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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Sunday, December 17, 2017

68 years ago (1949)Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company is born.
62 years ago (1955)Tennessee Ernie Ford's Sixteen Tons tops both the pop and country & western charts.
62 years ago (1955)With Only You at #2, the Platters' The Great Pretender enters the R&B chart at #13.
61 years ago (1956)Mike Mills, bass player for R.E.M., is born.
60 years ago (1957)Bobby Helms' Jingle Bell Rock enters the pop chart for the first time. It re-enters in December 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1962.
51 years ago (1966)The Four Tops' Standing in the Shadows of Love enter the Hot 100. In its ten weeks on the charts, the tune peaks at #6. It also reaches #2 on the R&B chart.
50 years ago (1967)John Fred & His Playboy Band record Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) in New Orleans with the Fats Domino band. It's a parody of The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. A month later, Judy in Disguise, replaces another Beatles tune, Hello Goodbye at the top of the Billboard chart.
47 years ago (1970)The Beach Boys play a command performance for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
40 years ago (1977)Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC-TV Saturday Night Live in place of the Sex Pistols, who can't get a visa to enter the country. Producer Lorne Michaels refuses to allow Costello to perform Radio, Radio (because of the song's criticism of the broadcasting industry), but a few measures into Less than Zero, Costello halts his group and goes into Radio, Radio. He will never be invited back to appear on the show.
35 years ago (1982)The Who play what is the “last concert of our farewell tour” at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The show is simulcasted around America on pay-per-view satellite-cable TV to closed-circuit arena outlets. The video rights are sold to Home Box Office and video-cassettes of the event will be sold later.
31 years ago (1986)Paul and Linda McCartney's limo catches fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. They are both unhurt.
31 years ago (1986)The Doobie Brothers reunite for a benefit in Palo Alto, CA. The performance inspires a reunion tour in 1987.
23 years ago (1994)Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora marries Heather Locklear.
18 years ago (1999)Rolling Stone Keith Richards steals a guitar from an autograph seeker outside his birthday party at a the Russian Tea Room in New York City. The owner of the guitar decides not to press charges saying, “It's Keith, man.”
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