Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Andy Summers!

Andy Summers, The Police

Musicians Born On December 31

1930 Odetta (US folk/blues singer)
1942 Andy Summers (Police)
1943 John Denver (Sunshine On My Shoulder)
1943 Pete Quaife (Kinks)
1946 Patti Smith (Because the Night)
1947 Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
1948 Donna Summer (I Feel Love)
1951 Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)
1952 George Thorogood
1961 Scott Taylor (Then Jericho)

Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

Patti Smith

Deaths On December 31

1967 Bert Berns (writer of 'Twist and Shout', 'Brown-Eyed Girl')`
1985 Ricky Nelson, his fiancée, Helen Blair, and five members of Stone Canyon Band killed in Texas plane crash

Number 1 In The Charts On December 31

1966 Monkees: 'I'm a Believer' US 45

Various Music Events On Decemberr 31

1955 'Unchained Melody' named as 'Billboard' top tune of the year

1961 Appearing at Ritchie Valens' Memorial Concert at Long Beach, Beach Boys play their first show under that name. (Previously they had been known as Pendletones and Carl and the Passions)

1965 The Beatles single "I Feel Fine" and album, "Beatles '65" are certified gold in the US

1969 Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies play debut gig at Fillmore East, New York

1970 Paul McCartney files a writ in London High Court against 'The Beatles and Co.', seeking the legal dissolution of the partnership

1974 Mick Fleetwood phones Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, inviting them to join Fleetwood Mac. 'He called us up sight unseen. We could've been the two heaviest jerks he'd ever seen', says Nicks

1976 Cars make their concert debut at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire

1982 Max's Kansas City, famous New York rock club, closes

1984 Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, suffers car accident which leads to the amputation of his left arm


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December 31 - Today in Beatles History

Happy New Year From The Beatles!

Beatles, Happy New Year


1961

The Beatles leave from Liverpool to London on Neil's car. Brian goes by train.
They sleep at the Royal Hotel, Woburn Place, London.

1962
Ted Kingsize Taylor ends recordings of groups at the Star Club, Hamburg.

1963
'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

1964
'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

Party at Norman Newell's house, 40 Montagu Mansions, Marylebone, London. The Beatles attend.

1965
UK single release: 'That's My Life (My Love And My Home)'/'The Next Time You Feel Important', for the Pye label, recorded by Alfred Lennon.

US gold certification: 'Beatles '65'.

The Beatles appear on the front page of 'Big', Italian magazine. Headline: 'Beatles: Buon Natale da Londra' ('Beatles: Merry Christmas from London').

1966

''Yesterday'... And Today', 28th week in the Top 200 (Billboard).

Brian books Fats Domino for his 1st UK contract, at the Saville Theatre.

George is refused admission into the night club Annabel's, because he is not wearing a tie. Later, he and friends, including Brian, see at the Lyons Corner House restaurant/cafe, Coventry Street, London.

1967

New Year's party at Cilla Black's flat, 96 Portland Place, London. Following a Northern tradition, Ringo is sent out, left alone in the street.

Brian's NEMS shares are transfered to Queenie.

1968
Arts Laboratory, London. Party attended by John and Yoko.

1969
BBC's TV programme 'The Man Of The Decade', dedicated to John, is broadcast.
'Rolling Stone' nominates John the Man Of The Year 1969.

declares to New Musical Express he is considering to leave the group.

1970
Paul begins High Court proceedings to end the Beatles partnership. [30 December?]
Peter Brown renounces.

John reveals that he took drugs since he was 17, and blames Paul for the dissolution of the Beatles since he wanted to dominate them all.

1974
The Beatles' association is dissolved, with a document signed by each Beatle.

1988
14th and last episode of a BBC series, essentially based on 'The Beatles At The Beeb' collection.


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December 31 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 31, 1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash.

