1969 George Harrison’s song “Something” is released as the “A” side of a Beatles’ 45, a first for Harrison. Along with Lennon and McCartney’s “Come Together”, the single will reach number one in the US next month.
1976 Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots receive a Gold record for “Disco Duck”. In December, it will become only the fourth single ever to be certified Platinum. Dees was fired from his broadcasting job at WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, when he mentioned that his song, “Disco Duck”, was almost #1, and that his own radio station would not let him play it. He was soon hired by a rival Memphis station and went on to a highly successful radio career, being inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
1978 ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are married. The union would last just three years.
1980 The Bee Gees filed a $200-million law suit against their manager, Robert Stigwood, claiming mis-management. The lawsuit would be settled out of court, with mutual public apologies in May 1981.
1991 Michael Jackson gives away the bride at Elizabeth Taylor’s seventh wedding, held at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The Groom was construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom Taylor would divorce in 1997. When asked why she married so many times, Taylor said that she was a very moral person and would never sleep with a man unless she was married to him.
1994 The Eagles reunion tour is halted when Glenn Frey is admitted to hospital for emergency stomach surgery.
2006 The Four Tops sang the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball’s American League Divisional Playoff Series in Detroit.
2010 Just a year after ruling out a reunion with his former group, singer Davy Jones announced plans to reform The Monkees for a 2011 tour.
2011 Starship’s “We Built This City” was named ‘The worst song of the 1980s’ in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. “The Final Countdown” by the Swedish band Europe came in second and “Lady in Red” by Chris de Burgh was third. Also making the top five were Wham!’s “Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)” and “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.
2015 Billy Joe Royal died suddenly at the age of 73. His hits included “Down In The Boondocks”, “I Knew You When” and “Cherry Hill Park” (#15 in 1969).