Music Almanac: December 15, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1891 - A.P. Carter (Carter Family) (d. 1960)
  • 1910 - John Hammond (producer) (d. 1987)
  • 1911 - Stan Kenton (d. 1979)
  • 1919 - Max Yasgur (farmer of Woodstock fame) (d. 1973)
  • 1921 - Alan Freed (d. 1965)
  • 1927 - Jerry Wallace (d. 2008)
  • 1928 - Ernest Ashworth (d. 2009)
  • 1928 - Jerry Wallace (d. 2008)
  • 1932 - Jesse Belvin (d. 1960)
  • 1939 - Cindy Birdsong (Supremes) (78)
  • 1940 - Doug Phelps (Kentucky Headhunters) (77)
  • 1942 - Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) (75)
  • 1946 - Carmine Appice (Vanila Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice) (71)
  • 1946 - Harry Ray (Moments, Ray, Goodman & Brown) (d. 1992)
  • 1949 - Don Johnson (68)
  • 1951 - Ken Knox (Chairman of the Board) (66)
  • 1955 - Paul Simonon (Clash) (62)
  • 1956 - William Orbit (61)
  • 1957 - Tim Reynolds (60)
  • 1961 - Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo) (56)
  • 1978 - Edele Lynch (B*Witched) (39)
  • 1978 - Keavy Lynch (B*Witched) (39)
  • 1980 - Sergio Pizzorno (Kasabian) (37)
  • 1983 - Ronnie Radke (Falling in Reverse) (34)
  • 1984 - Joshua Hayward (aka Joshua Third) (The Horrors) (36)
  • 1991 - Alana Haim (Haim) (26)
Deaths
  • 1943 - Thomas W "Fats" Waller - Pneumonia (39)
  • 1944 - Glenn Miller - Presumed airplane crash (40)
  • 2001 - Rufus Thomas - Heart Failure (84)
On This Day
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley sang for the last time on the Louisiana Hayride.
  • 1967 - The Beach Boys first met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and began learning transcendental meditation.
  • 1969 - John Lennon played his final show in the U.K. at London's Lycium Ballroom for a UNICEF benefit.
  • 1977 - The U.S. government refused to allow any of the Sex Pistols into the country for a TV appearance citing drug convictions (Johnny Rotten), moral turpatude (Paul Cook & Sid Vicious) and criminal record (Steve Jones).
  • 1988 - James Brown was sent to prison for six years on gun possession and resisting arrest charges.
  • 1997 - Spice World: The Movie with the Spice Girls premiered in London.
  • 1999 - Boy George was knocked out during a show when a mirror ball fell on his head.
  • 1999 - Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the Sex Pistols, announced he was running for mayor of London.
  • 2001 - Joe Walsh was given a doctorate of music from Kent State University in Ohio.
  • 2003 - Courtney Love received 18 months of drug rehabilitation after telling the court that she used cocaine and opiates.
  • 2006 - Trey Anastasio of Phish was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and with a suspended license.
  • 2008 - Madonna agreed to pay Guy Ritchie approximately £50 million ($75 million) in their divorce settlement.
  • 2013 - Country's Chris Cagle was arrested in Greenville, TX for DWI.
Marriages
  • 1944 - Hank Williams and Audrey Sheppard
  • 1973 - Jermaine Jackson and Hazel Gordy
  • 1979 - Alan Jackson and Denise Jackson
  • 1990 - Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter
  • 1990 - Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) and Tomas Sonnenfeld
  • 1994 - Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Heather Locklear
Divorces
  • 2008 - Madonna and Guy Ritchie
Recorded
  • 1959 - Let it Be Me - Everly Brothers
Broadcasts
  • 1968 - Smothers Brothers - Jefferson Airplane
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1951 - (It No) Sin - Eddy Howard and His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - Charlie Rich (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - U Got It Bad - Usher (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1962 - The First Family - Vaughn Meader (12 weeks)
  • 2012 - Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1958 - Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson (7 weeks)
  • 1962 - You Are My Sunshine - Ray Charles (1 week)
  • 1979 - Do You Love What You Feel - Rufus and Chaka (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - Sensitivity - Ralph Tresvant (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight - Bob Wills (1 week)
  • 1962 - I've Been Everywhere - Hank Snow (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1973 - Amazing Love - Charley Pride (1 week)
  • 1979 - Happy Birthday, Darlin' - Conway Twitty (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Anne Murray With Dave Loggins (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1962 - Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence (6 weeks)
  • 1984 - Sea of Love - Honeydrippers (1 week)
  • 1990 - You Gotta Love Somebody - Elton John (5 weeks)
  • 2007 - Frosty the Snowman - Kimberley Locke (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1973 - Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (5 weeks)
  • 1979 - Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd (5 weeks)
  • 1984 - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid (5 weeks)
  • 2012 - Impossible - James Arthur (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1962 - West Side Story - Soundtrack (1 week (11 previous weeks))
  • 1973 - Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes - David Cassidy (1 week)
  • 2016 - Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones (1 week)

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