December 2013

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1 DECEMBER
1935: Lou Rawls, Sandy Nelson
1945: John Densmore (Doors)
1951–89: Jaco Pastorius
1969: Magic Sam Maghett the Chicago bluesman best known for his hit ‘High Heel Sneakers’ dies at age 32.
1976: The Sex Pistols swear at Bill Grundy on prime-time TV.

2 DECEMBER
1915: Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples
1982: Folksinger and songwriter David Blue (Cohen) dies whilst jogging in NYC.
1997: Guitar virtuoso Michael Hedges dies in Mendocino.
2004: UK songwriter Kevin Coyne dies, aged 60.

3 DECEMBER
1930: Odetta
1940: John Cale
1948: Ozzy Osbourne
1971: The Montreux Casino burns to the ground during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, later immortalised by opening act Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’.

4 DECEMBER
1944–83: Dennis Wilson
1956: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – the Million Dollar Quartet – record songs eventually released in 1981.
1971: Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Family Affair’ tops the pop and soul charts.
1976: Tommy Bolin ODs on various substances in Miami.
1980: Led Zeppelin disband.

5 DECEMBER
1899–1965: Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Miller)
1935: Little Richard born in Macon, Georgia.
1938: J.J. Cale
1968: Rolling Stones launch Beggars Banquet in London.
1964: Rolling Stones second UK No.1 with ‘Little Red Rooster’/’Time Is On My Side’ (co-written by Jimmy Norman, who died in November this year).

6 DECEMBER
1919 Dave Brubeck
1947: Miroslav Vitous (Weather Report)
1877: The first sound recorded on a machine was made by Thomas Alva Edison.
1969: Rolling Stones free ‘thank-you’ concert at the Altamont Speedway in California ends the ‘summer of love.’
1988: Roy Orbison dies.

7 DECEMBER
1942: Harry Chapin
1949: Tom Waits
1968: The Beatles (aka The Double White album) tops UK album chart.
1967: The Beatles’ Apple Boutique opens in London.
1964: Brian Wilson has nervous breakdown and decides to stop touring with the Beach Boys.

8 DECEMBER
1921: Johnny Otis
1925: Jimmy Smith, organist
1947–71: Jim Morrison
1948: Gregg Allman
1980: John Lennon is assassinated in NYC as he returns from a recording session.
1982: Blues/harmonica giant Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton dies at age 65.

9 DECEMBER
1932: Donald Byrd, trumpeter
1933: Jesse Hill, Trombone Shorty’s grandfather.
1934: Junior Wells, Dan Hicks
1943–2000: Rick Danko
1950: Joan Armatrading

10 DECEMBER
1910: John Hammond Sr
1918: Professor Longhair
1926–59: Guitar Slim (Eddie Jones)
1967: Otis Redding is killed in a plane crash in a Wisconsin lake. He is only 26.

11 DECEMBER
1926: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
1938: McCoy Tyner
1944: Booker T. Jones
1944: Brenda Lee
1964: Sam Cooke dies.

12 DECEMBER
1918: Joe Williams
1943: Grover Washington Jr.
1943: Dickey Betts
1949: Paul Rodgers (Free)
1968: Rolling Stones and guests film Rock & Roll Circus.
1987: Clifton Chenier, king of zydeco, dies aged 62.

13 DECEMBER
1933: Wayne Bennett (guitarist)
1948: Ted Nugent
1948: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
1954: Steve Forbert.
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes first appearance on Ready Steady Go!

14 DECEMBER
1920: Clark Terry, trumpeter
1933: Charlie Rich
1963: Dinah Washington dies of a drug OD, aged 39.
1974: In possibly the worst career move in musical history, Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones.

15 DECEMBER
1922–1975: Alan Freed
1942: Dave Clark
1946: Carmine Appice
2001: Rufus ‘Walking The Dog’ Thomas dies in Memphis.
2006: Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies aged 83.

16 DECEMBER
1966: Polydor Records releases the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut single ‘Hey Joe’ b/w ‘Stone Free’.
1990: Jackie Mittoo, the great reggae keyboardist, dies.
1997: Nicolette Larson, who had a hit with Neil Young’s ‘Lotta Love,’ dies aged 45.
2007: Dan Fogelberg dies, aged 56.

