Events that happened on this day, December 24
1954 – On this day, December 24 – Johnny Ace accidentally killed himself while playing Russian Roulette backstage at a concert.
1965– For the third Christmas in a row, The Beatles topped the US album chart with Rubber Soul.
1966 – Tommy James and the Shondells recorded ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’. The record however, was released on January 5, 1967 and sold over a million copies.
1968 – Led Zeppelin left Britain to start their first ever American tour.
1972 – Because of a noise complaint, the police cut the power at a Manfred Mann‘s concert which provoked a riot in the audience. The situation escalated and the band had to hid in a dressing room.
1973 – Tom Johnson (of the Doobie Brothers) was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on this day, December 24.
1976 – The Eagles‘ sixth studio album ‘Hotel California’ went Platinum and began the first of eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard chart.
1977 – With ‘How Deep is Your Love‘, the Bee Gees topped the US singles chart. Also, the single stayed in the top 10 for 17 weeks which makes it the longest chart run in history.
1977 – The Sex Pistols played their last UK gig before splitting up. However, they made a comeback in 1996.
1978 – ABBA‘s couple Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog announced they are divorcing. However, they continued to work together until 1982 when ABBA disbanded.
1988 – With ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn‘, Poison started a three-week run at the top of the US singles chart.
1988 – After getting a $600 loan from a friend, Nirvana started recording their first album ‘Bleach’.
1994 – With their third studio album ‘Vitalogy’, Pearl Jam topped the US album chart.
1999 – On this day, December 24 – at the age of 65 Zeke Carey passed away.
2000 – Bass guitarist for The Four Seasons, Nick Massi died at the age of 73 due to cancer.
2016 – Status Quo‘ guitarist Rick Parfitt died at the age of 68.
Born on this day, December 24 in music history
1924 – Born on this day, December 24 – Lee Dorsey, African American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s.
1945 – Founder and lead singer of Motörhead Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister was born on this day, December 24 in England.
1946 – Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman was born on this day, December 24 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1951 – American musician and bassist Tom Wolk was born on this day, December 24 in New York City. Also known as T-Bone from the music duo Hall & Oates.
1957 – English musician Ian Burden was born on this day, December 24 in Newark-on-Trent, England.
1962 – British keyboardist, singer and songwriter Darren Wharton was born on this day, December 24 in England.
1963 – Thrash meta vocalist Neil Turbin was born on this day, December 24 in Brooklyn. Also known as the first full-time vocalist for Anthrax and current lead vocalist of DeathRiders.
1965 – Born on this day, December 24 – American musician, songwriter and record producer Millard Powers.
1968 – Songwriter, guitarist and producer Doyle Bramhall II was born in Dallas, Texas.
1971 – Ricky Martin was born on this day in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, his real name is Enrique Martín Morales.