This Day in Music History — December 22

1938 : Country singer-songwriter Red Steagall is born Russell Steagall in Gainesville, Texas. Discovered Reba McEntire in 1975.

1969 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health John Munro to discuss drug abuse.

1989 : Jordin Sparks is born in Phoenix, Arizona. At age 17, she would win the sixth season of American Idol (2007).

2001 : T.I. is arrested in his native Atlanta for illegal gun possession. He allegedly tells police that his name is Douglas Morgan rather than his real name, Clifford Harris. The rapper is released without serious conviction.

2002 : Joe Strummer of The Clash dies of a heart attack at age 50. The Clash are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few months later.

2012 : Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood marries his girlfriend Sally Humphreys; Wood at age 65 and Humphreys at 34. Coincidentally, the world did not end on the day before, as proponents of the Mayan calendar would have it. Perhaps this bolstered their optimism?

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New Music Tuesday — October 21

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Tough Love Paperwork Sings the Great Diva Classics
Jessie Ware T.I. Aretha Franklin
Tough Love Paperwork Sings the Great Diva Classics
Pain Killer Nostalgia Sound of a Woman
Little Big Town Annie Lennox Kiesza
Pain Killer Nostalgia Sound of a Woman
 Kings & Queens of the Underground  Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble  Man on the Run [Deluxe Edition]
Billy Idol Primus Bush
Kings & Queens of the Underground Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble Man on the Run
 Hold My Home  I Forget Where We Were  The Best Day
Cold War Kids Ben Howard Thurston Moore
Hold My Home I Forget Where We Were The Best Day

This Day in Music History — October 13

1974 : Renowned television host Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer in New York City, at age 73. One of the biggest events in music history unfolded on his program, The Ed Sullivan Show, when a new group from Liverpool called The Beatles made their live US debut.

1980 : George Jones wins Single of the Year at the Country Music Association awards for “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” starting a career resurgence for the Country legend.

2000 : Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush would eventually win the election, with Nader taking key votes from Al Gore.

2001 : Complaining of tightness in his chest, and under the advice of his doctor, Merle Haggard cancels the balance of his US touring plans through Nov. 3. Haggard has a history of coronary artery disease.

2007 : T.I. is arrested just hours before he is scheduled to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards. According to police, the rapper paid $12,000 to a bodyguard to buy 3 guns for him. Police take him into custody on weapons charges and place him in federal custody over the weekend.

This Day in Music History — September 2

1970 : An unknown art-rock band named Genesis runs an ad in Britain’s Melody Maker magazine looking for a drummer, an audition 19-year-old Phil Collins will pass by mentioning that he played percussion on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

1993 : Pearl Jam’s Jeremy video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam responds by not making any more videos until 1998.

1994 : Hootie & the Blowfish make their first of several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. They were still well under-the-radar at this point, but took off a few months later.

1995 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, with opening ceremony performances by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG’s, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash,The Pretenders, John Fogerty, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, The Kinks, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals’ Eric Burdon, and Boz Scaggs.

2011 : T.I. is arrested just days after serving an 11-month sentence at the U.S. Penitentiary in Arkansas. Under his probation agreement, the rapper was allowed to provide his own transportation from Arkansas to a halfway house in Atlanta. However, prison officials objected to his vehicle of choice – a luxury SUV motor coach – and took him back into custody for violating his parole.