This Day in History: 2022-12-12

Dec 12
1954: The Crew Cuts perform “Sh’Boom” on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town”.

1964: Terry Black is on Billboard’s chart for the only time, when “Unless You Care” peaks at #99.

1966: Ugly Ducklings enter the Canadian top 100 at #93 with “Just In Case.”

1966: Mamas and Papas, featuring Denny Doherty, enter the Canadian charts at #62 with “Words of Love.”

1970: Steppenwolf see “Ride With Me” peak at #54 on Billboard’s chart.

1970: Neil Young peaks at #33 on Billboard’s chart with “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” It’s his first appearance on Billboard.

1975: It’s the third time Anne Murray has been on the show, but the first time she isn’t hosting “Midnight Special.” She performs “Blue Finger Lou” and “Sunday Sunrise,” and “You Won’t See Me” with Johnny Rivers.

1979: Triumph is in Mississauga, Ontario at Metalworks Studio. The sessions are used a few months later when PROGRESSIONS OF POWER is released.

1980: Rendezvous is in the middle of a three night run in Toronto at Spats.

1980: Bob McBride is on the fifth night of a six night run at Alastair’s in Toronto.

1981: Chilliwack see “My Girl (Gone Gone Gone)” peak at #22 on Billboard’s chart. They also happen to be on “Solid Gold” that day, lip-synching the song.

1981: Kings are in Collingwood, Ontario for a show at the Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

1985: Headpins open for ZZ Top at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The Pins are dropped from the bill after that show because they did an encore, against orders.

1988: Killer Dwarfs wrap up their UK tour opening for Iron Maiden at London’s Hammersmith Odeon for the third time in a week.

1984: Rush is in Albany, NY for a show at Knickerbocker Arena.

1992: Alannah Myles ends a four-week run atop the Canadian singles chart with “A Song Instead of a Kiss.”

1995: Joni Mitchell performs on national TV for the first time in 25 years, when she appears on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, plugging her TAMING THE TIGER album.

1997: Trooper re-releases THICK AS THIEVES and KNOCK ‘EM DEAD KID on CD in the US on UniDiscs.

1999: THE BEST OF GAYE DELORME is released.

2000: Sass Jordan releases her HOT GOSSIP album.

2000: Our Lady Peace releases the SPIRITUAL MACHINES album.

2002: Gordon Lightfoot is released from a Hamilton, Ontario hospital more than three months after undergoing emergency stomach surgery there.

2008: Cheaper Than Therapy is in Toronto for a show at the Blue Moon Cafe.

2008: Jane Siberry‘s first release under her new name of Issa sees the light of day, DRAGON DREAMS.

2009: A Neil Young tribute show is performed by White Buffalo at Toronto’s Seanachi Pub.

2012: Diana Krall appears onstage with Paul McCartney during the Sandy Relief Concert in New York.

2013: Coney Hatch is in Thorold, Ontario for a show at the Moose & Goose.

2014: Punch Drunk Cabaret is in Grande Prairie, Alberta for a show at Better Than Fred’s.

2014: One Bad Son release their BLACK BUFFALO album.

2015: Doucette is in Penticton, BC for a show at The Dream Cafe.

2015: School Damage, BOIDS, Talk Show Host, and Astrocytes all take the stage in Toronto at The Cavern.

2016: Headpins announce Katrina Lawrence will be the one to take over from Darby Mills as the new singer.

2016: Poppa Dawg Halisheff is at The Blarney Stone in Kelowna, BC for Bluesday Tuesday.

2017: Pembroke, Ontario is in a festive mood, as John McDermott brings his family to town for a Christmas show at Festival Hall.

2018: Tom Stephen, one time drummer for Jeff Healey releases the book, “Best Seat In The House,” his story of life working and life with the band.

2018: Avikari release their latest single, the instrumental “Timeless.”

2021: The Arkells  headline the 108th Grey Cup halftime show in Hamilton, Ontario 

2019: A private member’s bill first introduced two years earlier is passed in the Ontario Legislature, tacking Gord Downie’s name to the Poet Laureate of Ontario Act position.