December 10 Rock And Roll History
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On this day in 1965, an 18-year-old David Bowie recorded "Can't Help Thinking About Me" in London. The song was released as a single, credited to David Bowie with The Lower Third, and it was the first time the last name "Bowie" was associated with the singer. It was also the first record of his to be released in the U.S.
In 1975, "The Who by Numbers," featuring the single "Squeeze Box," went gold. The single peaked at #10 on the U.K. singles chart, as well as #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1983, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's "Say Say Say" went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart for the first of six weeks. It was Jackson's 10th #1 and McCartney's 29th.
In 1998, Bruce Springsteen won the right to ban an album of his earlier songs. The singer was in a copyright dispute with a former manager, and the lawsuit ended up costing him $2 million.
Also in 1998, a recording of a Beatles concert from 1963 sold for £25,300 (the equivalent of $41,500) at an auction in London. It was recorded by a sound technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth. At the same auction, a set of autographs from the original five Beatles, received by a fan in Liverpool in 1961, was sold for £5,195 ($8,500).
And in 2015, Janis Joplin's 1965 Porsche was sold for $1.76 million at Sotheby's car auction in New York City. The predicted sale amount had been between $400,000 and $600,000.