2006 – An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. “Blue” was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues,” in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop […]
2003 – MTV gives viewers a glimpse into the holiday season at the home of Ozzy Osbourne and his family with “The Osbourne Family Christmas Special.” A wide range of celebrity guests join in on the festivities, including Jessica Simpson, who duets with Ozzy on “Winter Wonderland,” and newlyweds Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra, who […]
2003 – Thanks to its numeric moniker, funk-rock hybrid quintet 311 designates the day as its own personal holiday. The band celebrates its day by posting a bunch of stuff to it’s Website. In addition to a host of new photos and special deals on 311 merchandise, four previously unreleased mp3 songs are available to […]
2001 – Songstress Barbra Streisand releases her first holiday album in 34 years, Christmas Memories. The album is the artists first studio release since 1999’s “A Love Like Ours.”
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
2000 – Madonna takes her “Music” to London’s 3,500-capacity Brixton Academy for her first U.K. performance in seven years. Playing to an audience comprised of contest winners, guests, and celebrities including Sting and members of the Spice Girls, Madonna plays a half-hour set made up of five tracks from her new “Music” album and the […]
2000 – Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual “Soul Train” Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. The show features top R&B artists performing holiday favorites.
1999 – Snow-loving Alaskan songstress Jewel releases Joy: A Holiday Celebration, featuring her Yuletide interpretations of chestnuts like “O Holy Night.”
1978 – Billy Joel scores debut UK hit with Just the Way You Are. No. 1 Chart Topper. “Just the Way You Are” is a love song from Billy Joel’s 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. It was written as a birthday gift to Joel’s first wife Elizabeth Weber. After they divorced, Joel said that […]
1968 – To celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually yesterday), Keith Moon drives a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Flint, Mich., Holiday Inn. Wow… Rock n Roll.
1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later.