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December 31

1894 - Composer Ernest John Moeran was born.

1904 - Composer Nathan Milstein was born.

1923 - Singer Eddie Cantor opened in the lead role of "Kid Boots."

1929 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.

1940 - As a result of a dispute between the radio networks and ASCAP (the American Society of Composers and Publishers), the radio industry was prevented from playing any ASCAP-licensed music. The ban lasted for ten months.

1961 - The Beach Boys played a show under this name for the first time at a Ritchie Valens memorial concert in Long Beach, CA.

1969 - Jimi Hendrix introduced his new Band of Gypsys at a show that was recorded and later released as the live album "Band of Gypsys."

1970 - Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles.

1971 - The Beatles broke up.

1971 - David Clayton-Thomas made his last appearance with Blood, Sweat & Tears (until their reunion).

1975 - Elvis Presley performed for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, MI. He set a world record for earning $800,000 for a single concert by a single artist.

1976 - The Cars gave their debut performance at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH.

1978 - The Bauhaus gave their performance debut in England.

1981 - MTV hosted the first New Year's Eve Rock and Roll Ball.

1982 - Steve Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, married Maureen Santora.

1983 - MTV completed its first profitable quarter.

1984 - Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in an auto accident in England.

1985 - Ricky Nelson and six others died in an airplane crash near DeKalb, TX. A fire had broken out on the plane.

1986 - At a birthday party for Don Henley, Gary Hart and Donna Rice met each other.

1993 - Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.

1999 - "Rave Un2 The Joy 2000" was aired. Prince had recorded the show on December 18, 1999 at Paisley Park Studios.

2002 - 50 Cent and four other men were arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police had found two guns in the vehicle the men were riding in.

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Friday December 31

* Burton Cummings ("Stand Tall" and Guess Who leader) is 57

* The late John Denver ("Rocky Mountain High") is born in 1943

* Donna Summer ("Love To Love You Baby") is 56

* Rick Nelson ("Hello Mary Lou") dies in a plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, 1985

* Floyd Cramer ("Last Date") dies of cancer in 1997

* John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas marry in 1962

* Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve the Beatles in 1970

* David Clayton-Thomas makes his last appearance with Blood, Sweat & Tears (before the inevitable reunion), 1971

* The Beach Boys perform for the first time under that name, at a Ritchie Valens memorial concert in Long Beach, California, 1961

* The first Cars concert is held, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1976

* Elvis Presley appears on Wink Martindale's local TV special in Memphis, 1956

* Dick Clark's first "Rockin' New Years Eve" airs on ABC, starring Three Dog Night, Al Green and Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1972

* The Connie Francis movie "Where The Boys Are" premieres in New York, 1960

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December 31:

1942: Andy Summers, guitarist for the Police, is born.

1951: Tom Hamilton, bassist for Aerosmith, is born.

1966: The Monkess started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Diamond song "I'm A Believer".

1967: Songwriter and producer Bert Berns (aka Bert Russell) died. He wrote many classic songs including "Twist And Shout", "Hang On Sloopy" and "Cry Baby".

1982: Max's Kansas City in New York closed down, the venue had been a launching pad for such artists as The New York Dolls, Bruce Springsteen and The Velvet Underground.

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Saturday January 1

"Country" Joe McDonald (the infamous "Fish cheer" at Woodstock) is 63

Eric Clapton surprises the guests at the christening of his daughter by marrying her mother at the service, 2002

Elvis Presley totals his BMW on German's Autobahn (while stationed there in the U.S. Army), 1959

The last ABBA concert is held, in Stockholm, 1982

The Beatles audition for Decca Records, who turn them down and sign the Tremeloes instead, 1962

Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem as Michigan's first woman governor is sworn in, 2003

Sonny & Cher are barred from Pasadena, California's Tournament of Roses Parade for supporting the Sunset Strip rioters, 1967

Three Dog Night become the first rock band to appear on a Tournament of Roses Parade float (Lawrence Welk is the parade's Grand Marshall that year), 1972

The final episode of "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (with Rick Nelson) is filmed, 1966

The Beach Boys record "Fun Fun Fun", 1964

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The TREMELOES!!!???

