December 9 in Music History – The Beatles, Cream, The Doors

In 1961 – The Beatles agent Sam Leach attempted to introduce the group to London agents by promoting a show at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, England. The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended, (local newspaper, The Aldershot News, failed to publish the advertisement for the show). However, the band and friends had their own fun after the show, including a mock funeral for Paul McCartney

In 1966 – Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album ‘Fresh Cream’ in the UK. The three-piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker also released their second single ‘I Feel Free’ on the same day.
In 1967 – The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18-year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument, the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
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