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This Day in Music History: December 19th

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2003: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Nils Lofgren were among the mourners attending the funeral of Wall Street tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen led the assembly in Christmas carols & Lofgren sang “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

1999: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons made a guest appearance on The Simpsons as the narrator of The Simpsons’ Christmas.

1994: Aerosmith performed the final concert of their 240 date tour in support of Get a Grip at their Mama Kin’s Music Hall in Boston which was broadcast on radio stations across North America.

1993: The Byrds’ drummer Michael Clarke died of liver failure at his home in Treasure Island, FL. He was 47 years old.

1987: Whitesnake peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Is This Love”, their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1981: The Rolling Stones finished their North American tour in support of Tattoo You at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The concert was broadcast on closed-circuit cable.

1981: The Cars peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their fourth album Shake it Up which later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.

1979: Elvis Presley’s personal physician George Nichopoulos was charged with prescribing over 12,000 doses of amphetamines, barbiturates & painkillers for Presley in the two years prior to his death. Nichopoulos would later be acquitted on this charge.

1955: Carl Perkins recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” which was based on an incident Perkins spotted while performing a dance where he noticed a couple dancing & the boy cautioned his date “don’t step on my suedes.” The song would go on to be covered by artists from Elvis Presley & Pat Boone to Jimi Hendrix & Black Sabbath.

Professor Longhair born in 1918
Alvin Lee-guitarist for Ten Years After born in 1944

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