Studio musician Glen Campbell replaced Beach Boy Brian Wilson in 1964 after Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Brian Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell filled in for the missing Wilson during live shows and was eventually replaced by Bruce Johnston.
Country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson was at a Christmas party in 1969 when his home in Nashville went up in flames. When Nelson arrived at the home, he ran inside to rescue his guitar and a bag of marijuana that was stashed inside the guitar case.
Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight was court ordered to seize $1 million in money and assets from the band in 1972. Terry Knight showed up at a concert at Madison Square Garden. Realizing that he cannot get paid if the band does not play, Terry waits until after the show to seize assets and equipment. The band thought they were signed to Capitol Records but instead were signed to Knight himself and when the band noticed they were missing money, they took Knight to court. When they took Knight to court, the truth came out and that is when the band found out they were not with Capitol Records as originally reported by Knight.
Phil Collins started a four week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles music chart in 1989 with “Another Day In Paradise”. This was Collins 7th U.S. solo No.1 taken from his No.1 music album “…But Seriously”. “Another Day in Paradise” was written to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.
Cristin Keleher broke into George Harrison’s Maui home in 1999. While there, she cooked a frozen pizza, drank beer, did some laundry and phoned her mother in New Jersey. Keleher was later arrested and charged with burglary and theft.
Sir Paul McCartney is granted his own coat of arms in 2002 by the College of Arms, the English heraldic body formed in 1484. The crest featured a bird that appeared to be holding a guitar in its claw. The mottos is “Ecce Cor Meum”, Latin for “Behold My Heart”, which is the title of an oratorio he composed.
Geezer Butler, the bass player for Black Sabbath, in 2005 offered $5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of Toga. Toga was the three-month-old penguin that had been stolen from a zoo in the Isle of Wright a few days earlier.
Country music band Sugarland went to No.1 on the Country Billboard singles music chart in 2006 with “Want To”. The song was released as the first music single from the album “Enjoy the Ride”, and was written by the band members Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush and Bobby Pinson. It was the first single not to feature former member Kristen Hall.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, December 23rd are:
Eugene Record – born in 1940, Eugene as the American lead vocalist for the group The Chi-Lites. Prior to joining the Chi-Lites, Eugene released three solo music albums, “The Eugene Record”, “Trying To Get to You” and “Welcome To My Fantasy”.
Ray Tabano – born in 1946, Ray was a founding member of the band Aerosmith. Tabano and lead singer Steven Tyler were childhood friends and were in Steven’s first band The Strangers. Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford in 1971 for Aerosmith.
Katie Underwood – born in 1975, Katie is an Australian singer-songwriter, who became the winner of the first Australian series Popstars in 2000. Katie is best known for being a member of the band Bardot.