsored by the Singer Sewing Machine Company, the special also features a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios before a live audience. This was Elvis' first appearance before a live audience since 1961.
1969: John Lennon is asked to play the title role in the rock opera Jesus Christ, Superstar, but the offer is withdrawn the next day.
1976: A 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station outside of London for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album breaks its moorings and drifts toward the east, reaching a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.
1976: Seven gunman fire shots into Bob Marley's house in Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his band, the Wailers, are in rehearsal. Marley and his wife Rita are hit, as are an unidentified friend and Wailers manager Don Taylor. No one is seriously hurt, however, and while the assailants are never caught, Marley and his band perform as scheduled two nights later.
1977: After a record 29 weeks at #1 on Billboard's album chart, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is replaced by Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams LP.
1979: Before the Who concert this evening at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, eleven people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush for "festival" (i.e., unreserved) seating. The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.
1980: Photographer Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York's Dakota building.
1988: Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1991: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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1660 - Composer Andre Campra was born.
1667 - Composer Michel Pignolet de Monteclair was born.
1879 - Composer Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty was born.
1927: Duke Ellington’s new, larger big band opens Harlem's legendary Cotton Club.
1956: Elvis Presley visits the Sun recording studio with his companion, Marilyn Evans, a showgirl from Las Vegas, interrupting a Carl Perkins session that featured Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. Fellow labelmate Johnny Cash also arrives and the four begin running through an impromptu jam on a series of songs they all know (mainly spirituals). Producer Sam Phillips records what would become famously known as the "Million Dollar Quartet" sessions, although they don't get released to the public officially until the early Eighties.
1957: Because of the furor created by Elvis Presley's recently released Christmas album, radio station CKWS in Kingston, Ontario plays the album in its entirety, opening the phones to public comment. Most listeners approve of the album.
1961 - Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" was released.
1964: The Beatles, Beatles For Sale was released
1965: Jacques Brel makes his American debut in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view "simulated acid trip" films and listen to rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.
1971: Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair" hits #1
1980: Led Zeppelin officially disbands following the death by misadventure of drummer John Bonham due to excessive alcohol intake.
1987 - Metallica released the "Cliff 'Em All" video collection. The bootleg and unprofessional recordings had been shot during 1982-1986 when Cliff Burton was still with the band.
1988: Roy Orbison gives what would prove to be his last concert, in Akron, OH. He dies two days later.
1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that said that Prince did not steal the song, "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written.
1990 - Madonna appeared on "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video. She denied the video's explicit contents were intended to stir up controversy and get her publicity. The video was banned by MTV.
1991 - Paula Abdul was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Sammy Hagar had promisedthe show because he had lost his voice during a show in Dallas 3 1/2 years earlier.
1995 - Michael Jackson appeared with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at New York news conference promoting a Jackson special airing on HBO.
2001 - Gene Simmons' book "Kiss and Make-Up" was released.

2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama and Caroline Kennedy led the 34th annual Kennedy Center Honors celebration to honor those who have influenced American culture through the arts. This year's honorees were cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actress Meryl Streep, singer Neil Diamond, jazz great Sonny Rollins, and Broadway singer Barbara Cook.
Caroline Kennedy hosted the program in tribute to her assassinated father, U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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1997 - Toni Braxton filed suit against LaFace Records and its distributor Arista Records, claiming that her 1989 recording contracts were invalid.
1687 - Composer Francesco Xaverio Geminiani was born.
1791 - Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at the age of 35.
1870 - Composer Vitezslav Novak was born.

1935 The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Little Richard is born in Macon, Ga.

1936: Bing Crosby takes over as host of the Kraft Music Hall radio show.

1938, Born on this day, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter, (1972 US No. 22 single 'Crazy Mama', 1982 UK No.36 album 'Grasshopper').
1955: The BMI Annual Awards in New York City score big for R&B, with rhythm and blues songs winning a record eleven awards.
1956: The Alan Freed movie Rock! Rock! Rock!, starring Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Lavern Baker, and Johnny Burnette premieres in New York City.
1960: Billboard reports that five "answer records" to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-night?" have been released -- four versions of "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight" and one "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight."
1967: The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
1968: Graham Nash quits the Hollies and within three days forms the "supergroup" Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1968: The Rolling Stones hold a "Beggar's Banquet" at Elizabeth Rooms, London, to promote their release of the new album with the same name. The "banquet" ends with a pie fight.
1975: Earth, Wind and Fire's Gratitude album is certified gold
1976: Elvis Presley falls onstage at a show in Las Vegas and sprains his ankle.
1980: John Lennon gives what would be his last interview, with Rolling Stone's Jonathan Cott.
1993 - Douglas Hopkins, ex-Gin Blossoms lead guitarist committed suicide at his home in Tempe, AZ, at the age of 32. Hopkins was fired the previous year due to a drinking habit.
1997 - Carl Edward Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of marijuana possession.
2002: Elton John guest stars on NBC's Will and Grace.
2003: Original Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore undergoes surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.

2003 Britney Spears leaves behind a crowd of angry fans after abruptly ending her 20-minute set at the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles. Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff also perform at the show.

2004 Sir Elton John receives a Kennedy Center honor in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Secretary of State Colin Powell performs a rap to celebrate another honoree, Warren "Bulworth" Beatty.

