Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 10






1949 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records. One of those songs was called "The Fat Man", which later became his nickname. It sold over a million copies and is widely regarded as the first Rock 'n' Roll record to do so.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Just as they are preparing for an extended European tour beginning with US military bases in Germany, the four male members of The Platters are acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation stemming from an August 10th arrest in Cincinnati. Despite the outcome of the trial, the scandal would severely damage the group's career.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
A week after first meeting with Brian Epstein to discuss his taking over The Beatles' managerial duties, John, Paul, George and Pete Best were back in Epstein's office for a second interview. After a Sam Leach booking in Aldershot the night before, where they played to only 18 people because ads for the show failed to appear in a local paper, the band was now eager to listen to Epstein's proposal. Having been assured that they were not expected to change their musical style, John spoke for the others by saying "Right then, Brian... manage us!"

1966 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Brian Wilson's masterpiece, "Good Vibrations" becomes The Beach Boys' third Billboard number one hit. At a cost of $16,000, it was the most expensive single ever produced in music history up to that time.

December 10
New music reaching the US record charts this week included The Electric Prunes "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", The Monkees' "I'm A Believer", The Blues Magoos' "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet" and Keith's "98.6".

1967 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
26 year old Otis Redding was killed when the twin engine Beechcraft he was flying in crashed into the icy waters of the Squaw Bay area of Lake Monona, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. His death came just three days after he recorded his only number one hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". Four teen-aged members of his back-up group, The Bar-Kays, also perished. Only 20 year old trumpeter Ben Cauley, who was sitting directly behind Redding on the plane, survived. He and band mate James Alexander, who was on a different plane, would reform The Bar-Kays and went on to record with Stax artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and The Staple Singers. Cauley would pass away on September 21st, 2015, at the age of 67.

December 10
A previously unrecorded group called The Steve Miller Blues Band signs with Capitol Records for an unheard of $750,000. Capitol persuades the group to drop the "Blues" from its name.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
After songwriter Mark James had released his own unsuccessful version of "Suspicious Minds", Elvis Presley collects his 48th Gold Record for his rendition. It was The King's seventeenth and final number-one single in the United States. Rolling Stone later ranked it #91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

December 10
Testifying at his trial for possession of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claims that he had experimented with them, but has now outgrown drugs. After eight hours of deliberations, the jury finds him not guilty.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Frank Zappa was pushed by an angry fan into the orchestra pit during a concert in London, England. Zappa suffered a broken leg and ankle, as well as a fractured skull. He would spend 9 months in a wheelchair and another 3 months in a surgical brace. Zappa had allegedly been flirting with the fan's girlfriend.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured while driving into Manhattan. Flack needed surgery on her lip, but kept her scheduled European tour dates the next month.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
"The Who by Numbers", which contains the hit single "Squeeze Box", earns The Who another Gold record. "Squeeze Box" reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Three days after its release, "Wings Over America", the live album by Paul McCartney And Wings, goes Gold. The compilation includes "My Love", "Silly Love Songs" and "Maybe I'm Amazed".

1980 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
John Lennon's body is cremated at the Fercliff Mortuary in Hatsdale, New York. Yoko took possession of the ashes and reportedly brought them back to her Dakota apartment.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at #1 on the Billboard singles chart with "Say Say Say". It was Jackson's 10th chart topper, including solo and with The Jacksons, and was McCartney's 29th, including solo and with The Beatles.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Vocalist Chuck Negron is fired from Three Dog Night by the other members of the band. Negron, who sang lead on many of the group's biggest hits, including "One", "Easy To Be Hard" and "Joy To The World", had waged a losing battle against drug addiction for many years. He would eventually get clean and continue to tour as a solo act, telling his life story in the book, Three Dog Nightmare.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Bill Champlin's vocals helped Chicago attain their third and final number one single when "Look Away" hit the top of the Billboard chart. It was one of three Top Ten hits from the "Chicago 19" album, along with "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" and "You're Not Alone".

December 10
Cliff Richard's 100th single, "Mistletoe And Wine" tops the UK chart. Since 1958, only nine of his releases had failed to crack the UK Top 40.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Faron Young, who reached number 12 on the US pop chart in 1961 with the Country cross-over hit "Hello Walls", died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 64.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Rick Danko, bass player for The Band, died in his sleep in Woodstock, New York, one day after celebrating his 56th birthday.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Bill Deal of Bill Deal And The Rhondels died of an apparent heart attack at age 59. Deal and his eight-member group had five chart hits in 1969 and 1970, including "May I" (#39), "I've Been Hurt" (#35) and "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?" (#23).

2008 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to "create fear, disorient...and prolong capture shock" for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen, "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC, "White America" by Eminem, "The Theme From Sesame Street" and "I Love You" from the Barney And Friends children's TV show.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
In an interview with Britain's Q magazine, Paul McCartney was asked if his marriage to Heather Mills was the worst mistake of his life. He replied "Okay, yeah. I suppose that has to be the prime contender." The divorce settlement cost Macca $38.9 million, plus annual payments for his daughter, Beatrice.

December 10
Billy Joel responded to tabloid reports that his daughter Alexa Ray Joel's recent overdose was motivated by a family dispute between her and her mother, Christie Brinkley. Billy said that the stories were false and that the public should "consider the source" when reading such articles.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 10
Janis Joplin's psychedelic 1965 Porsche sold for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby's car auction in New York. The car was originally expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.






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