sábado, 7 de enero de 2012

December 16th: On this Day In Music History


 
1961, The Beatles played a night show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool.
1965, Released as a double A side The Beatles 'Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out', became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.
1966, The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single 'Hey Joe', was released in the UK on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a No.6 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in America.
1967, The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithfull was the first signing to their 'Mother Earth' label.
1970, Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Revival were certified gold in the US. The singles were: 'Down on the Corner', 'Lookin out My Back Door', 'Travelin' Band', 'Bad Moon Rising' and 'Up around the Bend'. The LPs were 'Cosmo's Factory', 'Willy and the Poor Boys', 'Green River', 'Bayou Country' and 'Credence Clearwater Revival'.
1971, Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' film opened at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema.
1972, Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Me and Mrs Jones', a No.12 hit in the UK.
1973, ITV broadcast a Barbra Streisand spectacular on UK TV, the set had been filmed at Elstree studios.
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.
1974, UK group Mott The Hoople announced they had split up.
1983, Judas Priest played the first of two sold out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1983, The Who announced that they were splitting up.
1984, Various stars named their favourite party songs in music magazine Smash Hits; Morrissey picked 'What's The World', by James, Siouxsie had 'Love Is The Drug' by Roxy Music, Robert Smith from The Cure picked 'Boogie Nights,' by Heatwave and Andy Partridge from XTC picked 'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck.'
1988, The Proclaimers appeared at Glasgow Barrowlands, Scotland.
1988, Sigue Sigue Sputnik appeared at Stourbridge Town Hall, England, tickets £5.
1989, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Storm Front'.
1989, Jive Bunny and The Mastermixes had their third and final UK No.1 single with 'Let's Party'. With their first three releases making No.1, they equaled the record set by Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963 and Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984.
1991, Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada 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.
1993, Verve supported by Oasis appeared at The Krazy House, Liverpool, England.
1993, MTV aired Nirvana's 'Unplugged' session for the first time.
1993, with stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson's alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK announced that it would be no longer playing the singer's records.
 
2000, the estranged father and former manager of LeAnn Rimes made embarrassing allegations during a legal battle involving millions of pounds. One fact told in court was that LeAnn paid her mother £6,700 every time she styled her hair before a show.
2001, Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1967 No.1 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'. The Christmas No.1 for this year. From William's album Swing When You're Winning.
2003, Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney's office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.
2004, A Detroit studio where Eminem recorded 'My Name Is' went up for auction on the website eBay. 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 (£161,448).
2004, Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.
2005, The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.
2006, Incubus started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Light Grenades' the bands sixth album.
2006, Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become "boring" and he had "dreaded going to see" its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company's handling of his music had become "symbolic of the treadmill". The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks' label, Hear Music.
 
2007, Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of 'What A Wonderful World' the version was released to raise money for the Red Cross.
December 16th: Born on this day
1934, Born on this day, Karl Denver, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single 'Wimoweh', 1990 UK No.46 hit 'Lazyitis- One Armed Boxer' with Happy Mondays). Denver died on 21st December 1998.
1945, Born on this day, Tony Hicks, guitar, The Hollies, (over 25 Top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single 'Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress', 1988 UK No.1 single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' first released in 1969.
1946, Born on this day, Benny Anderson, keyboards, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit 1974 No.1 single 'Waterloo', followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single 'Dancing Queen').
1950, Born on this day, Bill Gibbons, guitar, vocals, ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single 'Legs').
1959, Born on this day, Steven Irvine, drums, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single 'Brand New friend').
1972, Born on this day, Michael McCary, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single 'End Of The Road').
 
Died on this day
 
1988, American soul and disco singer Sylvester James died of complications from AIDS in San Francisco aged 41. Scored the 1978 US No.36 & UK No.8 single 'You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real'. He sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin on her 1985 Who's Zoomin' Who? Album.
 
1997, American singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died aged 45 of complications arising from cerebral edema. 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'.
1999, A 28 year-old man died after falling more than 80ft at Earls Court, London, while dismantling the set at a Spice Girls concert.
2001, Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room.
2007, American singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The US 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.'