Waky Week in Music History
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
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On This Day:
Traffic released the album "Mr. Fantasy."
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.
Brownsville Station's single "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" broke into the Top 40 chart.
Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain died of a drug overdose. He was 27.
The Eagles released the album "Hotel California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Lennon was honored in Cuba with a statue in a park in Havana to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
Paul Simon was among the artists recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors celebration in Washington, DC.
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.
Stevie Wonder was honored with the Century Award at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlos Santana and the Beach Boys were inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
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.
Carlos Santana, Billy Joel, and Herbie Hancock were among those recognized at the annual Kennedy Center Honors concert in Washington, DC.