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, US rapper Pimp C (Chad Butler) was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room, aged 33. Pimp C had worked with Jay-Z and Dizzee Rascal.

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.

2012 - Jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck dies: a Master is silenced

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1841 - Robert Schumann's "Fourth Symphony in D" premiered.

1896 - Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City.
1920: Dave Brubeck born
1939 - The musical comedy "Du Barry Was a Lady," by Cole Porter opened on Broadway.
1948: The CBS television show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts debuts.
1952: The Mills Brothers' "The Glow-Worm" hits #1

1957: Elvis visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.

1964 - The movie "Ferry Cross the Mersey" with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London.
1965: The Beatles, "We Can Work It Out" b/w "Day Tripper" released
1965: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (US) released
1965: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Going to a Go-Go" released

1968 - James Taylor's self-titled album was released in Britain.

1968 - Elvis Presley received one of 66,000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders.

1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage. The event was recorded and released a year later. The 1969 Altamont Free Concert: The End of the Hippie CounterCulture
Three hundred thousand people gathered in the Altamont Speedway, anticipating a day of free-spirited fun where they could listen to The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Nash and Young, and the headliners, the legendary Rolling Stones, who at the time were the epitome of rock and roll music. The Altamont Free Concert was expected to be the Woodstock of the West, promoted as "three days of peace and music", but instead became an infamous event plagued with violence that included four people dying and the death of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s.
It seemed doomed from the start, organizers raced to find a venue after being denied access to Golden Gate Park. claims merely 20 hours before the concert was scheduled it was finally decided that it would be held at the Altamont Speedway a thirty minute drive from downtown San Francisco. The sudden decision left little time to perfect venue, leaving it without the appropriate amount of restrooms, parking for only ¼ of those who attended, and no medical tent

1970 - "Gimme Shelter," the documentary film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the U.S. debuted.

1978 - Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1980: John Lennon mixes Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice." It is the last time he would be in a studio.
1986: Ringo becomes the first Beatle to use his name in an advertisement, for Sun Country wine cooler.

1988 - Metallica recorded their first video, "One."

1993 - The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It Easy" which led to their reunion.

1995 - Michael Jackson was hospitalized after collapsing in a New York theater while rehearsing for a TV special.

1995 - Joni Mitchell was awarded the Billboard's Century Award.

1997 - Metallica performed "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains" with Marianne Faithfull on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

1999 - It was announced taht Gabriel Gomez had been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She had disappeared from her home on October 23.

2011 - Singer and songwriter Dobie Gray, who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song “Drift Away,” has died.

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1637 - Composer Bernardo Pasquini was born.

1840 - Composer Hermann Goetz was born.

1842 - The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.

1863 - Composer Pietro Mascagni was born.

1956: Britain's Tommy Steele makes his concert debut at Finsbury Park, Astoria, London. Reviews proclaim him "Britain's answer to Elvis."
1963: The Beatles appear as panelists on the BBC show Juke Box Jury to rate records. Elvis' new single, "Kiss Me Quick," is declared a "hit."

1964 - Brian Wilson, of the Beach Boys, suffered a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The event led Wilson to stop touring with the group.

1966 - Nancy Sinatra appeared on "Frank Sinatra: A Man & His Music Part II" on CBS-TV.
1967: In Britain's New Musical Express magazine, the Hollies' recently-departed Graham Nash announces the formation of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
1967: The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London.

1968 - Eric Burdon announced he would break-up the Animals after a December 22 concert at Newcastle City Hall. His intention was to go to California and start an acting career.
1973: Fleetwood Mac's then-manager, Clifford Davis, claims ownership of the band's name and assembles a fake version of the group for a national tour.

1984 - Michael Jackson testified in Chicago, IL, that he wrote the song "The Girl is Mine," not an Illinois man. Jackson won the case.

1986 - Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.
1987: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins (among others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday. That same day, Chapin received a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor (#111) for his work in fighting hunger.

1991 - "Achtung Baby" by U2 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's pop albums chart.

1993 - Guns N' Roses announced they would keep the tune written by Charles Manson "Look At Your Game, Girl" on their album, "The Spaghetti Incident?" The decision to keep the song came when the band learned that the royalties would go to the son of one of Manson's victims.

1996 - Jerry Lewis' white and red pinstriped devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Lewis needed the costume, valued at $9,000, to play the role of Satan in the musical Damn Yankees.

1998 - Arturo Sandoval was granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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1731 - Composer Frantisek Xaver Dusek was born.

1813 - Beethoven's "Opus 92: Symphony No. 7 in A major" was performed for the first time.

1865 - Composer Jean (Johan) Julius Christian Sibelius was born.

1882 - Composer Manuel Maria Ponce was born.

1890 - Composer Bohuslav Martinu was born.

1914 - "Watch Your Step" opened in New York. It was the first musical revue to feature a score completely by Irving Berlin.

1930 Cole Porter scandalizes Broadway with the streetwalker's lament, "Love For Sale," in the musical The New Yorkers, which opens tonight at B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre for a run of 168 performances. Included in the huge cast are Jimmy Durante and Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians.

1943: Jim Morrison (The Doors) Born
1947: Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band) Born
1949 Carol Channing blinks her big round eyes and warbles "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" on the opening night of the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Ziegfeld Theatre. It will run 740 performances and make Channing into an icon.

