2022-12-04

DECEMBER 4th
“Alive!” is the fourth straight KISS album to go gold. 1975
Rod Stewart’s “A Night On The Town,” with the chart topping single, “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright),” lands at #2 on the U.S. album chart. 1976
Coldplay roll out “A Head Full Of Dreams.” The group’s seventh album features Beyonce, Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Merry Clayton (who sang on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”). It peaks at #2 on the Billboard 200. 2015
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The Byrd’s bassist, Chris Hillman, is born in L.A. 1942
Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson enters the world. Despite the group’s early “surf” image Dennis is the only member who actually rides the waves. 1944
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has a birthday. 1951
Million dollar quartet. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins sing together (Gospel, Country and pop songs) for the only time at Sun Studios in Memphis. Somebody takes a picture but nobody thinks to record the session until later – after Johnny Cash’s wife pulls him away to do some Christmas shopping. 1956
Bassist Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) is born on this day. 1959
“Beatles For Sale,” the fourth studio album by the Fab Four, is released in the U.K.  It goes to #1 and stays there for eleven weeks.  Eight of the album’s tracks later appeared on “Beatles ‘65” in North America. 1964
Written by Folk great Pete Seger with words adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes, the Byrds sit at #1 (deservedly so) with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Now “The Wonder Years” have a theme song. 1965
The Kinks “Well Respected Man” enters the U.K. pop chart. It is one of the first (of many) “social commentary” songs by Ray Davies. 1965
Meanwhile, with much of the music world trying to sound like The Beatles, the Knickerbockers actually pull it off with their only major hit “Lies.” It just makes the U.S. Top 20 with a John Lennon sounding vocal. 1965
An electrical short knocks out Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards during a Sacramento concert. Richards takes about ten minutes to get back up to speed. He finishes the show. 1965
A Soviet music critic dismisses The Beatles and their fans claiming the group has become the “rich idols of the Philistines.” 1968
Your tax dollars hard at work. President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro Agnew and forty U.S. governors lock themselves in a room to determine the cause of the “generation gap.” The session yields little though the politicians get to listen to hours of Rock music with anti-establishment lyrics. 1969
“Supersessions” goes gold. The LP features jam sessions with keyboardist Al Kooper and guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephan Stills. 1970
Sly & The Family Stone are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Family Affair.” 1971
Following drummer John Bonham’s death, Led Zeppelin’s surviving members decide to pack it in. 1980
Pancreatic cancer takes the life of music innovator and free thinker, Frank Zappa, at age 52. 1993
Green Day nab the Big Music Artist honor at VH1’s Big In ’05 Awards. The trio is also up for Big Download (which Gwen Stefani takes with “Hollaback Girl”). 2005
Nickelback take home three trophies at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. They earn Artist Duo/Group of the Year, Hot 100 Artist Duo/Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year (“All the Right Reasons”). Three Days Grace are awarded Rock Single of the Year for “Animal I Have Become.” 2006
Pete Doherty (The Libertines) gets a $1,525 fine and is banned from driving for four months. But the London judge does not give him any jail time for his five drug convictions (for possession of heroin, crack and marijuana). 2006
A page of Paul McCartney’s working lyrics for the Beatles tune “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (on the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album) nets $192,000 at Christie’s memorabilia auction in New York. A ‘68 Fender Stratocaster guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix goes for $168,000. A handwritten poem by late Doors singer Jim Morrison sells for $50,400. 2006
Paul McCartney and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Rajendra Pachauri write a joint letter encouraging people to embrace vegetarianism for environmental reasons. “We are writing this letter not because vegetarianism is . . . an emotional issue but because it is a very attractive option for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and stabilizing the Earth’s climate.” 2008
The Robert De Niro film, “Everybody’s Fine,” opens in theatres. The soundtrack includes Paul McCartney’s ballad, “(I Want to) Come Home.” “The De Niro character inspired me,” says McCartney who wrote the song after seeing an advanced screening. “I can very much relate to a guy who’s got older children, who happens to have lost his wife, the mother of those children, and is trying to get them all together at Christmas. I understand that.” 2009
R.E.M. launch an iPhone application that automatically updates users with news and tour dates. There are also 30-second R.E.M. song clips, photos and videos. The ” R.E.M.  & You” feature allows fans to interact with one another and the band directly. 2009
Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Patti Smith and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) perform at Paris’ Le Trianon theater as part of the “Pathway to Paris,” a concert designed to raise awareness about the climate. The event coincides with the U.N. Climate Change Conference. 2015
One of Ringo Starr’s early drum sets, a 1963 Ludwig kit, is auctioned for $2.2 million to Indianapolis Colts (football) owner Jim Irsay. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lotus Children Foundation, which was founded by Starr and his wife Barbara. 2015
Ace Frehley (ex-Kiss) and Ed Roland (Collective Soul) are among the musicians taking part in the return of Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding charity show in Phoenix. The event raises $660,000, a record, for Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Centers. The ’20 show was cancelled due to COVID-19. 2021