Friday, December 5, 2008


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

3rd December.......Events in Music


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.


The reformed Take That topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time ever in their career. The single ‘Patience’ remained at number for the second week, and Beautiful World the group’s new album entered the chart at No.1.


A Los Angeles court ruled that the privacy of singer Barbra Streisand was not violated when a picture of her Malibu estate was posted on a website. Streisand had filed a $10m action against software entrepreneur Kenneth Adelman after he posted a photo of her home on his conservation site.


Backstreet Boys started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Black & Blue'.

Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in the London.

S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Never Had A Dream Come True'.


It was reported that rapper Jay-Z had been arrested in connection with the stabbing of music executive Lance Rivera. The rapper was charged with first-degree assault.

U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after loosing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.

Prosecutors in California charged Gabriel Gomez with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Ann Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer and guitarist Cesar Rosas. No body had yet been found.


Boyz II Men knocked themselves off the No.1 position on the US singles chart when 'On Bended Knee' started a six week run a No.1. The groups 'I'll Make Love To You' had been at No.1 for a record breaking 14 weeks.


Appearing at London's Town & Country Club, The Icicle Works supported by the La's.


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.


New Order played two shows in one day at the Hacienda, Manchester, one in the afternoon and one evening show.


Duran Duran scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release, 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger'

Lionel Richie started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Can't Slow Down'.


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.


The Philadelphia Furies, a soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger, lost their first match in the North American League, 3-0 to the Washington Diplomats.


Wings started a nine-week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Mull Of Kintyre'. The first single to sell over 2 million in the UK, (co-written by Denny Laine who sold his rights to the song when he became bankrupt).

Linda Ronstadt started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Simple Dreams'.


The Stranglers signed a recording contract with United Artists.

A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from its moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd's 'Animals', album cover; the CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run.

An attempt was made on Bob Marley's life when seven gunmen burst into his Kingston home injuring Marley his wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, the attack was believed to be politically motivated.

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.


The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa, Deep Purple who were recording an album their at the time write the 'Smoke On The Water.'

Nazareth kicked off a nine-date UK tour at Worcester College, Oxford.


The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No 1.

Al Green kicked off a ten-date UK tour at Manchester's New Century Hall.


Appearing at London's Saville Theatre, Gladys Knight and The Pips with Joe Tex.


British act The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral'. A No.4 hit in the UK.

Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.

The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu.


Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.

The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.


The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with 'Little Red Rooster'.


Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Marty Robbins song 'Singing The Blues'.


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.'

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

2nd December......Born Today

2nd December........Passed Away

2nd December.......Events in Music


Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family's custom pool table for $11,250 (£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250 (£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).


David Mount the drummer with Mud died. They had the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.

25 year old singer and actress Beyonce was set to earn more money than any other black actress for her performance in her latest film ‘Dreamgirls.’ The musical based on the history of Diana Ross and the Supremes would earn the singer a £5m fee.

The Game was at No.1 on the US album chart with his second album ‘Doctor's Advocate.’

Mariska Veres, vocalist with Shocking Blue died of cancer at the age of 59. Had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.8 single 'Venus'.


Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was held for two hours at JFK Airport, New York after police mistook him for a wanted man with the same name and looks. The police only agreed to let him go after Justin's fiance and manager Sue Whitehouse produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July 4th when the crime was committed.


Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer. The incident happened at the Bayerischer hotel in Munich, the singer lost his two front teeth in the brawl and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold.


Singer Valerie Jones died aged 45. The Jones Girls and worked with Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Betty Everett.

Creed started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Weathered'.

Daniel Bedingfield scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Gotta Get Thru This', the single went back to No.1 in January 2002.


Thieves broke into the London home Madonna shares with Guy Ritchie. The raiders forced their way in through a basement door then took a set of car keys before loading up Guy Ritchie's car with some of the couple's possessions and driving off.

The Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago.


It was reported that Stevie Wonder was to undergo an operation to regain his sight. The breakthrough by top eye specialists involved inserting a microchip in the retina.

David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London infront of 2,000 fans.


A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan.


Mariah Carey went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her duet with Boyz II Men 'One Sweet Day'. It made Carey the first artist in history to have two consecutive single debut at No.1, 'Fantasy' being her first.


Appearing at The London School Of Economics, The Stone Roses supported by The Charlatans, tickets £2.50


Appearing at Newcastle City Hall, INXS supported by Sinead O'Connor


Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome his addiction to painkillers.


MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video for the first time.


US folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack aged 41 while jogging in New York's Washington Square Park. Member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue during the late 70's.


Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's ‘You Don't Bring Me Flowers’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart. A radio station engineer had spliced together Neil's version with Barbra's version and got such good response, the station added it to their play list. When Neil Diamond was told about it, he decided to re-record the song with Streisand herself, and within weeks of its release, the single went to No.1 in the US and No.5 in the UK.


Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy''


Appearing at The Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, England, Led Zeppelin.


Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.


The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to number one on the US album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’.


The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show. The Beatles played ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.