December 2017

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1 DECEMBER

1935: Woody Allen

1935: Lou Rawls, Sandy Nelson

1945: John Densmore (Doors)

1951–89: Jaco Pastorius

1969: Magic Sam Maghett – Chicago bluesman best known for ‘High Heel Sneakers’ – dies at age 32

1976: Sex Pistols swear at Bill Grundy on prime-time TV

2 DECEMBER

1915: Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples

1982: Folksinger and songwriter David Blue (Cohen) dies in NYC

3 DECEMBER

1930: Odetta

1940: John Cale

1948: Ozzy Osbourne

1966: Two songs from Otis Redding enter the US charts, ‘Fa–Fa–Fa–Fa–Fa (Sad Song)’ and ‘Try A Little Tenderness’

1971: 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’

1979: Eleven Who fans trampled to death in Cincinnati

4 DECEMBER

1944–83: Dennis Wilson

1956: Four Sun Records stars – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash – record as what will later be known as the Million Dollar Quartet (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

1971: Paul McCartney starts Wings.

5 DECEMBER

1899–1965: Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Miller)

1938 – 2013: J.J. Cale

6 DECEMBER

1919 Dave Brubeck

1947: Miroslav Vitous (Weather Report)

1949: Leadbelly dies in New York.

1877: The first sound recorded on a machine was made by Thomas Alva Edison.

1969: The Rolling Stones perform a free ‘thank-you’ concert at the Altamont Speedway in California and end the ‘summer of love’

1988: Roy Orbison dies of heart attack

7 DECEMBER

1942: Harry Chapin

1949: Tom Waits

8 DECEMBER

1921: Johnny Otis 

1925: Jimmy Smith, organist

1947–71: Jim Morrison

1948: Gregg Allman

1981: Big Walter Horton dies in Chicago

1961: The Beach Boys release their first record, ‘Surfin’,’ on the small LA–based label Candix Records

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

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 in LA.

12 DECEMBER

1918: Joe Williams

1941: Dionne Warwick

1943: Grover Washington Jr.

1943: Dickey Betts

1949: Paul Rodgers (Free)

1968: The Rolling Stones, together with a galaxy of guest stars and friends film their TV show ‘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

14 DECEMBER

1920: Clark Terry, trumpeter

1933: Charlie Rich

1963: Dinah Washington dies of a drug OD, aged 39

1974: Mick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones

15 DECEMBER

1922–1975: Alan Freed

1942: Dave Clark

1946: Carmine Appice

16 DECEMBER

1918: Arthur C. Clarke

1966: Polydor Records releases the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut single ‘Hey Joe’ b/w ‘Stone Free’

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

1897: Fletcher Henderson – bandleader, arranger

1914: Connie Curtis “Pee Wee” Crayton

1917: Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

1933: Lee “Lonnie Brooks” Baker, Jr

1943: Bryan ‘Chas’ Chandler

1943: Keith Richards

19 DECEMBER

1918: Roy “Professor Longhair” Byrd

1940–76: Phil Ochs

1941: Maurice White

1944: Alvin Lee

1997: Jimmy Rodgers died in Chicago.

1955: Carl Perkins records what will be his biggest hit (No. 2 in the pop charts) ‘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

1958: Billy Bragg

1967: Jethro Tull is 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 died in Memphis

22 DECEMBER

1949: Robin and Maurice Gibb

1939: Ma Rainey dies in Columbus, Georgia

23 DECEMBER

1935: Esther Mae “Little Esther Philips” Jones

1941–80: Tim Hardin

1939–66: Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath)

24 DECEMBER

1920: Dave Bartholomew

1924: Lee Dorsey

1944: Mike Curb

1946: Jan Akkerman

1962: Michael Ray

1954: Johnny Ace kills himself playing Russian roulette.

25 DECEMBER

1886: Kid Ory

1907: Cab Calloway, singer/bandleader (died 1994)

1929: Chris Kenner

1932: Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman)

1940: Jimmy Buffett

1940: Phil ‘Duck For Cover’ Spector

1945: Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)

1945: Noel Redding (The Experience)

26 DECEMBER

1955: Bill Haley & the Comets’ ‘See You Later Alligator’ is 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

27 DECEMBER

1929: Matt “Guitar” Murphy

1931: Scotty Moore (guitarist to the King)

1980: Nearly three 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

1980: Folksinger/songwriter Tim Hardin dies of a heroin OD in Hollywood. His best known songs include the contemporary standards ‘Reason To

Believe’ and ‘If I Were a Carpenter’

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 a New Year’s Eve concert at the 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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