Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday!! Frank Your Spirit Lives On...

Frank Zappa

Musicians Born On December 21

1940 Frank Zappa (Mothers of Invention)
1943 Albert Lee (Country Boy)
1946 Carl Wilson (Beach Boys)
1953 Betty Wright (Clean Up Woman)

Deaths On December 21

1972 Ray Jackson (Stax guitarist)
1992 Albert King

Number 1 In The Charts On December 21

1974 Mud: 'Lonely This Christmas' UK 45
1974 Harry Chapin: 'Cat's in the Cradle' US 45
1980 John Lennon: 'Starting Over' UK 45
1985 Lionel Richie: 'Say You Say Me' US 45
1985 Heart: 'Heart' US LP
1991 Queen : Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives : UK single
1997 Spice Girls : Too Much : UK single

Various Music Events On December 21

1955 Lavern Baker records 'Jim Dandy' in New York

1963 Beatles Christmas Show at Bradford Gaumont with Rolf Harris, Barron Knights, Tommy Quickly, Fourmost, Billy J Kramer and Cilla Black

1963 Ronettes hit US chart with second hit 'Baby I Love You'

1964 Charlie Watts' book 'Ode to a High Flying Bird' published. It is a book of text and drawings about Charlie Parker

1966 The Beach Boys receive three gold-record awards for the single "Good Vibrations," and the albums "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Shut Down, Vol. 2."

1968 Janis Joplin takes her place alongside otherwise in-house bill at Stax/Volt Yuletide party in Memphis. Other performers include Booker T, Staple Singers, Bar Kays and Eddie Floyd

1968 Crosby, Stills and Nash perform together in public for the first time.

1968 'Traffic' debut LP hits US Top 40

1969 Ginger Bakers Airforce (With Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Chris Wood and Denny Laine) performs debut gig in Amsterdam

1969 Diana Ross appears with the Supremes for the last time on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1970 Elvis Presley goes to the White House to volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation's drug problems. He gives Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and receives a Narcotics Bureau badge.

1979 Linda Ronstadt performs at a benefit show for the presidential campaign for California governor Jerry Brown, who is her boyfriend. The show at the San Diego Sports Arena,which inludes The Eagles and Chicago is followed-up by a similar show at the Addin Theater in Las Vegas. The two shows bring in over $450,000.

1985 'Fine Young Cannibals' debut hits UK LP chart

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