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    HC's Rock Rewind — December 2019

    All the happenings in Rock 'n' Roll History

    By Team HC |

     

     

    Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful month.

    Events

    1961 – The Beach Boys release “Surfin,” their first single, on the tiny label Candix Records.

    1960 - Aretha Franklin performs her very first concert. The show is at the Village Vanguard in New York City. 

    1960 – A 12-year-old James Taylor receives his first guitar as a Christmas present.

    1962 - Bob Dylan visited England for the first time. On that same trip, he plays his first show in London at the Troubadour Club. 

    1963 – Capitol Records releases the first Beatles single in America- “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” along with “I Saw Her Standing There.”

    1966 - Jimi Hendrix, now a rising star, makes his first UK TV appearance on  Ready Steady Go.

    1967 – The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie debuts on Great Britain’s BBC television network. 

    1968 – Graham Nash quits The Hollies. The formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash is announced just a few days later.

    1968 – The Miami Pop Festival takes place, marking the first major rock festival held on America’s East Coast. Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, the Grateful Dead and more perform.

    1968 – Led Zeppelin sets off on their first U.S. tour, opening in Denver, Colorado, for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit.

    1969 - John Lennon performs his final live concert ever in the UK. He performs with the Plastic Ono Band at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, and it's a Christmas benefit show with UNICEF. 

    1969 – Led Zeppelin appear on the U.S. singles chart for the first time, with “Whole Lotta Love.”

    1970 – The Rolling Stones film documentary, Gimme Shelter, opens in New York City.

    1970 - The Doors perform their final  show with Jim Morrison. It's at the Warehouse in New Orleans. 

    1971 – Sly and the Family Stone’s “Family Affair” begins a three-week run atop the U.S. singles chart.

    1972 – The Moody Blues’ Seventh Sojourn album begins a five-week run atop the U.S. album chart.

    1972 - Genesis plays their debut U.S. show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University.

    1973 – AC/DC hit the stage for the first time in Sydney, Australia. 

    1973 – The legendary punk/New Wave club CBGB opens in Manhattan.

    1974 – Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are recruited to become members of Fleetwood Mac.

    1974 – Carl Douglass’s “Kung Fu Fighting” tops the U.S. singles chart.

    1974 - Mick Taylor announces his his departure from the Rolling Stones. Ronnie Wood replaces him and stays with the Stones permanently. 

    1975 – The Faces formally call it quits.

    1980 – Led Zeppelin formally announce the band will not continue, in the wake of drummer John Bonham’s death.

    1980 – U2 stage their first concert in the U.S., performing at The Ritz in New York City.

    1981 – The J. Geils Band performs for prisoners at Boston's Norfolk Correctional Center

    1984 – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm after crashing his Corvette. He remains the drummer of Def Leppard.

    1985 – Country rocker Rick Nelson is killed, plus six other passengers, when the chartered airplane that they are flying crashes.

    1988 – Roy Orbison performs his last concert, staging a show in Cleveland, Ohio. Two days after the performance he dies from heart failure.

    1990 - Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond, having sold 10 million in America. 

    1992 – Bassist Bill Wyman quits the Rolling Stones, ending his 30-year-plus run with the band.

    1993 – During the making of a video for Travis Tritt’s cover of “Take It Easy,” the Eagles decide to reunite and tour.

    1994 – Green Day performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Earlier that year, the band was playing small clubs, so this is a major change.

    1995 – The Grateful Dead announce their breakup, four months after the death of Jerry Garcia.

    1999 – George Harrison is stabbed by a mentally disturbed intruder who breaks into his home.

    2007 – Led Zeppelin reunites for a one-off performance at the 02 Arena in London. Jason Bonham handles the drums in place of his late father, John Bonham.

    Led Zeppelin

    2015 – Carole King is recognized for her lifetime contributions to the arts at the Kennedy Center Honors.

    2015 – David Bowie attends the opening night of the Lazarus production at the New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. It is to be his last public appearance.

    2016 – Bob Dylan accepts the Nobel Prize for Literature.

     

    Releases

     

    1964 – The Beatles: Beatles for Sale

    Beatles

    1964 - The Beatles: Beatles '65

    1965 – The Byrds: Turn! Turn! Turn!

