On This Day – December 11 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Kiss, U2, Simon Cowell, Sam Cooke & more
1961, The Marvelettes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Please Mr Postman’. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums.
1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead by his manager Bertha Franklin, who claimed to have been assaulted by Cooke while staying at the Hacienda Hotel, Los Angeles.
1968, filming began for The Rolling Stones ‘Rock & Roll Circus.’ As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released in 1996.
1972, James Brown was arrested after show in Tennessee for trying to incite a riot. Brown threatened to sue the city for $1m, the charges were later dropped.
1973, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to finish the show.
1980, U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.
1982, Singer, TV actress and dancer Toni Basil went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mickey’, making her a US one hit wonder.
1989, The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: ‘Presence’ (2 million), ‘Led Zeppelin’ (4 million ), ‘Physical Graffiti’ (4 million) and ‘In Through The Out Door’ (5 million).
1998, during a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
2003, Bobby Brown was charged with battery after allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in the face. Brown, turned himself in to the police three days after a reported domestic dispute at the couple’s home in Atlanta, Georgia. Houston, who accompanied her husband to court, said they were trying to work out their problems “privately.”
2008, Simon Cowell said he was “very embarrassed” after contracts signed by this year’s X Factor contestants were leaked to the Daily Mirror newspaper. The 80-page document, which is enforceable “anywhere in the world or the solar system” was signed by all 12 finalists before the live shows began. It included a clause that prevents them from saying anything “unduly negative, critical or derogatory” about Cowell. Also the show claimed the prize as a “£1m recording contract”, but the contestants’ contract said the prize money was £150,000.
Born on this day
1954, Jermaine Jackson, The Jackson Five
1958, Nikki Sixx, bass, Motley Crue
1964, Justin Currie, bass player, Del Amitri
On This Day – December 10 – Metallica, The Hawks, The Band, Coldplay & more
1967, American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.
1971, playing the first of two nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by jealous boyfriend Trevor Howell. Zappa broke one of his legs and suffered a fractured scull.
1973, The CBGB Club opened in the lower eastside of New York City; it became the home of new bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and The Ramones.
1983, Keith Richards married 27-year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.
1988, during their 222-date Damaged Justice world tour, Metallica played the first of two nights at Cow Place in San Francisco, California.
1988, Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Look Away’, the group’s third US No.1, not a hit in the UK.
1998, a recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300, ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles’ 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played.
1999, Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). Renamed The Band who released their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink.
1999, A war of words broke out between Cliff Richard and George Michael after George branded Cliff Richards hit ‘Millennium Prayer’ as ‘vile’. Cliff hit back by saying that his single was a Christian celebration. (I have a press cutting for this)
2003, Coldplay singer Chris Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Santa Barbara, California. The couple also announced that Paltrow was pregnant and the baby was due next summer.
2004, one of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.
2005, Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.
2007, Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London’s 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 9,000 pairs of tickets available for the show. (I have a press cutting for this)
Born on this day
1947, WalterOrange, drums, vocals, The Commodores
1965, Joseph Mascis, guitar, vocals, Dinosaur Jr
1972, Brian Molko, guitar, vocals, Placebo
1974, Meg White, drums, The White Stripes
On This Day – December 9 – The Doors, Johnny Cash, The Corrs, Ozzy Osbourne & more
1955, Johnny Cash played two shows at Arkansas High School, in Swifton, Elvis Presley opened the show.
1961, The Beatles played at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot to a crowd of just 18 people. The date had not been advertised, owing to the local newspaper’s refusal to accept the promoter’s cheque. After the show The Beatles became rowdy, getting themselves ordered out of town by the local police.
1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1968, Free appeared at the Marquee Club in London England. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Led Zeppelin.
1978, Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Le Freak’, a No.7 hit in the UK.
1988, According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.
1995, Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK No.1 single when ‘Earth Song’ started a 6-week run at the top of the charts. It gave Jackson the UK Christmas No.1 of 1995 and his best-selling UK single ever. The song kept the first single released by The Beatles in 25 years, ‘Free as a Bird’, off the No.1 position.
2000, Sharon Corr of The Corrs called for the legalisation of cannabis, claiming that the drug has medicinal properties. Sharon said, ‘Certainly people with certain conditions can get a brief reprieve from their symptoms through cannabis’.
2001, Channel 4 TV apologised to viewers after Madonna said ‘motherfucker’ during live UK TV coverage at The Tate Gallery, London. Madonna was presenting a prize to artist Martin Creed. A TV spokesman said that did have a bleeper system but they missed the offending word.
