Monthly Archives: December 2016

Quote Of The Week

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”

— Leo Tolstoy

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This Week In Music (11-17 December)

Songs at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts on 11 Dec:

Ringo by Lorne Greene, 1964
Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds, 1965
Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, 1966
Daydream Believer by The Monkees, 1967
Love Child by The Supremes, 1968
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam, 1969
The Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, 1970
Family Affair by Sly and The Family Stone, 1971
I Am Woman by Helen Reddy, 1972
Top Of The World by The Carpenters, 1973

Other notables this week:

Louie Louie by The Kingsmen, peaked at Number 2 in 1963
She’s Not There by The Zombies, peaked at Number 2 in 1964
I’m Gonna Be Strong by Gene Pitney, peaked at Number 9 in 1964
Let’s Hang On! by The 4 Seasons, peaked at Number 3 in 1965
I Can Never Go Home Anymore by The Shangri-Las, peaked at Number 6 in 1965
I Will by Dean Martin, peaked at Number 10 in 1965
Born Free by Roger Williams, peaked at Number 7 in 1966
I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Gladys Knight and The Pips, peaked at Number 2 in 1967
I Second That Emotion by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, peaked at Number 4 in 1967
Abraham, Martin And John by Dion, peaked at Number 4 in 1968
I Love How You Love Me by Bobby Vinton, peaked at Number 9 in 1968
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday by Stevie Wonder, peaked at Number 7 in 1969
Backfield In Motion by Mel and Tim, peaked at Number 10 in 1969
Have You Seen Her by The Chi-Lites, peaked at Number 3 in 1971
Got To Be There by Michael Jackson, peaked at Number 4 in 1971
It Never Rains In Southern California by Albert Hammond, peaked at Number 5 in 1972

Number One Albums debuting this week on the Billboard Album Charts:

Goldfinger movie soundtrack, 1964
Blooming Hits by Paul Mauriat, 1967
The Beatles [White Album] by The Beatles, 1968
Music by Carole King, 1971

Other notable albums debuting this week:

The Beatles’ Story by The Beatles, released in 1964, peaked at Number 7
December’s Children (And Everybody’s) by The Rolling Stones, released in 1965, peaked at Number 4
The 4 Seasons’ Gold Vault Of Hits by The 4 Seasons, released in 1965, peaked at Number 10
Thunderball movie soundtrack, released in 1965, peaked at Number 10
The Temptations Greatest Hits by The Temptations, released in 1966, peaked at Number 5
Got Live If You Want It! by The Rolling Stones, released in 1966, peaked at Number 6
Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones, released in 1968, peaked at Number 5
Willy And The Poorboys by Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1969, peaked at Number 3
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys by Traffic, released in 1971, peaked at Number 7
Black Moses by Isaac Hayes, released in 1971, peaked at Number 10
I Got A Name by Jim Croce, released in 1973, peaked at Number 2

Birthdays:

Arthur Fiedler, 17 December 1894
Spike Jones, 14 December 1911
Stan Kenton, 15 December 1911
Frank Sinatra, 12 December 1915
Perez Prado, 11 December 1916
Big Mama Thornton, 11 December 1926
Jerry Wallace, 15 December 1927
Dick Schory, 13 December 1931
Charlie Rich, 14 December 1932
Manu Dibango, 12 December 1933
Johnny Hammond, 16 December 1933
Johnny Moore, 15 December 1934
Joe Farrell, 16 December 1937
McCoy Tyner, 11 December 1938
Connie Francis, 12 December 1938
Don Addrisi, 14 December 1938
Terry Kirkman, 12 December 1939
Eddie Kendricks, 17 December 1939
David Gates, 11 December 1940
Dionne Warwick, 12 December 1940
J. Frank Wilson, 11 December 1941
Tim Hauser, 12 December 1941
John Davidson, 13 December 1941
Richard Wagner, 14 December 1942
Dave Clark, 15 December 1942
Paul Butterfield, 17 December 1942
Dickey Betts, 12 December 1943
Grover Washington, Jr., 12 December 1943
“Dave Dee” Harmon, 17 December 1943
Brenda Lee, 11 December 1944
Rob Tyner, 12 December 1944
Tony Williams, 12 December 1945
Clive Bunker, 12 December 1946
Patty Duke, 14 December 1946
Carmine Appice, 15 December 1946
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, 13 December 1948
Ted Nugent, 13 December 1948
Peter Thorup, 14 December 1948
Randy Owen, 13 December 1949
Billy Gibbons, 16 December 1949
Paul Rodgers, 17 December 1949
Jermaine Jackson, 11 December 1954
Steve Forbert, 13 December 1954
Paul Simonon, 15 December 1955
Mike Mills, 17 December 1958
Darryl Jones, 11 December 1961

Remembrances:

Glenn Miller, 15 December 1944
Dinah Washington, 14 December 1963
Sam Cooke, 11 December 1964
Sylvester, 16 December 1988
Pattie Santos, 14 December 1989
Elbert Wilkins, 13 December 1992
Johnny Lytle, 15 December 1995
Kurt Winter, 14 December 1997
Nicolette Larson, 16 December 1997
Charles Earland, 11 December 1999
Grover Washington, Jr., 17 December 1999
Pirkle Lee Moses, 16 December 2000
Rufus Thomas, 15 December 2001
Zalman Yanovsky, 13 December 2002
Gary Stewart, 16 December 2003
Bert Reid, 12 December 2004
Walter Ward, 11 December 2006
Denny Payton, 17 December 2006
Ike Turner, 12 December 2007
Sweet Louie Smith, 15 December 2007
Dan Fogelberg, 16 December 2007
John Byrne, 17 December 2008
Helen Roberts, 12 December 2010
Woolly Wolstenholme, 13 December 2010
Captain Beefheart, 17 December 2010
Lina Romay, 17 December 2010
John Gardner, 12 December 2011
Anthony Amato, 13 December 2011
Billie Jo Spears, 14 December 2011
Bob Brookmeyer, 15 December 2011
Eddie “Guitar” Burns, 12 December 2012
Willie Ackerman, 13 December 2012
Gil Friesen, 13 December 2012
Dick Hafer, 15 December 2012
Sheila McKinley, 16 December 2012
Rae Woodland, 12 December 2013
Ray Price, 16 December 2013
Dawn Sears, 11 December 2014
Laszlo Varga, 11 December 2014
John Hampton, 12 December 2014
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, 12 December 2014
Janis Martin, 13 December 2014
Joe Carr, 14 December 2014
Irene Dalis, 14 December 2014
Millie Kirkham, 14 December 2014
Ray Steadman-Allen, 15 December 2014
Wendy Rene, 16 December 2014
Rock Scully, 16 December 2014
Luigi Creatore, 13 December 2015
Edmund Lyndeck, 14 December 2015
Snuff Garrett, 16 December 2015

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Quote Of The Week

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”

— Alan Alda

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This Week In Music (4-10 December)

Songs at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts on 4 Dec:

Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las, 1964
Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds, 1965
Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Band, 1966
Daydream Believer by The Monkees, 1967
Love Child by The Supremes, 1968
Something by The Beatles, 1969
I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family (Starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy), 1970
Family Affair by Sly and The Family Stone, 1971
Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations, 1972
Top Of The World by The Carpenters, 1973

Other notables this week:

Everybody by Tommy Roe, peaked at Number 3 in 1963
She’s A Fool by Lesley Gore, peaked at Number 5 in 1963
Walking The Dog by Rufus Thomas, peaked at Number 10 in 1963
Time Is On My Side by The Rolling Stones, peaked at Number 6 in 1964
Mountain Of Love by Johnny Rivers, peaked at Number 9 in 1964
Mellow Yellow by Donovan, peaked at Number 2 in 1966
Lady Godiva by Peter and Gordon, peaked at Number 6 in 1966
Stop Stop Stop by The Hollies, peaked at Number 7 in 1966
I’m Ready For Love by Martha and The Vandellas, peaked at Number 9 in 1966
I Say A Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick, peaked at Number 4 in 1967
In And Out Of Love by Diana Ross and The Supremes, peaked at Number 9 in 1967
Who’s Making Love by Johnnie Taylor, peaked at Number 5 in 1968
Gypsy Woman by Brian Hyland, peaked at Number 3 in 1970
No Matter What by Badfinger, peaked at Number 8 in 1970
Share The Land by The Guess Who, peaked at Number 10 in 1970
The Desiderata by Les Crane, peaked at Number 8 in 1971
If You Don’t Know Me By Now by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, peaked at Number 3 in 1972
Ventura Highway by America, peaked at Number 8 in 1972
I’m Stone In Love With You by The Stylistics, peaked at Number 10 in 1972
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, peaked at Number 2 in 1973
Just You And Me by Chicago, peaked at Number 4 in 1973
The Love I Lost (Part 1) by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, peaked at Number 7 in 1973

Number One Albums debuting this week on the Billboard Album Charts:

Christmas Album by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, 1968
No Secrets by Carly Simon, 1972
John Denver’s Greatest Hits by John Denver, 1973

Other notable albums debuting this week:

S.R.O. by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, released in 1966, peaked at Number 2
Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Band, released in 1966, peaked at Number 5
Born Free by Roger Williams, released in 1966, peaked at Number 7
Disraeli Gears by Cream, released in 1967, peaked at Number 4
Fool On The Hill by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, released in 1968, peaked at Number 3
Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones, released in 1969, peaked at Number 3
Live Album by Grand Funk Railroad, released in 1970, peaked at Number 5
Nilsson Schmilsson by Nilsson, released in 1971, peaked at Number 3
E Pluribus Funk by Grand Funk Railroad, released in 1971, peaked at Number 5
They Only Come Out At Night by The Edgar Winter Group, released in 1972, peaked at Number 3
Hot August Night by Neil Diamond, released in 1972, peaked at Number 5
Tommy by Various Artists, released in 1972, peaked at Number 5
The Divine Miss M by Bette Midler, released in 1972, peaked at Number 9
Bette Midler by Bette Midler, released in 1973, peaked at Number 6
Muscle Of Love by Alice Cooper, released in 1973, peaked at Number 10