Happy New Year jr. They were a great U.K. harmony group of the 60s, who first started as backup for Brian Poole, whose biggest hit was a cover of the Contours "Do You Love Me", UK and AUS #1 1963. Brian Poole left them to go solo in 1966 and was never heard from again. I think he went back to being a butcher, his previous occupation. The Tremeloes had two big US hits in 1967 - "Here Comes My Baby" written by Cat Stevens and the beautiful "Silence Is Golden"- a remake of a Four Seasons 1964 B side (of "Rag Doll").

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Chart Toppers January 1

(All the Charts since the early/ mid nineties have been bastardized - I'll do a separate post on that if anyone is interested)

SO 20 Years Ago:

US Like A Virgin/ Madonna

UK and AUS Do They Know It's Christmas?/ Band Aid

25 Years Ago:

US Escape (The Pina Colada Song)/ Rupert Holmes

UK Another Brick In The Wall/ Pink Floyd

AUS Video Killed The Radio Star/ The Buggles

30 Years Ago:

US Angie Baby/ Helen Reddy

UK Lonely This Christmas/ Mud

AUS Mama Mia/ Abba

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The Violent Femmes

Did they do something this day in history?

January 2

1732 - Composer Franz Xaver Brixi was born.

1837 - Composer Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev was born.

1905 - Composer Sir Michael Kemp Tippett was born.

1932 - Freddy Martin formed a new band and was hired to play the Roosevelt Grill in New York City. Merv Griffin later became Martin?s lead vocalist.

1941 - The Andrews Sisters recorded "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

1968 - Newark, NJ, police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins". The album featured a nude cover.

1975 - U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen ruled in New York, that John Lennon and his lawyers will have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.

1975 - The Allman Brothers Band were named "Outstanding Community Organization" by the Georgia Department of Corrections.

1979 - The trial of ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious for the October 1978 murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opened in New York City. Vicious died of a heroin overdose, thereby not living to hear the verdict.

1980 - Larry Williams was found dead in his home in Los Angeles, CA. The gunshot wound to the head was never confirmed as the result of a murder or suicide.

1983 - The musical "Annie" closed on Broadway at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances.

1993 - The musical "Gypsy Passion" closed after 55 performances.

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Not much today, I'm afraid, just these two items?

Sunday January 2

* The late Roger Miller ("King Of The Road") is born in 1936

* Newark, New Jersey police confiscate a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Two Virgins" albums, contending the nude cover is obscene, 1968

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January 3rd

Births

1917 Leon McAuliffe, one of the first country musicians to use an electric steel guitar, was born in Houston.

1926 Record producer George Martin is born in London. Martin signed the Beatles in 1962 and produced all of their records until 1969. The Beatles chose not to use George Martin for their Let It Be album, but he was asked to produce the last Beatles' album, Abbey Road.

1941 Pop singer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is born.

1945 Stephen Stills, guitarist and vocalist for Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is born in Dallas, TX.

1946 John Paul Jones, bassist for Led Zeppelin, is born in London, England. Before Zeppelin, Jones was an active session musician playing, directing and/or arranging for the Rolling Stones, the Outlaws, Jeff Beck, Mickey Most, the Yardbirds, the Mindbenders, the Everly Brothers, and the Supremes. Since Zeppelin's breakup, Jones has produced a variety of bands including the Butthole Surfers.

Deaths

1980 Blues singer Amos Milburn dies in Houston, Texas at the age of 52. A stroke in the late 1960's had left him partially paralyzed. Milburn was one of the most consistent hitmakers in rhythm-and-blues from the mid-1940's to the early '50s. His 1947 recording of "Chicken Shack Boogie" was a million seller.

1981 Nashville producer Felton Jarvis, who produced Elvis Presley's last recordings, dies of a stroke at age 46.

1997 Randy California, guitarist for the 1960's rock band Spirit, drowns in a riptide while swimming off the coast of Molokai, Hawaii. He was 45. Spirit did have a Top-25 single in 1968, "I Got a Line on You," but they were known primarily for their critically-acclaimed albums, which blended hard rock, blues, country, folk and jazz.

