Legend: BTD – Born Today OTD – On This Day

DateArtist/GroupDescriptionImage
BTD Dec20,1944 Bobby Colomby#BTD Dec20,1944 #BobbyColomby drums, original member of #BloodSweatTears; Blood, Sweat & Tears 1969 US #12 & UK #35 single "You've Made Me So Very Happy"
BTD Dec20,1947 Peter Criss#BTD Dec20,1947 #PeterCriss (George Peter John Criscuola) co-founder, original drummer #Kiss known as the #Catman character & left the band May18,1980; @KISSOnline 1974 US #5 "On And On", 1975 US #12 "Rock and Roll All Nite", 1976 US #7 "Beth", +6 other Top40s
BTD Dec20,1948 Alan Parsons#BTD Dec20,1948 #AlanParsons audio engineer, singer, songwriter, involved with the production of LPs such as The #Beatles "Let It Be" & #PinkFloyd "Dark Side of the Moon" +solo LPs and 1982 US #3 "Eye in the Sky", +7 US Top40 singles #HBday @alanparsons
BTD Dec20,1948 Stevie Wright#BTD Dec20,1948 #StevieWright RIP #Australia's 1st international pop star 1974 AUS #1 "Evie (Parts 1, 2 & 3)" (the only 11-minute song at #1 anywhere in the world), 1974 AUS #13 "Guitar Band"; lead singer of The #Easybeats 1966 UK #6 & 1967 US #16 single "Friday On My Mind"
BTD Dec20,1956 Guy Babylon#BTD Dec20,1956 #GuyBabylon RIP keyboards #EltonJohn Band. Won @RecordingAcad Award for his contributions on the musical #Aida
BTD Dec20,1957 Anita Ward#BTD Dec20,1957 #AnitaWard singer 1979 US, UK & US R&B #1 single "Ring My Bell" A million selling chart topper
OTD Dec20,1941 Glenn Miller#OTD Dec20,1941 #GlennMiller and His Orchestra are at #1 on the US Top40 Singles chart with "Elmer's Tune" vocal refrain by #RayEberle & The Modernaires; written by #ElmerAlbrecht, #DickJurgens and #SammyGallop
OTD Dec20,1946 It's A Wonderful Life#OTD Dec20,1946 #FrankCapra's movie "It's A Wonderful Life" is released, starring #JamesStewart, #DonnaReed, #LionelBarrymore
OTD Dec20,1954 Jackie Gleason, Buick#OTD Dec20,1954 #Buick signs #JackieGleason to a 2yr contract to produce 78 shows for $6.1M worth about $71 Million in today's money @Buick
OTD Dec20,1958Japage, QuarryMen, Beatles#OTD Dec20,1958 The #Japage 1st gig (formally #QuarryMen then #Beatles) #PaulMcCartney, #JohnLennon & #GeorgeHarrison try new name at the Childwall Abbey Hotel for the wedding reception of George's oldest brother Harry & bride Irene McCann. They play in the front bar smoking room
OTD Dec20,1959 Guy Mitchell#OTD Dec20,1959 #GuyMitchell starts a 2wk run at #1 for the week ending Dec20 on the US Top40 Singles chart with "Heartaches by the Number" written by #HarlanHoward
OTD Dec20,1962Osmonds#OTD Dec20,1962 The #Osmonds appear on the #NBC TV networks the #AndyWilliams Show for the 1st time
OTD Dec20,1965Beach Boys#OTD Dec20,1965 The #BeachBoys release "Barbara Ann" written by #FredFassert of the #Regents. @TheBeachBoys will enter the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart on Jan1,1966 at #81 & peak at #2 for 2wks on Jan29,1966. The Regents original Barbara-Ann peaked at #13 for 2wks Jun18,1961
OTD Dec20,1966Beatles#OTD Dec20,1966 The #Beatles arrive separately for a recording session and are interviewed by #ITN TV outside #EMI's Abbey Road Studios. After John, Paul and George overdub the background harmonies for "When I'm Sixty Four" and Ringo adds the large bell percussion @emimusic
OTD Dec20,1968 Beatles#OTD Dec20,1968 "The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record" is sent to fan club members in the UK & the US. The #Beatles include on the disc a special version of "Nowhere Man" sung by #TinyTim introduced by #GeorgeHarrison Listen==> youtu.be/RAQyDJms-xk
OTD Dec20,1969 Peter, Paul and Mary#OTD Dec20,1969 Peter, Paul and Mary are at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Leaving on a Jet Plane" The single was written by #JohnDenver in 1966. The original title of the song was "Babe, I Hate to Go"
OTD Dec20,1969Rolling Stones#OTD Dec20,1969 The #RollingStones are at #1 on the UK album chart with their 10th US and 8th UK album release "Let It Bleed" @RollingStones
OTD Dec20,1973 Bobby Darin#OTD Dec20,1973 #BobbyDarin (Walden Robert Cassotto) dies at the age of 37. One of the 1st teen idols, 20 Top40 hit singles during 1950s & 1960s with a 1958 US R&B #1 "Splish Splash", 1959 UK #1 "Dream Lover", 1959 UK & US #1 "Mack the Knife"
OTD Dec20,1975 Eric Carmen#OTD Dec20,1975 #EricCarmen enters the @billboard Hot100 singles chart at #85 with "All By Myself" Written by @RealEricCarmen, #SergeiRachmaninoff The song will peak at #2 for 3wks on Mar6,1976. The single sold over 1M copies in the US & certified gold @RIAA in April 1976
OTD Dec20,1975K.C. and the Sunshine Band#OTD Dec20,1975 K.C. and the Sunshine Band are back at #1 for 1wk on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "That's The Way (I Like It)" @kcandsunshineb spent a 1wk at #1 during the week ending Nov22, for a total of 2wks at #1
OTD Dec20,1980 John Lennon#OTD Dec20,1980 #JohnLennon is posthumously at #1 on the UK singles chart with "(Just Like) Starting Over" Lennon was killed on Dec8,1980, this is @johnlennon 1st UK solo #1
OTD Dec20,1980 Kenny Rogers#OTD Dec20,1980 #KennyRogers is still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Lady" Rogers last week of a 6 week run at #1
OTD Dec20,1986Bangles#OTD Dec20,1986 The #Bangles start a 4wk run at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Walk Like An Egyptian" written by #LiamSternberg
OTD Dec20,1999 Hank Snow#OTD Dec20,1999 #HankSnow (Clarence Snow) #Canadian singer dies at the age of 85. Called "The Singing Ranger" and recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the @billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980
OTD Dec20,2020Chad Stuart#OTD Dec20,2020 #ChadStuart (David Stuart Chadwick) RIP dies at the age of 79. Singer, guitarist Chad & Jeremy; #ChadandJeremy 7 US & 6 US Adult Contemporary with a #1. In #Batman Episode "The Cats Meow" #Catwoman steals their voices