1917, Born on this day, Dean Martin, US actor, singer, (1956 UK & US No.1 single ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). He died December 25th 1995.
940, Born on this day, Thomas Woodward, (Tom Jones), 1965 UK No.1 and US No.10 single ‘It’s Not Unusual’ plus over 20 other UK and US Top 40 hit singles. 1999 UK No.1 album ‘Reload’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 albums).
1958, Born on this day, Prince Rogers Nelson, the American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career including the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘When Doves Cry’. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.
1966, Born on this day, Eric Kretz, drums, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single ‘Plush’).
1967, Born on this day, David Navarro, Jane’s Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single ‘Been Caught Stealing’). Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1993 – 1998. (1994 UK No.9 single ‘Give It Away’). Also worked with Alanis Morissette.
1963, The Rolling Stones released their debut single, ‘Come On’. Recorded the previous month, the track was originally written and released by Chuck Berry in 1961. The B-side was also a cover version, Willie Dixon’s ‘I Want to Be Loved’. The single reached No.21 in the UK chart.
1964, During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.
1964, During a world tour, The Beatles flew from Amsterdam to Hong Kong. When the plane stopped to refuel in Beirut, police turned firefighting foam on hundreds of fans who had invaded the runway at the airport.
969, British supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Rick Grech and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band on the front. Rumours about the girl’s relationship to the band fuelled the controversy; among them were that she was a groupie kept as a slave by the band members.
1969, Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was a write-off.
1969, The Who’s fourth album, ‘Tommy’ album entered the UK chart, peaking at No.2. One of two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1973 ‘Quadrophenia’). The double album tell’s a loose story about a “deaf, dumb and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera
1969, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dylan sang I Threw It All Away and Living The Blues and duetted with Johnny Cash on Girl From The North Country.
1975, Elton John’s ninth studio album ‘Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys’, went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1. (where it stayed for seven weeks). Captain Fantastic’ is a concept album that gives an autobiographical glimpse at the struggles John (Captain Fantastic) and Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy) had in the early years of their musical careers in London.
1980, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and The Q-Tips all appeared at The Summer Of ’80 Garden Party, Crystal Palace, London, England. Tickets £7.50 on the day.
1986, Doctor And The Medics started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their version of the Norman Greenbaum 1970 hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’.
1987, David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.
1990, American group, The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London
1995, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was admitted to hospital after his ear was leaking blood. The problem was diagnosed as his arm movement from continuous guitar playing.
1997, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.
2001, During their ‘The Tour of Brotherly Love’ tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2002, Virgin Records announced they had dropped Victoria Beckham after her debut solo album, which cost over £3 million ($5.1 million) to make, had sold only 50,000 copies.
2007, The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted “Hey Bo Diddley” shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley’s music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.
2010, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees.
2012, Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as ‘Ebony Eyes,’ was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66. Police said Welch’s body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees.