This Day in History: 2022-12-12

DECEMBER 12th
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” tops VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.” 2007
A broadcast countdown of the decade’s greatest songs begins a week later.
“Break” by Three Days Grace replaces Breaking Benjamin’s “I Will Not Bow” at the top of the Rock Songs chart.  2010
Coldplay’s seventh album, “A Head Full Of Dreams,” debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 behind Adele’s “25.” 2015
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Forrest Richard “Dickey” Betts is born in West Palm Beach, FL. The guitarist is a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. 1943
Rob Tyner (Robert W. Derminer), vocalist for MC5, is born. 1944
Guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS) has a birthday.  1953
The film “Don’t Knock The Rock” opens in U.S. theaters. The film, basically an excuse to show performances by Little Richard, Bill Haley and others, ‘stars’ Jayne Mansfield. The teen audience goes crazy. 1956
Singer Cy Curin (the Fixx) has a birthday. 1957
It may have been love but it was a bad career move. Jerry Lee Lewis marries his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, MS. She’s the daughter of J.W. Brown, Jerry Lee’s bass player and cousin. Myra is 13 years old, though she claims to be 20 on the marriage license. When her age and family ties are discovered it leads to a major scandal that wrecks Jerry Lee’s career for several years. Also, Jerry Lee is still married to his second wife, Jane Mitchum. Though separated, the divorce doesn’t become final until May, ’58. That fact was mercifully overlooked at the time. 1957
A Portland, Oregon DJ is fired for violating the station’s ban of Elvis Presley’s version of “White Christmas.” Presley’s straight-ahead rendition of the Christmas classic is considered in poor taste by some (older) folks. 1957
A British court commutes Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones’ nine-month prison sentence for cannabis possession. Psychiatrists claim Jones is a “frightened young man” who can’t handle the jail time. 1967
Filming for the Rolling Stones’ Rock & Roll Circus concludes. The planned TV special doesn’t air. Rumors circulate that the group feels overshadowed by The Who, who are guests on the show. It is finally released in ‘96. 1968
The Doors play their last live show with Jim Morrison at the Warehouse in New Orleans.  The show ends when an intoxicated Morrison rams the mic stand into the stage.   1970
Guitarist Mick Taylor quits the Rolling Stones. Brought onboard as Brian Jones’ replacement (following the founding member’s departure and subsequent death), Taylor concludes a 5-and-a-half year run with the band. As that is happening, the Stones begin work on their “Black and Blue” album using a couple of guitarists, including future band member Ron Wood. 1974
Ace Frehley is electrocuted after touching a short-circuit light during a Florida KISS concert. Carried from the stage, he returns several minutes later to finish the show. 1976
“Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” Aerosmith’s first chart single in seven years, climbs to #14. 1987
John Fogerty plays live on a Burbank soundstage for an MTV special. Not only does he play songs from his new album “Blue Moon Swamp,” he uncorks some favorites from his Creedence Clearwater Revival days. Fogerty had refused to play CCR songs due to a major falling out over song ownership with Fantasy Records, CCR’s label. 1997
Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) becomes a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Stones guitarist Keith Richards tells Jagger that the knighthood is ‘ludicrous’ and ‘not what the Stones is about.”  2003
John Mellencamp receives the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award “for music in the service of humanity” in New York. Farm Aid is but one of the singer’s social and humanitarian efforts. 2007
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs. The charges stem from the singer’s 11/11/07 arrest following a car crash in L.A. 2007
Ike Turner dies at his home in San Diego at age 76. A notorious wife beater and drug abuser (serving jail time), Turner is credited with recording the first Rock N’ Roll song, “Rocket 88” (released in ’51). Later, he marries Tina (born Anna Mae Bullock) and the pair front the Ike & Tina Revue from ’58 through the mid-70’s when the couple’s troubles lead a split and subsequent divorce. 2007
Bono receives the Man of Peace award in Paris at a gathering of Nobel peace laureates. The U2 singer is honored for his efforts combating global poverty and the HIV/AIDS crisis. “We all know this is as close as I’m going to get to the real thing (a Noble Prize),” quips Bono. 2008
As part of their Artist In Residence stint on NBC, Bon Jovi perform on Saturday Night Live. “In a shrinking media environment, you have to kind of reinvent the wheel,” says Jon Bon Jovi regarding the first-ever exclusive deal between a Rock band and a TV network. 2009
“This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,” says Mick Jagger of the 12-12-12 Concert For Hurricane Sandy Relief. In addition to Jagger’s Rolling Stones, there are performances by fellow Brits Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and The Who. Americans onstage include Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic perform together for the first time since Nirvana’s final concert eighteen-years earlier. The pair, plus guitarist Pat Smear, back McCartney on his song “”Cut Me Some Slack.” 2012
Joey Jordison announces his departure from Slipknot. The group later claims the drummer decided to leave, even though he was actually fired. “We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds,” reads a Slipknot statement. 2013
Paramore’s Hayley Williams is the recipient of the first-ever Billboard Trailblazer Award at the ninth annual Billboard Women in Music Awards. The Trailblazer Award “honors a standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent.” 2014
Anthrax’s Scott Ian presents his book “Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life.”  The title says it all.  2017
Tool drummer Danny Carey is arrested for assault of an employee working security at the Kansas City airport. Officers slap cuffs around Carey’s wrists, with one of them telling the drummer to “quit resisting now.” Carey allegedly shoved two fingers in the worker’s chest and repeatedly yelled, “You’re a fucking f****t!”  2021