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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Monday, December 18, 2017

79 years ago (1938)Chas Chandler, bass player for the Animals, is born.
74 years ago (1943)Keith Richards, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, is born.
56 years ago (1961)Chubby Checker's The Twist has now been on the Hot 100 chart for 23 straight weeks, longer than any other disc on the chart.
53 years ago (1964)Funeral services are held in Chicago for Sam Cooke. Hundreds of fans break the glass doors off and cause other damage to the A.R. Leak Funeral Home, where Cooke's body is on display. Among his big hits were Cupid, You Send Me, Chain Gang, Having a Party, Twistin' the Night Away and Wonderful World.
52 years ago (1965)The Beatles enter the Hot 100, again, with both sides of their latest record, We Can Work It Out and Day Tripper. The former is on the charts for 12 weeks making it to #1 while the latter only makes it up to #5.
52 years ago (1965)Stevie Wonder's Uptight enters the Hot 100 where it stays put for 14 weeks, peaking at #3. It's Wonder's first trip to the top ten since his first smash, Fingertips, Part Two.
49 years ago (1968)At a Christmas Party called “An Alchemical Wedding” at the Underground Club in London, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear, sort of. They're both onstage but they aren't visible. They're crawling inside a large white bag. This is the start of what Yoko terms “bag-ism.”
48 years ago (1969)Freakazoid Tiny Tim, 40, marries Miss Vicki, 17, on The Tonight Show.
48 years ago (1969)A New York Times article estimates that the youth audience in America accounts for 75-percent of the $1 billion spent annually on recorded music. The same issue contains one of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's full page “War is Over” ads.
47 years ago (1970)Creedence Clearwater Revival's latest album, Pendulum, is added to their gold collection. Bob Dylan's second album, Freewheelin' (from 1963), is certified gold.
46 years ago (1971)Dial Records, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, releases Joe Tex's funk record I Gotcha. In late January 1972, the song will reach #2 on the pop chart. A big factor in the success of the song is Tex's slurred delivery of the line “Told you not to play with my affection,” which causes millions of teenage girls to mistake the last word for erection.
43 years ago (1974)Singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson earns his second gold record, for Me and Bobby McGee, four years after the album's release. The album's title song was a million selling hit for Janis Joplin three years earlier.
42 years ago (1975)At a press conference in London, Rod Stewart announces he's leaving the Faces to go solo.
41 years ago (1976)The Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle LP is released.
36 years ago (1981)An estimated 35 million people around the world watch Rod Stewart's satellite televised concert at the Forum in Los Angeles. The show features guest appearances by Kim Carnes, who sings Tonight's the Night with Stewart, and Tina Turner, who duets on Hot Legs, Stay with Me, and Get Back. The broadcast is the first of its kind since Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii, back in 1973.
34 years ago (1983)Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen during a ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger is the best man.
8 years ago (2009)Pollstar releases its research for the decade from 2000 to 2009 which says the highest-grossing touring artist of North America is the Dave Matthews Band, grossing nearly $530 million. Celine Dion and Kenny Chesney are #2 and #3. Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffett also made the Top Ten list as did Elton John, with or without his Piano Man counterpart, Billy Joel. And, once hell froze over, the Eagles spent much of the decade filling venues. Louisiana’s own Britney Spears comes in at #19 with $195 million from 3.5 million tickets sold.
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