2022-12-23

DECEMBER 23rd
Metallica’s self-titled ‘91 album (“The Black Album”) is named the top seller of the Nielsen SoundScan era (since ’91). Their fifth studio album, which includes “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven,” surpasses Country star Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” with sales of more than 15-million copies. 2009
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Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist, Jorma Kaukonen, is born in Washington D.C. 1940
Adrian Belew has a birthday. In addition to joining King Crimson in ’81, the guitarist works with David Bowie, Frank Zappa and the Talking Heads. He’s also has a lengthy and eclectic solo career. 1949
Guitarist Dave Murray is born in Edmonton, London. He’s one of Iron Maiden’s original members. 1958
Chuck Berry is arrested for violating the Mann Act. He is found guilty and serves time. 1959
Sass Jordan has a birthday. Though born in Birmingham, England, Jordan grows up in Montreal. 1962
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (center) is born in Evanston, IL, with the name Edward Louis Severson III. 1964
The Beach Boys make their debut appearance on Shindig, a nationally televised pop music program. Because it’s the holidays they perform “Little St. Nick.” Later that evening, the Beach Boys leader and creative force, Brian Wilson, suffers a nervous breakdown as the group flies from L.A. to Houston. This breakdown, plus another two over the next eighteen months, force Wilson to cease performing with the group. 1964
Ready Steady Go! airs for the last time. The British pop music show goes out with appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Spencer Davis Group and The Who. 1966
Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight brings the sheriff and the moving vans to collect the group’s equipment while they are playing a benefit concert. GFR and Knight are involved in a nasty dispute that includes various lawsuits. However, the sheriff says Knight can’t seize the equipment until after the show. 1972
John Lennon’s film “Imagine” (based on the album of the same name) premieres. 1972
After listening to Judas Priest’s “Stained Glass” (originally released in ’78) two troubled teenage fans in Reno attempt suicide. One dies and the other survives the initial attempt only to OD three years later. The parents subsequently file a lawsuit claiming it was subliminal messages in the songs that led to the tragedy. The suit is eventually dismissed. 1985
Ozzy Osbourne blasts the Christmas holiday saying the best Christmas he ever had was when he was unconscious after breaking his neck in an ’03 ATV accident. “I hate Christmas, I hate it,” humbugs Ozzy. “Everything stops. When I used to drink it was a good excuse to get drunk for two weeks. Now I just hate it. I have to unravel all these presents. What a waste of paper!” 2009
The surviving members of The Doors reject an official pardon granted by the State of Florida days earlier to their late singer Jim Morrison. The charge of lewd and lascivious behavior was levied against Morrison following a chaotic Miami performance in ‘69. Band members insist the singer is owed a full apology by the State as well as the City of Miami. They contend that Morrison did not need “to be pardoned for anything,” and allege that the charges “were largely an opportunity for grandstanding by ambitious politicians” and “an affront to free speech.” 2010
Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, collapses while performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt. Scaccia is taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital where he is pronounced dead. Scaccia was 47. 2012
Billy Joel donates a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano worth $250,000 to the music department of Stony Brook University in his hometown of Long Island, NY. 2013
Pantera’s Philip Anselmo states in an interview that he was molested as a youth.  2016
Michael Landauer (a.k.a. Mick Zane), one of the founding members of Malice, dies from an inoperable brain tumor. 2016
Billboard reports that over 2.11 million vinyl records were sold in the U.S. during the week – largely propelled by the holiday season. It’s the highest weekly vinyl sales figure since the Nielsen Soundscan era began in ‘91. For the week, vinyl sales account for half of all album sales (digital and physical) and 57% of all physical sales.  2021