Events

1964 American TV viewers got their first look at the Beatles as Jack Paar aired a BBC performance film of the group. The Beatles would make their live US TV debut a month later on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1966 The Beatles appear on "Hullabaloo," performing "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out" on videotape.

1968 Police at New Jersey's Newark Airport confiscate 30,000 copies of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Two Virgins album, saying the cover photo of the nude John and Yoko is "pornographic." In Chicago, vice squad officers close down a record shop for displaying the cover.

1970 A year after Peter Tork's departure from the group, lead singer Davy Jones announces he too is leaving the Monkees.

1970 The Beatles record what will be their last song together, "I Me Mine." A decade later it becomes the title of George Harrison's autobiography.

1974 Bob Dylan and the Band commences their six-week tour at Chicago Stadium. The Band was once Dylan's backup group.

1974 Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" goes gold, the second of three posthumous hits for the late singer/songwriter.

Whew. All this work. I'm exhausted. Cut. Paste. Submit.

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Monday January 3

Stephen Stills ("Love The One You're With" and member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash) is 60

Beatles producer George Martin is 79

Byron MacGregor ("The Americans") dies in 1995

Bobby Darin and Connie Francis perform together on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show", 1960

The Beatles appear in a film clip on TV's "Jack Paar Show", 1964

Fats Domino records "I'm Walkin'" in 1957

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- Stephen Stills, guitarist and vocalist for Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, is born. (1945)

- John Paul Jones, bassist for Led Zeppelin, is born. (1946)

- "The Jack Paar Show" features a clip of the Beatles, taken from a concert in Bournemouth, England. (1964)

- The Beatles appear on "Hullabaloo," performing "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out" on videotape. (1966)

- Police at New Jersey's Newark Airport confiscate 30,000 copies of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Two Virgins" album, saying the cover photo of the nude John and Yoko is "pornographic." In Chicago, vice squad officers close down a record shop for displaying the cover. (1968)

- The Beatles record what will be their last song together, "I Me mine." A decade later it becomes the title of George Harrison's auto-biography. (1970)

- A year after Peter Tork's departure from the group, lead singer Davy Jones announces he too is leaving the Monkees. (1970)

- Bob Dylan and the Band commences their six-week tour at Chicago Stadium. The Band was once Dylan's backup group. (1974)

- Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" goes gold, the second of three posthumous hits for the late singer/songwriter. (1974)

...followed master Jr´s advice... feel very tired too now... :laughing: :laughing:

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This seems like the most appropriate thread for this list.

Celebrity Deaths in 2004

Famous or not, we all end up dead. Here are some of the better known people to have passed on recently.

Jerry Orbach, actor best known for Law & Order, died December 28 at the age of 69.

Susan Sontag, intellectual, died December 28 at the age of 71.

Pierre Berton, Canadian literary icon, died November 30 at the age of 84.

Arthur Hailey, author best known for Airport, died November 25 at the age of 84.

Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, died November 11 at the age of 75.

Howard Keel, actor/singer best known for his roles in musicals like Annie Get Your Gun, died November 7 at the age of 85.

Ken Caminiti, all star baseball player, died October 10 at the age of 41.

Christopher Reeve, actor best known for his role as Superman, died October 10 at the age of 52.

Jacques Derrida, founder of deconstructionism, died October 9 at the age of 74.

Rodney Dangerfield, comedian, died October 5 at the age of 82.

Janet Leigh, actress best known for Psycho, died October 3 at the age of 77.

Richard Avedon, photographer, died October 1 at the age of 81.

Geoffrey Beene, fashion designer, died September 28 at the age of 77.

Francoise Sagan, author best known for Bonjour Tristesse, died September 24 at the age of 69.

Russ Meyer, film maker, died September 18 at the age of 82.

Johnny Ramone, founder of the Ramones, died September 15 at the age of 55.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist best known for her book on death and dying, died August 24 at the age of 78.

