This Day in Music History
1954 : While driving from Vegas to Los Angeles, Sammy Davis Jr. crashes into another car on Route 66 San Bernadino, California, and three days later, permanently loses use of his left eye. While in the hospital, friend Eddie Cantor tells Davis about the twin struggles of the Jewish and African-Americans, leading Davis to convert to Judaism. The accident, paradoxically, increased his popularity.
1960 : While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, "Wild In The Country", Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1965 : At the Glad Rags Ball in London, The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey, storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly through London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (King Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey's possible replacement.
1968 : Onstage with The Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London, Diana Ross interrupts the show with a plea for greater interracial understanding. She receives a two-minute ovation from the audience, which includes members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II herself stands after Ross' moving performance of West Side Story's "Somewhere".
1971 : B.B. King marks his 25th anniversary in music by opening a European tour in London.
1976 : Van Morrison's "Moondance" album is certified gold.
1990 : The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences strips the 1989 best new artist Grammy from the group Milli Vanilli because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, "Girl You Know It's True". It is the first time a Grammy has ever been taken back.
1991 : Paul McCartney's first classical piece, "Liverpool Oratorio", is performed in America for the first time, at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1995 : Frank Sinatra's all-star 80th birthday tribute is held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, featuring Bob Dylan performing "Restless Farewell" (at the request of Sinatra; Dylan had wanted to perform Frank's own "That's Life") and Paula Abdul singing "Luck Be A Lady". Afterwards, Dylan and fellow performer Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, are invited back to the crooner's home.
1997 : The U.S. premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.
1998 : Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the bands new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil and all Motley Crue albums.
1998 : Songwriters/producers/musicians Vada Nobles, Johari Newton, Tejumold Newton, and Rasheem Pugh file lawsuit against Lauryn Hill alleging that the Ruffhouse/Columbia artist failed to give them proper writing and producing credits or pay them royalties for their work on the hit album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill".
1999 : It is announced that pop singer Jewel has pulled the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets ($65-$99) have been sold.
2002 : While greeting fans from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Berlin, Michael Jackson shocks the world by dangling his newborn son Prince Michael II over the side of the railing.
2003 : An arrest warrant is issued on Los Angeles for Michael Jackson, due to recent charges of child molestation. The singer, phoning from Vegas where he is filming a video, convinces authorities to wait for his return to stand trial.
2004 : Craig Nicholls (The Vines) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.
2006 : The ill-fated Bob Dylan musical tribute "The Times They Are A-Changin'" closes on Broadway after a scant 28 showings.
2007 : Queen guitarist Brian May is named Chancellor of Liverpool's John Moores University.
2007 : At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit Sweet Caroline was actually written about her.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com