Today In Oldies Music History: December 18--
Births1931: Allen Klein
1938: Chas Chandler (The Animals)
1941: Sam Andrew (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
1943: Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
1948: Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe)
Deaths1978: Les Kummel (New Colony Six)
1983: Jimmy Nolan (James Brown)
2001: Clifford T. Ward
Events1961: Chubby Checker's hit pop version of "The Twist" becomes, at 23 weeks, the chart single with the longest stay on Billboard's Hot 100.
1962: The Beatles return to Hamburg, Germany for the fifth and last time, playing a dozen nights as opening act for Johnny and the Hurricanes at the Star Club.
1964: Sam Cooke's funeral brings 200,000 fans to the A.R. Leak Funeral Home in Chicago, so many fans that the crush breaks the glass front doors of the parlor. James Brown, there to pay his respects, is forced to leave in order to avoid the grieving mob. Ray Charles, who makes it in, sings a stirring version of "Angels Keep Watching Over Me" for his friend.
1966: Tara Browne, heir to the Guinness fortune, collides with a bus while driving his sports car in London's South Kensington district. Reading about the coroner's report a few days later, John Lennon incorporates the incident into the first and second verses of his new song, "A Day In The Life."
1968: In San Francisco, Janis Joplin begins to rehearse with her new group, The Kozmic Blues Band.
1968: At the Alchemical Wedding event in London's Royal Albert Hall, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spend 45 minutes inside a black bag, the idea being that attendees would be forced to focus on the duo's words and not their celebrity.
1969: The New York Times reports that a full three-quarters of the billion-dollar music industry's revenue is generated by American youth.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his wife Myra Gale Brown, whom he infamously married when she was 13.
1972: Bob Dylan begins filming his first real movie role, as in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.
1975: Rod Stewart officially leaves the Faces to begin a solo career on Atlantic Records.
1978: Led Zeppelin complete work on what would be their last album, In Through The Out Door.
1982: When their latest single, "Maneater," hits #1, Hall and Oates officially surpass the Everly Brothers as the biggest duo of all time.
1983: On his 40th birthday, and with Mick Jagger serving as best man, Keith Richards marries his longtime girlfriend, model Patti Hansen, in Mexico's Cabo San Lucas.
1991: In a move that would have widespread implications for the rap industry, Gilbert O'Sullivan is awarded an injunction against rapper Biz Markie for an unlicensed sample of Gilbert's "Alone Again (Naturally)" used in Biz's own "Alone Again."
1992: CFRA in Canada bans the Beatles' "Run For Your Life" from its playlist for alleged anti-women sentiment.
2003: In Los Angeles, Michael Jackson is officially charged with seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor for alleged incidents earlier that year at Jackson's Neverland Ranch. He is also charged with two counts of administering an "intoxicating agent."
2003: President George W. Bush awards James Brown and Loretta Lynn with Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.
2004: The Gibson SG guitar that George Harrison used while recording Revolver fetched almost $600,000 at a New York auction. It was also played by John Lennon on the "White Album."
2008: Paul Simon is made a member of the Board of Trustees at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Releases1971: Joe Tex, "I Gotcha"
Recording1932: Jimmy Lunceford and his orchestra, "Rhythm Is Our Business"
1961: Sam Cooke, "Twisting The Night Away"
1965: SSgt Barry Sadler, "The Ballad Of The Green Berets"
Charts1961: The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" hits #1
1971: Sly and the Family Stone's LP There's A Riot Going On hits #1