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December 12

1957   

 

December 12

Ignoring the fact that he was still married to Jane Mitchum, 22-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his third cousin, 13-year-old Myra Gayle Brown, in a brief civil ceremony in Hernando, Mississippi. The union was performed by the Reverend M.C. Whitten with no family or friends in attendance. It was an event that eventually ruined Jerry Lee's Rock 'n' Roll career.

 

December 12

Disc Jockey Al Priddy of KEX, Portland, Oregon is fired for violating the radio station's ban against playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas". He was told by the management "It is not in the spirit we associate with Christmas."

 

1959   

 

December 12

After being pushed out of the number one spot on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the last four weeks, Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife" returned to the head of the list. It is a feat that is seldom duplicated.

 

1964   

 

December 12

Bobby Vinton scores his fourth Billboard chart topper with "Mr. Lonely". It was a song that Bobby co-wrote and had added to his Greatest Hits album as a filler, but the track was quickly released as a single when it started to get airplay.

 

December 12

The Zombies reached their highest point on the Billboard Pop chart when "She's Not There" topped out at #2. Although they recorded the track in just one take, it would stay on the Hot 100 for 3 months and climbed to #12 in the UK.

 

1966   

 

December 12

Elvis Presley donates over $100,000 to a variety of Memphis charities.

 

1970   

 

December 12

The Doors played their last concert with Jim Morrison as lead singer, at the Warehouse in New Orleans. Band members Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore would later recall watching Jim Morrison lose "all his energy" as the show came to a close.

 

December 12

Although they had enjoyed 26 previous Top 40 Hits, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with "The Tears Of A Clown". It was also a #1 in the UK.

 

December 12

Charges of larceny by trick are filed against Little Richard in Miami Beach, Florida by Blacks, Inc., a black advocacy group which says the veteran Rocker pocketed $250 he had solicited for the organization. Little Richard claims that all he wants is a receipt and then he'll give them their money. A week later, the charges were dropped.

 

December 12

The Magic Christian, a movie featuring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, premieres to negative reviews in London. The film also featured appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough and Roman Polanski.

 

1974   

 

December 12

Saying that he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new, Mick Taylor quit The Rolling Stones 5 1/2 years after replacing Brian Jones as lead guitarist. Former Faces member Ron Wood would be named to take his place.

 

1985   

 

December 12

47-year-old Ian Stewart, the "Pete Best" of The Rolling Stones, died of a heart attack in his doctor's waiting room. He left the band in May of 1963 when manager Andrew Loog Oldham felt that he didn't fit the bad boy image of the group, but continued to work with them as a road manager and played keyboards on most of The Stones' essential albums from the 1960s until the 1980s.

 

December 12

Dionne Warwick celebrates her 45th birthday by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

1991   

 

December 12

Cynthia Lennon, as well as Sean and Yoko Ono, attended the funeral of John Lennon's Aunt Mimi (Smith). Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all sent floral arrangements. During the service, the funeral home played "Imagine".

 

1998   

 

December 12

A seven inch single by The Quarry Men, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, was named as the rarest record of all time. Only 50 copies were made with each one being valued at 10,000 Pounds ($20,500).

 

2001   

 

December 12

Arthur Lee, guitarist and singer from the sixties Rock group, Love, was released from prison after serving almost six years of an eleven-year sentence. Lee had been convicted of possession of a firearm and for allegedly shooting a gun in the air during a dispute with a neighbor.

 

2003   

 

December 12

Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger's 92 year-old father was in attendance to see his son receive the award.

 

2007   

 

December 12

A copy of John Lennon's book, A Spaniard in the Works, which contained a lock of Lennon's hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for $48,000. Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasow, the Fab Four's hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx."

 

December 12

Ike Turner, whose role as one of Rock and Roll's most innovative architects was overshadowed by his image as the man who abused his former wife and singing partner Tina Turner, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 76.

 

2009   

 

December 12

Paul Anka denied accusations by his estranged wife Anna Yeager that he threatened her with a gun during a domestic dispute. Police decided not to take any action after no evidence of wrongdoing was found. The pair had married just eighteen months earlier.

 

2011   

 

December 12

Barry Manilow entered a Los Angeles hospital to have ripped abductor muscles repaired on both hips. He was quoted as saying, "That's what you get when you jump around to 'Copacabana' for 30 years!"

 

2012   

 

December 12

Google Inc. announced that "Whitney Houston" was the top search of the year following her untimely death on February 11th. Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video was second, followed by "Superstorm Sandy".

 

2013   

 

December 12

A spokeswoman for Apple records confirmed the release of 59 rare and unheard Beatles recordings in a bid to stop their copyright protection expiring. EU law protects recordings for 70 years, but only if they get an official release. Otherwise, the copyright period lasts 50 years. In the case of The Beatles, that means the master tape for their 1963 debut album "Please Please Me" is protected until 2033, but the unreleased session tapes for that album are not.

 

December 12

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow announced that The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and The Isley Brothers were among the artists to be honored with the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony the night before the 56th Annual Grammys in January.



 


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