1954: The Drifters' "White Christmas" enters the R&B charts
1956: Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" hits #1

1960: Teen idol Fabian visits Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Elvis rips his pants demonstrating his new passion, karate, and Fabian lends him his pair.
1962: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City and testifies to receiving money from labels to play their records on the air. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done.
1963: Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, NV, and freed three days later after his famous father pays the $240,000 ransom. The three men responsible are eventually caught and incarcerated.
1967: The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour (UK EP) released
1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days after he quit the Hollies.

1969: In a Toronto, Canada courtroom, Jimi Hendrix testifies in his trial for posession of hashish and heroin. Claiming to have "outgrown" drugs, the guitarist gives a very detailed history of his drug use. After eight hours, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty.
1975: The benefit concert "A Night of the Hurricane" is held at Madison Square Garden. The last date on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the show features many non-musical celebrities and raises over $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Carter and his alleged accomplice. Carter himself calls the stage from jail.
1976: The Carpenters' Very First Special, featuring guest star John Denver, airs on ABC.
1979: Styx's "Babe" hits #1
1979 Today's Saturday matinee of Grease is the 3,243 performance, making it the longest running show in Broadway history to that point. Grease passes Fiddler on the Roof, 1980: At 11:07 PM EST, former Beatle John Lennon is murdered in New York by a deranged fan just outside the Dakota Hotel, New York City. Lennon was shot in his chest, back and left arm and was pronounced dead thirty minutes later. Earlier that day, the killer had met Lennon outside the Dakota and had him sign a copy of his latest album, Double Fantasy.
1982 - Marty Robbins died of heart failure at the age of 57.

1991 - The musical "Nick and Nora" opened.

1991 - Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton died of natural causes at the age of 80.

1995: Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.
1998: The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.

1998 - It was announced that Bruce Springsteen would tour again with the E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.

1999 - Prince appeared on NBC's "Today."
1999 Liza Minnelli opens her new show, Minnelli on Minnelli, tonight at the site of her mother's triumphant stage appearance decades earlier: The Palace Theatre.
1999 - James Brown made his new MP3-only holiday album "James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever" available exclusively through

2000 - Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 - Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" opened on Broadway.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne suffers several fractures in his upper body in an ATV accident.

2011 - Dick Sims, a longtime keyboardist in Eric Clapton's band, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

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1791 - Composer Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner was born.
1837 - Composer Charles-Emile Waldteufel was born.
1882 - Composer Joaquin Turina was born.
1941: Dan Hicks born
1943: Rick Danko (The Band) bor
1955: Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, AK, and introduces his new song, "Heartbreak Hotel," by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."
1957: Donny Osmond born
1962: Bobby Darin appears as the "mystery guest" on CBS' What's My Line show.
1963 - The first Supremes album, "Meet the Supremes," was released.
1964 - The John Coltrane Quartet recorded "Love Supreme."
1967: The Doors' Jim Morrison is arrested at a New Haven, CT show for "breach of the peace" and a resultant "resisting arrest" charge. The singer had been mistaken for a fan backstage by a security guard, and in the resulting altercation, he was maced. Morrison went on about the incident onstage during a performance of "Back Door Man" and was arrested.
1968: NBC airs the joint Supremes and Temptations television TCB (Takin' Care Of Business).
1972: An all-star orchestral version of The Who's Tommy opened at London's Rainbow Theatre. Advance tickets went for the then-princely sum of $50, but the show itself was a major disappointment, with most of the "actors" floundering (except Who singer Roger Daltrey and Steve Winwood as Tommy's father). Narrator Pete Townshend, for his part, was observed to be drunk. None of this stopped the cast recording from being recorded and eventually becoming a hit in '73.
1972: Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" hits #1
1978: The Blues Brothers, "Soul Man" released
1984: The Jacksons' five-month Victory tour -- Michael Jackson's last group tour -- ends after 55 performances in 19 cities.
1991: A long legal battle over the Bob Marley estate ends when the nearly $12 million estate is awarded to his widow, Rita, and her children. In honor of the verdict, son Ziggy names his daughter, who was born that day, Justice Marley.
1992: After more than thirty years, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman quits the group.
1993 - The musical revival of "My Fair Lady" opened.
1995 - "Free as a Bird," debuted on a six-hour ABC documentary on the Beatles'. It was their first new song in 25 years.
2002 - Britney Spears filed for a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese man that she claimed had been stalking her since September.

2011 - Damone drummer Dustin Hengst has died of liver failure at the age of 39. The musician passed away in his home state of Texas after being hospitalized for the past three weeks for undisclosed health issues.

2011 - Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Meets Z100's Jingle Ball in New York
Kelly Clarkson, David Guetta, Pitbull, Demi Lovato and More Bring Top-40 Radio to Madison Square Garden

2011 - John Atterberry, 40, a music industry executive who has worked with artists like Jessica Simpson, Brandy and the Spice Girls, was shot in the face and upper torso as he drove his Mercedes Benz through critical condition.

