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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: December

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: December

Rock Birthdays
Dec. 1
Sandy Nelson (session drummer on such tunes as the Teddy Bears' 'To Know Him Is To Love Him,' he releases a string of Top 40 instrumental hits, including 'Teen Beat' at #4 in 1959) - 79
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 74
John Densmore (Doors, The Butts Band, Riders on the Storm, Tribaljazz) - 74
Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Trio of Doom, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Word of Mouth, solo + more) - b. 1951 - d. 9/27/87
Chris Poland (Megadeth, The Circle Jerks, Damn the Machine, Mumbo's Brain, OHM, OHMphrey, Dave Reffett) - 61
Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) - 53
Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down) - 47
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (The Mars Volta, Jack White + more) - b. 1974 - d. 10/14/14
Brad Delson “Big Bad Brad” (Linkin Park) - 41

Dec. 2
Dr. Peter Carl Goldmark (Engineer for Columbia Records - Inventor of the long-playing microgroove 33 1/3 rpm photograph disc, also developed field-sequential color technology for color television while at CBS, developed Highway Hi-Fi - a system designed to play 7-inch Lp records in automobiles, worked on the Electronic Video Recorder (EVR) + more, various career awards including the National Medal of Science - awarded to him by President Carter in 1977) - b. 1906 - d. 12/7/77
Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint, Manfreds, Paul Jones Blues) - 77
Ted Bluechel, Jr. (The Association) - 76
Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (Hanoi Rocks) - b. 1960 - d. 12/8/84
Rick Savage (Def Leppard) - 58
Chris Heilman (Shark Island, Tormé) -
Nate Mendel (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters) - 50
Donna Matthews (Elastica) - 47

Dec. 3
John Cale (Velvet Underground) - 76
John Wilson (Them) - 71
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, solo) - 70
Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Elvin Bishop Group) - 69
Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet, Southern Rock Allstars, Gator Country) - b. 1952 - d. 6/19/06
Chris Kimsey (Producer/Engineer/Mixer: Many Rolling Stones albums, worked with Peter Frampton, Marillion, The Psychedelic Furs, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Ten Years After, Soul Asylum, Duran Duran, Yes, ABWH, INXS, Golden Earring + more) - 67
Don Barnes (38 Special) - 66
Richard Black (Sharks, Shark Island, Contraband) -
Tal Wilkenfeld (solo, performed and recorded with: Herbie Hancock, Jackson Browne, Trevor Rabin, Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Ryan Adams, Macy Gray, Wayne Krantz, David Gilmour, The Allman Brothers Band, Toto and more) - 32

Dec. 4
Bob Mosley (Moby Grape, solo) - 76
Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) - b. 1944 - 12/28/83
Chris Hillman (Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, The Hillmen, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther Hillman Furay Band, McGuinn Clark and Hillman, Desert Rose Band, Herb Pedersen, Tony Rice, Larry Rice, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen Desert Rose Band, solo) - 74
Southside Johnny - born John Lyon (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) - 70
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Rossington Band) - 67
Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) - 59
Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes) - 52
Dave Beste (Rival Sons) -

Dec. 5
Sonny Boy Williamson II (American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. He used various names, including Rice Miller and Little Boy Blue, before calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson. Van Morrison, The Who The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues and many blues and rock artists have recorded his songs) He claims he was born in 1912, but his headstone (erected 12 years after his death) reads March 11, 1908 - b. 1912 - d. 5/25/65
Little Richard - 86
J.J. Cale - b. 1938 - d . 7/26/13
Eduardo Delgado (? & The Mysterians) - 73
Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina, Poco, Buffalo Springfield) - 71
Rick Wills (Foreigner, Small Faces, Bad Company, David Gilmour, Cochise, Joker's Wild, Roxy Music, Roger Daltrey, The Jones Gang, Peter Frampton) - 71`
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown, solo) - 71
Mark Boals (Savoy Brown, Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billionaires Boys Club, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, Seven the Hardway, Dokken, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 60
Jack Russell (Great White) - 58
Bobby Barth (Wakefield, Babyface, Axe, Blackfoot) - 56
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) - 53
Glen Graham (Blind Melon) - 50
Todd Kerns (Sin City Sinners, The Age of Electric, Static In Stereo, Slash, Torque + more) - 49

Dec. 6
Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) - b. 12/5/43 - d. 2/28/08
Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) b. 1956 - 3/19/82
Peter Buck (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods) - 62
Jeff Blando (Left For Dead, Saigon Kick, Slaughter, Vince Neil, others) - 54
Nita Strauss (Iron Maidens, Alice Cooper) - 32

Dec. 7
Harry Chapin - b. 1942 - d. 7/18/81
Tom Waits - 69
Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) - 60
Dennis Chick (VVSI, House of Lords, Freak of Nature) -

Dec. 8
Bobby Elliott (The Hollies + more) - 77
Jim Morrison (Doors) - b. 1943 - d. 7/3/71
Mike Botts (Bread, Linda Ronstadt, Bill Medley, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold + more) - b. 1944 - d. 12/9/05
Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter group, 3V, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 3/22/94
Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band, The Hour Glass, Gregg Allman Band, The Allman Joys, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 5/27/17
Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant) - 69
Warren Cuccurullo (Frank Zappa, Missing Persobs, Duran Duran) - 62
Phil Collen (Girl, Def Leppard, Manraze, Delta Deep) - 61
Johnny Rod (W.A.S.P., King Kobra) - 61
Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony, Hawaii, Shout, solo) - 56
Athena Lee (Hardly Dangerous, Butt Trumpet, KrunK, Femme Fatale - sister of Tommy Lee, cast member of the reality TV series 'Ex Wives of Rock) - 54
Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) - 46
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - 45

Dec. 9
Junior Wells (a big star of Chicago Blues, and he later enjoyed a long partnership with Buddy Guy) - b. 1934 - d. 1/15/98
Dan Hicks (Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks) - b. 1941 - d. 2/6/16
Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Composed music for Monty Python's Flying Circus wrote and performed The Rutles a TV spoof on The Beatles) - 74
Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) - 72
Joan Armatrading - 68
Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) - 64
Rikk Agnew (Adolescents, Social Distortion, Christian Death) - 60
Michael Foster (Firehouse) - 54
Paul Landers‬ (‎Rammstein) - 54 ‬
Brian Bell (Space Twins, The Relationship, Weezer) - 50
Jacob Dylan (The Wallflowers, solo) - 49
Tre Cool - Frank Edwin Wright III (Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam) - 46

Dec. 10
John Hammond (Producer, A&R scout, music critic, civil rights activist. One of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. Worked with and helped build the careers Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaghan, Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Leonard Cohen, George Benson, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. Largely responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music.) - b. 1910 - d. 7/10/87
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones (New Orleans blues guitar player from the 1940s and 1950s best known for the million-selling song ‘The Things That I Used to Do’, a song that is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.) - b. 1926 - d. 2/7/59
Ace Kefford (The Move, solo) - 72
Brendan Harkin (Starz) - 70
Wolf Hoffman (Accept) - 59
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, Heavy Blanket, solo) - 53
Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) - 47
Meg White (The White Stripes) - 44

Dec. 11
Big Mama Thornton - b. 1926 - d. 7/25/84
David Gates (Bread, solo) - 78
Chester Thompson (Santana, Zappa, Weather Report, Air Pocket, Genesis, solo + more) - 70
Stevie Young (AC/DC) - 62
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - 61
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx:A.M., Brides of Destruction, 58, London, Sister) - 60
Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) - 57
Justin Currie (Del Amitri, solo) - 54
Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, The Stockholm Syndrome, J Mascis and the Fog, Gov't Mule, others) - 54
Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) - 37
John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) - 34

Dec. 12
Reggie Young (American musician who was lead guitarist in the American Sound Studios Band (a.k.a. The Memphis Boys), and is a leading session musician. He played on various recordings with artists such as Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas, John Prine, Dusty Springfield, Herbie Mann, J.J. Cale, Dionne Warwick, Roy Hamilton, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, the Box Tops, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Joey Tempest, George Strait, and The Highwaymen) - 82
Terry Kirkman (Association) - 79
Dicky Betts (The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dickey Betts Band) - 75
Paul Harris (Stephen Stills, B. B. King, Judy Collins, Al Kooper, ABBA, Eric Andersen, Rick Derringer, Nick Drake, John Sebastian, Joe Walsh, Seals & Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Manassas, Souther Hillman Furay Band) - 74
Michael Lang (Woodstock promoter) - 74
Rob Tyner (Rob Tyner Band, MC5) - b. 1944 - d. 9/17/91
Dave Meniketti (Y&T) - 65
Bruce Kulick (Billy Squier, Blackjack, Kiss, Union, Eric Singer Project, Daniel McCartney, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, Lordi) - 65
Dan Baird (Homemade Sin, The Georgia Satellites, The Yayhoos) - 65
Cy Curnin (The Fixx, solo) - 61
Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) - 55
Dan Hawkins‬ (The Darkness‬) - 42

Dec. 13
Robert Martinez (? & the Mysterians) - 73
Irving Azoff (manager for The Eagles, Steely Dan, & Van Halen) - 71
Chuck Findley (Tonight Show Band, B. B. King, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Toto, Pat Boone, Christopher Cross, Jaco Pastorius, James Last, Lee Ritenour, Jackson Browne, George Benson, George Harrison, Elton John, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Tina Turner, Al Jarreau, Sarah Vaughan, Narada Michael Walden, Buddy Rich, others) - 71
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, Ultimate Spinach, Holy Modal Rounders, Willy DeVille, Bryan Adams, Hoyt Axton, Eric Clapton, Gene Clark, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Weisberg, Joni Mitchell, Rick Nelson, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Gene Simmons, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Vera and the Beaters, The Best) - 70
David "Davy" O'List (Roxy Music, The Nice) - 70
Ted Nugent (Damnocracy, The Amboy Dukes, solo, Damn Yankees) – 70
Tom Verlaine (Television, Neon Boys, solo) - 69
Berton Averre (The Knack) - 65
Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) - b. 1953 - d. 2/7/18
Dana Strum (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Slaughter, Vince Neil) - 60
Robb Rivera‬ (Nonpoint‬) - 49
Joel Hoekstra‬ (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, solo) - 48
Danny Lohner (Worked with Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem) - 48
Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) - 44
Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Box Car Racer) - 43
Amy Lee (Evanescence) - 37

Dec. 14
Johnny Moore (The Drifters) - b. 1934 - d. 12/30/98
Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, The Frost, Bossmen, Ursa Major, has played lead guitar or written songs for Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Burton Cummings, KISS, Meat Loaf, Steve Perry, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard + many more) - b. 1942 - d. 7/30/14
Lester Bangs (music journalist, critic, author, and musician. He wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines and was known for his leading influence in rock music criticism; The music critic Jim DeRogatis called him "America's greatest rock critic") - b. 1948 - 4/30/82
Cliff Williams (AC/DC, Homes, Bandit + more) - 69
Mike Scott (The Waterboys, Another Pretty Face, DNV, Funhouse, solo) - 60
C.J. Snare (Firehouse) - 54
Matt Deis (All That Remains) - 35

Dec. 15
Alan Freed - b. 1921 - d. 1/20/65
Max Yasgur (Owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., site of Woodstock Festival 1969) - b. 1919 - d. 2/8/73
Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) - 76
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogart & Appice, Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Ted Nugent, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mother's Army, Travers & Appice, KGB, Ozzy Osbourne, MSG, Pappo, Paul Stanley, Marty Friedman, DBA, Hear 'n Aid, solo, Rated X) - 72
Paul Simonon (Clash, Havana 3am, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz) - 63
Tim Gaines (Stormer, Stryper) - 56

Dec. 16
Tony Hicks (The Hollies) - 73
Billy Gibbons (The Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top) - 69
Robben Ford (Discovering the Blues, Charles Ford Band, Yellowjackets, Gregg Allman Band, L.A. Express, others, solo) - 67
Chris Howarth (In This Moment) - 48
Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, Unified Theory, Sonny Boy Thorn, AWOLNATION + more) - 40

Dec. 17
James Booker (Jerry Garcia Band, sessions, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 11/8/83
Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Savages, Cyril Davies' All Stars, The Flower Pot Men + more) - b. 1938 - d. 8/6/05
Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations) - b. 1939 - d. 10/5/92
Paul Butterfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) - b. 1942 - d. 5/4/87
Ron Geesin (composer, orchestrator, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, The Original Downtown Syncopators + more) - 75
Jim Hodder (Steely Dan, sessionist) - b. 1947 - d. 6/5/90
Jim Bonfanti (Raspberries, Dynamite) - 70
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers, solo) - 69
Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley, The Wailers, Upsetters) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/87
Mark Simon (Grim Reaper) - 62
Earl Hudson (Bad Brains) - 61
Mike Mills (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Backbeat Band, Automatic Baby) - 60
Bob Stinson (The Replacements) - b. 1959 - d. 2/18/95
David "Ginger" Walls aka Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe Band, solo) - 54
Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock (Sugar Ray) - 46
Sam Loeffler (Chevelle) - 44
Maria Brink (In This Moment) - 41
Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace, others) - 40
Ryan Key (Yellowcard, Bothers) - 39

Dec. 18
Allen Klein (Record industry executive, music publisher, manager for Rolling Stones, Beatles & Sam Cooke, ABKCO label founder) - b. 1931 - d. 7/4/09
Lonnie Brooks (blues guitarist, singer) - b. 1933 - d. 4/1/17
Bryan "Chas" Chandler (The Animals, producer) - b. 1938 - d. 7/17/96
Sam Andrew (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, Sam Andrew Band) - 77
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac, The New Barbarians, The X-Pensive Winos, solo) - 75
Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Ely, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, Leon Russell, Plastic Ono Band, Harry Nilsson) - b. 1943 - d. 12/2/14
Randy Castillo (The Offenders, Lita Ford, Stone Fury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bone Angels, Red Square Black, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Motley Crue) - b. 1950 - d. 3/26/02
Elliot Easton (The Cars, The Empty Hearts, The New Cars, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, solo) - 65
Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Dawn Road, Electric Sun, Sky Of Avalon, G3) - 64
John Webster (Red Rider) - 61
Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax, Pride & Glory, Steven Pearcy, Burning Star, Lynyrd Skynhead) - 55
‎Mille Petrozza‬ (‎Kreator‬) - 51
Roman Glick‬ (Brother Cane, Jackyl, Slave to the System‬) - 48
‪Raymond Herrera‬ (Fear Factory) - 46
DJ Lethal / Leor Dimant (Limp Bizkit) - 46

Dec. 19
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After, The Jaybirds, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 3/6/13
Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) - b. 1944 - d. 12/13/02
John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo, played or recorded with: Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Jerry Garcia, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Phish, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel and more) - 72
Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Phil Lynott, The Babys, Wild Horses, Gary Moore, Dio, Hear 'n Aid + more) - b. 1947 - d. 1/23/16
Doug Johnson (Loverboy) - 61
Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) - 51
Kevin Shepard (Tonic) - 50

Dec. 20
Larry Willis (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jazz great) - 78
Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears + more) - 74
Peter Criss (Wicked Lester, Chelsea, KISS, solo) - 73
Stevie Wright (The Easybeats) - b. 1948 - d. 12/27/15
Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project, Producer, Engineer) - 70
Guy Babylon (Elton John) - b. 1956 - d. 9/2/09
Mike Watt (Minutemen, Dos, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Banyan, solo) - 61
Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Dweezil, Steve Vai, Metropole Orkest, Beer for Dolphins, The Mike Keneally Band, The Mistakes, Marco Minnemann, KMB, Joe Satriani) - 57
Ray Coburn (Honeymoon Suite) - 56
Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, New Earth Mud, Phil Lesh and Friends, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, solo) - 52

Dec. 21
Frank Zappa (Mothers of Invention) - b. 1940 - d. 12/4/93
Albert Lee (Heads Hands & Feet, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes, solo) - 75
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) - b. 1946 - d. 2/6/98
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 67
Patrick Murphy (The Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr.) - 54
Gabby Glaser (Luscious Jackson) - 53
Brett Scallions (Fuel) - 47
Steve Mazur (Our Lady Peace) - 41
Shaun Morgan (Seether) - 40

Dec. 22
Ernest "Barry" Jenkins (Eric Burton & The Animals) - 74
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) - 72
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage) - 54

Dec. 23
Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - 78
Duster Bennett (Alexis Korner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King) - b. 1946 - d. 3/26/76
Harry Shearer/Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap, actor, voices a number of characters on The Simpsons, including Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders, radio host + more) - 75
Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly) - 73
Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) (Mott The Hoople, Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel, Widowmaker, The V.I.P.'s, solo) - 72
Ray Tabano (founding member of Aerosmith. Tabano was a childhood friend of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and was in Steven's first band, The Strangeurs. Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford in Aerosmith in 1971.) - 72
Graham Bonnet (The Marbles, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Anthem, solo) - 71
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, The Bears, Tori Amos, solo) - 69
Doug Stegmeyer (Billy Joel, Hall and Oates, The Carpenters + more) - b. 1951 - d. 8/25/95
Anthony Phillips (Genesis, Mike Rutherford, Camel, solo) - 67
Dave Murray (Urchin, Iron Maiden) - 62
Munetaka Higuchi (Loudness) - b. 1958 - d. 11/30/08
Sass Jordan (solo, Something Unto Nothing, actress + more) - 56
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam, Bad Radio, Temple of the Dog, Hovercraft) - 54
Nick Harmer (Death Cab For Cutie) - 43

Dec. 24
Lemmy Kilmister (Hawkwind, Motorhead) - b. 12/24/45- d. 12/28/15
Jan Akkerman (Focus, Johnny and The Cellar Rockers, The Hunters, Brainbox, solo) - 71
Brent Doerner‬ (Helix) -
Neil Turbin (Anthrax, DeathRiders, Bleed The Hunger) - 55
Millard Powers (Counting Crows, The Semantics, Majosha, Ben Folds) - 53
Doyle Bramhall II (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Arc Angels, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters) - 50

Dec. 25
Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine (Canned Heat, Mothers of Invention + more) - b. 1944 - d. 10/20/97
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fat Mattress) - b. 1945 - d. 5/11/03
Jimmy Buffet – 80
Merry Clayton (The Raelettes, The Rolling Stones, Sisters Love, solo + more) - 70
Alannah Myles - 59
Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Dare) - 56
Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) - 47
Stix Zadinia (The Thornbirds, Steel Panther) - 46
Josh Freese (Vandals, Devo, Viva Death, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) - 46

Dec. 26
Phil Spector (songwriter, record producer) - 79
Les Maguire (Gerry & the Pacemakers, Hog Owl) - 77
Bob Carpenter (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) - 72
Paul Quinn (Saxon) - 67
Steve Witherington (Ace) - 65
James Kottak (Kingdom Come, Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Warrant) - 56
Lars Ulrich (Metallica) - 55
J / Jay Noel Yuenger (Rights of the Accused, Ruined Eye, White Zombie) - 52
Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) - 52
Peter Klett (Candlebox) - 49
James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells) - 48
Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars, actor) - 47
Zach Blair (Hagfish, Gwar, Rise Against) - 45
Chris Daughtry (Cadence, Daughtry, Absent Element) - 39
Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) - 28

