21 December

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21 DECEMBER

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2019 Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" goes to #1 in America for the first time, 25 years after it was first released in 1994.

2014 With gay marriage now legal in England, Elton John marries David Furnish, exactly nine years after they were joined in a civil ceremony.

2013 "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna hits #1 in America. It's the first hit co-written by Bebe Rexha, who later emerges as an artist.

2012 Lee Dorman (bassist for Iron Butterfly) dies in Laguna Niguel, California, at age 70.

2007 Tim Burton's film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens in US theaters. Johnny Depp stars as the Demon Barber himself, and manages to earn the respect of critics for his singing performance on the film's soundtrack.

2001 The movie How High opens in theaters. The film stars Method Man and Redman as stoners who get into Harvard.

2000 The Chicago Sun-Times becomes the first newspaper to publish a story detailing R. Kelly's alleged sex crimes with underage girls.

1999 DMX releases his third album, ...And Then There Was X. Led by the singles "What's My Name" and "Party Up (Up in Here)," it goes to #1 in America, where it sells nearly 5 million copies.

1996 En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.

1996 Fourteen months after it was released, No Doubt's album Tragic Kingdom goes to #1 in America, where it spends nine weeks.

1996 Liz Phair and husband Jim Staskauskas welcome baby boy James Nicholas.

1992 Bluesman Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 69.

1989 Carlos Santana (of Santana) and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.

1988 Paul Avron Jeffreys (bassist for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) is killed en-route to his honeymoon when he and his wife, Rachel, become victims of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing (of Pan Am Flight 103). He was 36. The Four Tops were also slated to be onboard the plane but overslept after a late-night recording session.

1985 Dante Bonutto's Phil Lynott interview is screened. It would be the singer's last TV appearance before his death.

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Willie Nelson Saddles Up In The Electric Horseman

1979

Willie Nelson makes his acting debut in the Sydney Pollack film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He also sings five songs for the soundtrack, including the #1 country hit "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."

Redford plays Sonny Steele, a washed-up rodeo star who absconds with the company horse and takes a reporter (Fonda) along for the ride. Nelson is a weathered cowboy named Wendell, who bucks up Sonny with doses of country wisdom. At one point, he drawls, "I don't know about you, but I'm gonna get me a bottle of tequila, find me one of them keno girls that can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and just kind of kick back," a line Nelson cribbed from a novel. "I learned my own lines, but tended to bend them my own way – or borrow from writer friends," Nelson recalled in his 2015 autobiography. "For the most part, though, I did what Redford predicted I'd do: I said what came naturally." Nelson gets rave reviews for his performance and partners with Pollack for two more films: Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Songwriter (1984).

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