Friday, December 30, 2022

Music History Today: December 31, 2022

December 31, 1947: The lead singer for The Guess Who, Burton Cummings, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Burton Cummings played with the Devrons before joining the Guess Who as lead vocalist in 1965.

Burton Cummings LP

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Cummings spent ten years with that band, but left for a solo career, releasing a self-titled album in 1976. The single, "Stand Tall," sold over a million copies. 
Read more: Allmusic
December 31, 1966: Don Ho, a Hawaiian singer, and entertainer, entered Billboard's Hot 100 at Number 98 with "Tiny Bubbles."
Don Ho from Hawaii owned a cocktail lounge and started a band. He was the singer and organist. 

Don Ho 1966
Don Ho 1966

He released his debut album, Don Ho Show, in 1965. In 1966, his second album, a live collection called Don Ho -- Again!, released his breakthrough single "Tiny Bubbles." The single placed in the pop and the easy listening charts. The LP stayed in the charts for nearly a year. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 31, 1982: Arrow, a Montserratian calypso and soca musician, recorded "Hot Hot Hot." 

December 31, 1984: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost an arm in an accident.
In December 1984, Def Leppard's then-21-year-old drummer, Rick Allen, lost his left arm after a near-fatal accident in England. Allen was trying to pass another car at a high speed, lost control of his Corvette, and was thrown through the sunroof of his car. His arm got caught in the seatbelt and severed from his body. Doctors initially reattached the limb, but it was later removed due to an infection. 
Read more: Page Six

December 31, 1994: Guns N' Roses was the highest new entry on the US music chart, at Number 62, with a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy For the Devil." It was featured in the closing credits of Neil Jordan's adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire.

Interview with the Vampire movie poster

Stand Tall
Burton Cummings

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