December 12 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 12

1963 : "John Fitzgerald Kennedy" - A Memorial Album becomes the fastest-selling album ever, moving four million units in six days. The album contained speeches by Kennedy and news reports from the days after he was killed.

1966 : Pink Floyd perform their first concert, for the Oxfam Benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1967 : After hearing from psychiatrists who diagnose him with suicidal tendencies, a London Appeals Court quashes the 9-month sentence The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones had received for marijuana possession.

1969 : Isaac Hayes' album "Hot Buttered Soul" is certified gold.

1970 : The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison at a show in New Orleans.

1971 : Shooting begins on the Billie Holiday movie "Lady Sings The Blues", starring Diana Ross.

1973 : Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's album "Brain Salad Surgery" is certified gold.

1974 : Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor leaves the band. Ron Wood will eventually replace him after several candidates are auditioned.

1980 : Four days after John Lennon's murder, thousands of marchers make their way from down Fifth Avenue to the Dakota Building, where he lived and was killed.

1985 : On her 45th birthday, Dionne Warwick is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1994 : Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love is awarded songwriting credits on 35 Beach Boys songs, including "California Girls", "Good Vibrations" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice". Love claimed that Murry Wilson, the father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, administered the publishing rights and left him uncredited for many song for which he contributed lyrics.

2001 : The state of Nevada declares today "Frank Sinatra Day" in honor of the the crooner. It would have been his 86th birthday.

2002 : After three months, Gordon Lightfoot leaves a Hamilton, Ontario hospital, where he'd been sent for emergency surgery on his abdomen.

2011 : The Jewish Reggae star Matisyahu shaves his beard, which he had been growing since 2011 as part of his faith. He gets the shave at a Manhattan Supercuts, since he doesn't own a razor. Losing the beard means he is no longer orthodox, which throws many of his fans for a loop. He explains that he is not abandoning Judaism and will still attend services.

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