    1965 – Rolling Stones: December’s Children (And Everybody’s)

    1965 – The Beatles: Rubber Soul

    1966 – Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield

    1966 – Cream: Fresh Cream

    1967 – Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

     

    1967 – Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    Bob Dylan

     

    1967 – Leonard Cohen: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

    1967 - The Who: The Who Sell Out

    The Who

    1967 – Traffic: Mr. Fantasy

    1968 – Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet

    1968 – James Taylor: James Taylor

    1968 - Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears

    1969 – Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk

    1969 – Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed

    1969 – Blue Cheer: Blue Cheer

    1970 – Wishbone Ash: Wishbone Ash

    1970 – Credence Clearwater Revival: Pendulum

    1970 - John Lennon,  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

    1971 – America: America

    1971 - David Bowie: Hunky Dory

    David Bowie

    1972 - The Rolling Stones, More Hot Rocks

    1972 - Status Quo: Piledriver

    1973 – Paul McCartney and Wings: Band on the Run

    1973 – Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans

    1974 – George Harrison: Dark Horse

    1974 – Yes: Relayer

    1974 - Joe Walsh: So What

    1975 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Head On

    1975 – Bob Marley & the Wailers: Live!

    Bob Marley

    1976 – Wings: Wings Over America

    1976 – Blondie: Blondie

    1976 – Eagles: Hotel California

    1977 – Jackson Browne: Running on Empty

    1977 – Al Green: The Belle Album

    1979 – Todd Rundgren’s Utopia: Adventures in Utopia

    1980 - The Clash: Sandinista!

    1980 – Steve Winwood: Arc of a Diver

    1981 – Black Flag: Damaged

    1986 – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Good Music

    1987 -- Alison Krauss: Too Late to Cry

    1987 – Foreigner: Inside Information

     

    1987 - Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me

    Dinosaur Jr.

    1994 – Pearl Jam: Vitalogy

    1994 – Bush: Sixteen Stone

     

    2000 - Tool: Salival (box set) 

    Tool

    2001 – No Doubt: Rock Steady

    2003 – The Offspring: Splinter

    2008 - Fall Out Boy: Folie à Deux

    2011 – The Black Keys: El Camino

     

    Deaths

    Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) – Dec. 6, 1949

    Sam Cooke - December 11, 1964 

    Otis Redding – Dec. 10, 1967

    Bert Berns (wrote “Hang on Sloopy” and “Twist and Shout”) – Dec. 30, 1967

    Magic Sam – Dec. 1, 1969

    Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) – Dec. 8, 1975

    Tommy Bolin – Dec. 4, 1976

    Freddie King – Dec. 28, 1976

    Chris Bell (Big Star) – Dec. 27, 1978

    John Lennon – Dec. 8, 1980

    Tim Hardin – Dec. 29, 1980

    Marty Robbins – Dec. 8, 1982

    Big Joe Williams (blues musician) - December 17, 1982

    Dennis Wilson – Dec. 28, 1983

    Rick Nelson – Dec. 31, 1985 

    Roy Orbison – Dec. 6, 1988

    Frank Zappa – Dec. 4, 1993

    Frank Zappa

    Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms) – Dec. 4, 1993

    Dean Martin - Dec. 25, 1995

    Clarence “Satch” Satchell (The Ohio Players) – Dec. 30, 1995

    Faron Young – Dec. 10, 1996

    Floyd Cramer – Dec. 31, 1997

    Lynn Strait - December 11, 1998 

    Rick Danko (The Band) – Dec. 10, 1999

    Curtis Mayfield – Dec. 26, 1999

    Rufus Thomas - December 14, 2001 

    Zal Yanovsky (The Lovin' Spoonful) - December 13, 2002

    Meri Wilson – Dec. 28, 2002

    Dimebag Darrell – Dec. 8, 2004

    Hank Garland – Dec. 27, 2004

    Odetta – Dec. 2, 2008

    Dennis Yost (Classics IV) – Dec. 7, 2008

    Delaney Bramlett – Dec. 27, 2008

    Captain Beefheart - December 17, 2010 

    Hubert Sumlin – Dec. 4, 2011

    Dobie Gray – Dec. 6, 2011

    Dave Brubeck – Dec. 5, 2012

    Junior Murvin – Dec. 2, 2013

    Tommy Ruger- December 11, 2013 

    Bobby Keys – Dec. 2, 2014

    Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces) – Dec. 3, 2014

    Dawn Sears- December 11, 2014

    Scott Weiland – Dec. 3, 2015

    Stevie Wright (The Easybeats) – Dec. 27, 2015

     

    Lemmy Kilmister – Dec. 28, 2015

    Motorhead

    Greg Lake – Dec. 7, 2016

    George Michael - Dec. 25, 2016

    George Michael

     

