On this day in 1944, Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a gas station Their son, Randall Hank Williams, would achieve fame in his own right as Hank Williams, Jr., who was born on May 26, 1949. The marriage ended in divorce on May 29, 1952.
In 1967 in Paris, the members of The Beach Boys had their own audience with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and learned transcendental meditation.
On December 15, 1969 John Lennon mad his last stage appearance in England when he performed with the Plastic Ono Band at the UNICEF “Peace For Christmas” charity concert in London. George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon join him on stage.
In 1977, The Who perform a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Studios. The show is filmed for Jeff Stein’s upcoming Who documentary The Kids Are Alright. Also in 1977, The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
In 1984, the iconic Christmas tune “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama.
In 1988, James Brown was sentenced to six and one-half years in a South Carolina prison for his interstate car chase and numerous drug, firearms, and assault offenses. He would serve a little more than two.
On December 15, 1990, ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog married Swedish surgeon Tomas Sonnenfeld.
Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, the 90s was a big decade in music. These events took place on December 15:
1992 – Nirvana released Incesticide, a collection of b-sides and rarities.
1997 – Spice World The Movie, featuring The Spice Girls premiered at The Empire, Leicester Sq, London. The following year it was nominated for the ‘worst film’ at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
1997 – The surviving members INXS released a tape of an interview in which they talk about the life and death of the group’s late vocalist Michael Hutchence.
1998 – Backstreet Boys roadie Michael Barrett filed a $3 million lawsuit against the group claiming damages after a 50-pound cannon fell on his head during a show.
In 2000, Breathe became Faith Hill’s best-selling album, as it’s certified quintuple-platinum.
On this day in 2001, Joe Walsh received an honorary doctorate of music from Kent State University.