This Weekend in Music History
December 15th, 1956 – A phrase is born when Elvis Presley gave his final performance on a live radio program in Louisiana. At the end of the show, the DJ uttered the now legendary phrase “Elvis has left the building.” Presley had made 50 appearances on that particular radio show throughout his career.
December 14th, 1972 – Ringo Starr’s ‘Born To Boogie’ premiers in London. The film was based on a concert starring Ringo, Marc Bolan and T. Rex. It was directed by Ringo himself and released under the Beatles‘ Apple label.
December 14th, 1973 – Bruce Springsteen appears for a show at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut but sold just 200 tickets for the show.
December 14th, 1998 – Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a LA court and agrees to testify against six others who allegedly participated in similar acts. Allegedly, Preston was part of a group who staged car crashes, thefts, and fires for a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims. Preston got five years of probation plus one year in jail. He was already serving a term for violating probation on a prior conviction of cocaine possession.
December 15th, 1984 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band Aid entered the charts at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof was able to put together a who’s who list of pop acts to participate in the song. Duran Duran, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, and Bananarama were just some of the great acts to lend their talents in the charity single.
December 15th, 1990 – Rod Stewart marries model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills, and is quoted saying “I found the girl that I want, I won’t be putting my banana in anybody’s fruit bowl from now on.” They split up in 1999.
December 16th, 1970 – Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Revival are certified gold. The singles were: ‘Down on the Corner’, ‘Lookin out My Back Door’, ‘Travelin’ Band’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Up around the Bend’. The albums were ‘Cosmo’s Factory’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, ‘Green River’, ‘Bayou Country’ and ‘Credence Clearwater Revival’.