This Day in Music History: December 23rd

2009: Metallica’s self-titled fifth album became the biggest selling album of the Soundscan era since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales for the Billboard 200 album chart in May of 1991. Since its release in August of 1991, it’s sold over 15,620,000 copies.

2006: It was reported that U2 singer Bono would receive honorary knighthood from the U.K. in recognition of his contribution to music & humanitarian work.

1999: Unemployed musician Cristin Keleher broke into George Harrison’s home on the Hawaiian island Maui. Keleher made herself at home ordering pizza, drinking root beer, doing her laundry & calling her mother in New Jersey before authorities arrived & arrested her. Keleher spent four months in jail for burglary & theft.

1996: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx married Baywatch star Donna D’Errico. The couple separated in 2006 & divorced in 2007.

1995: Pearl Jam debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “I Got Id” which featured Neil Young on lead guitar.

1987: Roger Waters & David Gilmour of Pink Floyd reached an agreement where Gilmour could continue to use the Pink Floyd name & Waters would receive royalties for trademarks such as the flying pig & retained the rights to The Wall.

1978: The Cars peaked at number thirty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their second single “My Best Friend’s Girl”.

1964: The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston for a concert. Wilson retired from touring, but remained in the band.

1959: Chuck Berry was arrested and charged with violating the Mann Act after taking a 14 year old girl across state lines. Berry was initially convicted & sentenced to five years in prison, but due to Judge George H. Moore Jr. making racist comments, Berry was freed.

Birthdays:
Jorma Kaukonen-guitarist for Jefferson Airplane born in 1940
Harry Shearer-Derek Smalls, bassist for Spinal Tap born in 1943
Ron Bushy-drummer for Iron Butterfly born in 1945
Luther Grosvenor-guitarist for Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel & Mott the Hoople born in 1946
Graham Bonnet-singer for Rainbow born in 1947
Dave Murray-guitarist for Iron Maiden born in 1956
Eddie Vedder-singer for Pearl Jam born in 1964


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