Music Almanac: December 14, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1899 - DeFord Bailey (d. 1982)
  • 1911 - Spike Jones (d. 1965)
  • 1920 - Clark Terry (d. 2015)
  • 1932 - Charlie Rich (d. 1995)
  • 1938 - Gary Usher (d. 1990)
  • 1943 - Frank Allen (Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Searchers) (74)
  • 1946 - Jane Birkin (70)
  • 1946 - Joyce Vincent (Dawn) (70)
  • 1946 - Jackie McAuley (Them) (70)
  • 1949 - Cliff Williams (AC/DC) (67)
  • 1958 - Spider Stacey (Pogues) (59)
  • 1958 - Mike Scott (Waterboys) (59)
  • 1959 - C.J. Snare (Firehouse) (58)
  • 1966 - Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson) (51)
  • 1970 - Beth Orton (47)
  • 1975 - Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October) (42)
  • 1982 - Anthony Way (35)
  • 1988 - Vanessa Hudgens (29)
  • 1992 - Tori Kelly (25)
Deaths
  • 1963 - Dinah Washington - Drug overdose (39)
  • 1997 - Kurt Winter (Guess Who) - Kidney failure (51)
  • 2006 - Ahmet Ertegün - Fall at Rolling Stones concert (83)
  • 2011 - Billie Jo Spears - Cancer (74) 
On This Day
  • 1962 - Bill Wyman played live with the Rolling Stones for the first time. 
  • 1964 - Mike Brown of the Left Banke met Rene Fioden at a New York recording studio, inspiring him to write Walk Away Renne. 
  • 1966 - Spinout with Elvis Presley and Shelly Fabares debuts. 
  • 1967 - Brian Jones was taken to the hospital in London after collapsing. He was diagnosed with exhaustion. 
  • 1967 - Dick Clark announced that he was producing a movie on hippie culture that eventually was called Psych-Out and starred Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg. 
  • 1971 - MC5 manager John Sinclair is released from a Michigan prison as a result of the state's relaxing of their drug laws. 
  • 1972 - Born to Boogie, directed by Ringo Starr, premiered in London.
  • 1973 - Lorrie Morgan made her Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 1977 - Saturday Night Fever premiered in New York and was released. 
  • 1980 - Yoko Ono asked people to observe ten minutes of silence for John Lennon. 
  • 1995 - The FBI finally released their files on John Lennon. 
  • 1998 - Billy Preston plead guilty to insurance fraud in Los Angeles and received a year in prison and five years probation. 
  • 1999 - A Paul McCartney show at the Cavern Club was broadcast via the internet. 
  • 1999 - BMI called You've Lost That Loving Feeling as the most performed song of the century. 
  • 2000 - Eminem and his wife, Kim Mathers, say they have reconciled. 
  • 2002 - Toby Keith made his Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2004 - The funeral of Dimebag Darrell, who had been shot and killed in a Columbus, OH club while performing, was held in Arlington, TX.
  • 2004 - Andy Bell of Erasure revealed that he was HIV positive. 
  • 2005 - Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. 
  • 2010 - Michael Schenker announced that he had formed the group Strangers in the Night with Pete Way of UFO, Herman Rarebell of the Scorpions and Michael Voss. 
  • 2011 - Reg Presley of the Troggs was hospitalized with a suspected stroke. 
  • 2012 - Kelly Clarkson was engaged to Brandon Blackstock, stepson of Reba McEntire. 
Marriages
  • 1984 - Bette Midler and Martin Von Hasselberg 
  • 1985 - James Taylor and Kathryn Walker
  • 1999 - Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) and Angie McClure
  • 2005 - Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black
Recorded
  • 1986 - Live With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Elton John
Released
  • 1962 - Mixed Up Confusion / Corrina Corrina - Bob Dylan (withdrawn be label soon after release)
  • 1968 - Crimson in Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells
Broadcasts
  • 1966 - Batman (ABC) - Chad & Jeremy, Don Ho
  • 1969 - Ed Sullivan (CBS) - Jackson Five (First network appearance)
  • 1995 - Frank Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (ABC)
  • 1996 - This is Your Life (BBC) - John Peel
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1946 - Ole Buttermilk Sky - Kay Kyser (1 week)
  • 1959 - Heartaches by the Numbers - Guy Mitchell (2 weeks)
  • 1968 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (7 weeks)
  • 2013 - Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus (1 week (2 previous weeks))
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1959 - Here We Go Again! - Kingston Trio (8 weeks)
  • 1991 - Dangerous - Michael Jackson (4 weeks)
  • 2013 - Midnight Memories - One Direction (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1968 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (7 weeks)
  • 1974 - You Got the Love - Rufus (1 week)
  • 1991 - Private Line - Gerald Levert (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1968 - Born to Be With You - Sonny James (1 week)
  • 1974 - I Can Help - Billy Swan (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Nobody Falls Like a Fool - Earl Thomas Conlee (1 week)
  • 2013 - Stay - Florida Georgia Line (6 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1968 - Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (6 weeks)
  • 1974 - When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees (1 week)
  • 1996 - When You Love a Woman - Journey (3 weeks)
  • 2013 - Underneath the Tree - Kelly Clarkson (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1985 - Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - A Different Beat - Boyzone (1 week)
  • 2002 - Lose Yourself - Eminem (1 week)
  • 2013 - Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen (2 weeks (1 previous week))
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • None

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