This Day In Music: 12/1/11

Musician Birthdays: Bette Midler  (singer, actress. Born in 1944), Jon Densmore (drummer for the Doors, born in 1944)

– In 1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, performing ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing ‘You Send Me’.

– In 1964: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.

– In 1966: Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home.’ It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca records its first million selling single by a British artist. Also a No.11 hit in the US.

– In 1976: The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening ‘Today’ show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: ‘You dirty bastard…you dirty fucker…what a fucking rotter!’ Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993.

– In 1977: During a North American tour Queen appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

– In 1982: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album was released. It spent 190 weeks on the UK album chart became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 50 million copies.

– In 1983:  Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums.”

– In 1987: A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film ‘The Wall’ to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.

– In 1989: Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).

– In 1990: C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville, after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in the town that night.

– In 1990: Whitney Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’m Your Baby Tonight’, her 8th US No.1 and the first for writers and producers Reid and Babyface.

– In 1997: Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows him to blow and breathe at the same time).

– In 2006: An Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig – with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.

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