Almanac: December 11, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1916 - Perez Prado (d. 1989)
  • 1926 - Big Mama Thronton (d. 1984)
  • 1931 - Benny Spellman (d. 2011)
  • 1935 - Tom Brumley (Buckaroos) (d. 2009)
  • 1938 - McCoy Tyner (77)
  • 1940 - David Gates (Bread) (75)
  • 1941 - J. Frank Wilson (d. 1991)
  • 1944 - Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley) (68)
  • 1946 - Tony Brown (musican, producer) (66)
  • 1951 - Philip 'Spike' Edney (Queen) (64)
  • 1954 - Jermaine Jackson (61)
  • 1957 - Mike Mesaros (Smithereens) (58)
  • 1958 - Nikki Sixx (Motley Crew) (57)
  • 1961 - Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, session bassist) (54)
  • 1962 - Curtis Williams (Kool & the Gang) (53)
  • 1963 - Jon Brion (instrumentalist, songwriter, producer) (52)
  • 1964 - Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) (51)
  • 1964 - Justin Currie (Del Amitri) (51)
  • 1967 - DJ Yella (born Antoine Carraby) (World Class Wreckin' Cru) (48)
  • 1972 - Easther Bennett (Eternal) (43)
  • 1973 - Mos Def (42)
  • 1981 - Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) (34)
  • 1993 - Gina Miele (Girl Authority) (22)

Deaths
  • 1964 - Sam Cook - Shot (Justifiable homicide) (33)
  • 1998 - Lynn Strait (Snot) - Car accident (30)
  • 2007 - Christie Hennessy - Lung cancer (62)
  • 2012 - Ravi Shankar - Complications from heart valve replacement surgery (92)

On This Day
  • 1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut.
  • 1966 - Brian Epstein tried to sign Little Richard but was unable.
  • 1967 - The new Beatles company, Apple, signed Grapefruit as their first artist.
  • 1967 - Jethro Tull was formed.
  • 1968 - Production started on the Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus. Guests include John Lennon & Yoko Ono, the Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull.
  • 1968 - Tex Ritter was on a plane that was hijacked to Cuba.
  • 1969 - The Magic Christian with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr premiers in London.
  • 1972 - James Brown was arrested for inciting a riot at his show in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • 1972 - Genesis played live for the first time in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.
  • 1973 - Ace Frehley of Kiss was electrocuted during a show when he touched an improperly grounded light. He came back on stage ten minutes later.
  • 1982 - The Jam played their final show in Brighton, England.
  • 1988 - Don Henley, Tom Petty and Graham Nash performed a concert in Los Angeles in honor of Roy Orbison who had passed away earlier in the week.
  • 1996 - Former Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce won a legal case over unpaid royalties against Morrissey and Johnny Marr.
  • 1998 - Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes was hit by a bottle while performing in Tuscon, AZ. While trying to arrest the perpetrator, a guard was stabbed.
  • 2000 - Richard Ashcroft fell on stage in Birmingham, England, breaking two rips, and had to cancel the balance of his U.K. tour.
  • 2001 - Brian Harvey of East 17 underwent brain surgery after being attacked at a club.
  • 2001 - David Soul won a lawsuit against a London Theater critic who criticized the singer's acting in a West End play without seeing the production.
  • 2002 - David Lee Roth sued Van Halen saying he was not included in the renegotiation of the band's contract with Warner Brothers.
  • 2002 - The balance of Guns N' Roses tour dates were canceled by Clear Channel Entertainment after a number of incidents when Axl Rose and/or the entire band didn't show up.
  • 2002 - Moby was attacked after a club show in Boston.
  • 2003 - Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) underwent brain surgery for a subdural hematoma.
  • 2003 - Bobby Brown was charge with battery for allegedly hitting his wife, Whitney Houston. 
  • 2009 - Garth Brooks opened his five year stint at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Marriages
  • 1946 - Bill Haley and Dorothy Crowe
  • 1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra Gale Brown (13-year-old cousin)
  • 2010 - Joel Madden and Nicole Richie

Recorded
  • 1935 - The Carter Family recorded their last sides for Victor.
  • 1946 - Hank Williams' first recording session for the Stirling label in Nashville
  • 1958 - Charley Brown - Coasters
  • 1963 - Hank Williams, Jr.'s first recording session at age 14

Released
  • 1971 - Anticipation - Carly Simon
  • 1976 - Night Moves - Bob Seger
  • 1985 - Superbowl Shuffle - Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1963 - Juke Box Jury (BBC) - Beatles
  • 1967 - Movin' With Nancy (NBC) - Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • 1996 - MTV Unplugged - George Michael
  • 2001 - Today (NBC) - Gene Simmons
  • 2001 - Larry King (CNN) - Lionel Richie
  • 2003 - The Osbourne Family Christmas Special (MTV) - Jessica Simpson, Dave Navarro

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