Rick Allen, Def Leppard, Def Leppard Drummer

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 "Me and My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater New York City after 1420 performances
1989 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 65 performances
1989 Actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) weds Joe Petruzzi
1989 Fog Bowl: Heavy fog rolls in on Bears 20-12 victory over Eagles
1989 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year
1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
1986 Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
1986 WIS-AM in Columbia South Carolina changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)
1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash
1984 New York City subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in New Hampshire
1984 Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th Prime Minister succeeds his mother, Indira Gandhi
1984 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, vs. England at Calcutta
1984 U.S. leaves UNESCO
1983 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
1983 Jose Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium
1983 Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup
1982 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
1982 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features
1982 TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run
1981 CNN Headline News debuts
1981 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
1981 Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000
1980 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
1980 New York Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
1980 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts
1978 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater New York City after 1859 performances
1978 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 199 performances
1978 CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
1978 Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
1978 Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
1977 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 766 performances
1977 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 124 performances
1977 Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait
1977 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
1977 Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa
1977 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado
1976 TV soap "Somerset" ends 6 year run
1976 The Cars played their 1st gig
1975 42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6
1974 41st Sugar Bowl: Nebraska 13 beats Florida 10
1974 Free agent pitcher Catfish Hunter signs $3M 5 year New York Yankees contract
1974 Gold legal in U.S., Franklin Mint strikes Panama's Gold 100 balboa coin
1974 Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
1974 New York Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter to 5 years for record $3.75 million
1974 Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer
1973 40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23
1973 61st Australian Mens Tennis: John Newcombe beats O Parun (63 67 75 61)
1973 Johan Cruyff chosen European soccer Player of year
1972 39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0
1972 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
1972 Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in AFC championship game
1972 Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in NFC championship game
1971 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, Idaho (PBS) begins broadcasting
1971 Lieutenant General Robert E Cushman,, Jr., USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1970 Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin
1970 President Allende nationalizes Chilean coal mines
1970 Would have been start of Australia/England Test Cricket at MCG, washed out

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 Congo-Brazzaville becomes People's republic, under major Ngouabi
1968 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
1968 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144
1968 New York Jets win AFL championship
1967 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 80 performances
1967 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, Los Angeles Lakers beat Houston 147-118
1967 Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game
1967 Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13 degrees F)
1966 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 and stays there for 7 weeks
1966 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India vs. WI Calcutta, 2-92
1966 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks
1964 Donald Campbell (UK) sets world water speed record (276.33 mph)
1964 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN
1963 Chicago Bears win NFL championship
1963 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
1963 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time
1962 "Match Game" debuts on NBC with host Gene Rayburn
1962 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
1962 Dutch leave New Guinea
1962 Katanga becomes part of Democratic Republic of Congo
1962 Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cincinnati for 10 yrs
1961 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 527 performances
1961 1st performance of Beach Boys
1961 Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
1961 Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
1961 Green Bay Packers shutout New York Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
1961 Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1958 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
1958 Cubans dictator Batista flees
1958 International Geophyscial Year ends
1958 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
1957 AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy
1955 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 60 performances
1953 Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan Borough president
1953 WFBC (now WYFF) TV channel 4 in G'ville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (NBC) begins
1953 Willie Shoemaker shatters record, riding 485 winners in a year
1951 1st battery to convert radioactive energy to electrical announced
1950 Jockeys W Shoemaker and Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Mike & Davy!

Mike Nesmith, The Monkees

Davy Jones, The Monkees


Musicians Born On December 30

1928 Bo Diddley (Elias Bates McDaniel)
1931 Skeeter Davis (The End of the World)
1939 Del Shannon (Runaway)
1942 Mike Nesmith (Monkees)
1945 Davy Jones (Monkees)
1945 Andy Williams (Can't Help Falling in Love)
1947 Jeff Lynne (ELO)
1959 Tracey Ullman (Singer/comedienne)

Happy Birthday Jeff Lynne!

Jeff Lynne, ELO

Number 1 In The Charts On December 30

1967 Beatles: 'Hello Goodbye' US 45

Various Music Events On December 30

1960 Miracles hit US chart with 'Shop Around'

1962 Brenda Lee's dog dies in the fire that destroys her Nashville Home

1967 Traffic's Mr. Fantasy' hits UK LP chart

1972 Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book' hits US LP chart

1973 Mahavishnu Orchestra play their final gig at Detroit's Masonic Auditorium

1976 Abba's "Greatest Hits" album goes gold.

1978 XTC play their first US gig, in Philadelphia

1979 Emerson, Lake & Palmer announce their break-up.

1981 The J.Geils Band album"Freeze-Frame" goes gold



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December 30 - Today In Beatles History

Beatles Jacket, Beatles Cold, Beatles Snow

1962
Heather See is born.

1963
'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

1964
'I Feel Fine' number 1, 5th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

1965
Planned start of the Silkie's promotional visit to the USA. They are forced to cancel it owing to their failure to obtain their visas and work permits.

