December 3 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 3

1925 : George Gershwin premieres his "Concerto In F", the first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra, at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Gershwin is also the featured soloist on flugelhorn.

1966 : Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.

1965 : Keith Richards gets an electric shock and is knocked unconscious when his guitar makes contact with his microphone during the song "The Last Time" at a Rolling Stones show in Sacramento.

1968 : The O'Kaysions' "Girl Watcher" is certified gold.

1968 : The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions" is certified gold.

1968 : The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's "Fire" is certified gold.

1968 : Aretha Franklin's "Aretha Now" album is certified gold.

1968 : Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" album is certified gold.

1968 : Cream's album "Fresh Cream" is certified gold.

1971 : During a Frank Zappa concert, the Montreaux Casino in Switzerland catches fire when someone fires a flare gun, inspiring Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water". Deep Purple were there to record their album Machine Head the following day.

1976 : It's a Spinal Tap moment for Pink Floyd when during the shooting for their Animals album cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station breaks free. Pilots in the London area are warned of a pig loose in the skies, which reaches a height of 18,000 feet. The runaway pig was tracked by police helicopters before coming to ground in Kent. The next inflatable pig escape would happen during a Roger Waters concert in Coachella, California, in April 2008.

1976 : Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica attempting to assassinate the singer. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.

1979 : Before The Who concert this evening at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, eleven people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush for "festival" (i.e., unreserved) seating. The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.

1988 : Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.

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