Almanac: December 25, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1907 - Cab Calloway (d. 1994)
  • 1908 - Alton Delmore (Delmore Brothers) (d. 1964)
  • 1913 - Tony Martin (d. 2012)
  • 1922 - Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky) (93)
  • 1927 - Ernie Andrews (88)
  • 1929 - Chris Kenner (d. 1976)
  • 1929 - Bill Horton (Silhouettes) (d. 1995)
  • 1934 - McKinley Mitchell (d. 1986) 
  • 1937 - O'Kelly Isley, Jr. (Isley Brothers) (d. 1986)
  • 1940 - Pete Brown (75)
  • 1943 - Trevor Lucas (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay) (d. 1989)
  • 1944 - John Edwards (Spinners) (71)
  • 1944 - Kenny Everett (British DJ) (d. 1995)
  • 1944 - Henry Vestine (Canned Heat) (d. 1997)
  • 1945 - Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience) (d. 2003)
  • 1945 - Steve Mancha (born Clyde Wilson) (100 Proof Aged With Soul) (d. 2011)
  • 1946 - Jimmy Buffett (69)
  • 1948 - Barbara Mandrell (67)
  • 1948 - Merry Clayton (67)
  • 1949 - Joe Lewis Walker (66)
  • 1954 - Annie Lennox (61)
  • 1954 - Steve Wariner (61)
  • 1954 - Robin Campbell (UB40) (61)
  • 1957 - Shane MacGowan (Pogues) (58)
  • 1958 - Alannah Myles (57)
  • 1964 - Bob Stanley (St. Etienne) (51)
  • 1971 - Dido (born Dido Armstrong) (44)
  • 1971 - Noel Hogan (Cranberries) (44)
  • 1972 - Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses) (43)
  • 1976 - Armin van Buuren (39)
  • 1984 - Lisa Origliasso (The Veronicas) (31)
  • 1984 - Jessica Origliasso (The Veronicas) (31)
Deaths
  • 1954 - Johnny Ace - Self inflicted gunshot wound (25)
  • 1987 - Gene Miller (trumpet, Otis Redding, Etta Jaes)
  • 1995 - Dean Martin - Lung cancer (78)
  • 1998 - Bryan MacLean (Love) - Heart attack (52)
  • 2006 - James Brown - Congestive heart failure/pneumonia (73)
  • 2008 - Eartha Kitt - Colon cancer (81)
  • 2009 - Vic Chesnutt - Overdose of muscle relaxants (45)

On This Day
  • 1959 - Ringo Starr received his first drum set. 
  • 1960 - James Taylor received his first guitar. He was 12 years old. 
  • 1964 - Fans at a London show by the Beatles attacked George Harrison's then girlfriend Patti Boyd. 
  • 1965 - George Harrison proposed to Patti Boyd. 
  • 1967 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher became engaged. They never married. 
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin came to the U.S. for the first time to get ready for their first tour of the states. 
  • 1976 - The Gatling Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1977 - The Apollo Theater reopened after being shutdown the year before. 
  • 1978 - John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. (PiL) played live for the first time in London.
  • 1981 - Michael Jackson called Paul McCartney to suggest they record together. The collaboration would include the hits The Girl is Mine and Say Say Say
  • 1990 - James Brown performed his first show in two years after receiving a four day furlough from prison to perform for American troops at Ft Jackson, SC. 
  • 1996 - The People vs. Larry Flint with Courtney Love was released. 
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson recorded his first interview since the child abuse allegations became public with CBS. 
  • 2014 - Little Jimmy Dickens was hospitalized after suffering a stroke. 

Released

  • 1976 - Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers
Broadcasts
  • 2007 - Dr. Who (BBC) - Kylie Minogue

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