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December 2011


Articles From Neil Cossar in December
Monday Dec 26, 2011 00:00 AM ET
In 1994, Mariah Carey wrote and recorded this tune, which has become a holiday classic for many.
Sunday Dec 25, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Another entry in our week-long look at Christmas tunes, this time from Wham! circa 1984.
Saturday Dec 24, 2011 00:00 AM ET
This well-loved Christmas song began with a 1969 anti-war billboard campaign by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Friday Dec 23, 2011 25:00 AM ET
"Christmas Wrapping," by The Waitresses, was first released in 1981 on the compilation album A Christmas Record on ZE Records, written soon after the birth of rap music in that style, hence the word "wrapping" in the title.
Thursday Dec 22, 2011 00:00 AM ET
This Irish folk style ballad, written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, is frequently cited as the best Christmas song of all time in various television, radio and magazine related polls in Ireland and the UK.
Wednesday Dec 21, 2011 45:00 AM ET
Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records. He was in great demand as a session musician in the 1960s and worked as part of the studio musicians' clique known as "the Wrecking Crew."
Tuesday Dec 20, 2011 50:00 AM ET
On this day in 1962, The Osmonds appeared for the first time on NBC's The Andy Williams Show. The brothers performed a version of "I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas." The Osmonds — love 'em or loathe 'em, you can't deny they have a place in pop music history as well as peoples' hearts.
Monday Dec 19, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Just starting out in a band? Get a great song and cover it, it’s a tried and tested method that can strike gold. Even Simon Cowell subscribes to it, but don’t get me started on him.
Friday Dec 16, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Whatever happened to MTV? I remember watching MTV for the first time when I was staying in a hotel in Norway in the middle '80s.
Thursday Dec 15, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Don’t you just love it when a song like this travels the world and affects peoples lives, makes people think about change, makes people realize they can do better, or try and improve their life for good?
Wednesday Dec 14, 2011 10:00 PM ET
When was the last time you looked into a homeless person's eyes?
Wednesday Dec 14, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US #1 single when "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin's 15th solo hit and also his first UK #1 single in March, '69.
Tuesday Dec 13, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Ah, Christmas records — don't you just love 'em? Well, yes, I do and it would appear the art of making a good Christmas record is a dying one.
Monday Dec 12, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Music history is littered with untimely deaths, from murder, to drugs, from car and plane crashes, to freak accidents.
Friday Dec 9, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show, a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18-year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprayed Mace in Morrison's face.
Thursday Dec 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1980, John Lennon was shot five times by 25-year-old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko Ono lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the building and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard.
Wednesday Dec 7, 2011 00:00 PM ET
On this day in 2005, The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon."
Tuesday Dec 6, 2011 40:00 AM ET
On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with "Whole Lotta Love." It went on to reach #4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US.
Monday Dec 5, 2011 20:00 AM ET
On this day in 1968, the release of The Rolling Stones' new album Beggar's Banquet was celebrated at a party in London. A food fight with custard pies was the highlight of the event that went on without an ill Keith Richards. The original cover for the LP was in the form of a plain white invitation, but was later changed.
Friday Dec 2, 2011 30:00 AM ET
On this day in 1978, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," the singer's fifth UK chart-topper.
Thursday Dec 1, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London. The band were paid £50 for each gig.

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