This Month in music history

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December 1

• 1983: Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records for producing albums that are “not commercial”

• 1982: Michael Jackson releases Thriller

December 2

• 1970: Jay-Z is born Shawn Corey Carter

December 3

• 1979: Eleven Who fans are trampled to death rushing to gain admittance for general seating at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum

• 1948: Ozzy Osbourne is born John Michael Osbourne

December 4

• 1993: Frank Zappa dies of pancreatic cancer

December 6

• 1988: Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack

• 1969: Infamous stabbing by the Hell’s Angels at Altamont occurs during Rolling Stones show

• 1956: Randy Rhodes is born

December 7

• 1949: Tom Waits in born

• 1942: Singer/songwriter Harry Chapin is born

December 8

• 1980: John Lennon is assassinated in front of his NYC apartment building

• 1947: Gregg Allman is born

• 1943: Jim Morrison is born

December 10

• 1967: Otis Redding dies in a plane crash

December 11

• 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis secretly weds his third wife, third cousin Myra Gale Brown

December 12

• 1943: Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band is born

• 1915: Frank Sinatra is born

December 13

• 1948: Ted Nugent is born

December 18

• 1943: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is born

December 22

• 1946: Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is born

December 23

• 1966: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is born

December 25

• 1946: Jimmy Buffett is born

December 26

• 1940: Legendary music producer and “Wall of Sound” creator Phil Spector is born

December 30

• 1999: George Harrison is stabbed several times after he and his wife, Olivia, are attacked by an intruder in their home outside London

• 1928: Bo Diddley is born

December 31

• 1984: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car accident in England

• 1943: John Denver is born John Henry Deutschendorf

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