Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This Date In Music History - December 21


Ray Hilderbrand - Paul and Paula (1940)

Betty Wright (1953)

Patrick Murphy - Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr.(1964)

Gabrielle Glaser - Luscious Jackson (1966)

Brett Scallions - Fuel (1971)

They Are Missed:

John Spence, singer, original member of No Doubt in the late 80's, committed suicide in 1987.

Born on this day in 1940, Frank Zappa, multi' instrumentalist, producer and composer. Recorded with The Mothers Of Invention and solo, 1969 album 'Hot Rats,' 1974 album 'Apostrophe,' featuring "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow." First band was The Blackouts, recorded one of the first concept albums 'Freak Out'. Zappa died of prostrate cancer on December 4,1993.

Born on this day in 1946, Carl Wilson, guitar, vocals, The Beach Boys. Died February 6, 1998 after a long battle with lung cancer.


LaVern Baker recorded "Jim Dandy" in 1955.

In 1966, the Beach Boys received three Gold Record citations for the single "Good Vibrations" and the albums 'Little Deuce Coupe' and 'Shut Down, Vol. 2.'

The Beatles held a party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London in 1967 to preview their new movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour.'

Just in time for Christmas in 1967, the Rolling Stones released the stoned-out 'Their Satanic Majesties Request.' The album was recorded while Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones endured their drug arrests and trials.

In 1969, the Rolling Stones played the first for four shows at the Lyceum Ballroom in London as a sort of Christmas gift to fans.

Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together in public for the first time in 1968.

Janis Joplin gave her first solo performance in Memphis, TN in 1968.

Glen Campbell topped the US album chart in 1968 with ‘Wichita Lineman.' Although the LP would stay on the chart for 46 weeks, it would be Campbell's only #1 album.

In 1969, the Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan show,' singing their last #1 "Someday We'll Be Together."

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Canned Heat appeared at the Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California in 1969.

In 1970, a stretch limousine carrying Elvis Presley pulled up outside the White House in Washington, D.C. The driver handed over a letter from Elvis addressed to President Nixon requesting a meeting to discuss how the King of Rock and Roll could help Nixon fight drugs. The President agreed to give Presley a Narcotics Bureau badge - but only after learning that the chief of the narcotics bureau had turned down the same request earlier that day and told Presley the only person who could overrule his decision was the President. At Elvis' request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year, until the Washington Post broke the story on January 27th, 1972.

Following Blind Faith, Steve Winwood reformed Traffic as a trio in 1970 with original members Jim Capaldi (drums) and Chris Wood (woodwinds). Their 'John Barleycorn Must Die' featuring the rousing instrumental “Glad” goes gold.

In 1974, Harry Chapin enjoyed his only number one single with "Cat's In The Cradle." The song's theme about a distant father and son relationship was suggested to Harry by his wife, after he expressed disappointment about being on tour instead of attending his son's birth.

During a North American tour in 1977, Queen appeared at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California.

The Eagles, Chicago and Linda Ronstadt performed at a benefit show in 1979 for the presidential campaign for California governor Jerry Brown, who also happens to be Ronstadt's boyfriend.

Heart went to #1 on the US album chart in 1985 with their self- titled album.

Lionel Richie had a number one record for the seventh time in 1985, when "Say You, Say Me" reached the top of the Billboard Pop chart. He started his string with "Three Times A Lady" and "Still" while he was with The Commodores, before having hits with "Endless Love", "Truly", "All Night Long" and "Hello."

In 1985, Bruce Springsteen's album, ‘Born in the USA’ passed Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ to become the second longest-lasting LP on the Billboard US Top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only ‘The Sound of Music’ with Julie Andrews lasted longer at 109 weeks.

To help promote Aerosmith’s “Love In An Elevator,” in 1989, a couple got married in an actual elevator at the Scope Arena in Norfolk (VA) during the group’s show.

A concert in memory of John Lennon was held at Japan's Tokyo Dome in 1990, featuring Sean Lennon, Hall and Oates, Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt.

Believe it or not, in 1993, Shaquille O'Neal's "I Know I Got Skillz" single was certified Gold by the RIAA.

The charity record "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" went to #1 on the UK singles chart in 1996. With the consent of Bob Dylan, musician Ted Christopher of Dunblane, Scotland wrote a new verse for the song in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre. The cover version of the song included brothers and sisters of the victims singing the chorus and Mark Knopfler on guitar.

In 2001, police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison's death.

Keane appeared at the 12 Bar Club, London in 2002 and were spotted by Simon Williams of Fierce Panda records who asked them to put a single out on his label.

Money making figures for 2002's top grossing Rock artists were as follows:

Paul McCartney - $126.1 million
The Rolling Stones - $90 million
Cher - $67.6 million
Neil Diamond - $52.2 million
Britney Spears - $43.7 million
Aerosmith - $36.3 million
Eagles - $34.9 million
'N Sync - $33 million
The top grossing country artist was Kenny Chesney at $22.7 million

In 2003, Eminem's ex-wife Kimberley Mathers pleaded guilty to a drug and driving offences. Mathers had been pulled by traffic police in June and was charged with possession of cocaine, two other charges driving with a suspended license and maintaining a drug house in which police discovered marijuana and Ecstasy were dropped. The 28 year-old mother appeared in a Michigan court after turning herself in, having previously failed to attend a November 1 hearing and removed an electronic tagging device used to monitor her movements.

Madonna was forced to cancel a romantic holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland in 2005, after her private jet broke down with technical difficulties at London Airport. She should have called me, my jet was working....

The Beatles' "Love" sat at #1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart in 2006. The album was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin and features music compiled and remixed for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The disc would quickly be certified Platinum and won Grammys in two categories - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album at the 50th annual Grammy awards on February 10th, 2008.

A trashed guitar once owned by the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, was sold to an unidentified private collector for $100,000 in 2008. "It's a really cool-looking guitar because it's smashed and held together with duct tape and Kurt Cobain wrote on it," says Jacob McMurray, senior curator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. The EMP had displayed the Fender Mustang.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), released its listing of 2009's most played holiday songs, tracked by radio airplay monitoring service, Mediaguide, from over 2,500 radio stations nationwide.

The top 10 most-played holiday songs in the ASCAP repertory this holiday season are:

1. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish) - played 118,918 times
2."Jingle Bell Rock" (Joseph Carleton Beal, James Roth Boothe) - played 118,601 times
3."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle) - played 101,614 times
4. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) - played 89,348 times
5. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) - played 77,599 times
6. "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) - played 74,360 times.
7. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (Johnny Marks) - played 57,948 times
8. "Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone) - played 55,617 times.
9. "Feliz Navidad" (José Feliciano) - played 51,072 times
10. "Frosty the Snowman" (Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins) - played 51,068 times

Note: The above list represents an aggregation of all different artist versions of each cited holiday song.

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