Thursday, December 16, 2010

December 16 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Benny Andersson!

Benny Andersson, Abba

Musicians Born On December 16

1899 Noel Coward (Blithe Spirit)
1943 Tony Hicks (Hollies)
1945 Benny Andersson (Abba)
1949 Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
1961 Michael McCary (Boyz II Men)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 16

1955 Dickie Valentine: 'Christmas Alphabet' UK 45
1965 Beatles: 'Day Tripper' UK 45
1972 Billy Paul: 'Me and Mrs Jones' US 45
1989 Jive Bunny: 'Let's Party' UK 45

Various Music Events On December 16

1960 George Harrison deported from Germany during a Beatles tour. He is too young to have a work permit

1966 Jimi Hendrix releases 'Hey Joe' in US. It flops

1967 Jimi Hendrix's 'Axis Bold as Love' hits UK LP chart

1967 Lemon Pipers debut on US chart, on way to No. 1, with 'Green Tambourine', their only top 40 hit

1970 'Travelling' Band', 'Up Around the Bend' and 'Bad Moon Rising' all certified gold for Creedence Clearwater Revival

1972 Carly Simon's 'Your So Vain' hits UK chart

1974 Ian Hunter quits Mott the Hoople

1978 Eagles' 'Please Come Home for Christmas' hits UK chart

1978 'Best of Earth, Wind and Fire' hits UK LP chart

1978 Elton John's 'Song for Guy' hits UK chart

1989 808 State's 'Ninety' hits UK LP chart

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