Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 16






1907 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Eugene Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio when he sang "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Culture Club would take a different song with the same title to number one in 1982.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Elvis Presley gives his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport. Originally signed in October, 1954, Presley made 50 appearances on the show. The immediate and enormous demand for more of Presley's new kind of Rockabilly music actually resulted in a sharp decline in the popularity of the Louisiana Hayride, that until that point had been strictly a Country music venue.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Jimi Hendrix released his first single, "Hey Joe". The record made it to number 6 in the UK, but failed to chart at all in America. He followed with "Purple Haze", "The Wind Cries Mary", "All Along the Watchtower" and "Voodoo Chile", all of which made the British Top 10, but in America, only "All Along the Watchtower" reached the Top 40, peaking at number 20.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Five singles and five albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival were certified Gold. The singles were: "Down on the Corner", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", "Travelin' Band", "Bad Moon Rising" and "Up around the Bend". The LPs were "Cosmo's Factory", "Willy and the Poor Boys", "Green River", "Bayou Country" and "Creedence Clearwater Revival".

1975 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Bay City Rollers earn a Gold record for their first US single, "Saturday Night". They will go on to have five more Billboard Top 40 hits.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Bee Gees are awarded a Gold record for "How Deep is Your Love", the fourth of their nine Billboard number one singles. The song would become the subject of a copyright infringement suit five years later when an amateur songwriter named Ronald Selle claimed the brothers Gibb lifted the melody from a composition he'd written called "Let It End". The case was decided in Selle's favor, but the verdict was overturned a few months later.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's Restaurants of Canada seeking $14 million in damages because they allegedly used an imitation of his voice. The song "The Twist" had been used in a French fry commercial.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
With stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson's alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes one of the first to announce that it will no longer play the singer's records.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" peaks at number 2 on the UK charts and number 6 in the US. Written by John Lennon and performed by him on piano as a rough demo shortly before he was murdered, the track was completed by the remaining Beatles at Paul McCartney's home studio.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Pop singer Nicolette Larson, best known for her hit version of Neil Young's "Lotta Love" in 1978, passed away at the age of 45. She had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank with massive liver failure and was then transferred to UCLA Medical Center, where she died from an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
56 year old singer / songwriter Dan Fogelberg died after a three year battle with prostate cancer. His hits "Longer" (#2), "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), "Hard To Say" (#7) and "Leader of the Band" (#9) helped define the Soft Rock era of the '70s and '80s,

2010 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Paul McCartney paid tribute to his Beatles band mate John Lennon during an appearance on Saturday Night Live where he performed "A Day in the Life" and then thrilled viewers with a cover version of his late friend's anti-war anthem "Give Peace a Chance".

December 16
A spokesman for the British Recorded Music Industry said that over 7.7 million people illegally downloaded 1.2 billion tracks this year. Calling for swift action to be taken, he went on to say "It is a parasite that threatens to deprive a generation of talented young people of their chance to make a career in music, and is holding back investment in the burgeoning digital entertainment sector."

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
Legendary American radio host Casey Kasem was laid to rest at Norway's Vestre Gravlund Cemetery. After Kasem died June 15 at the age of 82, his wife Jean Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem waged a public battle over the burial site. Jean wanted Kasem interred in Norway because of her own Norwegian heritage and because her plans to relocate there would allow her to visit him.

December 16
Rock Scully, the manager of The Grateful Dead from their early Haight-Ashbury days up until 1985, passed away at a Monterey, California hospital. He was 73.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 16
The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Michael Jackson's "Thriller" had sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multi-Platinum status.






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