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This Day In Rock History: Dec 20th

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John Lennon
John Lennon

  • 1958, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George’s older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.
  • 1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.
  • 1969, Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’. John Denver wrote the song in 1966 with the original title of ‘Oh Babe I Hate to Go.’
  • 1969, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release ‘Let It Bleed’, featuring ‘Midnight Rambler’, and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’
  • 1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with ‘Dream Lover’ plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60’s including ‘Mack the Knife’, (Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960). Darin travelled with Robert Kennedy and worked on the latter’s 1968 presidential campaign. He was with Kennedy the day he travelled to Los Angeles on June 4, 1968 for the California Primary. Darin was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated.
  • 1980, Twelve days after John Lennon  was shot dead in New York City, ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’, which was taken from his Double Fantasy album gave the former Beatle his first ever UK solo No.1 single.
  • 1986, The Bangles started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’.
  • 1999, Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix  was voted guitarist of the millennium with Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ winning best album.
  • 2000, Figures from the RIA of America showed that Teen Pop was alive and doing very well. Pop accounted for most of the record sales in America with Jive records, home to Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC selling 31m records
  • 2001, Tommy Lee branded his ex-wife Pam Anderson an unfit mother. The drummer filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging his son’s tell him ‘We hate Mommy’ and his son Brandon had been using the F-word he learned from his mommy.
  • 2006, Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum won a High Court battle over who wrote their song ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’. Fisher who played organ on the 1967 hit had argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody, but Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to just 40% of the copyright, (rather than the 50% he was seeking). The court decided lead singer Gary Brooker’s input was more substantial and Fisher’s claim for back royalties – of up to £1m – was also rejected. For almost 40 years, the song had been credited to lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.
  • 2009, Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., The Dixie Chicks and Elvis Costello.
  • 2013, David Richards, a producer who worked with David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, and others died. Included in Richards’ lengthy discography are co-production credits on Bowie’s ‘Never Let Me Down’, ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’, and ‘Outside’. He also worked on Queen’s last four albums, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo, and Made in Heaven. He also dealt with live music recording in such events as Montreux Jazz Festival.
  • 2014, A single dubbed the rarest record in the world sold for £14,543 at auction. The London Records’ pressing of Darrell Banks’ ‘Open the Door to Your Heart’, was thought to be the only copy in circulation. Banks, who toured with soul singer Jackie Wilson, only released two albums before he was killed in Detroit in February 1970. He was shot in the neck by an off-duty policeman, who had been having an affair with Banks’s girlfriend. ‘Open the Door to Your Heart’ was his only hit, reaching No.2 on the R&B chart in the US.

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