2012 - Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, the "diva de la banda" whose commanding voice burst through the limits of regional Latin music and made her a cross-border sensation and the queen of a business empire, died when the small jet carrying her and members of her entourage crashed in mountainous terrain.
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1822 - Composer Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was born.
1908 - Composer Olivier Messiaen was born.
1918: Professor Longhair born
1927 - The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.
1927: Joe Olivier (Bill Haley and His Comets) born
1943: Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) born
1949 - Fats Domino cut eight tracks during his first recording session at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios.
1927: Although the radio show known as the WSM Barn Dance had been broadcasting out of Nashville, TN, for some time, this is the first day on which the show is announced as "The Grand Ole Opry."
1959: The Platters' four male members are acquitted of charges made on August 10th in Cincinnati, OH, of "aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation."
1963: Donny Osmond makes his debut with the Osmonds on NBC's The Andy Williams Show.
1965: The Grateful Dead perform their first concert in San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (and only their second overall).
1965: Ray Charles' "Crying Time" enters the pop charts
1967: The previously unknown San Francisco group The Steve Miller Blues Band signs to Capitol for an unprecedented $750,000, dropping "Blues" from their name in the process.
1967: Otis Redding and four members of his band, the Bar-Kays, are killed when their tour plane crashes into a frozen near Madison, WI. Three days earlier, Redding had recorded what was to be his breakthough pop hit, "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay."
1968 - John Lennon made his first solo TV appearance
1971: During a concert in London, Frank Zappa is thrown into the orchestra pit by a fan's jealous boyfriend, breaking his leg and ankle and fracturing his skull. Zappa takes months to recover.
1972: Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured when her bass player totals her new Citroen near Manhattan.
1975: The Who's The Who by Numbers album is certified gold
1976 - "Wings over America," by Paul McCartney's was released
1980: The body of John Lennon is cremated.
1984 - The single "Do They Know It's Christmas" was released by Band-Aid. The group was assembled to aid in famine relief.
1985: Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1988 - Bill Harris of the Clovers died of cancer at the age of 63.
1990 - The first Billboard Music Awards took place. Janet Jackson was the big winner with eight trophies.
1991: Legendary rock DJ and promoter Alan Freed is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

1992 - The musical "My Favorite Year" opened.

1995 - Darren Robinson (formerly with the Fat Boys) died unexpectedly at the age of 28.

1996 - Faron Young died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

1998 - The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain.

1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a 2 1/2-year legal battle with two British companies that were seeking to release 19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.

2002 - In Los Angeles, CA, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed the Nat King Cole Post Office. U.S. President George W. Bush had signed the act for the change on October 30, 2002.

2003 - Bobby Brown was charged with battery three days after he allegedly hit his wife Whitney Houston.

2012 - Luke Bryan picked up a whopping nine trophies at last night's fan-voted American Country Awards in Las Vegas, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Tailgates and Tanlines and Single of the Year for "I Don't Want This Night to End." The night's other big winner was Carrie Underwood, whose two ACAs – for Female Artist of the Year and Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration for "Remind Me," her duet with Brad Paisley – gave her 11 total, more than any other artist.

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1803 - Composer Louis-Hector Berlioz was born.
1876 - Composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz was born.
1926: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton born
1957: In one of the biggest scandals to ever hit rock music, Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 14-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown, daughter of his cousin Jim. Lewis' first marriage is still valid; the divorce wouldn't be finalized for six months. Reports are that Myra still believes in Santa Claus. When the story breaks in England a few weeks later, Lewis' career would be seriously damaged.
1958 - The Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown."
1960: Aretha Franklin makes her stage debut at New York's Village Vanguard.
1964: Sam Cooke is shot and killed under mysterious circumstances at the Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The married singer picked up a young woman at a party, who claimed Cooke attempted to rape her. When she ran away, according to her testimony, Cooke followed and assaulted the hotel manager, demanding to know the girl's whereabouts. The manager shot Cooke three times.
1966: After presenting him at London's Saville Theatre, Beatles manager Brian Epstein offers to manage Little Richard -- an offer which is rejected.
1967: NBC airs the Nancy Sinatra television special Movin' With Nancy.
1968: The Rolling Stones film their legendary Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus television special at Wembley television studios in Middlesex, England, featuring performances by John Lennon, Eric Clapton, the Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithful -- and yes, circus people, all filmed in a circus tent. The show is never aired and only sees the light of day in 1996, supposedly because the Stones thought the Who upstaged them with their performance.
1970 - Ringo Starr's movie "The Magic Christian" premiered in London.
1971: John Lennon debuts his new song "John Sinclair" at the Free John Sinclair Rally in Ann Arbor, MI. Stevie Wonder and Phil Ochs also appear, among others.
1971 - Carly Simon's "Anticipation" was released.
1972: After a show in Knoxville, TN, James Brown is arrested and charged with "disorderly conduct" when a conversation Brown has with fans is somehow mistaken for an attempt to incite a riot. Charges are dropped after Brown threatens to sue the city for a million dollars due to police brutality.
1972: Genesis play their first-ever US show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.
1976: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted when he touches a short-circuited light during a concert in Florida. He is carried from the stage but returns to finish the show just ten minutes later.
1976: Bob Seger, Night Moves released
1985 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was released.
1988: Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre plays host to a Roy Orbison tribute concert featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt.
1988 - Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie put on a benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre to pay tribute to Roy Orbison.
1989 - The musical "City of Angels" opened.
1997 - Jagged Internetworks, Mick Jagger's Internet company, debuted with an exclusive live webcast of the Akai Singer Champions Trophy, an international cricket tournament in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
1997 - Jewel, Sinead O'Connor and Emmylou Harris performed the Beatles' "In My Life" together at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.
1998 - Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) was injured after a performance in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after an altercation with one of the club's security guards.
2001 - Gene Simmons (KISS) did an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" to promote his book "Kiss and Make-Up." The book was released for sale on December 4, 2001.
2001 - Lionel Richie sang "Just Put Some Love In Your Heart" on CNN's "Larry King Live."

