Monday, December 13, 2010

This Date In Music History - December 13


Tony Gomez - Foundations (1940)

Robert Martinez - ? & The Mysterians (1945)

Andy Peebles, UK radio DJ. The last person to interview John Lennon (1948)

Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan (1948)

Ted Nugent - Amboy Dukes, Solo, Damn Yankees (1948)

Ron Getman Tractors (1948)

Randy Owen - Alabama (1949)

Tom Verlaine - Television (1949)

Davy O'List - The Nice, Roxy Music (1950)

Berton Averre - The Knack (1952)

Steve Forbert (1954)

Dana Strum - Slaughter (1959)

Jamie Foxx - Academy Award winner in 2005 for his performance of musician Ray Charles in Ray (1967)

Daniel Patrick, bass guitar, guitar and keyboards. Worked Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem (1970)

Nick McCarthy - Franz Ferdinand (1974)

Tom Delonge - Blink 182 (1975)

Amy Lynn Lee - Evanescence (1981)

They Are Missed:

Pigmeat Markham ("Here Comes The Judge") died in 1981.

Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack in 2002. Was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. Formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964, they scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single "Summer In The City."


Singing a translated version of a French song, the Everly Brothers recorded their timeless ballad, "Let It Be Me," in Nashville in 1959.

Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" set a new record in the UK in 1960 for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release.

The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool in 1961, playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. In fact, Decca Records' Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.

Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1962 with "Return To Sender," his 13th UK #1 chart topper.

In 1962, after scoring a US Top 20 hit with "She Can't Find Her Keys" earlier in the year, 17 year-old Paul Peterson re-entered the charts with "My Dad," which would reach #6. The former Disney Mouseketeer and cast member of the TV's Donna Reed Show would go on to found A Minor Consideration, an organization committed to changing the working conditions for child performers.

Jimi Hendrix recorded the immortal "Foxey Lady" in 1966.

Also in 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' (Marc Bolan was also on the show).

In 1969, Diana Ross took the Latino Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room. Good for her!

Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1969, on sale for 35 Cents.

George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House in 1974. Later that same day, Ford met with Peter Frampton. The perks of being the prez.....

David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released in 1975.

Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released in 1975.

Chicago started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1975 with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits,' the group's fifth #1 album.

The Rolling Stones' requested to put on a three day show for 100,000 fans on Easter Island was denied by the government of Chile in 1975, who said "the whole future of the island" would be damaged. The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island. That had disaster written all over it.....

'Kenny Roger's Greatest Hits' started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980.

Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "The Way It Is."

A Madison Square Garden concert in 1987 to benefit the New York Children’s Health Project had performances by Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Billy Joel.

'Celebration of Life, 'a Roy Orbison tribute concert, was held at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A in 1988. Bonnie Raitt and the Stray Cats perform. The legendary singer died of a heart attack a week earlier.

The film, Jerry Maguire, co-starring the Eagles' singer / guitarist Glenn Frey, made its debut in US theatres in 1996. The movie's other star, Cuba Gooding Jr. is the son of Cuba Gooding Sr., the lead vocalist for The Main Ingredient, who are most often remembered for their 1972, #3 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool."

Children's TV characters The Teletubbies went to #1 on the UK singles chart in 1997 with "Teletubbies Say-eh-oh." The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the chart. And they're an allie?

Winners in the Smash Hits readers poll in 1999 included, Backstreet Boys who won Best band, best album & best single, Britney Spears won best female singer, Robbie Williams best male singer, S Club 7 won best new band and worst group went to the Spice Girls.

In 2000, it was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.

Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly in 2000. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, 'Paul McCartney Paintings.'

The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love in 2001. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.

A Maryland couple sued Wal-Mart in 2004 for selling Evanescence's 'Anywhere But Home' CD/DVD without a parental advisory label. The song "Thoughtless" contained an explicit lyric. The suit charges the national retailer of deceiving its customers, after promoting a policy of selling only clean versions of albums. The suit requests that Wal-Mart either censor or remove the CD/DVD from its shelves. Or perhaps those offended Wal-Mart customers could purchase some other CD. Or, just ignore it and let it be.....

In 2004, ABC-TV announced that Dick Clark would not be able to host his annual Rockin' New Year's Eve broadcast due to a stroke he suffered on December 8th.

In 2005, a check signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for just under $3,500 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair had bought the cheque for $6,300 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on January 23, 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for $11,000.

Guess the Buick deal ("Dream On") was just the beginning. Aerosmith announced in 2005 that they will appear in an ad campaign for Target, which was offering an exclusive expanded edition of the band's live disc 'Rockin' the Joint.' Guitarist Joe Perry claimed these ad deals are a great way to attract new fans. (and new money for them).

Also in 2005, Billboard Magazine's Boxscore claimed U2's Vertigo tour was the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live.

New York police arrested Koral Karsan in 2006 and charged him with first-degree attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The 50 year old Karsan had worked for Ono as a chauffeur for over six years.

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" tops VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s special in 2007. The online poll places U2's "One," Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under The Bridge" in the Top 20. All 100 songs are featured in a five-night countdown on the cable channel.

Kanye West went to #1 on the US album chart in 2008 with ‘808s & Heartbreak,' his fourth studio album.

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