1970 - Paul McCartney filed a suit against the rest of The Beatles to dissolve their partnership. According to the court documents, McCartney's main reason for wanting to legally break up the group stemmed from the decision taken by the others to to appoint Rolling Stones manager Allan Klein as their manager. McCartney didn't trust Klein and had wanted his new in-laws, Lee and John Eastman, to look after their affairs. The suit took more than four years of court hearings, with the group officially disbanding in January 1975.
1974 - Having lost guitarist Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac make an offer to Lindsey Buckingham, but he comes as a package deal with his girlfriend, Stevie Nicks.
Mick Fleetwood discovered Buckingham when he took a tour of Sound City Studios and the co-owner, Keith Olsen, demoed it with a song by Buckingham Nicks, the Lindsey-Stevie duo he produced.
When Buckingham hears the offer, he's not sure he wants to be a part of the group, but strapped for cash and with few good options, he and Nicks opt in. There is quick chemistry: Buckingham and Nicks shift the group away from their blues sound and give them two more songwriters. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
2000 - Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson marries actress Kate Hudson in Aspen, Colorado. Their seven-year marriage includes the birth of their son, Ryder.
1930 - Singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist Odetta. She influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Time magazine included her song 'Take This Hammer' on its list of the 100 Greatest Popular Songs. Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music. Odetta died on 2 December 2008 age 77.
Andy Summers, guitarist in the Police, is 79. Also a talented photographer and publishes several books of behind-the-scenes shots of the band recording and performing.
John Denver. born Henry John Deutschendorf, was born on this day in 1943. Started writing songs at an early age and made demos of some of them, including a 1967 song he called “Babe, I Hate to Go.” In 1969, Peter, Paul & Mary, had their first and only No. 1 hit with a cover of Denver’s renamed “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”
By then, Deutschendorf had chosen the new professional name of John Denver to honor what he said was his “favorite state, Colorado.” He was a long time resident of Aspen.
Less than two years later, Denver was zooming up the pop charts with “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”
Due to his popularity, John Denver was given a platform to pursue his passions for environmental and humanitarian causes. Denver, a licensed pilot, died at the age of 53 when his experimental aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean in October 1997. John is a member of the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame.
1948 - Donna Summer is born LaDonna Adrian Gaines. She earns her new surname when a record label misprints her married name, Sommer, as Summer.
Paul Westerberg, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter from The Replacements, is 61. One of the most influential and beloved figures in American underground rock, noted for his ability to wed gloriously sloppy, guitar-heavy rock with lyrics that were smart, introspective, and emotionally revealing just as often as they were snarky, raucous fun.
On This Day In Music History are gathered from Colorado Music Hall Of Fame, Allmusic, This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.