Events that happened on this day, December 5
1955 – On this day, December 5 – Adam Faith’s version of ‘What Do You Want’ topped the UK singles chart. However, with only one minute and thirty eight seconds it was the shortest song to ever top the UK chart
1960 – American singer Marry Wells released her debut single ‘Bye Bye Baby’.
1960 – Elvis Presley topped the US album chart with ‘G.I. Blues’. Which was his fifth album to top the US album chart. Additionally, he topped the chart for ten weeks straight.
1960 – Pete Best and Paul McCartney were arrested in Hamburg, Germany. The reason? They pinned a condom in a brick wall and then ignited it.
1964 – The Beach Boys’ first live album Beach Boys Concert hit number one on the US album chart. They also stayed on that place for the rest of December.
1964 – After Paul Anka, Lorne Greene became the second Canadian to have a US No.1 single with the song ‘Ringo’. The song did well in the UK also. But it only managed to reach No.22.
1964 – On this day, December 5 – The Zombies topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with ‘She’s Not There’. The single also reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.12 in the UK.
The Zombies – She’s Not There
1965 – The Beatles played their last show ever in their hometown of Liverpool. There were over 40,000 applications for tickets, but only 5,100 were available.
1967 – Pink Floyd finished their UK tour as a supporting band of Jimi Hendrix at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
Read more: 15 Interesting facts about Pink Floyd
1968 – The Rolling Stones organized a banquet in London to promote their new album ‘Beggar’s Banquet’. The banquet however, ended up in a massive pie fight.
1968 – Graham Nash quit The Hollies and formed the Crosby, Stills and Nash few days later.
1973 – Paul McCartney released his fifth solo studio album Band On The Run since his departure from The Beatles.
1975 – Fleetwood Mac‘s self-titled studio album went gold and even reached Platinum status in later years. Also referred as The White Album among fans. Noteworthy, this was Fleetwood Mac’s first album with Stevie Nicks.
1975 – Earth, Wind and Fire‘s double album ‘Gratitude’ became their fifth album to go Gold.
1976 – Elvis Presley sprained his ankle at a show in Las Vegas because he fell of stage.
1976 – Bob Marley performed in Jamaica only two days after he was shot in an assassination attempt.
1980 – Only three days before he was murdered, John Lennon gave his last ever interview for the Rolling Stone.
1992 – With ‘I Will Always Love You’, Whitney Houston started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1993 – Gin Blossoms’ guitarist Doug Hopkins committed suicide at the age of 32. He was also fired from the group before the release of their new album, which may have been one of the reasons for his suicide. However, the biggest hits from the album were songs that he wrote.
2004 – U2 topped the UK album chart with ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’.
2012 – Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died on this day, December 5 aged 91.
Born on this day, December 5 in music history
1912 – Sonny Boy Williamson was born Aleck Miller on this day, December 5 in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. He was famous blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. Also, he claimed to be born in 1912. But his tombstone says 1908.
1922 – Born on this day, December 5 in music history – songwriter Don Robertson.
1932 – Rock and roll legend Richard Wayne Penniman was born in Macon, Georgia. Also known as Little Richard by his stage name.
1938 -American guitarist John Weldon was born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Also known as J.J. Cale.
1945 – Argentine classical pianist Eduardo Delgado was born on this, December 5 in music history.
1946 – Canadian pop rocker Andrew Youakim was born in Montreal, Quebec. Also known as Andy Kim.
1947 – Jim Messina was born on this day, December 5 in Maywood, California.
1960 – American rock vocalist Jack Russel was born in Montebello, California. Also known as the founder of Great White.
1965 – John Joseph Theodore Rzeznik was born in Buffalo, New York. Also known as John Rzeznik.