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This Day In Rock History: Dec 6th

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Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello

  • 1949, American blues artist, Leadbelly died. Huddie William Ledbetter wrote many songs including ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘Cotton Fields’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, and ‘The Midnight Special’. Leadbelly was jailed several times for fights and knife related incidents, he was once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman.
  • 1961, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for The Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles accepts on their behalf.
  • 1965, The Rolling Stones record ’19th Nervous Breakdown’ and ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ at RCA’s Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles.
  • 1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
  • 1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell’s Angels who’d been hired to police the event. It’s claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.
  • 1975, Paul Simon went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’, his first US No.1 solo album.
  • 1978, Sex Pistols Sid Vicious smashed a glass in the face of Patti Smith’s brother Todd Smith during a fight at New York City club Hurrah.
  • 1988, American singer songwriter Roy Orbison  died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Pretty Woman’, plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. Formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury) with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and had the 1988 UK No.21 single ‘Handle With Care’. Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his life. His first wife, Claudette died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his three sons, died in a house fire.
  • 2003, Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John’s UK mansion. About 150 guests, including Paul McCartney attended the wedding. It was Costello’s third marriage.
  • 2005, Robbie Williams accepted substantial libel damages over claims that he was secretly homosexual. The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars magazines in 2004 published stories alleging Mr Williams had engaged in casual homosexual sex. The publications’ owners, MGN Limited and Northern & Shell plc, now accepted the stories were untrue and had agreed undisclosed damages. Tom Shields QC, told the court: “Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual.”

Born on this day:

  • 1916, Born on this day, Hugo Peretti, songwriter, producer. Wrote many classic hits including, ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, ‘Shout’, ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’ Died on 1st May 1986.
  • 1920, Born on this day, Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist, (1962 UK No.12 album ‘Time Further Out’). Brubeck died of heart failure one day before his 92nd birthday on December 5, 2012.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Miroslav Vitous, Weather Report, (1976 single ‘Birdland’, 1977 album Heavy Weather’).
  • 1955, Born on this day, Edward Tudor-Pole, vocals, actor, Tenpole Tudor, (1981 UK No.6 single ‘Swords Of A Thousand Men’), appeared in the film ‘Absolute Beginners’ and became the presenter on TV’s Crystal Maze.
  • 1955, Born on this day, Rick Buckler, drums, The Jam, (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Going Underground’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1956, Born on this day, Peter Buck, guitar, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’).
  • 1961, Born on this day, David Lovering, drums, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single ‘Velouria’).
  • 1962, Born on this day, Ben Watt, Everything But The Girl, (1995 UK No.3 & 1996 US No.2 single ‘Missing’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Mark Gardener, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single ‘Leave Them All Behind’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Steven Drozd, drums, Flaming Lips, (2002 UK No. 32 single ‘Do You Realize’).
  • 1970, Born on this day, Ulf Ekberg, keyboards, vocals, Ace Of Base, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘All That She Wants’, 1994 US No.1 single ‘The Sign’).

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