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Friday, December 8, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A premieres.

In 1914 "Watch Your Step," the first musical revue to feature a score completely written by Irving Berlin, opens in New York.

In 1941 Ray Eberle and the Modernaires team with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to record "Moonlight Cocktail."

In 1956 "Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 9 weeks.

In 1958 "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1960 Fabian visits Elvis Presley at Graceland.

In 1961 The Beach Boys' first single "Surfin'" is released.

In 1962 "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by The Miracles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs play Carnegie Hall.

In 1963 Frank Sinatra Jr. is kidnapped from Harrah's South Lodge in Lake Tahoe. After paying $240,000 in marked bills, police discovered that Sinatra, Jr. cooperated with his abductors in their plot.

In 1968 Graham Nash announces the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash with ex-Byrds member David Crosby and ex-Buffalo Springfield member Stephen Stills.

In 1969 Jimi Hendrix is found not guilty of heroin possession in Toronto.

In 1970 Jim Morrison records poetry, "An American Prayer," his final work.

In 1972 Carly Simon's album "No Secrets" is certified gold.

In 1975 A record executive pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Robbie McIntosh, drummer with the Average White Band.

In 1976 John Denver guests on The Carpenters' ABC-TV special.

In 1979 Randy Newman appears on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1979 "The Long Run" by the Eagles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1979 "Babe" by Styx hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1980 Pat Benatar receives a platinum record for her debut album "In The Heat of the Night."

In 1980 John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his Dakota Apartment in New York City as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were returning from a recording session.

In 1981 Billy Joel's album "Songs In The Attic" is certified gold.

In 1982 Marty Robbins ("El Paso") dies of heart failure at age 52.

In 1983 Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play the first of two Multiple Sclerosis benefits at Madison Square Garden. The show was organized by ex-Faces member and M.S. victim Ronnie Lane.

In 1984 Ex-Coasters manager Patrick Cavanaugh is found guilty of murdering group member Buster Wilson.

In 1984 Ringo Starr appears on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1984 "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner and "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1984 "Out Of Touch" by Hall & Oates hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1985 Tina Turner wins the NAACP best actress award for "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome."

In 1990 "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" by Celine Dion enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1990 "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" by Stevie B hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1995 Four months after the death of founder Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead announces it was disbanding after 30 years.

In 1997 Leann Rimes wins four Billboard Music Awards including Artist Of The Year, Country Album Of The Year for "Blue" and Country Artist Of The Year. Elton John wins Single Of The Year for "Candle In the Wind."

In 1998 Bruce Springsteen announces that for the first time in nearly a decade, he would tour with the E Street Band again.

In 1998 The Spice Girls' single "Goodbye" is released.

In 1998 Brandy's album "Never Say Never" is certified double platinum.

In 1999 The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears are the big winners at the 10th annual Billboard Music Awards with four each.

In 1999 James Brown makes his new MP3-only holiday album "James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever" available exclusively through Emusic.com.

In 2000 Metallica sues perfume manufacturer Guerlain Inc. and the Neiman-Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman department store chains, alleging trademark infringement by creating and marketing a "Metallica" perfume brand.

In 2000 Sting receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2003 Ozzy Osbourne fractures eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck in a bike crash on his English country estate.

In 2004 Longtime "American Bandstand" host and music producer Dick Clark is hospitalized in the Los Angeles after suffering a minor stroke.

In 2004 A man storms the stage at a concert in Columbus, Ohio, and shot to death former Pantera, then Damageplan, guitarist "Dimebag"

Darrell Abbott, 38, and three others before a police officer shot and killed him.

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