This Day in Music History
1942 : Glen Miller plays what was to be his last concert as a civilian, performing at the Central Theatre in Passaic, NJ. In December 1944, Miller's plane would disappear over the Atlantic Ocean en route to play for fellow soldiers in liberated Paris.
1979 : While onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, Elton John collapses from "exhaustion". The song he'd been performing, ominously, was entitled "Better Off Dead".
1990 : Marvin Gaye receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.
1997 : Bob Dylan plays "Knocking On Heaven's Door" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for Pope John Paul II and an audience of 200,000 at concert/mass in Bologna, Italy. For the 77 year old Pope, it was a chance to connect with young people. The pontiff invoked Dylan's song "Blowin' In The Wind" during his sermon.
2001 : Singer Jonathan King, best known for his 1965 hit Everyone's Gone To The Moon, is found guilty of molesting several young boys and sentenced to seven years in prison.
2003 : Carly Simon sues the owners of New York's famous Dakota apartment complex, claiming they kept her $59,000 down payment after rejecting her rental application.
2004 : Legendary rock producer Phil Spector, best known for creating the "Wall Of Sound" on hits like The Ronettes' Be My Baby and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', is indicted for the February 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his estate in Alhambra, California.
2005 : The White Stripes webcast a concert for the first time when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland is streamed on NPR.org.
2006 : Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get through Congress.
2011 : Johnnie Wright (Johnnie & Jack; the Tennessee Mountain Boys).
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com