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2016 Thanks to a spike in sales following his death, Leonard Cohen's original version of "Hallelujah" enters the Hot 100 at #59, giving Cohen his first entry on the chart.

2015 Crosby, Stills & Nash, which formed in 1968, finally implode at the White House National Christmas Tree Lighting concert when Stephen Stills throws a pick at David Crosby for talking over him. They get though a performance of "Silent Night," but never play together again.

2014 Sonny Bivins, leader of The Manhattans, dies at age 78.

2014 Graeme Goodall, an Australian recording engineer and co-founder of Island Records, dies at age 82.

2014 Ian McLagan (keyboardist for Small Faces, Faces) dies of a stroke at age 69.

2014 A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.

2000 Kevin Mills, Newsboys' former bassist, is killed in a motorbike accident. He was 32.

1992 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards confirm the rumors that Bill Wyman, their bass player since 1962, will be leaving The Rolling Stones.

1988 Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.

1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas?," the first charity single on a grand scale, is released in the UK with proceeds going to help famine victims in Ethiopia. It becomes the biggest-selling single in UK history, a record that stands until 1997 when it's overtaken by Elton John's updated version of "Candle In The Wind." The single is released in America a week later.

1983 Songwriter Irving Taylor dies in Los Angeles. He co-wrote "Everybody Loves Somebody," which later became a hit for Dean Martin.

1981 At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.

1979 Daniel Bedingfield is born in New Zealand. He is the older brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle.

1978 The Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst accidentally pees on Billy Idol backstage after a show in Bristol, England, where The Cure are opening for Idol's band Generation X. Idol is entertaining a young lady in a men's room stall when Tolhurst unloads his lager, missing the urinal and hitting Idol's leg. The Cure are kicked off the tour the next day.

1976 It's a Spinal Tap moment for Pink Floyd when during the shoot for their Animals album cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station on the River Thames in London breaks free. Pilots in the area are warned of a pig loose in the skies, which reaches a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.More

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Eleven Die Trying To Enter Who Concert


Before The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, 11 people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush to enter the arena. Like many concerts of the day, there are no reserved seats, a practice known as "festival seating." The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.

At the sold-out show, many of the 18,000 ticket holders wait near the doors, and as more fans arrive, the crowd gets compressed and there is nowhere to go. When The Who starts their soundcheck inside, the crowd surges, thinking the concert might be starting. When the doors are finally opened, 11 fans are killed and many others are injured. Many fans enter through other doors and fill the arena, unaware of the tragedy. The Who, also unaware, take the stage and play the show. They don't find out what happened until after the show. All of those killed are between the ages of 15 and 22.


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Bmillet from Riverfront Coliseum Cincinnati OhioI attended Paul McCartney and Wings I believe 1977.Me and my best friend were first in line to get in. The EXACT SAME THING happened to us. There were 2 double doors that should have opened. 1 door opened and the crowd from behind us was huge and pushing so badly we were raised off of our feet and being crushed. I could not breathe. I remember hearing people from the back saying they didn't have tickets and were trying to still buy them. Once the 1 door opened we were crushed and thank God a man saw me and grabbed me and pulled me thru the door. I was smashed into a big glass window. It was so chaotic I didn't hand my ticket to the man. People who didn't have tickets didn't need them. This was 2 years before The Who concert. No one was killed that night but after what happened that night they should have known better. 2 years later the deaths at the Who concert. Me and my friend were lucky we didn't die. I will never forget the feeling of being lifted up off the ground and being crushed from behind. I could feel my lungs being crushed and couldn't breathe. I thank the man for pulling me to safety. Since we went thru the same thing why did they allow that to happen again 2 years later? So sad over so many young people dying. Could have been prevented..Should have!!!!!

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