Happy Birthday Paul Simonon!
Musicians Born On December 15
1922 Alan Freed (American DJ)
1933 Jessie Belvin (Goodnight My Love)
1939 Cindy Birdsong (Supremes)
1942 Dave Clark (Bits and Pieces)
1946 Harry Ray (Moments)
1946 Carmin Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
1955 Paul Simonon (Clash)
1958 Don Johnson (actor/singer)
Deaths On December 15
1943 Fats Waller (blues performer)
Number 1 In The Charts On December 15
1973 Slade: 'Merry Christmas Everyone' UK 45
1973 David Cassidy: 'Dreams Are Nothing More than Wishes' UK LP
1973 Charlie Rich: 'The Most Beautiful Girl' US 45
1979 Pink Floyd: 'Another Brick in the Wall' UK 45
1984 Band Aid: 'Do They Know It's Christmas' UK 45
1996 Dunblane : Knocking On Heaven's Door: UK single
Various Music Events On December 15
1944 Glenn Miller's plane goes missing over English Channel
1955 Johnny Cash releases 'Folsom Prison Blues' on Sun
1957 In a syndicated radio show Sammy Davis Jr and Columbia Records executive, Mitch Miller,slate rock and roll as 'the comic books of music'
1959 Everly Brothers record 'Let It Be Me' in New York - their first session away from Nashville and their first with strings
1960 Everly Brothers; 'Like Strangers' hits UK chart
1967 The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' LP goes gold
1968 Appearing on the 'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', Grace Slick appears in blackface and raise a black-leather glove in a black power salute.The incident is one of several that leads to the show's cancellation
1969 John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band (Featuring George Harrison, Delanie and Bonnie, Keith Moon and Billy Preston) make debut UK concert appearance in 'War is Over' gig at The Lyceum. The same day, posters, paid for by John and Yoko, go up around the world, stating 'War is over if you want it'
1973 Genesis debut on US chart with 'Selling England by the Pound'
1977 The Who perform a secret concert for their fan club members. Footage of the concert appears in Jeff Stein's movie, The Kids Are Alright'
1977 Sex Pistols are denied visas to enter the US. They are due to appear on Saturday Night Live two days later at the start of a US tour.
1984 Band Aid hits No. 1 (from nowhere) with 'Do They Know it's Christmas', with Wham! In at No. 2
1988 James Brown, is sentenced to a six year jail term for leading police on a late night, two state car chase
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