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December 4, 2019

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

Music History for Wednesday, 12/4/19


2011 - Hubert Sumlin, who is no. 43 on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” died. He was 80.

2010 - Paul McCartney received Kennedy Center honors in Washington, D.C.

2009 - The Vatican announced its official MySpace Music playlist, which included tunes from the late Tupac ShakurMozart, and Muse.  

2007 - Rapper Pimp C, a founding member of UGK, died from an accidental overdose. He was 33.

2005 - Tony Bennett and Tina Turner received Kennedy Center honors in Washington, D.C.

2001 - R. Kelly took home six statues at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

2001 Gene Simmons' book Kiss and Make-Up was released.

1997 - Gail Menscer, mother of country star Doug Stone, died from cancer.

1996 - At the Billboard Music AwardsMadonna was honored with an artist achievement award. Mariah Carey was recognized for setting a new chart record with "One Sweet Day," her duet with Boyz II Men, which spent 16 weeks at number one on the singles chart. Santana was given the Billboard century award.

1995 - Michael Jackson gave a press conference in New York City to promote his upcoming HBO special. Mime Marcel Marceau was there, too.

1994 - The Kennedy Center Honors for 1994 included Aretha FranklinPete Seeger and composer Morton Gould.

1991 - Paula Abdul got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Sammy Hagar had promised the show because he had lost his voice during a show in Dallas three-and-a-half years earlier.

1990 - Madonna appeared on Nightline to defend her "Justify My Love" video. She denied the video's explicit content was intended to stir up controversy and get her publicity. The video was banned by MTV.

1989 - The Supreme Court upheld a ruling saying Prince did not steal the song "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written.

1988 - Roy Orbison gave his final concert, in Akron, Ohio. He died two days later.

1987 - Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She changed her mind, but would file again in January, 1988.

1987 - Metallica released the Cliff 'Em All video collection. The bootleg and unprofessional recordings had been shot during 1982-1986 when Cliff Burton was still with the band.

1980 - Led Zeppelin officially broke up.

1976 - Guitarist Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple died of a drug overdose. He was 25.

1972 - The number one song was "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy.

1961 Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" was released.

1956 - Jerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins and Elvis Presley jammed at Sun Studios in Memphis. Legend had it Johnny Cash was part of the so-called "Million Dollar Quartet," as well, but he went shopping with his wife and missed the session.

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