2022-12-20

DECEMBER 20th
AC/DC’s “Back In Black” peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. 1980
“Daughter” is the second single from Pearl Jam’s second album “Vs.” With lyrics by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music primarily written by guitarist Stone Gossard, the song goes on to top both the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts. 1993
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KISS drummer Peter Criss (born George Peter John Criscuola) has a birthday. One of the group’s co-founders, Criss develops the “Cat” character for his KISS persona. 1945
Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) has a birthday. 1949
Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. He starts his tour of duty the following year. 1957
The Beach Boys, with help from Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean), issue “Barbara Ann.” The song gets to #2. 1965
The Rolling Stones and The Kinks make their first appearance on Shindig. The ABC music program also has the more popular (at the time) Dave Clark 5. 1965
A native of Marietta, GA, Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson lets out his first wail. 1966
Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form Jethro Tull. The name is taken from an inventor of farm tools. 1967
Bob Dylan and The Band join several Folk artists in a concert commemorating the legendary Woody Guthrie. It’s Dylan’s first public appearance since his motorcycle accident two years earlier. 1968
Though it spends several weeks in the Top 5, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two-sided hit “Down On The Corner” bw ”Fortunate Son” can only get to #3. “Leaving On A Jet Plane” (Peter, Paul & Mary) and “Someday We’ll Be Together” (Diana Ross & The Supremes) are #1 and #2, respectively. 1969
The Rolling Stones’ “Let It Bleed” knocks The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” from the top spot on the U.K. album chart. 1969
Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Having gone Country to maintain his career, Lewis is told not to play Rock n’ Roll but does. Told not to swear, he does. 1973
Joe Walsh, formerly of The James Gang, joins The Eagles. He replaces Bernie Leadon who seeks, unsuccessfully, a solo career. 1975
Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized and treated for rabies after biting the head off a bat during a concert. 1982
Right song, right time, right place. In Belfast, U2 perform “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” live for the first time. 1982
The Bangles take a goofy novelty song, “Walk Like An Egyptian” to #1 in the U.S. 1986
The Beatles and the Beach Boys are inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. However, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love is totally ungracious and insults just about everybody in the music business, adding much needed, if stupid, edge to the affair. 1988
Doug Robb’s battle with pneumonia causes Hoobastank to cancel their remaining December concerts. Hospitalized the previous weekend the singer is ordered to remain in bed for a week. 2004
Two-CD compilation titled “Welcome To The Jungle — The Very Best Of Guns N’ Roses” arrives. 2005
Former Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher wins his court battle over royalties from the band’s biggest hit, “Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Fisher claims to have written the distinctive organ part on the track, which originally was credited only to frontman Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. A London judge rules in Fisher’s favor, entitling him to 40% of the song’s future copyright earnings, as well as those amassed since the musician initiated legal proceedings in May ’05. 2006
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton says he’s cancer free after undergoing radiation treatments. “I had a (diagnostic) scan (recently) and it showed that the tumor and the (cancer) cells in the adjacent lymph gland were gone.” 2006
Kid Rock starts a holiday USO tour (entertaining the troops) in Kabul. Rock performs “Sweet Home Alabama.” 2007
The divorce of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli is finalized. The Van Halen guitarist and the actress agree that neither “shall take unfair advantage of the other.” They married in ’81 and separated in ’01.  Bertinelli filed for divorce in December ‘05. 2007
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry offers a free download of his version of “Run Rudolph Run” on the band’s fan site Aero Force One. “This is my favorite Christmas song and one I’ve always wanted to cover,” says Perry of the classic popularized by Chuck Berry (written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie). “I hope everyone enjoys it and this makes the holidays a little happier this year.” 2008
Big Brother & The Holding Company guitarist, James Gurley, dies of a heart attack at home in Palm Desert, CA, just two days before his 70th birthday. Gurley joined the band in ’65. The late Janis Joplin fronted Big Brother until she went solo. 2009
Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn places the federally funded project to archive the songs and artwork of the Grateful Dead at #4 on his list of the Top 5 Biggest Wastes of Money. “The number one thing is that it is not a federal responsibility to archive the materials of a Rock band,” says John Hart, Coburn’s director of communications. The Dead project costs $615,000. Guess Coburn is not a Dead Head. 2010
Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra are selected as ‘17 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  2016
The Mötörhead photobook “Roadkill: Victory Or Die” is out.  The publication celebrates late frontman Lemmy Kilmister and features backstage pictures and commentary.  2016
The site of the ‘69 Woodstock Festival is nominated for the state and national Register of Historic Places. Max Yasgur’s dairy farm hosted 32 bands and 400,000 fans over three days.  2016
My Chemical Romance play a reunion show, their first performance together since 2012, at the Shrine Expo Hall in L.A.  2019
Godsmack’s Sully Erna announces, on behalf of The Scars Foundation, a $12,500 donation to the Inner-City Youth Boxing Program at Thrive Boxing & Fitness in Londonderry, NH.  “The Scars Foundation was established to raise money and bring awareness on a global level to mental health issues,” said Erna, who is a boxing enthusiast and founder of The Scars Foundation. 2019
Guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) leads an all-star band for the third “Above Ground” benefit concert in Hollywood.  Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot) also perform with surprise appearances by Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Dexter Holland (The Offspring).  The event was founded by Navarro and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison (Idol bailed on the event due to illness).  Proceeds benefit MusiCares.  2021