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December 08 : This Day in Music History
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Deaths

1980 : John Lennon, 40 years old, is killed outside his New York apartment by the deranged fan Mark Chapman, who pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison.
The song "All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison is a tribute to Lennon.
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Band Dynamics (2)

1968 : David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills announce that they'll perform together as Crosby, Stills & Nash.
1995 : Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.

Births (22)

1828 : Martha Ella Blocksom, subject of the song "Lorena," is born in Zanesville, Ohio.
1914 : Floyd Tillman
1921 : Johnny Otis
1925 : Sammy Davis Jr. is born Samuel George Davis Jr. in New York City.
1925 : Jimmy Smith
1939 : Jerry Butler (The Impressions)
1942 : Bobby Elliott (The Hollies)
1943 : Jim Morrison is born James Douglas Morrison in Melbourne, Florida. He would become lead singer of The Doors.
1944 : George Baker is born Johannes Bouwens in Hoorn, Netherlands.
1946 : Graham Knight (Marmalade)
1947 : Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band)
1947 : Geoff Daking (Blues Magoos)
1949 : Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant)
1950 : Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter Group)
1956 : Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran)
1957 : Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
1959 : Paul Rutherford (Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
1962 : Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
1966 : Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys)
1966 : Sinead O'Connor
1972 : Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel)
1984 : Country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt is born in Cedartown, Georgia.

Certifications and Milestones (1)

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

Charts (4)

1954 : The Drifters' "White Christmas" enters the R&B charts.
1956 : Guy Mitchell's "Singing The Blues" hits #1.
1979 : Styx's "Babe" hits #1.
1984 : "Out Of Touch" hits the top spot, giving Hall & Oates their sixth and final #1.

Deaths (10)

1975 : Gary Thain, bassist for Uriah Heep, dies of respiratory failure after a heroin overdose in Norwood Green, London, at age 27.
1980 : John Lennon, 40 years old, is killed outside his New York apartment by the deranged fan Mark Chapman, who pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison.
The song "All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison is a tribute to Lennon.
1981 : Big Walter Horton
1982 : Marty Robbins
1984 : Nicholas Dingley (Hanoi Rocks)
1991 : Buck Clayton
2004 : Dimebag Darrell is shot dead on stage while performing with his band Damageplan at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The murderer, Nathan Gale, kills three others before being shot dead by a police officer.
2011 : Bob Burnett (The Highwaymen)
2011 : Dick Sims (Eic Clapton's organist)
2013 : John Wyker (Sailcat)

Good Deeds (1)

1975 : The benefit concert "A Night of the Hurricane" is held at Madison Square Garden. The last date on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the show features many non-musical celebrities and raises over $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Carter and his alleged accomplice. Carter himself calls the stage from jail.

Incidents (5)

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.
1977 : A riot breaks out in Brisbane, Australia, when Blondie fails to appear for a concert.
1980 : At 11:07 PM EST, John Lennon is murdered by a deranged fan just outside the Dakota Hotel in New York City. Lennon is shot in his chest, back and left arm and is 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.
2003 : Ozzy Osbourne suffers several fractures in his upper body in an ATV accident.
2004 : Damageplan, a supergroup founded by brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott in the wake of Pantera's breakup, performs at a concert in Alrosa Villa in 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.

Legal Issues (3)

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.
1969 : Testifying at his trial for possesion of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claims that he has now "outgrown" drugs. The jury finds him not guilty after eight hours of deliberations.
1998 : The FBI opens its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

2011 : Sinead O'Connor marries a drug counselor named Barry Herridge in Las Vegas. The couple splits up a few weeks later but then announces they're back together shortly afterwards. Last anybody heard.

Miscellaneous (2)

1980 : Annie Leibovitz photographs John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City for a feature in Rolling Stone. Lennon would be shot and killed hours later.
1998 : Yoko Ono spreads some Christmas cheer via a billboard in New York's Times Square. Her message: "War is Over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko."

Recordings (4)

1941 : Ray Eberle and The Modernaires with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, "Moonlight Cocktail"
1960 : Henry Mancini, Moon River
1966 : The Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever, When i'm 64
1969 : The Beatles, Octopus's Garden

Releases (3)

1961 : The Beach Boys, Surfin'
1967 : The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour (UK EP)
1967 : Traffic, Mr. Fantasy

TV, Radio, Press (1)

1976 : The Carpenters' Very First Special, featuring guest star John Denver, airs on ABC.
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