This Day in History: 2033-12-05

DECEMBER 5th
Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten working lyric sheet for his ‘75 hit “Born To Run” sells for $197,000 at Sotheby’s in New York City. “Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process,” said Sotheby’s, “few manuscripts of ‘Born To Run’ are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song.” 2013
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Little Richard (Penniman) is born in Macon, GA. He is easily the prettiest of Charles and Leva Mae’s 12 children. Shut up! 1932
Singer/songwriter (“After Midnight” and “Cocaine”), J.J. Cale, has a birthday. 1938
Buffalo Springfield and record producer Jim Messina enters the world. 1947
Great White (“Once Bitten, Twice Shy”) vocalist Jack Russell has a birthday. 1960
The Beach Boys first live album, “Beach Boys Concert,” a collection of hits and covers, rules the U.S. album chart.  1964
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) is born. The vocalist/guitarist is a native of Buffalo, NY. 1965
With riots on the Sunset Strip Buffalo Springfield (also in L.A.) record “For What It’s Worth.” 1966
“Waiting For A Girl Like You” (Foreigner) is #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.  1981
Elton John is saluted at the 27th annual Kennedy Center Honors. It’s for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts. 2004
The Killers release Christmas-themed song “A Great Big Sleigh” exclusively through iTunes. “Sometimes… you get so caught up in business and being an adult that you forget to have fun and enjoy things and be nice to people,” says singer Brandon Flowers. 2006
Slipknot unfurl a double-DVD set titled “Voliminal: Inside The Nine,” which documents the group’s ‘06 world tour. Disc one of the collection features “behind-the-scenes” footage shot by percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown) with handheld cameras. Disc two contains concert footage, interviews with bandmembers and music videos. 2006
The Police’s Stewart Copeland apologizes to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet after her government objects to comments the drummer made about her. Copeland was quoted saying Argentinean president-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was “good for one beer” while Bachelet was good “for four.” He sends a message to Bachelet expressing his regrets and invites her to the Police’s concert in Santiago, Chile, that evening. 2007
3 Doors Down & Friends,” the sixth annual concert and silent auction hosted by The Better Life Foundation, takes place at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, MS. Sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard the show features performances by 3 Doors Down (of course) and Aaron Lewis (Staind). 2009
Paul McCartney is an award recipient at the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. “President (John F.) Kennedy was such an icon for us in the ‘60s and his presidency was so inspiring for so many people that it is a great pleasure for this kid from Liverpool to receive this honor,” says McCartney in a statement. The gala honors the ex-Beatle and other luminaries for their contributions to society. 2010
Forever 21 pull their copy of the Flipper T-shirt that Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain designed using a Sharpie pen. Cobain wore the original T-shirt during Nirvana’s ‘92 Saturday Night Live performance. Fans and the fashion community, to say nothing of a slew of lawyers, lead the retailer to yank the knock-off T-shirt from their website. 2011
KISS, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil perform at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, an organization that offers “children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups.” 2013
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen makes a surprise visit at L.A. Unified School District’s Foshay Learning Center. “I wasn’t born ‘Eddie Van Halen’ successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice,” Van Halen tells the music students. Van Halen and the Fender Musical Instruments Company donate one of his signature amplifiers to the class. 2013
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Sheryl Crow and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith ) are among the performers appearing at the “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. “It’s beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John’s birthday,” says Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, in a press release. Lennon’s actual birthday is 10/9.  2015
Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Graham Nash (CSN) are among the dozens of musicians who sign an open letter to Congress asking that the government stop the Federal Communication Commission’s upcoming vote to end net neutrality.  But a week later, the F.C.C. does just that.  2017
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. Also, Ringo’s personal copy of The Beatles’ “White Album,” No.0000001, is sold for a record $790,000 at the Julien’s auction. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lotus Children Foundation, which was founded by Starr and his wife Barbara. 2015