2012 - Ravi Shankar, the sitar master who helped popularize Indian music in the 1960s, influencing hippie culture and musicians from the Beatles and the Grateful Dead to John Coltrane, died. He was 92.

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1901: Guglielmo Marconi recieves the first trans-Atlantic wireless radio signal.
1915: Frank Sinatra born
1918: Joe Williams born
1938: Connie Francis born
1940: Dionne Warwick born
1957: DJ Al Priddy is fired from radio station KEX, Portland, OR, for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas" on air.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, OH.
1963: The LP John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album becomes the fastest-selling album in history, selling four million copies in six days. The tribute was recorded the day of Kennedy's assassination.
1964: The Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" released
1966: Pink Floyd performs their first concert, for the Oxfam Benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1967: A London Appeals Court commutes the nine-month prison sentence of the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, citing psychiatric testimony that he could not handle prison. Jones had been busted for marijuana possession.
1969: The Ringo Starr / Peter Sellers film The Magic Christian premieres in London.
1969: Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul album is certified gold
1970: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown" hits #1
1971: The Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings The Blues, starring Diana Ross, begins principal photography.
1974: The Rolling Stones begin recording their Black and Blue album in Munich, Germany, with an array of second guitarists, cementing Mick Taylor's departure from the group. One of the session guitarists, the Faces' Ron Wood, would become Taylor's permanent replacement.
1976: Backstage after a concert at the Las Vegas Hilton, Elvis Presley meets with televangelist Rex Humbard and breaks down in tears, bemoaning his life's lack of meaning.
1980: Marie Osmond's solo variety series, Marie, premieres on NBC.
1980: Thousands march peacefully in memory of John Lennon in New York, walking down Fifth Avenue and ending at the Dakota Building, site of his murder.
1985: On her 45th birthday, Dionne Warwick is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001: The state of Nevada declares today Frank Sinatra Day.
2002: After three months, Gordon Lightfoot leaves a Hamilton, Ontario hospital, where he'd been sent for emergency surgery on his abdomen.

2011 - John Atterberry, a music executive best known for his work with pop stars such as the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson, has died after being shot last week by a gunman on a shooting spree through the streets of Hollywood. Atterberry, 40, was shot in the face and upper body in a random attack as he drove his Mercedes-Benz near the intersection of Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard.

2011 - (on the 12th or there abouts) Lady Gaga has been named the highest-earning female music star of 2011, raking in a ridiculously massive $90 million - that's FIFTY FOUR MILLION POUNDS. Part of which she spent on meat dresses, but the rest of which is still kicking about in her bank account.
Gaga beats Beyonce, Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry in the list, which is compiled by Forbes. She's so loaded that she's even got two times the piles of cash that her nearest rival - country singer and very tall lady, Taylor Swift.

2012 - The biggest stars in music and comedy united Wednesday for an unforgettable six-hour benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims.

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1838 - Composer Alexis Vicomte de Castillon was born.
1928 - George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
1948 Ted Nugent born
1949 Randy Owen (Alabama) born
1961 - The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxey Lady."
1974 - George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1975 - David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released.
1975 - Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released.
1985 - Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami Vice" playing a drug dealer.
1988 - Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final.
1990 - The musical revival of "Peter Pan" opened.
1991 - "John Denver's Montana Christmas Skies" special aired on CBS.
1993 - Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune "Shameless."
1994 - Prince performed the song "Dolphin" on the David Letterman show.
1996 - The movie "Jerry Maguire," starring Glenn Frey, opened.
2001 - The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.
2001 B.B. King performs for U.S. President George W. Bush at a salute to Special Olympics at the White House,
2007 Joe Cocker receives an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal from England's Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace

2011 - Paisley was one of five country music stars honored at the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift. - Taylor Swift received the CMT Artists of the Year award held ,in Nashville, Tenn.
It was a night full of cross-pollinated moments, with host Rob Lowe, Lionel Richie, William Shatner, Joe Walsh, Gavin DeGraw, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, The Avett Brothers and The All-American Rejects on hand to celebrate country’s biggest entertainers. But it was Hank Williams Jr. who turned in the night’s most buzzed about moment, leaving the stage quickly mid-song after singing his part during a duet with Aldean.

2011 - Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has scored an early holiday gift in the form of a $10-million pledge from the Country Music Assn. that will go toward the museum’s ambitious $75-million expansion campaign, officials announced today . It is the largest single gift in the nonprofit museum’s history.

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1849 - 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

1873 - Composer Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen was born.
1901 - The first table tennis tournament was held. It was a the London Royal Aquarium.
1932: Abbe Lane and Charlie Rich are born
1959: The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music
1961 - Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record

1962 - Bob Dylan releases his first single "Mixed Up Confusion/Corrina Corrina." However, his record label quickly withdraws the single.