Dec. 27
Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) - b. 1931 - d. 6/28/16
Mike Pinder (El Riot and the Rebels, Krew Kats, The Moody Blues) - 77
Les Maguire (Gerry And The Pacemakers) - 77
Peter Sinfield (King Crimson, ELP, Roxy Music, PFM, solo) - 75
Mick Jones (Foreigner, Wonderwheel, Leslie West Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Spooky Tooth, sessions) - 74
Neil Merryweather (The Just Us, The Tripp, Mynah Birds, Bruce Cockburn's Flying Circus, Merryweather, solo, has recorded and performed with musicians including Steve Miller, Dave Mason, Lita Ford, Billy Joel, Rick James and Wilson Picket, solo) - 73
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group, Jim Carroll Band, Lenny Kaye Connection, others) - 72
Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf, Ratchell) - 70
Martin Birch (Producer/engineer for Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Deep Purple, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Cozy Powell, Wishbone Ash, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Michael Schenker Group + many more_ - 70
Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, HoBoLeMa, Jeff Beck, Korn, Fantômas, Debbie Harry + more) - 68
Gary Shea (Alcatrazz, TALK, New England) - 68
David Knopfler (Dire Straits, solo) - 66
Rik Fox (Steeler, Surgical Steel, SIN) - 63
Jerry Gaskill (King's X, Galactic Cowboys, solo) - 61
Niclas Engelin (In Flames) - 46
Scott Holiday (Rival Sons) -
Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat) - 36
Chris Rorland (Sabaton) - 32
Hayley Williams (Paramore) - 30

Dec. 28
Johnny Otis (singer, musician, composer, arranger, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, television show host, artist, author, journalist, minister, and impresario - He was a seminal influence on American R&B and rock and roll. He discovered numerous artists early in their careers who went on to become highly successful in their own right, including Little Esther Phillips, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Hank Ballard, and The Robins (who eventually changed their name to The Coasters), among many others. Otis has become widely synonymous with being known as the original "King of Rock and Roll" and the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues") - b. 1921 - d. 1/17/12
Young Jessie (The Coasters, wrote and recorded the single 'Mary Lou,' later covered by Ronnie Hawkins, Steve Miller Band, Bob Seger, Gene Clark and Frank Zappa) - 81
Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 72
Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, The Outlaws, Heads Hands & Feet) - 71
Dick Diamonde (The Easybeats) - 71
Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star) - b. 1950 - d. 3/17/10
Hugh McDonald (Bass; Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, sessions including Cher, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Lita Ford, Michael Bolton, David Bromberg Band, David Bromberg, The Big Dogs + more) - 67
Rik Fox (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P, Steeler, SIN, Thunderball, Surgical Steel, Burn, Hellion) - 63
Paul Wagstaff (Black Grape)- 54
Matt Jp Walst (My Darkest Days) -
Parker Lundgren (Queensryche) - 32

Dec. 29
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (Memphis Slim, Howlin' Wolf, The Blues Brothers) - b. 1929 - d. 6/15/18
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) - 77
Rick Danko (The Band, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 12/10/99
Bill Aucoin (Band Manager: KISS, Piper, New vEngland, Manowar, Gen X, Billy Idol, Starz, Tantric + many more) - b. 1943 - d. 6/28/10
Marianne Faithfull (Singer, songwriter, Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones, solo) - 72
Cozy Powell (Bedlam, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Micheal Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Blue Murder, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, The Brian May Band, Suzi Quatro, Peter Green Splinter Group, Yngwie Malmsteen, Thin Lizzy, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 4/5/98
Neil Giraldo (Derringer, Pat Benatar) - 63
Dexter Holland (Clowns of Death, The Offspring) - 53
Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, Damnocracy, Attika7, The Spyderz) - 51
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Vasco Rossi, Sixx: A.M., Beautiful Creatures, Impellitteri, SX-10, Gary Hoey, Jennifer Batten, Tony MacAlpine) - 48
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, Plover, solo) - 48

Dec. 30
Bo Diddley - b. 1928 - d. 6/2/08
Del Shannon - b. 1934 - d. 2/8/90
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) - 81
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) - b. 1939 - d. 4/17/83
Kenny Penifallo (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) - 79
Robert Quine (Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Marianne Faithfull, Lloyd Cole, Tom Waits, Matthew Sweet, Odds, Jody Harris +more) - b. 1942 - d. 5/31/04
Mike Nesmith (The Monkees, First National Band, solo) - 76
Davy Jones (The Monkees) - b. 1945 - d. 2/29/12
Patti Smith - 72
Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower, Jude, Aviator, Jeff Pain (aka Dicken, formerly of the UK band Mr Big), Jack Bruce, Gordon Giltrap, Anna Ryder, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Steve Hillage, Vikki Clayton, Solstice, Glenn Hughes, Jerry Donahue, solo) - 72
Jeff Lynne (The Move, The Idle Race, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, solo, Producer) - 71
Bruce Fairbairn (Musician, Record producer: Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Poison, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS, Yes and more) - b. 1949 - d. 5/17/99
Joe Hasselvander‬ (Pentagram, The Boyz, Raven‬) - 62
Tommy Clufetos (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) - 39

Dec. 31
Pete Quaife (Kinks) - b. 1943 - d. 6/23/10
Andy Summers (Police, solo) - 76
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who, The Carpet Frogs, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 71
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) - 67
Alan St. Jon (Billy Squier, Alice Cooper, Cher, The John Entwistle Band, Steve Forbert, Leslie West, Twisted Sister, Ted Nugent, others, solo) -
Paul Westerberg (Replacements, Grandpaboy, solo) - 59
Scott Ian / Scott Ian Rosenfeld (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl, The Damned Things) - 55
Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly, The Used) - 39
Sean Kelly (Helix, Crash Kelly, Author of .Metal On Ice. book) - 36

Today In Rock
Dec. 1
1956: One of the first Rock movies, 'The Girl Can't Help It,' opens in America. Featuring performances by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters and Fats Domino, the film starred Jayne Mansfield as an aspiring singer.
1956: After leading the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for 15 weeks, Elvis Presley is finally knocked out of the #1 spot by Guy Mitchell's 'Singing The Blues.' Elvis had topped the list with 'Hound Dog' (4 weeks), 'Don't Be Cruel' (6 weeks) and 'Love Me Tender' (5 weeks).
1957: Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ('That'll Be the Day'), Sam Cooke ('You Send Me'), and the Rays.
1958: Life magazine becomes the first major publication to print the phrase "teen idol" when they use it to describe their cover subject, Ricky Nelson.
1958: The Phil Spector written 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' was the #1 song in the US for The Teddy Bears. The trio consisted of Spector along with two friends, Marshall Leib and Annette Kleinbard.
1959: Chuck Berry meets a young lady named Janice Escalante in Juarez, Mexico (his band has a show in El Paso that night). After learning she is a runaway, Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant. She's just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting minors across state lines. He would be arrested and serve 20 months in jail.
1960: Bobby Darin took time out from his busy recording schedule to marry actress Sandra Dee. Bobby had put four songs on the singles chart that year, including 'Beyond the Sea' (#6), "Clementine" (#21), 'Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey' (#19) and 'Artificial Flowers' (#20). The couple would divorce in early 1967.
1961: The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961 - 1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom 27 times.
1964: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.
1964: The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60's such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
1965: During a North America tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1966: The Mamas and The Papas' 'Cass, John, Michelle and Denny' album is certified gold.
1966: Jimi Hendrix signed an exclusive management deal for four years with Mike Jeffrey, Kit Lambert & Chris Stamp’s Yameta Company.
1967: The 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Outer Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: ‘Hendrix opened his act with the Beatles’ number Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. Once upon a time this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze' and The Troggs’ 'Wild Thing.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix's 2nd studio album, 'Axis: Bold as Love' is released in the UK (Jan. 15, 1968 in the U.S.). It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#3) and Top R&B LP's (#6) charts, and reached #5 in the UK. In 2003, the album was ranked #82 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1967: The Who end their first headlining tour of the US, playing the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York. Vanilla Fudge is the supporting act.
1968: Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother &the Holding Company, at a Family Dog show in San Francisco.
1968: The Monkees released the soundtrack album to their movie, 'Head.' It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was The Monkees' last album to feature Peter Tork until 1987's 'Pool It!' and the last to feature all four Monkees until 1996's 'Justus.'
1968: The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label,
1969: George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn up at London’s Royal Albert Hall to watch Delaney & Bonnie perform with Eric Clapton.
1971: John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir's 'Happy Xmas(War is Over)' b/w "Listen, the Snow Is Falling' 45 single is released.
1971: Yes appeared at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.
1972: Pink Floyd performs at the Centre Sportif, in Ile Des Vannes, St. Ouen, Paris. The show was broadcast live by RTL Radio.
1972: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' is released in the US where it will reach #1. The tune causes much speculation about who Carly was singing about, with popular guesses that included Mick Jagger (who sang unaccredited backing vocals on the song), Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson (with whom she had had brief relationships), her unfaithful fiance William Donaldson, and her ex-husband, James Taylor. At one point, Carly said she was singing about a composite of many men she had known, but later claimed that the song was about openly gay record producer David Geffen.
1972: Paul McCartney/Wings 'Hi, Hi, Hi' b/w 'C Moon' 45 single is released in the UK. The single peaked at #5 in the U.K. and at #10 in the United States in January 1973. The song became a staple of Wings' live shows in the 1970's. In the UK, the song was banned by the BBC for its sexually suggestive lyrics. The BBC also assumed that the title phrase, "We're gonna get hi, hi, hi" was a drug reference. The specific lyrics objected to is the apparent phrase "get you ready for my body gun"; McCartney has said that the correct lyrics are "get you ready for my polygon", an abstract image, and later said, "The BBC got some of the words wrong. But I suppose it is a bit of a dirty song if sex is dirty and naughty. I was in a sensuous mood in Spain when I wrote it."
1972: Gentle Giant released their 4th album, 'Octopus.'
1973: Aerosmith's 'Dream On' only makes it to #59 on the pop chart. When it's re-released three years later it lands in the Top 10, peaking at #6.
1973: Black Sabbath's 5th studio album, 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The band also released the title track as a single the same day.
1974: Genesis performed at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1975: Black Sabbath 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll' compilation album was released.
1975: The 5th album from Styx, 'Equinox' was released. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the Billboard Hot 100 single, 'Lorelei,' which reached #27.
1975: AC/DC released the album 'T.N.T.' in Australia.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV's live early evening 'Today' show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: 'You dirty dirty fucker...what a fucking rotter!' The result was the Sex Pistols being banned in several British cities.
1977: During a North American tour Queen appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Rush played at the Montreal Forum.
1977: Aerosmith release their 5th studio album, 'Draw the Line.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1977: Billy Joel's 'The Stranger' peaks at #2. It's Joel's 5th album and contains a couple of his best known ballads ('Just The Way You Are' and 'She's Always A Woman') but also includes Rockers in 'Movin' Out' and 'Only The Good Die Young.'
1978: The Doobie Brothers 8th studio album, 'Minute by Minute' is released. It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features three Billboard Hot 100 charting singles - 'Dependin' on You' (#25), 'Minute by Minute' (#14 and Black Singles #74), and 'What a Fool Believes' (#1 and Black Singles #72), which also won a Grammy Award.
1978: Quiet Riot released the album 'Quiet Riot II' only in Japan. It was the last Quiet Riot album to feature Randy Rhoads, as he left the band the following year to join Ozzy Osbourne's band.‬
1979: U2 perform outside of Ireland for the first time, as they begin a series of London dates.
1979: Motorhead released their 6th single, 'Bomber.'
1979: The Police track 'Walking On The Moon,' is the #1 single in the U.K. It was written by Sting.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at Stanley Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: The Talking Heads kick-off their tour of the U.K. at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Support on this tour would come from U2.
1981: King Crimson appeared at The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1982: Aerosmith played at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1982: Judas Priest played Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM.
1983: Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album 'Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's shortest album.
1984: Billy Squier made his first and only appearance as a musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live.'
1986: Queen release their 2nd live album, 'Live Magic.'
1987: A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
1989: Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).
1989: Billy Lyall dies from AIDS. He was 36. Lyall was the keyboardist and vocalist of Pilot, who had the platinum single 'Magic.' He was also an early member of The Bay City Rollers and The Alan Parsons Project.
1989: Savatage released their album 'Gutter Ballet.'
1990: C.C. Deville of Poison spent six hours in jail after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in Louisville that night.
1991: Thinking there are 31 days in November, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell continues his hunting trip, causing the band to miss their next show opening for Van Halen in Memphis.
1991: The Band's self-titled sophomore album is certified a platinum selling album. It only took 22 years.
1992: Pearl Jam's 'Ten' album passes the 6 million sales mark.
1992: The Journey 'Time3' box set is released.
1992: Duran Duran release the single 'Ordinary World' earlier than planned after radio airplay creates a huge demand. The song reaches #3 in the US, their biggest hit there since 'Notorious' in 1986.
1993: Ray Gillen dies from AIDS in New York City. He was 34. Gillen replaced Glenn Hughes in Black Sabbath, choosing the band over an offer to play the lead role in Cats on Broadway, as he was a trained opera singer. But, he was only in the band for one year. He followed that stint with three albums for the group Badlands, with Jake E. Lee and Eric Singer.
1993: Elton John suffered a rare flop when his album 'Duets' failed to crack the top 25 on the US album chart. The effort, which featured Don Henley, Chris Rea, kd lang, Little Richard, Kiki Dee, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Raitt and Leonard Cohen, was received much better in the UK, topping out at #5.
1993: Pink Floyd held a press conference to announce their 1994 world tour, which proved to be the band’s last tour.
1993: Ramones released their 13th studio album, 'Acid Eaters.'
1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil & Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra performed a concert at the Show Box in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization summit.
2000: C. C. DeVille of Poison is arrested and jailed for seven hours after jumping on the hood of a car in Louisville, KY. He then proceeded to eat some roses. He is charged with alcohol intoxication and criminal mischief.
2005: Pearl Jam plays the first of two shows at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended the shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about the noise and mess. He later reverses his decision when the group complies with some ground rules. The shows mark Pearl Jam's Brazilian debut.
2005: The White Stripes are the first group to perform on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show.' “We’ve never had a musical performance on the show before — not because we haven’t wanted one — but because we were holding out for a reunited Spandau Ballet,” host John Stewart jokes in a statement. “This will have to suffice.”
2005: It's World AIDS Day. Bidding begins on Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica signed guitars for the LIFEbeat organization's Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction. There are also items from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, KoRn, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Coheed and Cambria, Hoobastank, Kid Rock, Sevendust, Zakk Wylde, My Chemical Romance, Guns N' Roses, Tool and U2.
2005: 'Memories Of John Lennon' is in bookstores. The 300-plus page book, compiled by Yoko, contains prose, poetry and drawings from Lennon's friends, associates and admirers, including the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, the Who's Pete Townshend, U2's Bono, Carlos Santana and Elton John.
2005: Rocky Horror Picture Show is entered into the National Film Registry.
2006: GQ magazine names Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson "Newlyweds of the Year," but by the time the issue hits newsstands, the couple are divorced.
2006: Paul McCartney admits he's been seeing a psychiatrist to help him get through his divorce from second wife, Heather Mills.
2006: An Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher came to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Lucky listener Ben Hayes won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig, with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.
2007: Killswitch Engage are the Act of the Year and Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year at the '07 Boston Music Awards. They do not attend. But Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton does and receives a Personal Achievement Award. The bassist is honored for his successful bout against cancer and his help in supporting the community.
2007: 3 Doors Down's fourth annual Better Life Foundation concert/auction is in Biloxi, MS. On the block are a custom 3 Doors Down Bourget motorcycle along with guitars autographed by 3DD's members, Chris Cornell, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether.
2007: A World AIDS Day benefit concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, features Peter Gabriel.
2008: U2, Elton John, the Police, Bob Dylan and R.E.M. contribute music to (RED)WIRE, a subscription-based music-download service launched in conjunction with U2 singer Bono's Product Red initiative. Funds raised combat HIV and AIDS in Africa.
2008: 'The Lennon Prophecy' is in bookstores. Joseph Niezgoda claims The Beatles' popularity and John Lennon's death were the result of a 20-year pack Lennon made with the devil in December of 1960 well before The Beatles were international stars. The author cites historical events and hidden messages (in songs, album art, etc.) as proof.
2009: Little Richard asked fans to pray for his speedy recovery after undergoing hip surgery at a Tennessee hospital. The 76-year-old Rock 'n' Roll pioneer asked family friend Rev. Bill Minson to tell fans "to get ready to rock 'n' roll with him in the new year because he's coming back strong."
2010: In recognition of World AIDS Day, Elton John is a guest editor for The Independent, a U.K. newspaper. "I'm pleased to get the chance to put the subject of AIDS at the top of the editorial agenda," says Elton in a statement. Proceeds from the day's circulation revenues benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Meanwhile, U2 frontman Bono says that the global recession is hampering efforts to combat AIDS. "In recessionary times, people have to tell their politicians this is important to them."
2010: Bon Jovi 'Greatest Hits' tops Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. The compilation also peaks at #24 on the Billboard 200 and at #3 on the Rock Albums chart.
2010: Sean Yseult's 'I'm In the Band: Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie' is out in paperback. Yseult was White Zombie's bassist.
2011: Opening bids are taken online by Gotta Have Rock And Roll for a to-do list written by John Lennon for May 22nd (the year is not specified). The list includes letting the cable man into his apartment to fix his HBO and getting books back from friends.
2013: Artist Martin Sharp, designer of the groundbreaking album covers for Cream's 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels Of Fire,' passes away from emphysema at his home in New South Wales, Australia. He also designed album covers and concert posters for Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the lyrics to Cream's 'Tales Of Brave Ulysses.' He was 71.
2013: Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.
2014: Phil Rudd of AC/DC pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Phil Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
2014: U2 Minus 1 (less Bono) perform in Times Square on World AIDS Day (RED) benefit. Because Bono is recuperating from a bicycle injury, Coldplay's Chris Martin ('Beautiful Day' and 'With Or Without You') and Bruce Springsteen ('Where The Streets Have No Name' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For') fill in. Former President Bill Clinton talks about the battle against AIDS and introduces the band.
2014: 'Megadeth - The Countdown To Extinction Auction' kicks off. Original stage back props, guitars, amps, apparel, set lists, lyrics, tour programs, and signed items are on the block.
2015: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is guest star on ABC's 'The Muppets.' Grohl appears as himself on the episode titled 'Going, Going, Gonzo.' He performs 'Learn To Fly' and challenges Animal to a drum-off.
2015: The bike U2's Bono was riding in 2014 when he was seriously injured in New York City's Central Park goes on the auction block as part of Shopathon, a campaign for his organization (RED), which raises money to battle AIDS. The auction coincides with World AIDS Day.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland, plays what turns out to be his last concert at Toronto's Adelaide Hall with his solo band The Wildabouts. The singer dies two days later.
2016: Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock designs a shoe, made in collaboration with L.A. vegan footwear company Keep, to help raise funds for Planned Parenthood.
2017: U2 release their 14th studio album, 'Songs Of Experience.' The release coincides with World Aids Day and is in conjunction with Project Red, an initiative set up by frontman Bono.

