Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1947 and 2005.
On this day in 1947 Tom Scholz, future musician and founder of the band Boston, is born.
On this day in 1955 RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard magazine announcing Elvis Presley as the "new singing rage" as a way of boasting about their signing him to a contract.
On this day in 1963 Jeff Ament future bassist for Pearl Jam is born.
On this day in 1972 America's self-titled premiere platter goes gold.
On this day in 1976 The Four Seasons' “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” climbs to number one in the US.
On this day in 1979 Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” disco dances its way to the top to number one in the US.
On this day in 1997 the legendary performer LaVern Baker dies at the age of 67.
On this day in 2005 singer Michael Jackson, on trial for child molestation, shows up to court an hour late and in his pajamas. He appears sickly and frail during most of the ordeal. Also on this day Danny Joe Brown lead singer of Molly Hatchet dies at the age of 53.