December 2 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 2

1964 : Ringo Starr checks into the University College Hospital in London to have his tonsils removed. Earlier in the year, he had been stricken with a high-grade fever, pharyngitis and tonsillitis that caused him to miss the first five concert dates of a Beatles tour to Denmark, the Netherlands, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

1967 : Jimmie Rodgers is found with a fractured skull in his car on the San Diego Freeway, the result of a "mysterious assault". He recovers fully, but his career never does.

1969 : In Bristol, England, George Harrison joins the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, making this the first tour of a Beatle since 1966.

1969 : An intruder kidnaps Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes, who forces her to tie up her two companions and get in a car with him. Birdsong escapes by jumping out of the car, and the man is arrested four days later in a bizarre case that made national headlines. The intruder turned out to be a maintenance man at Birdsong's apartment building.

1971 : Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.

1974 : Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.

1975 : The Silver Convention's "Fly, Robin, Fly" is certified gold.

1973 : The Who and their companions are jailed overnight in Montreal following $6,000 worth of hotel destruction inflicted after their show at the Forum.

1991 : The US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.

2011 : Police in Arkansas find the Country singer Mindy McCready hiding in a closet two days after she kidnapped her 5-year-old son from her mother, who was living with the child in Florida. McCready, who did not have custody of her son, was 7 months pregnant with twins at the time.

1986 : Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.

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