Waky Week in Rock History
Today's Birthdays Wednesday 12/11/13
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is 55.
Rolling Stones bassist Daryl Jones is 52.
Brenda Lee is 69.
Bread's David Gates is 73.
Jermaine Jackson is 59.
Today In History Wednesday 12/11/13
The Coasters recorded a number of songs, including the hit "Charlie Brown," in a studio session in New York.
Jerry Butler's "He Will Break Your Heart" hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart.
Aretha Franklin made her debut in New York at the Village Vanguard.
The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" hit number one on the album chart.
Elvis Presley's movie "Fun in Acapulco" came in at number seven in the box office for the week.
The Four Seasons' "Let's Hang On" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
The Shangri-Las' "I Can Never Go Home Anymore" peaked at number six on the pop singles chart.
The Yardbirds' "I'm A Man" peaked at number 17 on the pop singles chart.
The Vogues' "Five O'Clock World" broke into the Top 40.
The Beatles reportedly scrapped plans for a movie based on the novel "A Talent For Loving" because they couldn't find a good script.
The Rolling Stones' movie "Rock 'n' Roll Circus" aired on the BBC. The special features the Stones along with The Who, Eric Clapton, and John Lennon.
John Lennon released his first post-Beatles album, "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band."
The movie "The Magic Christian," starring Ringo Starr, had its premiere in London.
The Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.
Michael Jackson's "Got To Be There" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" broke into the Top 40.
New releases included Carly Simon's single "Anticipation" and James Brown's album "Revolution of the Mind: Live at the Apollo, Volume 3."
James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with disorderly conduct when someone told police he was trying to incite a riot. He had been talking with fans about narcotics at the time. When Brown subsequently threatened to sue the city for a million dollars, the issue was dropped as a, quote, "misunderstanding."
Genesis began its first U.S. tour with a show at Brandeis University in Boston.
Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley received a near-fatal jolt when he touched a short circuited light rail during a concert in Lakeland, Florida.
Firefall's "You Are The Woman" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.
England Dan and John Ford Coley's "Nights Are Forever Without You" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
Bob Seger released the single "Night Moves."
Supertramp's "It's Raining Again" peaked at number eleven on the pop singles chart.
Bruce Springsteen released the video "MTV Plugged."
Mick Jagger launched his Internet company, Jagged Internetworks.
Neil Young received the Spirit of Liberty Lifetime Achievement Award at the People for the American Way's Spirit of Liberty Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, California.
Paul McCartney performed at the Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary Concert in Oslo, Norway.
Dionne Warwick and songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David received Heroes Awards from the New York chapter of the Recording Academy. The award honors those who have carved out a, quote, "unique legacy in the music industry" and who significantly give back to both the music community as well as society in general.
David Lee Roth sued the other members of Van Halen, alleging they didn't include him in 1996 contract negotiation sessions with their record label.
Ozzy Osbourne topped The Boring Institute's list of the Most Boring Celebrities of 2002. The institute explained that it wasn't saying stars on the list were dull, but that their media overexposure had left the public disinterested.
Santana performed at the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
AC/DC's album "Back in Black" was named the second-best-selling album of all time, surpassed only by Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Patti LaBelle was among the performers at the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
Gladys Knight was among the performers at the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
Earth, Wind, and Fire was among the performers at the 2007 Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. The show honored recipients Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which got the nod for their efforts in battling global warming and in bringing the issue to global prominence.
On the day after Led Zeppelin played their reunion concert in London, sales of the band's albums and the DVD "The Song Remains the Same" were up 500-percent in Britain.
Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway" tour led the Billboard Boxscore list of the Highest-Grossing Tours of the year, earning 210-point-six-million-dollars.
Diana Ross was among the performers at the 2008 Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
Donna Summer was a performer at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway honoring President Barack Obama.
Barry Manilow and Herbie Hancock were among the performers at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
The updated edition of Tony Iommi's autobiography "Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath," including his account of his cancer battle, arrived in stores.
Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who was associated with The Beatles, died at a Southern California hospital a few days after he was admitted with breathing problems. Shankar was 92.
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