Almanac: December 16, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1922 - Cy Leslie (founder of Pickwick Records) (d. 2008)
  • 1931 - Shelby Singleton (d. 2009)
  • 1931 - Karl Denver (born Angus Murdo McKenzie) (d. 1998)
  • 1937 - Jim Glaser (Glaser Brothers) (78)
  • 1945 - Tony Hicks (Hollies) (70)
  • 1946 - Benny Andersson (ABBA) (69)
  • 1949 - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) (66)
  • 1951 - Robben Ford (64)
  • 1963 - Jeff Carson (52)
  • 1968 - Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) (47)
  • 1971 - Michael McCary (Boyz II Men) (44)
  • 1971 - Paul van Dyk (44)
  • 1975 - Benjamin Kowalewicz (Billy Talent) (40)
  • 1978 - Kaine (born Eric Jackson) (Ying Yang Twins) (37)
  • 1982 - Frankie Ballard (33)

Deaths
  • 1978 - Jenny Lou Carson (first woman to write a number 1 country record) (63)
  • 1988 - Sylvester (born Sylvester James) - AIDS (41)
  • 1990 - Jackie Mittoo (Skatalites) - Cancer (42)
  • 1997 - Nicolette Larson - Liver failure (45)
  • 2001 - Stuart Adamson (Skids, Big Country) - Suicide (43)
  • 2003 - Gary Stewart - Suicide (59)
  • 2004 - Freddie Perren (songwriter, Boogie Fever, I Will Survive) (61)
  • 2007 - Dan Fogelberg - Prostate cancer (56)
  • 2013 - Ray Price - Pancreatic Cancer (87)

On This Day
  • 1967 - Marianne Faithfull became the first act signed to the Rolling Stones' Mother Earth label.
  • 1971 - 200 Motels, the Frank Zappa film, opened in London.
  • 1974 - Mick Taylor announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones.
  • 1974 - Mott the Hoople broke up.
  • 1983 - The Who announced they were splitting.
  • 1991 - Chubby Checker sued McDonald's in Canada over their use of an imitation of his voice for a commercial.
  • 1999 - A worker was killed when he fell 80 feet while disassembling a set for the Spice Girls.
  • 2000 - Brad Paisley was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson was released from jail on $3 million bail after being arrested for child abuse.
  • 2005 - Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison sued EMI for royalties estimated at £30m ($45 million).
  • 2006 - Paul McCartney left EMI after objecting to how they were handling his music.
  • 2010 - Mariah Carey's husband, Nick Cannon, announced that they were expecting twins.

Divorces
  • 2005 - Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) and Jessica Simpson

Released
  • 1966 - Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Experience (U.K. single)
  • 1967 - Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers (single)
  • 1971 - American Pie - Don McLean (single)
  • 1972 - Hi Hi Hi - Paul McCartney (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1965 - The Music of Lennon-McCartney (U.K.) - Beatles, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black, Peter & Gordon, Lulu, Billy J. Kramer, Esther Phillips
  • 1993 - MTV Unplugged - Nirvana

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