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This Day In Rock History: Dec 19th

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Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

  • 1958, Conway Twitty was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s Only Make Believe’. The first song to reach the UK Top 10 in four different years: Billy Fury (1964), Glen Campbell (1970) and Child (1978).
  • 1964, The Supremes scored their third US No.1 single of the year when ‘Come See About Me’, went to the top of the charts. It made No.27 on the UK chart.
  • 1967, Buffalo Springfield appeared at the Community Concourse, San Diego, California. The group became a springboard for the careers of Neil Young Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.
  • 1970, Elton John’s first US hit, ‘Your Song’ entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it went on to reach number eight. The Hollies had been offered the song and Three Dog Night had already recorded a version which was included on their ‘It Ain’t Easy’ album.
  • 1979, Elvis Presley’s personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with ‘illegally and indiscriminately’ prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for the star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.
  • 1981, ABBA scored their seventh UK No.1 album with The Visitors, the Swedish pop group’s eighth and final studio album. It was one of the first records to be recorded and mixed digitally, and was the first in history to be manufactured on the new CD format in 1982 on Atlantic.
  • 1987, The Pet Shop Boys had their third UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Always On My Mind. The duo had performed a version of ‘Always on My Mind’ on Love Me Tender, an TV special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, their performance was so well-received that the group decided to record the song and release it as a single.
  • 1994, The Manic Street Preachers played the first of three nights at The Astoria, London, the last shows Richey Edwards made with the band before disappearing. Edwards vanished on February 1st 1995 leaving no clues to his whereabouts and has never been seen since.
  • 2000, 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Robert Buck died of liver failure aged 42. Best know for ‘Hey Jack Kerouac’, ‘What’s The Matter Here’ and ‘Candy Everybody Wants’.
  • 2000, Songwriter, guitarist and singer and founder member of The Staple Singers, Roebuck ‘pop’ Staples died. Best known for their 1970s hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, ‘Respect Yourself’, and ‘Let’s Do It Again’.
  • 2000, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol Dirty Bastard was returned to New York from Philadelphia in police custody, in order to face outstanding drug charges for possessing crack cocaine.
  • 2006, Two giant eyeballs donated by Pink Floyd raised £16,500 for the homeless charity Crisis. The 6ft-high props, made to promote the Pulse DVD, were on the auction site eBay for a week and attracted 46 bids. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, a vice-president of Crisis, said extra help was needed in the winter months.
  • 2012, Nick Mason stepped in to help save Foote’s, the historic London music shop where he bought his first ever drum kit. The Pink Floyd drummer, along with the store’s sales director, Rob Wilson, were buying the business (which will now re-open in a new location at 41 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London) from the family who has owned it since the ’30s.

Born on this day:

  • 1918, Born on this day, Professor Longhair, US rock & roll piano player. Influenced Fat’s Domino and Dr John. Died on 30th Jan 1980.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Phil Ochs, US folk singer songwriter. Wrote ‘There But A Fortune’, hit for Joan Baez. Hung himself on 9th April 1976 suffering from chronic depression.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Maurice White, vocals, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Alvin Lee, guitar vocals, Ten Years After, (1970 UK No.10 single ‘Love Like A Man’). Lee died on 6 March 2013. According to his website, he died from “unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure”, he was 68.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Zal Yanovsky, The Lovin Spoonful, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Summer In The City’). Died of a heart attack on 13th December 2002.
  • 1949, Born on this day, John McEuen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (1971 US No.9 single ‘Mr Bojangles’).
  • 1958, Born on this day, Chris Hamill, (Limahl), vocals, Kajagoogoo, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Too Shy’).

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