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Monday, December 18, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1737 Renowned violin-maker, Antonio Stradivari dies in Cremona, Italy.

In 1892 "The Nutcracker Suite," by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premieres in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1961 Britain's EMI Records rejects the Beatles for a record contract.

In 1961 Chubby Checker's "The Twist" marked its 23rd consecutive week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, longer than any other on the chart.

In 1961 "Baby It's You" by the Shirelles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1961 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1962 The Beatles make their final trip to Hamburg, Germany, opening a 2-week gig at the Star Club.

In 1964 Hundreds of mourners view Sam Cooke's body in Chicago.

In 1965 "We Can Work It Out" b/w "Day Tripper" by the Beatles and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1965 U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler records "Ballad of the Green Berets."

In 1967 The Monkees, Peter Noone and Mark Lindsay appear on the cover of 16 magazine.

In 1968 At London's Underground Club, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, enclosed in a white bag, hold a press conference to explain Ono's "Bagism."

In 1970 The Supremes, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder guest star on ABC's "Smokey Robinson TV Special."

In 1970 The Beatles' "From Them To Us," a Christmas album for their fan club is released.

In 1970 The albums "Pendulum" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by Bob Dylan are both certified gold.

In 1971 Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra, whom he had married when she was 13, divorce.

In 1971 "Without You" by Nilsson enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1972 America's "Homecoming" album and the Moody Blues "Nights In White Satin" are both certified gold. Helen Reddy's single "I Am Woman" also goes gold.

In 1975 Rod Stewart announces he's leaving the Faces to go solo.

In 1976 "New Kid In Town" by the Eagles and "Fly Like An Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 Linda Ronstadt's "Greatest Hits" enters the U.S. albums chart.

In 1981 A Rod Stewart concert with guests Kim Carnes and Tina Turner is broadcast live on radio stations across the country.

In 1982 "Maneater" by Daryl Hall & John Oates hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1983 Keith Richards marries Patti Hansen in Cablo San Lucas.

In 1986 A Houston judge said that while heavy metal music glorifying violence was "filth," it was not responsible for the conduct of a 16-year-old who shot and killed her mother after a fight over a
knitting needle.

In 1988 Edie Brickell and New Bohemians' debut album is certified gold.

In 1989 Amy Grant, and her husband Gary Chapman, celebrate the birth of daughter, Gloria.

In 1991 Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler rescues his wife, baby daughter and pet cat from their burning home in Marshfield Hills, MA.

In 1992 "Led Zeppelin IV" is certified platinum for the eleventh time.

In 1995 An Oregon artist sues the estate of Jerry Garcia because she was not allowed to put his signature on lithographs. Garcia had signed a contract with her before his death.

In 1995 The reunited Eagles have the highest concert gross for the year with more than $60 million for their 58-show "Hell Freezes Over" tour.

In 1995 Boyz II Men's album "II" is certified platinum for the 11th time.

In 1997 As part of a charity effort for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), Tori Amos posts 14 music videos on the Internet.

In 1998 A federal judge orders former Temptation Dennis Edwards to stop performing under the group's name.

In 1998 Whitney Houston's album "My Love Is Your Love" is certified gold and platinum, while Celine Dion's CD "These Are Special Times" goes triple platinum.

In 1999 "What A Girl Wants" by Christina Aguilera is released.

In 2000 British music magazine Melody Maker, which began publishing weekly in 1926, publishes its last issue.

In 2000 Bruce Springsteen plays the second of two benefit shows at Ashbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey to benefit several charities.

In 2002 Radiohead hosts a webcast featuring songs from the group's forthcoming Capitol album.

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