1962 - Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rollin' Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin' Stones during this period.
1963 - Dinah Washington died of a drug overdose at the age of 39. She had 34 top 10 hits on the Billboard R&B charts.
1966: Elvis Presley's film Spinout premieres in Los Angeles.
1966: Chad and Jeremy appear as special guest stars on today's episode of ABC's Batman show.
1967:: Dick Clark announces that he's filming a movie about hippies, The Love Children, starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1967, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.

1968: Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It through the Grapevine" hits #1
1968 - Tommy James and the Shondells released "Crimson & Clover."
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bagism" project, arriving at London's Hyde Park inside a white bag located in a white Rolls Royce, and then giving a protest speech -- from inside the bag -- on behalf of executed prisoner James Hanratty. (The idea was that the press and skeptics would have to listen to their words without being distracted by celebrity.)

1969, The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1971: Radical John Sinclair is released from prison.
1972: The film Born To Boogie, a biopic of T. Rex's Marc Bolan directed by Ringo Starr, premieres in London.
1972: Alexander's department store in New York City stays open late so that Alice Cooper, who is wearing silver pants and a "Paul Lives" button, can do his Christmas shopping.
1974 - Styx' "Lady" was released
1977: The film Saturday Night Fever opens in New York City, singlehandedly reviving the dead "disco" fad and turning it into a genuine national obsession.
1980: At widow Yoko Ono's request, a ten-minute worldwide silent vigil is held at 2:00 PM EST for John Lennon, who had been shot down just six days earlier. Over 100,000 observe the vigil in New York's Central Park alone, while 30,000 observe the vigil in Liverpool.
1985: James Taylor marries actress Kathryn Walker.
1986 - Elton John recorded a live version of "Candle in the Wind" that would later be released as a single.

1988, Born on this day, Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer from High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 ‘High School Musical’ album and 2007, US No.1 ‘High School Musical 2’ album
1991 - Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's pop albums chart.
1992: On the same day he files for bankruptcy, Merle Haggard becomes the father of a son, Binion Louis Haggard.
1995: ABC airs the Frank Sinatra tribute special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, featuring performances by Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
1995: The FBI, acting on a judge's order, releases most (but not all) of its documents revealing the organization's attempts to deport John Lennon.
1997, Garth Brooks was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Sevens’ his fourth US No.1 album.

1999: In a much-publicized show, Paul McCartney returns to play the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time since 1963. Joining him are Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice.

2000 - Country star Tim McGraw, better known as Mr. Faith Hill, has an emergency appendectomy at Nashville's Baptist Hospital.

2001: Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agrees to testify against six other defendants in the same case. ( also involved -indicted- for insurance fraud in 1998 )

2003, Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Diary Of Alicia Keys’ the singers second US No.1.
2004 Thousands attend a memorial for the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell in Arlington, Texas. Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell and Zakk Wylde attend the ceremony along with Darrell's brother Vinnie Paul.

2005 Eminem tops the U.S. album charts with his greatest hits collection Curtain Call

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1922: Alan Freed born
1932: Jesse Belvin, Clyde McPhatter (The Dominoes, The Drifters) born

1944: US Army Major and bandleader Glenn Miller's plane disappears in thick fog somewhere over the English Channel. The fate of Miller and his passengers, en route to play a Christmas concert in Paris with his Air Force band, has never been determined.
1955: Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues" released
1957: Mitch Miller and Sammy Davis Jr. blast rock and roll in a syndicated radio talk show hosted by Davis. However, MGM label president Arnold Maxim disagrees, stating he sees no end to the fad in the near future.
1958: Billboard's year-end review declares Domenico Modugno's "Volare" 1958's biggest-selling pop song, and gives R&B honors to Chuck Willis' "Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes," LP honors to the My Fair Lady original cast recording, and EP honors to Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock.
1967: In Paris, the members of the Beach Boys have their own audience with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1968: The Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick appears on CBS' Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in blackface, mimicking the recent Olympic scandal by holding up a "black power" salute at the end of the band's song "Crown of Creation." The network is not amused.
1969: UNICEF holds a "Peace For Christmas" charity concert in London which features the debut of the Plastic Ono Band (featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Keith Moon, and others). It was to be Lennon's last stage appearance in Britain. The Rascals and Desmond Dekker and the Aces also perform. That same day, John and wife Yoko Ono debut their "War Is Over" billboard campaign.
1973: Jermaine Jackson marries Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown founder and head Berry Gordy, Jr.
1977: The Who perform a secret concert for fan club members at London's Shepperton Studios. The show is filmed for Jeff Stein's upcoming Who documentary The Kids Are Alright.
1988: For his interstate car chase and numerous drug, firearms, and assault offenses, James Brown is sentenced to six and one-half years in a South Carolina prison. He would serve a little more than two.
2001: An intruder who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him earlier in the year is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
2001: Joe Walsh receives an honorary doctorate of music from Kent State University.
2009 - EMINEM named BillBoard Artist of the Decade

2011 - ( Announced ) Courtney Love is being evicted from her townhouse in Manhattan's West Village after she allegedly set it on fire and ruined its designer décor. The Hole singer has been renting the four-story building for $27,000 a month for 10 months. In addition to the damages, the building owner says that Love owes $54,000 in rent.

