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This Day In Rock History: Dec 16th

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Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker

  • 1965, Released as a double A side The Beatles ‘Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out’, became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.
  • 1966, The first Jimi Hendrix Experience single ‘Hey Joe’, was released in the UK on Polydor records, the track had been rejected by the Decca label. It went on to be a No.6 hit in the UK, but failed to chart in America. Chas Chandler, who was now managing Hendrix had seen Folk singer Tim Rose perform the song at the Cafe Wha? in New York City.
  • 1970, Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Revival were certified gold in the US. The singles were: ‘Down on the Corner’, ‘Lookin out My Back Door’, ‘Travelin’ Band’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Up around the Bend’. The LPs were ‘Cosmo’s Factory’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, ‘Green River’, ‘Bayou Country’ and ‘Credence Clearwater Revival’.
  • 1972, Billy Paul started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Me and Mrs Jones’, a No.12 hit in the UK. The song which describes an extramarital affair between a man and his lover, was later recorded by Michael Buble.
  • 1974, Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.
  • 1989, Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with his 11th studio release ‘Storm Front’. The album featured one of Joel’s three No.1 hits, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’, a fast-paced song, mentioning some of the major historical events that took place in his time, and ‘Leningrad’, Joel’s take on the end of the Cold War.
  • 1991, Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s in Canada seeking $14million for it’s alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song ‘The Twist’ had been used on a French fries commercial.
  • 1997, American singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died aged 45 of complications arising from cerebral edema. Worked with Neil Young, (Comes a Time and Harvest Moon albums), Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers. Best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young ‘Lotta Love’.
  • 2001, Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room.
  • 2003, Michael Jackson was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney’s office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.
  • 2004, Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne’s former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.
  • 2005, The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band’s late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.
  • 2007, American singer songwriter Dan Fogelberg died at his home in Maine at the age of 56. The US singer, songwriter discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. Had the 1981 album ‘The Innocent Age’, which featured the hits ‘Leader of the Band,’ ‘Hard to Say,’ and ‘Run for the Roses.’
  • 2013, NPR ran a feature called ‘That’s A Bad Lyric And You Know It’, naming The Smiths, America, New Order, The Black Keys and The Cranberries for all committing crimes against the English language with lyrics in their songs.

Born on this day:

  • 1934, Born on this day, Karl Denver, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single ‘Wimoweh’, 1990 UK No.46 hit ‘Lazyitis- One Armed Boxer’ with Happy Mondays). Denver died on 21st December 1998.
  • 1945, Born on this day, Tony Hicks, guitar, The Hollies, (over 25 Top 40 hits since 1963, 1972 US No.2 single ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ first released in 1969.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Benny Anderson, keyboards, vocals, ABBA (first UK hit 1974 No.1 single ‘Waterloo’, followed by 8 other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen’).
  • 1950, Born on this day, Bill Gibbons, guitar, vocals. Moving Sidewalks (who opened for Jimi Hendrix on his first US tour). ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single ‘Legs’).
  • 1959, Born on this day, Steven Irvine, drums, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, (1985 UK No.19 single ‘Brand New friend’).
  • 1972, Born on this day, Michael McCary, vocals, Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’).

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