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This Day In Rock History: Dec 23rd


Mick Hucknall
Mick Hucknall

  • 1959, Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14 year old Janice Norine (who unbeknown to Berry was working as a prostitute), across a state line. He was sentenced to 5 years jail but after racist comments by the judge Berry was freed.
  • 1964, Pirate station ‘Radio London’, started broadcasting from the former US Minesweeper ‘Mv Galaxy’.
  • 1966, ITV (Redifusion) broadcast Ready, Steady Go! for the last time, after the Musicians Union enforced a ban on miming. The special guests for the farewell show were Mick Jagger, The Who, Eric Burdon, The Spencer Davis Group, Donovan and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
  • 1972, Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight arrived during a concert by the band with a court order to seize $1m in money or assets. Police inform the ex manager that he couldn’t take anything until after the show.
  • 1977, English singer-songwriter, Cat Stevens formally changed his name to Yusef Islam.
  • 1985, Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album ‘Stained Class.’ The two had drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the shooting.
  • 1989, Phil Collins started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Another Day In Paradise’, his 7th US solo No.1 Taken from his No.1 album …But Seriously ‘Another Day in Paradise’ was written to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.
  • 2000, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall was given a police caution for possessing cocaine and cannabis. Police found the Class A and Class B drugs at his Surrey home after a woman falsely accused him of rape in November.
  • 2007, The Police were named as the highest earning touring group for the past year, bringing in nearly £66.5m, ($132m). The band’s 54 date North American tour had generated almost double the total of the second-placed act, Country star Kenny Chesney.
  • 2013, The Mail On Sunday reported that documents they obtained from the Cabinet Office via the Freedom Of Information Act showed that George Harrison, who passed away in 2001, turned down the chance to be included in the New Year’s Honours List in 2000. The OBE was recommended by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who said that Harrison should be recognised for his contribution to the music industry. The citation read: “He was a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, The Beatles”.

Born on this day:

  • 1939, Born on this day, Johnny Kidd, singer, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, (1960 UK No.1 single ‘Shakin’ All Over’). Killed in a car crash while on tour in Manchester, England on 7th October 1966.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Eugene Record, vocals, The Chi-lites, (1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’, 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her’). He died of cancer on 22nd July 2005.
  • 1940, Born on this day, Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, Jefferson Airplane, (1967 US No.18 single ‘White Rabbit’). Hot Tuna.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Ron Bushy, Iron Butterfly (1968 US No.14 single ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Derek Smalls, bass, Spinal Tap, (1984 rock film ‘This Is Spinal Tap’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Duster Bennett, singer, guitarist, harmonica player. Worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King. Killed in a car crash on 26th March 1976.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Ray Tabano who was a founding member of Aerosmith.Tabano was a childhood friend of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and was in Steven’s first band, The Strangeurs. Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford in Aerosmith in 1971.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Ariel Bender, guitarist, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘All The Young Dudes’), Spooky Tooth.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Adrian Belew, American guitarist and singer, worked with King Crimson and David Bowie.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Dave Murray, guitar, Iron Maiden, (1982 UK No.1 album The Number Of The Beast, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’).
  • 1960, Born on this day, Wil Sinnott, The Shamen, (1991 UK No.4 single ‘Move Any Mountain’). Drowned on May 22nd 1991 while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single ‘Move Any Mountain.’
  • 1964, Born on this day, Eddie Vedder, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Pearl Jam, (1992 UK No.15 single ‘Jeremy’, 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Vs’, 1994 US No.1 & UK No.4 album Vitalogy’ and 1996 US No.1 & UK No.3 album ‘No Code’). In 2007, Vedder released his first solo album as a soundtrack for the film Into the Wild.
  • 1974, Born on this day, Montsho Eshe, Arrested Development, (1992 UK No.2 single ‘People Everyday’).
  • 1985, Born on this day, Harry Judd, drummer, McFly, (2004 UK No.1 single ‘Colours In Her Hair’, 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Room On The 3rd Floor’).

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