Elmer Bernstein, composer, died August 18 at the age of 82.

Julia Child, chef, died August 13 at the age of 91.

Fay Wray, actress best known for King Kong, died August 8 at the age of 96.

Paul 'Red' Adair, famed oil well fire fighter, died August 7 at the age of 89.

Rick James, musician best known for Super Freak, died August 6 at the age of 56.

Francis Crick, codiscover of the DNA double helix, died July 28 at the age of 88.

Jerry Goldsmith, composer best known for scoring films such as The Omen, Alien, and Chinatown, died July 21 at the age of 75.

Isabel Sanford, actress best known as Louise Jefferson on the tv series The Jeffersons, died July 9 at the age of 86.

Marlon Brando, actor, died July 1 at the age of 80.

Ray Charles, musician, died June 10 at the age of 73.

Ronald Reagan, one time president of the United States, died June 5 at the age of 93.

Brian Linehan, celebrity interviewer, died June 4 at the age of 58.

Tony Randall, actor best known as Felix on the tv series The Odd Couple, died May 17 at the age of 84.

June Taylor, dancer and choreographer best known for the Jackie Gleason show, died May 17 at the age of 86.

Alan King, comedian, died May 9 at the age of 76.

Estee Lauder, cosmetics queen, died April 24 at the age of 97.

Carrie Snodgress, actress best known for Diary of a Mad Housewife, died April 1 at the age of 57.

Alistair Cooke, broadcaster best known in North America as the host of Masterpiece Theater, died March 30 at the age of 95.

Peter Ustinov, actor, died March 28 at the age of 82.

Jan Berry, musician best known as half of Jan & Dean, died March 26 at the age of 62.

Queen Juliana, former queen of the Netherlands, died March 20 at the age of 94.

Robert Pastorelli, actor best known as house painter Eldin on Murphy Brown, died March 8 at the age of 49.

Paul Winfield, actor best known as the father in Sounder, died March 7 at the age of 62.

Spalding Gray, monologist, was found dead March 7 at the age of 62.

Mercedes McCambridge, actress known for films such as Touch of Evil and The Exorcist, died March 2 at the age of 85.

Marge Schott, one time owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died March 2 at the age of 75.

John Randolph, actor known for his Tony award winning performance in Broadway Bound and as Rock Hudson's alter ego in Seconds, died February 24 at the age of 88.

Claude Ryan, Quebec federalist intellectual, died February 9 at the age of 79.

M.M. Kaye, author best known for The Far Pavilions, died January 29 at the age of 95.

Jack Paar, talk show pioneer, died January 27 at the age of 85.

Bob Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo, died January 23 at the age of 76.

May they all rest in peace. Most will be sorely missed.

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This seems like the most appropriate thread for this list.

Celebrity Deaths in 2004

An Excellent list Uncle. I didn't know Mercedes McCambridge had died. (You and I may be the only ones here who remember her). She used to be "undercast" in a lot of B grade Western

Movies.

MY CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO THE CORE OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE THIS THREAD SO INTERESTING ! AND TO JR FOR THINKING OF IT.

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Tuesday January 4

The late Arthur Conley ("Sweet Soul Music") is born in 1946

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy ("The Boys Are Back In Town") dies of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose, 1986

Keith Moon of the Who accidentally runs over and kills his chauffeur, 1970

Gene McDaniels records "Point Of No Return", 1962

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January 4:

1960: Michael Stipe, vocalist for R.E.M., is born.

1965: Fender Guitars is sold to CBS for $13 million.

1975: Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". His third US No.1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.

1976: Mal Evans, former roadie and bodyguard of the Beatles, is shot to death by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend, Fran Hughes, found him upset and despondent and when friends couldn't get Evans to release the unloaded rifle he was holding, they called police. At one point, Evans supposedly pointed the gun at police officers; they opened fire.

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January 4

Births

1942 British jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin is born. He first gained recognition for his work on Miles Davis's "Bitches' Brew" album, and later formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This group did much in the 1970's to promote the idea of fusing jazz and rock music.

