This Week in Music History
December 3rd, 2007 - Diana Ross and Brian Wilson are awarded the Kennedy Center Honors. Recognizing them for a lifetime of contributions to American culture through the performing arts in music. In attendance is President Bush along with Hootie and the Blowfish who helped honor Wilson with a medley of his songs.
December 4th, 1980 – Prince plays the first night of his 31 day ‘Dirty Mind’ tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, oh, and bikini brief trunks.
December 5th, 1965 – The Beatles play their last show ever. It’s in their hometown of Liverpool as they appear at The Liverpool Empire during their final tour. Just 5,100 tickets were made available, but 40,000 fans had applied to get entry to the show.
December 6th, 1969 – Steam start a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’. The song was actually recorded by Gary De Carlo, who intended it to be the “B” side of his first single. Once recorded, Gary didn’t like the song and when record execs pushed to issue it as the “A” side, he then created a fictitious band called Steam in order to release the song without it being directly tied to his name.
December 7th, 1991 – Michael Jackson starts his seven week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Black Or White’, his 12th solo No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. It was the fastest chart topper since The Beatles’ ‘Get Back,’ and made Jackson the first artist to have No.1 hits in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s.
December 8th, 1963 – Frank Sinatra’s son was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released a couple days later after Frank payed the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.
December 9th,1967 – Police arrest Jim Morrison as he performs onstage in New Haven, Conn. It’s the culmination of a wild night for the Lizard King, who clashed with a cop trying to hassle him and his lady before the gig. The cop in return maced him. When Morrison began complaining about his treatment by the New Haven police to the crowd, the house lights were turned up and Morrison was busted for breaching the peace.