Birthdays:

Edmundo Ros, 7 December 1910
Louis Prima, 7 December 1910
Morton Gould, 10 December 1913
Eddie Heywood, 4 December 1915
Hugo Peretti, 6 December 1916
Dave Brubeck, 6 December 1920
Boyd Bennett, 7 December 1924
Bent Fabric, 7 December 1924
Sammy Davis, Jr., 8 December 1925
Jimmy Smith, 8 December 1925
James Cleveland, 5 December 1931
Bobby Osborne, 7 December 1931
Little Richard, 5 December 1932
Donald Byrd, 9 December 1932
Billy Edd Wheeler, 9 December 1932
Junior Wells, 9 December 1934
David Houston, 9 December 1935
Don Sebesky, 10 December 1937
J.J. Cale, 5 December 1938
Jerry Butler, 8 December 1939
James Galway, 8 December 1939
Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, 4 December 1940
Dan Hicks, 9 December 1941
Kyu Sakamoto, 10 December 1941
Chad Stuart, 10 December 1941
Ralph Tavares, 10 December 1941
Harry Chapin, 7 December 1942
Mike Smith, 6 December 1943
Jim Morrison, 9 December 1943
Chris Hillman, 4 December 1944
Dennis Wilson, 4 December 1944
Willie Hutch, 6 December 1944
George Baker, 8 December 1944
Mike Botts, 8 December 1944
Frankie Beverly, 6 December 1946
Walter “Clyde” Orange, 9 December 1946
Gregg Allman, 8 December 1947
John Lyon, 4 December 1948
Tom Waits, 7 December 1949
Dan Hartman, 8 December 1950
Joan Armatrading, 9 December 1950
Gary Rossington, 4 December 1951
Johnny Rodriguez, 10 December 1951
Duane Roland, 4 December 1953
Rick Buckler, 6 December 1955
Peter Buck, 6 December 1956
Donny Osmond, 9 December 1957

Remembrances:

Leadbelly, 6 December 1949
John Mills, 8 December 1967
Otis Redding, 10 December 1967
Jimmy King, 10 December 1967
Ronnie Caldwell, 10 December 1967
Phalon Jones, 10 December 1967
Carl Cunningham, 10 December 1967
Gary Thain, 8 December 1975
Tommy Bolin, 4 December 1976
Benjamin Britten, 4 December 1976
John Lennon, 8 December 1980
Marty Robbins, 8 December 1982
Richard Taylor, 7 December 1987
Roy Orbison, 6 December 1988
Herb Rhoad, 8 December 1988
Bill Harris, 10 December 1988
Dee Clark, 7 December 1990
Frank Zappa, 4 December 1993
Antonio Carlos Jobim, 8 December 1994
Michael “Busta Cherry” Jones, 6 December 1995
Jake Carey, 10 December 1997
Rick Danko, 10 December 1999
Bernie Dwyer, 4 December 2002
Bill Deal, 10 December 2003
Willem “Mouth” Duyn, 4 December 2004
Billy Maybray, 5 December 2004
Danny Williams, 6 December 2005
Mike Botts, 9 December 2005
Freddie Marsden, 9 December 2006
Billy Richard, 10 December 2007
Dennis Yost, 7 December 2008
Liam Clancy, 4 December 2009
Peter Andry, 7 December 2010
Trev Thoms, 8 December 2010
James Moody, 9 December 2010
Hubert Sumlin, 4 December 2011
Dobie Gray, 6 December 2011
Barbara Orbison, 6 December 2011
Myra Taylor, 9 December 2011
Sammy Arena, 5 December 2012
Dave Brubeck, 5 December 2012
Sarah Kirsch, 5 December 2012
Ed Cassidy, 6 December 2012
Huw Lloyd-Langton, 6 December 2012
John Gowans, 8 December 2012
Hal Schaefer, 8 December 2012
Gail Collins Pappalardi, 6 December 2013
Stan Tracey, 6 December 2013
Chick Willis, 7 December 2013
Edward Williams, 8 December 2013
Jimmy Amadie, 10 December 2013
Jim Hall, 10 December 2013
Graeme Goodall, 4 December 2014
Bob Montgomery, 4 December 2014
Brian Roy Goble, 7 December 2014
Lydia Mordkovitch, 9 December 2014
Sheila Stewart, 9 December 2014
Mattiwilda Dobbs, 8 December 2015
Bonnie Lou, 8 December 2015
Gary Marker, 8 December 2015
Rusty Jones, 9 December 2015
Rainer Bloss, 10 December 2015

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