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1770 - Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven was born.

1775 - Composer Francois-Adrien Boieldieu was born.

1882 - Composer Zoltan Kodaly was born.

1893 - Anton Dvorak attended the first performance and the official world premiere of his "New World Symphony" at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1907 - Eugene H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. He sang from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.

1940 - Bob Crosby and his Bobcats backed up Bing as "San Antonio Rose" was recorded for Decca Records.
1946 Benny Andersson of ABBA is born
1954 Bill Hayes records his version of "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"
1960 - George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix released his first single, "Hey Joe."
1967 - The Lemon Pipers released "Green Tambourine."
1971 - Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released.
1972 - Paul McCartney’s single, "Hi, Hi, Hi," was released.
1973 - Stephen Stills lost a paternity suit filed by a woman in California.
1974 - Mott the Hoople broke up.
1977 - The "Saturday Night Fever" film debuted.
1981 Ray Charles receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1983 - The Who officially disbanded.
1993 - The musical "The Red Shoes" opened.
1993 - MTV aired Nirvana's New York "Unplugged" performance.
1997 - Bobby Brown settled out of court with Althea Durant. Durant had claimed that she paid him $30,000 for a show in Trinidad that he never played.
1999 - Former Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, announced plans to join the race for London's first-ever elected mayor.
2002 - Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, filed a $23 million dollar lawsuit against VH1, MTV Networks, Viacom and Remote Productions, Inc. for breach of contract. The lawsuit was filed because plans were dropped on a reality show that was centered on the lives of Minnelli and Gest.
2007 Dan Fogelberg ("Longer") dies of prostate cancer

2011 - Rapper Slim Dunkin slain in Atlanta music studio as he prepared to record a video The performer was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead

2013 - Country Music Legend Ray Price Dies. While good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.
Price passed away at his Texas home, having long outlasted most of his country music contemporaries and the prognosis doctors gave him when they discovered his pancreatic cancer in 2011. He was 87.

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1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, composer, born
1937: Art Neville (The Neville Brothers) born
1939 Eddie Kendricks ("Keep On Truckin'" and member of the Temptations) is born
1940 Eddie Kendricks, the Temptation whose lead vocals appeared on hits like "My Girl," is born in Birmingham, Ala.

1942 Paul Butterfield, whose Sixties band was largely responsible for white musicians' embrace of the blues during that time, is born in Chicago.

1954: The first rock and roll single to hits the British charts does so today: Bill Haley and his Comets' "Shake, Rattle, and Roll."
1955: Carl Perkins writes "Blue Suede Shoes," and, within 48 hours, will record it.
1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" hits #1 pop and country

1965: Judy Garland and The Supremes perform at the grand opening of the new Houston Astrodome.
1967: The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official Fan Club. The film Magical Mystery Tour is screened here for the first time.
1969: Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki Budinger on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The program receives the second largest ratings of any show up to that time.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority album is certified gold
1970: The Beach Boys play a Royal Command Performance for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1970 Andy Williams records "Love Story"
1982: The Who play what was supposed to be their "farewell" concert at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The show is filmed and taped for an HBO special and the album Who's Last.

1982, American Delta blues musician and songwriter Big Joe Williams died in Macon, Mississippi aged 79. Wrote 'Baby Please Don't Go', a 1965 UK Top 10 for Them, (featuring Van Morrison).
1986: The Doobie Brothers reunite for a benefit concert in Palo Alto, CA, which eventually leads to a reunion tour and album.
1986: Wayne Newton wins a $19.2 million suit against NBC News, which had erroneously linked the singer to organized crime.
1986 - Paul & Linda McCartney's limo caught fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. They are both unharmed.

1989 Paula Abdul performs at the America Has Heart benefit in Universal City, Calif. The concert raises money for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which is currently feeling overtaxed due to the San Francisco earthquake and the onslaught of Hurricane Hugo

1990 - Olivia Newton-John appeared in the TV movie "A Mom For Christmas."
1994 - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Heather Locklear were married.

1995, A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
1996 - Celine Dion said she was going to take a break from her career and concentrate on starting a family.
1997 - U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet.
1999: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards steals a guitar from a fan outside Richards' birthday party at New York's Russian Tea Room. The fan never presses charges, explaining: "It's Keith, man."
1999: Grover Washington Jr. dies after collapsing in a CBS dressing room. His biggest hit was "Just the Two of Us" with Bill Withers.

2000 - According to one Internet hoax, rapper Eminem was alleged to have died today in a car crash. A fake CNN News page appeared on the Web trumpeting his demise, but Em's still with us.

2003 - American Idol winner Ruben Studdard tops the charts with his debut album Soulful. The second highest new entry is Phillie soul star Musiq with his album, er, Soulstar, at No. 13
2010 - Experimental, eccentric and shunned by the mainstream music industry, Don Van Vliet - the American rock musician who performed under the name Captain Beefheart and died on Friday at the age of 69 - never did play by the rules.

2010, Sir Paul McCartney performed an intimate lunchtime gig at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street, the historic music venue threatened with closure. Around 300 fans were treated to a set lasting almost two hours, in what was McCartney’s smallest gig in the UK for nearly 10 years. A campaign to keep the 100 Club open had attracted support from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Sir Mick Jagger.