1966
Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.00am. Mono mixing: 'When I'm Sixty-Four' (remix 8, from take 4). Tape copying: 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (of remix mono 12). Recording: 'Penny Lane' (tape reduction take 6 into take 7, overdub onto take 7). Mono mixing: 'Penny Lane' (remixes 1, 2, from take 7). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.
Remix of 'When I'm Sixty-Four' speeding up the tape. Copy of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' for the US.

1967
'Hello, Goodbye' number 1, 1st week (Billboard).

1969
John interview with Desmond Morris for ATV's 'Man Of The Decade'.

1970
'Rolling Stone' publishes its director's interview to John. [?]

Paul begins High Court proceedings to end the Beatles partnership. [31 December?]

1994
'Live At The BBC', number 19 in Chile, 2nd and last week in the Top 30.

Evening: Maureen Cox dies in Seattle. Ringo, Isaac Tigrett, Zak, Jason and Lee are with her.

1995

'Anthology 1' number 2, 4th week in the Top 200 (Billboard).
'Free As A Bird' number 10, 1st week in the Top 200 (Billboard).


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December 30 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 30, 1963 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV.

Monty Hall, Let's Make A Deal

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000
1989 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)
1988 Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US
1988 Former Soviet President Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-yr (bribery)
1988 Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard
1988 North subpoenas Reagan and Bush as defense witnesses for upcoming trial
1987 Australia hang on for draw vs. New Zealand at MCG, 1 wkt left 17 runs short
1987 Premier Mugabe elected president of Zimbabwe
1985 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
1985 Pakistan restores constitution
1984 Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) and Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed
1982 Anthony Shaffers "Whodunnit," premieres in New York City
1982 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
1982 U.S. Assay Office in New York City, New York closes
1981 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season
1980 "Wonderful World of Disney," last performance on NBC-TV

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Rock group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer break up
1979 Togo adopts constitution
1978 "King and I" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 719 performances
1978 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
1977 Carter holds 1st news conference by U.S. President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1975 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 7 performances
1975 Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force
1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
1973 1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)
1973 Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10 in AFC championship game
1973 Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10 in NFC championship game
1972 Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks
1971 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (New York Islanders)
1971 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1970 Paul McCartney sues his bandmates to dissolve the Beatles

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1968 -48 degrees F (-44 degrees C), Mazama and Winthrop, Washington (state record)
1967 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 3 weeks
1967 Great Western Forum opens in LA
1965 Ferdinand Marcos inaugurated as president of the Phillipines
1964 Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice," premieres in New York City
1963 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
1963 Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
1963 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship
1962 Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
1961 Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 1936)

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 George Washington, 1st ballistic missile sub commissioned
1958 French franc devalued
1957 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns
1957 New York Giants win NFL championship
1956 New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game
1954 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 165 performances
1954 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
1954 Harold Arlen/Truman Capotes musical premieres in New York City
1952 Tuskegee Inst reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US
1950 Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states in France Union


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

December 29 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithfull!!

Marianne Fithfull, As Tears Go By

Musicians Born On December 29

1942 Ray Thomas (Moody Blues)
1941 Rick Danko (The Band)
1946 Marianne Faithfull (As Tears Go By)
1947 Cozy Powell (UK drummer)
1951 Yvonne Elliman
1970 Glenn Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket)

Deaths On December 29

1980 Tim Hardin (If I Were a Carpenter)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 29

1960 Cliff Richard: 'I Love You' UK 45
1973 Jim Croce: 'Time in a Bottle' US 45
1990 Cliff Richard: 'Saviour's Day' UK 45

Various Music Events On December 29

1930 Radio Luxembourg begins transmissions

1956 'The Lonnie Donegan Showcase', a ten-inch LP, enters UK singles chart

1963 Weavers (founded in 1949 by Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes and Fred Hellerman) perform their final concert in Chicago

1966 Beatles begin recordings for 'Penny Lane' at EMI

1967 Dave Mason leaves Traffic

1967 Spencer Davis Group release 'Mr Second Class', their last chart hit

1969 Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce split during gig at Lyceum

1975 Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane divorce.

