Music History for

December 25


1583 - Composer Orlando Gibbons was born.

1818 - "Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria.

1959 - Richard Starkey, 18, who later would be known as Ringo Starr, received a drum set for Christmas.

1967 - Paul McCartney and Jane Asher become engaged, but they never married.

1977 - Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened.

1978 - Public Image Ltd. made its debut performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

1978 - Abba's pre-recorded appearance on BBCI-TV's "Mike Yarwood Christmas Show" aired in Britain.

1990 - James Brown gave his first concert performance in two years for soldiers of Ft. Jackson, SC. Brown was on a 4-day furlough from prison.

1995 - Singer Dean Martin died at the age of 78.

1996 - "The People vs. Larry Flynt," starring Courtney Love was released.