Back in the Day : Brooklyn Music Milestones-December, 2015
Dec. 8, 1999: Jay Z is named Top Rap Artist at the 10th annual Billboard Music Awards Two years later Fiesta, his collaboration with R Kelly, winds the award for Top R&B Song
Dec. 10-11, 1982: Although his most recent album, 1981’s Power of Love, failed to click commercially, Arlo Guthrie remains a popular draw, playing a two-night stand at The Bottom Line.
Dec. 14, 1970: Multi-genre world music pioneers Mandrill are at Electric Ladyland studios recording the first tracks of their self-titled debut album. Long a favorite among musical connoisseurs over their four-decade career, the Grammy Award-winning Bedford-Stuyvesant-originating septet is also one of the most sampled groups among hip-hop’s elite artists.
Dec. 25, 1941: On his NBC radio show, Bing Crosby introduces the world to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. While working in sunny California, Berlin, who was Jewish, nostalgically recalled his experiences at friends’ and neighbors’ houses in Brooklyn during the holiday season. White Christmas has become the most-recorded Christmas song of all time and Crosby’s version remains the biggest-selling single ever.