This Day in Music History: December 21st

2001: Beverly Hills police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison’s death.

2001: Kiss made a guest appearance on Family Guy where they appeared in a holiday special Kiss Saves Santa.

1992: Albert King died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis just two days after performing his final concert in Los Angeles. He was 69 years old.

1991: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the second time as it entered the chart at number one. The song was re-released as a single worldwide in the wake of singer Freddie Mercury’s death one month earlier.

1985: Heart reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their self-titled album which spent one week at number one. On the same chart, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. passed Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become the second longest-lasting album in the top ten.

1978: Rod Stewart settled out of court with drummer Micky Waller who claimed he hadn’t received royalties for his work on Stewart’s 1974 album Smiler.

1974: During a Bad Company concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones joined the group onstage for a rendition of B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby”.

1970: Elvis Presley met with President Richard Nixon at The White House to volunteer his services in fighting the war on drugs. Presley gave Nixon a chrome-plated colt .45 gun & Presley also received a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge.

1970: Traffic received their first Gold record for John Barleycorn Must Die which peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

Frank Zappa born in 1940
Carl Wilson-guitarist for The Beach Boys born in 1946
Nick Gilder born in 1951

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