This Day in Music History

In 1957
KEX/Portland disc jockey Al Priddy is fired for playing Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas.”
In 1960
Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” makes it’s first appearance on the charts.
In 1962
The Beatles’ producer George Martin goes to Liverpool to see Brian Epstein’s new act, Gerry & The Pacemakers at the Cavern Club. At the door he met Cilla Black who was working as the cloakroom attendant.
In 1963
The Beatles’ “She Loves You” pushes “I Want To Hold Your Hand” out of the #1 spot on the UK chart. The group held the #1 spot for seven weeks.
In 1964
“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964
“Mr. Lonely” by Bobby Vinton is #1 and “She’s Not There” by the Zombies is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965
The Beatles play their last UK concert at Cardiff’s Capitol Cinema.
In 1965
Tom Jones performs on CBS-TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
In 1966
Pink Floyd performs at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In 1967
A London Appeals Court commutes Brian Jones’ 9-month prison stay for possession of cannabis after hearing testimony from 3 psychiatrists that Jones could not stand nine months behind bars.
In 1968
The Rolling Stones’ “Rock ‘n Roll Circus” is filmed at Wembley studios for television. It never aired, but was released on video in November 1996.
In 1969
The albums “From Memphis to Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley and “Hot Buttered Soul” by Isaac Hayes are both certified gold.
In 1969
The Plastic Ono Band, featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White, debuts at the Toronto Peace Festival.
In 1970
“Love The One You’re With” by Stephen Stills enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970
“The Tears Of A Clown” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s album “Brain Salad Surgery” is certified gold.
In 1974
Guitarist Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones. He’s eventually replaced by Ron Wood.
In 1977
Crosby, Stills & Nash appear on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980
Devo’s single “Whip It” is certified gold, while Bruce Springsteen’s album “The River” goes platinum.
In 1985
Former Rolling Stone keyboardist Ian Stewart dies of a heart attack at age 47.
In 1987
Michael Jackson & George Michael release the first picture disc CDs.
In 1987
“What Have I Done To Deserve This?” by Pet Shop Boys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1987
“Faith” by George Michael hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1988
Madonna signs a 5-film deal with Columbia Pictures.
In 1990
Frank Sinatra celebrates his 75th birthday at the sold-out Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Meadowlands’ Byrne Arena in New Jersey.
In 1990
Barry Manilow’s album “Because It’s Christmas” is certified gold.
In 1995
Michael Jackson leaves a New York hospital, six days after collapsing during rehearsals for a HBO concert.
In 1996
Clint Black receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1997
The Doors’ “Box Set” goes gold, while the albums “Third Eye Blind” by Third Eye Blind and “No Secrets” by Carly Simon are both certified platinum.
In 1999
Paul McCartney tells London’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper that he cried for 14 months following the April 1998 death of his wife, Linda, but said he would now get on with his life.
In 2000
The albums “East Coast Invasion/West Coast” by Beatles and “Landing On Water” by Neil Young are both released.
In 2001
The state of Nevada declares this day Frank Sinatra Day.
In 2003
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is knighted by Britain.
In 2007
Rock architect Ike Turner, who brutally abused former wife and rock icon Tina Turner, dies in San Diego. He was 76.