15 December

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In Music History

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1967 The Who release The Who Sell Out.

1965 At a demo session for Elektra Records, Neil Young records "Sugar Mountain" for the first time. This version later appears on The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972.

1964 The Beatles release Beatles '65.

1964 Glenn Yarbrough records "Baby the Rain Must Fall."

1962 JFK impersonator Vaughn Meader's The First Family hits #1 on the albums chart.

1959 The Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me" at Bell Studios in New York, their first session outside of Nashville.

1958 Billboard declares "Volare" by Domenico Modugno the best-selling single of 1958.

1957 Mitch Miller and Sammy Davis, Jr. blast rock and roll in a syndicated radio talk show hosted by Davis. However, MGM label president Arnold Maxim disagrees, stating he sees no end to the fad in the near future.

1955 Paul Simonon (bassist for The Clash) is born in Thornton Heath, Croydon, England.

1955 Johnny Cash releases "Folsom Prison Blues."

1949 The Birdland jazz club, named after Charlie Parker, opens in New York City. It quickly becomes a hotspot, with Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and many other luminaries performing there until it closes in 1965.

1946 Drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge is born in Brooklyn. He does a lot of work with Rod Stewart, co-writing his hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

1946 R&B singer Harry Ray (of The Moments) is born in Long Branch, New Jersey.

1944 Glenn Miller, a world-famous bandleader who joined the Army in 1942 and has been entertaining troops with his Army Air Force Band, vanishes when the plane taking him from England to Paris disappears over the English Channel. The plane is never found; Miller, age 40, is presumed dead.

1943 Jazz pianist Fats Waller dies of pneumonia at age 39. Composed "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose."

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John And Yoko Declare Peace


John Lennon and Yoko Ono launch the "War Is Over" campaign with billboards declaring peace around the world.

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