6 December

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1961 Keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who is on tour with Smashing Pumpkins when he dies of a drug overdose in 1996, is born in Los Angeles. He is the brother of Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa.

1961 David Lovering (drummer for the Pixies) is born in Burlington, Massachusetts.

1957 The Diamonds release "The Stroll."

1957 Elvis Presley visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.

1956 Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot guitarist) is born in Santa Monica, California.

1956 Peter Buck (lead guitarist for R.E.M.) is born in Berkeley, California. While attending the University of Georgia, he works at Wuxtry Records and meets future bandmate Michael Stipe.

1955 Rick Buckler (drummer for The Jam) is born in Woking, Surrey, England.

1952 The Mills Brothers' "The Glow-Worm" hits #1.

1949 Blues musician Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 60.

1948 The CBS television show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts debuts. Plenty of up-and-coming talents appear on the variety program, including Patsy Cline and Tony Bennett.

1947 Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown frontman) is born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, Wales.

1947 Jazz bassist Miroslav Vitous (of Weather Report) is born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1944 The Count Basie Orchestra records "Red Bank Boogie."

1944 Jonathan King, a pop singer and producer who discovers Genesis, is born in London, England.

1943 Mike Smith (lead vocalist, keyboardist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Edmonton, North London, England.

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Stones Altamont Concert Turns Violent


The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It's a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who are hired as security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.

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