Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Date In Music History-December 16


Paul Butterfield - Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1942)

Tony Hicks - Hollies (1945)

Benny Anderson - Abba (1946)

Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top (1950) He plays a classic ‘59 Gibson Les Paul guitar he calls Miss Pearly Gates and uses a quarter or a peso as a pick for a distinctive sound.

Blues-Rock singer Robben Ford (1951)

Christopher Thorn - Blind Melon (1968)

Michael McCary - Boyz II Men (1972)

They Are Missed:

The late, late Ludwig von Beethoven was born in 1770

Singer-songwriter Nicolette Larson died (age 45) of complications arising from cerebral edema in 1997. Worked with Neil Young, (Comes a Time and Harvest Moon albums), Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers. Best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love."

"I Will Survive" songwriter Freddie Perren died in 2004 (age 61). With the Corporation, he also co-wrote and produced "I Want You Back" and "ABC" for the Jackson 5, as well as hits for Tavares, Peaches & Herb, and G.C. Cameron.

In 2007, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The singer, songwriter discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. Had the 1981 album ‘The Innocent Age’, which featured the hits "Leader of the Band," "Hard to Say," and "Run for the Roses."


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

In 1958, Ritchie Valens performed a concert at the junior high school he'd attended. The show is recorded and posthumously released in 1960 as Ritchie Valens Live at Pacoima Junior High.

The soundtrack to Blue Hawaii reached #1 on the album charts in 1961, where it remained for 20 weeks. With sales of 2 million, it was Elvis Presley's best-selling album to date.

George Harrison was deported from Germany in 1960 for being too young to perform with the Beatles there.

The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single "Hey Joe," was released in the UK on Polydor records in 1966, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a #6 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in America.

In 1967, the Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' record label.

The Lemon Pipers released the cut "Green Tambourine" in 1967.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono traveled to Toronto in 1969 to perform at the Peace Festival. During their stay they stayed on Ronnie Hawkins' farm. Billboards reading "War Is Over! If You Want It" go up in 11 cities as part of the Lennons' own peace campaign.

On this date in 1970, five singles and five albums by Creedance Clearwater Revival were certified gold: "Down on the Corner," "Lookin out My Back Door," "Travelin' Band," "Bad Moon Rising," "Up around the Bend" and the LPs Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country and Creedance Clearwater Revival.

Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released in 1971.

Billy Paul started a three week run at #1 in 1972 with "Me and Mrs Jones."

In 1974, guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones, saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.

UK group Mott The Hoople announced they had split up in 1974.

The Bay City Rollers earned their first gold record in 1975 for their first US hit single, "Saturday Night." It would make it to #1 on the pop chart early next year. On the 31st of this month, the album "Bay City Rollers" went gold. They will go on to have five more Top Forty hits in the US.

In 1977, the Bee Gees received a gold record for "How Deep is Your Love," the fourth of their seven #1singles. The song will become the subject of a copyright infringement suit five years later, when an amateur songwriter claims the brothers Gibb lifted the melody from a composition he'd written.

The Who announced that they were splitting up in 1983.

Billy Joel went to #1 on the album chart in 1989 with Storm Front.

Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada in 1991 seeking $14million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song "The Twist" had been used on a French fries commercial.

MTV aired Nirvana's 'Unplugged' session for the first time in 1993.

In 1999, it was announced that Celine Dion has sold more than a 100 million albums around the world. Her albums Let's Talk About Love and Falling Into You have also shipped more than 10 million copies each.

In 2003, a Web site offered up for auction an audio tape of five songs that the Beatles allegedly recorded in 1976 during a reunion at an L.A. studio. Paul McCartney's spokesperson says, "I am not aware of any Beatles reunion during the '70s."

A Detroit studio where Eminem recorded ‘My Name Is’ went up for auction on the website eBay in 2004. Studio 8, in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale was to be listed in eBay's commercial property section for 30 days, with a minimum bid is $215,000 (slow news day)

In 2005, the surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth 40m. Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.

Incubus started a two-week run at #1 on the album chart in 2006 with ‘Light Grenades’ the bands sixth album.

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