Music Almanac: December 21, 2017

Birthdays
  • 1902 - Peetie Wheatstraw (d. 1941)
  • 1926 - Freddie Hart (91)
  • 1934 - Hank Crawford (Ike Turner's band) (d. 2009)
  • 1940 - Ray Hildebrand (Paul & Paula) (77)
  • 1940 - Frank Zappa (d. 1993)
  • 1942 - Carla Thomas (75)
  • 1943 - Albert Lee (74)
  • 1943 - Gwen McCrae (74)
  • 1946 - Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) (d. 1998)
  • 1951 - Nick Gilder (66)
  • 1953 - Betty Wright (64)
  • 1956 - Lee Roy Parnell (61)
  • 1962 - Christy Forester (55)
  • 1963 - Russell Moore (IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) (54)
  • 1964 - Murph (born Emmett Murphey III) (Lemonheads, Dinosaur, Jr.) (53)
  • 1965 - Gabrielle Glasser (Luscious Jackson) (52)
  • 1968 - Brad Warren (Warren Brothers) (49)
  • 1971 - Brett Scallions (Tool) (46)
  • 1984 - Eric Gunderson (Love & Theft) (33)
Deaths
  • 1971 - Charlie Fuqua (Ink Spots) (61)
  • 1972 - Ray Jackson (songwriter, Who's Makin' Love, (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Wanna Be Right) - House fire (31)
  • 1987 - John Spence (No Doubt) - Suicide
  • 1988 - Paul Jeffreys (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Be-Bop Deluxe) - Killed when terrorist bomb blew up his plane over Lockerbie, Scotland (36)
  • 1992 - Albert King - Heart attack (69)
  • 1998 - Karl Denver - Brain tumor (67)
On This Day
  • 1957 - Paramount Pictures requested that the U.S. Government defer Elvis Presley's induction by two months so they could finish the film King Creole.
  • 1967 - The Beatles had a party in London to preview their new film Magical Mystery Tour.
  • 1967 - Jack Greene joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1968 - Crosby, Stills and Nash performed in public for the first time.
  • 1968 - Janis Joplin gave her first solo performance in Memphis, TN.
  • 1970 - Elvis Presley met with President Richard Nixon who gave the singer a Narcotics Bureau badge.
  • 1971 - Martha & the Vandellas broke up.
  • 1976 - Barry Manilow on Broadway opened for a two week run on Broadway.
  • 1979 - The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Chicago perform at a fundraiser for Jerry Brown.
  • 1979 - The movie The Electric Horseman, costarring Willie Nelson, premiered.
  • 1995 - Tony McCarrol, former drummer for Oasis, sued the band over royalties.
  • 1996 - Tony Bennett had emergency hernia surgery.
  • 2001 - Josh Turner made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2002 - Keane was discovered by Simon Williams of Fierce Panda Records while playing in London.
  • 2005 - Elton John and David Furnish registered their relationship as a civil partnership, the first celebrities to do so.
  • 2010 - A Kings of Leon concert was postponed at the 02 Arena in London after fires on two of their tour buses. 
  • 2012 - Psy's Gangnam Style became the first YouTube video to hit one billion views. 
  • 2016 - Richard Marx helped restrain an unruly passenger on an air flight from Hanoi to Seoul. 
Marriages
  • 1996 - Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander
  • 2012 - Ronnie Wood (Faces, Rolling Stones) and Sally Humphreys
  • 2012 - Harry Judd (McFly) and Izzy Johnston
  • 2014 - Elton John and David Furnish
Recorded
  • 1950 - Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
  • 1955 - Jim Dandy - Laverne Baker
Released
  • 1967 - Their Satanic Majesties Request - Rolling Stones
Broadcasts
  • 1969 - Ed Sullivan Show - Supremes (last TV appearance with Diana Ross)
  • 1992 - Roseanne (ABC) - David Crosby
  • 2001 - Up Close and Personal With Natalie Merchant (Oxygen)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1940 - Frenesi - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (12 weeks)
  • 1946 - The Old Lamplighter - Sammy Kaye (8 weeks)
  • 1974 - Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin (1 week)
  • 1985 - Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie (4 weeks)
  • 2013 - The Monster - Eminem Featuring Rihanna (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1968 - Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (1 week)
  • 1985 - Heart - Heart (1 week)
  • 1996 - Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt (8 weeks)
  • 2013 - Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences - Garth Brooks (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1974 - She's Gone - Tavares (1 week)
  • 1985 - Don't Say No Tonight - Eugene Wilde (3 weeks)
  • 1991 - I Love Your Smile - Shanice (4 weeks)
  • 1996 - I Beleive I Can Fly - R. Kelly (5 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1959 - El Paso - Marty Robbins (9 weeks)
  • 1968 - Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - The Chair - George Strait (1 week)
  • 1991 - My Next Broken Heart - Brooks & Dunn (2 weeks)
  • 2002 - Who's Your Daddy? - Toby Keith (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1974 - Wishing You Were Here - Chicago (1 week)
  • 1991 - Keep Coming Back - Richard Marx (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1974 - Lonely This Christmas - Mud (4 weeks)
  • 1991 - Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives - Queen (5 weeks)
  • 1996 - Knockin' on Heaven's Door / Throw These Guns Away - Dunblane (1 week)
  • 2002 - Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word - Blue Featuring Elton John
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1985 - NOW: The Christmas Album - Various Artists (2 weeks)
  • 2013 - Swings Both Ways - Robbie Williams (3 weeks)

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