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.


This Day in Music History — November 12

1968 : Jimi Hendrix’s third album, Electric Ladyland, shows the famous guitarist on the cover along with a collection of naked women. You can only get it in England – the American version is released with an alternate cover.

1990 : Ron Wood, formerly of The Faces and currently of The Rolling Stones, is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs.

1997 : Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.

2012 : After 35 years, 11 albums, and soldiering on without their lead man Michael Hutchence, INXS confirms that they are indeed hanging up their guitars and calling it quits. The band had actually announced the news days earlier at a concert in Perth, Australia, during which they broke the news onstage and drummer Jon Farriss even admitted that he was getting a little teary-eyed at the thought of their last show.

This Day in Music History — November 3

1972 : Carly Simon and James Taylor get married, creating a musical power-couple not seen until Jay-Z and Beyonce tied the knot. The marriage lasts 11 years

1990 : After being featured prominently in the smash hit film Ghost, The Righteous Brothers’ version of Unchained Melody returns to the top of the UK charts after 25 years.

1991 : More than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Among the acts performing are the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joan Baez; Santana; and Journey (which reunited for the event).

1993 : Leon Theremin dies. Theremin (1896-1993) was a Russian inventor, most famous for the Theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. Popularized in the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations, the device was used to create those futuristic sound effects in many sci-fi movies.

2004 : Eric Clapton is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.