Steve Kline Ages of Rock
December 11, 1961
ALSO ON THIS DAY: All day long they’re saying
December 10, 1965
Eighteen-year-old David Bowie records Can’t Help Thinking About Me at Pye Studios, London, England. The song is released as a single under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third. It becomes the first David Bowie record to be released in the U.S. as well as the first with the name “Bowie” as the songwriter.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: She’s giving me excitations
December 9, 1972
Neil Diamond releases the live double album Hot August Night, from a concert on August 24, 1972, one of ten sold-out Diamond concerts over a one-month span at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The album peaks at #5 on the U.S. chart and spends 29 weeks at #1 on the Australian chart. Track 3 on Side 2 is Red Red Wine.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: I will bid you fair farewell
December 7, 1967
Otis Redding records (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay. Redding dies three days later in a plane crash. Redding’s familiar whistling, heard before the song’s fade, is the singer fooling around — he had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add words in place of the whistling.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: You got someone to blame
December 6, 1962
During sessions for the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, Bob Dylan records A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and versions of Hero Blues, Whatcha Gonna Do, Oxford Town, and I Shall Be Free, at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: What’s puzzling you
December 5, 1968
The release of The Rolling Stones’ new album Beggar’s Banquet is celebrated at a party in London that features a food fight with custard pies. Keith Richards is not feeling well and does not attend. The original cover for the LP is in the form of a plain white invitation, but that is later changed. The LP includes the hits Street Fighting Man and Sympathy for the Devil. But Stray Cat Blues is the coolest cut of all.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Late that night I saved the life of Ringo
December 4, 1960
The Crickets release I Fought the Law. It is written by Sonny Curtis, a member of The Crickets (Buddy Holly’s group). The Crickets record it shortly after Holly’s death in 1959 and release it on their 1960 album In Style With The Crickets. Bobby Fuller is a popular singer/guitarist from El Paso, Texas, and he first records this song in 1964. It becomes a regional hit in New Mexico and West Texas. The Bobby Fuller Four national hit version is recorded in 1965 at Del-Fi Records.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: A paradise we will share
December 2, 1957
Al Priddy, a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland, is fired after playing Elvis Presley’s version of White Christmas. The station management says, “It’s not in the spirit we associate with Christmas.” This makes national headlines — Priddy even plays a tape recording of his firing-by-phone as he signs off. After public protests of the firing, Priddy is “hired back.” Years later, the “firing” is exposed as a publicity stunt to promote the station. Elvis’ Christmas album is controversial, and savvy KEX takes advantage.