| Glenn Miller died in a plane crash in
1944 in the English Channel.
Recent evidence suggests that his plane was hit by a missile that was being
unloaded by British planes returning from a bombing mission. He was 40 years
| Fats Domino recorded his first major hit,
The Fat Man, in 1949 in
New Orleans, at Cosimo Matassas J&M studio. The song was originally
titled, Junkers Blues, but was rewritten with the help of Dave
Bartholomew, who had discovered Fats at the Hideaway club while
appearing with Billy Diamond. The song tied in with Dominos
image, as his 5 foot, 5 inch frame tipped the scales at over 220
| Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old
cousin in 1957, while still
married to his first wife, Jane Mitcham. Youthful bride Myra Gale Brown was
also the daughter of the bass player in Lewis band, and would stay
with the rock n roll star until 1970. The Killer had first
married when he was 16, to Dorothy Barton, the daughter of a local preacher.
Mitcham became his second wife in a shotgun ceremony, and before he had
divorced the previous Mrs. Lewis. Wife number 4 would drown in 1982 and the
next year, his fifth wife died of a methadone overdose. Kerrie McCarver became
Lewis sixth companion in 1984, at the age of 22. Cousin Myra went
on to publish the book, Great Balls of Fire, in 1982, and pursued a career as a
real estate broker. Other famous cousins of The Killer include country
singer Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Did you get all of
| In 1959, Don and Phil Everly made a trip to New
York to record Let It Be Me, their first session outside of Nashville.
The song was originally a French composition that needed translation, and
received an orchestral backing conducted by Archie Bleyer, a big-wig at Cadence
| Brian Epstein officially became
manager in 1961. Epstein operated a highly successful record store
for his parents at the time, and had no experience managing rock groups. He
never put his signature on the agreement, but always put the needs of The
Fab Four ahead of his own. Epstein first heard of the group the previous
month when fan Raymond Jones requested a copy of My Bonnie, a song by
Tony Sheridan with backing by
| Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los
Angeles motel on December 11th, 1964. One of his last hits, A Change is Gonna Come,
was arguably one of his best. It was written in response to Bob
Dylans, Blowin in the Wind, and followed the top 10
hits, Shake, Another Saturday Night, Twistin the Night
Away, Chain Gang and You Send Me.
| Twenty-six year old Otis Redding died in a
plane crash in 1967 on December
10th. His biggest hit, (Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay,
was recorded three days before his death and went to number 1 two months later.
It was his only top 10 hit, but since the 1960s, his renditions of Ive
Been Loving You Too Long and Try a Little Tenderness have become
| The Rolling Stones filmed their Rock
N Roll Circus show in 1968. It starred The Stones, John Lennon,
Steve Winwood, The Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull
and Marianne Faithfull. It wasnt released until 1995, probably
because of legal hassles caused by Allen Klein.
| Eric Clapton appeared as a member of
John Lennons, Plastic Ono Band in 1969, as part of benefit concert for UNICEF. George
Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and Keith Moon
also took part. The concert went under the name, Peace for Christmas, and
was Lennons last live appearance in his home country. Clapton
had already lost interest in his latest group, Blind Faith, and was
looking at outside projects.
| Frank Zappa was pushed by a jealous fan
into the orchestra pit at a 1971
London concert. Zappa suffered a broken leg and ankle, as well as a
fractured skull. He would have to spend 9 months in a wheelchair and another 3
months in a surgical brace. A week earlier, Zappas Mothers of
Invention appearance in Montreux occurred during some Smoke On the
Water (the building caught fire while they were playing on stage), which
was observed by Deep Purple and turned into a classic rock
| Australia had its first female artist hit number 1
in the U.S. when Helen Reddy took I Am Woman to the top in
1972. I Dont Know How to
Love Him stalled at number 13 the previous year, but after I Am
Woman, the hits came quite easily. Delta Dawn and Angie Baby
(her only U.K. top 10 song), would also make number 1 in the next couple of
years, while Leave Me Alone, You and Me Against the World and
Aint No Way to Treat a Lady would all make the top 10. Reddy
also appeared in several movies in the 1970s, including Airport, All This
and World War II, Petes Dragon and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club
Band with Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees.
| The stage version of Tommy opened in London
in 1972, with members of The
Who, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr,
Richie Havens and Richard Harris performing with the London
Symphony Orchestra at the Rainbow Theatre.
| Genesis appeared in the U.S. for the first
time, at a Boston university in 1972. They were promoting Foxtrot, their fourth
album. The classic line-up of Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford,
Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Phil Collins had been
established for a year and a half, and would remain intact for another
2½ years. Watcher of the Skies was probably the best of the six
tracks on the album.
| Marc Bolan starred in the movie, Born to
Boogie which was first shown in London this week in 1972. Elton John made a guest appearance, and none
other than Ringo Starr directed. Exactly five years later, John
Travolta and The Bee Gees had their contributions to Saturday Night
Fever appreciated at the New York premiere.