Dec. 2
1957: Al Priddy, a disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of 'White Christmas,' which the station has banned. Their program manager says it "desecrates the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent." The story makes national news, but it turns out to be a publicity stunt. Priddy was back on the air two weeks later, with the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ. As part of the stunt, Priddy recorded the GM calling in to "fire" him for playing the song and played the conversation on his show before he left.
1960: Elvis enlists the help of his father Vernon to try to convince Priscilla Beaulieu's father to let her spend the holidays at Graceland. Their efforts would succeed and a scheduled two week stay over Christmas would be extended to nearly a month.
1961: Elvis Presley fills in an automobile insurance form. He lists a 1950 Chevy one-ton truck, a pink 1955 Cadillac Sedan, a 1958 Harley-Davidson and a 1960 Rolls-Royce.
1961: 'Surfin', the first recording by The Beach Boys, gets its first ever play on KFWB Radio in Los Angeles.
1962: The Beatles appear as an opening act for Frank Ifield in Peterborough, England. While Ifield performed in his usual, calm, crooning style, The Beatles were pounding out loud Rock 'n' Roll, causing many in the crowd to demand that they "turn it down!"
1963: The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program 'The Morecambe and Wise Show.' The Beatles played ‘This Boy,' ‘All My Loving,' and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.
1966: David Bowie released 'Rubber Band,' his first single on the Deram label. It was part of a three-track audition tape Bowie's new manager Kenneth Pitt used to persuade the label to sign him. Despite some good reviews in the music press, the single was a flop, once more failing to break into the UK charts.
1966: Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' b/w 'The Trip' 45 single is released in the UK. The 'Sunshine Superman' single was released in the United States through Epic Records (Epic 5-10045) in July 1966, but due to a contractual dispute the United Kingdom release was delayed until December 1966, where it appeared on Donovan's previous label, Pye Records.
1967: The Monkees' 'Daydream Believer' hits #1 on the US charts.
1967: The Monkees' 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones' album hits #1. It was their 4th to sell over a million copies.
1967: Bill Wyman's 'In Another Land' b/w The Rolling Stones 'The Lantern' 45 single is released. It's the third track on The Rolling Stones album 'Their Satanic Majesties Request.' It was released as a single a week before the album and peaked at #87 on the United States pop chart.
1967: Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England.
1967: Small Faces 'Tin Soldier' b/w 'I Feel Much Better' 45 single is released in the UK.
1968: The Beach Boys 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain' b/w 'Never Learn Not To Love' 45 single is released. Written by Ersel Hickey, the song was covered by notable artists such as The Beach Boys and Ritchie Valens. The single peaked at #61 on the Billboard pop chart in the United States and at #33 in the United Kingdom and went to #9 in Holland. It reached #36 on the Record World national Top 40 and went into the top 20 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and Columbus. The B-Side of this single, 'Never Learn Not To Love' was written by notorious mass-murderer, Charles Manson. Dennis Wilson was friends with Manson for a brief period of time before the "Tate-LaBianca Murders" as they would later be referred to.
1968: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's 'Cruising with Ruben & the Jets' album is released. It reached #110 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album is fashioned as a simultaneous parody of and tribute to the doo-wop music Frank and many of the Mothers grew up with and worked on.
1969: George Harrison performs anonymously with Delaney, Bonnie & Friends in Bristol, England, after having watched them play with Eric Clapton the night before in London. He tours the UK with their ensemble, marking the first series of live performances by a Beatle since 1966.
1969: On the way to their fateful Altamont concert of December 6, The Rolling Stones stop at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, where they spend three days recording the songs 'Wild Horses,' 'You Gotta Move' and 'Brown Sugar.'
1970: Free released their 4th studio album, 'Highway' in the UK. It reached #41 on the UK album charts (the previous album 'Fire and Water' had reached #2) and #190 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'The Stealer,' reached #49 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Former Animal Eric Burdon launched his new initiative, 'Curb the Clap,' by distributing bumper stickers. Burdon said he wanted to raise awareness of the “number one sickness in the record business today – VD” and raise money for the Los Angeles Free Clinic. Burdon’s manager, Steve Gold, denies that it has anything to do with MGM Records president Mike Curb’s recent announcement that he was dropping eighteen acts from his roster because their music advocated drug use. “It’s because Eric has the clap,” says Gold. “He says from age fifteen to twenty-six he only had it once, but it’s happened three or four times since. For every donation to the L.A. Free Clinic, Eric will send out a CURB THE CLAP bumpersticker. VD has more effect on this industry than any drug.”
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Ballroom in Bournemouth, England.
1971: Led Zeppelin released 'Black Dog' b/w 'Misty Mountain Hop' 45 single is released as a single in the United States and Australia. It reached #15 on Billboard and #11 in Australia. In 2010, the song was ranked #300 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1972: Steely Dan make the Billboard 200 for the first time when their debut album 'Can't Buy a Thrill' lands at #197. The title comes from the Bob Dylan song "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry," where he sings: "Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby
Can't buy a thrill".
1973: The Who arrive in Montreal, Canada, disembarking from the plane wearing paper hats made out of French in-flight newspapers and singing the French national anthem. That evening they perform at the Montreal Forum. Early the next morning The Who and twelve members of their entourage are jailed in Montreal after Pete and Keith wreck their hotel suites. They manage to post bail at 1:15pm when the local promoter pays $5,995.34 (£3746.88) in cash to the police station and they perform that night at the Boston Garden, where they rail to the audience about the Montreal police. John Entwistle later wrote the song 'Cell Block Number Seven' about the incident.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appear at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1973: Bob Dylan fans start mailing in ticket requests for his latest tour today. Dylan sells 658,000 seats through the mail, but not before San Francisco witnesses traffic jams as people rush to send in their applications.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1974: Yes played at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1974: Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
1975: Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' b/w 'I'm In Love With My Car' 45 single is released in the U.S. (Oct. 31 in the U.K.) It hit #1 and stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It reached #1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's 3rd best-selling single of all time. In the United States the song originally peaked at #9 in 1976; however, it returned to the chart at #2 in 1992 following its appearance in the film 'Wayne's World' which revived its American popularity.
1975: The Who perform at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, Iowa.
1976: Elvis Presley played the first of an 11-night run at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.
1976: The British press is in an uproar the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the 'Today' programme on London regional TV and swore repeatedly. The front page headline of the Daily Mirror reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!"
1976: Linda Ronstadt is on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine.
1976: The first day of the photo shoot for the forthcoming Pink Floyd 'Animals' album cover took place at Battersea Power Station in London, England, with a giant inflatable pig lashed between two of the structure’s tall towers. A trained marksman was hired ready to fire if the inflatable escaped, but was not needed on this, the first day. Unfortunately the following day the marksman hadn’t been rebooked, so when the inflatable broke free from its moorings, it was able to float away. It is spotted by airline pilots at thirty thousand feet in the air causing flights at Heathrow Airport to be cancelled. It eventually lands in Kent where it was recovered by a local farmer, reportedly furious that it had scared his cows. The pig (known as Algie), is later withdrawn from auction in 2015 due to the band’s interest in restoring it.
1977: Rush play at the Fitchburg Theater in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
1978: Rod Stewart reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the 5th time with 'Da Ya Think I’m Sexy' which spent one week on top. The song would also reach #1 in the U.S. in February of the following year. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition 'Taj Mahal.' Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
1978: 'The Beatles Collection (Box Set) is released in the UK. It's a box set with all the 12 original studio albums (all stereo versions), plus one "free" album of "Rarities.". It was presented in a blue box with embossed gold lettering. The "Rarities" album was mostly a compilation of B-sides, EP tracks and German releases, and was supposed to be unique to this box set. Also included was a poster showing enlargements of the four pictures from 'The White Album.'
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at The Armory in Salem, Oregon.
1982: Def Leppard filmed the music video for 'Photograph' in Battersea, London. This video was the video debut of guitarist Phil Collen.
1982: Van Halen played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1982: Judas Priest played McNichols Arena in Denver, CO.
1982: US folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack aged 41 while jogging in New York's Washington Square Park. He was a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue during the late 70's and wrote ‘Outlaw Man’ covered by The Eagles on their 1973 'Desperado' album.
1986: Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.
1988: Geraldo Rivera welcomed Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Willie Nelson on his talk show to talk about sex on the road.
1988: Ozzy Osbourne played the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Anthrax opened the show.
1991: The US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.
1994: Warner Music Group acquires a 49% share of Seattle "Grunge" record label Sub Pop.
1997: At a Rolling Stones concert at the Pontiac Silverdome outside of Detroit, 31 year old Eric Zylema fell 23 feet to his death while dancing on a handrail.
1998: Jimmy Buffett gave Mobile, Alabama a hand in recovering from Hurricane George. He performed a benefit concert, his first in his hometown in eight years.
1999: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that he would play Liverpool’s Cavern Club for the first time since The Beatles said farewell to the club in 1963.
1999: David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London in front of 2,000 fans.
2000: The Smashing Pumpkins played their “final” concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago. They would not play again until May 2007, with founder Billy Corrigan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain as the only other original members to participate.
2002: Singer Peter Garrett leaves Midnight Oil for a political career in his native Australia.
2002: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer. The incident happened at the Bayerischer hotel in Munich, the singer lost his two front teeth in the brawl and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold.
2003: The reunited Simon & Garfunkel performed at Madison Square Garden. It was their first New York gig in 10 years.
2003: Alice Cooper receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cooper’s star is the 2,243rd on the Walk of Fame and lies between those of Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner. He says, “We would walk over the names of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, never, ever thinking that our names would ever be on the Walk of Fame. That is really quite a privilege to be here.”
2003: Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was held for two hours at JFK Airport in New York after police mistook him for a wanted man with the same name and looks. The police agreed to let him go after Justin's fiance and manager Sue Whitehouse produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July 4th when the crime was committed.
2004: Panic Channel, with former Jane's Addiction members Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins, plus vocalist Steve Isaacs, play their first publicized performance in Los Angeles. Two "secret" gigs preceded this show.
2005: The legendary Living Colour begin a U.S. tour of clubs and theaters prior to the release of their first-ever concert DVD. The DVD documents an '04 performance in South America.
2006: Bruce Springsteen makes an unscheduled appearance in Sayreville, NJ, at an annual Light Of Day concert to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
2006: 3 Doors Down hold their 3rd annual benefit concert for The Better Life Foundation in Mobile, AL. Staind also performs. Proceeds from the event aid victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast region. "This just another way for us to try and give back to the area we so dearly love," says 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold. Also in Mobile, Staind start a brief eight day tour of the southeast.
2007: Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family's custom pool table for $11,250 and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250. The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000, while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625.
2008: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and his girlfriend, L.A. Ink tattoo artist Kat Von D, attend a benefit at a West Hollywood art gallery featuring sixty-six portraits of Sixx created by Von D. Proceeds go toward the Covenant House teen shelter and its affiliated 'Running Wild in the Night' music program that Sixx founded.
2008: Kid Rock's request to have his performances for overseas U.S. troops count toward the 80 hours of community service required from his 2007 Waffle House brawl is denied in court. In retaliation, Rock posts the judge's contact information online, and encourages fans to voice their disapproval.
2008: American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist Odetta died of heart disease age 77. She influenced many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. Time magazine included her song 'Take This Hammer' on its list of the 100 Greatest Popular Songs. Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music.
2009: Paul McCartney launches his first European tour in five years in The Beatles old stomping ground, Hamburg, Germany.
2009: It's the Grammy Nomination Concert in L.A. Linkin Park and Ringo Starr are among the presenters announcing the 2010 Grammy nominees. Kings Of Leon's 'Use Somebody' receives 4 nominations. The song is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock song. Also nominated for Best Rock song are Pearl Jam's 'The Fixer,' U2's 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight,' Green Day's '21 Guns' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream.'
2009: Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project, dies of cancer at 64. He wrote all the band's lyrics and contributed some lead vocals. After his 10 albums with the Alan Parsons Project, he moved into musical theater and wrote five musicals. In total, he sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
2010: Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow appear at a benefit for the human rights organization WITNESS at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. WITNESS is a group that was co-founded by Gabriel and provides training for human rights activists worldwide.
2011: Limp Bizkit announce they have left Interscope Records, the label that issued all six of their albums. Frontman Fred Durst admits the split came down to creative differences over their comeback record 'Gold Cobra,' which suffered disappointing sales.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s three surviving members, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, receive the Kennedy Center Honors from President Barack Obama. In his tribute to the band, Mr Obama said: "When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming." The president thanked the former band members for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of "hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around". Their tribute is performed by the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Bonham, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is also honored.
2013: Iron Maiden LLP, the band's holding company, is named one of the fastest-growing music companies in the UK, by the London Stock Exchange.
2013: Roger Taylor and Brian May opened the 'Queen Studio Experience - Montreux,' an exhibition of Queen memorabilia at Mountain Studios in Switzerland, where they had recorded many classic tracks spanning seven albums and where Freddie Mercury recorded his last vocal. The exhibition would open to the public a day later.
2014: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry releases a four song Christmas EP, 'Joe Perry's Merry Christmas,' via Unison and iTunes. The set contains a rendition of 'Run Run Rudolph' with actor Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar.
2014: Saxophonist Bobby Keys, who started touring at age 15 with fellow Texan Buddy Holly, and more famously with the Rolling Stones as their main saxophonist (he soloed on the Stones' 'Brown Sugar'), passed away as a result of cirrhosis at his home in Franklin, TN. When on tour with the Stones, according to legend Keys filled a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drank most of it. Keys appeared on albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Harry Nilsson, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, George Harrison, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Sheryl Crow, Humble Pie and Barbra Streisand and other prominent musicians..
2016: Enuff Z'Nuff released their 13th studio album, 'Clowns Lounge.' It was mainly an archival release that features previously unreleased songs from 1988-89 in Wisconsin, back when the band was demoing their first self-titled release on ATCO Records. One song, 'The Devil Of Shakespeare,' was originally recorded around 2004 and features the late Jani Lane of Warrant on vocals, along with James Young of Styx on lead guitar.
2016: Duran Duran said they were "outraged and saddened" at losing a High Court fight to reclaim US rights to some of their most famous songs. The group had argued that US copyright laws gave them the right to call for a reversion of copyright after 35 years. 'Girls on Film,' 'Rio' and 'A View to a Kill'' were among the disputed tracks.
2016: A list of 25 songs were chosen as inductees to the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Among those selected were David Bowie's 'Changes,' Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock,' The Beach Boys' 'I Get Around,' The Jackson 5's 'ABC,' Sonny And Cher's 'I Got You Babe,' Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' and N.W.A.'s 'Straight Outta Compton.' The Grammy Hall Of Fame is open to all genres of music as long as the recording is at least 25 years old. Once the new set of 25 songs were added, the total number of inductees sat at 1,038.
2016: The Rolling Stones ended their longest-ever studio album drought with the release of 'Blue & Lonesome,' a 12-song, 42-minute collection of Blues classics. It was the British rockers' first studio LP since 2005's 'A Bigger Bang,' which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.
2016: Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) makes a surprise appearance at the NASCAR Sprint Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas to pay tribute to the recently retired driver Tony Stewart. Also, the NASCAR community makes a donation of $1.8 million on behalf of Stewart to EB Research Partnership, Vedder's non-profit organization which aims to cure Epidermolysis Bullosa, a devastating skin disorder that affects children.
2016: British musician Kate Nash recruits Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Queen's Brian May and Yeah, Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O to sign a letter to President Barack Obama condemning the treatment of Standing Rock Sioux tribe members protesting the Dakota Access (oil) Pipeline.

