Join Us As We Look Back On Music History To Discover What Happened On This Day 15th December 2016


Welcome back to another awesome edition of OTD! This week we kick our magical history tour off in 1943 and wind up in 2014. Without further ado lets get stuck into this weeks OTD.

OTD Legend

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

On This Day…


🎙American jazz musician, singer and composer, Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. Weller wrote may songs including ‘Aint’t Misbehavin‘, ‘Your Feet’s Too Big‘ and ‘The Reefer Song‘. In 1926 Weller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club Weller was ordered to perform at what turned out to be Capone’s surprise birthday party.




🎙Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a filling station. Their son, Randall  Hank Williams, would achieve fame in his own right as Hank William Jr, who was born on May 26th, 1949. The couple’s marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.


🎙Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase “Elvis has left the building“.


🎙The Beatles played two separate shows at the same venue, the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard Majestic booking then at midnight, the first-ever “MerseyBeatpoll awards show took place. As poll winners, The Beatles closed the show at 4:00 am.


🎙John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEFPeace For Christmas” benefit. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon also took part in the event.


🎙Charlie Rich started a two-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with the Country & Western ballad ‘The Most Beautiful Girl‘, the singers only No.1 single, the hit also reached No.2 in the UK


🎙The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearence. Johnny Rotten was refused because of drugs convictions, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of “moral turpitude” and Steve Jones because of his criminal record. My how times have changed, I could think ofa  few that shouldn’t be allowed in all countries apart from their own….


🎙U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road, London  with free admission to the gig.

🎙Pink Floyd started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)‘, surprisingly their only UK chart topper. The song, which was also the final No.1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger’sAgainst The Wind‘.


🎙’Do The Know It’s Christmas’ by BandAid entered the UK  Singles chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. BandAid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one0off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phill Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording.


🎙Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various  offences including possession of a weapons and resisting arrest.


🎙 Rod Stewart married New Zealand model Racheal Hunter in Beverly hills. Stewart was quoted as saying “I found the girl I want, I won’t be putting my banana in anybody’s fruit bowl from now on“, the couple split in 1999.


🎙Spice World The Movie‘, featuring the Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the “worst film” at the Golden Rasberry Awards.


🎙Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett filed a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after a 50-pound cannon fell on his head during a show. 


🎙Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England. See Disco is dangerous!

🎙Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. “I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can London as Mayor.”


🎙American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84. Thomas recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. He scored the 1963 US No.10 single with ‘Walking The Dog‘ and the 1970 UK No.18 & US No.28 single with ‘Do The Funky Chicken.’ Thomas has a street named in his honour, just off Beal street in Memphis.

🎙Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.


🎙Blue featuring Elton John went to No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.’ The song was previously a No.11 hit for John in 1967. It gave John only his 5th No.1 after over 30 years of hits!


🎙Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted to being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. Love was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.


🎙The co-founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died, aged 83. Ertegun who founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947 helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars and also signed The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the early 70s. Ertegun suffered a head injury when he fell at a Rolling Stones concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre in October and died after slipping into a coma.


🎙Maddona paid former husband Guy Ritchie around £50m as part of their divorce settlemet. The singers US spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told The Associated Press the figure included the value of the couple’s Ashcombe home in England, and the finical part of the settlement had been worked out custody of the couple’s children had yet to be finalised.


🎙Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London. A demo pressing of the single ‘Point Me To The Sky/Careful With The Axe Eugene‘ sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper, mounted and framed together with a copy of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon‘ sold for £624.00 and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett ‘Octopus/Golden Hair‘ from 1969. misspelt ‘Barratt’ corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300.




🎙Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US Album chart with her fifth studio album 1989. The album eventually became the best-selling album of 2014 in the US market and had sold over 5.7 million copies by the end of 2015, while selling 9.5 million worldwide. Seven single have been released from the set.

Well, kids, that brings us to the end of yet another On This Day magical history tour, join me next week to see where it will take us next! Don’t forget to check out this week OTD Spotify Playlist below. Until next week,  be sure to Turn It On and Turn It Up!

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

Head Music Writer at Skatronixxx

Lover of Music and it’s Rich History, Old Soul in a youngish body, and right at this very second I’m listening to Madonna’s True Blue album.

#TurnIt On and #TurnItUp with Skatronixxx Music


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