1982 Bob Marley commemorative stamp issued in Jamaica

1994 Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes pleads guilty in Atlanta to arson charges. Her boyfriend's $1 million mansion was destroyed in the blaze.


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December 29 - Today In Beatles History

Beatles, beatles bigger than jesus christ

1961
Performance at the Cavern, with the Yorkshire Jazz Band.

1962
'Love Me Do', number 17 in Britain. [27 December?]

1963
The 'Sunday Times' critic Richard Buckle praises the Beatles as the greatest composers since Beethoven.

1964
'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

1965
'Day Tripper'/'We Can Work It Out' number 1, 4th week (UK New Musical Express chart).
'Rubber Soul' number 1, 4th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1966
Studio 3 (control room only). 2.30-4.45pm. Mono mixing: 'When I'm Sixty-Four' (remixes 4-7, from take 4). Tape copying: 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (of remix moo 12, numbered remix mono 13).
Studio 3 (control room only). 4.45-5.40pm. Stereo mixing: 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (remix 1, from take 7, remixes 2, 4, fom take 26). Editing: 'Strawberry Fields Forever' (of stereo remixes 1, 2, edited together as remix 3, of stereo remixes 1, 4 edited together as remix 5).
Studio 2. 7.00pm-2.15am. Recording: 'Untitled' (working title of 'Penny Lane') (takes 1-6). Mono mixing: 'Untitled' (working title of 'Penny Lane') (remixes 1, 2, from take 6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.
Copy of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' for the US. Recording of the keyboard sound for 'Penny Lane'.

1967
John goes to Marocco on vacations.

1969
John and Yoko are visited by Hammrick and Leonard, Canadian hypnotizers who intend to help them to stop smoking. John and Yoko prepare to go to Denmark to visit Kyoko. They fly to Aalborg.
Paul prepares Heather's birthday party.

1979
Wings' performance for the 'Concert for the People of Kampuchea'.


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December 29 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
1989 Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1989 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP
1988 Soviet Red Army Team edges New York Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1988 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
1984 5th United Negro College Fund
1984 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
1984 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parlimetary elections
1983 Gavaskar makes the highest Test Cricket score by an Indian, 236* vs. WI
1983 Graeme Yallop completes 268 vs. Pakistan at cricket MCG
1983 U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO
1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
1982 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
1980 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Red Army beats New York Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1978 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
1978 Spain constitution goes into effect
1978 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, vs. England at the MCG
1977 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage," premieres in New York City
1975 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in New York City
1974 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town," premieres in New York City
1972 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
1972 Life magazine ceases publication
1972 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker vs. Pakistan at MCG

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 New York Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause
1968 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
1968 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
1968 New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
1967 Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
1967 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
1965 "Thunderball" premieres in US
1965 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
1965 Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"
1963 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
1962 Doug Walters makes 1st-class debut for NSW 17 years 8 days

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial," premieres in New York City
1958 Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
1958 TV soap "Young Dr. Malone" debuts
1957 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
1957 Singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
1955 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
1954 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
1952 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale in Elmsford, New York
1951 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal


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December 29 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 29, 1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica.

Bob Marley, Bob Marley Postage Stamp

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
1989 Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1989 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP
1988 Soviet Red Army Team edges New York Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1988 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
1984 5th United Negro College Fund
1984 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
1984 Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parlimetary elections
1983 Gavaskar makes the highest Test Cricket score by an Indian, 236* vs. WI
1983 Graeme Yallop completes 268 vs. Pakistan at cricket MCG
1983 U.S. announced withdrawal from UNESCO
1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
1982 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
1980 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Red Army beats New York Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1978 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
1978 Spain constitution goes into effect
1978 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, vs. England at the MCG
1977 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage," premieres in New York City
1975 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in New York City
1974 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town," premieres in New York City
1972 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
1972 Life magazine ceases publication
1972 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker vs. Pakistan at MCG

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 New York Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause
1968 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
1968 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
1968 New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
1967 Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
1967 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
1965 "Thunderball" premieres in US
1965 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
1965 Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"
1963 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
1962 Doug Walters makes 1st-class debut for NSW 17 years 8 days

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial," premieres in New York City
1958 Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
1958 TV soap "Young Dr. Malone" debuts
1957 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
1957 Singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
1955 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
1954 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
1952 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale in Elmsford, New York
1951 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December 28 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Edgar Winter!