Dec. 3
1955: Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. Elvis was described by his new record company as 'The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.'
1960: Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' hits #1.
1961: The Beatles meet Brian Epstein for the first time, at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting, (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath." Later they meet again to discuss Brian's management of the group.
1964: The Rolling Stones had their second UK #1 single with their version of 'Little Red Rooster.' The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics.
1965: The debut studio album by The Who, 'My Generation' is released in the U.K. by Brunswick Records
1965: Keith Richards is knocked unconscious by electric shock when his guitar makes contact with his microphone during the song 'The Last Time' at a Rolling Stones show in Sacramento. Richards takes about ten minutes to get back up to speed, but he finishes the show.
1965: Beatles release ‘Rubber Soul’ album in the U.K. This edition includes 'Nowhere Man' which does not appear on the U.S. version, which is released on Dec. 6. The album spent nine weeks at #1 on the UK chart during its 43 week stay. It was ranked #5 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1965: The Beatles 'We Can Work It Out' / 'Day Tripper' double A-sided 45 single is released in the UK.
1965: The Beatles kick off what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on December 12.
1965: The Who's 'My Generation' debut album is released in the UK. It was released in the US, with a slightly altered track listing and cover in April 1966 as 'The Who Sings My Generation.' It reached #5 on the UK charts, and has been named the 2nd greatest guitar album of all time by Mojo magazine. In 2004, it was #18 in Q magazine's list of the 50 Best British Albums Ever. In 2006, it was ranked #49 in NME's list of the 100 Greatest British Albums. In 2003, the album was ranked number 236 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time,] and In 2004, the title track was #11 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
1965: Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, CA.
1966: The Monkees make their live concert debut at the Honolulu International Center Arena before a sold out crowd of 8,000.
1966: One of Paul Revere & the Raiders biggest hits 'Good Thing' enters the charts. The song will eventually reach #4 and enjoy a ten week chart run.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd performed two shows at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, England. Syd Barrett missed the first show, and Davy O’List of the The Nice stepped in and ad-libbed with the Floyd before Barrett arrived in time for the second performance.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-a-Gadda-da-Vida' album is certified gold.
1968: Cream gets a gold record for their 1967 debut 'Fresh Cream.'
1968: 'Singer (program sponsor) Presents Elvis' airs on NBC. This soon becomes known as the 'Comeback Special.' The soundtrack album was released simply as 'NBC-TV Special.' It was directed by Steve Binder and produced by Binder and Bones Howe. The program featured a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios in front of a live audience. This was Elvis' first appearance before a live audience since 1961. According to his friend Jerry Schilling, the special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people, being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack....He was out of prison, man."
1969: John Lennon was offered title role in the rock opera 'Jesus Christ, Superstar.' The offer was withdrawn the following day.
1969: 'Led Zeppelin II' hits #1 on U.S. album charts. It sells over eight million copies.
1969: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' on the 2nd of 3 days at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US #1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad's 'Mr. Limousine Driver' b/w 'High Falootin' Woman '45 single is released.
1971: Switzerland’s Montreaux Casino burns to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. Someone shoots off a flare gun which hits the wooden roof and quickly spreads. It eventually reaches the building’s heating system, causing an explosion. Luckily, everyone escapes. Deep Purple, in town at the time recording an album, commemorate the incident in the song ‘Smoke On The Water’.
1971: Yes played at the Civic Auditorium in Akron, Ohio.
1972: French authorities confirm that they have issued arrest warrants for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg for violating the country's drug laws. Richards claims the first he learned of the charges was when he read about them in the morning newspaper.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at the Palais des Sports, Caen, France in the middle of their 'Dark Side of the Moon' tour.
1973: Ringo Starr's 'You're Sixteen' b/w 'Devil Woman' 45 single is released. Originally written by the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman), Ringo's cover version hit #1.
1973: The Beach Boys and Billy Joel appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: The first of three nights of Pink Floyd concerts take care at the Hippodrome in Birmingham, England.
1975: Ronnie Wood's wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of marajuana and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, with newspapers reporting that the two women were found "sleeping together."
1976: The forty-foot inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's 'Animals' albums breaks free from its moorings over London's Battersea Power Station. Flights are cancelled at Heathrow Airport because the pig is an air traffic hazard. The pig eventually crashed into a barn in Godmersham, Kent, where the farmer complained of his cows being scared by the incident.
1976: Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. Also shot were his wife Rita, manager Don Taylor and Lewis Griffiths, a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.
1977: Paul McCartney & Wings topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the first of 9 weeks with 'Mull of Kintyre' which became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the U.K.
1978: A soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger called The Philadelphia Furies kicked off their first match in the North American League with a 3-0 loss to the Washington Diplomats.
1978: The Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst accidentally pees on Billy Idol backstage after a show in Bristol, England, where The Cure are opening for Idol's band Generation X. Idol is entertaining a young lady in a men's room stall when Tolhurst unloads his lager, missing the urinal and hitting Idol's leg. The Cure is kicked off the tour the next day.
1979: Eleven fans are trampled to death at a Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, with another 26 fans injured. At 7:05, after the Who had finished their sound check, 5 of the Coliseum’s 134 doors were opened, because only nine ticket takers had been hired. The Coliseum said enlisting ushers would be a union violation. For nearly an hour, people were jammed together up against the glass doors, unable to move or, in some cases, even breathe. The concert was using “festival seating” where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. This is later banned at virtually all venues.
1980: Photographer Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York's Dakota building.
1980: KISS performed their last concert with original guitarist Ace Frehley at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand until their 1996 reunion tour.
1980: Frank Zappa appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1981: Black Sabbath played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1981: At a show in Hartford, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),' as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.
1982: Rush performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1983: Duran Duran scored their first UK #1 album with their 3rd release, 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger,' which also peaked at #8 on the US chart.
1983: Slayer release their debut studio album, 'Show No Mercy.' It became Metal Blade Records highest selling release.
1986: Judas Priest and CBS Records were sued by James Vance and the family of Raymond Belknap alleging that they were responsible for Vance & Belknap forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves in the head after listening to Judas Priest’s records for six hours. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of 'do it' had been included in the Judas Priest song 'Better By You, Better Than Me' from the 'Stained Class' album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The lawsuit would later be dismissed in 1990.
1987: R.E.M.'s album 'Document' breaks into the U.S. Top 10. As a result, Rolling Stone magazine calls them "America's Best Rock & Roll Band."
1988: Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1988: Will To Power's medley of 'Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird' is the #1 song in the U.S. Peter Frampton fans are relatively silent but Lynyrd Skynyrd fans get mighty riled about one of the all time great Southern Rock songs getting a pop treatment.
1991: Gilby Clarke replaces Izzy Stradlin as Guns and Roses’ rhythm guitarist.
1991: Guns N' Roses release their 9th single, 'Live and Let Die.'
1992: In an MTV Europe interview, Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger says bassist Bill Wyman has left the group.
1994: Adam Sander performs 'The Chanukah Song' on the Weekend Update segment of 'Saturday Night Live.' Released as a single the following year, it reaches #10 on the charts US and is now a seasonal favorite.
1999: Bono of U2 had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 and discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000: Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in London, England.
2001: American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. He was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, playing guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison's ‘Oh, Pretty Woman,' Marty Robbins' ‘El Paso’ and Loretta Lynn's ‘Coal Miner's Daughter.' During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.
2003: The Recording Industry Association of America gave Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers a Diamond Award to mark the sale of 10 million copies of the band's 'Greatest Hits' album in the United States.
2003: Limp Bizkit cancels the Southeast Asian leg of their tour for security reasons. The U.S. State Department had warned of "increased security risks" in the region.
2005: Marilyn Manson and his longtime girlfriend, striptease artist Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet), wed at a castle in Kilsheelan, Ireland. About 60 people attend the ceremony that is officiated by underground movie director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The bride and groom read self-penned vows.
2006: A program documenting Sammy Hagar and the Wabos' summer concert in St. Louis premieres on HDNet. The gig, part of Hagar's 'Livin' It Up' tour, features a set with ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
2007: The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Diana Ross both collected awards for contributions to US culture a ceremony in Washington, DC attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys' best-known songs.
2008: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is the #2 album in the U.S. (behind Beyonce). The set sells 326,000 units during its first week of release. Checking in at #3 is Guns N' Roses' comeback album 'Chinese Democracy.'
2008: 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...,' a performance-and-interview show, makes its debut on the Sundance Channel with an appearance by the program's executive producer, Elton John.
2008: Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire, England. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.
2008: Elmer Valentine, co-founder of the legendary Whiskey a Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, dies at age 85. Valentine launched the Whiskey in 1964. Johnny Rivers, The Byrds, Love, Buffalo Springfield, and The Doors made a name for themselves at the venue.
2009: Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots) released a cover of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'
2009: Nickelback are the first major contributors to the Obakki Foundation which helps orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. The band donates $1 of every ticket sold during their previous summer tour for a total contribution of $500K. "Through the ongoing support of our incredible fans, Nickelback has the opportunity to step up, contribute and make a difference," says Ryan Peake, who founded the organization with his wife Treana. "I will personally be making the trip to Africa this weekend and I'm really looking forward to visiting the villages and communities to see where we can make the largest impact."
2009: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault. A passer-by dialed 999 after witnessing a violent argument taking place between Wood and his 21-year-old on and off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.
2009: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker settles a lawsuit over the '08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four and left Barker seriously injured. The defendants - Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Global Exec Aviation, Bombardier Inc. and others reach an undisclosed agreement with Barker during a mediation session.
2009: A version of '21 Guns,' featuring Green Day with the cast from 'American Idiot,' debuts on The track was recorded in an Oakland studio just days after the musical's final performance at the Berkeley Rep in November. "They sung the hell out of it," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's great to have something out there for people to hear who didn't get to see the show." The song goes to radio the next day.
2010: An extensive collection of John Lennon and The Beatles memorabilia goes on the auction block over two-days in Beverly Hills. A white and gold braided jacket worn by Lennon in 1966 for a Life magazine photo shoot and a guitar played by both Lennon and Elvis Presley during a Los Angeles jam session (at Elvis' house) are among the items.
2012: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic for the death of a fan who died two weeks after being allegedly injured at the band's 2010 concert in Prague. "Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show," says Larry Mazer, the band's manager. Blythe is later acquitted.
2013: Bob Dylan is investigated in France after a Croatian community organization alleges that comments he made the previous year amounted to an incitement of racial hatred when he compared Croatians treatment of Serbs to the Nazis slaughter of Jews.
2013: Mastodon launch their "Black Tongue Brew" beer. Named after a track on their 5th album 'The Hunter,' the brew is described as a balance of "rumbling smoky notes and misbehaving punchy hops."
2013: U2's 'The Joshua Tree,' Neil Young's 'After The Gold Rush,' George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Cosmo's Factory' are among the entrees into the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame.
2013: Billy Joel announced that he would play once a month at New York's Madison Square Garden for the indefinite future, "as long is there is a demand."
2013: Boston released their 6th studio album, 'Life, Love & Hope.'
2014: Ian McLagan, dies from a stroke in Austin, TX. at 69. McLagan started his career as a keyboardist and sometime guitarist with the Small Faces, later the Faces. After the Faces split up in 1975, McLagan worked as a sideman for the Rolling Stones. He was also an active session player, working with Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Izzy Stradlin, John Hiatt, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and many more. McLagan had been married to Keith Moon’s ex-wife, Kim Kerrigan, for 28 years, prior to her death in 2006.
2014: The Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies filed a class action lawsuit against, Chrysler and Mitsubish for refusal to pay royalties or include copy protection systems on in-car music readers. The devices allow users to copy CDs directly onto a hard drive for playback in vehicles. Ford and GM were named in a similar suit the previous July.
2014: A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at" The link references the band's online fan community.
2015: Rick Nelson's twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, appeared on a Billboard chart for the first time in more than 20 years when their original holiday song 'This Christmas' debuted on the Adult Contemporary list at #22. Billed as Nelson, the pair first appeared on the Hot 100 in 1990 with their breakthrough hit "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection", which went all the way to number one.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland dies in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, MN, with his band The Wildabouts. The troubled singer was 48. He dies of an accidental overdose of cocaine, alcohol, and MDA; the medical examiner also cited prolonged substance abuse as a contributing factor. A vibrant and ever-changing performer, Weiland struggled with his addictions for most of his adult life. He was arrested numerous times and had several stints in rehab. Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, called Weiland one of three “voices of the generation” alongside Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley.
2016: Armored Saint played the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland with Queensryche and Midnight Eternal opening.
2016: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler receives the Humanitarian Award from the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations at the Ambassadors' Ball in New York. He’s honored for his philanthropy: Janie's Fund.
2016: Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh, the surviving members of The Eagles, are among the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture.
2016: Forbe's magazine announced it's annual list of the highest paid musicians between June 2015 and June 2016. Taylor Swift topped everyone at #170 million, One Direction was second with $110 million. Of people we care about, AC/DC finished 7th with $67.5 million, The Rolling Stones were 8th at $66.5 million, Bruce Springsteen was 11th with 60.5 million, Paul McCartney was 12th at $56.5 million, Elton John was 24th at $42 million, and Jimmy Buffett was 27th with $40.5 million.

Dec. 4
1956: The 'Million Dollar Quartet' impromptu jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. The sessions were later released as The Million Dollar Quartet & weren’t released until 1981.
1957: After hearing reports that many US radio stations had banned Elvis' Christmas album because of their shock over "the Pelvis" singing religious songs, DJ Allen Brooks of CKWS in Kingston, Ontario, plays the entire album and invites listeners to call in their opinion. Of eight hundred callers, only 56 disapprove of Presley's sacred music.
1960: The Crickets released the single 'I Fought the Law' on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top 10 hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.
1961: Gene Chandler 'Duke Of Earl' b/w 'Kissin' In The Kitchen' 45 single is released. By the first week of February, 1962, it would reach #1 in the US, on its way to selling over one million copies worldwide.
1962: The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on 'Tuesday Rendezvous,' airing on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles lip-synced performances of 'Love Me Do' and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You.’
1964: The Beatles released their 4th album 'Beatles For Sale' in the UK. It went to #1 in the UK and retained that position for eleven of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top Twenty. Beatles for Sale did not surface as a regular album in the U.S. until 1987.
1964: The Beatles' fan club in England announces its current membership now totals 65,000.
1964: The Yardbirds live debut album 'Five Live Yardbirds' is released in the UK. It was recorded live at the Marquee Club, London in March of 1964.
1965: The Byrds started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Tury7u67n! Turn! Turn!' the group's second #1. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.
1965: The Rolling Stones 5th American studio album, 'December's Children (and everybody's)' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard Top LP's chart, and has two singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart - 'Get Off of My Cloud' (#1) and 'As Tears Go By' (#6). The title of the album came from the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. According to Jagger, it was Oldham's idea of hip, Beat poetry.
1965: The Kinks 'Well Respected Man' enters the U.K. pop chart. It is one of the first (of many) “social commentary” songs by Ray Davies.
1965: With much of the music world trying to sound like The Beatles, the Knickerbockers actually pull it off with their only major hit 'Lies.' It just makes the U.S. Top 20 with a John Lennon sounding vocal.
1967: This was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour played at City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyneon. Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Hendrix was having equipment problems, and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an enormous arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, which the audience greeted as all was part of the act.
1968: The New York Times quotes Soviet music critic A. Martinosa, who says that The Beatles "have become rich idols of the Philistines."
1969: Jimi Hendrix signed a contract for $12,500 to perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Santana go gold with their debut album.
1969: President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view "simulated acid trip" films and listen to rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1970: Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer played at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina. The Allman Brothers Band were the opening act.
1970: Iron Butterfly played at Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta.
1970: Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Steven Stills' Supersession album is certified gold.
1970: Wishbone Ash released their self-titled debut album.
1971: Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ enters the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.
1971: T Rex scored their first #1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior.' The album, which became the biggest seller of the year in the UK, contained two of T. Rex’s most popular songs, 'Get It On' and 'Jeepster.'
1971: Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Family Affair,' their 3rd chart topper.
1971: The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple’s 1973 hit, 'Smoke On The Water,' which includes the line, “some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground.” In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the blaze, Nobs saved several young people who, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames, had hidden in the casino from the blaze. A recording of the outbreak and fire announcement can be found on a Frank Zappa Bootleg album titled 'Swiss Cheese/Fire.'
1971: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at #1 on the UK chart with the Four Symbols album, otherwise known as 'Led Zeppelin IV.' Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven,' the album stayed on the US chart for one week short of five years, selling over 23 million copies in the US alone.
1971: Pink Floyd were at Decca studios in West Hampstead, London composing, writing, and making initial demos for what would become 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1972: Led Zeppelin played to a crowd of 3500 at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland. Admission was £1.00 ($1.60).
1973: The Who perform at Spectrum in Philadelphia. The show is recorded and later broadcast in quadraphonic sound on 'The King Biscuit Flower Hour' syndicated radio show in the U.S. So far, the only track officially released from this concert is 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' on the 1998 CD 'King Biscuit: Best Of The Best.' However, the broadcast has been widely bootlegged under such titles as 'Tales From The Who,' 'American Tour ’73,' 'Decidedly Belated Response,' 'Mods and Rockers,' 'Moon Life,' 'Taking The Capitol' and 'Who Are You.'
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1974: Genesis performed at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
1975: The Who appeared at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago.
1975: The 'KISS Alive!' album is certified gold. It was the first KISS album to go gold.
1976: Rush appeared at the Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1976: Deep Purple’s Tommy Bolin dies from an overdose of heroin and other substances, including alcohol, cocaine and barbiturates at the age of 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a guitarist and vocalist with the James Gang, Deep Purple, Zephyr, and Moxy and released two highly acclaimed solo albums.
1976: Rod Stewart's 'A Night On The Town' album, with the chart topping single, 'Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright),' hits #2 on the U.S. album chart.
1976: Kiss peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Beth,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Workers at EMI Records in the U.K. went on strike refusing to package The Sex Pistols’ single 'Anarchy in the U.K.'
1976: A year after leaving The Guess Who, lead singer Burton Cummings is awarded a Gold record for his million selling, US Top Ten, solo hit, 'Stand Tall.'
1977: Yes appeared at the Palais des Sports in Lyon, France.
1977: Scorpions release their 5th studio album, 'Taken By Force.'
1978: Black Sabbath performed at the Long Beach Arena. It was the last full tour with Ozzy Osbourne until the band reunited for Ozzfest 1997. The Ramones opened the show.
1979: U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in Islington, London. Misnamed ‘The U2s,’ they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.
1979: The Who play at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the security staff is doubled and doors are opened three hours before the concert. Roger says from the stage “You all heard what happened yesterday. We feel totally shattered. We lost a lot of family yesterday. This show’s for them.”
1979: Fleetwood Mac fans at The Forum in Inglewood get a brassy surprise when the USC Trojan Marching Band is brought out to perform 'Tusk.' The USC band, which appears on the recording, makes four more appearances at Forum concerts with Fleetwood Mac over the next seven days.
1980: Prince played the first night on his 31-date 'Dirty Mind' North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
1980: Led Zeppelin issue the following statement about the death of John Bonham: “The loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
1982: Aerosmith appeared at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1982: Hellion headlioner at the Troubadour in Hollywood with W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint on the bill.
1982: A retrospective compilation album of John Lennon's solo music called 'The John Lennon Collection' started a six-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. The front and back covers for the LP were taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on December 8th, 1980, just five hours before Lennon was murdered.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado.
1988: Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared at the Front Row Theatre in Highland Heights, OH outside of Cleveland. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.
1991: Van Halen plays a free concert in Dallas. Singer Sammy Hagar lost his voice during a concert three years earlier and promised another show for fans.
1993: Frank Zappa dies of prostate cancer at the age of 52. Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. He recorded 60 albums, many with The Mothers Of Invention as well as a solo artist. Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out' released in 1966. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music. In 1985, he testified before the United States Senate against PMRC censorship alongside Dee Snider and John Denver. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The next day, his family publicly announced: "Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6:00 pm on Saturday."
1993: Founding Gin Blossoms guitarist, Doug Hopkins, is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Tempe home. He wrote the group's first two hits, 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You.'
1995: The Beatles 'Free As A Bird' b/w 'Christmas Time (Is Here Again)' 45 single is released in the UK (December 12 in the U.S.). Originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. The studio version of the recording incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The single was released as part of the promotion for The Beatles Anthology video documentary and the band's 'Anthology 1' compilation album.
1997: The first of two Black Sabbath reunion shows take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center. The band plays again the following night.
1997: Loverboy released their 6th studio album, 'Six.'
2005: Green Day wins the Big Music Artist honor at VH1's Big In '05 Awards. The band was also nominated for Big Download (which Gwen Stefani took with 'Hollaback Girl'). Def Leppard, Fall Out Boy and Audioslave perform.
2006: Nickelback takes home three trophies at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. They earn Artist Duo/Group of the Year, Hot 100 Artist Duo/Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year ('All the Right Reasons'). Three Days Grace are awarded Rock Single of the Year for 'Animal I Have Become.'
2006: A page of Paul McCartney's working lyrics for the Beatles tune 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' nets $192,000 at Christie's memorabilia auction in New York. A 1968 Fender Stratocaster guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix goes for $168,000. A handwritten poem by late Doors singer Jim Morrison sells for $50,400.
2006: Evanescence is the musical guest on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2007: Godsmack releases 'Good Times, Bad Times -- 10 Years Of Godsmack.' The hits compilation includes their version of the track originally recorded by Led Zeppelin.
2008: Paul McCartney and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Rajendra Pachauri write a joint letter encouraging people to embrace vegetarianism for environmental reasons. "We are writing this letter not because vegetarianism is . . . an emotional issue but because it is a very attractive option for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and stabilizing the Earth's climate."
2009: R.E.M. launch an iPhone application that automatically updates users with news and tour dates. There are also 30-second R.E.M. song clips, photos and videos. The "R.E.M. & You" feature allows fans to interact with one another and the band directly.
2011: Chicago blues musician Hubert Sumlin, a member of Howlin' Wolf's band, dies of heart failure at age 80.
2012: Randy Blythe, frontman of Lamb of God, is charged with the death of a 19-year-old fan at a concert in Prague in 2010 after he pushed him off the stage. The fan, Daniel Nosek, hits his head when he falls to the concrete floor and dies of his injuries 2 weeks later. Blythe is later acquitted, but spends five weeks in jail.
2013: REO Speedwagon, Styx, Richard Marx and Survivor play a "Rock to the Rescue" concert in Bloomington, Illinois to benefit victims of a November 17 tornado in the area. Longtime REO guitarist Gary Richrath joins the band for 'Ridin' the Storm Out,' his first appearance with the group since he left in 1989. It's the last time he plays with the band, as he dies in 2015.
2014: The day after a fake MSNBC story reports the death of Axl Rose, the very much alive Guns N' Roses frontman tweets: "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"
2015: A new statue of The Beatles was unveiled in Liverpool - 50 years after their last show in Merseyside. The bronze sculpture, by Andy Edwards which weighed 1.2 tonnes, had been given to the city by The Cavern Club the venue synonymous with the Fab Four in the 1960's.
2015: Ringo Starr's 1963 Ludwig drum set sold for $2.2 million at Julien's Live auction. The kit was used to record 'Can't Buy Me Love,' 'I Want to Hold Your Hand.' 'She Loves You' and other Beatles classics from that era. Starr used the drums in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964. They were later employed by Paul McCartney during the recording of his 1970 solo album 'McCartney.' Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was the successful bidder.
2016: Black Sabbath played Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil on their 'The End' Tour.

