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This Day In Rock History: Dec 22nd

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Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer

  • 1962, The Tornadoes started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Telstar’. Produced and written by Joe Meek it was the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. The record was named after the AT&T communications satellite Telstar, which went into orbit in July 1962.
  • 1962, Acker Bilk’s ‘Stranger On The Shore’ finally dropped off the UK charts after 55 weeks. That record would stand until 1968 when Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ stayed for 56. The current record is held by Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, which charted for 75 non-consecutive weeks.
  • 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft Machine all appeared at The Olympia, London at an all night festival ‘Christmas On Earth Continued’. The DJ was John Peel plus the venue featured a paddling pool, light shows and a movie theatre, tickets £1.
  • 1973, Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, it also had a eight week run at No.1 on the US chart. The album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, ‘Candle in the Wind’, as well as three successful singles: ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, and ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’.
  • 1980, Stiff Records released an album in the UK called ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan.’ The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence.
  • 1987, Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced ‘dead on arrival’ in an ambulance when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his death.
  • 1991, James Brown launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the producers of the movie The Commitments, claiming one of the characters too closely resembled him.
  • 2002, Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) died of a suspected heart attack aged 50. Scored the 1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles. The Clash’s London Calling album was voted best album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine. Strummer was also a member of the The Mescaleros.
  • 2003, The annual list of all-time music greats by the Guinness book of hit singles was again topped by Elvis Presley. The list based on the number of weeks spent on the UK singles chart looked like this; 1. Elvis Presley (1193), 2. Cliff Richard (1152), 3. The Shadows (771), 4. Elton John (623), 5. Madonna (606), 6. Diana Ross (560), 7. Michael Jackson (509), 8. Rod Stewart (477), 9. Beatles (456) and 10. David Bowie (452).
  • 2006, American songwriter Dennis Linde died aged 63 from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley’s last major hits, ‘Burning Love’ and also wrote ‘Goodbye Earl’ for the Dixie Chicks, and ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’ for Garth Brooks.
  • 2008, A cassette tape of a “drunk” John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock ‘n’ roll song sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (£20,200). The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price’s Just Because. “Debauched lyrics” improvised by “a drunk Lennon” include “just a little cocaine will set me right”, and, “I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take ’em and hold ’em tight.”
  • 2010, The Abbey Road zebra crossing in north London, made famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover was given Grade II listed status. The crossing, the first of its kind to be listed, was being recognised for its “cultural and historical importance” following advice from English Heritage. The Beatles were photographed on Abbey Road in Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 album Abbey Road.
  • 2014, Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including his cover of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and ‘Up Where We Belong’. He was made an OBE in 2011.

Born on this day:

  • 1944, Born on this day, Barry Jenkins, drums, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’), also a member of The Nashville Teens.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Rick Nielsen, vocals, guitar, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single ‘I Want You To Want Me’, 1988 US No.1 single ‘The Flame’)
  • 1949, Born on this day, Robin and Maurice Gibb, The Bee Gees singers, songwriters, producers, Robin was the eldest by 1 hour. (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Massachusetts’, 1978 UK & US No.1 single ‘Night Fever’, over 30 UK Top 40 hits and 9 US No.1’s over 4 decades). Maurice died on 12th January 2003 of a heart attack. Robin died of cancer aged 62 on 20 May 2012.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Ricky Ross, vocals, guitar, piano, Deacon Blue, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Also solo.
  • 1968, Born on this day, Richard James Edwards, guitar, vocals with Welsh group Manic Street Preachers who had the 1992 UK No.17 single ‘Theme From Mash’. Edwards disappeared on 1st February 1995, after leaving his car at a service station by The Severn Bridge, near Bristol, England.
  • 1972, Born on this day, Vanessa Paradie, French singer, actress, (1988 UK No.3 single with ‘Joe Le Taxi’).
  • 1984, Born on this day, Jonas Erik Altberg, (Basshunter), Swedish musician and DJ. (2008 UK No.1 ‘Now You’re Gone’).
  • 1989, Born on this day, Jordin Brianna Sparks, American pop/R&B singer, songwriter. Winner of the sixth season of American Idol, at the age of 17, making her the youngest winner of American Idol. 2008 Australian No.1 single with Chris Brown ‘No Air.’
  • 1993, Born on this day, Meghan Trainor, American singer-songwriter who scored the 2014 world wide hit hit ‘All About That Bass’. The song topped the national charts of 58 countries.

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