Today In History: December 21st

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Gem Archer; Noel Gallagher; Andy Bell of Oasis

On December 21st, Elvis gets a badge; Oasis gets sued, and some unusual music is used to torture the enemy

In 2005, a report by Human Rights Watch claimed the music from the Barney and Sesame Street TV shows, along with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eminem[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dr. Dre[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]AC/DC[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nine Inch Nails[/lastfm] was used to torture detainees at a secret CIA-run prison.  “There was loud music for 20 days. I heard this nonstop over and over,” one prisoner told his lawyer, “Plenty lost their minds.”

In 2003, Michael Andrews featuring [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gary Jules[/lastfm] went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tears For Fears[/lastfm] song ‘Mad World.’ The song took just 90 minutes to record in 2001 and was featured in the film ‘Donnie Darko.’

In 1963, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm] performed their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford, England.

In 1966, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] receive three Gold Records for the single “Good Vibrations” and the albums “Little Deuce Coupe” and “Shut Down, Vol. 2″.

In 1967, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm] held a party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to preview their new movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

In 1996, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tony Bennett[/lastfm] was rushed to a hospital and underwent an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with President Bill Clinton when he fell ill.

In 1974, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Harry Chapin[/lastfm] enjoys his only number one single with “Cat’s In The Cradle”, a song he wrote on tour after missing the birth of his son.

In 1988, ex-[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cockney Rebel[/lastfm] bass player Paul Jeffreys was one of the passengers killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am flight 103. The plane crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In 1992, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Crosby[/lastfm] was a guest on the ABC sitcom Roseanne.

In 1968, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Crosby, Stills and Nash[/lastfm] performed together in public for the first time.

In 1979, California Governor Jerry Brown held a fundraiser at the San Diego Sports Arena with performances from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Eagles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chicago[/lastfm] and Brown’s girlfriend, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Linda Ronstadt[/lastfm].

In 2005, singer/guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Howie Day[/lastfm] was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport after becoming abusive on an airplane. He blamed his rowdiness on mixing a sleeping pill with alcohol.

In 2003, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eminem[/lastfm]‘s ex-wife Kimberly Mathers pleaded guilty to drug and driving offenses.  The 28-year old mother appeared in a Michigan court after turning herself in, having previously failed to attend a November 1st hearing. She was also charged with removing an electronic device used to monitor her movements.

In 2001, police launched an investigation after Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Harrison[/lastfm]‘s death.

In 1968, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Janis Joplin[/lastfm] gave her first solo performance in Memphis, Tennessee.

In 2002, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keane[/lastfm] appeared at the 12 Bar Club in London and was promptly offered a recording contract by Simon Williams of Fierce Panda records.

In 1992, blues guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Albert King[/lastfm] died from a heart attack in Memphis.

In 2005, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Madonna[/lastfm] was forced to cancel a romantic holiday at Skibo Castle in Scotland after her private jet broke down with technical difficulties at London Airport.

In 1987, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]No Doubt[/lastfm]‘s singer, original member John Spence, committed suicide.

In 1991, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm] started a five week run at No.1 in the UK, the 1975 world-wide hit had been re-released following the death of Freddie Mercury.

In 1995, former [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm] drummer Tony McCarrol, sues the band seeking damages and royalties from his work on (‘What’s The Story) Morning Glory’.

In 1993, Shaquille O’Neal’s “I Know I Got Skillz” single was certified Gold.

In 2006, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]P Diddy[/lastfm]‘s girlfriend, Kim Porter gave birth to twin girls, who were named D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs.

In 1957, the production chief of Paramount Studios petitioned the army to defer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm]‘s induction by two months so Elvis could finish filming King Creole. When Presley himself made the request, the draft board agreed.

In 1970, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] went to the White House to volunteer his services to President Nixon on fighting the nation’s drug problems. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and the President gave Elvis a Narcotics Bureau badge.  At Elvis’ request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year, until the Washington Post broke the story on January 27th, 1972.

In 1967, The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] album, “Their Satanic Majesties Request”, was released. The album reached number two in the American album chart, below The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.

In 1989, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Carlos Santana[/lastfm] became the proud father of Angelica Faith.

In 1985, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm]‘s album, ‘Born in the USA’ passed [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]‘s ‘Thriller’ to become the second longest-lasting LP on the Billboard US Top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks.

In 2005, The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sugababes[/lastfm] unveiled their new member just a day after Mutya Buena announced she was leaving. Self-confessed Sugababes fan Amelle Berrabah, 21, from Hampshire, was named as the new singer in the group.  Berrabah gushes,   ”For years I’ve dreamt of breaking into the music business but never did I dream of waking up one day to be the third Sugababe,”

In 1969, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Supremes[/lastfm] made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing their last number one song, ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’.

In 2005, Sir [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm] married his longtime partner David Furnish at a civil union service in Windsor, England.

In 1964, Ode to a High Flying Bird, a picture book tribute to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Charlie Parker[/lastfm] by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] drummer Charlie Watts, was published in England.

In 2008, The 2008 X-Factor winner [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alexandra Burke[/lastfm] started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hallelujah’. The song was written by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Leonard Cohen[/lastfm], and his version charted at the same time, and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jeff Buckley[/lastfm]‘s cover reached No 2, just being held off by Alexandra. Three versions of the same song were in the chart at once, something not seen since the 1950s.

In 2006, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yusuf Islam[/lastfm], formerly known as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cat Stevens[/lastfm], performed on stage before a live US audience for the first time in nearly thirty years as he promoted his first Pop album since leaving the music world for life as a devout Muslim.

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