This Day in Music History: December 20th
2006: Former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won a lawsuit granting him a songwriter’s credit & 40% of the royalties from their signature song “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for co-writing the music.
2001: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that his ex-wife Pamela Anderson is an unfit mother.
1980: Pat Benatar peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” which was Benatar’s first top ten single in the U.S.
1980: Motorhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck after a concert in Belfast after showing friends how he can bounce on his head.
1975: Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon as the guitarist for The Eagles. Leadon left after the band decided to pursue a more “rock” sound.
1969: The Rolling Stones knocked The Beatles out of the number one spot in the U.K. Album Chart as Let It Bleed debuted at number one displacing Abbey Road which returned to the top spot the following week.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Down on the Corner” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S.
1967: Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull, named after an 18th century farming tool inventor.
1966: The Beatles recorded the bells and vocal harmonies for “When I’m Sixty-Four” which was released as a single the following June.
Peter Criss-drummer for Kiss born in 1945
Chris Robinson-singer for The Black Crowes born in 1966
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