Music Almanac: December 24, 2017

Birthdays
  • 1913 - Lulu Belle (born Myrtle Cooper) (Lulu Belle & Scotty) (d. 1999)
  • 1920 - Dave Bartholomew (97)
  • 1924 - Lee Dorsey (d. 1986)
  • 1944 - Mike Curb (73)
  • 1945 - Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) (Motorhead, Hawkwind) (d. 2015)
  • 1946 - Jan Akkerman (71)
  • 1957 - Ian Burden (Human League) (60)
  • 1963 - Mary Ramsey (John & Mary, 10,000 Maniacs) (54)
  • 1965 - Millard Powers (Counting Crows) (52)
  • 1968 - Doyle Bramhall III (49)
  • 1970 - Bonnie “Prince” Billy (born Will Oldham) (47)
  • 1971 - Ricky Martin (46)
  • 1975 - Joe Washbourne (Toploader) (42)
  • 1980 - Tomas Kalnoky (Streetlight Manifesto) (37)
  • 1982 - Robert Carmine (born Robert Schwartzman) (Rooney) (35)
  • 1991 - Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) (26)
Deaths
  • 1994 - Buddy Ace - Heart Attack (58)
  • 1999 - Zeke Carey (Flamingos) (66)
  • 2000 - Nick Massi (Four Seasons) - Cancer (73)
  • 2009 - Tim Hart (Steeleye Span) - Lung cancer (61)
  • 2012 - Ray Collins (Mothers of Invention) (76)
  • 2015 - William Guest (Gladys Knight & the Pips) - Heart failure (74)
  • 2016 - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) - Sepsis (68)
On This Day
  • 1960 - Even though he had a number 1 record, Chubby Checker was still a ward of the court as an orphan and had his allowance raised form $150 to $200 per week.
  • 1963 - The Beatles held their first annual Christmas concert with guests Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, Cilla Black, the Fourmost, and the Barron Knights with the Duke D’Mond.
  • 1964 - The Beatles held their second annual Christmas concert with the Yardbirds, Freddie and the Dreamers, Jimmy Saville, Elkie Brooks, Mike Haslam, and the Mike Cotton Sound.
  • 1964 - Glen Campbell appeared with the Beach Boys for the first time when Brian Wilson became ill. He toured with them for four months. 
  • 1972 - A crowd at a Miami, FL concert by Manfred Mann's Earth Band rioted after police stopped their concert saying that they had received noise complaints.
  • 1973 - Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers was arrested for marijuana possession.
  • 1973 - Pam Tillis was injured in a car accident that caused 30 breaks in her face. 
  • 1977 - The Sex Pistols played their last show in the U.K. for 19 years.
  • 2003 - Jack White turned himself into police on alleged aggravated assault charges. 
  • 2005 - Iggy & the Stooges were fined by the city of Lucerne, Switzerland for playing music too loud. They were clocked at 102.5 decibals.
  • 2005 - While on trial for assaulting two nail salon workers, Foxy Brown was threatened with contempt of court for sticking her tongue out at the judge. 
Marriages
  • 1971 - Little Jimmy Dickens and Mona Evans
Divorces
  • 1978 - Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) (announced separation)
Recorded
  • 1966 - I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & the Shondells
  • 1988 - Nirvana began recording their first album.
Broadcasts
  • 1967 - Bee Gees Live Christmas Special (U.K.)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees (3 weeks)
  • 1988 - Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1949 - Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby (3 weeks (30 previous weeks))
  • 1983 - Thriller - Michael Jackson (17 weeks (20 previous weeks))
  • 1988 - Giving You the Best That I've Got - Anita Baker (3 weeks)
  • 1994 - Vitalogy - Pearl Jam (1 week)
  • 2005 - Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (2 weeks)
  • 2016 - The Hamilton Mixtape - Various Artists (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1949 - For You My Love - Larry Darnell (8 weeks)
  • 1966 - (I Know) I'm Losing You - Temptations (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Tumblin' Down - Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Don't Forget About Us - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1966 - There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene (7 weeks)
  • 1983 - Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You) - Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - When You Say Nothing at All - Keith Whitley (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Come a Little Closer - Dierks Bentley (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 2011 - Keep Me In Mind - Zac Brown Band (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1983 - Read 'Em and Weep - Barry Manilow (6 weeks)
  • 1988 - Two Hearts - Phil Collins (5 weeks)
  • 1994 - I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (2 weeks)
  • 2016 - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Josh Groban (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 2005 - JCB Song - Nizlopi (1 week)
  • 2011 - Cannonball - Little Mix (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1988 - Private Collection 1978-1988 - Cliff Richard (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - Christmas - Michael Buble (2 weeks (1 previous week))

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