Almanac: December 28, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1903 - Earl Fatha Hines (d. 1983)
  • 1910 - Billy Williams (d. 1972)
  • 1914 - Roebuck “Pops” Staples (Staple Singers) (d. 2000)
  • 1921 - Johnny Otis (d. 2012)
  • 1932 - Dorsey Burnette (d. 1979)
  • 1936 - Young Jessie (born Obediah Jessie) (79)
  • 1938 - Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) (77)
  • 1940 - Lonnie Liston Smith (75)
  • 1943 - Chas Hodges (Chas and Dave) (72)
  • 1943 - Bobby Comstock (72)
  • 1945 - Dwight Bement (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) (70)
  • 1946 - Edgar Winter (69)
  • 1947 - Dick Diamonde (Easybeats) (68)
  • 1948 - Ziggy Modeliste (Meters) (67)
  • 1950 - Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star) (d. 2010)
  • 1953 - Richard Clayderman (62)
  • 1956 - Kenneth Gant (Midnight Star) (59)
  • 1958 - Joe Diffie (57)
  • 1958 - Mike McGuire (Shenandoah) (57)
  • 1960 - Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) (55)
  • 1960 - Marcus Hummon (songwriter, Bless This Broken Road, Cowboy Take Me Away) (55)
  • 1964 - Paul Wagstaff (Black Grape) (51)
  • 1971 - Amita Doth (2 Unlimited) (44)
  • 1978 - John Legend (37)
  • 1990 - David Archuleta (25)

Deaths
  • 1976 - Freddie King - Stomach ulcers and acute pancreatitis (42)
  • 1983 - Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) - Drowned (39)
  • 2009 - The Rev (born James Sullivan) (Avenged Sevenfold) - Drug/alcohol overdose (28)


On This Day
  • 1952 - The last known photo of Hank Williams was taken during a show at the Elite Cafe in Montgomery, AL. 
  • 1963 - The Beatles get their first major press in the U.S. when Brian Epstein is interviewed in the New Yorker.
  • 1968 - The Miami Pop Festival kicked off. Over the next three days, performers would include Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin played their first show in Canada in Vancouver.
  • 1973 - Tex Ritter made his last appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1975 - While appearing at a gun show, a patron pulled a gun on Ted Nugent.
  • 1998 - Ronnie Hammond of the Atlanta Rhythm Section is shot in Macon by police after trying to attack an officer with a hammer.
  • 1998 - Usher sued Tommy Hilfinger for infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.
  • 1999 - N'Sync announce they have settled their dispute with former manager Lou Pearlman and can now release their second album.
  • 2000 - Waylon Jennings started a three-day estate sale at his Illinois home after deciding to move to Arizona. Among the items are a motorcycle once belonging to Buddy Holly.
  • 2002 - Gary Glitter was deported from Cambodia after suspected sex offenses.

Marriages
  • 1956 - Patti Page and Charles O'Curran
  • 1993 - Shania Twain and Mutt Lange
  • 1993 - Billy Ray Cyrus and Leticia Finley
  • 2001 - Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) and Stephanie Bentley

Recorded
  • 1963 - Hank Williams, Jr. recorded his first sides for MGM

Broadcasts
  • 2003 - 60 Minutes (CBS) - Michael Jackson (denying child abuse allegations) 

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