Join Me As We Look Back On Music History And Discover What Happened On This Day


Firstly please except my apologies’ I have had a few technical difficulties leading to this week’s edition getting out a little later than normal, so welcome my friends to yet another awesome edition of On This Day, and it is also the first one for December, which in my neck of the woods it the official start of Summer so think of me sweating out here in Queensland, Australia while you are rugged up sipping whisky liquors by your fireplaces. Ok let’s get into the first OTD for December, we kick off with one of my many favourites of yesteryear Buddy Holly and the Crickets.


OTD Legend

Light Black = Track Title // Black = Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Label’s // Maroon = Awards & Ceremonies


On This Day….




🎙Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show‘, performing ‘That’ll Be The Day‘ and ‘Peggy Sue‘. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing ‘You Send Me’.





🎙The Teddy Bears were at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘To Know Him is to Love Him‘.  The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father’s tombstone .





🎙The Beatles preformed a lunchtime show at The Cavern in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at The Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961-1963The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions.





🎙The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise  of some of the most important and influential British artists in the 60’s such as Jimi HendrixDavid BowieCreamManfred MannThe NiceYesPink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and countless others who all appeared at the club. How good would of been to witness the grates in action!





🎙Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with his version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’. It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks giving Decca Records it’s first million selling single by a British artist. It was also a No.11 hit in the US.





🎙Jimi HendrixPink FloydThe MoveNiceOuter Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: “Hendrix opened his act with The Beatles’ number ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, and the three-piece group made as much of an impressions a studio full of musicians. Once a upon this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Purple Haze’ and The  Troggs’s Wild Thing’.





🎙The Carpenters went to No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Top Of  The World‘, becoming the duo’s second of three No.1 singles, following ‘(They Long to BeClose to You‘ and preceding ‘Please Mr Postman‘. Country singer Lynn Anderson covered the song and her version became her first hit when it reached N0.2 on the US Country singles chart in mid 1973.





🎙The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening Today Show‘ (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: ‘You dirty bastard…. you dirty fucker….. what a fucking rotter!’ Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on the 9th Feb. 1993.


🎙Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album Everybody’s Rockin’ featured a selection of rockabilly songs (Both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young’s shortest album.



🎙Jim Diamond was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘I Should Have Known Better‘. The song was displaced after one week by Band Aid’s charity single Do The Know It’s Christmas?Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single and instead buy ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’. Now that my friends is what music is all about the spirit of selflessly help one and other out.





🎙A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd’s film The Wall to her class. The court ruled that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.





🎙Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab.





🎙Vanilla Ice started a four week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Ice Ice Baby‘. Did you know that the track sampled the bass intro to the Queen and David Bowie No.1, Under Pressure‘.





🎙 Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, he used a technique that allowed him to blow and breathe at the same time.





🎙An Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher popped round to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Ben Hayes had won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have a star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compared by DJ Joe Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounger room for the tiny gig, Hayes’s mother was on hand making cups of tea for the crew. Aww bless what a lovely lady.





🎙Wham’s Last Christmas‘ was the most played festive track of the last five years. The Performing Right Society put the 1948 hit at the top of their chart of seasonal songs, Band Aid’sDo The Know It’s Christmas?‘ came in second and The Pogues came in third with ‘Fairytale of New York‘, which was recorded with the late Kristy MacColl and first released in 1987. Other featured artists included Slade, Mariah Carey and Bruce Springsteen.





🎙 Shakira was being sued for $100m (£62.4m) by her former boyfriend who acted as her business manager for six years. Antonio de la Rua claimed that he was the “principal architect” of a business plan the turned the singer into a global superstar. Rue was seeking to “recover his share of past and future partnership profits“, according to papers filed in New York. And that kids is why you don’t mix business with pleasure.





🎙Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodge by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine, in which he allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.





🎙 Phil Rudd the drummer of rock band AC/DC pleaded guilty not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand’s Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering a plea. The 60 year old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.


Well kids that brings us to the end of this week’s edition of OTD, keep your eyes out next week’s edition and be sure to check our  OTD Spotify Playlist below.

picsart_11-16-11-57-57 Presh (@Presh81)

Head Music Writer at

Tattooed Mobility Scooting, Chronic Autoimmune Disease Fighting Writer, Lover of Elvis Presley & born his birthday, Lover of Music & Music History, Lover of My Cat’s Elvis & Priscilla & Dog Webster, with a G-Shock Watch addiction & collection

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