Edgar Winter, Edgar Winter Frankenstein

Musicians Born On December 28

1915 Roebuck 'Pops' Staples (Staple Singers)
1932 Dorsey Burnette (US rockabilly singer)
1938 Charles Neville (Neville Brothers)
1946 Edgar Winter (Frankenstein)
1947 Earl Hines (US jazz pianist)
1947 Dick Diamonde (Easybeats)
1950 Alex Chilton (Box Tops/ Big Star)
1954 Rose Vela (Magic Smile)

Deaths On December 28

1976 Freddie King (US blues singer/guitarist)
1983 Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 28

1959 Frankie Avalon: 'Why' US 45
1961 Danny Williams: 'Moon River' UK 45
1968 Beatles: 'White Album' US LP
1975 Helen Reddy: 'Angie Baby' US 45
1985 Shakin' Stevens: 'Merry Christmas Everyone' UK 45

Various Music Events On Decemberr 28

1955 Clyde McPhatter's first solo hit, 'Seven Days', enters R&B chart in US, on way to Top 3

1968 The Miami Pop Festival - the first to be held on the East Coast - begins. A hundred thousand people see Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly

1968 Doors release 'Touch Me' in US

1971 Keith Moon comperes a concert at Carnegie Hall for one of his favorite acts, Sha Na Na

1975 In Spokane, Washington, David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent. Gelfer is brought down by members of the audience and security guards and is charged with "intimidating with a weapon."


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December 28 - Today in Beatles History

Beatles, Beatles Christmas Album

1963
'With The Beatles' number 1, 4th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

'New Yorker' publishes a Brian Epstein interview. 1st serious article about the Beatles or Brian in the US.

1964
'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

1968
'Hey Jude', 18th and last week in the Top 30 (Billboard).

1970
US single release: 'Mother'/'Why'.


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December 28 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 28, 1981 Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98

45 Records

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Alexander Dubcek elected parliament chairman of Czechoslovakia
1989 Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
1988 John Tarrant, 1st Australia born Zen teacher, receives Dharma Transmission
1988 U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirms Yonkers is guilty of racism
1988 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1987 In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
1986 Pat Davis, ranked 412th among world tennis competitors wins Davis Cup
1985 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 Warring Lebanese Moslem and Christian leaders sign peace agreement
1984 Creosote bush determined to be 11,700 years old
1984 Rajiv Gandhi's Congress party wins election in India
1984 TV soap "Edge of Night" ends 28 year run
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1983 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
1983 Gavaskar achieves his 30th century, beating Bradman's 29
1983 U.S. say they will leave UNESCO on Dec 31, 1984
1983 Warren Cromartie signs 3 year $2.5M contract with Yomiuri Giants
1981 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
1981 Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98
1980 Mexico terminated fishing agreements with US

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1978 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
1976 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 167 performances
1976 Genie Francis joind "General Hospital" as Laura Vining
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
1975 "Hail Mary Pass"-Cowboys beat Vikings 17-14 on last second pass
1975 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
1975 Earthquake in Pakistan, 4,000 die
1975 Gary Cosier scores 109 vs. West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
1975 Red Army beats New York Rangers 7-3 at MSG
1974 6.3 earthquake strikes Pakistan: 5200 killed
1973 Akron Ohio's Chamber of Commerce terminates itself from Soap Box Derby
1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelag"
1973 Comet Kohoutek at perihelion
1972 Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
1972 Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
1972 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971 Hasj falls from now on under(neath) the Opiumwet
1970 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic New York City for 19 performances
1970 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," premieres in New York City
1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1969 Dallas Cowboy kicker Mike Clark, attempting an on-side kick against Cleveland, missed the ball
1968 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
1968 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
1968 Beatles' "Beatles-White Album," goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
1968 Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
1968 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, California (IND) 1st broadcast
1967 KTSB (now KSNT) TV channel 27 in Topeka, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
1967 Muriel Siebert is 1st women to own a seat on New York Stock Exchange
1966 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
1966 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1964 Premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' Stefan Rasin
1964 Principal filming of "Dr. Zhivago," begins
1963 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater New York City after 4 performances
1963 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 82 performances
1963 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song"
1962 U.N. troops occupies Elizabethstad Katanga
1961 Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premieres in New York City

