Singer Brenda Lee known for her music “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “I’m Sorry” was injured on this day in 1962 when she attempted to rescue her poodle Cee Cee from her burning home. Unfortunately Cee Cee later died from smoke inhalation.
The Rolling Stones performed at Studio 51 in Soho, London in 1963. On the same ticket was Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions, who featured a young Rod Stewart. The Rolling Stones played a regular Sunday afternoon gig at the club from 4 until 6:3 and were billed as Rhythm and Blues with The Rolling Stones.
American television had a pop show called “Shinding!” and in 1965 they featured “British Invasion” bands. The lineup for the television show included The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Man, The Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Pink Floyd and Soft Machine appeared at the UFO presents Night Tripper at the Blarney Club in London, England in 1966.
Music on this day in 1967 was steaming up on the US charts. The Beatles scored their 15th US No.1 with “Hello Goodbye”. Coming in at No.2 on the singles charts was Gladys Knight and the Pips with “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and No.3 was The Monkees with “Daydream Believer”
Led Zeppelin’s music was becoming popular in the late 60’s in the US. However, they were on the marquee and on tickets as Len Zefflin. This was their first North American tour and they were opening for Vanilla Fudge. Gonzaga University became famous later in life because they have tee shirts that area hot commodity with the saying “Gonzaga Football Undefeated Since 1942”. This is due to their football team disbanded in 1942.
In 1969, Peter Tork quit The Monkees after he bought himself out of his contract which left him broke. Peter Tork continued playing music and formed a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison’s soundtrack to the film Wonderwall.
Elvis Presley made headlines in 1970 when he was given a private tour of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Elvis did request, and the request was granted, for him to be given a permit to carry a gun in every US state.
In 1972, Brownsville Station, Sha-Na-Na and Bruce Springsteen (who was the opening act) all appeared at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
Emerson Lake and Palmer put their music to rest as a group in 1978. They officially announced their break up.
Bass player Krist Novoselic for the group Nirvana, married his long-time girlfriend Shelli Dilly in Washington.
The Ohio Players lost a former band member in 1995. Clarence Satchell died at the age of 55. Scored the 1974 US No.1 single “Fire” and had hits with “Skin Tight”, “I Want To Be Free” and “Love Roller Coaster”.
Another death on this day in 1998 hit the group “The Drifters” with the unfortunate death of lead singer Johnny Moore. Johnny Moore was remembered for his outstanding vocals on the song “Under The Boardwalk”.
In 1999, Michael Abram from Liverpool who had an irrational obsession with The Beatles found out the hard way you do not mess with George Harrison’s wife Olivia. Michael Abram broke into George Harrison and Olivia’s home in Henley-on-Thomas, Oxfordshire. Michael stabbed Harrison in the chest which left George admitted to the hospital where he was treated for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. His wife Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the attack. But even with her injuries, she fought off Michael Abram with a poker and a heavy lamp. He sustained injuries in the fight.
Nickelback’s music hit the No.1 on the US singles chart in 2001 with the song “How To Remind Me”.
Diana Ross was arrested in 2002 after a motorist called the Arizona Highway Patrol and reported a car swerving. When given a sobriety test, Diana failed. Diana fell over when walking a straight line. She could not count to 30 and was unable to balance on one foot. Police said the singer was twice the blood alcohol limit of 0.08. Diana registered a 0.20.
Singer Brandy was involved in a four car crash in 2006 that left one woman dead after Brandy failed to slow down and hit the back of another car. Brandy was alone in her car and no alcohol or drugs were involved.
Singer songwriter Neil Young was made an Office of the Order of Canada in 2009. Other musicians to receive this award were Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.
In 2012, a rare copy of The Beatles LP signed by all members of the band sold for the sum that was rejected earlier at an auction in Sussex. Chris Collins from Eastbourne, and his sister, Liz Chambers, from Worthing, initially turned down a bid for a copy of the album “Please Please Me”. They had hoped to get more money than what was offered. The album was given to their late father during a drinking session with the band. The album was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr after they used it as a coaster for their drinks during a card game in 1963. The brother and sister were hoping to get £15,000 for the LP but ended up accepting £12,000.
And finally the music of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album “High Hopes” briefly appeared for download in 2013 on Amazon US sites for several hours. Two weeks ahead of schedule. Although the album was removed from sale, the record has now appeared on several file-sharing sites.