| Mick Taylor left The Rolling Stones
in 1974, a mere 5½
years after replacing lead guitarist, Brian Jones. Taylor later
joined The Jack Bruce Band and was replaced in The Stones by
Ron Wood, formerly of The Faces.
| David Bowies follow-up to the number
1 hit, Fame, jumped into the top 40 in the U.S. in 1975. Golden Years was from his upcoming LP,
Station to Station, and would soon peak at number 10. It would be his
last major hit until several disco songs became popular in
| Ace Frehley rocked and then rolled over in
1976 when he received an
electrical shock on stage in Lakeland, Florida. He was carried off after the
jolt, but returned minutes later. The group was currently enjoying a number 4
single with Beth, as well as the release of a new album, Rock and
Roll Over, with future hits, Calling Dr. Love and Hard Luck
| Robin Trower had his latest album, Long
Misty Days, strike gold in 1976. Trower was lead guitarist for Procol
Harum before leaving for a solo career in 1971. He would rejoin his old
group in 1991 for a new studio album, The Prodigal Stranger, but would
not go on tour with them.
| A member of the doo wop group, The Orioles,
died in 1981 of a heart attack.
Sonny Til sang lead vocals on such great songs as Its Too Soon
to Know and the original version of Crying in the Chapel. They were
acknowledged as one of the very first groups to perform the right combination
of vocal parts in songs that were later given the doo wop
| Original member of The Rolling Stones,
Ian Stewart, died in 1985
of a heart attack. He was forced from the band in May of 1963 when
management felt that he didnt fit the image of the group. Stewart
died in his doctors waiting room.
| Chicago had the top song in 1988, with Look Away. It was their
third and last number 1. Can you name the other two? The hit single capped off
a good year for past and present members of Chicago, as former lead
singer and bass player, Peter Cetera, charted with two singles and two
albums, while the group also did well with their Chicago 19 album and
the number 3 single, I Dont Wanna Live Without Your
| Bette Midler had a very impressive 1990 follow-up to Wind Beneath My Wings
with From a Distance, a song from her album, Some Peoples
Lives. The latest single hit number 2 in the U.S. this week, and remained
in the top 40 for 19 weeks, a month longer than Wind Beneath My Wings.
Midler was named after Bette Davis and began her career working in
Broadway musicals. In 1972 she released her first album, The Divine Miss
M, which was a huge hit, as were its three singles, Do You Want to
Dance?, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Friends. Midler
would also score big in 1980 with The Rose.
| were back at number 1 on the U.S. albums
chart in 1995 when Anthology 1
vaulted to the top for the first of three weeks. It went on to sell over 4
million copies of the double CD, which included rare Beatle recordings
in the form of demos, alternate takes, live versions and previously unreleased
| Paul McCartney played The Cavern Club in
Liverpool in 1999, for the first
time in over 35 years. His back-up band included David Gilmour, Pete
Wingfield, Chris Hall, Ian Paice and Mick Green. The
group performed songs from McCartneys newest album of old
chestnuts, Run Devil Run. A couple of other songs were also heard by the
300 lucky members of the audience, including Fabulous with its false
start, and the first track on
debut album, I Saw Her Standing There.
|Rick Danko (The Band, 1943), Joan Armatrading (1950), and Donny Osmond (1957) became Sweet and Innocent on
|Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy) was born
on Distant Shores in 1943.
|Big Mama Thornton (1926), David Gates (Bread, 1940) and Brenda Lee (1944) first enjoyed Mother
|Frank Sinatra (1915), Connie Francis (1938), Dionne Warwick (1940), Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers
Band, 1943) and Paul
Rodgers (Free / Bad Company, 1949) all felt the Love Power.
|The Doctor delivered Jeff Skunk
Baxter (Steely Dan / The Doobie Brothers) and Ted Nugent,
both in 1948.
|Charlie Rich (1942) and Bill Mononen (Copperpenny,
1948) were born Behind Closed
|Guess Who was born on this day? It was Jesse
Belvin (who wrote Earth Angel) in 1932 and Cindy Birdsong (replacement in The
Supremes for Florence Ballard) in 1939.
|Sonny Til (The Orioles) died in 1981 of a heart attack.
|Otis Redding died in a plane crash in 1967. Faron Young committed suicide
with a gun in 1996. Rick Danko
(The Band), died in his sleep in 1999 at the age of 56.
|Sam Cooke was shot to death in 1964.
|Original Rolling Stone, Ian Stewart, died
in 1985 of a heart
|Dinah Washington died in 1963 from an overdose of alcohol and pills. On a Friday
the 13th in 2002, and
just six days shy of his 58th birthday, Zal Yanovsky of
The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack.
|Glenn Miller died in 1944 when his plane disappeared. Jackie Brenston
died of a heart attack in 1979. His recording of Rocket 88 is considered by
some to be the very first rock n roll record.