Monday, December 14, 2009

This Date In Music History-December 14


Frank Allen - Searchers (1943)

Jackie McCauley - Them (1946)

Joyce Vincent-Wilson - Tony Orlando and Dawn (1946)

Cliff Williams - AC/DC (1949)

Mike Scott - Waterboys (1958)

Peter "Spider" Stacy - Pogues (1958)

Tim Skold - Marilyn Manson (1966)

They Are Missed:

American blues and jazz singer Dinah Washington died from of an overdose of brandy and diet pills in 1963 (age 39). Known as the ‘Queen of the Blues’ she scored the 1959 #8 Grammy Award wining single "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" and the 1961 hit "September In The Rain." From the late '40s and into the '60s, she sang a wide variety of music, from blues to country to pop, in a rich elegant voice.

The late Spike Jones ("All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth") was born in 1911 (died May 1, 1965).

Born today in 1938, Gary Usher, producer, songwriter. Worked with The Byrds, co-wrote The Beach Boys "In My Room." Died on 25th May 1990.

The late Charlie Rich ("Behind Closed Doors") was born in 1932. He died July 25, 1995.

In 2006, Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, died at age 83 after injuries sustained in a fall while attending the Rolling Stones show six weeks earlier at New York's Beacon Theatre. Atlantic Records and subsidiary label, ATCO, were instrumental in ushering in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Their artists included Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Iron Butterfly.


The Kingston Trio started an eight-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1959 with 'Here We Go Again!'

Billboard reported in 1959, in the wake of the government's payola investigations, the pay-for-play phenomenon has all but ceased in Philadelphia, to name a major U.S. city. "You can't even buy the disc jockeys lunch," complained one disgruntled Philadelphia record distributor.

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

"Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen peaked on the charts at #6 in 1963.

In the United Kingdom in 1963, The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" goes to #1, where it stayed for five weeks. In so doing, it knocked off the Beatles' previous single "She Loves You." It's the first time in Britain that a band has replaced itself at #1.

Chad & Jeremy (Catwoman steals their voices) and Don Ho guest on ABC-TV's "Batman" in 1966.

The Elvis Presley film "Spinout" premiered in 1966.

In 1967, Dick Clark announced that he was making a film about hippies, "The Love Children," which starred Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell and Susan Strasberg and featured the music of Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.

With the title track clocking in at 17:05, the Iron Butterfly’s epic “In-A-Gadda-Da Vida” went gold in 1968. The album sells three million copies as it stays on the album chart for nearly three years.

Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson & Clover" was released in 1968.

Marvin Gaye scored his first #1 single in 1968 when "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin's 15th solo hit.

In 1969, the Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Also in 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono continued to protest the innocence of James Hanratty, one of the last people executed in Britain for murder, with their wacky antics. The couple turned up at London's Hyde Park covered with a giant white bag to hear Hanratty's father address a crowd. Hanratty and the Lennons later present a petition at No. 10 Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lived.

The MC5's manager John Sinclair was released from prison in 1971 after Michigan relaxes its drug penalties. Sinclair had been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints.

In 1972, Alexander's department store in New York stays open especially late so shock rocker Alice Cooper, wearing silver pants and a "Paul Lives" button, can do his Christmas shopping.

The documentary film about T. Rex, "Born To Boogie" (directed by Ringo Starr and featuring Elton John) premiered in London in 1972.

Styx' "Lady" was released in 1974.

"Saturday Night Fever" premiered in New York City in 1977. The flick was instrumental in spreading the disco craze throughout the country. The soundtrack was full of recent and soon-to-be dance hits by the Bee Gees, the Trammps, Kool & the Gang, MFSB, K.C. & the Sunshine Band and Yvonne Elliman. It would go on to be one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

In 1980, at Yoko Ono's request, at 2 p.m. EST, John Lennon fans around the world mourn him with ten minutes of silent prayer. In New York over 100,000 people converge in Central Park in tribute and in Liverpool, a crowd of 30,000 gatherers outside of St. George's Hall on Lime Street.

Elton John recorded a live version of "Candle in the Wind" in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1986. The song was released as a single and hits #6 on the chart.

"Walk Like An Egyptian" (The Bangles) was a hit in 1986.

Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" debuts at #1 on Billboard's pop albums chart in 1991.

Classified documents from the White House were released in 1995 and revealed that the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported.

Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among those who performed at a tribute to Frank Sinatra on "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way" on ABC-TV in 1995.

Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US album chart in 1997 with ‘Sevens’ his fourth US #1 album.

Paul McCartney played a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1999. It was the first time that McCartney had played at the club since 1963. The show was filmed for TV and also went out live on the Internet.

Alicia Keys was at #1 on the US album chart in 2003 with "The Diary Of Alicia Keys," the singer's second US #1.

The funeral took place in Arlington, Texas in 2004 for Damageplan and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Eddie Van Halen placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the Kiss Kasket he was buried in. Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, to mourn the guitarist’s death. Darrell was shot five times in the back of the head during a gig at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus on 8th Dec 04 by a mentally ill former US Marine. Damageplan's drum technician, John Brooks, and tour manager, Chris Paluska, were both injured in the incident.

A lawsuit was filed in L.A. Superior Court in 2004 claiming that a soccer ball kicked from the stage during an August 31st Rod Stewart concert at the Hollywood Bowl caused a concertgoer "personal injuries, physical disability and physical and emotional distress, pain and suffering. Wow, here's an idea - duck next time - or pay attention. Stewart, a one-time aspiring soccer player, ceased kicking soccer balls into the audience when similar suits mounted in the ‘80s.

In 2007, Billboard magazine says the Police's reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of ‘07. Another reunion trek, this one by Genesis, netted approximately $129 million to land at #2 on the list. Billboard also names Daughtry's self-titled debut the top-selling album of the year.

In ’04, The Clash issued a 25th Anniversary Edition of their classic album “London Calling. Now, in 2009, they release "London Calling: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition." This time around there’s a DVD featuring Don Letts' documentary on the making of the album.

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