Dec. 5
1956: The Alan Freed produced movie, 'Rock Rock Rock' is released, with Tuesday Weld lip-synching to Connie Francis' voice.
1958: Ritchie Valens returns to his old school, Pacoima Junior High, for a performance that is recorded and later released.
1959: Gene Vincent arrives in England on his way to entertain U.S. troops in Germany over the holidays. Fans greet him at Heathrow Airport. He is interviewed on the BBC and makes a couple TV appearances.
1960: Billboard reports that five "answer records" to Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' have been released -- four versions of 'Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight' and one 'Oh, How I Miss You Tonight.'
1960: Elvis Presley started a ten-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'G.I. Blues'. His 5th US #1 album.
1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two were told to leave Germany and The Beatles returned home
1964: The Rolling Stones had their second UK #1 with their cover of Willie Dixon’s 'Little Red Rooster.' In the U.S., their version of Irma Thomas’ 'Time is on My Side' went to #6.
1964: Kinks enter US chart with ‘You Really Got Me.’
1964: The Beach Boys' 'Beach Boys Concert' album hits #1 for the first of 4 weeks, claiming the top spot for the rest of December.
1964: The Zombies' 'She's Not There' tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 in the UK.
1964: RCA announces that 'Elvis' Christmas Album' has sold over 800,000 copies since being released in 1957.
1965: The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group's final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets.
1965: The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Convention Hall in San Diego, California on the last night of a 37-date North American tour.
1966: Buffalo Springfield's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #70 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's list. The single 'For What It's Worth' reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: It was the final night of a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Erie Apparent and Amen Corner at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow. All performances had two shows per night, one at 6.15pm, the second at 8.45pm. Jimi Hendrix had the curtains closed on him halfway through his set, after the management at the venue regarded his movements with his guitar as having sexual overtones.
1967: The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
1968: Graham Nash quits the Hollies. He announces the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash just three days later.
1968: Rolling Stones hold a ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ at Elizabeth Rooms to mark release of their album of the same name. An ill Keith Richards was not in attendance, as a custard pie foo fight was a highlight of the event.
1969: 'Let It Bleed,' the last Rolling Stones album to feature Brian Jones (autoharp on 'You Got The Silver' and percussion for 'Midnight Rambler') and his subsequent replacement, Mick Taylor (guitar on 'Country Honk' and 'Live With Me'), is released. It's the 8th British and 10th American album by The Rolling Stones and reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#3) and Top R&B (#19) charts, and topped the UK Album chart. It goes on to sell over 2 million copies in the U.S. In 2003, it was listed as #32 on the "List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
1969: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevented Atlantic from releasing 'Whole Lotta Love' as a single in the UK. John Bonham said, “We refused because they wanted to take the middle section out and we didn't like it. We don't want kids to think we are releasing an LP track just to get into the chart. I'm dead against that sort of thing – we feel it's conning the public.”
1970: Badfinger peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'No Matter What,' which was their 2nd top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: 'Amazing Grace' by Judy Collins entered the singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the number one position. 'Amazing Grace' is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, which was first published in 1779.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performs at the Music Factory in Greenville, North Carolina.
1971: The Who are at the Coliseum in Denver, Colorado. John Swenson interviews all four members at length for the magazine Crawdaddy.
1971: Yes performed at SUNY College Gymnasium in Plattsburgh, New York.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Sport Palais Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium.
1972: The Who begin three days of rehearsal for the upcoming live performance of the orchestral Tommy. During a break, Pete tells Roy Carr of New Musical Express that he is working on a new rock opera he calls “Jimmy.” The main protagonist of 1973’s 'Quadrophenia' is named Jimmy.
1972: Mott the Hoople's 'One Of The Boys' b/w 'Sucker' 45 single is released.
1973: Paul McCartney released 'Band On The Run,' his 5th album since his departure from The Beatles. It topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and features three Billboard Hot 100 charting singles - 'Band On The Run' (#1),'"Helen Wheel'" (#10) and 'Jet' (#7). In early 1975, Paul McCartney & Wings won the Grammy award for "Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus" for 'Band on the Run.' In 2003, the album was ranked #418 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: REO Speedwagon's 'Ridin' The Storm Out' b/w 'Whiskey Night' 45 single is released.
1973: Hawkwind played at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1974: Aerosmith performed at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachesetts.
1974: Yes 'Relayer' is released. It's the 7th studio album from Yes and reached #5 in the U.S. (remaining 16 weeks in the Top 200).
1975: The first Fleetwood Mac album with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks goes gold. The album contains the bands's first ever singles to crack the Billboard Top 40, 'Over My Head' (#20), 'Rhiannon' (#11) and 'Say You Love Me' (#11).
1975: KISS performs at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: Two days after he is shot in an assassination attempt, Bob Marley performs at the Smile Jamaica concert, which he organized in an effort to promote peace in the country. The concert becomes more of a political event after the shooting, which was carried out by a political party who saw Marley as a threat. About 80,000 Jamaicans attend the concert, where Marley takes the stage for 90 minutes.
1976: Music weekly NME reviewed The Sex Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK' saying "Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation."
1977: Rush performs at the Tomorrow Club, Youngstown, Ohio.
1979: The Grateful Dead played the last of three nights at the Uptown Theater in Chicago.
1980: John Lennon gave his final Rolling Stone interview to Jonathan Cott. On the same day, Mark David Chapman left Honolulu, Hawaii, to fly to New York, where he would shoot Lennon three days later.
1980: Just 3 days before John Lennon is killed, U2 play their first show in the US when they perform at The Ritz Ballroom in New York City.
1981: The Police peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,' which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Black Flag's debut album, 'Damaged' is released. It will go on to become one of the most influential albums in the hardcore punk genre.
1982: Bob Seger's 12th album, 'The Distance' is released. It's the 12th album by Bob Seger and his 4th with The Silver Bullet Band. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and features the hit, 'Shame on the Moon,' which reached #2 for four weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 behind Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean.' It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and crossed over to #15 Country.
1982: Judas Priest played Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, OH.
1983: Accept‬ released their 5th studio album, 'Balls to the Wall.' It was Accept's first album to chart in the United States, where it peaked at #74 on the #Billboard 200.
1987: R.E.M. peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The One I Love,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the group’s name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band to be called JAMC but the group didn’t agree.
1988: Sheriff's 'When I'm With You' b/w 'When I'm With You' 45 single is released.
1993: Co-founder of Gin Blossoms Doug Hopkins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wounds age 32. The guitarist and songwriter was in a detox unit of Phoenix's St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona when he snuck out and bought a .38 caliber pistol. The next day Hopkins committed suicide. Hopkins was fired from the group before the release of their debut album, 'New Miserable Experience,' but the biggest hits from that album, 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You,' were songs he wrote.
1995: Pearl Jam released a two-song single that featured Neil Young called 'Merkin Ball.'
1998: Offspring's 'Americana' debuts at #6 on the U.S. album chart in the first week of its release.
1998: Billboard changes the way they calculate the Hot 100, finally accounting for airplay. Previously, if a song wasn't available for purchase as a single, it couldn't chart.
2000: Alice Cooper released the 'Brutally Live' DVD of his concert on July 19, 2000 at the Labatts' Apollo Hammersmith in London, England.
2000: Roger Waters released his live album 'In the Flesh,' which was recorded on his In the Flesh tour, which was his first tour in 12 years.
2000: Alice In Chains released their 2nd live album simply titled, 'Live.'
2000: Rage Against The Machine released their 4th studio album , 'Renegades.'e
2001: David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. US Rep. Martin Meehan organized the benefit to help children of his district pay for future education expenses.
2003: Original Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore undergoes surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.
2003: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin marries actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Santa Barbara, CA., a year after meeting backstage at one of his concerts.
2003: David Bowie announced that he had to postpone the first five concerts of his first North American tour in eight years due to coming down with the flu.
2002: Elton John guest stars on NBC's 'Will and Grace.'
2004: Elton John received a Kennedy Center honor in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Secretary of State Colin Powell performed a rap to celebrate another onoree, Warren “Bulworth” Beatty.
2004: Steven Tyler, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Bon Jovi`s Richie Sambora participate in South Florida`s 17th annual Christmas Toys In The Sun Run. The motorcycle rally and toy drive benefits the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation.
2004: A Bob Dylan interview is aired on CBS. It's Dylan's first on-camera interview in two decades. The chat with Ed Bradley helps promote Dylan's book, 'Chronicles: Volume One.'
2004: U2 started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb', the bands 9th UK #1 album. The band also went to #1 on the US album chart giving them their 6th US #1 album.
2004: Band Aid 20 started a four week at #1 on the UK singles chart with a new version of 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' The third time the song had reached #1. The new version featured, Joss Stone, Busted, Chris Martin, Bono, Justin Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Beverly Knight, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy, Sugababes, Dido and Robbie Williams.
2005: Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen's estranged wife, files divorce papers in a Los Angeles court seeking to officially end their 24 year marriage (they separated over four years earlier). Wolfgang is their only child.
2006: The piano that John Lennon used to pen "Imagine" is on view at a special antiwar photography exhibition in Dallas. The instrument is on loan from its owner, pop singer George Michael, who paid $2.1 million for it in 2000.
2007: The Police's Stewart Copeland apologizes to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet after her government objects to comments the drummer made about her. Copeland was quoted saying Argentinean president-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was "good for one beer" while Bachelet was good "for four." He sends a message to Bachelet expressing his regrets and invites her to the Police's concert in Santiago, Chile, that evening.
2008: The musical biopic 'Cadillac Records' premieres in US theaters, with Beyoncé in a starring role as soul legend Etta James.
2009: '3 Doors Down & Friends,' the 6th annual concert and silent auction hosted by The Better Life Foundation, takes place at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, MS. Sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard the show features performances by 3 Doors Down and Aaron Lewis of Staind.
2009: Papa Roach and Shinedown headline a tour that begins at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY. Both acts donate a portion of the tour proceeds to charitable organizations. Shinedown - Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) and Papa Roach - the World Hunger Year organization.
2009: Phish played the final show of their 2009 Fall Tour at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. At the beginning of a first set an erratic fan proceeded to run on stage fully naked. He ran up and hugged guitarist Trey Anastasio and kissed him on the cheek. He made three laps around the stage before finally being chased down by security.
2010: Paul McCartney is an award recipient at the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. "President [John F.] Kennedy was such an icon for us in the ‘60s and his presidency was so inspiring for so many people that it is a great pleasure for this kid from Liverpool to receive this honor," says McCartney in a statement. The gala honors the ex-Beatle and other luminaries for their contributions to society.
2010: VH1’s Divas Salute the Troops special features Paramore (fronted by Hayley Williams), Heart’s Nancy & Ann Wilson and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. The show is at San Diego's Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
2011: Metallica's six-hour celebration at the Fillmore in San Francisco honoring the band's 30th anniversary features an appearance by the group's former bassist Jason Newsted.
2011: Forever 21 pull their copy of the Flipper T-shirt that Nirvana's Kurt Cobain designed using a Sharpie pen. Cobain wore the original T-shirt during Nirvana's 1992 'Saturday Night Live' performance.
2012: The Black Keys 'El Camino' and Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' are nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy's nomination ceremony. Record of the Year nominations go to 'Lonely Boy' by Black Keys.
2012: The Eddie Vedder Radio Show premieres on Sirius/XM satellite radio for a limited run.
2012: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 19th studio album, 'Spellbound.' Malmsteen played all of the instruments and sang all vocals on this album.
2013: KISS, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil perform at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, an organization that offers "children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups."
2013: Eddie Van Halen makes a surprise visit at L.A. Unified School District's Foshay Learning Center. "I wasn't born 'Eddie Van Halen,' successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice," Van Halen tells the music students. Van Halen and the Fender Musical Instruments Company donate one of his signature amplifiers to the class.
2013: Bruce Springsteen's handwritten working lyric sheet for his 1975 hit 'Born To Run' sells for $197,000 at Sotheby's in New York City. "Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process," said Sotheby's, "few manuscripts of 'Born To Run' are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song."
2013: Spotify responded to critics by revealing how much acts can expect to earn from the music streaming site. The company said it paid an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures on its new website Spotify Artists, aimed specifically at musicians. Explaining its business model, Spotify said it had paid more than $1bn (£612m) in royalties since its 2008 launch. Earlier this year Radiohead singer Thom Yorke pulled material from the site in protest at how much it pays artists.
2014: Debbie Harry (Blondie) headlines 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute at New York's Symphony Space. David Johansen, the B-52s' Kate Pierson and Marshall Crenshaw perform.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins released their 9th studio album, 'Monuments to an Elegy.'
2015: Ringo Starr's personal copy of 'The Beatles' (The White Album), numbered 0000001, sold for a world record $790,000 at Julien's Live auction. The auction house said the sale of the LP broke a record set earlier in the year when Elvis Presley's first acetate recording sold for $300,000.
2016: A statue of David Bowie was set to go up in the town where he first performed as Ziggy Stardust following the success of a crowdfunding campaign. More than 650 people pledged sums totalling more than the £100,000 goal, 19 hours before the deadline. The statue would be put up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where Bowie unveiled his Ziggy character.
2016: James Taylor, Mavis Staples and The Eagles were among the honorees at this year's Kennedy Center ceremony in Washington D.C. hosted by comedian and Late Show host Stephen Colbert.
2016: Rob Zombie teams with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for the Spooky Holiday Stocking video that is actually a non-spooky fundraiser. Zombie, a vegetarian, is a supporter of animal rights.

