Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25 - Today In Rock Music History

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monkees, Monkees Christmas

Musicians Born On December 25

1907 Cab Calloway
1929 Chris Kenner (I Like It Like That)
1937 O'Kelly Isley (Isley Brothers)
1940 Phil Spector (record producer)
1943 Trevor Lucas (Fairport Convention)
1944 Kenny Everett (DJ)
1944 Henry Vestine (Canned Heat)
1945 Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
1946 Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville)
1948 Merry Clayton (Gimme Shelter)
1954 Robin Campbell (UB40)
1954 Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
1971 Noel Hogan (The Cranberries)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 25

1965 Beatles: 'Rubber Soul' UK LP
1965 Dave Clark Five: 'Over and Over' US 45
1971 Melanie: 'Brand New Key' US 45
1976 Johnny Mathis: 'When a Child Is Born' UK 45
1993 Mariah Carey : Hero : US single
1993 Mr Blobby : Mr Blobby : UK single
1993 Mariah Carey : Music Box : US LP

Various Music Events On December 25

1958 Alan Freed's Christmas rock-and-roll spectacular opens a ten-day run at Loews State Theatre in Manhattan, with seventeen acts, including Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Jackie Wilson

1959 Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set for Christmas. The 18 year old is currently working as an apprentice engineer.

1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd is attacked by jealous female fans at Beatles' Christmas concert at Hammersmith Odeon

1965 The Who enter UK LP chart for first time with 'My Generation'

1967 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher get engaged

1971 Faces' 'A Nod's as Good as a Wink' hits UK LP chart

1976 The Eagles' sixth album "Hotel California," their first with Joe Walsh, goes platinum.

1978 Public Image Ltd., featuring John Lydon, plays its first gig, at Rainbow Theatre, London

1981 The J. Geils Band play a Christmas concert for the inmates of Norfolk Correctional Center near Boston, the group's hometown. Following the show, lead singer Peter Wolf tells the audience, "We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside."

1990 James Brown, on 4 day leave from prison, gives his first concert performance in two years in front of South Carolina soldiers. The troops' leave had been cancelled because of the impending Gulf War.

1996 "The People vs. Larry Flynt," starring Courtney Love, is released.

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