Almanac: December 12, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1915 - Frank Sinatra (d. 1998)
  • 1918 - Joe Williams (d. 1999)
  • 1928 - Lonesome Sundown (born Cornelius Green) (d. 1995)
  • 1936 - Reggie Young (American Sound Systems Band) (79)
  • 1938 - Connie Francis (77)
  • 1939 - Terry Kirkman (Association) (76)
  • 1940 - Dionne Warwick (75)
  • 1941 - Tim Hauser (Manhattan Transfer) (d. 2014)
  • 1943 - Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) (72)
  • 1943 - Peter Sarstedt (72)
  • 1943 - Grover Washington, Jr. (d. 1999)
  • 1944 - Rob Tyner (MC5) (d. 1991)
  • 1945 - Alan Ward (Honeycombs) (70)
  • 1946 - Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) (69)
  • 1947 - Ralph Scala (Blues Magoos) (68)
  • 1948 - Ray Jackson (Lindisfarne) (67)
  • 1953 - Bruce Kulick (KISS) (62)
  • 1953 - Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) (62)
  • 1957 - Cy Curnin (Fixx) (58)
  • 1957 - Sheila E. (born Sheila Escovedo) (58)
  • 1959 - Belouis Some (56)
  • 1961 - Daniel O'Donnell (54)
  • 1963 - Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) (52)
  • 1967 - Nick Dimichino (Nine Days) (48)
  • 1968 - Danny Boy (born Daniel O'Connor) (House of Pain) (47)
  • 1972 - Hank Williams III (43)
  • 1976 - Daniel Hawkins (Darkness) (39)
  • 1980 - Carl Dalemo (Razorlight) (35)

Deaths
  • 1985 - Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) - Heart attack (47)
  • 1987 - Clifton Chenier - Diabetes-related kidney disease (62)
  • 2007 - Ike Turner - Cocaine overdose (76)

On This Day
  • 1957 - A DJ in Portland, OR was fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of White Christmas.
  • 1967 - Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was sentenced to 3 years probation and £1,000 for drug offences.
  • 1970 - The Doors played their last show with Jim Morrison at the Warehouse in New Orleans.
  • 1971 - Filming began on Lady Sings the Blues with Diana Ross.
  • 1974 - Mick Taylor announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones.
  • 1985 - Dionne Warwick received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1988 - Waylon Jennings had triple bypass surgery in Nashville. 
  • 1996 - Clint Black received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - Tony Bennett commemorated the birthday of the late-Frank Sinatra by announcing the September 2001 opening of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
  • 2001 - Arthur Lee of Love was released from prison after serving six years of an eleven-year sentence for possession of a firearm and firing it in the air in a dispute with his neighbor.
  • 2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic countersue Courtney Love who had previously sued Universal Music Group saying all of Nirvanna's rights reverted to her after the death of Kurt Cobain.
  • 2002 - Les Paul announced he would be donating 2,000 records and pieces of sheet music along with other memorabilia for an exhibit in his hometown of Waukesha, WI.
  • 2002 - Carlene Carter was charged with two counts of false identity for using a late boyfriend's ID to obtain two prescriptions.
  • 2003 - Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
  • 2003 - Dave Matthews opened his first solo tour.
  • 2008 - Dartford, Kent announced it was naming streets in a new estate after hometown boys Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' hits with the Rolling Stones including Ruby Tuesday Drive, Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street.
  • 2012 - A concert was held in New York for the victims of Hurricane Sandy with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters. 

Divorces
  • 2005 - Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger

Recorded
  • 1955 - See You Later, Alligator - Bill Haley & the Comets

Released
  • 1963 - Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison (single)
  • 1964 - You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers (single)
  • 1966 - The Fugitive - Merle Haggard (first #1 country single)
  • 1969 - Live Peace in Toronto 1969 - John Lennon, Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band
  • 1970 - Love the One You're With - Steven Stills (single)
  • 1992 - Incesticide - Nirvana

Broadcasts
  • 1980 - Marie Osmond (debut of solo show)
  • 2003 - CMT Crossroads - Pat Benatar and Martina McBride

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