Monthly Archives: December 2011

Good-bye Buckingham Palace, hello Buckingham Nicks (Fleetwood Mac in 1974)

In 1974, the British band Fleetwood Mac moved to California after their Heroes Are Hard to Find album. For the first time, Fleetwood Mac was a foursome: drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, keyboardist Christine McVie and guitarist Bob Welch. … Continue reading

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It’s the next best thing to be … (“Free As a Bird” — The Beatles in 1995)

On Dec. 30, 1995, The Beatles’ “Free As a Bird” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10. It would peak at #6 the following week. The single was released to promote The Beatles Anthology documentary and Anthology 1, the … Continue reading

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The last (?) studio album from No Doubt closes out 2001

On Dec. 29, 2001, No Doubt’s Rock Steady, the band’s fifth (and last) studio album, debuted on The Billboard 200 at #9. It had been six years since Tragic Kingdom (their third LP) had given No Doubt international acclaim with … Continue reading

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Celebrating the birthday of Alex Chilton

On Dec. 28, 1950, William Alexander Chilton was born. Alex Chilton grew up in Memphis. Music was always in his life. His father, Sidney, was a jazz musician. Chilton joined several local rock ‘n’ roll combos in his youth, mostly … Continue reading

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The trouble was started by a young Errol Flynn (Genesis in 1976)

On Dec. 27, 1976, Atco Records released Wind and Wuthering, the eighth Genesis album, in the US (four days after the LP was released in Britain). Wind and Wuthering picked up where A Trick of theTail left off—a post-Peter-Gabriel band … Continue reading

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The Magical Mystical Tour is hoping to take you away (The Beatles & the BBC in 1967)

On Dec. 26, 1967, BBC Television broadcast the Beatles’ movie Magical Mystery Tour. Because BBC1 was not yet broadcasting in “colour,” the film was shown in black and white. The British press severely criticized the production – so much that … Continue reading

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Christmas Day, 1965, The Dave Clark Five tops the US singles chart

On Dec. 25, 1965, the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Over and Over” by The Dave Clark Five (DC5). The song was a remake of a 1958 single by Bobby Day, who also wrote “Little Bitty Pretty … Continue reading

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