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December 19

Music History for Thursday, 12/19/19

2015 - Michael Jackson'Thriller became the first album ever to sell more than 30 million copies in the U.S., 33 years after it was first released.

2012 - Madonna got angry at fans at a concert in Santiago, Chile, for smoking cigarettes near her. The singer lectured the audience, saying: "If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show. You don't care about me, I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke."

2012 - Gospel singer Inez Andrews, who sang with Shirley Ceasar in the group The Caravans, died. She was 83.

2009 - Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa in New York.

2007 - Amy Winehouse was arrested and later released by police during an investigation into an assault allegedly involving her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

2005 - Elton John turned down an offer of nearly six million dollars to sell the rights to broadcast his civil union to David Furnish in the U.S. 

2001 - Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots pled guilty to domestic battery case that arose after fighting with his wife at a Hard Rock hotel on November 19. The judge approved a plea bargain in which the case would be dismissed if Weiland had no more problems for the next six months and he completed 26 counseling sessions.

2001 - Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark’s American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.

2000 - Roebuck “Pops” Staples, leader of The Staple Singers, died at the age of 84.

2000 - Jazz bassist Milt Hinton died at age 90.

2000 - Robert Buck, guitarist and songwriter for 10,000 Maniacs, died of complications from liver failure. He was 42.

1999 - The Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoided serious injury when the military plane they were aboard skidded off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station in Sicily. No one was hurt.

1997 - The founder of SONY Corp., Masaru Ibuka, died at the age of 89 from heart failure. He invented the world’s first pocket transistor radio.

1997 - Jimmy Rogers, guitarist with blues great Muddy Waters’ first band, died from colon cancer at the age of 73.

1997 - Singer and founding member Marty Raybon made his last appearance with the country group Shenendoah at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

1987 - Paul Simon the musician and Paul Simon the presidential candidate both hosted Saturday Night Live.

1979 - The number one Billboard pop hit was Escape (Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. It was the last chart topping single of the ‘70s.

1974 - Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

1970 - Elton John scored his first U.S. #1 single with "Your Song."

1964 - The Supremes notched the fourth U.S. #1 single with "Come See About Me."

1960 - Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his own record company, Reprise Records. Sinatra did Ring-A-Ding-Ding and Let’s Fall in Love.

1958 - The Chipmunk Song was the number one Billboard pop hit. It was the second chart topper for Chipmunks creator David Seville, who also hit number one in April of 1958 with Witch Doctor. Seville’s real name was Ross Bagdasarian.

1955 - Carl Perkins recorded Blue Suede Shoes.