Wednesday, December 2, 2009

This Date In Music History-December 2


Tom McGuinness - Manfred Mann (1941)

Ted Bluechel Jr - Association (1942)

Dave Munden - Tremeloes (1943)

Screamin' Scott Simon - Sha Na Na (1948)

Michael McDonald - Doobie Brothers (1952)

Rick Savage - Def Leppard (1960)

Nate Mendel - Foo Fighters (1968)

Anthony "Treach" Criss - Naughty By Nature (1970)

Donna Matthews - Elastica (1971)

Nelly Furtado (1978)

Brian Chase - Yeah Yeah Yeahs (1978)

Britney Spears (1981) Biggest selling teenage act in the world with album sales over 40 million

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1906, Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, who invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945. The invention went on to revolutionize the way people listened to music. Goldmark was killed in a car crash on December 7, 1977.

Folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack in 1982 while jogging in New York's Washington Square Park (age 41). Member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue during the late 70's. He wrote "Outlaw Man" covered by The Eagles on their 1973 Desperado album.

Great composer Aaron Copland, who wrote "Fanfare for the Common Man," died in 1990 (age 90).

Singer Valerie Jones died in 2001 (age 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.

Kevin Coyne, a cult British songwriter who was once asked to join The Doors following Jim Morrison's death, died in Nuremberg, Germany in 2004 (age 60).

Dutch singer Mariska Veres from Shocking Blue died of cancer in 2006 (age 59). Had the 1970 #1 hit "Venus." One of my favorite female voices of the rock era, pick up any album by the Shocking Blue and you will agree.


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

In 1957, "You Send Me," Sam Cooke's third single, was released on Keen Records and it became the #1 song in the country. It deposes "Jailhouse Rock," by Elvis Presley, from its seven-week run at the top of the charts.

In 1963, the Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show. The Beatles played ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.

In 1967, Jimmie Rodgers, the son of country music star Hank Snow, was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious accident. He had three big hits in 1958 "Kisses Sweeter than Wine," "Oh Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" and the Number One hit "Honeycomb." He recovers from the auto accident, but his career is over.

Today in 1967 the song "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.

Also in 1967, The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to #1 on the US album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’.

In 1969, Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.

Eric Burdon launches a "Curb the Clap" campaign in 1970, aimed at fighting what he calls the "number one sickness in the record business today — VD." For every donation to the LA Free Clinic, Burdon sends out a "Curb the Clap" bumpersticker. Speak for yourself Mr. Burdon....

Led Zeppelin released "Black Dog" as a single in the US in 1971 (it peaked at #15).

Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" was released in 1972.

After a show at the Montreal Forum in 1973, the Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of hotel destruction. The incident was later chronicled in the John Entwistle song "Cell Block Number Seven."

It's D-Day for lots of Bob Dylan fans in 1973; it was their first opportunity to mail in ticket requests for his upcoming tour. In San Francisco, traffic was backed up five blocks from one post office and in other cities, ticket requests are stamped "Return to Sender" because there are too many of them than can be handled. As expected, all the shows are sold-out meaning 658,000 tickets sold.

Disco group Silver Convention earned a gold record for "Fly, Robin, Fly," which hit #1 on the pop chart in 1975.

Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's ‘You Don't Bring Me Flowers’ was at #1 on the US singles chart in 1979. A radio station engineer had spliced together Neil's version with Barbra's version and got such good response, the station added it to their play list. When Neil Diamond was told about it, he decided to re-record the song with Streisand herself, and within weeks of its release, the single went to #1 in the US and #5 in the UK.

MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video for the first time in 1983. It becomes the largest-selling music home video ever.

Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox rips off her bra while performing "Missionary Man" in front of 10,000 fans in Birmingham, England in 1986. No word if she burned it or not.....

In 1988, Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons join Willie Nelson on "Geraldo" to discuss the day's topic: Sex on the Road. How delightful....

Mariah Carey went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1995 with her duet with Boyz II Men "One Sweet Day." It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive single debut at #1, "Fantasy" being her first.

In 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.

The Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago in 2000.

Creed started an eight-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2001 with "Weathered."

The reunited Simon & Garfunkel performed at Madison Square Garden in 2003, their first New York date in 10 years.

Shock rocker, "School's Out" singer and legendary beer drinker Alice Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. It sits between Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner's. Imagine that....

The Game was at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with his second album "Doctor's Advocate."

In 2007, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 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 and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250. The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000, while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625. No wonder no one came to my garage sale that day.....

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