2003, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne’s accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message. (I have a press cutting for this)
2006, Mariah Carey threatened legal action against porn star Mary Carey in an attempt to stop her trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. The singer believed fans could get the two performers confused if the adult film actress Mary Carey’s trademark application was successful.
Born on this Day
1940, Ginger Baker, drummer, Cream
1940, Johnny Nash, singer
1945, Ian Gillan, vocals, Deep Purple
1951, John Deacon, bass, Queen
On This Day – December 8 – John Lennon, Pantera, Motley Crue, Jimi Hendrix, Blondie & more
1963, Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.
1965, The Rolling Stones recorded their ninth UK single ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ at RCA studios in Hollywood, California.
1968, singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.
1969, on trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD no more than five times. Telling the jury that he had now ‘outgrown’ drugs. They found the guitarist not guilty.
1977, four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn’t arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being unwell.
1973, Roxy Music had their first UK No.1 album when ‘Stranded’ went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy’s Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole.
1980, John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. As he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm. (I have a press cutting for this)
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love’. The group’s third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. This made them the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles.
1984, Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.
1995, Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show ’10 Most Fascinating People’, telling the presenter that she wished she had done ‘eight thousand million things differently’ to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.
1999, 1960’s singer Heinz was given a formal caution by magistrates in Southampton for playing music to loud in his flat. The singer who scored 4 Top 40 singles in the 60’s is now wheelchair bound.
2000, A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.
2000, Sting joined the ranks of Tinseltown’s greatest when his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.
2003, BPI figures showed that the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The Darkness, The Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.
2004, former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.
Born on this day
1942, Bobby Elliott, drums, The Hollies
1943, Jim Morrison, vocals, The Doors
1957, Phil Collen, guitar, Def Leppard
1959, Paul Rutherford, vocals, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
On This Day – December 7 – The Beach Boys, The Police, Otis Redding, Carl Douglas & more
1963, The Beatles second album ‘With The Beatles’ started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album ‘Please Please me’ which had been at the top of the charts since it’s release 30 weeks previously.
1963, The Singing Nun started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dominique’, it reached No.7 on the UK chart. The song sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song.
1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979.
1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn’t see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash.
1974, Carl Douglas started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kung Fu Fighting’. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million.
1979, The Police had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Walking on the Moon’, taken from their debut album ‘Reggatta De Blanc’. The video for the song was filmed at Kennedy Space Center interspersed with NASA footage.
1991, George Michael and Elton John were at No.1 in the UK with a live version of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go down On Me’, (a hit for Elton in 1974). All proceeds from the hit went to aids charities.
1985, Mr Mister started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Broken Wings’, a UK No.4 hit.
1991, George Michael and Elton John were at No.1 in the UK with a live version of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go down On Me’, (a hit for Elton in 1974). All proceeds from the hit went to aids charities.
1992, Mariah Carey‘s MTV Unplugged EP became the first Sony Minidisc to be released in the US.
1997, Shane MacGowen spent the night in police cells after being arrested in Liverpool. He was charged after throwing a mike stand into the crowd and injuring a fan.
2003, Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘In The Zone’ the singer’s fourth US No.1 album. The singer broke her own record from being the first female artist to have three albums enter the US chart at No.1 to being the first female artist to have 4 albums enter at No.1 consecutively.
2005, the MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James’ Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, “Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turky slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.” Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Run’ which became the fastest-selling digital-only track.
2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.
2008, Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Run’ which became the fastest-selling digital-only track. Take That went to No.1 on the UK album after selling over 432,000 copies of their new album The Circus. Britney Spears‘ album Circus, released on the same day as Take That’s album entered the chart at number four.
Britney Spears and Alicia Keys to have her first three albums debut in the top spot.
Born on this day
1942, Harry Chapin, US singer, songwriter
1949, Tom Waits, US singer, songwriter
1973, Damien Rice, Irish singer, songwriter
1974, Nicole Appleton, vocals, All Saints
On This Day – December 6 – Roy Orbison, The Police, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Europe & more
1949, American blues artist, Leadbelly died. Huddie William Ledbetter wrote many songs including ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘Cotton Fields’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, and ‘The Midnight Special’. Leadbelly was jailed several times for fights and knife related incidents, he was once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman.
1961, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that their bookings will be better organised, more prestigious, and will expand beyond the Liverpool area. He also promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles, accepts on their behalf.
