BORN ON DECEMBER 3
1925 – Ferlin Husky, American singer (d. 2011)
1948 – Jan Hrubý, Czech violinist and songwriter (Framus Five and Etc…)
1948 – Ozzy Osbourne, English singer-songwriter and actor (Black Sabbath)
1949 – Mickey Thomas, American singer-songwriter (Jefferson Starship)
1951 – Nicky Stevens, Welsh singer (Brotherhood of Man)
1952 – Don Barnes, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (38 Special)
1963 – Joe Lally, American singer-songwriter and bass player (Fugazi and Ataxia)
1963 – Scott Ian, American guitarist (Anthrax)
1969 – Bill Steer, English guitarist and songwriter (Carcass, Firebird, Angel Witch, and Gentlemans Pistols)
1976 – Todd Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, The Alter Boys, and Knives Out!)
1983 – Sherri DuPree, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Eisley)
DIED ON DECEMBER 3
1955 – Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
1972 – William Manuel Johnson, American bassist (b. 1872)
1999 – Scatman John, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1942)
2006 – Logan Whitehurst, American drummer (The Velvet Teen) (b. 1977)
EVENTS ON DECEMBER 3
1965 – In Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a concert when his guitar made contact with his microphone during a performance of “The Last Time.”
1966 – Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.
1968 – Elvis Presley’s “comeback” TV special airs on NBC. Sponsored by the Singer Sewing Machine Company, the special also features a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios before a live audience. This was Elvis’ first appearance before a live audience since 1961.
1976 – A 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station outside of London for the cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals album breaks its moorings and drifts toward the east, reaching a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.
1976 – The Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.” was released.
1976 – Seven gunman fire shots into Bob Marley’s house in Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his band, the Wailers, are in rehearsal. Marley and his wife Rita are hit, as are an unidentified friend and Wailers manager Don Taylor. No one is seriously hurt, however, and while the assailants are never caught, Marley and his band perform as scheduled two nights later.
1977 – After a record 29 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s album chart, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is replaced by Linda Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams LP.
1979 – Before the Who concert this evening at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, eleven people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush for “festival” (i.e., unreserved) seating. The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.
1980 – Photographer Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York’s Dakota building.
1986 – A lawsuit was filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band’s music for six hours.
1991 – Gilby Clarke replaced Izzy Stradlin as rhythm guitarist for Guns ‘N’ Roses.