December 23 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 23

1959 : Chuck Berry is arrested when a 14-year-old girl he brought from Texas to work in his St. Louis club reports him to police. Berry will eventually serve 2 years in prison for transporting a minor across state lines.

1964 : After appearing on the TV show Shindig! where they perform their Christmas hit Little Saint Nick, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys has a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston, where they begin a two-week tour. Wilson decides to stop performing, and Glen Campbell, replaces him on the tour.

1966 : London's premiere psychedelic hangout, the UFO Club, opens on Tottenham Court Road, with Pink Floyd as the house band.

1967 : John Lennon makes the first contact with his estranged father, Alf, in years: after hearing that he's taken ill, John sends him a get well note and a car so that he can visit his famous son.

1969 : B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" is certified gold.

1969 : Elton John meets for the first time with what would become his classic team - songwriter Bernie Taupin, arranger Paul Buckmaster, and producer Gus Dudgeon - to begin work on his first solo album.

1970 : Joni Mitchell's "Ladies Of The Canyon" is certified gold.

1972 : In an infamous episode at Madison Square Garden, ex-Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight shows up at tonight's gig with a court order allowing him to seize one million dollars' worth of money and/or assets owed him by the band. Realizing that the band can't get paid if they don't perform, Knight and two deputy sheriffs wait for the end of the concert to impound the band's instruments and equipment.

1973 : Jim Croce receives a posthumous #1 record with "Time In A Bottle".

1977 : Cat Stevens announces that he has changed his name to Yusuf Islam and converted to the Islamic religion.

1987 : Failing to stop Pink Floyd from using the name to tour without him, ex-member Roger Waters instead settles for receiving royalties whenever his image is used in any Floyd promotion.

1989 : Ice Cube is fired from N.W.A, who had just rose to fame with their multi-platinum record "Straight Outta Compton". Cube eventually goes solo.

1991 : James Brown sues the producers of the movie "The Commitments" claiming his name and likeness were used without his permission (he loses the case five years later).

1996 : Tony Bennett is released from a Washington, DC hospital after an emergency hernia operation (he was stricken while preparing to perform at the White House).

1999 : Cristin Keleher, an unemployed musician in Hawaii, breaks into George Harrison's Maui home and makes herself at home, ordering pizza, drinking root beer, doing laundry, and calling her mother before authorities arrive to arrest her. She is eventually charged with breaking and entering and theft. She would serve four months.

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