This Month in Music History – December


December 1

• 1968: Janis Joplin makes her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company

•    1982: Epic Records releases Thriller – Michael Jackson’s first solo album in three years

•    1983: Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records for producing albums that are “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums”

December 2

•    1970: Jay-Z is born Shawn Corey Carter

•    1983: MTV airs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time

December 3

•    1961: The Beatles meet Brian Epstein for the first time in his record store in Liverpool

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

December 6

•    1956: Randy Rhodes is born

•    1969: The Rolling Stones headline a free show at Altamont Speedway in California; the Hell’s Angels handle security and stab a man to death during the show (See: Gimme Shelter)

•    1988: Roy Orbison dies of a massive heart attack at the age of 52

December 7

•    1949: Tom Waits is born

December 8

•    1943: Jim Morrison is born

•    1980: John Lennon is gunned down in front of his N.Y.C. apartment building after returning home from a recording session with his wife Yoko Ono

•    1995: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead announce they are disbanding. Jerry Garcia, cofounder of the group, had died the previous August

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

•    1964: Sam Cooke is shot and killed by hotel manager Bertha Franklin

December 13

•    2001: The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, file a lawsuit against Courtney Love. The claim is that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.

December 18

•    1943: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is born

December 23

•    1955: Bruce Hornsby is born

•    1966: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is born

December 24

•    1945: Lemmy of Motorhead is born

December 26

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

•    1968: Led Zeppelin begins its first U.S. tour

December 27

•    1932: Radio City Music Hall opens to the public in New York City’s Rockefeller Center

December 30

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

December 31

•  1943: John Denver is born John Henry Deutschendorf



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