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon and Theodore with David Seville) hit #1
1958 What might be called greatest NFL game, Colts beat Giants 23-17
1958 Baltimore Colts wins NFL-championship
1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956 Miss Frances [Horwich], last Ding Dong School on NBC-TV
1955 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
1954 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
1954 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast
1953 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
1950 Chinese troops cross 38th Parallel, into South Korea

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Monday, December 27, 2010

December 27 - Today In Rock Music History

Mick Jones, Foreigner

Musicians Born On December 27

1931 Scotty Moore (Elvis's guitarist)
1940 Pete Brown (songwriter for Cream)
1942 Mike Pinder (Moody Blues)
1943 Pete Quaife (Kinks)
1944 Mick Jones (Foreigner/Spooky Tooth)
1951 David Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Deaths On December 27

1978 Chris Bell (Big Star)
1981 Hoagie Carmichael (songwriter)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 27

1969 Supremes: 'Someday We'll Be Together' US 45
1969 Led Zeppelin: 'Led Zeppelin 2' US LP
1975 Queen: 'A Night at the Opera' UK LP
1975 Staple Singers: 'Let's Do it Again' US 45
1980 St. Winifred's Girls School Choir: 'Grandma' UK 45
1980 John Lennon: '(Just Like) Starting Over' US 45
1980 John Lennon: 'Double Fantasy' US LP
1986 Jackie Wilson: 'Reet Petite' UK 45
1998 Chef : Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You) : UK single

Various Music Events On December 27

1932 New York's famed Radio City Music Hall opens.

1957 Crickets hit UK chart with 'Oh Boy'

1960 Beatles, following an extended stay in Hamburg, play 'Welcome Home' concert in Liverpool

1963 Animals make first-ever appearance on radio, performing on BBC 'Saturday Club'

1963 John Lennon and Paul McCartney are named as "The Outstanding Composers of 1963." Two days later, the Sunday Times' music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the pair as "the greatest composers since Beethoven."

1965 Jonathan King appears on US 'Ed Sullivan Show'

1968 MC5 make their concert debut at Fillmore East

1971 The "Sonny & Cher Show" begins a four and a half year run on CBS Television

1975 Joni Mitchell hits UK LP chart with 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' LP, on its way to No. 14

1978 The most auspicious debut in years in made by the Cars. The album, "The Cars" turns platinum.

1979 Ian Dury and the Clash headline the second of four concerts in London, for the people in Kampuchea.

1980 John Lennon's 'Imagine' returns to UK chart at No. 9

1986 Jackie Wilson hits UK No. 1. With 'Reet Petite', 29 years after the single first hit the chart - the longest climb ever


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December 27 - Today in Beatles History

Beatles, Beatles Jackets

1960
Performance at the Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.

1961
Performance at the Cavern, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes.

1962
'Love Me Do', number 17 in Britain. [29 December?]

1963
London 'Times' critics award Lennon and McCartney as the best composers of the year.

'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

UK single release: 'Love Of The Loved', with Cilla Black.

1965
Cilla Black's pantomime debut in 'Little Red Riding Hood', at the Wimbledon Theatre, London, for 6 weeks.
Start of Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas in 'Mother Goose', at the Globe Cinema, Stockton, for 3 weeks.
Start of Gerry and the Pacemakers in 'Cinderella', at the Gaumont Cinema, Southampton, for 3 weeks.

1967
Bad critics for 'Magical Mystery Tour'.

'Hello, Goodbye' number 1, 4th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

Paul is interviewed for TV by David Frost.

1969

'The Wedding Album', number 178, 3rd and last week in the ranking (Billboard). Its highest position.