Dec. 6
1887: Thomas A. Edison finished his first phonograph design and gave a sketch of the machine to his mechanic, former Swiss clock maker John Kruesi, to build. Thirty hours later the machine was finished, but Kruesi bet the inventor $2 that it would not work. Edison immediately tested the machine by speaking a nursery rhyme into the mouthpiece, "Mary had a little lamb." To his amazement, the machine played his words back to him. Kruesi would go on be involved in many of Edison's key inventions, including the quadruplex telegraph, the carbon microphone, the phonograph, and the incandescent light bulb and system of electric lighting.
1949: American blues artist, Lead Belly (born Huddie William Ledbetter) dies in New York City. Lead Belly wrote many songs including 'Goodnight Irene' and 'The Midnight Special' and was an influence for artists as varied as Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and Nirvana. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
1957: Elvis Presley visits radio station WDIA in Memphis and meets two of his idols, Little Junior Parker and Bobby Bland.
1957: Mercury Records releases The Diamonds' version of "The Stroll". The song will peak at #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and help spark a dance craze where two lines of dancers, men on one side and women on the other, face each other, moving in place to the music.
1961: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for The Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles accepts on their behalf.
1962: During sessions for the 'Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan' album, Dylan records 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' and versions of 'Hero Blues,' 'Whatcha Gonna Do,' 'Oxford Town,' and 'I Shall Be Free,' at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1963: Beatles send out the first of the specially recorded Christmas records to fans in the UK.
1964: The New Musical Express annual reader’s poll names the Rolling Stones the #1 U.K. R&B Group and Best New Group.
1965: Rolling Stones begin sessions for ‘19th Nervous Breakdown' and 'Mother’s Little Helper’ at RCA Hollywood studios.
1965: The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' is released in the U.S.
1965: The Beatles release their 10th E.P., 'Million Sellers' is released in the UK.
1965: The Byrds release their 2nd album, 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' It reached #17 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs chart and #11 on the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' preceded the album by two months and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' is released in the U.S.
1966: The Beatles performed two takes of 'When I’m 64,' marking the first session for 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' at Abbey Road Studios.
1966: The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Year's greetings for pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Both stations were broadcasting from ships anchored off the British coastline.
1968: The Rolling Stones release their 7th studio album, 'Beggars Banquet' album. It includes the tracks 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy For The Devil.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: President Richard Nixon sent out 66,000 letters to supporters who could hold office in his administration, including Elvis Presley.
1968: Canned Heat played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: James Taylor's eponymous debut album was released in the UK (February 17, 1969 in the US). It was the first recording by a non-British artist released by The Beatles' Apple Records. It reached #62 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in 1969.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco with Jefferson Airplane as the opening act. The Grateful Dead refused to perform after they heard stories of violence at the gig, including a Hell’s Angels security guard beating up Airplane singer Marty Balin. While the Stones performed 'Under My Thumb' in pitch darkness, another Hell’s Angel killed a fan by stabbing him in the back. Four die at the concert, including Meredith Hunter, who is stabbed to death by Hell’s Angels security guards. It is all later documented in the film 'Gimme Shelter.'
1969: Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love' it went on to make #4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1970: Rolling Stones film of 1969 tour, ‘Gimme Shelter’ premieres. The movie captures the Rolling Stones’ '69 U.S. tour, including stark images of confusion and violence at Altamont.
1970: The Who performed at Scene Two in Scarborough, York, England.
1971: King Crimson performed at the Ritz Theater in New York.
1972: While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1973: Steve Miller Band goes gold with ‘The Joker’ album.
1973: Yes played at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1973: The Who play at The Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. This show is also recorded by The King Biscuit Flower Hour and remains in their vaults although it is never broadcast. The photograph used for the poster insert in the Odds and Sods album is taken at this show.
1974: George Harrison performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1975: A Tallahassee preacher conducts an unscientific survey of 1,000 unwed mothers and finds that 984 conceived while listening to Rock music. The preacher goes on to claim that the Rolling Stones are "sinful" and has his congregation burn Stones (and Elton John) records in a bonfire.
1975: Paul Simon went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Still Crazy After All These Years', his first US #1 solo album. It featured four US Top 40 hits, 'Gone at Last' (#23), 'My Little Town' (#9), '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover' (#1) and the title track (#40).
1976: The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy In The U.K.' Tour gets underway with the Clash and the Damned, who get dumped early on. Only three of nineteen scheduled shows actually happen.
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Jackson Browne releases his 5th album, 'Running on Empty.' The album reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart, and remained on the chart for 65 weeks. The single for the title track, 'Running on Empty,' peaked at #11 and the follow-up single, 'The Load-Out"/"Stay,' reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album produced two Grammy Award nominations in 1979: one for Album of the Year (the winner being 'Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track') and the other for Pop Male Vocalist for the lyrics to the song 'Running on Empty' (the winner being Barry Manilow for the lyrics to his song 'Copacabana (At The Copa)').
1978: The Sex Pistols Sid Vicious, out on bail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, gets into an altercation at a at New York City club Hurrah, smashing a glass into Patti Smith's brother Todd Smith during the fight.
1979: AC/DC release their 5th album, 'Highway to Hell.' It turns gold and happens to be the last album recorded with original vocalist Bon Scott, who dies two months later.
1979: The Outlaws played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1980: In the studio, John Lennon mixed 'Walking on Thin Ice.' He was also interviewed by British DJ Andy Peebles, who he tells that the great thing about living in New York City was that people leave him alone. Meanwhile, Mark David Chapman arrived in New York from Honolulu. He checked into a YMCA nine blocks from John Lennon’s apartment.
1980: U2 play their first North American show at the Ritz in New York.
1981: The Grateful Dead performed at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
1982: Aerosmith performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1982: Judas Priest played Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
1983: ‘Asia in Asia’, a live TV concert from Budokan Theatre in Tokyo, has an audience of 20 million in US (via MTV).
1985: The sound system breaks down during a John Mellencamp concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mellencamp waits until the problem is fixed, resumes the show and offers anyone in the audience their money back if they're not satisfied.
1986: Ringo Starr agreed to become a spokesman for Sun Country wine cooler, which made him the first Beatle to get into advertising. He was paid “in the seven figures.”
1986: Europe were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Final Countdown'. They became only the second Swedish act to score a UK #1. The song reached #1 in 25 countries and the song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie's song 'Space Oddity'
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Journey’s 'I’ll Be Alright Without You' at #79. Also, Genesis’ 'Land Of Confusion' was #26, Toto’s 'I’ll Be Over You' #24, Boston’s 'Amanda' #14, Billy Idol’s 'To Be A Lover' #10, and Bon Jovi’s 'You Give Love A Bad Name' was #2.‬
1988: Roy Orbison died from a cardiac arrest in Madison, Tennessee at 52. Known for his songs 'Only the Lonely' (1960), 'Crying' (1961), and 'Oh, Pretty Woman' (1964), Orbison was revered by many musicians, including the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Van Halen and Bob Dylan. His career was revived in the 80s by many artists covering his songs, and for his inclusion in the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
1988: Metallica film their very first video for 'One' in Long Beach, CA.
1991: Mimi Smith, the aunt who raised John Lennon for most of his childhood, passed away at the age of 85 at the Varcoe Nursing Agency in Poole, Dorset, England. According to auxiliary nurse Lynne Varcoe, Mimi's last words were "Hello, John."
1993: At a video shoot for Travis Tritt's remake of the Eagles' 'Take It Easy,' the Eagles themselves reunite and decide to re-form for new songs and a tour.
1994: Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy' is released.
1994: Bush release their debut album 'Sixteen Stone,' which takes off in America but is largely ignored in their native England.
1994: Tower Records released The Beatles 'Live At The BBC', a 69 track, double album of tunes recorded for BBC shows such as Top Gear, Easy Beat, Saturday Club and Pop Go The Beatles. The LP will rise straight to the top of the UK chart, selling over 600,000 copies by the end of the year and 2,000,000 in the US four weeks later.
1995: Four months after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead disband.
1997: AC/DC make a cameo appearance in Howard Stern's bio flick, 'Private Parts.'
1997: Metallica entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #1 with their 7th studio album 'ReLoad,' which spent one week on top of the chart and went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. This was Metallica’s 3rd album to debut at #1 in the U.S.
1997: Metallica were the musical guest of Saturday Night Live. They perform 'The Memory Reamin' with Marianne Faithful and 'Fuel.'
1999: Paul McCartney fans lined up overnight to get a chance to see their hero play Liverpool’s Cavern club for the first time in more than 35 years. McCartney was giving away tickets to the December 14th performance via a special lottery.
2000: Bruce Dickinson and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate join Rob Halford onstage in London for a rendition of ‘The One You Love To Hate’.
2000: Tina Turner wraps up her wildly successful 'Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven' tour with a show in Anaheim, California. She claimed it would be her last stadium tour, but it is not - she hits the road again in 2008.
2002: Axl Rose is a no-show at the Philadelphia Guns N' Roses concert. Fans riot and the group cancels remaining tour dates.
2003: Elvis Costello married jazz artist Diana Krall in a ceremony at Elton John's UK mansion. About 150 guests, including Paul McCartney attended the wedding. It was Costello's third marriage.
2004: Mötley Crüe announced they were reforming for their first tour in five years, the 'Red, White & Crue' Tour. They also announce the 'Red, White & Crue' compilation album and the first single, 'If I Die Tomorrow.'
2005: Former One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from her husband, guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
2005: KoRn unleash their 7th album, 'See You On The Other Side.' "When we started this album we totally wanted to reinvent ourselves and do something different," says singer Jonathan Davis. "It's a bit more progressive and a lot more emotional," claims guitarist Munky. "It's not so much anger, anger, anger, like on previous KoRn albums." It is their first album without long-time guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and the last album with original drummer David Silveria.
2005: Green Day wins six trophies, including Rock Artist of the Year and Pop Group of the Year, at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2006: On her 3rd wedding anniversary to Elvis Costello, Diana Krall gives birth to twin boys, Dexter Henry Lorcan and Frank Harlan James.
2006: Incubus' 'Light Grenades' debuts at #1 on the Billboard album charts, selling 165,000 copies. It marksthe first time the group has scored a #1 album.
2007: Elton John is given a rare bird-feather cloak by members of a Maori community during a concert in the New Zealand city of New Plymouth. The gift denotes John as an "honored member of (the) Ngati Te Whiti (sub-tribe)," says a spokesman.
2007: Drowning Pool bassist Stephen Benton is hospitalized in Eau Claire, WI, after experiencing paralysis and is diagnosed with the neurological malady Bell's palsy, a condition that usually is temporary. The group is forced to cancel the remaining shows on their tour. "I'm really bummed that... we can't perform this last string of shows," says Benton. "We can't wait to come back and rock out with you all again soon."
2007: Billy Joel released a new Pop single called 'Christmas in Fallujah,' which featured the vocals of 21-year-old singer Cass Dillon. At 58, Joel said he felt he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters he received from soldiers in Iraq.
2009: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is injured after his tour bus hits a patch of ice in Upstate New York and crashes into a ditch. Cuomo suffers three cracked ribs and a lower leg injury. Emergency responders use the Jaws of Life to pry Cuomo from the wreck. The accident occurs as the band travels from Toronto to Boston.
2009: Bruce Springsteen is among the honorees at Kennedy Center Honors Gala fundraiser in Washington D.C. President Barack Obama would say “I’m the President, but he’s The Boss. Actor Robert DeNiro, comedy director Mel Brooks and Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck are also honored. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder uses the occasion to propose to longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick.
2011: The Black Keys release their 7th studio album 'El Camino.'
2011: KoRn released their 10th studio album, 'The Path of Totality.' It’s the band’s tenth full-length studio album and second for Roadunner Records.
2011: American singer and songwriter Dobie Gray died from complications of cancer surgery in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 71. His hit records included 'The 'In' Crowd' in 1965 and 'Drift Away', which was one of the biggest hits of 1973, and went on to sell over one million copies.
2011: Barbara Orbison, the second wife and widow of Roy Orbison, dies 23 years to the day after her husband.
2012: 'A Special Evening with Neil Young and Crazy Horse,' a Hurricane Sandy benefit is held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
2012: Metallica signs with Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service offering digitally restricted streaming of selected music. Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, is a Spotify exec. The signing is seen as a reversal for Metallica since they famously sued Napster in 2000.
2012: Ed "Cass" Cassidy, the drummer and co-founder of the legendary Psychedelic Rock band, Spirit, passes away at the age of 89. In 1964, Cassidy formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. That was followed by the Red Roosters who morphed into Spirit in 1967.
2012: Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton dies after a battle with cancer.
2013: After its authenticity is verified on the PBS series History Detectives, Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster, played at the '65 Newport Folk Festival, is sold at auction for a record-breaking $965,000. It had spent the previous 48 years with the family of Dylan's personal pilot, who received no reply when he told Dylan to retrieve the gear he left behind. The previous record for a guitar sold at auction was a 1950s era Stratocaster owned by Eric Clapton, nicknamed "Blackie", which sold at Christie's for $959,500 in 2004.
2014: During a chat with British TV host Jonathan Ross, Paul McCartney called John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, "the jerk of all jerks." Macca went on to say, "For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't gonna see him again..."
2014: Sting (Police) and R&B singer Al Green are among honorees at the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.
2015: Carole King is celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors, where 73-year-old Aretha Franklin brings the audience to its feet with her rendition of "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman," one of many classic songs written by King.
2016: Greg Lake of Emmerson, Lake And Palmer died following a long battle with cancer. The news came just nine months after Lake's band-mate Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
2016: Disturbed is the most played act of the year on Active Rock radio, according to Mediabase, which monitors and analyzes airplay in the U.S. and Canada. The band's success is bolstered by singles from its ‘15 comeback album, 'Immortalized.'
2016: Sebastian Bach’s autobiography '18 And Life On Skid Row' is out. It’s billed as an ‘uncensored, unfiltered memoir’ of the singer/actor/TV personality’s career.
2017: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler Steven officially opens Janie’s House near Atlanta. The shelter for abused girls is in partnership with Youth Villages.
2017: Michael Stipe, Tom Morello and Graham Nash are among the dozens of musicians who sign an open letter to Congress asking that the government stop the Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote to end net neutrality. But a week later, that's just what F.C.C. does.
2017: Bon Jovi leads the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote, amassing 1,162,146 votes, being the first act to pass the million vote mark. The next top vote getters are Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Judas Priest. A week later, Bon Jovi joins the ’18 class of inductees.

