2 December

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1981 The Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which is based on The Supremes, opens on Broadway. It is later made into a hit movie starring Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.

1979 Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge's divorce is finalized.

1978 Nelly Furtado is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to Portuguese parents.

1978 Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1 on the Hot 100 for the first of two weeks.

1976 The Bee Gees play a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden in New York City to benefit the Police Athletic League in the city.

1976 The British press is in an uproar the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the Today programme on London regional TV and swore repeatedly. The front page headline of the Daily Mirror reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!"

1974 Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.

1973 The Who and their companions are jailed overnight in Montreal following $6,000 worth of hotel destruction inflicted after their show at the Forum.

1972 Steely Dan make the Billboard 200 for the first time when their debut album, Can't Buy a Thrill, lands at #197. The title comes from the Bob Dylan song "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry," where he sings: Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby Can't buy a thrill

1971 Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.

1970 Treach (of the hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature) is born Anthony Criss in East Orange, New Jersey.

1969 In Bristol, England, George Harrison joins the Delaney & Bonnie and Friends tour as a guitarist, making this the first tour of a Beatle since 1966.

1969 An intruder kidnaps Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes and forces her to tie up her two companions and get in a car with him. Birdsong escapes by jumping out of the car, and the man is arrested four days later in a bizarre case that makes national headlines. The intruder turned out to be a maintenance man at Birdsong's apartment building.

1969 On the way to their fateful Altamont concert of December 6, The Rolling Stones stop at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, where they spend three days recording the songs "Wild Horses," "You Gotta Move" and "Brown Sugar."

1968 Rapper Danny Boy (of House Of Pain) is born Daniel O'Connor in Brooklyn, New York.

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"Thriller" Video Debuts On MTV


Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video debuts on MTV. Directed by John Landis, the short film shows Michael Jackson turning into a werewolf and leading a dance routine with various undead creatures.

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