Almanac: December 29, 2016

Birthdays 
  • 1935 - Virgil Johnson (Velvets) (81)
  • 1939 - Ed Bruce (77)
  • 1941 - Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) (75)
  • 1942 - Jerry Summers (Dovells) (74)
  • 1942 - Rick Danko (Band) (d. 1999)
  • 1946 - Marianne Faithfull (70)
  • 1947 - Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Palmer) (d. 1998)
  • 1948 - Charlie Spinosa (John Fred & the Playboy Band) (68)
  • 1951 - Yvonne Elliman (65)
  • 1951 - Laurel Massé (Manhattan Transfer) (65)
  • 1954 - Roger Voudouris (d. 2003)
  • 1955 - Neil Giraldo (61)
  • 1961 - Jim Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain) (55)
  • 1961 - Mark Day (Happy Mondays) (55)
  • 1963 - Alex Gifford (Propellerheads) (53)
  • 1965 - Dexter Holland (Offspring) (51)
  • 1966 - Chris Barnes (Cannibal Corpse) (50)
  • 1967 - Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) (49)
  • 1970 - Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) (46)
  • 1970 - Aled Jones (46)
  • 1970 - Dallas Austin (producer) (46)
  • 1973 - Pimp C (born Chad Butler) (Underground Kingz (UGK)) (d. 2007)
  • 1983 - Jessica Andrews (33)
Deaths
  • 1967 - Paul Whiteman (77)
  • 1980 - Tim Hardin - Heroin overdose (39)
  • 1994 - Eugene Tanner, Jr. (5 Royales) (58)
  • 2011 - Robert Lee Dickey (aka Bobby Purify in James & Bobby Purify) (72)
On This Day
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley set a record at the time by having ten songs in the Top 100.
  • 1963 - WMCA in New York is the first American station to play I Want to Hold Your Hand.
  • 1963 - The Weavers played a farewell concert at Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
  • 1967 - Dave Mason quit the group Traffic.
  • 1982 - Jamaica issued commemorative stamps for Bob Marley.
  • 1994 - Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes plead guilty for setting fire to her boyfriend's $1 million Atlanta mansion which was destroyed.
  • 2000 - John Michael Montgomery falls while hunting and suffers a compound fracture of his right leg.
  • 2000 - Bryan Ferry was on a jet that was overtaken by a man who wanted to fly the plane into the ground. He was overtaken by the crew.
  • 2000 - Janet Jackson's former husband, Rene Elizondo, Jr., sues her for more than $10 million saying they had an agreement to split her assets.
  • 2000 - John Michael Montgomery severely broke his ankle while hunting on ice. 
  • 2001 - Aretha Franklin filed a suit against the U.S. newspaper The Star for claiming she was having trouble with alcohol.
Marriages
  • 1957 - Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
Divorces
  • 1975 - Grace Slick and Paul Kantner (both Jefferson Airplane)
  • 2006 - Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese (filed by Von Teese)
Recorded
  • 1966 - Penny Lane - Beatles
  • 1972 - Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett
Released
  • 1969 - Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (album)
Broadcasts
  • 1966 - Top of the Pops (U.K. BBC) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1951 - Cry - Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads (11 weeks)
  • 1973 - Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce (2 weeks)

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