Almanac: December 14, 2014

Birthdays
  • 1899 - DeFord Bailey (d. 1982)
  • 1911 - Spike Jones (d. 1965)
  • 1920 - Clark Terry (d. 2015)
  • 1932 - Charlie Rich (d. 1995)
  • 1938 - Gary Usher (d. 1990)
  • 1943 - Frank Allen (Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Searchers) (72)
  • 1946 - Jane Birkin (68)
  • 1946 - Joyce Vincent (Dawn) (68)
  • 1946 - Jackie McAuley (Them) (68)
  • 1949 - Cliff Williams (AC/DC) (65)
  • 1958 - Spider Stacey (Pogues) (57)
  • 1958 - Mike Scott (Waterboys) (57)
  • 1959 - C.J. Snare (Firehouse) (56)
  • 1966 - Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson) (49)
  • 1970 - Beth Orton (45)
  • 1975 - Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) (40)
  • 1982 - Anthony Way (33)
  • 1988 - Vanessa Hudgens (27)
  • 1992 - Tori Kelly (23)

Deaths
  • 1963 - Dinah Washington - Drug overdose (39)
  • 1997 - Kurt Winter (Guess Who) - Kidney failure (51)
  • 2006 - Ahmet Erteg√ľn - Fall at Rolling Stones concert (83)
  • 2011 - Billie Jo Spears - Cancer (74) 

On This Day
  • 1962 - Bill Wyman played live with the Rolling Stones for the first time. 
  • 1964 - Mike Brown of the Left Banke met Rene Fioden at a New York recording studio, inspiring him to write Walk Away Renne
  • 1966 - Spinout with Elvis Presley and Shelly Fabares debuts. 
  • 1967 - Brian Jones was taken to the hospital in London after collapsing. He was diagnosed with exhaustion. 
  • 1967 - Dick Clark announced that he was producing a movie on hippie culture that eventually was called Psych-Out and starred Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg. 
  • 1971 - MC5 manager John Sinclair is released from a Michigan prison as a result of the state's relaxing of their drug laws. 
  • 1972 - Born to Boogie, directed by Ringo Starr, premiered in London.
  • 1973 - Lorrie Morgan made her Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 1977 - Saturday Night Fever premiered in New York and was released. 
  • 1980 - Yoko Ono asked people to observe ten minutes of silence for John Lennon. 
  • 1995 - The FBI finally released their files on John Lennon. 
  • 1998 - Billy Preston plead guilty to insurance fraud in Los Angeles and received a year in prison and five years probation. 
  • 1999 - A Paul McCartney show at the Cavern Club was broadcast via the internet. 
  • 1999 - BMI called You've Lost That Loving Feeling as the most performed song of the century. 
  • 2000 - Eminem and his wife, Kim Mathers, say they have reconciled. 
  • 2002 - Toby Keith made his Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2004 - The funeral of Dimebag Darrell, who had been shot and killed in a Columbus, OH club while performing, was held in Arlington, TX.
  • 2004 - Andy Bell of Erasure revealed that he was HIV positive. 
  • 2005 - Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. 
  • 2010 - Michael Schenker announced that he had formed the group Strangers in the Night with Pete Way of UFO, Herman Rarebell of the Scorpions and Michael Voss. 
  • 2011 - Reg Presley of the Troggs was hospitalized with a suspected stroke. 
  • 2012 - Kelly Clarkson was engaged to Brandon Blackstock, stepson of Reba McEntire. 

Marriages
  • 1984 - Bette Midler and Martin Von Hasselberg 
  • 1985 - James Taylor and Kathryn Walker
  • 1999 - Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) and Angie McClure
  • 2005 - Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black

Recorded
  • 1986 - Live With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Elton John

Released
  • 1962 - Mixed Up Confusion / Corrina Corrina - Bob Dylan (withdrawn be label soon after release)
  • 1968 - Crimson in Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells

Broadcasts
  • 1966 - Batman (ABC) - Chad & Jeremy, Don Ho
  • 1969 - Ed Sullivan (CBS) - Jackson Five (First network appearance)
  • 1995 - Frank Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (ABC)
  • 1996 - This is Your Life (BBC) - John Peel

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