December 13, 1962
Elvis Presley is #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Return to Sender.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Go back where you been
December 12, 1915
Born this day in Hoboken, New Jersey — Frank Sinatra.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: At least I know the score
December 11, 1926
Born this day in Ariton, Alabama — Big Mama Thornton.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Surely to the sea
December 10, 1967
Otis Redding, 26 years old, dies in a plane crash.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: She’s giving me excitations
December 9, 1967
Supergroup Cream releases its debut studio album Fresh Cream in the U.K. On the same day, the group’s second single, I Feel Free, is released.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Make me forget
December 8, 1968
Singer and guitarist Graham Nash leaves The Hollies and begins working with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The trio will become Crosby, Stills & Nash.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: One morning he awoke in a green hotel
December 7, 1963
The Singing Nun starts a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Dominique.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Watchin’ the ships roll in
December 6, 1962
During sessions for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan LP, Dylan records A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Orbison passes on
December 5, 1932
Born this day in Macon, Georgia — “Little Richard” Penniman.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: It’s no hanging matter
December 4, 1956
L-R: Lewis, Perkins, Presley, Cash.
The so-called “Million Dollar Quartet” impromptu jam session takes place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
ALSO ON THIS DAY: I needed money ’cause I had none