December 3 On This Day in Music History

1925 Ferlin Husky born in Flat River, Missouri. US Country Singer & Actor. He had his biggest hit single in 1962 with ‘On The Wings Of A Dove’. On March 8, 2011, Husky was hospitalized again after several days of not feeling well. By the weekend, he had improved and was preparing to move out of the coronary care unit, but on March 17, Husky died at his daughter’s home in Westmoreland, Tennessee of congestive heart failure.
1928 Andy Williams (Howard Williams) born in Wall Lake, Lowa. US singer, (1957 US & UK No.1 single ‘Butterfly’, 1963 US & UK No.2 single ”Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, plus over 25 other US Top 40 singles. Presented the long running Andy Williams TV show). On September 25, 2012, Williams died of bladder cancer at the age of 84 at his home in Branson, Missouri.
1942 Ken Lewis born in Birmingham, England. He was an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is considered one of the more successful songwriters of the 1960s as a result of his collaborations with John Carter. His biggest success was “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, which was a 1965 US number 1 hit single for Herman’s Hermits. He died from complications associated with type 1 diabetes, on 2 August 2015.
1943 Tony Barber born in Norwich, Norfolk, England. Guitarist with the original Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs line-up in the early 60’s. He had a sol hit in 1966 with Someday. He wrote 35 children’s books under the name A. A. Barber and Tony Barber and appeared on the children’s television show The Music Shop as Tony the Toymaker.
1944 Ralph McTell (Ralph May) born in Farnborough, England. UK folk singer songwriter & children’s TV presenter, (1975 UK No.2 single ‘Streets of London’).
1945 Paul Nicholas (Paul Beuselinck) born in Peterborough, England. British Singer & Actor. He had his biggest hit single in 1977 with ‘Heaven On The 7th Floor’.
1945 Treva Richards born in in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. electric piano, piano, organ with The Loved ones from 1966-1967.
1946 Vic Malcolm born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. UK Guitarist with Geordie, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘All Because Of You’).
1948 Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne)born in Birmingham, England. Original lead singer of Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’), solo (1986 UK No.20 single ‘Shot In The Dark’). Star of The Osbournes MTV show.
1949 Mickey Thomas (John Michael Thomas) born in Cairo, Georgia. Singer with Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’). He provided Vocals for Elvin Bishop’s 1976 hit ‘Fooled Around & Fell In Love’.
1949 John Wilson – UK Drummer with Them (1966-68).
1951 Mike Stock born in England. British Songwriter/Producer. He was part of the Stock, Aitken & Waterman them who wrote & produced numerous hits for artists such as Dead Or Alive, Mel & Kim, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan.
1951 Nicky Stevens (Sandra Stevens) born in Carmarthen, England. UK Female Singer with Brotherhood Of Man (1976 UK No.1 single ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’).
1952 Duane Roland, guitar, Molly Hatchet, (1980 album ‘Beatin’ The Odds).
1956 Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Marty Robbins song ‘Singing The Blues’.
1959 ?Steve Williams – Wa Wa Nee
1964 The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with ‘Little Red Rooster’.
1965 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.
1965 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.
1965 The Beatles album ‘Rubber Soul’ was released in the UK on this day.
1966 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.
1966 Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.
1966 The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu.
1967 Adamski, (Adam Tinley, 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Killer’).
1967 Appearing at London’s Saville Theatre, Gladys Knight and The Pips with Joe Tex.
1968 Montell Jordan, singer, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘This Is How We Do It’).
1969 The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No 1.
1969 Al Green kicked off a ten-date UK tour at Manchester’s New Century Hall.
1971 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.’
1971 Nazareth kicked off a nine-date UK tour at Worcester College, Oxford.
1976 The Stranglers signed a recording contract with United Artists.
1976 A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from it’s 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.
1976 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.
1976 An estimated three and a half million people applied for Abba’s forthcoming Albert Hall concerts, there were just over 11 thousand tickets available.
1977 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).
1977 Linda Ronstadt started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Simple Dreams’. Including ‘Its So Easy’, ‘Blue Bayou’, ‘Poor Poor Pitiful Me’ & Tumbling Dice’.
1978 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.
1979 Daniel Bedingfield born in Auckland, New Zealand. Singer, songwriter, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Gotta Get Thru This’).
1979 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.
1983 Duran Duran scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release, ‘Seven And The Ragged Tiger’ Including ‘New Moon On Monday’ ‘The Reflex’ & ‘Union Of The Snake’
1983 Lionel Richie started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Can’t Slow Down’. Including ‘All Night Long’, ‘Hello’, ‘Running With The Night’ ‘Penny Lover’ & ‘Stuck On You’.
1985 New Order played two shows in one day at the Hacienda, Manchester, one in the afternoon and one evening show.
1986 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.
1990 The Righteous Brothers went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with ‘Unchained Melody’ it was at No.1 for 6weeks. It was featured in the film ‘Ghost’. It originally charted in Aug’65 where it made No.3.
1994 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.
1999 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.
1999 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.
1999 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.
2000 Hoyt Curtin, composer, died of heart failure. Wrote the theme to ‘The Flintstones’, ‘Yogi Bear’, ‘The Jetsons’ and other cartoon themes.
2000 Backstreet Boys started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Black & Blue’.
2000 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 London, England.
2000 S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Never Had A Dream Come True’.
2001 American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. He was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, playing guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, Marty Robbins’ ‘El Paso’ and Loretta Lynn’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’. During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.
2002 Peter Garrett quit Midnight Oil after 25 years as lead singer.
2003 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.
2006 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.
2007 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.
2008 Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire, England. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.
2009 Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.
2013 Shazam revealed its most-tagged tracks of the year worldwide naming Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., is the most-tagged worldwide track of the year, followed by Avicii’s Wake Me Up, a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis double with Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us, and Pink and Nate Ruess duet Just Give Me A Reason in fifth place.
2014 Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year’s most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third.
2014 Ian McLagan died of a stroke on 3 December 2014 at the age of 69, at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin. He was an English keyboard instrumentalist, best known as a member of the English rock bands Small Faces and Faces. He also collaborated with the Rolling Stones and led his own band from the late 1970s.
2015 American musician and singer-songwriter Scott Weiland died aged 48. He was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots from 1986 to 2013, as well as Velvet Revolver from 2003 to 2008.
2015 Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, Gladstone Anderson (also known by his nickname “Gladdy”) died age 81. He played a major part in the island’s musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings and as leader of Gladdy’s All Stars who scored the instrumental song hit with ‘The Liquidator’ in 1969 and 1980.

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