Almanac: December 18, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1919 - Anita O'Day (d. 2006)
  • 1931 - Allen Klein (d. 2009)
  • 1938 - Chas Chandler (Animals) (d. 1996)
  • 1941 - Sam Andrew (Big Brother & the Holding Company) (74)
  • 1943 - Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) (72)
  • 1943 - Bobby Keys (d. 2014)
  • 1944 - Deke Leonard (Man) (71)
  • 1948 - Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) (67)
  • 1950 - Martha Johnson (Martha & the Muffins) (65)
  • 1950 - Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) (d. 2002)
  • 1951 - Hugh Wright (Boy Howdy) (64)
  • 1953 - Elliot Easton (Cars) (62)
  • 1958 - Geordie Walker (Killing Joke) (57)
  • 1959 - Daddy G (born Grantley Marshall) (Massive Attack) (56)
  • 1963 - Greg D'Angelo (White Lion) (52)
  • 1964 - Robson Green (Robson & Jerome) (51)
  • 1964 - Cledus T. Judd (born Barry Poole) (51)
  • 1965 - Mick Collins (Gories, Dirtbombs) (47)
  • 1966 - Steve Dullaghan (Primitives) (d. 2009)
  • 1968 - Andy Miller (Dodgy) (47)
  • 1970 - Cowboy Troy (45)
  • 1970 - DMX (born Earl Simmons) (45)
  • 1972 - DJ Lethal (born Leor Dimant) (Limp Bizkit, House of Pain) (43)
  • 1972 - Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory) (43)
  • 1975 - Randy Houser (40)
  • 1978 - Murphy Lee (born Torhi Harper) (37)
  • 1980 - Christina Aguilera (35)
  • 1980 - Lindsay Armaou (B*Witched) (35)

Deaths
  • 1978 - Les Kummel (New Colony Six) - Auto accident (33)
  • 1983 - Jimmy Nolan (James Brown's band) - Heart attack (47)
  • 1999 - Joe Higgs (Higgs & Wilson) - Cancer (59)
  • 2000 - Kirsty MacColl - Hit by boat while swimming (41)
  • 2001 - Clifford T. Ward - Multiple sclerosis (57)

On This Day
  • 1954 - Country's Pee Wee King started a weekly program on Chicago's WBBM.
  • 1961 - The Twist by Chubby Checker set a Billboard chart record after staying on for 23 weeks. Today, that length would be considered average.
  • 1962 - The Beatles started a two-week run at The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, the last night of which would be recorded and eventually put out as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.
  • 1964 - Sam Cooke was buried in Chicago.
  • 1966 - Tara Browne was killed in a car crash in London. This footnote in history became immortalized in the Beatles' song A Day in the Life.
  • 1966 - The Family Way, a film starring Hayley Mills, opened in London. Paul McCartney wrote the soundtrack and attended the festivities.
  • 1968 - Janis Joplin began auditioning musicians for her Kozmic Blues Band.
  • 1972 - Bob Dylan started filming on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
  • 1981 - A Los Angeles concert by Rod Stewart is offered worldwide via satellite. Special guests include Kim Carnes and Tina Turner.
  • 1993 - Faith Hill made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1997 - A number of activists went to the Time-Warner building in New York to protest the song Smack My Bitch Up by Prodigy.
  • 2000 - Britain's Melody Maker published its last issue. It had been available since 1926.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson was officially charged with seven counts of child molesting and two of giving a child alcohol with the intention of committing a crime.
  • 2003 - James Brown and Loretta Lynn received the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • 2004 - A concert by Babyshambles in London was canceled, causing a riot. Lead Pete Doherty was having problems with crack and heroin.
  • 2004 - The Pixies ended their eight-month reunion tour in New York.
  • 2013 - Ian Watkins of the Lostprophets is sentenced to 35 years in prison for child sex charges. 

Marriages
  • 1962 - Little Eva and James Harris
  • 1983 - Keith Richards and Patty Hanson

Divorces
  • 1923 - Louis Armstrong and Daisy Parker
  • 1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra Gale Brown

Recorded
  • 1965 - Ballad of the Green Beret - Sgt. Barry Sadler
  • 1978 - In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin (final day of recording their final album)

Released
  • 2001 - Unplugged - Jay-Z

Broadcasts
  • 1981 - The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS) - Buck Owens
  • 1998 - Christmas in Washington (NBC) - Martina McBride, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins

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