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This Day in Music History: December 21st

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2002: Joe Strummer, singer & guitarist for The Clash died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect after walking his dog in Broomfield, U.K. He was 50 years old.

1991: The movie Rush opened in theatres across the U.S. It starred Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Gregg Allman in his big screen debut as a drug dealer. The soundtrack was written by Eric Clapton, which contained “Tears in Heaven”.

1987: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx overdosed on heroin and was pronounced dead on arrival. Sixx was revived with two shots of adrenaline in his chest which inspired Motley Crue’s hit song “Kickstart My Heart”.

1982: Bob Dylan visited Frank Zappa at his house and played Zappa a dozen songs, afterwards Dylan asked Zappa to produce his next album. Mark Knopfler ended up producing Dylan’s next album Infidels.

1979: The first of three concerts for the people of Kampuchea were held at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Artists appearing at the concerts included Paul McCartney, Queen, The Who, The Clash, The Pretenders and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

1978: The Who announced that Kenney Jones of The Faces would replace the late Keith Moon on drums. 

1978: Todd Rundgren sued the British Musicians Union after they called a stop to a concert over the radio he was due to perform.

1976: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band received their first Gold record for their live album Live Bullet which later went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.

1973: Todd Rundgren peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Hello It’s Me” which was Rundgren’s first and only top ten single in the U.S.

Barry Jenkins-drummer for The Animals born in 1944
Rick Nielsen-guitarist for Cheap Trick born in 1948

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