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This Day In Rock History: Dec 14th


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  • 1962, Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin’ Stones during this period.
  • 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US No.1 single when ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin’s 15th solo hit and also his first UK No.1 single in March 69. Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1966, the single was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles as well as Gladys Knight & the Pips.
  • 1972, Born To Boogie the Ringo Starr directed movie premiered in London. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England starring Ringo Starr, Marc Bolan  and T. Rex and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
  • 1981, During their Ghost In The Machine World Tour The Police played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.
  • 1991, Michael Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his eighth studio album ‘Dangerous’. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the best selling albums of all time. Nine singles were released from the album spanning two years (1991–1993).
  • 1996, After presenting this week’s edition of ‘Top Of The Pops’, John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject of the TV show ‘This Is Your Life’.
  • 1997, Garth Brooks was at No.1 on the US album chart with his seventh studio album, ‘Sevens’ which became his fourth US No.1 album.
  • 1998, Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants who allegedly participated in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes for which a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims were filed. Preston received five years of probation and one year in jail to run concurrently with a sentence he was already serving for violating probation on a prior conviction for cocaine possession.
  • 1999, Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, England – his last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show was filmed for TV and also went out live on the Internet.
  • 2000, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher recorded a cover version of Slade’s 1973 number one ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ for the Christmas Day edition of the BBC1 comedy show The Royle Family.
  • 2004, The funeral took place in Arlington, Texas for Damageplan and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, Eddie Van Halen, placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the KISS Kasket he was buried in. Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, to mourn the guitarist’s death. Darrell was shot five times in the back of the head during a gig at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus on 8th Dec 04 by a mentally ill former US Marine. Damageplan’s drum technician, John Brooks, and tour manager, Chris Paluska, were both injured in the incident.
  • 2011, The Troggs singer Reg Presley was hospitalized in Winchester, England, with what was suspected to be a stroke. Presley had become ill during a gig in Germany a few days earlier.

Born on this day:

  • 1932, Born on this day Charlie Rich singer and musician. In the latter part of his life, Rich who acquired the nickname The Silver Fox is best remembered for his 1973 hits, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’. Rich died in his sleep on July 25, 1995 aged 62.
  • 1938, Born on this day, Gary Usher, producer, songwriter. Worked with The Byrds, co-wrote The Beach Boys, ‘In My Room’. Died on 25th May 1990.
  • 1943, Born on this day, Frank Allen, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Joyce Vincent Wilson, singer, Dawn, (1971 UK & US No.1 single ‘Knock Three Times’, 1973 US & UK No.1 single ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree’).
  • 1949, Born on this day, Cliff Williams, bass player for AC/DC, (he replaced Mark Evans in 1977). UK No.36 single with ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’, the bands 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album Back In Black sold over 49 million copies.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Mike Scott, singer, songwriter, The Waterboys, (1991 UK No.3 single ‘Whole Of The Moon’, first released 1985).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Peter ‘Spider’ Stacy, tin whistle, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘The Irish Rover’).
  • 1966, Born on this day, Tim Skold, bass, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’, UK No. 12 single, ‘The Dope Show’).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Sophie Monk, Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, (2000 Australian No.1 single ‘Poison’, and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album). Now solo.

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