December 7 Today in Music History Events

1930 Country musician Jack Greene, known for the 1966 hit “There Goes My Everything,” is born in Maryville, Tennessee. He died on March 14, 2013 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83 in Nashville, Tennessee.[
1936 Jazz double-bass and cello player Eldee Young (Young/Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio) is born Chicago, Illinois. Young died in Bangkok, Thailand, from a heart attack on the 12th February 2007
1937 Paul Revere born in Harvard, Nebraska. US Pianist/Organist with his band Paul Revere and the Raiders, (1971 US No.1 single ‘Indian Reservation’, plus 14 other US Top 30 hit singles. He died of cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho on October 4, 2014, aged 76.
1938 Rory Storm (lead singer of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes) is born Alan Caldwell in Liverpool, England. He died on the 28 September 1972. 
1939 Lefty Baker ( lead guitar, banjo, vocals (1968–69) for Spanky & Our Gang) is born Eustace Britchforth in Roanoke, Virginia.He died 11 Aug 1971 (aged 32) of of cirrhosis of the liver, a year after he left the band. 
1942 Danny Williams born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African born singer who was successful in the UK with (1961 UK No. 1 ‘Moon River’). died from cancer on December 6th, 2005.
1943 Country singer Leona Williams is born Leona Belle Helton in Vienna, Missouri. Wrote the Merle Haggard hits “Someday When Things Are Good” and “You Take Me For Granted.” 
1944 Mike McGear is born Peter Michael McCartney in Liverpool, England- UK Singer/Songwriter with the Scaffold, & step brother of Paul McCartney (1968 Christmas UK No.1 single ‘Lily The Pink’). 
1945 Dave Cousinsis born David Joseph Hindson in Hounslow, Middlesex, England. UK Singer/Songwriter/Musician with The Strawbs, (1973 UK No.2 single with ‘Part Of The Union’). 
1946 Andy Brown born in Birmingham, England. Drummer with The Fortunes, (1965 UK No.2 & US No.7 single ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’). 
1948 Kenny Loggins born in Birmingham, Washington. US Singer/Songwriter, (one half of Loggins & Messina 1971-76), 1984 US No.1 & UK No. 6 single ‘Footlose’ from the film of the same name. 
1955 Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. 
1956 Mitch Miller went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with ‘The Yellow Rose Of Texas’. Staying at the Top Spot for 6wks. 
1959 Kathy Valentine born in Austin, Texas. UK Bass Player who joined the The Go- Go’s in 1980. (1982 US No.2 single ‘We Got The Beat’, 1982 UK No.47 single ‘Our Lips Our Sealed’). 
1961 Country singer Johnny Tillotson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Poetry In Motion.’ 
1962 Taja Sevelle, (real name Nancy Richardson), US singer, she started recording at age 15 in 1987. (1988 UK No.7 single ‘Love Is Contagious’). 
1964 Harmonica player Cyril Davies died of leukaemia died aged 32. Davies was a driving force in the early 60’s blues movement forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner. 
1964 The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US. 
1969 The Scaffold were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lily The Pink. ‘ 
1970 Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. The set list included: I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Loveand Communication Breakdown. 
1971 Black Sabbath released ‘Paranoid’ their second studio album in the US. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’. The album was originally titled War Pigs, but allegedly the record company changed it to Paranoid, fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War. 
1973 Appearing live at Newcastle City Hall, England, David Bowie. 
1974 John Rich, bass, vocals, Lonestar, (2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’). 
1974 Carly Simon and James Taylor became parents when their daughter Sarah Maria was born. 
1974 Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American Get Your Wings Tour. 
1977 Andy Gibb was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry. 
1980 Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison. 
1980 Larry Williams – US Rock’n’Roller, who died of a gunshot wound. Born 10th May, 1935. 
1980 Pink Floyd released Another Brick In The Wall, (Part 2) in the US. The single peaked at No.1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only #1 hit single. The single went to #1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy. 
1981 The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour. 
1982 Singles reviewed in this weeks Smash Hits included Haircut 100, ‘Love Plus One’, XTC ‘Senses Working Overtime’ and Robert Palmer ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’. OMD had the front cover plus interviews with Adam Ant, Squeeze and Dollar. 
1986 Jeremy Miles Ferguson, American musician, better known by the stage name Jinxx, with American rock band Black Veil Brides. 
1989 Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Especially For You.’ 
1990 Appearing at Wembley Arena, London, Chris Rea on his ‘Road To Hell tour’. 
1993 R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio. 
1994 Oasis started recording their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, at Monrow studios in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, (being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not). The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide. 
1998 Savage Garden made No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. 
2003 The Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O’Mahony who set up the magazine in 1963 said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing gets less and less as the years go on. 
2004 Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia aged 64. Worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O. 
2006 Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations. 
2006 Pink married her motocross racer boyfriend Carey Hart on a beach in Costa Rica. More than 100 people attended the singer’s big day, including Lisa-Marie Presley. Pink proposed to him during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California, by holding up a sign that read “Will you marry me?” Hart pulled out of the race to say yes. 
2006 Mary J. Blige was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Breakthrough’ the R&B singer’s third US No.1 album. 
2009 At the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Carrie Underwood is the night’s big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song (“Last Name”) and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts also picks up an award for Favorite Group. 
2010 According to Nielsen SoundScan’s final 2009 figures, Michael Jackson was the best selling artist of the year, moving 8,286,000 units. Forty years after their break-up, The Beatles were still the best selling group, thanks to their remastered catalog which sold 3,282,000 copies. Digital downloads however, were a different story. Lady Gaga was the queen of the downloads, selling 15,297,000 digital tracks. The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift all finished in the vicinity of 12 million digital units. 
2016 American singer Troy Shondell died from complications of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease aged 76. He became a transatlantic one-hit wonder, with his 1961 ‘This Time’, which topped the charts in both US and the UK, selling over one million records. He also recorded under the name of Gary Shelton.

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