Today's birthdays include Al Jackson, drummer with Booker T and the MGs, who was born in 1935, Jimi Hendrix was born in 1942, Eddie Rabbitt in 1944, and Simple Minds' Charlie Burchill in 1959 (age 43).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1957, "The Chirping Crickets," the only Buddy Holly album issued during his lifetime, was released. It included the songs "That'll Be The Day," "Not Fade Away" and "Maybe Baby."
In 1964, for the second time in less than four months, Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger was fined by an English court for various driving offenses.
In 1967, the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album was released in the United States.
In 1969, the Rolling Stones opened four nights at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concerts yielded the "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out" album.
In 1970, George Harrison's album "All Things Must Pass" was released.
In 1984, Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" was released.
In 1990, Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with sexual battery. The charges were dropped the next day.
In 1991, Queen's Freddie Mercury was cremated during a private funeral in London. He'd died of AIDS three days earlier.
Also in 1991, "Randy" Jackson, the brother of Michael, was sentenced to 30 days in a mental hospital for attacking his wife.
And in 1991, Gloria Estefan donated $10,000 to the victims of a Philippine tropical storm.
In 1996, a former farm employee for country singer Wynonna and her husband accused the couple of sexual harassment and discrimination for not paying her as much as her male predecessor. The lawsuit sought $800,000 in damages.
In 1997, funeral services for INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence were held in Sydney, Australia.
In 1998, Capitol Records announced that Garth Brooks's "Double Live" CD had sold 1.09 million copies in its first week of release, beating the old record set in 1993 by Pearl Jam's "Vs," which had sold 950,000 copies its first week in stores.
Also in 1998, The Who's Roger Daltry opened in New York as the lead character in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
In 1999, Kyle Eastern Jr. and Michael Pierson of the rap group Digital Underground were arrested on sex charges in Little Rock, Ark. They were accused of kissing and fondling a young woman backstage following their concert at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.
Topping the charts on this date:
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (1957), I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes (1965), Photograph - Ringo Starr (1973), Physical - Olivia Newton-John (1981).
Today's musical quiz:
It was only after his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 that Jimi Hendrix saw success in the United States? Where did his career first take off? Answer: England.