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Trivia 2018 # 50

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December 14
~ 1968 – Tommy James and the Shondells released “Crimson & Clover.”
~ 1980 – Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor the request.

December 15
~ 1977 – The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
~ 2001 – Joe Walsh receives an honourary Doctorate of Music form Kent State

December 16
~ 1949 Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top fame) was born
~ 1971 – Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of “American Pie” was released.

December 17
~ Paul Rodgers (of Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and most recently ofQueen + Paul Rodgers) was born
~ 1977 – Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in place of the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols could not get visas to enter the U.S.

December 18
~ 1975 – Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces for a solo career.
~ 1981 – About 35 million people watched a Rod Stewart concert via satellite. The broadcast was televised in 23 countries. (MA note – guess leaving the Faces was a good career move for Rod)

December 19
~ 1974 – Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones
~ 2001 – Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene. The charge was that Greene would bar artists who appear first on Clark’s American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.

December 20
~ 1962 – The Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV’s “Andy Williams Show” for the first time. The Osmond Brothers’ career began in 1958 when Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay began singing barbershop music for local audiences in and around Ogden. In their made-for-TV movie Inside the Osmonds, they explain that they originally performed to earn money to support Virl and Tom (older brothers with hearing problems) in buying hearing aids and serving missions for the church. Despite their young ages (Alan was 9, Wayne 7, Merrill 5, and Jay 3) and within a few years, the boys’ talent and stage presence were strong enough that their father, George Osmond, took them to audition for Lawrence Welk in California. Welk was unable to meet with them, but on the same trip, they visited Disneyland. Tommy Walker, Disneyland’s Director of Entertainment and Customer Relations from 1955 to 1966, found the Osmond Brothers singing with The Dapper Dans on Main Street. Walker hired the Osmonds to perform on a segment of Disneyland After Dark. This episode aired on 4/15/62 and 7/01/62.
While the Osmond Brothers were performing on a televised Disney special, Disneyland After Dark, Andy Williams’s father saw them and was so impressed he told his son to book them for his television show. Andy did, and the Osmond Brothers were regulars on the show from 1962 to 1969, where they earned the nickname “one-take Osmonds” among staff due to their professionalism and tireless rehearsing. Donny soon joined them on the show, making the Osmond Brothers a 5-member group. Marie and Jimmy were also introduced on the show as the years went by.


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