This Day in Music History — December 12

1915 : Frank Sinatra is born Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey.

1974 : Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor leaves the band. Ron Wood will eventually replace him after several candidates are auditioned.

1980 : Four days after John Lennon’s murder, thousands of marchers make their way from down Fifth Avenue to the Dakota Building, where he lived and was killed.

1998 : Luciano Pavarotti becomes the first classical musician to perform on Saturday Night Live when he sings ”Adeste Fideles” with Vanessa Williams.

2007 : Ike Turner dies of a cocaine overdose in San Marcos, California, at age 76. He was also struggling with emphysema and cardiovascular disease.

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This Day in Music History — September 3

1967 : A young Swedish singer named Anni-Frid Lyngstad wins a talent-show contest on the TV program Hyland’s Corner with her group the Anni-Frid Four. She would later become famous as one of the two female lead singers of ABBA.

1968 : Ringo returns to The Beatles after quitting in frustration during the White Album sessions. He finds his drum kit covered in flowers.

1982 : Fleetwood Mac plays for the first time in 2 years at the U.S. Festival in California, sponsored by the upstart Apple Computers. 400,000 people come to them play along with The Cars, Jackson Browne and The Grateful Dead.

1991 : Ike Turner is released from prison after serving 14 months for cocaine possession.