sábado, 7 de enero de 2012

December 4th: On this Day In Music History

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.
1962, The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on 'Tuesday Rendezvous', on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of 'Love Me Do' and 45 seconds of 'P.S. I Love You.'
1964, The Beatles released their fourth album 'Beatles For Sale'. The album featured: 'No Reply', 'I'm a Loser', 'Baby's in Black', 'Rock and Roll Music', 'I'll Follow the Sun', 'Mr. Moonlight', 'Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey', 'Eight Days a Week', 'Words of Love', 'Honey Don't', 'Every Little Thing', 'I Don't Want to Spoil the Party', 'What You're Doing', and 'Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby'. It spent 11 weeks as the UK No.1 album.
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.
1967, During a UK tour, Jimi Hendrix played two shows at Newcastle City Hall, England.
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.
1971, Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair', their third US No.1.
1971, T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior'.
1971, Don McLean's 'American Pie' entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.
1976, Workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package the Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'
1977, During a North American tour, Queen appeared at the University Arena, Dayton, Ohio.
1979, U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London. Misnamed 'The U2s', they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.
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.
1982, The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Beat Surrender', the group's fourth UK No.1 and final single. They split in 1983, and leader Paul Weller formed the Style Council.
1982, 'The John Lennon Collection' started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
1983, Tears For Fears kicked off a 13-date UK tour at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre. Tickets £4.
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.
1989, Lenny Kravitz made his UK live debut at London's Borderline Club
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.
2000, Irish singer Ronan Keating was dumped as chart topping boy band Westlife's manager. Ronan was told his services were no longer required. Westlife had scored seven No.1 UK singles.
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.
2005, David Gray kicked of a 10-date UK tour at Manchester Arena finishing at The Brixton Academy in London on the 15th.
2005, Pussycat Dolls were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stickwitu' The Californian girls second No.1.
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.
December 4th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Freddy Cannon, singer, (1959 US & UK No.3 single, 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans').
1942, Born on this day, Bob Mosley, Moby Grape, (1967 'Moby Grape').
1942, Born on this day, Chris Hillman, bass, vocals, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'), Flying Burrito Brothers, The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, (1974 US No.27 single 'Fallin' In Love').
1944, Born on this day, Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys, (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Good Vibrations', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day's drinking.
1947, Born on this day, Terry Woods, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover').
1948, Born on this day, Southside Johnny, vocals, harmonica, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, (1978 album 'Hearts Of Stone').
1951, Born on this day, Gary Rossington, guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single 'Sweet Home Alabama', 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird').
1969, Born on this day, Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter), 1998 UK No.2 single 'Hard Knock Life' 1999 UK No. 10 single with Mariah Carey, 'Heartbreaker' 2001 US No.1 album 'The Blueprint'. Owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, is the second richest Hip-Hop Entertainer (behind Sean "Puffy" Combs), having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.
1972, Born on this day, Justin Welch, drums, Elastica, (1995 UK No.13 single 'Waking Up'), Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 single 'Hanging Around').
1973, Born on this day, Kate Rusby, UK folk singer, songwriter. 2007 No.2 indie album Awkward Annie.
 Died on this day
1976, American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25. Member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).
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.

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