Give us this day, December 16, our daily Elvis
Eugene Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio when he sang “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” from the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Culture Club would take a different song with the same title to number one in 1982.
Humes High School, Memphis Tennessee
December 16, 1954
December 16, 1955
The Jones Boys opened for Elvis and The Blue Moon Boys at Sweetwater, TX Municipal Auditorium
|Engagement – Tour Ref: 1955
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||West Texas Jubilee
December 16, 1956
Elvis bought the Santa sleigh and 8 reindeer for $300 from Bain Sign Company in Memphis. They are still displayed on the Graceland lawn every year.
An unidentified woman approached Elvis Presley at Goodfellows headquarters with a request: ‘Elvis, please autograph my arm!’ Elvis was at the headquarters to present the Press-Scimitar Goodfellows with 100 brand new $10 bills. Elvis let it be known that the Goodfellows had played Santa Claus for him seven years earlier. ‘Our family had it pretty rough that year,’ he recalled. ‘The Goodfellows made my Christmas for me’
December 16, 1958
Military Service in Germany
December 16, 1959
Military Service in Germany
December 16, 1960
Wild in the Country
December 16, 1961
Elvis Presley’s soundtrack to “Blue Hawaii” reached #1 on the album charts. It remained at #1 for 20 weeks.
In the United States, the album spent 20 weeks at the number one slot and 39 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Top Pop LPs chart. It was certified Gold on December 21, 1961, Platinum and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992 and 3x Platinum on July 30, 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America. On the US Top Pop Albums chart Blue Hawaii is second only to the soundtrack of West Side Story as the most successful album of the 1960s.
December 16, 1962
December 16, 1963
December 16, 1964
December 16, 1965
Released as a double A side The Beatles ‘Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out’, became their ninth UK No.1 and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US No.1 in January 1966.
December 16, 1966
Elvis and Priscilla returned to Memphis.
December 16, 1969
Elvis rented the projection room at MGM to screen That’s The Way It Is.
December 16, 1971
‘200 Motels’ film opened at London’s Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK. The film which also featured Ringo Star, covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.
December 16, 1972
December 16, 1973
Stax Studio: Elvis completed the masters for three songs:
December 16, 1974
December 16, 1975
The Bay City Rollers
earn a Gold record for their first US single, “Saturday Night”. They will go on to have five more Billboard Top 40 hits.
December 16, 1976
The Bee Gees
are awarded a Gold record for “How Deep is Your Love”, the fourth of their nine Billboard number one singles. The song would become the subject of a copyright infringement suit five years later when an amateur songwriter named Ronald Selle claimed the brothers Gibb lifted the melody from a composition he’d written called “Let It End”. The case was decided in Selle’s favor, but the verdict was overturned a few months later.
Originally a member of the Soul Satisfiers (1971), Gloria Gaynor attacked the singles survey with “I Will Survive,” a #1 anthem for women and the sixth of her seven hits between 1974 and 1979.
American soul and disco singer Sylvester James died of complications from AIDS in San Francisco aged 41. Scored the 1978 US No.36 & UK No.8 single ‘You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real’. He sang back-up vocals for Aretha Franklin on her 1985 Who’s Zoomin’ Who’ Album.
filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada seeking $14 million in damages because they allegedly used an imitation of his voice. The song “The Twist” had been used in a French fry commercial.
With stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson’s alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK becomes one of the first to announce that it will no longer play the singer’s records.
aired Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ session for the first time. The album featured an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana
filmed its entire performance in a single take with the band’s fourteen-song setlist included six cover versions.
‘ “Free As A Bird” peaks at number 2 on the UK charts and number 6 in the US. Written by John Lennon and performed by him on piano as a rough demo shortly before he was murdered, the track was completed by the remaining Beatles at Paul McCartney’s home studio.
Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room.
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra
1967 No.1 hit ‘Somethin’ Stupid’. The Christmas No.1 for this year. From William’s album Swing When You’re Winning.
was out on police bail of $3m after being arrested following allegations of child abuse. The 45-year-old singer strenuously denied the allegations, calling them a big lie. Following the allegations of child abuse a special information web site was set up by the District Attorney’s office because of the level of media interest in the case. Mr Jackson, who was arrested, cited and released after surrendering to police on 20th November, was due to appear in court on 9 January.
The surviving Beatles
and relatives of the band’s late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
and relations of George Harrison
and John Lennon
claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.
Sir Paul McCartney
said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become “boring” and he had “dreaded going to see” its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company’s handling of his music had become “symbolic of the treadmill”. The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks’ label, Hear Music.
56 year old singer / songwriter Dan Fogelberg died after a three year battle with prostate cancer. His hits “Longer” (#2), “Same Old Lang Syne” (#9), “Hard To Say” (#7) and “Leader of the Band” (#9) helped define the Soft Rock era of the ’70s and ’80s,
Paul McCartney paid tribute to his Beatles band mate John Lennon during an appearance on Saturday Night Live where he performed “A Day in the Life” and then thrilled viewers with a cover version of his late friend’s anti-war anthem “Give Peace a Chance”.
A spokesman for the British Recorded Music Industry said that over 7.7 million people illegally downloaded 1.2 billion tracks this year. Calling for swift action to be taken, he went on to say “It is a parasite that threatens to deprive a generation of talented young people of their chance to make a career in music, and is holding back investment in the burgeoning digital entertainment sector.”
It was reported that Miley Cyrus had insured her infamous tongue for $1 million. A source told Heat magazine: “Miley’s totally aware of how her tongue is getting more headlines than she is, and getting it insured is just part of her trademarked image. It’s not the first time she’s done something like this – when she first cut her hair short, she tried to get her new crop patented. She wanted it to become known as The Miley”.
The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” had sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multi-Platinum status.
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