Saturday, December 9, 2017
Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested onstage at The New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut. Apparently before the show started Morrison got into an argument with a policeman … who then maced the singer! (The story goes that the cop found Morrison backstage making out with an 18-year-old girl in the shower and, after an argument, maced the singer in the face.) During the concert, while singing "Back Door Man", Morrison proceeded to tell the audience about the incident and began taunting the police from the stage, at which point the police turned on the house lights and arrested Morrison for "breach of peace" and resisting arrest. (Well, at least he kept his pants on for this one! Then again I can't speak as to the nature of his dress in the shower!) The crowd began to riot once the concert was stopped and many were taken into custody. Later that night more than a hundred protestors gathered at the police station gathered to demonstrate, which resulted in even more arrests.
Monkees sales continue to go through the roof. This week, Billboard Magazine is reporting that album sales are now approaching fifteen million and singles have just passed ten million. Unreal. (What a year!)
This evening Michael Nesmith is in the studio recording "Circle Sky", long a fan favorite, for the "Head" soundtrack. Once again he is the only Monkee present at the session. He'll add overdubs on the 17th and then wrap it up for good in January.
Glen Campbell (who played on his fair share of Monkees tracks this year!) appears on "American Bandstand" to perform his first big pop solo hit, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix".
United States First Daughter Lynda Bird Johnson married Marine Corps Captain Charles S. Robb in the East Room of the White House. Robb went on to become Lieutenant Governor and the Governor of Virginia. He also served two terms as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. They had three daughters together. Lynda is currently the oldest living child of a U.S. President.