The music of Elvis Presley is hot. Today December 29, 1956, Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending December 19th.
Cliff Richard music was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “I Love You”. This would be the singers fourth UK No.1 and his first Christmas No.1.
In 1966, Paul McCartney was making new music at the Abbey Road Studios in London. McCartney’s new music was the song “Penny Lane”. Recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon’s home in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. Paul McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
In 1966, Pink Floyd and Syn (featuring bassist Chris Squire who would later become a member of Yes), appeared at the Marquee, Wardour Street, London, England. As well as Pink Floyd, a list of the biggest selling acts in the world who appeared at The Marquee would include Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones.
British guitarist and singer Dave Mason quit Traffic after differences of music opinions in 1967. Mason wrote “Hole in My Shoe”. This was a psychedelic pop song that became a hit for Traffic in 1967.
Led Zeppelin appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Portland in 1968. This was their first North American tour opening for Vanilla Fudge.
The year was 1980, and American singer and songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs “If I Were A Carpenter” (covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Small Faces, Robert Plant and Bob Seger) and “Reason to Believe”, (covered by Rod Stewart). Tim Hardin appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
1984, Band Aid were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Do They Know It’s Christmas”? while Madonna was at the No.1 on the US singles chart with “Like A Virgin”.
Cliff Richard’s music was back at the No.1 singles chart in the UK with “Saviour’s Day”. This was his 13th UK No.1 single and his second Christmas chart topper.
In 1999, three ferrets came in very handy. The ferrets named Beckham, Posh Spice and Baby Spice were used to lay power cables for a rock concert being held in Greenwich, London, England, (workers were not allowed to dig up the turf at the Royal Park). Organizers found that rods could not push the cables through the tiny tunnels, which frequently bend and dog-leg. The ferrets were eased into tiny nylon harnesses with wires which were then attached to a rope, the animals ran into a series of ducts which were under the stage like rabbits, leading the cables with them. The ferrets instinctively make for any hole in the ground and are enticed to the end of the duct by a slab of smelly meat. The New Year’s Eve concert featured Simply Red, Eurythmics and Bryan Ferry.
Aretha Franklin sued a US newspaper in 2001 after the newspaper alleged that the star had alcohol problems. This hurt Aretha’s music sales for a while. The singer’s lawyers filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida based Star claiming she was defamed by an article in the paper in December 2000. Aretha was seeking $50 million in damages.
Readers of Sugar Magazine in 2002 voted Pink as their No.1 role model. The Top Ten was: 1 – Pink, 2 – Britney Spears, 3 – Ms. Dynamite, 4 – Kelly Osborne, 5- Kylie Minogue, 6 – Victoria Beckham, 7 – Avril Lavigne, 8 – Jennifer Lopez, 9 – Sara Michelle Geller and 10 – Holly Valance.
And finally in 2010, Pollstar reported that Bon Jovi were the highest earning music touring act of the year. They reportedly took in over $200 million that year from touring. Australian rockers AC/DC landed at number two for the second year in a row. Ticket sales from their recent trek totaled $177 million. U2, which was the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at third place with ticket sales totaling $160.9 million. Lady Gaga followed fourth place and Metallica took the fifth spot.