December 8 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 8

1962 : Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City and testifies to receiving money from labels to play their records on the air. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done.

1963 : Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and freed three days later after his famous father pays the $240,000 ransom. The three men responsible are eventually caught and incarcerated.

1968 : David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills announce that they'll perform together as Crosby, Stills & Nash.

1972 : Carly Simon's album "No Secrets" is certified gold.

1977 : A riot breaks out in Brisbane, Australia when Blondie fail to appear for a concert.

1980 : At 11:07 PM EST, John Lennon is murdered in New York by a deranged fan just outside the Dakota Hotel, New York City. Lennon was shot in his chest, back and left arm and was pronounced dead thirty minutes later. Earlier that day, the killer had met Lennon outside the Dakota and had him sign a copy of his latest album, Double Fantasy.

1995 : Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.

1998 : The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.

2003 : Ozzy Osbourne breaks his collar bone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in an accident with his all-terrain vehicle.

2004 : Damageplan, a supergroup founded by brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott in the wake of the breakup of Pantera, performs at a concert in Alrosa Villa, Columbus, Ohio, when Nathan Gale climbs on stage and shoots Darrell in the head multiple times. Also killed are the band's Head of Security, Jeffery Thompson as he scuffled with Gale, a fan who attempted to give CPR to Thompson and Darrell, and roadie Erin Halk, who also tried to stop Gale. Gale is shot and killed by police. Investigation reveals no motive, although some claimed that Gale blamed the brothers for Pantera's breakup and believed they had stolen his lyrics.

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