9 December

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In Music History

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1955 Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, Arkansas, and introduces his new song, "Heartbreak Hotel," by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."

1953 Frank Sinatra records "Young At Heart."

1950 Joan Armatrading is born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts. Her family moves to England when she is 7, and raises her in Birmingham.

1946 Walter "Clyde" Orange (drummer, vocalist for Commodores) is born in Florida. He sings lead on the hits "Brick House" and "Nightshift."

1944 Neil Innes (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) is born in Danbury, Essex, England.

1944 R&B singer Shirley Brickley (The Orlons) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1941 Country singer Dan Hicks is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Known for songs like "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music."

1939 Sam Strain (Little Anthony & The Imperials, The O'Jays) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1935 Country singer David Houston is born Bossier City, Louisiana. His 1966 breakthrough hit "Almost Persuaded" spends nine weeks atop the Country chart - a feat not matched again until Taylor Swift's 2012 smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" goes on a 9-week run.

1934 Bluesman Junior Wells is born Amos Wells Blakemore Jr. He is raised in West Memphis, Arkansas (where he may have also been born). He learns harmonica from his cousin, Junior Parker.

1906 Tenor saxophonist Freddy Martin is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jim Morrison Becomes First Rocker Arrested Mid-Performance


Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested at his own concert in New Haven, Connecticut, after a police officer finds him backstage with a young girl and maces him. It's the first time a famous musician is arrested in the middle of a performance.

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