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This Day In Rock History: Dec 3rd


Duran Duran
Duran Duran

  • 1955, Elvis Presley’s  first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis was described by his new record company as ‘The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.’
  • 1956, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of ‘Singing The Blues’, which spent nine weeks at the top of the charts. Two other charting versions of the song were released almost simultaneously with Mitchell’s, one by UK singer Tommy Steele (with the Steelmen) and the other by US country singer Marty Robbins.
  • 1964, The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Little Red Rooster’. The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics.
  • 1966, Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
  • 1969, The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger’s secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.
  • 1976, A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London, England after breaking free from its moorings. The pig, nicknamed Algie, was being photographed for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover. The Civil Aviation Authority issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run, and the pig eventually crashed into a barn in Godmersham, Kent, where the farmer complained of his cows being scared by the incident.
  • 1976, An estimated three and a half million people applied for Abba’s forthcoming British Albert Hall concerts, there were just over 11 thousand tickets available.
  • 1979, A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats, another 26 fans were injured. The concert was using ‘festival seating’ where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. When the waiting fans outside the Coliseum heard the band performing a late sound check, they thought that the concert was beginning and tried to rush into the still-closed doors.
  • 1983, Duran Duran scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release, ‘Seven And The Ragged Tiger’, which also peaked at No.8 on the US chart.
  • 1986, Judas Priest were sued by two family’s, alleging that the band were responsible for their son’s forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of ‘do it’ had been included in the Judas Priest song Better By You, Better Than Me from the Stained Class album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The trial lasted from 16 July to 24 August 1990, when the suit was dismissed.
  • 2001, American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. He was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, playing guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, Marty Robbins’ ‘El Paso’ and Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.
  • 2007, Diana Ross and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson both collected awards for contributions to US culture a ceremony in Washington, attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys’ best-known songs.
  • 2008, Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire, England. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.
  • 2013, Shazam revealed its most-tagged tracks of the year worldwide naming Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., is the most-tagged worldwide track of the year, followed by Avicii’s Wake Me Up, a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis double with Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us, and Pink and Nate Ruess duet Just Give Me A Reason in fifth place.
  • 2014, Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year’s most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third.

Born on this day:

  • 1928, Born on this day, Andy Williams, US singer, (1957 US & UK No.1 single ‘Butterfly’, 1963 US & UK No.2 single ”Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, plus over 25 other US Top 40 singles. Presented the long running Andy Williams TV show). Williams died on Sept 25th 2012 at the age of 84 of bladder cancer.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Ralph McTell, UK folk singer songwriter & children’s TV presenter, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘Streets of London’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Vic Malcolm, Geordie, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘All Because Of You’).
  • 1948, Born on this day, Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne), vocals, Black Sabbath,  (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’, the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005.). Solo (1986 UK No.20 single ‘Shot In The Dark’). Star of The Osbournes MTV show.
  • 1949, Born on this day, Mickey Thomas, Jefferson Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’).
  • 1951, Born on this day, Mike Stock, (part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman production team, produced over 10 UK No.1 singles.
  • 1952, Born on this day, Duane Roland, guitar, Molly Hatchet, (1980 album ‘Beatin’ The Odds).
  • 1979, Born on this day, Daniel Bedingfield, singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Gotta Get Thru This’).

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