1959: For the first time, the Everly Brothers recorded outside of Nashville, Tennessee and their song "Let It Be Me" was recorded in New York City. It was also the first time the duo used strings in their music.
1967: The Who released the album The Who Sell Out in the U.K. (Note: websites show the release as December 1 or December 16--according to the book 'The Who's The Who Sell Out', and other reputable sources, the release date was December 15.)
"Pagan Baby", one of the great tracks on 'Pendulum'...
1973: It was Helen Reddy's name atop the Adult chart for a third week with her newest--"Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)".
Chicago with one of their biggest early hits...
"Grey Seal" from the #1 album...
1979: Pink Floyd ruled the U.K. chart with "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2".
A lot of great tracks on 'Damn the Torpedoes'--This is "Here Comes My Girl"...
One of The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*--"Vanishing", from Mariah Carey's debut...
The great (and underrated) "Waiting for That Day" from 'Listen Without Prejudice'...
The hot new group Wilson Phillips...
2001: Rufus Thomas ("Walking The Dog" from 1963) died of heart failure in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 84.
2003: Mariah Carey invited 16-year-old Becca Solodon to open for her at Carey's concert in Santa Barbara, California after learning that the aspiring singer suffered from soft tissue sarcoma cancer.
2005: Ashlee Simpson collapsed in an elevator after performing in the MTV Japan Cool Christmas concert at Pacifico Yokohama and was rushed to the hospital. (Note: amateur website owners who read articles on the Internet are confused by dates, and incorrectly list the date as December 16. Those in the business (and most people) know that events don't necessarily occur on the date an article is published. The correct date for this event is December 15, 2005, confirmed by both 'Billboard' and 'MTV'.)
1910: John Hammond, producer and A&R scout who discovered Billie Holliday, signed Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to contracts with Columbia Records, and also worked with Janis Joplin and George Benson, was born in Manhattan, New York; died July 10, 1987 following complications from a stroke. (Note: Many websites claim his birth was December 10. Some websites list his birthplace as New York City; but 'The New York Times', the book 'The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music' by Dunstan Prial, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show it as December 15. Several sites also claim he was born in New York City; according to 'The New York Times', Hammond was born in Manhattan.)
1919: Max Yasgur, owner of the farm in New York where Woodstock was held in 1969, was born in New York City; died of a heart attack on February 8, 1973 at the age of 53.
1922: Alan Freed, the disc jockey and promoter who coined the phrase "rock and roll", was born in Windber, Pennsylvania; died January 20, 1965. (Note: several sources claim Freed was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the book 'Somerset County: Pride Beyond the Mountains' by Jaclyn LaPlaca, Freed was born in Windber (near Johnstown), and was raised in Johnstown.)
1932: Jesse Belvin, who wrote "Earth Angel" for the Penguins, was born in Texarkana, Texas; killed in a head-on collision in Hope, Arkansas on February 6, 1960. (Note: most websites say that Belvin was born in San Antonio, Texas. According to the Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles where Belvin is buried, Jesse was born in Texarkana.)
1938: Jerry Wallace ("Primrose Lane" from 1959) was born in Guilford, Missouri; died of congestive heart failure in Victorville, California on May 5, 2008. (Note: some websites report that Wallace was born in Kansas City--according to 'Billboard' and 'Allmusic.com', Wallace was born in Guilford. Several websites say that Wallace died in Corona, California. According to the newspaper 'The Independent', 'Country Music Television' and 'Allmusic.com', Jerry died in Victorville.)
1939: Cindy Birdsong, a member of the Supremes beginning in 1967, was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey. (Note: several websites claim Birdsong was born in Camden, New Jersey. The books 'Motown Encyclopedia' by Graham Betts and 'Every Chart Topper Tells A Story: The Sixties' by Sharon Davis show that Cindy was born in Mount Holly and she later moved with her family to Camden.)
1942: Dave Clark, drummer of the Dave Clark 5, was born in Tottenham, England.
1946: Carmine Appice, drummer with Vanilla Fudge, the band Beck and Jeff Beck, was born in Staten Island, New York. (Note: several websites claim Appice was born in Brooklyn, New York; according to the official website of Vanilla Fudge, Carmine was born in Staten Island.)
1946: Harry Ray of the Moments ("Love On A Two-Way Street" from 1970) and the trio Ray, Goodman & Brown (
"Special Lady" from 1980) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey; died of a stroke in Bound Brook, New Jersey on October 1, 1992. (Note: some websites list Harry's place of birth as Longbranch, New Jersey. There is no such town--the correct spelling is Long Branch.)
1949: Don Johnson, actor, solo artist ("Heartbeat") and songwriter of a couple of songs with the Allman Brothers Band, was born in Flat Creek, Missouri.