BORN ON DECEMBER 6
1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)
1916 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and producer (d. 1986)
1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (Dave Brubeck Quartet) (d. 2012)
1942 – Robb Royer, American songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player (Bread)
1943 – Mike Smith, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2008)
1946 – Frankie Beverly, American singer-songwriter (Maze)
1947 – Miroslav Vitouš, Czech-American bassist (Weather Report)
1949 – Linda Creed, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
1955 – Rick Buckler, English drummer (The Jam, The Highliners)
1956 – Peter Buck, American guitarist, songwriter (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, Tuatara, The Baseball Project)
1956 – Randy Rhoads, American guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) (d. 1982)
1957 – Adrian Borland, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (The Sound and The Outsiders) (d. 1999)
1961 – David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies and The Martinis)
DIED ON DECEMBER 6
1949 – Lead Belly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1888)
1988 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Traveling Wilburys) (b. 1936)
2011 – Dobie Gray, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
2012 – Ed Cassidy, American drummer (Spirit and Rising Sons) (b. 1923)
2012 – Huw Lloyd-Langton, English guitarist (Hawkwind and Widowmaker) (b. 1951)
1949 – American blues artist, Leadbelly died. Huddie William Ledbetter wrote many songs including ‘Goodnight Irene’, ‘Cotton Fields’, ‘The Rock Island Line’, and ‘The Midnight Special’. Leadbelly was jailed several times for fights and knife related incidents, he was once jailed for shooting a man dead during an argument over a woman.
1965 – The Rolling Stones recorded “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “Mother’s Little Helper” at RCA’s Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles.
1968 – The Rolling Stones released ‘Beggars Banquet’ their seventh studio album. For the album, (which included “Street Fighting Man,” and “Sympathy for the Devil),” the Stones had gone to great lengths to toughen their sound and banish the haze of psychedelia.
1969 – Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with “Whole Lotta Love.” It went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Led Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1969 – The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell’s Angels who’d been hired to police the event. It’s claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.
1970 – The Rolling Stones tour documentary “Gimme Shelter,” featuring footage of the infamous Altamont concert, opens in New York City.
1972 – While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1988 – American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Orbison scored the 1964 No.1 single “Pretty Woman,” plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including “Only the Lonely” and “Crying.” He also formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury) with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and had the 1988 UK No.21 single “Handle With Care.” Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his life. His first wife, Claudette died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his three sons, died in a house fire.
1994 – Pearl jam releases their third studio album ‘Vitalogy.’ The album was first released on vinyl, followed by a release on CD and cassette. The LP sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release, and until Jack White’s 2014 album ‘Lazaretto’ it held the record for most vinyl sales in one week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Upon its CD release, ‘Vitalogy’ became the second-fastest selling album in history, only behind the band’s previous release ‘Vs.,’ selling 877,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and is the band’s last album to feature drummer Dave Abbruzzese.
1999 – It was announced that Gabriel Gomez had been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She had disappeared from her home on October 23.