1979 Robert John's "Sad Eyes" hits #1.
1978 Rock 'n Roll singer Johnny O'Keefe dies of a (prescribed) drug-induced heart attack in Darlinghurst, Australia, at age 43. Known for hits like "Wild One," "She's My Baby" and his cover of "Shout!"
1978 ABBA members Benny and Anni-Frid split after three years of marriage. The group's other male-female pair had been married in 1971.
1976 Salsoul Orchestra records "Christmas Medley."
1973 Cher's "Half-Breed" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1967 The Beatles record "Blue Jay Way."
1966 Tommy Stinson (bass guitarist for The Replacements) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1964 Matthew Sweet is born Sidney Matthew Sweet in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1964 The Beatles record "Eight Days A Week."
1958 Johnny Mathis releases his first of many holiday albums, Merry Christmas. The balladeer's smooth renderings of traditional Christmas tunes become a staple of the season for years to come.
1956 Elvis Presley releases "Love Me Tender."
1954 David Hidalgo (guitarist/vocalist for Los Lobos) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1951 Kevin Cronin (lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon) is born in Evanston, Illinois.
1951 Gavin Sutherland (bassist/vocalist for The Sutherland Brothers) is born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
2004 On his radio show, Howard Stern announces his move to satellite radio, where he will broadcast on Sirius, which gets a huge bump in subscribers. The move to satellite frees Stern from the shackles of the FCC, which doesn't regulate satellite. He and his crew are free to swear like sailors and talk dirty, which they often do. It also means fewer commercials.
1991 Michael Jackson gives Elizabeth Taylor away to Larry Fortensky during her eighth wedding, held at Jackson's 2,700-acre Neverland estate near Los Angeles.
1990 Soundgarden, Iggy Pop, Ice T, The Cramps, Joan Baez and Public Enemy are among the artists to perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre in California, as part of A Gathering of Tribes, which is organized by The Cult's Ian Astbury. The festival is a forebear to Lollapalooza, which launches a year later.
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