This Day in Music History
1960 : The RIAA gives Bing Crosby a special platinum record to signify career sales of 200 million records, many of them White Christmas.
1960 : Singer Tony Williams leaves The Platters to embark upon a solo career.
1966 : Roy Orbison's wife Claudette dies when her motorcycle is hit by a truck. She and Roy had remarried two months earlier after reconciling from a divorce.
1971 : John Lennon makes his first stage appearance since 1969. He and Yoko Ono jam with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East in New York. The show is recorded and released as a bonus disc with the Lennon/Ono album "Some Time In New York City".
1973 : Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby" is certified gold.
1977 : The Doobie Brothers sponsor a charity golf tournament and concert to benefit the United Way.
1979 : A gig at a British club gets a good review and leads to a record deal for Def Leppard.
1982 : The Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream concert takes place in Los Angeles, featuring Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder. 85,000 attend the show, which supports nuclear disarmament.
1990 : The 2 Live Crew album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" becomes the first album declared legally obscene when Federal District Judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the album violates community obscenity standards in three south Florida counties: Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach. The ruling sets off a censorship firestorm which drives sales of the album past 2 million copies. Two days later, a record store owner is arrested for selling the album, and two days after that, the group is arrested for performing the songs in concert. The court ruling is eventually overturned.
1992 : David Bowie and Iman renew their vows in Florence, Italy after wondering about the legality of their wedding in Switzerland.
1993 : The Velvet Underground reform for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.
1993 : The Who's "Tommy", which has been converted into a Broadway play, wins five Tony Awards.
2005 : A Los Angeles jury begins deliberation in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com