December 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 18

1962 : The Beatles begin their last series of performances at The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.

1975 : Rod Stewart leaves The Faces.

1976 : Queen's "A Day At The Races" ships gold, and eventually goes platinum. It reaches #5 in the U.S.

1981 : On his 38th birthday, Keith Richards is playing with The Rolling Stones at a show in Hampton, Virginia when a fan rushes the stage. Keith sees him coming and hits him with his guitar. As security intervenes, Richards straps his guitar back on and continues playing.

2004 : T.I. is arrested on gun possession charges for the third time in three years. Authorities search his home and find a silencer-enhanced weapon, several rounds of ammunition, and photos of the rapper handling guns. He is placed under house arrest after posting a $3 million bond.

2012 : Songwriter Earl Shuman files a copyright infringement lawsuit against singer Alicia Keys, claiming her Top-20 hit single "Girl On Fire" sounds too much like Shuman's 1970 song "Lonely Boy", which ended up being recorded by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl". The suit is kind of vague on the details, but apparently it comes down to a few notes; such trivial bits have won lawsuits before, however.

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