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Friday, December 22, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1958 "The Chipmunk Song" by the The Chipmunks with David Seville hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1962 "Telstar" by the Tornadoes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. (It was the first British group to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.)

In 1972 Joni Mitchell's album "For The Roses," containing the single "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio," is certified gold.

In 1973 "Band On The Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings enters the U.S. albums chart.

In 1975 A suitcase with $85,000 in receipts is stolen from Ike & Tina Turner.

In 1976 Isaac Hayes ("Theme From Shaft") files for bankruptcy.

In 1976 The Doobie Brothers' LP "Best of the Doobies" goes platinum.

In 1977 Styx's album "The Grand Illusion" is certified platinum.

In 1978 Faces drummer Kenny Jones becomes the Who's new drummer after the death of Keith Moon, 4 months earlier.

In 1978 The stage version of Harry Nilsson's "The Point" opens in London with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz.

In 1979 Paul McCartney, the Who, Elvis Costello, the Clash and Rockpile appear at a 3-concert benefit series at London's Hammersmith Odeon for the People of Kampuchea.

In 1979 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1979 "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there 2 weeks.

In 1984 CBS Records announces plans for the release of Mick Jagger's first solo album, set for the following February.

In 1984 "Sugar Walls" by Sheena Easton enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1984 "Like A Virgin" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 6 weeks.

In 1986 Paul Simon's album "Graceland" is certified platinum.

In 1989 Edie Brickell makes her acting debut as a lounge singer in "Born On The 4th Of July."

In 1990 "All The Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1991 Gregg Allman makes his acting debut playing a drug dealer in the film "Rush."

In 1993 Michael Jackson, fighting back against child molestation allegations, issued a video statement in which he said he was "totally innocent of any wrongdoing."

In 1993 Wilson Picket is sentenced to probation for driving drunk two years earlier across the lawn of his neighbor: Englewood, NJ, Mayor Donald

In 1993 Ace of Base's single "The Sign" is released.

In 1994 One day after Snoop Doggy Dogg is busted on pot charges in Lake Charles, LA, five members of his entourage are arrested in fight at a riverboat casino hotel.

In 1994 Pearl Jam announces they'll sell tickets to their show through a mail-order service in order to avoid Ticketmaster, whom they accused of holding a monopoly on ticket sales.

In 1997 "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden is certified gold.

In 1998 James Brown holds his annual toy give-away for poor kids at the Imperial Theatre in Atlanta.

In 1999 Jessica Simpson's album "Sweet Kisses" is certified gold.

In 2000 Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie get married in the Scottish Highlands.

In 2002 Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, dies at age 50.

In 2014 British singer Joe Cocker, known for his cover of "With a Little  Help From My Friends," and the ballad "You Are So Beautiful," dies of lung cancer. He was 70.

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