Music Almanac - December 25, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1907 - Cab Calloway (d. 1994)
  • 1908 - Alton Delmore (Delmore Brothers) (d. 1964)
  • 1913 - Tony Martin (d. 2012)
  • 1922 - Kitty Kallen (born Katherine Kalinsky) (d. 2016)
  • 1927 - Ernie Andrews (90)
  • 1929 - Chris Kenner (d. 1976)
  • 1929 - Bill Horton (Silhouettes) (d. 1995)
  • 1934 - McKinley Mitchell (d. 1986) 
  • 1937 - O'Kelly Isley, Jr. (Isley Brothers) (d. 1986)
  • 1940 - Pete Brown (77)
  • 1943 - Trevor Lucas (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay) (d. 1989)
  • 1944 - John Edwards (Spinners) (73)
  • 1944 - Kenny Everett (British DJ) (d. 1995)
  • 1944 - Henry Vestine (Canned Heat) (d. 1997)
  • 1945 - Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience) (d. 2003)
  • 1945 - Steve Mancha (born Clyde Wilson) (100 Proof Aged With Soul) (d. 2011)
  • 1946 - Jimmy Buffett (71)
  • 1948 - Barbara Mandrell (69)
  • 1948 - Merry Clayton (69)
  • 1949 - Joe Lewis Walker (68)
  • 1954 - Annie Lennox (63)
  • 1954 - Steve Wariner (63)
  • 1954 - Robin Campbell (UB40) (63)
  • 1957 - Shane MacGowan (Pogues) (60)
  • 1958 - Alannah Myles (59)
  • 1964 - Bob Stanley (St. Etienne) (53)
  • 1971 - Dido (born Dido Armstrong) (46)
  • 1971 - Noel Hogan (Cranberries) (46)
  • 1972 - Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses) (45)
  • 1976 - Armin van Buuren (41)
  • 1984 - Lisa Origliasso (The Veronicas) (33)
  • 1984 - Jessica Origliasso (The Veronicas) (33)
Deaths
  • 1954 - Johnny Ace - Self inflicted gunshot wound (25)
  • 1987 - Gene Miller (trumpet, Otis Redding, Etta Jaes)
  • 1995 - Dean Martin - Lung cancer (78)
  • 1998 - Bryan MacLean (Love) - Heart attack (52)
  • 2006 - James Brown - Congestive heart failure/pneumonia (73)
  • 2008 - Eartha Kitt - Colon cancer (81)
  • 2009 - Vic Chesnutt - Overdose of muscle relaxants (45)
  • 2016 - George Michael - Enlarged heart & fatty liver (53)
On This Day
  • 1959 - Ringo Starr received his first drum set. 
  • 1960 - James Taylor received his first guitar. He was 12 years old. 
  • 1964 - Fans at a London show by the Beatles attacked George Harrison's then girlfriend Patti Boyd. 
  • 1965 - George Harrison proposed to Patti Boyd. 
  • 1967 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher became engaged. They never married. 
  • 1968 - Led Zeppelin came to the U.S. for the first time to get ready for their first tour of the states. 
  • 1976 - The Gatling Brothers became members of the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1977 - The Apollo Theater reopened after being shutdown the year before. 
  • 1978 - John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. (PiL) played live for the first time in London.
  • 1981 - Michael Jackson called Paul McCartney to suggest they record together. The collaboration would include the hits The Girl is Mine and Say Say Say. 
  • 1990 - James Brown performed his first show in two years after receiving a four day furlough from prison to perform for American troops at Ft Jackson, SC. 
  • 1996 - The People vs. Larry Flint with Courtney Love was released. 
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson recorded his first interview since the child abuse allegations became public with CBS. 
  • 2014 - Little Jimmy Dickens was hospitalized after suffering a stroke. 
Released
  • 1976 - Rocky Top - Osborne Brothers
Broadcasts
  • 2007 - Dr. Who (BBC) - Kylie Minogue
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1965 - Over and Over - Dave Clark Five (1 week)
  • 1971 - Brand New Key - Melanie (3 weeks)
  • 1993 - Hero - Mariah Carey (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1993 - Music Box - Mariah Carey (3 weeks)
  • 1999 - Born Again - Notorious B.I.G. (1 week)
  • 2004 - The Red Light District - Ludacris (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1943 - Sweet Slumber - Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra (1 week)
  • 1948 - Bewildered - Amos Milburn (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Car Wash - Rose Royce (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Can We Talk - Tevin Campbell (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1948 - Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold (1 week (17 previous weeks))
  • 1965 - Buckaroo - Buck Owens & His Buckaroos (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - Sweet Dreams - Emmylou Harris (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - Wild & Blue - John Anderson (2 weeks)
  • 1999 - Breathe - Faith Hill (6 weeks)
  • 2004 - Some Beach - Blake Shelton (4 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1976 - Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGragor (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney (4 weeks)
  • 1999 - I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden (17 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1976 - When a Child is Born (Soleado) - Johnny Mathis (3 weeks)
  • 1993 - Mr. Blobby - Mr. Blobby (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1999 - I Have a Dream / Seasons in the Sun - Westlife (4 weeks)
  • 2010 - When We Colide - Matt Cardle (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1965 - Rubber Soul - Beatles (8 weeks)
  • 2004 - Greatest Hits - Robbie Williams (2 weeks (2 previous weeks))

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