This Day in Music

December 3rd


December 3

1994: Comic Adam Sandler performs his Chanukah Song on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update.

1977Linda Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams album is #1 on the albums charts.  She becomes the first female artist to have two songs (Blue Bayou and It’s So Easy) in the Top Five simultaneously.

1977Mull of Kintyre by Wings is Paul McCartney’s first post-Beatles #1 single in Britain. It becomes Britain’s best selling single, topping the Beatles’ I Want to Hold Your Hand.

1971Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a Frank Zappa concert. Ian Gillan, vocalist for Deep Purple, is inspired to writeSmoke On The Water about the incident.

1969: The Rolling Stones record Brown Sugar. It hits #1 in the UK & US.

1965: The Beatles release Rubber Soul.  Norwegian Wood and Michelle were hits.

1960: The Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot, starring Richard Burton, Robert Goulet and Julie Andrews, opens in New York City.

1960: Elvis Presley’s Are You Lonesome Tonight? is #1.

1949: Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship is born.  He had hits with Starship (Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now) and with the Elvin Bishop band (Fooled Around And Fell In Love).

1948: Singer Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne) is born.  His hits include Close My Eyes Forever (a million-selling duet with Lita Ford) and Crazy Train.  He rose to prominence as lead vocalist of pioneering English heavy metal band Black Sabbath.  He and his wife Sharon created the popular OzzFest annual festival tour.

1944: Frank Sinatra records Old Man River.

1927: Singer Andy Williams is born.  His signature hit is Moon River.

Songs Of The Day:

The Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler); Blue Bayou (Linda Ronstadt); It’s So Easy (Linda Ronstadt); Mull Of Kintyre (Paul McCartney & Wings); Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones); Are You Lonely Tonight? (Elvis Presley); Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Jefferson Starship);Fooled Around And Fell In Love (Elvin Bishop Band); Close My Eyes Forever (Osbourne/Ford); Crazy Train (Black Sabbath); Old Man River (Sinatra); Moon River (Andy Williams); Norwegian Wood (Beatles); Michelle (Beatles)