1962, Bob Dylan recorded ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ during a session at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell’s Angels who’d been hired to police the event. It’s claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.
1975, Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organised the burning of Elton John and Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers had sex when listening to rock music.
1978, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith‘s brother Todd Smith during a fight at New York City club Hurrah.
1980, The Police appeared at the Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia supported by R.E.M.
1986, Europe were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Final Countdown’. They became only the second Swedish act to score a UK No.1. The song reached No.1 in 25 countries and the song’s lyrics were inspired by David Bowie‘s song ‘Space Oddity’.
1988, American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Pretty Woman’, plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. Formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury).
1995, Michael Jackson collapsed and was treated for dehydration while rehearsing for the HBO special Michael Jackson: One Night Only at The Beacon Theater in New York City.
2003, Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John’s UK mansion. About 150 guests, including Sir Paul McCartney, attended the wedding. It was Costello’s third marriage.
2008, Beyonce went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘I Am’ Sasha Fierce’, the singers third studio album. It debuted at No.1, making Knowles the third female artist this decade after Britney Spears and Alicia Keys to have her first three albums debut in the top spot.
Born on this day
1955, Rick Buckler, drums, The Jam
1956, Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M.
1961, David Lovering, drums, Pixies
1962, Ben Watt, songwriter, Everything But The Girl
On This Day – December 5 – The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Adele, Fat Larry’s Band, Gin Blossoms & more
1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group’s final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. The group also had the UK No.1 single with ‘We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper.’
1967, This was the final night of a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Erie Apparent and Amen Corner at Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow. All performances had two shows per night, in this case at 6.15pm, with the second at 8.45pm. Jimi Hendrix had the curtains closed on him halfway through his set, after the management at the venue regarded his movements with his guitar as having sexual overtones.
1968, the release of The Rolling Stones’ new album Beggar’s Banquet, was celebrated at a party in London. A food fight with custard pie was the highlight of the event that went on without an ill Keith Richards. The original cover for the LP was in the form of a plain white invitation, but was later changed.
1970, Amazing Grace’ by Judy Collins entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position.
1976, Music weekly NME reviewed the Sex Pistols debut single ‘Anarchy In The UK’ saying “Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation.”
1987, Fat Larry James, drummer, singer and leader of Fat Larry’s Band died of a heart attack aged 38. Scored the 1982 UK No.2 single ‘Zoom’. The opening drum break from Down On The Avenue, from the band’s first album, Feel It has been sampled by N.W.A. Ice-T, Jungle Brothers and Run-D.M.C.
1987, The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the group’s name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band to be called JANC but the group didn’t agree.
1992, Whitney Houston started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Will Always Love You’. The longest ever run at No.1 for a female artist the Dolly Parton penned song was taken from the Bodyguard soundtrack.
1993, Co-founder of Gin Blossoms Doug Hopkins died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds age 32. The guitarist and songwriter was in a detox unit of Phoenix’s St. Luke’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona when he snuck out and bought a .38 caliber pistol. The next day Hopkins committed suicide.
2004, U2 started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, the bands ninth UK No.1 album. The band also went to No.1 on the US album chart giving them their sixth US No.1 album.
2006, Beatles lyrics handwritten by Sir Paul McCartney to an early version of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer sold for $192,000 (£97,000) at an auction in New York. A guitar owned by Jimi
Hendrix fetched $168,000 (£85,000), a notebook containing lyrics written by Bob Marley, sold for $72,000 (£36,445) and a poem penned by Doors frontman Jim Morrison made $49,000 (£25,500) at the Christie’s sale.
2009, In an interview with the UK daily newspaper The Guardian, George Michael said he had cut back on his cannabis intake and now only smoked ‘seven or eight’ spliffs per day instead of the 25 he used to smoke.
2011, After spending 45 weeks at the top end of the UK charts, singer Adele’s second album ‘21’ become the biggest selling LP in Britain this century, surpassing the late Amy Winehouse’s 2006 LP ‘Back to Black’.
Born on this day
1899, Sonny Boy Williamson, harmonica player, singer
1932, Little Richard, singer, pianist
1938, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter
1952, Andy Kim, singer
1965, Johnny Rzeznik, singer, guitarist, Goo Goo Dolls
On This Day – December 4 – Frank Zappa, The Byrds, Prince, Jay-Z, Whitney Houston & more
1956, The so-called ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1965, The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ the group’s second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.
