Today In History: December 19th

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Scott Weiland

On December 19th, a tabloid is sued over a “goofy sex tape”, Scott Weiland is in trouble with the law, and a rock star impersonator not only steals kisses but money as well.

In 1981, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]ABBA[/lastfm] topped the British album chart with “The Visitors”. It was to be the Swedish foursome’s last album together.

In 2004, Band Aid 20 remained at number one in the U-K for the third straight week with “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” That secured the song the much-coveted title of Christmas number one. The number one album was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robbie Williams[/lastfm]’ Greatest Hits.

In 1985, three Clark County, Washington deputies are awarded a $5.4 million judgment against the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beach Boys[/lastfm].  The trio claim they were battered and falsely imprisoned for taking pictures after a 1981 show.

In 1964, [lastfm link_type=””]Beatles[/lastfm] for Sale spent its first week at number one on the U-K album chart. It knocked A Hard Day’s Night off the top spot, where it had spent the last 21 weeks.

In 1988, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Johnny Cash[/lastfm] undergoes heart surgery.  Singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Waylon Jennings[/lastfm] was in the same hospital; Waylon went under the knife for a triple bypass six days prior.

In 2001, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dick Clark[/lastfm] filed a 10-million dollar lawsuit against Recording Academy president Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appeared on Clark’s American Music Awards from performing on the GRAMMY Awards.

In 1970, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm]’s first US hit, ‘Your Song’ entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it went on to reach number eight.

In 2005, Sir [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm] reportedly turned down $5.7million for the exclusive rights to his civil union to his partner David Furnish. The couple had considered the offer from a US television channel, putting the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude magazine they had decided to keep the day private.

In 2003, a Florida man was sentenced to 25 months in prison for impersonating [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Creed[/lastfm] guitarist Mark Tremonti. He was arrested and charged in April for stealing more than a thousand dollars while kissing a misinformed Creed fan.

In 1979, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rupert Holmes[/lastfm]’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” was at the top of the charts.

In 2000, English singer/songwriter [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kirsty MacColl[/lastfm] was killed while vacationing in Mexico. She was scuba diving with her two sons when she was hit by a speedboat. She was 41.

In 2010, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm] are on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Most Eco-Friendly Rockers” list.

In 1998, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm] recorded the show that became their third official live release, “Live in Chicago 12-19-98” at the United Center.

In 1974, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]George Harrison[/lastfm] performed the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden. It was his first solo tour.

In 1980, the film 9-to-5 starring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dolly Parton[/lastfm] opened.

In 1955, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carl Perkins[/lastfm] records “Blue Suede Shoes”.

In 1987, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Pet Shop Boys[/lastfm] had their third UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Always On My Mind. The duo had performed a version of ‘Always on My Mind’ on Love Me Tender, a TV special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, their performance was so well-received that the group decided to record the song and release it as a single.

In 2006, two giant eyeballs donated by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm] raised $16,500 for the homeless charity Crisis. The 6ft-high props, made to promote the Pulse DVD were sold at the behest of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Gilmour[/lastfm].  Gilmour, a vice-president of Crisis, said extra help was needed in the winter months.

In 1957, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] received his draft notice from Milton Bowers, chairman of the Memphis draft board, despite protests from the teen community. Presley’s army stint in Germany would take much of the wind out of rock ‘n’ roll.

In 1979, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]’s personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with ‘illegally and indiscriminately’ prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for the star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.

In 1969, at London’s Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] was fined 200 pounds for possession of marijuana. His girlfriend, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marianne Faithfull[/lastfm], was acquitted of a similar charge.

In 2009, Gene Simmons is sued for 25-thousand dollars by a couple who claim the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]KISS[/lastfm] singer assaulted them,  Nathan Marlowe and his wife Cynthia Manzo maintain Simmons attacked and threatened them, taking away their video camera which they used to film the rocker at an LA mall.  The couple sought damages for civil claims of assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress.

In 2005, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad banned all Western music from Iran’s state-owned radio and TV stations.

In 1975, Ron Wood is introduced as the newest member of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm].

In 1976, During an interview with UK daily newspaper The Daily Mail, the mother of  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sex Pistols[/lastfm]’ Paul Cook said he was no longer welcome at home and she was going to turn his bedroom in a dining room.

In 1987, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Simon[/lastfm], the musician, and Paul Simon, the former presidential candidate, both hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

In 2005, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm] sued US Weekly for 20-million dollars in libel damages after the supermarket tab published a story claiming she and Kevin Federline made a “goofy” sex tape.

In 2001, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Spice Girls[/lastfm]’ Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) paid $3,000 for a custom built toilet. The singer ordered the hand painted porcelain loo complete with hand crafted toilet roll holder for her new seaside apartment.

In 2003, [lastfm link_type=””]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] and band mate [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nils Lofgren[/lastfm] attended the funeral of their friend, eccentric Wall Street tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen led the assembly in Christmas carols, while Lofgren sang “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

In 2001, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Scott Weiland[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stone Temple Pilots[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Velvet Revolver[/lastfm] pleaded guilty to domestic battery in a case that arose after he fought with his wife at a Hard Rock hotel.

In 1965, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Who[/lastfm] drummer Keith Moon collapses on stage at the Ricky Tick club in Windsor, England.

2000, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wu-Tang Clan[/lastfm] rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard was returned to New York from Philadelphia in police custody, in order to face outstanding drug charges for possessing crack cocaine.


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