1982
BBC broadcasts a 3-hour radio programme, with the stuff of the Beatles first BBC session's 20th anniversary programme, themes included in the US edition of it and new tracks.


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December 27 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 27, 1971 The "Sonny & Cher Show" begins a four and a half year run on CBS Television.

Sonny and Cher Show

Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games
1988 Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
1987 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
1986 10th Soap Opera Digest Poll Awards - Young and Restless wins
1985 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
1984 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with New York Yankees
1983 Pope John Paul II pardons man who shot him (Mehmet Ali Agca)
1983 Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo
1982 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory vs. India at Karachi
1981 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in Test Crickets with 310
1981 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)
1981 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1980 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 "Knots Landing," premieres on CBS-TV
1979 Red Army beats New York Rangers 5-2 at MSG
1979 Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, President Hafizullah Amin overthrown
1978 King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
1976 Albania constitution goes into effect
1975 Explosion at Chasnala Colliery collapses drowning 350 (Dhanbad India)
1974 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
1974 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years
1974 FSLN seizes government hostages at a private Managua party
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1973 Los Angeles Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
1972 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 14 performances
1972 Belgium recognizes East Germany
1972 Los Angeles Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
1972 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
1971 The "Sonny & Cher Show" begins a four and a half year run on CBS Television
1970 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 2844 performances

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1968 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
1968 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1966 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 105 performances
1964 Cleveland Browns beat Baltimore Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game
1962 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (quarterback)
1961 "Subways Are for Sleeping" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 205 performances
1961 Belgium and Congo resume diplomatic relations
1961 Styne/Comden/Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping," premieres
1960 France performs nuclear test

Retro Events For The Decade 1950


1959 Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
1956 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
1956 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games
1954 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 92 performances
1954 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint," premieres in New York City
1953 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
1951 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)

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December 26 - Today In Rock Music History

Lars Ulrich, Metallica

Musicians Born On December 26

1951 Paul Anthony Quinn (Saxon)
1963 Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Number 1 In The Charts On December 26

1964 Beatles: 'I Feel Fine' US 45
1970 George Harrison: 'My Sweet Lord' US 45
1981 AC/DC: 'For Those About to Rock We Salute You' US LP

Various Music Events On December 26

1955 'See You Later Alligator', by Bill Haley and the Comets, is released in US on Decca Records
1956 Fats Domino enters US chart with 'Blue Monday', on its way to top of R&B chart
1958 Johnny Cash tops the bill at a big Country and Western show at Showboat Hotel, Las Vegas
1958 Big Bopper enters UK chart with 'Chantilly Lace'
1960 Mary Wells hits 'Billboard' R&B chart with 'Bye Bye Baby' - her first single
1963 Capitol Records in US (having rejected every Beatles record so far) finally rush-releases 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. Within five weeks it is at No. 1
1967 Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' gets its first showing on BBC TV
1968 Led Zeppelin begins its first U.S. tour.
1970 George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' hits UK LP chart
1987 Roger Waters enters UK chart with 'The Tide Is Turning'
1987 Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell is hospitalized when his Jeep is hit head-on by a wrong-way driver.


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December 26 - Today in Beatles History

Beatles, Beatles Snow

1940
Phil Harvey Spector is born in the Bronx, New York, USA.

1963
US single release: 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'/'I Saw Her Standing There'.

'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

10.00-12.00am. 1st BBC's 'From Me To You' broadcast (recorded 18 December 1963).

1964
'Beatles For Sale' number 1, 2nd week (UK Record Retailer chart).
'I Feel Fine' number 1, 1st week (Billboard).

10.00-12.00am. BBC's 'Saturday Club' broadcast (recorded 25 November 1964).

'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

1966
John appears on a Christmas sketch for the TV programme 'Not Only... But Also'.

Start of 'Fame In '67', starred by Georgie Fame, at the Saville Theatre, presented by Brian and Radio London. Brian attends.

1967

BBC-TV broadcasts the 'Magical Mystery Tour' film.

1975
Recording of George appearance on BBC-TV's 'Rutland Weekend Television' show.


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December 26 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 26, 1967 The BBC broadcasts The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour".

