lunes, 9 de enero de 2012

December 27th: On this Day In Music History


  
1960, The Beatles appeared at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Added to the bill at the last minute, The Beatles were not advertised to appear, so banners had been pasted onto advertising posters, saying "Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!" Since The Beatles were playing in an area they'd only played in once before, most of the audience assumes they were a German group.
1964, The Who appeared at the Ealing Club, Ealing Broadway, London, England.
1967, The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles, California.
1969, Led Zeppelin II was at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over six million copies in the US.
1969, Diana Ross and the Supremes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Someday We'll Be Together', the group's 12th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.
1969, Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6).
1975, Queen started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'A Night At The Opera' the group's first No.1 album.
1975, The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.
1975, The Staple Singers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Do It Again' the group's second US No.1.
1975, Future Smiths singer Steve Morrissey had a letter published in this week's music magazine the NME, complaining about the lack of media coverage for the New York Dolls.
 
1980, John and Yoko's 'Double Fantasy' album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. 'Just Like Starting Over' started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.
1983, Walter Scott lead singer of Bob Kuban & The In-Men, who scored a 1966 US hit with 'The Cheater', was seen alive for the last time. On April 10th, 1987, his badly decomposed, bound body was found floating face down in a cistern, he'd been shot in the back. Scott's second wife, Jo Ann Calceterra, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in his murder and received a five-year sentence. Her boyfriend (whom she married in 1986), James H. Williams Sr. was found guilty of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Walter Scott as well as his previous wife, Sharon Williams. James Williams received two life terms.
1983, The Police played the first of four sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London, England, on their Synchronicity world tour.
1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Madness, Nik Kershaw, Gloria Gaynor, Spandau Ballet, The Flying Pickets and Helen Terry all appeared on the Granada TV music show Brighton Rock.
1985, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon married model Yasmin Parvanah.
1986, Jackie Wilson had the UK Christmas No.1 single with 'Reet Petite' two years after Wilson's death, following its use in a commercial for Levi's. Written in 1957 by Berry Gordy and Tyran Carlo, the success of the song helped Gordy fund the launch of Motown Records.
1989, a former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual fetishes.
1992, Harry Connick Jr was arrested at Kennedy Airport, New York after police discovered a 9mm pistol in his hand luggage.
1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Too Much'. The group set another new world record as their first six singles all made No.1.
1999, Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were arrested after a gun was found in their car as they left a Manhattan nightclub. Police were investigating a shooting in the club.
2001, Steps announced they were splitting up. The group had notched up 13 Top 5 UK singles and had become Britain's biggest live act.
2004, Mario was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let Me Love You.'
2005, It was announced that 'Crazy Frog' by Axel F was the best selling UK ringtone of 2005. 'Tweet Tweet' by Sweetie Chick was the second and '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo' by Tony Christie and Peter Kay was the third biggest seller. The UK ringtone market was now worth more than double the value of the CD singles sales.
2008, thieves broke into a house belonging to Allman Brothers Band singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman in Georgia and stole a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men where charged with the burglary two days later.
 
2008, Taylor Swift started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with 'Fearless'.
December 27th: Born on this day
1931, Born on this day, Scotty Moore, guitarist, who's first group was Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers. He played on the first Sun Studios session with Elvis Presley and went on to a lengthy career with Presley, playing on many of his most famous recordings including "Baby Let's Play House", "Heartbreak Hotel" "Mystery Train", "That's All Right", "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock".
1941, Born on this day, Les Maguire, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single 'You'll Never Walk Alone' 1965 US No.6 single, 'Ferry Across The Mersey').
1941, Born on this day, Mike Pinder, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Go Now' and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single 'Nights In White Satin').
1944, Born on this day, Mike Jones, guitar, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single 'I Want To Know What Love Is')
1948, Born on this day, Larry Byrom, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1969 UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild').
1952, Born on this day, David Knopfler, Dire Straits, left in early 1980, (1979 UK No.8 single 'Sultans Of Swing').
1961, Born on this day, Youth, Killing Joke, (1985 UK No.16 single 'Love Like Blood'), producer, worked with U2.
1972, Born on this day, Matt Slocum, guitarist, keyboards, Sixpence None The Richer, (1999 UK No.4 single, 'Kiss Me', 1999 US No.8 single 'There She Goes').
1984, Born on this day, Spectacular Blue Smith, singer, Pretty Ricky, (2007 US No.1 album 'Late Night Special').
1988, Born on this day, Hayley Williams, singer, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album 'Brand New Eyes'.
 
 Died on this day
1976, Blues guitarist Freddie King died of heart trouble and ulcers aged 42. Eric Clapton covered his 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' on his Layla album. Major influence on British and American blues-rock musicians such as Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
 
1981, American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader Hoagy Carmichael died aged 82. Composer of 'Georgia On My Mind', (covered by many acts including Ray Charles), 'Star Dust' and 'Lazy River'.
 
2008, Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Delaney Bramlett died in Los Angeles from complications after gall bladder surgery. Was a member of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and worked with George Harrison, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, J.J. Cale, and Eric Clapton.