Gregg Allman was born on this day in 1947. He would go on to perform solo at a sold out Melody Tent show in 2014.
On this day in Music History in 1963, Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom. The kidnappers were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes. In 1998 the FBI opened its 1,300 page file on Frank Sinatra to the public.
On this day in 1966, The Beatles recorded “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Octopus’s Garden” in 1969. In 1980, just hours after Annie Leibovitz’s iconic photo shoot of John & Yoko, Mark David Chapman fatally shot John Lennon. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman. 20 years later in 2000, a plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool
In 1968 Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash just three days after he quit the Hollies.
In 1969 Jimi Hendrix testified at his trial for possession of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court. He claimed that he had “outgrown” drugs. The jury found him not guilty after eight hours of deliberations.
In 1976, John Denver appeared on the Carpenters’ ABC-TV special.
On December 8, 1987, Harry Chapin received a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his work in fighting hunger.
In 2000, Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2005, Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson and Jerry Douglas each net four nominations, tops among country figures, as the finalists for the Grammy awards are announced at Gotham Hall in New York. Three years later, Gretchen Wilson played at the Melody Tent in the 2008 Summer Concert Series.