BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
Tal Wilkenfeld: December 2, 1986 (bass, Jeff Beck)
Ozzy Osbourne: December 3, 1948
Duane Roland: December 3, 1953 (guitar, Molly Hatchet)
Jim Hall: December 4, 1930 (jazz guitarist)
Chris Hillman: December 4, 1944 (bass, The Byrds)
Dennis Wilson: December 4, 1944 (drums, The Beach Boys)
Gary Rossington: December 4, 1951 (guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Sonny Boy Williamson (II): December 5, 1912 (blues musician, blues harp and vocals)
Little Richard: December 5, 1935 (rock and roll pioneer, vocals and piano)
Jim Messina: December 5, 1947 (guitar, Loggins and Messina)
Dave Brubeck: December 6, 1920 (pivotal jazz pianist)
Randy Rhodes: December 6, 1956 (guitar, Ozzy Osbourne)
Jim Morrison: December 8, 1943 (vocals, The Doors)
Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 (vocals, organ, and keys, The Allman Brothers Band)
DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
Michael Hedges: December 2, 1997 (amazing guitarist)
Ian McLagan: December 3, 2014 (keyboards, the Small Faces)
Tommy Bolin: December 4, 1976 (guitar, Deep Purple)
Frank Zappa: December 4, 1993 (vocals and guitar, The Mothers of Invention)
Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter: December 6, 1949 (blues and folk musician, vocals and guitar)
Roy Orbison: December 6, 1988 (rock and roll musician, vocals and guitar)
Dee Clark: December 7, 1990 (R&B and soul vocalist)
Greg Lake: December 7, 2016 (guitar, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
John Lennon: December 8, 1980 (vocals and guitar, The Beatles)
MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS
The Temptation’s “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” hits number 1: December 2, 1972
The Beatles release “Rubber Soul” in the UK: December 3, 1965
Cream’s album “Fresh Cream” is certified Gold: December 3, 1968
Santana is certified gold: December 4, 1969
The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” hits #1: December 4, 1965
Fleetwood Mac is certified Gold: December 5, 1975
The Beatles, The First Christmas Record was released: December 6, 1963
Steve Miller’s The Joker album is certified gold: December 6, 1973
Paul McCartney’s band Wings release their debut album: December 7, 1971
The band Traffic release their debut album Mr. Fantasy: December 8, 1967
THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
On December 2, 1971, Taj Mahal performed a special show at Wilmington State Penitentiary for the prisoners on death row.
On December 3, 1961, the Beatles meet their future manager, Brian Epstein for the very first time
On December 3, 1976, while shooting a for their album cover “Animals” Pink Floyd had a major mishap when a 40-foot inflatable pig gets loose.
On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded the “Million Dollar Quartet” sessions, which were produced by the legendary Sam Phillips. The songs, mostly spirituals, were never released publicly until the early 1980’s.
On December 4, 1980, Led Zeppelin decides to disband in the wake of John Bonham’s tragic death: December 4, 1980
On December 4, 1987, then 16-year-old Alison Krauss releases her debut album entitled “Too Late To Cry.
On December 5, 1968, Graham Nash quit The Hollies and soon thereafter formed his new supergroup, Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The infamous Altamont concert was held in Altamont, California on a speedway on December 6, 1969. The show was organized by headlining act The Rolling Stones and also included Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Santana, and Jefferson Airplane. The show was conceived of as a sort of “Woodstock West.” Unfortunately, unlike Woodstock, the show was an unmitigated disaster. Part of the issue stemmed from the presence of Hell’s Angel’s, who were working security for the show. Four people in the crowd of 300,000 died, including Meredith Hunter who was stabbed to death.
The incomparable John Lennon was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980. The terrible occurrence took place in New York City, outside of the Dakota Hotel, at 11:07 PM. Lennon sustained several gunshot wounds. A half hour later the former Beatle and successful solo artist was pronounced dead. The Beatles, of course, are considered by many to be the greatest rock band of all time, and Lennon helped to produce an unfathomable amount of beloved songs in the rock catalog.
On December 8, 1968 the famous trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash officially form and announce that they will begin touring.