December 14 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 14

1959 : The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music.

1968 : Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is certified gold.

1970 : John Lennon's "Instant Karma!" is certified gold.

1970 : George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" is certified gold.

1971 : Radical John Sinclair is released from prison.

1972 : Seals and Crofts' "Summer Breeze" is certified gold.

1972 : Alexander's department store in New York City stays open late so that Alice Cooper, who is wearing silver pants and a "Paul Lives" button, can do his Christmas shopping.

1980 : At widow Yoko Ono's request, a ten-minute worldwide silent vigil is held at 2:00 PM EST for John Lennon, who had been shot down just six days earlier. Over 100,000 observe the vigil in New York's Central Park alone, while 30,000 observe the vigil in Liverpool.

1992 : Merle Haggard files for bankruptcy.

1995 : The FBI, acting on a judge's order, releases most (but not all) of its documents revealing the organization's attempts to deport John Lennon.

1999 : In a much-publicized show, Paul McCartney returns to play the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time since 1963. Joining him are Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice.

2001 : Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agrees to testify against six other defendants in the same case.

2012 : Stalker Jacob Nicholas Kulke is arrested outside a residence belonging to Taylor Swift, charged with trespassing. Kulke claims that he had been in touch with Swift through social media and had been planning to show up and "surprise her for her birthday". Though the singer had just had her birthday the previous day, she'd been overseas on concert at the time and likely wouldn't be too happy with Kulke scaling her fence.

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