This Week in Music History: Dec. 15-21
Dec. 15, 1984 – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” by Band Aid,entered the charts at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof was able to put together a who’s who list of pop acts to participate in the song. Duran Duran, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins and Bananarama were just some of the great acts to lend their talents in the charity single.
Dec. 16, 1970 – Five singles and five albums by Credence Clearwater Revival are certified gold. The singles were: “Down on the Corner,.” “Lookin’ out My Back Door,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Up around the Bend.” The albums were “Cosmo’s Factory,” “Willy and the Poor Boys,” “Green River,” “Bayou Country” and “Credence Clearwater Revival.”
Dec. 17, 1968 – The Who played their Xmas party at the Marquee Club, London. Also on the bill was a new group called Yes. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, Free and Led Zeppelin.
Dec. 18, 1981 – Rod Stewart’s concert at the Los Angeles Forum is beamed worldwide via satellite. Stewart delights the masses by performing “Tonight’s the Night” with Kim Carnes and inviting out Tina Turner to sing with him on “Hot Legs,” “Stay With Me” and “Get Back.”
Dec. 19, 1957 – Elvis Presley receives his draft notice from the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S. Army’s 32nd Armor Regiment in Germany from October 1958 until March 1960.
Dec. 20, 1968 – The Beatles’ sixth Christmas record, “The Beatles’ 1968 Christmas Record,” was sent to fan club members in the United Kingdom and the United States. It included the song “Nowhere Man,” which was sung by Tiny Tim.
Dec. 21, 1979 – Linda Ronstadt hosts a benefit show for her paramour, Jerry Brown, the governor of California and a U.S. presidential candidate Jerry Brown, at San Diego Sports Arena. Ronstadt performs along with Chicago and the Eagles.