Almanac: December 26, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1922 - Harry Choates (d. 1951)
  • 1935 - Abdul “Duke” Fakir (Four Tops) (79)
  • 1939 - Phil Spector (76)
  • 1941 - Rattlesnake Annie (born Rosan Gallimore) (74)
  • 1942 - Earl Cate (Cate Brothers) (73)
  • 1942 - Ernie Cate (Cate Brothers) (73)
  • 1946 - Bob Carpenter (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (69)
  • 1950 - Michael Jones (B.T. Express) (65)
  • 1951 - Paul Quinn (Saxon) (64)
  • 1953 - Henning Schmitz (Kraftwerk) (62)
  • 1954 - Peter Woods (Romeo Void) (61)
  • 1962 - James Kottak (Scorpions) (53)
  • 1963 - Lars Ulrich (Metallica) (52)
  • 1963 - Dana Baldinger (Popinjays) (52)
  • 1966 - Jay Yuenger (White Zombie) (49)
  • 1969 - Peter Klett (Candlebox) (46)
  • 1970 - James Mercer (Shins) (45)
  • 1971 - Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) (44)
  • 1979 - Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) (36)
  • 1990 - Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) (25)

Deaths
  • 1982 - Roger Bowling (songwriter, Lucille, Coward of the County) (38)
  • 1999 - Curtis Mayfield - Complications from paralysis (57)
  • 2007 - Joe Dolan - Brain hemorrhage (68)
  • 2010 - Teena Marie (born Mary Brockert) (54)
  • 2012 - Fontella Bass - Complications from heart attack (72)

On This Day
  • 1926 - The WSM Bard Dance began regular Saturday night broadcasts. It would become the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1965 - Paul McCartney crashed on a moped suffering a five-inch cut to his mouth.
  • 1966 - Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to Purple Haze while playing a club in London.
  • 1967 - The BBC broadcast the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The film was almost universally banned with the result being U.S. networks dropping their plans to air the feature.
  • 1967 - Paul Desmond left the Dave Brubeck Quartet, causing the group to split up.
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin opened their first U.S. tour in support of Vanilla Fudge and Spirit in Denver, CO.
  • 1972 - Ronnie Milsap played his first show ever in Nashville after moving from Georgia. 
  • 1979 - The concerts for the people of Kampuchea began in London with performances by Queen, the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Pretenders, the Who, Wings and others.
  • 1987 - Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. was hospitalized after his jeep was hit by a car going the wrong way on a one-way street.
  • 1988 - Shane McGowan of the Pogues was arrested for breaking the front glass of a store while drunk.
  • 1997 - The Spice Girls' film, Spice World, opened in the U.K.
  • 2003 - Stuart Beckerman, Michael Jackson's spokesman, quits after the singer appears on CBS about his child abuse charges.
  • 2003 - Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets was shot during an altercation with a post office security guard in Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2005 - Gary Glitter got lucky when Vietnamese police can't get enough evidence to charge him with child rape.
  • 2006 - Michael Jackson sued his former accountants for supposedly taking $2.5 million per year from his accounts but not paying his bills.

Marriages
  • 1941 - Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Kornegay

Recorded
  • 1939 - St. Louis Blues - W.C. Handy
  • 1961 - She Cried - Jay & the Americans
  • 1976 - God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols

Released
  • 1955 - See You Later Alligator - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • 1963 - I Want to Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1967 - Magical Mystery Tour (BBC) - Beatles

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