December 25 – Freed Xmas, Clarke & Byrd, Gorillaz

1958

For the second year in a row, rock’n’roll radio DJ Alan Freed puts up a big multi-day rock show in New York, the Christmas Jubilee of Stars.

Seventeen acts are heard including Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Ritchie Valens, Johnnie Ray & The Moonglows.

1965

Brit beat band The Dave Clark Five get their first and only US#1 with songwriter, singer Robert James Byrd’s song Over and Over.

But they compiled a long string of US chart hits. “They were reported as having a ‘cleaner’ image than The Beatles” (translates into ‘for teenyboppers’).

Robert Byrd, aka ‘Bobby Day’

Earlier in 1958, Byrd had released the song himself as Bobby Day; it made US#41 as the B-side to US#2 Rockin’ Robin, a Jimmie Thomas song.

Day had been the original ‘Bob’ in Bob & Earl (recording Harlem Shuffle). Another Day hit song is Little Bitty Pretty One, a US#6 hit for Thurston Harris and the Sharps in 1957.

The Sharps would become The Rivingtons, who had a 1960 hit with Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow. It was the basis for 1963 The Trashmen hit Surfin’ Bird — and lots of following covers and morphs, like 2010 Rob Zombie song ‘Burn’.

2010

English duo, virtual band Gorillaz release The Fall.

Including several guest artists, released only on their website to fans, the album is entirely recorded with software on Damon Albarn‘s iPad. It’s released on disc on April 18, 2011.

Comic artist Jamie Hewlett co-created the comic Tank Girl. Their first full-length was released Mar. 26, 2001 on Parlophone.

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