1944 Volker Homback of the German experimental group Tangerine Dream is born.

1956 Bernard Summer of New Order is born.

1960 Michael Stipe, vocalist with R.E.M., is born.

1962 Robin Guthrie of the British pop band the Cocteau Twins is born.

Deaths

1976 Mal Evans, former road manager and bodyguard of the Beatles, is shot to death by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend, Fran Hughes, found him upset and despondent and when friends couldn't get Evans to release the unloaded rifle he was holding, they called police. At one point, Evans supposedly pointed the gun at police officers; they opened fire. He was 40 years old.

1986 Phil Lynott, former lead singer of the group Thin Lizzy, dies in a London hospital of heart failure and pneumonia brought on by drug and alcohol abuse. He was 35. The Irish-born singer was being treated for an infection of the kidneys and liver.

Events

1936 Billboard magazine publishes the first pop music chart based on record sales. The chart, a listing of the ten most popular records, will become a weekly feature in 1940. It fluctuates in size from ten to 30 records until 1955, when Billboard introduces its first Top 100 chart.

1953 20,000 people attend the funeral of country star Hank Williams in Montgomery, Alabama. Williams had died three days earlier at age 29 in the back seat of his limousine.

1957 Fats Domino records "I'm Walkin'" in New Orleans. The single will reach #4 on the pop chart and Number One on the R&B chart in April.

1957 Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis appears on "The Steve Allen Show" to introduce singer Solomon Burke, who performs Louis' "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide."

1964 Billboard gives the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" a spotlight review: "This is the hot British group that has struck gold overseas. Side A is a driving rocker with surf-on-the-Thames sound and strong vocal work from the group."

1965 Fender Guitars is sold to CBS for $13 million. Fender guitars, along with Gibson's, are a favorite brand among rock & rollers.

1971 The film "Performance" starring Mick Jagger debuts in London two years after it was in the can. He stars as a jaded decadent rock star and at one point shares a bathtub and a bed with actress Anita Pallenberg, the live-in girlfriend of Keith Richards and the former girlfriend of the late Brian Jones.

1973 Rolling Stone magazine has the announcment that the Allman Brothers have named Lamar Williams as the replacement for the late Berry Oakley on bass.

1979 With Beatlemania continuing throughout the world, the Star club in Hamburg, Germany, where the Beatles gained a lot of their early experience, reopens.

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Jan 5th

on this day in:

1968, Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.

1972, David Bowie played two shows at Green?s Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.

1974, Yes scored their first UK No.1 album with the double set ?Tales From The Topographic Oceans?.

1978, The Sex Pistols started a US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an audience of 500 people.

1979, jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus died aged 56. His final project was ?Mingus? a collaboration with Joni Mitchell.

1979, Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis.

1983, Everything But The Girl made their live debut at the ICA in London, (they took their name from a second hand furniture store in Hull).

1987, young Welsh chorister Alied Jones announced his retirement from pop music at the age of 16, to study for his O level exams.

1989, in Melody Makers Readers Poll results, The Mission won best band, best live act, best single and album, Morrissey won male singer, Julianne Regan, female singer, worst LP was Bros with ?Push?, best new band, House Of Love.

1991, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ?Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.? It became the lowest selling No.1 since 1960, with just over 42,000 copies sold in it?s first week.

1991, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ?Justify My Love?, co-written with Lenny Kravitz.

1997, Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ?I Got You Babe? and had become a US Congressman.

1998, Ken Forssi bassist with Love died of brain cancer aged 55. Love scored the 1966 US No.33 single ?7 And 7 Is?, 1968 UK No.24 album ?Forever Changes.?

2001, Kirsty MacColl was laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony, ahead of a public memorial to pay tribute to her life. The singer songwriter was killed in a boating accident on 18th Dec 2000.

2002, in UK Pop magazine Smash Hits The Best Singles Of 2001 had Kylie Minogue at No.3 with ?Can't Get You Out Of My Head?, No.2, Shaggy, ?It Wasn't Me? and at No.1 S Club 7 ?Don't Stop Movin.?

2003, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut release ?Let Go.?

2004, Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59 year old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend?s purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.

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