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December 20

Music History for Friday, 12/20/19

2012 - Paul Simon sang "The Sound of Silence" at the Connecticut funeral of Victoria Soto, 27, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot to death while shielding students from gunfire during the previous week's massacre.  The song was said to be Soto's favorite.

2012 - Rapper Fat Joe pleaded guilty in federal court in New Jersey to tax evasion charges. He was charged with not paying taxes on over one million of income in 2007 and 2008. He was eventually sentenced to four months in jail.

2012 Jimmy McCracklin, who recorded over 30 albums, died from diabetes and hypertension. He was 91.

2010 - VH1’s Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It aired its series finale. On the episode, rocker Bret Michaels proposed to longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson. They eventually called the engagement off.

2008 - Britney Spears’ album, Circus, hit number 1 on the charts.

2007 - Guitarist Eddie Van Halen and Hot in Cleveland’s Valerie Bertinelli got divorced after 25 years of marriage.

2003 - Composer Charles Randolph Grean passed away. He was 90.

1999 - The first Canadian country star, Hank Snow, died at age 85.

1998 - Def Jam executive Russell Simmons married model Kimora Lee in Saint Barthelemy. The pair, who had two children, later divorced.

1986 - The Bangles topped the charts with "Walk Like an Egyptian"

1975 - Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon as guitarist in The Eagles.

1973 - Singer-actor Bobby Darin died of heart failure at age 37.

1967 - Jethro Tull was formed.

1962 - The Osmond Brothers made their first appearance on NBC’s Andy Williams Show.

1957 - Elvis Presley got his draft notice for the U.S. Army.