Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Music History Today: December 8, 2022

December 8, 1980: Annie Leibovitz photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City for a feature in Rolling Stone. Mark David Chapman shot and killed John hours later.

December 8, 1980: Annie Leibovitz photograph of John Lennon
John Lennon by Annie Leibovitz
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December 8, 1962: Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys entered Billboard's Hot 100 with "The Ballad of Jed Clampett."

The theme song to the popular American sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies was composed by the show's creator, Paul Henning.

The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies

On the TV version, the bluegrass duo Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs provide instrumental backing to country singer Jerry Scoggins' vocals. The single is sung by Flatt with banjo sequences by Scruggs in between the verses. 
Read more: Songfacts

December 8, 1966: Sinéad O'Connor is born in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland.

With the 1990 release of her second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Sinead O'Connor became an international star.

Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor

Driven by the phenomenal success of the smash hit single "Nothing Compares 2 U," the album shot to the top of the Billboard charts and nabbed O'Connor four Grammy Award nominations, including Best Album, Best Song, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Alternative Album. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 8, 1976: The Eagles released their fifth studio album Hotel California.

Hotel California was The Eagles' first album made with rock guitarist Joe Walsh.

Hotel California

Early on, the group couldn't rock convincingly, but the rhythm section of Henley and Meisner has finally solidified, and the electric guitar work of Don Felder and Joe Walsh has arena-rock heft. The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release and one of the most successful rock albums ever. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 8, 2007: After Oprah declares the Josh Groban Christmas album Noël one of her "favorite things," the record goes to Number 1 in America and becomes the top-selling album of 2007.

Empty Garden
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