17 DECEMBER
1939: James Booker
1941: Art Neville – keyboard player par excellence. Founder of The Meters and The Neville Brothers.
1942: Paul Butterfield
1950: Carlton Barrett
1975: Chicago bluesman Theodore ‘Hound Dog’ Taylor dies.

18 DECEMBER
1914: Connie Curtis ‘Pee Wee’ Crayton
1917: Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson
1933: Lee ‘Lonnie Brooks’ Baker, Jr
1938 – 1996: Bryan ‘Chas’ Chandler, the man who discovered Jimi Hendrix.
1943: Keith Richards

19 DECEMBER
1918: Roy “Professor Longhair” Byrd
1940–76: Phil Ochs
1941: Maurice White
1944: Alvin Lee
1955: Carl Perkins records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ in Memphis.
1975: The Rolling Stones formally announce that Ron Wood has become their fifth member.

20 DECEMBER
1940: Frank Zappa
1948: Stevie Wright (Easybeats)
1958: Billy Bragg
1967: Jethro Tull formed by lan Anderson and Glenn Cornick.
1983: Merle Travis, dies in Nashville, aged 65.

21 DECEMBER
1934: Hank Crawford
1943: Albert Lee
1946–1998: Carl Wilson
1992: Albert King dies in Memphis, aged 69.

22 DECEMBER
1949: Robin and Maurice Gibb
1979: Paul McCartney holds the first of thee concerts in London to benefit Kampuchea.
1985: D.Boon, guitarist with The Minutemen, dies in car crash.
2002: Joe Strummer of The Clash dies, aged 50.

23 DECEMBER
1935: Esther Mae “Little Esther Philips” Jones
1941–80: Tim Hardin
1939–66: Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath)
1966: BBC airs the final episode of pop show Ready Steady Go!
1992: Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel dies, aged 42.

24 DECEMBER
1920: Dave Bartholomew
1924: Lee Dorsey
1944: Mike Curb
1946: Jan Akkerman
1954: Johnny Ace kills himself playing Russian roulette.

25 DECEMBER
1929: Chris Kenner
1940: Jimmy Buffett
1940: Phil ‘Duck For Cover’ Spector
1945: Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)
1948: Merry Clayton
1945: Noel Redding (The Experience)

26 DECEMBER
1955: Bill Haley & the Comets’ ‘See You Later Alligator’ released by Decca.
1956: Fats Domino’s ‘Blue Monday’ enters the charts to hit No. 9 on the pop charts.
1967: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour shown on BBC1.
1999: Curtis Mayfield dies, aged 57.

27 DECEMBER
1929: Matt “Guitar” Murphy
1931: Scotty Moore (guitarist to the King)
1969: Go-Set reports: Russell Morris back from ten–week stay in London.
1980: Nearly 3 weeks to the day after John Lennon’s murder in NYC, Lennon & Yoko Ono’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ hits No. 1 in the US and UK simultaneously.

28 DECEMBER
1903: Earl Hines, pianist, bandleader
1932–79: Dorsey Burnette
1939: Charles Neville, saxophonist, Neville Brothers
1946: Edgar Winter
1950: Alex Chilton
1976: Freddie King, dies of hepatitis at age 42.

29 DECEMBER
1930: Radio Luxembourg starts broadcasting.
1966: Beatles begin recordin ‘Penny Lane’ at Abbey Road.
1980: Folksinger/songwriter Tim Hardin dies, aged 39, of a heroin OD in Hollywood.
1994: Gene Tanner of The 5 Royales dies.
1996: French chanteuse Mirielle Matthieu dies, aged, 90

30 DECEMBER
1928: Elias “Bo Diddley” McDaniel
1939: Del Shannon
1942: Michael Nesmith
1942: Robert Quine
1945: Davy Jones (Monkees)
1947: Jeff Lynne

31 DECEMBER
1942: Andy Summers
1943: John Denver
1946: Patti Smith
1969: At Fillmore East, NYC, Jimi Hendrix introduces his all–Black ‘Band of Gypsies’.
1970: On the last day of the year, the Beatles broke up.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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