1971, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the ‘Four Symbols’ album. Featuring the 8-minute track ‘Stairway To Heaven’, the album stayed on the US chart for 1 week short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.
1976, workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package the Sex Pistols single ‘Anarchy In The UK.’
1979, U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London.
1980, Prince played the first night on his 31 date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
1987, Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn and then changed her mind a week later.
1988, Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared in Cleveland, Ohio. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.
1993, Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostrate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention and solo including the 1969 album ‘Hot Rats’ and 1974 album ‘Apostrophe.’ Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, ‘Freak Out’. He married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, in 1967, they had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.
1999, rapper Jay-Z was released on $50,000 bail, after being accused of attacking Lance Rivera when a fight broke out at a party for rapper Q-Tip at a Manhattan Club. Police declined to say what caused the dispute.
2002, Whitney Houston admitted in an US TV interview that drink and drugs nearly killed her. Bobby Brown’s missus also admitted to being addicted to sex. She said her business is sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and got into the lifestyle after missing out on partying when her career kicked off aged 18.
2006, Yahoo revealed that Britney Spears was the most searched for term of 2006 with more online searches done about Spears than any other topic or person. Female celebrities dominated the top 10 overall search list, with Shakira at number three, Jessica Simpson at number four and Paris Hilton at number five.
Born on this day
1942, Chris Hillman, bass, vocals, The Byrds
1944, Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys
1951, Gary Rossington, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd
1969, Jay-Z, US singer, rapper
On This Day – December 3 – Bob Marley, Ray Charles, Judas Priest, The Who, The Beatles & more
1965, The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema on 12th December.
1966, Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
1969, The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1.
1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple‘s 1973 hit, ‘Smoke on the Water.’ (some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground…”)
1975, Ronnie Wood’s wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple’s house in Richmond. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found ‘sleeping together.’
1976, a giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from its moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’, album cover; the CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run.
1976, an attempt was made on Bob Marley‘s life when seven gunmen burst into his Kingston home injuring Marley his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, the attack was believed to be politically motivated.
1979, a concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats.
1986, Judas Priest were sued by two family’s, alleging that the band were responsible for their son’s forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records.
1999, U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000, American composer Hoyt Curtin died of heart failure aged 78. He was the composer of many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons’ theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, The Jetsons, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
2001, American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. Member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, he played guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison‘s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman‘, Marty Robbins‘ ‘El Paso‘ and Loretta Lynn‘s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter‘. During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.
2003, A Los Angeles court ruled that the privacy of singer Barbra Streisand was not violated when a picture of her Malibu estate was posted on a website. Streisand had filed a $10m action against software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman after he posted a photo of her home on his conservation site.
2007, Diana Ross and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson both collected awards for contributions to US culture a ceremony in Washington, attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys’ best-known songs.
Born on this day
1928, Andy Williams, US singer, TV host
1940, John Cale, singer, songwriter, Velvet Underground
1948, Ozzy Osbourne, singer, Black Sabbath,
1979, Daniel Bedingfield, singer, songwriter
On This Day – December 2 – Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Oasis, Madonna, Stevie Wonder & more
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.
1976, Elvis Presley played the first of an 11 night run at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
1978, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, the singers fifth UK chart topper. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition ‘Taj Mahal’. Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to United Nations Children’s Fund.
1979, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand‘s ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart. 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 No.1 in the US and No.5 in the UK.
1982, US folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack aged 41 while jogging in New York’s Washington Square Park. 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.
1983, MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’ video for the first time.
1999, it was reported that Stevie Wonder was to undergo an operation to regain his sight. The breakthrough by top eye specialists involved inserting a microchip in the retina. (I have a press cutting for this)
2000, thieves broke into the London home Madonna shares with Guy Ritchie. The raiders forced their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before loading up Guy Ritchie’s car with some of the couple’s possessions and driving off.
2002, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer. The incident happened at the Bayerischer hotel in Munich, the singer lost his two front teeth in the brawl and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold. (I have a press cutting for this)
2006, David Mount the drummer with Mud died in London. They had the 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ (best-selling single of 1974). Plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.
2007, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) 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 (£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy’s trademark round glasses went for $5,250 (£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).
Born on this day
1941, Tom McGuinness, guitar, vocals, Manfred Mann
1960, Rick Savage, bass player, Def Leppard
1968, Nate Mendel, bass, Foo Fighters
1981, Britney Spears, US singer