This Day in History: 2022-12-15

DECEMBER 15th
ABBA (top) is in but KISS is still out. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies and ABBA will be inducted in ‘10. It’s hard to believe ABBA gets the nod at all, much less before KISS. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also passed over. The Hall’s credibility takes a big hit. 2009
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One time film stunt man turned drummer, Dave Clark, is born in London. His Dave Clark Five (DC5) give The Beatles a run for their money in the mid-’60s before fading away.  1942
Carmine Appice is a born New Yorker. The drummer is best known for stints with Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice. 1946
Bassist Paul Simonon (The Clash) enters the world. Appropriately for a Punk Rocker, he’s born in Brixton, London. 1955
Though it is still ’64, The Beatles issue “Beatles ’65.”  The album contains “She’s A Woman,” “I Feel Fine,” “No Reply” and “I’m A Loser” plus covers of two Carl Perkins songs – “Honey Don’t” and “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” – and the Chuck Berry classic, “Rock And Roll Music.” 1964
“The Who Sell Out” is released. Passing itself off as a “concept album” it contains “I Can See For Miles,” the group’s best ‘60s song. 1967
Clint Lowery (Sevendust) enters the world. 1971
It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it. Aerosmith appear on American Bandstand to perform “Dream On.” 1973
Pink Floyd tops the U.K. singles chart with “Another Brick In The Wall.” The single is also a U.S. success. 1979
Guitarist Joe Walsh (The Eagles) receives an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in recognition of his musical achievement and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes. Walsh attended Kent State for six years during the 60’s but didn’t graduate.  2001
B.B. King receives the Medal of Freedom, from President George Bush, in recognition of his musical accomplishments. 2006
Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times” tops the Billboard Critics’ Choice poll. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” is #2 on the tally. The Billboard poll is tabulated using Top 10 lists compiled by 48 Billboard staff members and freelancers.  2006
Alice Cooper participates in a dedication ceremony for The Rock, a music-themed youth center at Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University. The $7-million project is spearheaded by Cooper’s Christian nonprofit the Solid Rock Foundation. “I hope that in years to come, The Rock will be the first of many such teen centers in Arizona and around the country,” says Cooper. 2007
Stevie Wonder appears at 17th Annual House Full of Toys concert at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. The event requests audience members bring a gift for a family in need. During the festivities Wonder asks for a moment of silence for the Sandy Hook Elementary students and adults killed the day before in Newtown, CT. “There have to be stronger and stricter gun laws,” says Wonder. 2012
Avenged Sevenfold launch an animated series based their album “Hail To The King.” The series supports the group’s video game “Hail To The King: Deathbat.” 2013
Journey guitarist Neal Schon weds Michaela Salahi in San Francisco. The pay-per-view event is on TMZ. Seriously? 2013
Courtney Love (Hole), “My Story” is in bookstores. In the autobiography Courtney covers relationships with her late husband Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), as well as, Trent Reznor (Nine inch Nails) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). 2013
KISS top the fan voting for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 239,417 votes, or 17.22% of the more than 1.39 million cast. 2013
Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley’s “Scale: A Novel,” is out. 2015
Not a surprise. The week following the death of Scott Weiland, eight slots on Billboard’s Top 10 Hard Rock Digital Songs are held by Weiland’s former bands, Stone Temple Pilots (six) and Velvet Revolver (two). STP’s “Plush” has 18,000 downloads to lead sales. 2015
A vintage Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, once owned by Jimi Hendrix is sold at auction for £209,000 (approximately $270,000 U.S.). The guitar was purchased by Hendrix in New York for about $25, and reportedly became his prime instrument during the recording of the final Experience album, ‘68’s “Electric Ladyland.” 2016
Billboard reports that Bruce Springsteen has sold his entire music catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment for an estimated $500 million. It’s thought to be the largest transaction for an artist’s work in history.  Springsteen joins Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Neil Young in having recently sold off all or part of their catalogues.  2021
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine unveils a signature Gibson USA Flying V EXP.  It’s the first guitar in Gibson’s Dave Mustaine Collection.  2021