2011 - Michael Jackson's personal belongings will go up for auction December 17th, 2011. In the final days of Jackson's life, he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts, now the only thing fans can count on is a for sale sign. Hundreds of items are set to be auctioned off by Julien's Auctions. The exhibit of items from 100 North Carolwood Drive is free and open to the public. Nearly $1,000,000 was raised.

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1737 - Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. He is recognized as the most renowned violin maker in history.
1786 - Opera composer Baron Karl von Weberwas born.
1860 - Composer Edward Alexander MacDowell was born.
1892 - Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1906 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher born
1920 - Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his first recording for Victor Records.
1934 - Willie Smith sang with Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra on "Rhythm is Our Business."
1961 - Britain's EMI Records rejected the Beatles. They later signed them.
1961 Sam Cooke records "Twistin' The Night Away"
1964 - Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.
1964 Fans rush James Brown's limo at Sam Cooke's wake in Chicago, forcing him to leave
1965 - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler recorded "Ballad of the Green Berets.
1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Brown were divorced. They were married when she was 13 years old.
1975 - Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces for a solo career.
1981 - About 35 million people watched a Rod Stewart concert via satellite. The broadcast was televised in 23 countries.
1983 - Keith Richards and model Patti Hansen were married.
1984 - Madonna's "Like a Virgin was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. The song was Madonna's first No. 1 hit.
1997 - Tori Amos, offered 14 music videos, including a rare clip of "Cornflake Girl," for viewing over the Internet as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Users were allowed access to the clips for a four week period in exchange for a donation of $5.
1999 - Prince recorded "Rave Un2 The Joy 2000" at Paisley Park Studios.
2001 - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) won a court battle with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Anderson had filed the suit to gain full custody of the couple's two children. The judge denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require monitoring of Lee's visits.
2003 - In Santa Maria, CA, Michael Jackson was charged with seven counts of molesting a child under 14 and two counts of supplying the child with "an intoxicating agent." Jackson's lawyer denounced the allegations and said they were driven by money and revenge.

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1955 - Carl Perkins recorded the hit "Blue Suede Shoes."

1957 - "The Music Man" opened on Broadway.

1960 - Neil Sedaka’s "Calendar Girl" was released.

1960 - Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his very own record company, Reprise Records. Frank did "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let’s Fall in Love."

1974 - Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

1980 - The film "9 to 5," with Dolly Parton, opened.

1987 - Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday Night Live."

1992 - Neil Diamond's "Christmas in Washington" aired on NBC-TV.

1997 - Marty Raybon made his last appearance with country group Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.

2000 - English singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed while vacationing in Mexico at the age of 41. She was sccuba diving with her two sons when she was hit by a speedboat.

2001 - VH1 premiered "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story."

2001 - Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.

2001 - Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to domestic battery case that arose after fighting with his wife at a Hard Rock hotel on November 19. The judge approved a plea bargain in which the case would be dismissed if Weiland had no more problems for the next six months and he completed 26 counseling sessions.

2001 - Madonna appeared on television's "Dateline."

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1728 - Composer Franz Xaver Pokorny was born.

1871 - Composer Henry Kimball Hadley was born.

1909 - Composer Vagn Holmboe was born.

1932 - Al Jolson recorded "April Showers."
1944, Born on this day, Bobby Colomby, drums, Blood Sweat & Tears,

1957 - Elvis Presley received his U.S. Army draft notice.

1962 - The Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV's "Andy Williams Show" for the first time.
1966, Born on this day, Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes
1967 - Jethro Tull was formed.

1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

1968, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman'.

1968, The Beatles sixth Christmas record "The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record", was sent to fan club members in the UK and the US. It included the song ‘Nowhere Man’ sung by Tiny Tim.

1969, Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Leavin' On A Jet Plane'.

1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37.
1975 - Joe Walsh joined the Eagles, replacing original member Bernie Leadon. Leadon left for a solo career.
1980, Motorhead's Phil Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck when partying after a gig in Belfast
1982 Arthur Rubinstein, pianist dies in Geneva at 95,
1992, American blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as 'Crosscut Saw' and 'As The Years Go Passing By', and the 1967 album, 'Born Under a Bad Sign.'

1999, Canadian Country singer Hank Snow died.

2000, Figures from the RIA of America showed that Teen Pop was alive and doing very well. Pop accounted for most of the record sales in America with Jive records, home to Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC selling 31m records

2001, Tommy Lee branded his ex-wife Pam Anderson an unfit mother. The drummer filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging his son's tell him 'We hate Mommy' and his son Brandon had been using the F-word he learned from his mommy.

2006, Eminem and his high school sweetheart divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried.
2006, Ian Halperin claimed that Michael Jackson was close to death. The Rolling Stone magazine writer said Jackson was suffering from a rare lung condition and needed a lung transplant. He also claimed that the singer had lost 95% vision in one eye and was so ill he could barley speak.

2008, Britney Spears went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Circus’, the singer’s sixth studio album.

2011 - Sean Bonniwell, lead singer and songwriter of the Music Machine, a 1960s Los Angeles band regarded as one of the most original of the garage-punk era, has died. He was 71. Bonniwell diedof lung cancer at a medical center in Visalia, Calif

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