Rock 'n' Roll History for
December 9






1961 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" tops the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart for the first of a four week run.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
The Four Seasons sing their current US number one hit, "Big Girls Don't Cry" on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
The first Supremes album, "Meet The Supremes", is released by Motown Records. The LP contained their first US Top 40 hit, "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes".

1967 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Jim Morrison is arrested onstage in New Haven, Connecticut. Before the gig, Morrison got into an argument with a policeman, who responded by macing the singer. During the concert, while singing "Back Door Man", Morrison told the audience about the incident, which prompted police to turn on the house lights and arrest Morrison for breach of peace and resisting arrest.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Helen Reddy became Australia's first female artist to have a number one record on the US chart when "I Am Woman" reached the top of the Billboard hit parade. Surprisingly, the song didn't chart at all in the UK. Reddy would achieve two more US number one singles over the next couple of years with, "Delta Dawn" and "Angie Baby".

December 9
The Moody Blues hit number one on the US album charts for the first time with "Seventh Sojourn". It will be their last album of new material for more than five years as the group's members split to record and to tour as solo artists.

December 9
Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" is released. It would become his fourth US Top Ten hit and first number one single, rising to the top spot on February 3rd, 1973. The Recording Industry Association of America would award Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin a Platinum disc for their effort in September 1995.

December 9
Three Dog Night's "Pieces of April" enters the Billboard chart. The Dave Loggins written ballad will reach the US Top Twenty.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd release their version of Sam And Dave's "Soul Man" under the name The Blues Brothers. Belushi and Ackroyd would reach #14 in the US, while the original had topped out at #2.

December 9
Gino Vannelli enjoys his highest charting Billboard single when "I Just Wanna Stop" peaks at #4. It would top the charts in his native Canada and be nominated for a Grammy Award next Spring.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
The day after John Lennon was murdered, Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that read: "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean." She also pleaded with chanting and singing mourners outside The Dakota to re-convene in Central Park the following Sunday for ten minutes of silent prayer. Meanwhile, Paul went into a recording studio to clear his head. He reportedly told his guitarist, Denny Laine, "I'm never gonna fall out with anybody again, just in case this happens."

1981 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Sonny Til, the lead singer of the '50s Doo Wop group, The Orioles, died of a heart attack at the age of 56. The group topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1953 with their million selling version of "Crying In The Chapel".

1984 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Michael Jackson announces that at the end of the current Jackson's tour, he will launch a solo career and no longer perform with his brothers.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was favored as the best background music during sex. Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Billy Joel started a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Pop chart with "We Didn't Start The Fire". The song, in which Joel sings about headlining events that have occurred during his lifetime, was a #7 hit in the UK.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Saying that he had "seen it all and done it all", bassist Bill Wyman quits The Rolling Stones after over 30 years with the group.

December 9
George Harrison is the recipient of the first Century Award, presented by Tom Petty at the third Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, California.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Even though they had disbanded 25 years earlier, The Beatles had the number one album in the US when "Anthology" hit the top for the first of three weeks. It would go on to sell over 4 million copies and included rare Beatle recordings in the form of demos, alternate takes, live versions and previously unreleased material.

December 9
The surviving members of The Grateful Dead officially disband the group following Jerry Garcia's death in August.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Paul McCartney sparked another Beatles feud with the release of his live album, "Back in the US". Against the wishes of John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, the nineteen Beatles songs included on the two-disc set are credited to "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" rather than the traditional "Lennon / McCartney".

December 9
Pat Boone made an unlikely return to Billboard's Hot 100 after a 40 year absence. His new song, "Under God", was written in response to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco by an agnostic who claimed his daughter's constitutional rights were violated by having to say the words "under God" when her school recites the Pledge of Allegiance. The record briefly rose to number 25, ahead of songs by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Jay-Z. Boone's last Top 40 hit was "Speedy Gonzalez", which made it to number 6 in 1962.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
A man charged with stealing more than $300,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry from the Elvis-A-Rama museum appeared in a Las Vegas court. 30 year old Eliab Aguilar was arrested on November 3rd after police said he approached a retired Elvis impersonator and offered to sell him several items including Presley's 1953 class ring from Humes High School worth $32,000, a 41 carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000 and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special.

December 9
Mike Botts, drummer for the Soft Rock band Bread, passed away in Burbank, California, one day after his 61st birthday, having suffered from colon cancer.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Fred Marsden, the drummer for the Merseybeat band Gerry And The Pacemakers, died of cancer at the age of 66. After disbanding in 1967, Gerry Marsden reformed The Pacemakers in 1973 but without Fred, who had given up the music business to be a telephone operator and later established The Pacemaker Driving School.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
Madonna gave an impromptu performance next to a memorial for the Paris terror attacks victims following her concert in the French capital. She told those assembled, "I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!"

December 9
Forbes magazine announced its annual list of the top earning musicians, with The Eagles coming in at 5th earning $73.5 million, Fleetwood Mac was 9th with $59.5 million and The Rolling Stones ranked 11th with $57.5 million. Elton John also had a good year, raking in $53.5 million, as did Paul McCartney, who earned $51.5 million.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

December 9
With total sales of 106,000, The Rolling Stones topped the UK chart with their latest album, "Blue & Lonesome". It was the band's first original studio album to reach number one in the last 22 years.






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