In 1964, fans rush James Brown's limo at Sam Cooke's wake in Chicago, forcing him to leave.
In 1975 Rod Stewart leaves Faces.
Sgt. Barry Sadler records "The Ballad Of The Green Berets,” in 1965.
On December 18th 1964, funeral services are held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.
A 1969 New York Times article estimates that the youth audience in America accounts for 75-percent of the $1 billion spent annually on recorded music.
"I Gotcha" by Joe Tex is released by Dial Records in 1971. The song will reach #1 on the Billboard R&B chart in late January 1972, largely because of the publicity caused by way Tex slurred the line "Told you not to play with my affection," which causes many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.
Hall and Oates overtook The Everly Brothers as the top recording duo of all time, when their biggest hit, "Maneater" reached number 1 on the US singles chart in 1982.
Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen during a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 1983. Mick Jagger was the best man.
On December 18, 1991, pop singer Gilbert O'Sullivan wins an injunction that prevents rapper Biz Markie from sampling his 1972 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)" for a new Rap single called "Alone Again.”
Michael Jackson is formally charged with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under the age of fourteen and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent on this date in 2003.
Birthday wishes to Bryan “Chas” Chandler, bass player for the Animals (1938).
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was born in 1943, and contrary to other reports, is still alive.
Pretty Things released their groundbreaking and critically acclaimed rock opera “SF Sorrow” in 1968.
In 1971, T. Rex hits #1 in the UK and #32 in the US with “Electric Warrior.”
In 1983 the Talking Heads film a live concert, with Jonathan Demme directing, at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. It is released in the fall of 1984 as the film and album “Stop Making Sense.”
Poison, one of the most popular rock-metal bands with big hair is certified gold by the RIAA for "Every Rose Has It's Thorn” in the year 2000.