    Births

    Ira Gershwin – Dec. 6, 1896

    Frank Sinatra - December 12, 1915 

    Pops Staples – Dec. 28, 1915

    Johnny Otis – Dec. 28, 1921

    Sammy Davis, Jr. – Dec. 8, 1925

    Bo Diddley – Dec. 30, 1928

    Odetta – Dec. 31, 1930

    Scotty Moore – Dec. 27, 1931

    Little Richard – Dec. 5, 1932

    Junior Wells – Dec. 9, 1934

    Del Shannon – Dec. 30, 1934

    Tom Brumley - December 11, 1935 

    J.J. Cale – Dec. 5, 1938

    Jerry Butler – Dec. 8, 1939

    Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) – Dec. 30, 1939

    Phil Spector – Dec. 26, 1940

     

    Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues) – Dec. 27, 1941

    Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) – Dec. 29, 1941

    Chris Hillman (The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds) – Dec. 4, 1942

    Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) – Dec. 4, 1942

    Harry Chapin – Dec. 7, 1942

    Rick Danko (The Band) – Dec. 29, 1942

    Michael Nesmith (The Monkees) – Dec. 30, 1942

    Mike Smith (The Dave Clark Five) – Dec. 6, 1943

    Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) - December 12, 1943 

    Jim Morrison – Dec. 8, 1943

    Pete Sinfield (King Crimson) – Dec. 27, 1943

    John Denver – Dec. 31, 1943

    Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) – Dec. 1, 1944

    John Densmore (The Doors) – Dec. 1, 1944

    Chris Hillman – Dec. 4, 1944

    Dennis Wilson – Dec. 4, 1944

    Mick Jones (Foreigner) – Dec. 27, 1944

    Noel Redding (bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience) - Dec. 25, 1945

    Davy Jones (The Monkees) – Dec. 30, 1945

    Gilbert O'Sullivan – Dec. 1, 1946

    Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) – Dec. 9, 1946

    Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) - December 15, 1946 

     

    Jimmy Buffett - Dec. 25, 1946

    Edgar Winter – Dec. 28, 1946

    Marianne Faithfull – Dec. 29, 1946

    Patti Smith – Dec. 30, 1946

    Jim Messina – Dec. 5, 1947

    Gregg Allman – Dec. 8, 1947

    Cozy Powell – Dec. 29, 1947

    Jeff Lynne – Dec. 30, 1947

    Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) – Dec. 31, 1947

    Ozzy Osbourne – Dec. 3, 1948

    Southside Johnny – Dec. 4, 1948

    Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - December 13, 1948 

    Ted Nugent - December 13, 1948 

    Donna Summer – Dec. 31, 1948

    Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) – Dec. 3, 1949

    Tom Waits – Dec. 7, 1949

    Cliff Williams (AC/DC) - December 14, 1949 

    Paul Rodgers (Free) - December 17, 1949 

    Dan Hartman – Dec. 8, 1950

    Billy Gibbons - December 16, 1950

    Alex Chilton – Dec. 28, 1950

    Jaco Pastorius – Dec. 1, 1951

    Gary Rossington – Dec. 4, 1951

    Robben Ford - December 16, 1951

    David Knopfler (Dire Straits) – Dec. 27, 1951

    Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) – Dec. 31, 1951

    Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet) – Dec. 3, 1952

    Bruce Kulick (Kiss) - December 12, 1953

    Robin Campbell (lead guitarist for UB40) - Dec. 25, 1954 

    Annie Lennox - Dec. 25, 1954

    Randy Rhoads – Dec. 6, 1956

    Peter Buck – Dec. 6, 1956

    Phil Collen (Def Leppard) – Dec. 8, 1956

    Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - December 11, 1957 

    Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) - December 11, 1958 

    Mike Mills (R.E.M.) - December 17, 1958

    Paul Westerberg – Dec. 31, 1959

    Rick Savage (Def Leppard) – Dec. 2, 1960

    Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) – Dec. 29, 1961

    Lars Ulrich – Dec. 26, 1963 

    Johnny Rzeznik – Dec. 5, 1965

    Dexter Holland (The Offspring) – Dec. 29, 1965

    Sinead O’Connor – Dec. 8, 1966

    Jakob Dylan – Dec. 9, 1969

    Noel Hogan (guitarist for the Cranberries) - Dec. 25, 1971

    Tom Delonge (Blink 182) - December 13, 1975

    Dan Hawkins (The Darkness) - December 12, 1976  

    Sara Bareilles – Dec. 7, 1979

    Amy Lee (Evanescence) - December 13, 1981 

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    Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A

     

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