13 December

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13 DECEMBER

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2017 Pat DiNizio, singer and main songwriter of the Smithereens, passes away at the age of 62.

2016 Canadian actor Alan Thicke, age 69, suffers a heart attack while playing hockey with one of his sons and dies shortly after. Aside from his popular role as dad Jason Seaver on the '80s sitcom Growing Pains, Thicke was a songwriter (Bill Champlin's "Sara") and TV theme song composer, penning themes for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes. He was also dad to "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke.

2014 Raoul Cita (pianist, arranger for The Harptones) dies from liver and stomach cancer at age 86.

2012 Police bust a bizarre murder plot targeting pop singer Justin Bieber. A team of three hit men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been making plans to stalk and kill the singer and even castrate him. One of the three men had reportedly been obsessed with Bieber to the point of having a tattoo of him on his leg. All three men were apprehended along with confiscated weapons - and a set of pruning shears.

2012 Songwriting legend Carole King, whose career dates back to the Brill Building, wins the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She is the first woman awarded this honor, which fits with her having authored "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," among many other chart-smashers during her five-decade career.

2009 Big band singer Yvonne King (of The King Sisters) dies in Santa Barbara, California, at age 89.

2008 Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh marries Marjorie Bach, making him brother-in-law to Ringo Starr, who is married to Marjorie's sister Barbara.

2004 The "love shack" where Kate Pierson of The B-52s used to live in Athens, Georgia is destroyed by fire, with only its chimney and tin roof still standing.

2003 Jack White, frontman for The White Stripes, assaults Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer in a Detroit nightclub, possibly because Stollsteimer badmouthed White in the press. Three months later, White pleads guilty to assault and battery and is forced to pay $750 and take anger management classes.

1997 Hanson play "MMMbop" on Saturday Night Live and take part in a sketch where they are held hostage and forced to listen to the song until they snap.

1984 Deep Purple play the Entertainment Centre at Sydney. George Harrison makes a surprise appearance and is introduced by Jon Lord as "Arnold from Liverpool."

1975 Tom DeLonge (guitarist, co-lead vocalist for Blink-182) is born in Poway, California.

1966 Jimi Hendrix records "Foxy Lady."

1966 Jimi Hendrix, who is quickly gaining momentum in England, makes his first UK TV appearance when he performs on Ready Steady Go.

1953 Berton Averre (lead guitarist, keyboardist for The Knack) is born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.

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