Saturday, December 12, 2009

This Date In Music History-December 12


Connie Francis (1938)

Dionne Warwick (1940)

Terry Kirkman - Association (1941)

Mike Heron - The Incredible String Band (1942)

Tim Hauser - Manhattan Transfer (1942)

Mike Pinder - Moody Blues (1942)

Dickey Betts - Allman Brothers (1943)

Alan Ward - Honeycombs (1945)

Clive Bunker - Jethro Tull (1946)

Ralph Scala - Blue Magoos (1947)

Graham Bonnett - Rainbow and the Michael Schenker Group (1947)

Ray Jackson - Lindisfarne (1948)

Dan Baird - Georgia Satellites (1953)

Cy Curnin - Fixx (1957)

Sheila E. - singer and percussionist (1959)

Eric Schenkman - Spin Doctors (1963)

Danny Boy - House Of Pain (1968)

Dan Hawkins - The Darkness (1976)

Sharin Foo - Ravonettes (1979)

They Are Missed:

Pianist Ian Stewart — known as the sixth Rolling Stone — died from a heart attack in 1985. He was 47. Co-founder of The Rolling Stones (Stewart was the first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News of 2 May 1962 seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group). Stewart was dismissed from the line-up by the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, in May 1963 but remained as road manager and piano player. He played on all The Rolling Stones albums between 1964 and 1983, except for Beggars Banquet.

Frank Sinatra (real name Francis Albert Sinatra) was born in Hoboken, NJ in 1915. Sinatra died on May 14, 1998.

Born today in 1944, Rob Tyner of MC5 (Died September 17, 1991).

In 2007, Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner, died at the age of 76 at his home near San Diego, California. Turner who was a prolific session guitarist and piano player is credited by many music historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record "Rocket 88" (released in ’51). After marrying Tina Turner in 1959, the pair released a string of hits including the Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep Mountain High.’

Born on this day in 1943, Mike Smith, Dave Clark Five, (1965 US #1 single "Over And Over") Smith died on 29th of Feb 2008 from pneumonia at the age of 64.


In Vienna in 1792, 22-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven received one of his first lessons in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.

Bill Haley recorded "See You Later, Alligator" in 1955.

The controversy over Elvis's Christmas Album raged on in 1957. Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon is fired for violating the radio station's ban against playing Presley's rendition of "White Christmas."

It may have been love but it was a bad career move. Jerry Lee Lewis married his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, MS in 1957. She’s the daughter of J.W. Brown, Jerry Lee's bass player and cousin. Myra was 13 years old, though she claimed to be 20 on the marriage license. When her age and family ties were discovered it led to a major scandal that wrecked Jerry Lee’s career for several years. Also, Jerry Lee was still married to his second wife, Jane Mitchum. Though separated, the divorce didn’t become final until May, ’58. This fact was mercifully overlooked at the time.

In 1963, The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," the group's third #1 (and first Amercian #1) and this year's UK Christmas #1.

The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" was released in 1964.

Pink Floyd played its first major show, at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1966.

In 1968, the Rolling Stones convened in a London film studio with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, the Who, Jethro Tull, Mitch Mitchell, Marianne Faithful, Mia Farrow and a bunch of circus performers to film their "Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus," which is never given a public showing until finally being released in late 1996.

The Allman Brother’s Band released their self-titled debut in late ‘69 and hit the road playing over 500 shows in the next 30 months.

In 1969, John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band released Live Peace in Toronto 1969, recorded at the Toronto Rock 'n' Revival Show on September 13.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "Tears Of A Clown." It was the group's 26th Top 40 hit and first #1 (also a #1 hit in the UK).

The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans in 1970.

Steven Stills' "Love the One You're With" was released in 1970.

In 1974, the Rolling Stones began sessions in Munich for what would become "Black and Blue," their 1976 release. The LP was recorded with several guitarists Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and Rob Wood. The group also announced the departure of guitar player Mick Taylor who replaced Brian Jones five years earlier. When asked of a replacement, Mick Jagger quipped, "No doubt we can find a brilliant six-foot-three blond guitarist who can do his own make-up.

Harry Chapin hits #1 with "Cat's In the Cradle" in 1974.

George Michael started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1987 with "Faith."

Whitney Houston started a twenty-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1992 with "The Bodyguard."

In 1997, John Fogerty played live on a Hollywood (actually Burbank) soundstage for an MTV special. Not only does he play songs from his new album “Blue Moon Swamp,” he uncorks some favorites from his Creedence Clearwater Revival days. Fogerty had refused to play CCR songs due to a major falling out over song ownership with Fantasy Records, CCR’s label.

In 1998, a seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at $20,500.

In 2002, it was announced that Les Paul planned to give memorabilia from his music career to Waukesha County's historical society for an exhibit. Paul said that he planned to donate about 2,000 records and original sheet music.

Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2003. Jagger's 92-year-old father was at the Palace to see his son receive the award.

Linkin Park and Jay-Z were at #1 on the US album chart in 2004 with "Collision Course."

In 2007, a copy of John Lennon's book, 'A Spaniard in the Works,' which contained a lock of Lennon's hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for $48,000. Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasow, the Fab Four's hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx."

The Eagles' "Long Road Out Of Eden" was certified triple platinum in 2007, signifying U.S. shipments in excess of 3 million units. It's also the #1 album on Billboard's Top Country chart.

No comments: