This Day in Music History — December 24

1971 : Ricky Martin is born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1974 : James Taylor, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell go Christmas carolling in Hollywood.

1978 : Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA announce they are separating and getting a divorce.

2001 : Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) dies of cancer in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 73.

 

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This Day in Music History — November 17

1974 : ABBA play their first gig outside Sweden, opening at the Kalkonerteater in Copenhagen on their first European tour.

1978 : During Bob Dylan’s show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his “Christian period” the next year.

2000 : Cher makes her first appearance on NBC-TV’s sitcom Will and Grace, in the episode “Gypsies, Tramps and Weed.”

2003 : After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms “exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection” but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

This Day in Music History — October 5

1979 : ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter’s daughter Amy, who is a big fan.

1997 : Garth Brooks fans snap up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon.

2002 : Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose “Can’t Buy Me Love” went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson’s record in 2007 when “It Makes Me Wonder” rose to the top spot from #64.

2012 : Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series, at 0:07 AM BST. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, featured a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses voted it the best theme to a Bond film ever.