Events that happened on this day, December 7
1954 – On this day, December 7 – With ‘That’s All Right’, Marty Robbins became the first major artist to cover an Elvis Presley song.
1956 – Rock, Rock, Rock! was released on this day, December 7. One of the first ever Rock and Roll movies starring Alan Freed and Chuck Berry.
1962 – At a pub in Chelsea, The Rolling Stones held audition for a bass player. They hired Bill Wyman because he had cool equipment the band could use. However, he stayed with the band for four decades. So, he was much more than just a ‘cool equipment’ guy.
1963 – ‘With The Beatles’ started a 21 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. The album however, replaced another Beatles’ album ‘Please Please me’ which had been at the top for 30 weeks straight. Also, the Fab Four appeared on the BBC TV show ‘Juke Box Dury’.
1963 – With ‘Dominique’, The Singing Nun started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. Additionally, the song sold over 1.5 million copies in the US and won a Grammy Award.
1964 – On this day, December 7 – Brian Wilson suffered a panic attack while on a flight from L.A. to Houston. And because of this he stopped touring with the group.
1967 – Graham Nash announced the formation of his new group Crosby, Stills and Nash. Only two days after he left The Hollies.
1968 – The Animals broke up after lead singer Eric Burdon announced that he quits.
1968 – The Beatles topped the UK album chart with The White Album. The album’s real name however, is ‘The Beatles’ but the fans “renamed it”.
1971 – On this day, December 7 – With his new group ‘Wings’, Paul McCartney released his debut album ‘Wild Life’.
Barry White – You’re the first, the last, my everything
1974 – With ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’, Barry White topped the UK singles chart. Also, his first ever UK No.1.
1974 – With ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, Carl Douglas started a two week run the top of the US singles chart. The song was recorded in only 10 minutes, but it went on to sell over 10 million copies. What an achievement!
1979 – With ‘Walking on the Moon’, The Police had their second single to top the UK singles chart.
1980 – At the age of 22, Darby Crash passed away due to intentional heroin overdose.
1984 – Michael Jackson won a court dispute in Chicago where he testified that he wrote ‘The Girl Is Mine’.
1985 – With ‘Broken Wings’, Mr. Mister topped the US singles charts. The also had a solid run in the UK hitting No.4.
1987 – Richard Taylor (of The Manhattans) died at the age of 47.
1990 – Famous soul singer Dee Clark passed away due to a heart attack aged 52. Also known for the 1961 hit ‘Raindrops’.
1991 – With ‘Achtung Baby’, U2 topped the US album charts.
1991 – With ‘Black or White’, Michael Jackson tied with The Supremes on the third place for the most (12) US number one hits. Only The Beatles with 20 and Elvis Presley with 17 had more than him.
2003 – James Brown was honored by the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts for lifetime contribution to American culture.
2008 – Front-man of Classics IV – Dennis Yost died on this day, December 7 due to a respiratory failure at the age of 65.
2014 – With ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, Pink Floyd made a surprise return on the Billboard 200 chart when it landed at No.13. Because of the ultra-cheap discount price on the Google Play store app.
Born on this day, December 7 in music history
1910 – Louis Prima was born on this day, December 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1924 – Pianist and composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre was born in Frederiksberg, Denmark. Also known as Bent Fabric.
1942 – American singer and songwriter Harry Chapin was born on this day, December 7 in New York City.
1949 – Tom Waits is born in Pomona, California.
1954 – Born on this day, December 5 – Irish pop singer Mike Nolan.
1958 – English songwriter and musician Tim Butler is born in England. Also known as the co-founder of The Psychedelic Furs.
1963 – R&B/soul singer Barba Weathers is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1973 – Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice is born in Kildare, Ireland.