Dcember 10th

1967 - American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.

1973 - The CBGB Club opened in the lower eastside of New York City; it became the home of new music such as the New Jersey native Blondie.

1983 - Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards married 27-year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.

1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to ban an album of his early songs. The case revolved around a dispute over copyright ownership between Bruce and a former manager.