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Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 ODI debut for Mark Taylor and Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG
1988 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 64 performances
1988 Anti African student rebellion in China PR
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
1986 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
1986 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games
1986 TV soap "Search for Tomorrow" ends 35 year run
1985 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, vs. India at the MCG
1984 Belgian princess Astrid marries arch duke Otto L van Austrian-Este
1983 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, vs. Pakistan MCG
1983 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1982 TIME's Man of the Year is a computer
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1981 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia vs. WI

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1978 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
1977 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1976 "Music Is" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 8 performances
1975 1st supersonic transport service (U.S.S.R.-Tupolev-144)
1975 A crowd of 85661 attends the 1st day of the Aust-WI MCG Test Cricket
1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
1973 "Exorcist," starring Linda Blair and rated X, premieres
1973 2 Skylab 3 astronauts walk in space for a record 7 hours
1973 Soyuz 13 returns to Earth

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1968 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
1968 Jay Allens "Forty Carats," premieres in New York City
1968 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Boston as opener for Vanilla Fudge
1968 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors and 2 game misconducts in a game against New York Rangers in New York's MSG
1967 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
1967 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
1966 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
1965 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand closes on Broadway
1965 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 3 weeks
1964 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater New York City for 4 performances
1963 Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand"/"I Saw Her Standing There"
1963 U.S. furnishes cereal to U.S.S.R.
1960 "Do Re Mi" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 400 performances
1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres in New York City
1960 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
1955 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating LA 38-14
1955 RKO is 1st to announce sale of its film library to TV
1954 "The Shadow," airs for last time on radio
1954 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
1950 Gillette and Mutual buy All Star and World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)

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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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December 25 - Today in Beatles History

Beatles Christmas

1959
Ringo receives his first drum kit, as a Christmas present.

1963
The flight hired by Brian takes the Christmas Show bill back from Liverpool, in time for this day's performance.
'Beatles Christmas Show' at the Finsbury Park Astoria, London.

'She Loves You', 17th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'Please Please Me' LP, 40th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart).
'With The Beatles' number 1, 5th week (UK New Musical Express chart).
'I Want To Hold Your Hand' number 1, 4th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1965
George asks Pattie to marry him, when they go by car to a celebration dinner in London.

'Rubber Soul' number 1 (UK Record Retailer chart).

Appearance on BBC-radio's 'Saturday Club'.

1967
Official announcement of Paul and Jane's engagement.


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December 25 - Retro History From The 50s to 80s

On December 25, 1964 James Bond "Goldfinger" premieres in US.

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Retro Events For The Decade 1980

1989 Japanese scientist achieve -271.8 degrees C, coldest temp ever recorded
1987 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who escaped 2 days earlier, recaptured
1984 NBA's Bernard King scores 60 points
1983 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
1982 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran rips through Indians

Retro Events For The Decade 1970

1979 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 vs. Pakistan at Kanpur
1979 U.S.S.R. airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
1977 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt
1976 Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
1976 Takeo Fukuda becomes Japanese premier
1974 Cyclone Tracy virtually destroys Darwin, Australia
1973 Tommy Chambers (Scotland) finishes 51 yr cycle tour (799,405 miles)
1972 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Test Cricket at Delhi
1971 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
1971 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) form Jesse Jackson
1971 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul

Retro Events For The Decade 1960

1969 5 Israeli gunboats escape from Cherbourg harbor
1969 India all out for 163 at Madras vs. Australia, Ashley Mallett 5-91
1968 Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting Moon
1967 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher get engaged
1964 "Goldfinger" premieres in US
1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
1963 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.

Retro Events For The Decade 1950

1959 A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
1959 Richard Starkey receives his 1st drum set
1959 Sony brings transistor TV 8-301 to the market
1958 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock and Roll Spectacular opens
1957 Ed Gein found insane of murder
1955 Cleveland Browns win NFL championship
1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music and popular music
1954 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)
1951 1st Christmas Day in Test Crickets, Australia vs. WI at Adelaide
1951 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
1950 Cleveland Browns beat Los Angeles Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game
1950 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart
1950 Coronation Stone, taken from Scone in Scotland by Edward I in 1296, stolen from Westminster Abbey and smuggled back to Scotland

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