Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 3






1955 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two sides were actually purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records: "Mystery Train" and "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". Elvis was described by his new record company as 'The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last ten years.'

1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Brian Epstein invites The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. Talks go well, but nothing is firmly decided.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Keith Richards steps on a microphone cable and is electrocuted and knocked unconscious during a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, California. After a short break, he recovers and is able to continue.

December 3
The Beatles kick off a series of nine shows, starting in Glasgow and wrapping up at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on December 12th. It would prove to be their final tour of Great Britain.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
The Monkees appear 'live' in concert for the first time at a show in Honolulu.

December 3
At a time when the airwaves and record charts where dominated by Rock and Roll, a most unusual song called "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band became the number one tune in the US. It also reached the top in the UK. The song would go on to win the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Recording, edging out The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", The Beatles' "Elenor Rigby", The Mamas & The Papas' "Monday Monday," The Association's "Cherish" and The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville".

December 3
Paul Revere And The Raiders saw their sixth Billboard Top 40 hit, "Good Thing", enter the Hot 100. The song will eventually reach #4 and enjoy a ten week chart run.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
In his first appearance before a 'live' audience in seven years, Elvis Presley's comeback special airs on NBC-TV. At the end of the show The King performs his latest single, "If I Can Dream", which is currently #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest charting song since his 1965 hit "I'm Yours" reached #11.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
The Montreaux Casino caught fire and burned during a show by Frank Zappa And The Mothers of Invention. The incident was later immortalized by Deep Purple's 1973 hit, "Smoke on the Water". (some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground...")

1976 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Bob Marley narrowly escaped an assassination attempt when seven gunman sprayed bullets into his Kingston, Jamaica home where he and The Wailers were rehearsing. He had become unpopular in some circles because of his influence on local politicians. Marley moved to Miami Florida soon after the incident and the gunmen were never caught.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Paul McCartney saw his song "Mull Of Kintyre" hit number one in the UK and become the largest selling single that he or any of the other Beatles ever had, either as a group or solo. It was the first record to sell over 2 million copies in the UK. The song was co-written by Wings' guitarist Denny Laine, who penned most of the verses but later sold his rights to McCartney when he went bankrupt in the mid '80s. The six pipers and six drummers that Paul hired from the Campbelltown Pipe Band signed off for a one-time performance fee of 30 Pounds cash ($46) plus another 300 Pounds ($460) for the video. The bagpipe laden tune was virtually ignored in the US, although the B-side, "Girls' School", charted at #33 early in 1978.

December 3
After eight straight weeks at the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart, Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" finally gives way to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Al Stewart's "Time Passages" peaks at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, with the help of the catchy sax solo by Britain's Phil Kenzie. Despite achieving his highest chart position, Stewart would later say that he never really cared for the song.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Just three months after Keith Moon's death, tragedy struck The Who again when eleven people were trampled to death while trying to reach unreserved concert seats at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island cancels The Who's next concert, scheduled there in two days. Multiple law suits are filed by families of the deceased.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Lionel Richie started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with "Can't Slow Down".

1988 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
A Florida trio called Will To Power achieved a Billboard number one hit by combining Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way" with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird".

1991 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Disk Jockey Alan Freed gets a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
The Recording Industry Association of America gave Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers a Diamond Award to mark the sale of 10 million copies of the band's "Greatest Hits" album in the United States.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and County District Attorney's Office, conducted a second raid of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. In November of 2003, more than 60 sheriff's deputies raided Jackson's estate in the foothills above Santa Barbara, looking for evidence that he had molested a young boy and plied him with alcohol.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Diana Ross and Brian Wilson both collected awards for contributions to US culture in a ceremony in Washington, attended by President George Bush.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Rolling Stones' guitarist Ron Wood was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, 20-year-old Ekaterina Ivanova outside a restaurant in Surrey, England. Although she suffered several cuts to her knees, she was insistent that she didn't want the police involved or to press charges. The pair would split up a few days later.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Billy Joel announced that he would play once a month at New York's Madison Square Garden for the indefinite future, "as long is there is a demand."

2014 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Ian McLagan, the keyboard player for The Small Faces and later The Faces, died due to complications from a stroke at the age of 69. His work can be heard on hits like "Itchycoo Park" and "Stay With Me".

December 3
The Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies filed a class action lawsuit against, Chrysler and Mitsubish for refusal to pay royalties or include copy protection systems on in-car music readers. The devices allow users to copy CDs directly onto a hard drive for playback in vehicles. Ford and GM were named in a similar suit the previous July.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Rick Nelson's twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, appeared on a Billboard chart for the first time in more than 20 years when their original holiday song "This Christmas" debuted on the Adult Contemporary list at #22. Billed as Nelson, the pair first appeared on the Hot 100 in 1990 with their breakthrough hit "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection", which went all the way to number one.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

December 3
Forbe's magazine announced it's annual list of the highest paid musicians between June 2015 and June 2016. Taylor Swift topped everyone at #170 million, One Direction was second with $110 million. Of people we care about, AC/DC finished 7th with $67.5 million, The Rolling Stones were 8th at $66.5 million, Bruce Springsteen was 11th with 60.5 million, Paul McCartney was 12th at $56.5 million, Elton John was 24th at $42 million, and Jimmy Buffett was 27th with $40.5 million.






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