Music History for

December 23


1689 - Composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was born.

1709 - Composer Jean-Noel Hamal was born.

1959 - Chuck Berry was arrested for transporting a minor across a state line for an immoral purpose.

1959 - The Drifters recorded "This Magic Moment."

1964 - Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) suffered a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The event led Wilson to stop touring with the group. 1964 - The Beach Boys made their first appearance on "Shingdig!" The show had been taped on December 14.

1966 - The final show of BBC-TV's "Ready Steady Go!" was aired with The Who as special guest.

1972 - John Lennon's film "Imagine" premiered on national TV.

1974 - George Harrison released a holiday single "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" in the U.S.

1977 - Cat Stevens converted to Islam. He later changed his name to Yusuf Islam.

1991 - James Brown sued the producers of the movie "The Commitments." Brown claimed that one of the characters too closely resembled him. He lost the case.