This Day in Music History
1957 : The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley's "Elvis' Christmas Album" attains pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1967 : Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted The Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1967 : After a London hotel accuses The Mamas & The Papas' Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.
1968 : Long before the US National Anthem became a performance piece, the Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, jazzy version of the song before game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
1969 : The Youngbloods' "Get Together" is certified gold.
1975 : The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 rap for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1976 : Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving The Temptations. Four years later, he would rejoin for the group's successful Power album.
1982 : Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
1990 : Soundgarden performs at the Gathering of the Tribes festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets what will become his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song "Hunger Strike" as part of the Temple of the Dog project.
1995 : Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of "Frampton Comes Alive II", the sequel to his 1975 smash Frampton Comes Alive - the best-selling live album in history.
1996 : Bruce Springsteen, continuing his rash of amazing ticket sales for his solo acoustic tour, sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte's Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes flat.
1996 : Michael Jackson plays his first tour in Africa or the Arab world. Jackson performs at the El Menzah Stadium in Tunis where he plays to more than 60,000 spectators. No one under 14 years of age is allowed to attend the concert.
1998 : Backstreet Boys reach an out-of-court settlement with their former manager Lou Pearlman, who they sued in an effort to gain control of their finances.
1999 : Backstreet Boys and Korn are multiple winners at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1999 : Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
2000 : Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2000 : Phish go on hiatus after the last stop on their 2000 tour: a show in Mountain View, California. They would get back together in 2002 and tour again the following year.
2000 : Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com