Almanac: December 9, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1922 - Redd Foxx (d. 1991)
  • 1932 - Billy Edd Wheeler (83)
  • 1932 - Jessie Hill (d. 1996)
  • 1934 - Junior Wells (d. 1998)
  • 1935 - David Houston (d. 1993)
  • 1941 - Sammy Strain (Little Anthony & the Imperials, O'Jays) (74)
  • 1941 - Dan Hicks (Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks) (74)
  • 1943 - Kenny Vance (72)
  • 1944 - Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Ruttles, Monty Python) (71)
  • 1944 - George Baker (George Baker Selection) (71)
  • 1946 - Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) (69)
  • 1950 - Joan Armatrading (65)
  • 1954 - Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) (61)
  • 1956 - Sylvia (born Sylvia Kirby) (59)
  • 1957 - Donny Osmond (58)
  • 1958 - Nick Seymour (Crowded House) (57)
  • 1958 - Rikk Agnew (Adolescents) (57)
  • 1964 - Paul Landers (Rammstein) (51)
  • 1965 - Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) (50)
  • 1966 - Michael Foster (FireHouse) (49)
  • 1967 - Thomas Flowers (Oleander) (48)
  • 1968 - Brian Bell (Weezer) (47)
  • 1969 - Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) (46)
  • 1970 - David Kersh (45)
  • 1970 - Kara DioGuardi (45)
  • 1970 - Zac Foley (EMF) (d. 2002)
  • 1971 - Geoff Barrow (Portishead) (44)
  • 1972 - TrĂ© Cool (born Frank Wright III) (Green Day) (43)
  • 1974 - Canibus (born Germaine Williams) (41)
  • 1976 - Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) (39)
  • 1977 - Imogen Heap (38)
  • 1982 - Vincent Accardi (Brand New) (33)

Deaths
  • 1981 - Sonny Til (Orioles) - Heart failure (53)
  • 1984 - Nick “Razzle” Dingley (Hanoi Rocks) - Car accident; car driven by Motley Crue's Vince Neil who was charged with manslaughter
  • 1994 - Garnet Silk - House fire (28)
  • 1996 - Patty Donahue (Waitresses) - Lung cancer (40)
  • 2002 - Mary Hansen (Stereolab) - Hit while riding bicycle (36)
  • 2006 - Freddie Marsden - Cancer (Gerry & the Pacemakers) (66)
  • 2012 - Jenni Rivera - Plane crash (43)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash started and 11-city tour in Abilene, TX. 
  • 1957 - Danny & the Junior's At the Hop was picked up by ABC-Paramount Records based on the strength and reaction to the group's performance on American Bandstand.
  • 1962 - Brian Epstein took George Martin to the Cavern Club in Liverpool to see the Beatles.
  • 1967 - Before a New Haven, CT show, Jim Morrison of the Doors has a confrontation with police over an 18-year-old girl ending with him taking mace in the face. During the show he taunted the cops who drag him off stage causing the crowd to riot.
  • 1972 - An orchestral performance of the Who's Tommy was performed at London's Rainbow Theatre with Pete Thownshend as the narrator and performances by Roger Daltrey, Richie Havens, Steve Winwood, Peter Sellers and others.
  • 1984 - The Jacksons played their last show.
  • 1990 - Paula Abdul was hospitalized after a car accident.
  • 1992 - Bill Wyman announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones.
  • 1996 - Faron Young shot himself in the head over his flagging career. 
  • 1998 - All Saints member Nicole Appleton walked off of the BBC2 show Later, saying she had quit the band.
  • 2000 - Peter Yarrow has his guitar lost by Delta Airlines on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Washington, D.C. He had used the Larrivee guitar on every Peter, Paul and Mary album and in every concert since 1973.
  • 2002 - A man is killed by gunfire in Toronto during a Sean Paul video shoot.
  • 2003 - A grand jury in Rhode Island indicts the two owners of the club where 100 people were killed during a Great White concert, along with the group's road manager.
  • 2005 - Joss Stone, Ms. Dynamite and Lemar sang with the African Children's Choir and 1,200 school children to set the record for the most children singing simultaneously.
  • 2006 - U2 played the last date of their Vertigo tour in Honolulu, being joined by members of Pearl Jam and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
  • 2010 - Eric Clapton announced he was selling part of his large guitar collection to benefit his Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
  • 2013 - Billy Joel, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock were recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors. 

Marriages
  • 2012 - Sinead O'Connor and Barry Herridge

Divorces
  • 1994 - James Brown and Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (filed by Brown)

Recorded
  • 1968 - Hungry Eyes, Silver Wings - Merle Haggard

Released
  • 1962 - Meet the Supremes - Supremes (debut album)
  • 1966 - A Collection of Beatle Oldies - Beatles (U.K.)
  • 1972 - Crocodile Rock - Elton John (single)
  • 1974 - Dark Horse - George Harrison
  • 1978 - Soul Man - Blues Brothers (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1968 - TCB (Takin' Care of Business) (NBC) - Supremes, Temptations
  • 1974 - NFL Monday Night Football (ABC) - John Lennon
  • 2000 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - U2 (first appearance on show)

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