Dec. 7
1954: Marty Robbins becomes the first major artist to cover an Elvis Presley tune when he records the Arthur Crudup composition 'That's All Right' for Columbia Records. Robbins' effort will pay off in a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Country chart.
1956: 'Rock! Rock! Rock!,' one of the earliest Rock and Roll movies, opens in theaters. The film features the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and Lavern Baker.
1957: The movie 'Jamboree,' featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs 'Great Balls of Fire,' debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
1962: Bassist Bill Wyman auditions for the Rolling Stones. He is performing with the group a week later.
1963: 'The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite' does a story on the rising popularity of The Beatles in England. There's footage of The Beatles performing and their fans reaction. It's the group's first appearance on U.S. network television.
1963: The Beatles appear as panelists on the BBC show Juke Box Jury to rate records. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were ‘Kiss Me Quick’ by Elvis Presley, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by the Swinging Blue Jeans. ‘Did You Have a Happy Birthday’ by Paul Anka and ‘Where Have You Been All My Life’ by Gene Vincent. Elvis' new single, 'Kiss Me Quick,' is declared a "hit."
1963: The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' started a 21-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album 'Please Please me' which had been at the top of the charts since it's release 30 weeks previously.
1964: Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in Los Angeles. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, The Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips.
1964: Jerry Lee Lewis, on his first tour of the UK, appeared at The Town Hall In Birmingham with The Yardbirds, Twinkle, and The Quite Five.
1968: The Beatles self-titled double album, often referred to as 'The White Album' because of its cover, topped the British album charts.
1967: The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. The store closed seven months later when it fell foul of council objections over the psychedelic mural painted on the outside. All the goods from the shop were given away free to passers by and to people who had queued throughout the night for a chance of getting a free item.
1967: Graham Nash, fresh from his break with The Hollies, announces the formation of his new group Crosby, Stills & Nash.
1968: The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label.
1968: Eric Burdon announces that Eric Burdon & The Animals are done but will fulfill remaining concert obligations. Burdon later moves to L.A. to pursue an acting career but ends up fronting War.
1968: Janis Joplin's last "official" performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company is in Hawaii.
1968: The Grateful Dead perform at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky.
1968: Pink Floyd are part of an all day festival billed as Kaleidoscope ’68 at Liverpool Stadium, in Liverpool England. Starting at noon and continuing until 1:30 am, the bill also included The Move, Cliff Bennett, The Perfumed Garden, The BJ’s, Reason Why, The Klubs, The Mumbles, The New Mojo Band, The Curiosity Shoppe, The Pattern People, The Chapter Six, Mick Burns, and The Humphrey Lyttleton Band.
1969: King Crimson played at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 6th album, 'Pendulum.' It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#5) and Top R&B LP's (#25) charts, and features the single 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain,' which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Pendulum' was the only studio album by the group that did not contain any cover songs; all tracks were written by John Fogerty. It was the last album the band did with Tom Fogerty, who would leave the band to start a solo career. It was also the last album to feature John Fogerty as the record's solo producer.
1971: Paul McCartney & Wings release their debut album in the UK, 'Wild Life' (December 8 in the US). It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Alice Cooper performs at Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1972: Roxy Music performed at the Ohio University Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
1972: While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1973: Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis declared that he owned the rights to the band’s name and assembled a second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. Legal proceedings ensue but the tour is cancelled because nobody cares. After a lengthy legal fight, the second Fleetwood Mac changed its name to Stretch. The whole business is a low point for the group but they see their fortunes drastically improve in just two years.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings released the album 'Band on the Run.'
1973: Yes released their 6th studio album, the double LP 'Tales from Topographic Oceans.'
1973: Todd Rundgren performs his hit 'Hello It's Me' on 'The Midnight Special' wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit.
1973: Humble Pie played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Paul Simon gets his first US #1 solo album on the US album chart with 'Still Crazy After All These Years.'
1976: Bob Seger releases 'Night Moves.'
1976: Eagles release the 'New Kid In Town' b/w 'Victim Of Love' 45 single. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, it was released as the first single from the 'Hotel California' album. The song became a #1 hit in the US, and #20 in the UK.
1976: "We'll do everything we can to restrain their public behavior," says EMI Records chairman Sir John Read of the Sex Pistols. He makes the statement at the company's annual general meeting.
1976: AC/DC performed at the Civic Centre in Shepparton, Australia 4 dates into the tour of their home country that wraps up on Jan. 14 at the Ballarat Wendowee Hall.
1977: Inventor Dr Peter Carl Goldmark was killed in a car crash aged 71. Goldmark invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945 that went on to revolutionzse the way people listened to music.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
1979: Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' b/w 'Spread Your Wings' 45 single is released in the US. It was written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, and featured on their 1980 album 'The Game.' The song peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. on February 23, 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. As reported by Freddie Mercury in Melody Maker (May 2, 1981) he composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' on the guitar in just five to ten minutes.“'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can't play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It's a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn't work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.”
1979: Led Zeppelin release 'Fool In The Rain' b/w 'Hot Dog' 45 single in the U.S. It was the final U.S. single released during the band's tenure, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.
1979: The Police had their second UK #1 single with 'Walking on the Moon', taken from their 2nd album 'Reggatta De Blanc'. The video for the song was filmed at Kennedy Space Center interspersed with NASA footage.
1980: Having recently arrived in New York, Mark David Chapman moved from a YMCA to the Sheraton Centre Hotel. The next day he fatally shot John Lennon.
1980: Darby Crash (born Jan Paul Beahm), commits suicide by intentional heroin overdose. He was 22. Crash was the lead singer of Germs, who were an L.A. punk band well known for their violent and tumultuous performances which resulted in the band being banned from nearly every rock club in Los Angeles. They were a big part of The Decline of Western Civilization movie, and in fact the promotional poster featured a close-up of Darby lying drugged-out on a stage with marker graffiti on him from the audience. Darby’s female friend, Casey “Cola” Hopkins, was supposed to have died with him as part of a suicide pact, but ended up surviving. She was in and out of mental institutions over the next few years.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Pershing Memorial Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Outlaws were the opening act.
1981: The Rolling Stones played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1981: The Beach Boys compilation album, 'Ten Years of Harmony' is released. It spans their entire Brother Records-era up to that point, (1970–80), including some unreleased and rare material. It reached #156 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1981: 'The Beatles E.P. Collection' (15 Disc Box Set) is released. A complete collection of the Beatles' twelve original mono EPs, along with the two-record stereo 'Magical Mystery Tour 'set and a bonus EP containing four supposedly true stereo tracks. All EPs were issued on the Parlophone label with their original catalog numbers. All records were packaged in their original full-color, laminated covers and came complete with any original enclosures (Magical Mystery Tour's twenty-four-page story booklet with lyrics). The EPs were encased in a blue, textured cardboard box with a fold-open top, identical in style to the Beatles album package. The set's title and facsimiles of the Beatles' autographs were embossed on the front of the box in gold lettering.
1984: Foreigner release their 5th studio album 'Agent Provocateur.' It goes on to sell three million copies in the U.S. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#4) and Top R&B LP's (#49) charts on the strength of the 'I Want To Know What Love Is,' their chart-topping hit. It was the band's first and only #1 album in the UK.
1985: Mr Mister started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Broken Wings,' a #4 hit in the UK.
1985: Heart peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Never' which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by James Brown’s 'Living In America' at #91. Also, A-Ha’s 'Take On Me' was #49, Bryan Adams & Tina Turner’s 'It’s Only Love' #37, Simple Minds’ 'Alive And Kicking' #11, Eddie Murphy’s 'Party All The Time' #9, and Mr. Mister’s 'Broken Wings' was #1. ‬
1987: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Judy Collins and others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.
1987: Harry Chapin receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in fighting hunger. Along with Bill Ayres, Chapin founded World Hunger Year, which is later re-named WhyHunger and becomes a very effective organization in distributing food to those in need.
1988: Whitesnake’s PR team puts out the following press release announcing that guitarist Vivian Campbell is no longer part of the band moving forward. ‘The usual musical differences,’ is cited as the reason for the departure.‬
1990: Originally billed as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie's final performance with Fleetwood Mac, it isn't. However, it is still an emotional show at L.A.'s Great Western Forum.
1991: Michael Jackson's 'Black Or White' tops the pop chart. Slash plays the song's guitar intro.
1991: U2 hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the 3rd time when 'Achtung Baby' debuted on top of the chart.
1991: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' peaks at #7 on the U.K. singles chart.
1991: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Metallica’s 'The Unforgiven' at #65 & Nirvana’s 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' at #40. Also, Mötley Crüe’s 'Home Sweet Home' was #47, Van Halen’s 'Top Of The World' #34, Metallica’s 'Enter Sandman' #33, Extreme’s 'Hole Hearted' #24, and Guns N' Roses 'Don’t Cry' was #16. ‬
1991: Rush were awarded Madison Square Garden’s Gold Ticket Award for more than 100,000 tickets sold at the venue during the second sold out show of a two night stand.
1993: Guns N’ Roses announce they will keep the Charles Manson penned tune, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ on their album, 'The Spaghetti Incident?' because the royalties from the song will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims.
1994: Offspring play 'Bad Habit' to open the the 5th annual Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, CA. Melissa Etheridge performs 'I'm The Only One.'
1999: The Eagles held a press conference to announce that their first Greatest Hits package had become America’s best-selling album. Glenn Frey said, “I hated popularity contests when I was in high school, and I hate them now.”
1999: The Recording Industry Association of America launches a lawsuit against the on-line, file sharing company Napster, seeking $100,000 in damages for each song copied.
2008: The 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors salutes Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who. Also feted are Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand and Twyla Tharp. Rob Thomas, Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell honor them with a live performance.
2002: Police were called to a Philadelphia Guns N’ Roses concert after the band failed to appear and the show was abruptly cancelled. Two people were hospitalized from the resulting furor and G N’ R’s tour was called off completely the following week.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles Times that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a cocktail of prescription medicines. Osbourne was put on an array of tranquilizers and amphetamines to combat depression after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
2005: The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon." Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
2005: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her band's former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and sexual assault. Earlier, Rider filed a suit against Lee for unpaid commissions. 2006: A couple who witnessed the Damageplan show on 12/08/04 in Columbus, OH, where five people were shot and killed, including guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, file a lawsuit against the club's owners. The plaintiffs claim club security was inadequate and that they suffered severe and permanent emotional injuries from witnessing the shooting.
2006: Former Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Southern California tribute band Sublime Remembered for allegedly claiming to include original Sublime members. "I've got two of their fliers and both of them actually said 'featuring' former members of the band," says the attorney for Wilson and Gaugh, who also requested that the cover band remove any references to Sublime from its promotional campaigns.
2006: Guitars autographed by Slash, Scott Weiland, Dave Navarro and the Edge are among the items up for bid in the online Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. VIP tickets to see Aerosmith in concert, signed memorabilia by Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and a signed, life-size KISS banner, are also on the block. Proceeds go toward MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
2006: Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Queen's Brian May and David Bowie donate footwear to an online charity auction that benefits the Give Landmines the Boot campaign. Proceeds go toward the MAG organization, which works to clear land mines and unexploded bombs in war-torn countries.
2006: Paul McCartney and U2 are among more than 4,000 artists who sign a full-page ad in the Financial Times demanding "fair play for musicians" in the United Kingdom. Record companies and performers lobby the U.K. government for an extension of copyrights on sound recordings from 50 years to 95 years. 95 years is the copyright protection length offered in the United States.
2007: Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro perform at the Video Game Awards in Las Vegas.
2007: The Lunchbox Auction with personalized lunch boxes designed by David Bowie, Elton John and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes place in New York. Proceeds raised benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund Food Bank for New York and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa.
2007: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler delivers an anti-drugs statement at the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash. "I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere," says Tyler, whose acoustic set at the charity event includes a duet with Motley Crue's Vince Neil on 'Chip Away The Stone.'
2007: Yoko Ono issues a statement encouraging world peace on the eve of the 27th anniversary of husband John Lennon's murder. "Let's not waste the lives of those we have lost," writes Ono. "Let's, together, make the world a place of love and joy."
2008: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are saluted at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center's chairman, Stephen A. Schwarzman, praises Daltrey and Townshend for transforming "the sights and sounds of Rock & Roll." Chris Cornell and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform renditions of The Who anthems 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Who Are You,' respectively, with Rob Thomas performing 'Baba O'Reilly. Also feted are Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand and Twyla Tharp.
2008: Metallica's 'All Nightmare Long' video debuted.
2008: Cream's Ginger Baker is the main honoree at the 2008 Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards in London. Zildjian manufactures percussion instruments.
2008: Dennis Yost dies of respiratory failure, after two years of complications after falling down a flight of stairs and suffering serious brain trauma. He was 65. Yost was the lead singer of The Classics IV, a group that had Top 10 hits with the songs 'Stormy,' 'Spooky,' and 'Traces.' Most of his band later left to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
2009: Wes Scantlin, frontman for Puddle of Mudd, breaks his right foot after jumping off of a stool following a New York radio station interview. "I was kind of hoping it was more serious than it is," jokes Scantlin. "So much for a sexy explanation of what happened."
2009: Rolling Stone magazine readers vote U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' the "most overlooked album" following the announcement of the 2010 Album of the Year Grammy nominations the previous week. #2 is Mastodon's 'Crack The Sky' with Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' coming in 3rd. Albums by Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Eyed Peas were nominated instead.
2010: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane,' the Box Tops' 'The Letter,' the Animals' 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' and Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues' are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Hall, founded in 1973, honors recordings at least 25 years old that made a lasting impact on society and in the world of music.
2010: Judas Priest announces that their Epitaph World Tour, which will run until 2012, will be their last major tour. In 2013 they change their minds and pick up right where they left off.
2011: Metallica played The Fillmore in San Francisco for the 2nd of 4 shows to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. John Bush of Armored Saint joined them on stage for an amazing rendition of 'The Four Horsemen.'
2011: After numerous elections where performers vocally complained about Republican candidates using their songs without authorization comes the announcement that Kid Rock's 'Born Free' is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's official campaign song. "I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country," writes Rock on his official website. "PS: Any candidate who makes 'So Hott' their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote."
2011: The Black Keys, who won three Grammy Awards in 2011, appear on 'The Colbert Report.' They play 'Lonely Boy' and 'Gold on the Ceiling.'
2011: 30 Seconds to Mars breaks the record for most shows performed during a single album cycle when they play their 300th concert in support of their album 'This Is War' at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
2012: 'Tre!,' the 11th studio album by Green Day, drops. It is the third and final installment in the 'Uno!,' 'Dos!,' 'Tre!' trilogy that was released over a three month period.
2013: Alice Cooper's 13th Annual Christmas Pudding concert in Phoenix features KISS, Rob Zombie and Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Proceeds benefit Solid Rock Teen Center, which reaches out to teens through free music, dance, and voice lessons.
2014: Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing announces the launch of his own fragrance line, 'Metal For Men.' The product's slogan is: "Be Metal. Be Men."
2014: Pink Floyd's classic album, 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' made a surprise return to the Billboard chart when it landed at #13, thanks to ultra-cheap pricing in the Google Play store where the album was discounted to 99-cents. Although it held the #1 spot in the US for only a week when released in 1973, it remained in the Billboard album chart for 741 weeks.
2015: Thom Yorke (Radiohead) publishes a heartfelt note to Father Christmas, in celebration of National Letter Writing Day. He requests that no presents be given to "oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy."
2015: Opeth celebrate their 25th anniversary by launching a beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. 'XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout' is a one-off brew.
2015: David Bowie made his last public appearance when he attended the opening night of the Lazarus production at the New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. Tickets to the entire run of the musical (which ran until 20th Jan 2016), sold out within hours of being made available.
2015: Less than a month after their concert was invaded by terrorists and many of their fans murdered, Eagles of Death Metal make an emotional return to the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, where they lay flowers in memory of the 90 dead. They also join U2 on stage at the AccorsHotel Arena to perform Patti Smith's 'People Have the Power.' 'Don't Let It Go Away' is performed by the Missing People Choir in a carol service at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square in the evening.
2016: Kid Rock, a dedicated supporter of President Donald Trump during the election, sells a line of Trump-themed T-shirts. The first says that the “Red States’ that voted for Trump are ‘The United States of America’ while the Blue States that didn't are ‘Dumbf*ckistan’."
2016: Greg Lake of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer died following a long battle with cancer. He was 69. In ELP, Lake served as the sole producer for most of the group’s works, which sold more than 48 million albums. He wrote and recorded several of their biggest songs, including 'Lucky Man' (which he wrote at age 12), 'Still...You Turn Me On' and 'From the Beginning.' Lake had his solo hit 'I Believe in Father Christmas.' Jimi Hendrix considered joining ELP in their earliest incarnation, and if this had happened, the band would've been known as HELP. The news came just nine months after Lake's band-mate Keith Emerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dec. 8
1961: The Beach Boys first single 'Surfin' was released on Candix Records, a small label based in Los Angeles. On the strength of the song’s performance in the Southern California market, Capitol Records signed the group.
1962: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City. He testifies that he received $2,000 in 1958 from Cognat Distributors for a promise to play their records on his New York radio show. He also accepted a similar deal from Superior Records for $700. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done. Dick Clark was also questioned, but is cleared of all charges.
1966: At Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for ‘When I'm Sixty-Four.' Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1967: The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour (E.P.') is released in the UK as a special double E.P. package. It entered the UK charts on December 13, and spent 12 weeks in the top 40. Its highest chart position was #2 on the singles chart, the dedicated EP chart having been abandoned at the start of December 1967. It was held off the top spot by The Beatles' own 'Hello, Goodbye.' It contained two 3 track E.P.'s and was advertised as being complete with; "A 32 page full colour book packed with exclusive pictures, a strip cartoon of the original story, plus the words to the songs in the show!"
1967: Traffic release their debut album, 'Mr. Fantasy.' It features Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Chris Wood and Steve Winwood. Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones are featured as backup singers.
1967: The Rolling Stones released the 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' album. It was the 6th British and 8th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 13 weeks stay; and #2 on the UK album chart during its 30 weeks stay. The title is a play on the "Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires..." text that appears inside a British passport. It includes 'She’s a Rainbow' which made #2 in America and second record that was released as a single in America as, Bill Wyman’s 'In Another Land,' Bill wrote the track and it features Steve Marriott from the Small Faces on vocals. There were no UK single releases from the album.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London.
1968: Graham Nash announces the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The former Hollie is now partnered with an ex-Byrd and an ex-Buffalo Springfield. They are quickly heralded as a super group.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared in front of the Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admitted he had used pot, hashish, LSD and cocaine a handful of times. But he told the judge he had “outgrown” drugs. The jury found him not guilty.
1969: Mick Jagger was quoted saying "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar either."
1969: The GTO's (Girls Together Outrageously) release their only album, 'Permanent Damage,' with Frank Zappa producing. The band is entirely made up of "groupies." The lineup consists of Pamela Miller (later Des Barres), Mercy Fontenot, Cynthia Wells (later Cale-Binion), Christine Frka, Lucy Offerall, Sandra Rowe and Sandy Parker.
1970: Yes performed at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1971: This weeks Top selling 8-Track cartridges chart, #5: 'Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2,' #4: Carole King, 'Tapestry,' #3: Simon and Garfunkel, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' #2: 'Motown Chartbusters Vol. 6,' and #1: John Lennon, 'Imagine.'
1971: Reginald Dwight legally changes his name to Elton Hercules John. He had been using the "Elton John" name since 1968, but had never made it official. The middle name he picked in honor of the mythological hero, which also happened to be the name of a horse on one of his favorite British TV shows: 'Steptoe and Son.'
1972: King Crimson played at the Odeon in Newcastle, England.
1972: Carly Simon's 'No Secrets' album is certified gold.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hardrock Concert Theatre in Manchester, England. Ticket price was £1.25 ($2).
1972: Free's 'Wishing Well' b/w 'Let Me Show You' 45 single is released in the UK.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1973: Roxy Music had their first UK #1 album when 'Stranded' went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy's Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole, (who was the magazines's first full-frontal nude centerfold).
1973: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. The record's flip side was a song originally called 'Screw You,' though the US release re-titled it 'Young Man's Blues' so as not to offend record buyers.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Palace Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island.
1975: George Harrison's 'This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying)' b/w 'Maya Love' 45 single is released. The single became the final release by Apple Records until the label was revived in the mid-1990s for The Beatles BBC sessions album 'Live at the BBC' and 'The Beatles Anthology' project.
1975: Bob Dylan hosts 'Night of the Hurricane,' a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Many believe, including Dylan, that Carter was wrongfully convicted of triple homicide. Dylan wrote the song 'Hurricane' recounting Carter's arrest and trial. Carter was freed ten years later.
1975: Gary Thain dies of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose at 27. Thain was best known as the bassist in Uriah Heep. The year prior to his death, Thain had suffered a severe electrical shock during a concert in Dallas. After the incident, Thain, who had always been frail and prone to ill-health, sunk deeper into addiction.
1975: AC/DC released the single 'It’s A Long Way To The Top.'
1976: The Eagles release their classic album 'Hotel California.' It was the first Eagles album without the appearance of their founding member Bernie Leadon and their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bassist Randy Meisner. The album became the band's best-selling studio album, with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies sold worldwide. The album topped the charts and won the band two Grammy Awards for 'Hotel California' and 'New Kid in Town.' The album was nominated for Album of the Year but lost to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours.' The album yielded three Top 20 singles, 'New Kid in Town,' 'Hotel California,' and 'Life in the Fast Lane.' 'New Kid in Town' and 'Hotel California' both topped the Billboard Hot 100, and 'Life in the Fast Lane' reached #11 on the charts. The album was ranked #37 on Rolling Stone‍‍ '‍s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The song 'Hotel California' is considered by many to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time; it was ranked #49 on Rolling Stone‍‍ '‍s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The guitar duet at the end of the song was performed by Don Felder and Joe Walsh. The album also features 'Wasted Time,' 'Victim of Love,' and 'The Last Resort.'
1977: Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn’t arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited more than an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being ill.
1979: Styx 'Babe' is the #1 U.S. Single. Written by Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, is #1 and becomes the group's biggest hit.
1979: The Police reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the second time with 'Walking on the Moon' which spent one week on top of the chart.
1979: 'On Parole' is the 1st recording made by Motorhead. It was left unreleased at the time of its completion in 1976, and it was not released until over three years later on this date.
1980: Angel Witch released their debut album 'Angel Witch.' The album made Angel Witch one of the key bands in the new wave of British heavy metal movement.
1980: Queen released thir 9th studio album, and 1st soundtrack album for 'Flash Gordon.'
1980: Annie Leibovitz photographs John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City for a feature in Rolling Stone. Lennon would be shot and killed hours later.
1980: John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building on the northwestern corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. After approaching the former Beatle and calling his name, Chapman dropped into a combat stance and shot John in his chest, back and left arm. Lennon staggered into the porters' vestibule in a desperate attempt to get upstairs to see his son, Sean. As he collapsed, John was comforted by porter Jay Hastings, who covered him with his jacket and gently removed his glasses. Police were quickly summoned and took John to Roosevelt Hospital on West 59th St. Although doctors did everything they could to save him, John Lennon was pronounced dead at 11:07 PM. A sobbing Yoko cried "Oh no, no, no, no... tell me it's not true," and was led away in shock. After the shooting, the 24-year-old Chapman remained at the scene, took out his copy of 'The Catcher in the Rye' and read it until the police arrived. He was arrested without incident. Much of America learned of the tragedy from ABC-TV, which was in the midst of airing an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Announcer Howard Cosell, who had interviewed Lennon years earlier, announced the news of the murder: "This, we have to say it, is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival." When asked why he decided to target Lennon, Chapman said he couldn't resist the fame that would come with the crime. "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there," he said. "I couldn't resist it."
1980: Pat Benatar's first album'In The Heat of the Night goes platinum.
1981: A year after her husband’s death, Yoko Ono published a letter in Rolling Stone that said, “I think of John’s death as a war casualty – it is the war between the sane and the insane.”
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1983: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers were among the participants at the Ronnie Lane ARMS Appeal concert at Madison Square Garden.
1984: Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) is killed when the car he’s riding in, driven by intoxicated Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, hits another vehicle. Two occupants in the other car were seriously injured; Razzle was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was just 24 years old. Neil is arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. In July 1986 he would be sentenced to a 30 day jail term, 5 years probation and $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash, as well as 200 hours of community service. Vince was released from jail after 20 days.
1984: Bryan Adams made his second appearance on American Bandstand where he performed 'Run to You' & 'Kids Wanna Rock.'
1984: Hall & Oates 'Out Of Touch' hits the top spot, giving the duo their sixth and final #1.
1984: The 'KISS: Animalize Live Uncensored' video by KISS was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit during the Animalize World Tour. Queensrÿche opened the show.
1984: The former manager of The Coasters, Patrick Cavanaugh, is convicted and sentenced to death after he is found guilty of murdering the group's bass singer, Nathaniel Wilson. Wilson's dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in 1980.
1986: Tesla‬ released their debut album 'Mechanical Resonance.'
1987: Foreigner's 'Inside Information' is released. The band's 6th sixth studio reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and features five tracks that reached the Billboard charts - 'Heart Turns to Stone' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #7 and Hot 100 #56), 'Say You Will' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #1), 'Can't Wait' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #18), and 'I Don't Want to Live Without You' (Adult Contemporary #1, Mainstream Rock Tracks #18, Hot 100 #5).
1990: Poison's 'Something To Believe In' peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1995: The Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s death. Their statement read, “After four months of heartfelt consideration, the remaining members of the band met yesterday and came to the conclusion that the ‘long strange trip’ of the uniquely wonderful beast known as the Grateful Dead is over.”
1995: Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show '10 Most Fascinating People', telling the presenter that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things differently" to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.
1998: Yoko Ono spreads some Christmas cheer via a billboard in New York's Times Square. Her message: "War is Over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko."
1999: Racer X released the album 'Technical Difficulties.' The Japanese bonus track was a cover of the Black Sabbath song 'Children Of The Grave.'
1999: Santana told a press conference in Mexico City that while he prayed in church the “Virgin of Guadalupe” spoke to him. He added, “Marijuana is not a drug and if factories are set up here to make clothes, tofu cheese, medicine and paper from marijuana, we won’t have to chop down so many trees.”
2000: On his Web site, Julian Lennon did his best to remember the father who was never there for him. On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder, he wrote: “I had a great deal of anger towards Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love. That peace and love never came home to me.”
2000: On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York, a statue of Lennon is unveiled in Havana. Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who severely criticized The Beatles in the 1960's as "decadent" now says Lennon was a "revolutionary."
2000: The FBI arrested a man who had threatened to kill 'Valley Girl' singer Moon Unit Zappa. The man allegedly decided to murder Moon Unit after concluding she stole the lyrics to the song from him.
2000: A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.
2000: Sting gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Hllywood Mayor Johnny Grant declared the day Sting Day in Hollywood.
2003: David Bowie postponed the opening of his first North American tour in 8 years after he came down with the flu.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, U.K. Osbourne broke his collarbone & several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate.
2003: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors attend a memorial at Jim Morrison's gravesite in Paris on the Lizard King's 60th birthday.
2003: Christian bookstores refuse to carry P.O.D.'s 'Payable on Death,' because they believe the disc's cover has occult overtones.
2004: Former American Bandstand host Dick Clark was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. Although he was seldom been seen in public, Dick later returned to Times Square for limited segments during the annual New Year's Eve celebration. He passed away on April 18th, 2012 at the age of 82.
2004: Damageplan, a supergroup founded by brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott in the wake of Pantera's breakup, performs at a concert in Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, when Nathan Gale climbs on stage and shoots Darrell in the head multiple times. Also killed are the band's Head of Security, Jeffery Thompson as he scuffled with Gale, a fan who attempted to give CPR to Thompson and Darrell, and roadie Erin Halk, who also tried to stop Gale. Gale is shot and killed by police. Investigation reveals no motive, although some claimed that Gale blamed the brothers for Pantera's breakup and believed they had stolen his lyrics. Dimebag was just 38 years old. He was a huge fan of Kiss, Joe Satriani, Pete Willis and Tony Iommi, and was buried with his friend Eddie Van Halen’s famous “bumblebee” guitar in a Kiss Kasket.
2005: Dimebag's family sues the venue where the Damageplan guitarist was killed. The lawsuit claims that the Alrosa Villa nightclub did not provide adequate security for the gig, and that the staff could have done more to prevent the shooting.
2005: Online bidding closes on the Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. Autographed instruments and memorabilia from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Tommy Lee, Slash, Dave Navarro, Cold and members of U2 are on the block. Proceeds benefit MusiCares health and human service initiatives.
2006: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs 'The Saints Are Coming' with U2 during the group's concert at Oahu's Aloha Stadium. The song was released as a charity single to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
2006: Green Day, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Rancid and U2 are on 'CBGB Forever,' a compilation available exclusively at Best Buy. It's the first album released by Little Steven Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records.
2007: Lou Reed is the guest of honor at an invitation-only dinner in Miami Beach, FL. The event is held in conjunction with the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition. There's a screening of the concert film Lou Reed's Berlin which documents a series of 2006 New York shows where Reed performed his 1973 'Berlin' album in its entirety.
2008: Kid Rock lashes out at animal-rights organization PETA, declaring that he'll always wear fur. "I'm willing the animal-rights protesters to chuck red paint on me," says Rock. "To throw paint on someone is just wrong. They do it to little Hollywood actresses who can't defend themselves." PETA counters saying it's time for Rock to "grow up and grow out of his cruel wardrobe." They also contend that Rock's divorce from well-known PETA supporter, Pamela Anderson, is the true cause of his behavior. "I want to go to war with PETA," concludes Rock. "My biggest extravagance is fur coats - I've got every kind of animal in my wardrobe."
2008: Mike McCready's Jimi Hendrix tribute band Shadow '86 perform in the Pearl Jam guitarist's hometown of Seattle. The club show raises money for the Treehouse for Kids organization for foster children.
2008: L.A. eatery Barney's Beanery unveils a plaque honoring The Doors' Jim Morrison on what would have been the late singer's 65th birthday. The marker commemorates the spot where Morrison infamously urinated on the bar. Fellow Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger attend.
2009: KISS released their 56th single, 'Say Yeah, the second single from their 'Sonic Boom' album.
2009: Puddle Of Mudd release their 4th studio album, 'Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate.' It's the follow-up to 2007's 'Famous.' Scantlin says the tracks 'Keep It Together' and 'Pitchin' A Fit' were inspired by his wife, who doesn't always approve of his songwriting technique. He is often on the couch at 5 AM with a pack of beer. "I get a song out of any mood that my wife is in," Scantlin adds.
2009: 'A Song For A Son,' is a free download at the Smashing Pumpkins official website. It's the first single off the 44-song project 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.' "My desire is to release a song at a time, until all 44 are out," says Billy Corgan. "Each song will be made available absolutely for free, to anyone anywhere. There will be no strings attached."
2009: Green Day's 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' is the best single and 'American Idiot' wins the finest album honor in the Rolling Stone Best of the Decade Readers Poll. The group is also named the most accomplished artist of the past 10 years. However, Rolling Stone editors, writers and select musicians name Radiohead's 'Kid A' as the album of the decade and select U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' as 2009's best album. Meanwhile, over at iTunes, Apple's digital music service, Kings Of Leon score with 'Only By The Night.' It's both the top-selling album and the Editor's Pick as Album of the Year.
2009: 7dayBinge with 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell, MusikMafia guitarist Jon Nicholson, former Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and drummer Shannon Boone, make their self-titled debut album available for downloads.
2009: Soundscan reports that The Beatles were 2nd only to Eminem in album sales between 2000-2009. The Beatles sold over 30 million units including 11.5 million of their 2000 compilation 'The Beatles #1's.' That album, the decade's best seller, moved more copies than either Linkin Park's 'Hybird Theory' or Creed's 'Human Clay,' the only other Rock albums to make the decade's Top 10 sales list.
2009: Former the Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Doug Yule and Maureen "Moe" Tucker take part in the Live from the NYPL series at the New York Public Library. The discussion is moderated by Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke.
2010: Kid Rock's 'Born Free' tops Billboard's Rock Albums chart after spending the previous week at #2. 'Born Free' is also #13 on the Billboard 200.
2010: The Black Keys are #1 on both Billboard's Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts with 'Tighten Up,' from their 6th studio album, 'Brothers.'
2010: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is named the top lead singer of all time by the readers of He tops Freddy Mercury, Robert Plant, Ronnie James Dio, John Lennon, and Bruce Dickinson. According to MusicRadar, "{Rose is} the hotheaded, horny ginger stepchild of Steven Tyler and Robert Plant, a born Rock star who made being fashionably late a lifestyle choice and started riots in the process."
2010: Several hundred people with candles and glow sticks braved cold temperatures to sing John Lennon songs next to a peace monument in Liverpool, England. In New York, hundreds of fans gathered in Central Park, near the spot where Lennon was shot. Flowers were laid in the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park, which was converted to a memorial garden after his death.
2011: Metallica played The Fillmore in San Francisco for the 3rd of 4 shows to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. Rob Halford of Judas Priest joined them on stage for the song 'Rapid Fire.'
2011: Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children's Hospital as part of a challenge issued by Chilliwack, B.C. band Pardon My Striptease. "We're moved by the efforts of Pardon My Striptease to raise money for B.C. Children's Hospital and are happy and excited to take part," writes Nickelback singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger in a release. Pardon My Striptease's lead singer Andrew Putt's one-year-old daughter Lilee-Jean has already undergone two bouts of chemotherapy at the hospital.
2011: Former bandmates Paul Simonon and Mick Jones perform Clash material together live for the first time since 1982 at the Hillsborough Justice Campaign benefit concert. Supported by backing musicians the pair plays a dozen Clash songs including 'London Calling' and 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go.' The concert is for the victims of the Hillsborough football tragedy where 96 people were killed in 1989.
2011: Ringo Starr unveils his Knotted Gun statue for the Non-Violence Foundation in the Gibson Guitar Studio in London. The former Beatle calls for stricter weapons regulation at the anti-gun event held on the anniversary of John Lennon's murder. The statue depicts a large revolver, painted in a variety of pastel colors, with its barrel twisted into a knot. The word 'imagine' is emblazoned below the cylinder.
2012: Alice Cooper hosts the 12th annual Christmas Pudding concert at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix. Johnny Depp, Sebastian Bach, L.A. Guns and Don Felder of The Eagles are among the performers. Proceeds go to Cooper's Solid Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of teens through music, dance, and self expression.
2013: Metallica perform in Antarctica as part of a Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored promotional event. They play in a dome near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini. Metallica's performance is transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification. The concert also makes Metallica the first band to play all seven continents in one year. The feat is recognized in the 2015 Guinness World Records book. It was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent, following a performance in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak, at British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts.
2013: Carlos Santana and Billy Joel are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
2013: Muscle Shoals alum John Wyker dies of congestive heart failure age 68. His band Sailcat had a huge hit in 1972 with 'Motorcycle Mama.'
2014: Saxon postponed the remainder of the 35th anniversary Warriors Of The Road UK tour after drummer Nigel Glockler is rushed to hospital where he undergoes surgery to repair a brain aneurysm.
2014: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, along with the wife of late CCR member Tom Fogerty, file a lawsuit against the band's former leader/singer/songwriter, John Fogerty. The suit alleges that Fogerty violated the terms of a 2001 agreement saying that he wouldn't disparage Clifford and Cook's Creedence Clearwater Revisited by mocking the band in an interview.
2014: Yes release their 12th live album 'Like It Is: YES at the Bristol Hippodrome.' It was released for CD and DVD.
2015: Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) files a lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment after the site posts a video of the singer critiquing Taylor Swift's music. Leto alleges TMZ knew it was stolen, but published the video anyway. Leto also apologizes to the Pop/Country superstar for his harsh words.
2015: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that over 1.15 million people have been killed by firearms in the United States since John Lennon was gunned down thirty-five years earlier.
2015: Eagles Of Death Metal return to Bataclan in Paris less than one month after terrorist killed at least eighty-nine audience members during a concert at the venue. The band adds flowers to the makeshift memorial site and read their own tributes. "The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we Rock 'n Rollers cannot either...and we never will," the band writes on Facebook.
2016: Sir Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 73, after his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York City. The singer already had seven children, whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014.
2016: On the anniversary of John Lennon's death, Yoko Ono continued her plea for gun control in the United States with a Facebook posting that said, "Dear Friends, every day, 91 Americans are killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let's bring back America, the green land of Peace. The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 36 years, our son Sean and I still miss him."

