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This Weekend in Music History

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December 28th, 1983Dennis Wilson of Beach Boys fame, and only genuine surfer of the group, takes one last dive into the Pacific in Marina Del Rey, California. He had previously made two other successful dives to recover items he had drunkenly thrown off his boat three years prior. Unfortunately, something went wrong and Wilson drowned on this third dive.  President Reagan helped arrange a burial at sea for Wilson, a honor normally reserved for Naval personnel.

December 29th, 1966Paul McCartney begins working on his new song ‘Penny Lane’ recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near John Lennon’s house, in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus to take them to the center of the city.

December 29th, 1973Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US single of the year when ‘Time In A Bottle’ went to the top of the charts. Croce had recently died in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th, 1973.

December 30th, 1999 George Harrison and his wife Olivia are attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Oxfordshire. Olivia fought back the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp, but Harrison was stabbed in the chest and was later admitted to the hospital for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises. Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had an irrational obsession with the Beatles.

December 30th, 2002Diana Ross is arrested for drunk driving by the Arizona highway patrol after a motorist called to report a swerving vehicle. When asked to walk in a straight line Ross fell over and could not count to 30 or balance on one foot. Police said she was twice over the legal limit with a blood-alcohol level of 0.20.

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