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Johnny Randolph’s Top 5 @ 5 - Thursday 12/8/16

Top 5 @ 5  November 1969

5) Hot Fun In The Summertime – Sly & The Family Stone

4) Baby It’s You – Smith

3) I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations

2) Wedding Bell Blues – The 5th Dimension

1) Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

 
 
For: Thursday, December 8, 2016 

>>Today In Rock History 

On This Day: 

In 1967 
Traffic released the album "Mr. Fantasy." 

In 1969 
While on trial for hashish possession in Toronto, Jimi Hendrix took the stand and confessed to his prior drug usage, which he claimed included smoking hash and dropping LSD five times each, as well as snorting cocaine twice and smoking pot four times.  He also said he'd now "outgrown" drugs.  After eight hours of deliberation, the jury found him not guilty. 

In 1973 
Brownsville Station's single "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" broke into the Top 40 chart. 

In 1975 
Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain died of a drug overdose.  He was 27. 

In 1976 
The Eagles released the album "Hotel California. 

In 1979 
Styx single "Babe" hit number one on the pop singles chart. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Don't Do Me Like That" and The Eagles' "The Long Run" broke into the Top 40 chart. 

In 1980 
John Lennon was shot and killed in front of his apartment building in New York City as he and wife Yoko Ono were coming home from a recording session.  The former Beatle died of "massive blood loss" after being struck by several bullets.  He was 40. 

In 1983 
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page were among those who performed at a benefit concert for multiple sclerosis organizations at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The show was organized by former Faces member Ronnie Lane, who also had the disease. 

In 1995 
Surviving members of the Grateful Dead announced that with the death of frontman Jerry Garcia, the group was breaking up. 

Bob Seger announced that he would go on tour in 1996 -- marking his first road trip in eight years. 

In 1998 
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced that they were getting back together again for a tour.  It was their first road trip together in nearly a decade. 

In 1999 
New York City Police cleared and closed Central Park, ousting John Lennon fans who were trying to hold an all-night vigil at Strawberry Fields on the 19th anniversary of the former Beatle's death. 

In 2000 
John Lennon was honored in Cuba with a statue in a park in Havana to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. 

In 2002 
Paul Simon was among the artists recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors celebration in Washington, DC. 

In 2003 
Ozzy Osbourne had emergency surgery following an all-terrain vehicle accident on his property in England.  He was riding the four-wheeler when it flipped over and pinned him underneath it.  He suffered a shattered collarbone, six broken ribs, a fractured vertebra in his neck, and internal bleeding in the accident.  He'd stopped breathing and had no pulse when a member of his security team found him.  The guard was able to revive him before he was taken to the hospital. 

In 2004 

Stevie Wonder was honored with the Century Award at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. 

In 2005 
Yoko Ono made a rare public appearance at the "Imagine" mosaic in New York's Central Park, where about 200 fans had gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of former Beatle John Lennon's death. 

In 2006 

Paul McCartney celebrated the birth of his first granddaughter, as his daughter Stella gave birth to a girl.  Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis is the former Beatle's fourth grandchild. 

In 2007 
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and former Stone Poneys co-founder Kenny Edwards were among the performers at a tribute concert honoring the late Warren Zevon.  The show served as a fundraiser and awareness builder for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.  Zevon died of mesothelioma in September 2003. 

In 2008 
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger were on hand for a special 65th birthday celebration for the band's late frontman Jim Morrison at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood, California.  
 
In 2009 
Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi joined Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker in cutting the ribbon on the HELP Genesis JBJ Soul Homes in the city's North Ward. 

In 2011 
Carlos Santana and the Beach Boys were inducted into the California Hall of Fame. 

In 2012 
The Rolling Stones played their first U.S. "50 and Counting" show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Mary J. Blige and Guy Clark Jr. made guest appearances during the show, while Paul McCartney and Bette Midler were among the celebrities in the audience. 

In 2013 
Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, and Herbie Hancock were among those recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors concert in Washington, DC.