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November 30th, 1971Sly And The Family Stone are at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Family Affair’. It would be their last No.1 hit and Rolling Stone magazine would later rank the song at 138 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

December 1st, 1964The Who plays the first of their 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London. The Marquee Club was a springboard for many important British bands in the 60′s. Acts such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others, all appeared at the club.

December 2nd, 1969Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped at knife-point by a man who worked maintenance in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on a freeway in San Diego. The kidnapper was arrested later in Las Vegas.

December 3rd, 1968 – NBC airs the famed Elvis Presley comeback special. After years of making bad movies, Presley proves he can still shake his hips and rock by improvising a set with his old rhythm section in a boxing ring. He brought the house down with the debut of “If I Can Dream.”

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, 1969Steam 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.


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