6 December

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1941 Country singer Helen Cornelius, known for a string of popular duets with Jim Ed Brown ("I Don't Want To Have To Marry You," 1976), is born in Monroe City, Missouri.

1939 '60s teen idol Steve Alaimo, who becomes host of Dick Clark's Where the Action Is, is born in Omaha, Nebraska.

1920 Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, composer of the standard "In Your Own Sweet Way," is born in Concord, California.

1896 Ira Gershwin is born in New York City. With his younger brother George, he writes music for many popular songs, including "Summertime."

1877 With his new invention, the phonograph, Thomas Edison records "Mary Had A Little Lamb," what was believed for over a century to be the first known recording of the human voice. In February 2008, an earlier recording of "Au Claire De La Lune" came to light.

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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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