Thursday, December 29, 2011


1956, Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending Dec 19th.

1960, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Love You'. The singers fourth UK No.1 and his first Xmas No.1.

1962, During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at The Troubadour in London.

1964, The Liverpool Youth Employment Service announced that some school leavers were finding it difficult to get jobs because their ‘Beatle’ style haircuts and clothing were unacceptable to employers.

1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Hey Joe'.

1966, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, Paul McCartney began work on his new song ‘Penny Lane’, recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects.

1966, Pink Floyd appeared at The Marquee, Wardour Street, London, England.

1967, Guitarist and singer Dave Mason quit Traffic after differences of musical opinion.

1967, The Doors appeared at The Family Dog, Denver, Colorado.

1968, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Civic Auditorium, Portland on their first North American tour opening for Vanilla Fudge.

1969, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band appeared at The Lyceum, London.

1973, Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US single of the year when 'Time In A Bottle' went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th 1973.

1980, American singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs 'If I Were A Carpenter' (covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Small Faces, Robert Plant and Bob Seger,) and 'Reason To Believe', (covered by Rod Stewart). Hardin appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

1982, Sets of commemorative stamps in memory of Bob Marley were issued in Jamaica.

1984, Band Aid were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and Madonna was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Like A Virgin.'

1990, Cliff Richard has his 12th UK No.1 single with 'Saviour's Day', his 13th UK No.1 single and his second Christmas chart topper.

1991, Nirvana appeared at the ASU Activity Center, Tempel, Arizona.

1999, UK music paper The Melody Maker published it's Music of the Millennium Poll of albums placing The Smiths 'The Queen Is Dead' at Number 1.

1999, Three ferrets named Beckham, Posh Spice and Baby Spice were used to lay power cables for a rock concert being held in Greenwich, London, England, (workers were not allowed to dig up the turf at the Royal Park). Organizers found that rods could not push the cables through the tiny tunnels, which frequently bend and dog-leg. The ferrets were eased into tiny nylon harnesses with wires which where then attached to a rope, the animals ran into a series of ducts which were under the stage like rabbit runs, leading the cables with them. The ferrets instinctively make for any hole in the ground and are enticed to the end of the duct by a slab of smelly meat. The New Years Eve concert featured Simply Red, Eurythmics and Bryan Ferry.

2001, Aretha Franklin was suing a US newspaper which alleged that the star had alcohol problems. The singer's lawyers filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida-based Star claiming she was defamed by an article in the paper in December 2000 and were seeking $50m (£35m) in damages.

2002, Readers of Sugar magazine voted Pink as their No.1 role model. The Top 10 was: 1. Pink; 2. Britney Spears; 3. Ms Dynamite; 4. Kelly Osbourne; 5. Kylie Minogue; 6. Victoria Beckham; 7. Avril Lavigne; 8. Jennifer Lopez; 9. Sarah Michelle Geller and 10. Holly Valance.

2006, The wife of rock singer Marilyn Manson, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese filed for divorce after just a year of marriage. The couple married in December 2005 in a ceremony held at a castle in Ireland.

December 29th: Born on this day

1942, Born on this day, Ray Thomas, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Go Now', and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single 'Nights In White Satin').

1943, Born on this day, Rick Danko, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag'). Died 10th December 1999.

1946, Born on this day, Marianne Faithfull, UK singer, one time girlfriend of Mick Jagger, (1965 UK No.4 single 'Come And Stay With Me').

1947, Born on this day, Cozy Powell, drummer, Whitesnake, ELP & solo, (1973 UK No.3 single 'Dance With The Devil'). Powell was killed in a car crash in England on 5th April 1998.

1948, Born on this day, Charlie Spinosa, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Judy In Disguise').

1951, Born on this day, Yvonne Elliman, singer, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'If I Can't Have You', also worked with Eric Clapton).

1955, Born on this day, Neil Giraldo, Pat Benatar group, (1985 UK No.17 single 'Love Is A Battlefield', plus 10 other US Top 40 singles).

1961, Born on this day, Jim Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain, (1987 UK No.8 single 'April Skies').

1961, Born on this day, Mark Day, guitar, Happy Mondays, (1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On').

1963, Born on this day, Alex Gifford, Propellerheads, (1997 UK No.7 single 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'), remixed 808 State, Luscious Jackson.

1966, Born on this day, Bryan Holland, vocals, guitar, The Offspring, (1999 UK No.1 & US No. 59 single 'Pretty Fly, (For A White Guy', 1999 US No.6 & UK No.10 album 'Americana').

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