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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1959 "Heartaches By The Number" by Guy Mitchell hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1963 Dinah Washington, 39, dies of an overdose of sleeping pills.

In 1963 "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for six weeks.

In 1964 Michael Brown of The Left Banke meets Rene Fladen, who inspires him to write "Walk Away Rene" and "Pretty Ballerina."

In 1965 Frank Sinatra is featured on the cover of Look magazine.

In 1966 Chad & Jermey do a 2-part episode of ABC-TV's "Batman."

In 1967 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1968 "Crimson & Clover" by Tommy James & the Shondells enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.

In 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is certified gold.

In 1969 The Jackson Five make their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "I Want You Back."

In 1970 John Lennon's "Instant Karma" and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" are both certified gold.

In 1971 John Lennon & Yoko Ono play at a farewell party for UN secretary U. Thant.

In 1972 "Born to Boogie," a film starring Marc Bolan, directed by Ringo Starr with special guest Elton John, premieres in London.

In 1972 Alexanders department store in New York opens its doors after-hours so Alice Cooper can do his holiday shopping.

In 1972 "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts is certified gold.

In 1973 Loggins & Messina host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."

In 1974 Ginger Baker forms the Baker-Gurvitz Army with brothers Paul and Adrian Gurvitz.

In 1974 David Crosby & Graham Nash perform together in San Francisco at a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers and Project Jonah.

In 1974 "Lady" by Styx, "Some Kind Of Wonderful" by Grand Funk and "Fire" by the Ohio Players all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1978 Cheech & Chong appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1979 The Village People host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."

In 1980 Yoko Ono asks for 10 minutes of nationwide silence following the murder of John Lennon 6 days earlier.

In 1982 The albums "A Merry Mancini Christmas" by Henry Mancini and "H2O" by Hall & Oates are both certified gold, while "Chicago 16" by Chicago goes platinum.

In 1983 "Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'" video is released. 

In 1986 Elton John records a live album with the 88-piece Melbourne Orchestra on the last night of his Australian tour.

In 1990 Janet Jackon's "Rhythm Nation 1814" album is certified platinum for the fifth time.

In 1991 Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" CD debuts at #1 on Billboard's albums chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1993 "Eagles-Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" by the Eagles is certified multi-platinum (14).

In 1994 Bob Seger's "Greatest Hits" album goes gold and platinum.

In 1995 White House classified documents are released revealing the FBI spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early 1970's in a possible attempt to have the former Beatle deported.

In 1995 Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among those who perform on ABC-TV's "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way."

In 1996 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) present Paul and Linda McCartney with the group's first Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1996 "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1998 R. Kelly's album "R." is certified gold and platinum.

In 1999 Paul McCartney, along with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep  Purple's Ian Paice, perform at the Cavern Club for the first time since his days with the Beatles.

In 1999 Christina Aguilera's video "Genie Gets Her Wish" and Ricky Martin's video "One Night Only" are both released.

In 1999 "My Love Is Your Love" by Whitney Houston is certified platinum.

In 2000 The Jingle Ball 2000 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden is hosted by Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson.

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