Dec. 9
1955: Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, Arkansas, introducing his new song, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."
1961: The Tokens' 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' tops the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart for the first of a four week run.
1961: The Beatles played their first concert in the south of England with Ivor Jay & the Jaywalkers at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, England. The gig was billed as a “Battle of the Bands – Liverpool vs. London.” 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.
1962: Future Beatles producer George Martin was taken to the Liverpool Cavern by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to see the band perform live.
1962: The Four Seasons sing their current US #1 hit, 'Big Girls Don't Cry' on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Little Saint Nick' b/w 'The Lord's Prayer'45 single is released. It peaked at #3 on Billboard magazine's special seasonal weekly Christmas Singles chart, while also reaching #69 on the regular weekly sales chart surveyed by Cashbox magazine.
1964: In the second week it was available in the UK, The Beatles’ 'I Feel Fine' became a million seller. The song borrows its rhythm and structure from the group's 1963 hit 'Little Deuce Coupe.'
1964: The Kinks' 'All Day And All Of The Night' b/w 'I Gotta Move' 45 single is released. It reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was released on the compilation album 'Kinks-Size' in the US. For many years it was rumoured that Jimmy Page played the guitar solo; however, Ray Davies confirmed that Dave Davies created and played the solo, accidentally augmenting the riff by playing it through a speaker with a hole in it. Page may have appeared on the single's b-side, "I Gotta Move", which gives credits as "possibly Jimmy Page acoustic 12 string guitar, else Ray Davies".
1966: The Who released their 2nd studio album, 'A Quick One' in the UK (May 1967 in the US). In the US, Decca Records released the album under the title'“Happy Jack,' rather than the sexually suggestive title of the original UK release, and due to 'Happy Jack' being a top 40 hit in the US it replaced a cover of the Holland–Dozier–Holland hit Heat Wave) which was included on the original UK version of the album. In 2003, the album was ranked #383 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1966: Cream release their debut album, 'Fresh Cream' in the UK (January 1967 in the US). It reached #6 on the UK charts. Upon release in the US, it reached #39 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart is later certified Gold. In 2003, the album was ranked #101 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. They also released their 2nd single 'I Feel Free' on the same day.
1967: Doors lead singer Jim Morrison arrested in New Haven, Connecticut following backstage fight when security guard mistakes him for a fan. Before the show a policeman found Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a abckstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprayed mace in Morrison's face. Once onstage, Morrison told the audience the story of what happened backstage and started taunting the police who then dragged him off stage and arrested him. The crowd then rioted, leaving the venue in disarray and many concert goers arrested. Later, over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1967: Cream enters the US chart with their ‘Disraeli Gears’ album.
1967: The Beatles 'Hello Goodbye' topped the British singles charts.
1968: Free appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appears at Ungano’s in New York.
1970: Yes performs at Hull University in Hull, England.
1971: Richie Havens receives a role in the orchestral stage version of the Who’s rock opera 'Tommy.'
1971: Ten Years After's 'Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'N Roll You' b/w 'Once There Was A Time' 45 single is released. Written by Alvin Lee; from Ten Years After's 1971 LP, 'A Space in Time.' It reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: The Moody Blues hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with 'Seventh Sojourn.' It stays there for five weeks. It will be their last album of new material for more than five years as the group's members split to record and to tour as solo artists.
1972: Neil Diamond released the live double album 'Hot August Night,' from a concert on August 24, 1972, which was one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The album peaked at #5 on the US chart and spent 29 weeks at #1 on the Australian chart.
1972: An All-Star Orchestra version of ‘Tommy’ was performed at the Rainbow Theatre London's Rainbow Theatre. Advance tickets went for the then princely sum of $50, but the show itself was a major disappointment, with most of the "actors" floundering (except Who singer Roger Daltrey and Steve Winwood as Tommy's father). Narrator Pete Townshend, for his part, was observed to be drunk. None of this stopped the cast recording from being recorded and eventually becoming a hit in 1973.
1972: Three Dog Night's 'Pieces of April' enters the Billboard chart. The Dave Loggins written ballad will reach the US Top 20.
1972: Pink Floyd performs at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
1973: David Coverdale plays his first live show with Deep Purple, replacing Ian Gillan, at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1973: Yes played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1974: George Harrison released 'Dark Horse,' his first album on the label of the same name. His cover of The Everly Brothers 'Bye Bye Love' was a backhanded farewell to wife Patti Boyd, who took up with his friend Eric Clapton.
1974: On Monday Night Football, John Lennon stopped by the booth during a game between the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. While he was there, guest Ronald Reagan explained the rules of football to him.
1974: After clearing the shelves of unreleased material, The Who gets a gold record for 'Odd and Sods.'
1975: The Sex Pistols appeared at Ravensbourne College in Chistlehurst, London.
1976: Black Sabbath performed at the Capital Centr e in Landover, Maryland.
1976: ‪‎Y & T‬ released their debut album 'Yesterday And Today.'
1976: John Lennon purchased a Renoir painting valued at half-a-million dollars.
1977: KISS play the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis on their KISS Alive II Tour.
1978: The Blues Brothers release their first single, a cover of 'Soul Man.' The original is by Sam & Dave, whom the Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) emulated to create their act. It reaches #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: Steely Dan’s ‘Greatest Hits’ hits the US charts.
1978: While on bail for allegedly murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith’s brother, at a Skafish concert at a New York club. Vicious is sentenced to 55 days on Rikers Island for rehab. He died the night of his release after OD’ing on heroin his mother had procured for him.
1979: Motorhead‬ released their debut album 'On Parole.'
1979: 'Let There Be Rock - Live in Paris' by AC/DC was recorded live at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, during the 'Highway to Hell' World Tour.
1979: Marshall Tucker Band played at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
1980: The airwaves are filled with the music of John Lennon, who was shot and killed the previous evening. In Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen opens his concert by telling the crowd, "It's hard to come out here and play tonight, but there's nothing else to do."
1980: The day after John Lennon was murdered, Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that read: "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean." She also pleaded with chanting and singing mourners outside The Dakota to re-convene in Central Park the following Sunday for ten minutes of silent prayer. Meanwhile, Paul went into a recording studio to clear his head. He reportedly told his guitarist, Denny Laine, "I'm never gonna fall out with anybody again, just in case this happens."
1981: King Crimson appeared at the Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at The Bacchanal in San Diego, California.
1984: Jimmy Page and the Firm recorded an MTV Special at London’s Hammersmith. Odeon. Producers convinced Page and the band to perform 'Stairway to Heaven.'
1987: KISS play the Erie Civic Center in Erie, PA on their Crazy Nights Tour.
1988: Metallica played the first of two nights at Cow Place in San Francisco, during their 222-date 'Damaged Justice' world tour,
1989: Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire,' is the #1 single in the U.S. It's lyrics are made up from rapid-fire brief allusions to over a hundred headline events between 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album 'Storm Front.'
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Aerosmith’s 'Janie’s Got A Gun' at #49, Whitesnake’s 'Fool For Your Loving' #41, Tesla’s 'Love Song' #20, Alice Cooper’s 'Poison' #16, Bad English’s 'When I See You Smile' #15, Bon Jovi’s 'Living In Sin' #14, and Kix’s 'Don’t Close Your Eyes' at #12.
1991: After a long legal battle, Bob Marley’s $11.5 million estate is awarded to his wife Rita and her children. Ziggy Marley’s daughter is born on this day and he names her Justice in honor of the verdict.
1991: Guns N’ Roses made their debut at Madison Square Garden in the first of a three night stand. All three concerts were sold out, drawing over 54,000 fans & grossing over $1.3 million.
1992: Bill Wyman leaves the Rolling Stones after being a member for over 30 years.
1992: George Harrison is the first recipient of Billboard magazine's Century Award. Tom Petty handles the honors at the ceremony in Universal City.
1992: KISS play the Boise State University Pavilion in Boise, Idaho on their Revenge Tour.
1993: Country singer Travis Tritt's video of the Eagles 'Take It Easy' has appearances by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. An Eagles reunion happens the following year.
1995: The Beatles 'Anthology Vol. 1' hits the top of the charts. It sells 855,000 copies in its first week of release.
1997: Bryan Adams releases 'Unplugged.' The album was recorded at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on September 26, 1997.
1997: Oasis played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, supported by Supergrass.
1997: Following an Oasis show in Cardiff, Wales vocalist Liam Gallagher pours lager over the head of a reporter in a local hotel bar. Oddly, the reporter is in town to cover Gary Glitter and has nothing to do with Oasis.
1998: KISS play Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY‬ on their Psycho Circus Tour
1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic reunited with drummer Dave Grohl during a Foo Fighters performance in Seattle. The Foo Fighters own bassist was suffering from the flu.
2000: Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000: U2 made their first appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where they performed 'Beautiful Day' & 'Elevation.'
2001: Slash shows up at The Joint in Las Vegas, where his old band Guns N' Roses are playing. He is denied entry, as band management doesn't want to upset Axl Rose.
2002: Paul McCartney sparked another Beatles feud with the release of his live album, 'Back in the US.' Against the wishes of John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, the nineteen Beatles songs included on the two-disc set are credited to "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" rather than the traditional "Lennon / McCartney".
2003: Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.
2003: In the case surrounding the February 2003 fire at a Great White concert, a Rhode Island grand jury gave three indictments of involuntary manslaughter to the club’s two owners as well as Great White's road manager.
2003: Offspring's 'Splinter' album is released. Produced by Brendan O`Brien, the group's 7th album features drummer Josh Freese.
2005: A man charged with stealing more than $300,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry from the Elvis-A-Rama museum appeared in a Las Vegas court. 30 year old Eliab Aguilar was arrested on November 3rd after police said he approached a retired Elvis impersonator and offered to sell him several items including Presley's 1953 class ring from Humes High School worth $32,000, a 41 carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000 and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special.
2005: Alice In Chains guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell undergoes surgery at an L.A. orthopedic clinic to correct a problem that was causing acute pain in his left shoulder. "It's tough not being able to play for a while but I'm really looking forward to... performing without being in constant pain," says Cantrell.
2005: Mike Botts dies of colon cancer at 61. Botts was the drummer for Bread and died one day after his birthday. In addition to Bread, Botts was an active session musician who worked with hundreds of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Cetera, Warren Zevon, Dan Fogelberg, Eddie Money, J.D. Souther and Eric Carmen. He also worked on numerous soundtracks including 'Batman Beyond,' 'The Simpsons,' 'Footloose' and 'Urban Cowboy.'
2006: U2 wrap up their 'Vertigo' '06 tour in Honolulu. They are joined onstage by Green Day'S Billie Joe Armstrong and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready. Pearl Jam opens the show.
2006: A monument is unveiled on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ, honoring musicians, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's past and present members, who helped develop the local sound and music scene.
2006: An acetate LP of the Velvet Underground's first recording sells for $155,401 on e-Bay. The record was purchased by a collector for 75 cents four years earlier. Acetates were generally used as demos since they were cheap and of inferior quality to commercial albums. How the acetate got into 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' sleeve remains a mystery.
2006: Fred Marsden, the drummer for the Merseybeat band Gerry And The Pacemakers, died of cancer at the age of 66. After disbanding in 1967, Gerry Marsden reformed The Pacemakers in 1973 but without Fred, who had given up the music business to be a telephone operator and later established The Pacemaker Driving School.
2006: The "Red Rocker Chopper," a custom-designed motorcycle boasting artwork inspired by Sammy Hagar, is raffled off online for charity. Proceeds go to the First Candle organization, which works to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and stillbirth.
2008: Steve Isham,‬ former keyboardist with ‪‎Autograph‬ and ‪Vince Neil‬ died of liver cancer.
2008: Former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner files a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court charging his old group with breach of contract and other improprieties. He also seeks to dissolve the Papa Roach partnership and related corporations. Buckner claims that his relationship with his ex-bandmates has become "strained and antagonistic" since being fired from the group ON Christmas Eve, 2007.
2008: The U.S. Military releases a list of songs they use to break down detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay (Cuba). 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica, 'Bodies' by Drowning Pool, 'Born In The U.S.A.' by Bruce Springsteen and a double shot, 'Shoot To Thrill'/Hell's Bell's' by AC/DC, top the list which also includes tracks by Nine Inch Nails. "It's difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you've put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture," writes frontman Trent Reznor in an online post. In addition, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello backs the Reprieve organization's Zero dB initiative protesting the use of music to torture political prisoners. The campaign promotes periods of silence during concerts and festivals to show solidarity for the victims of this psychological torture method. Among those supporting the effort are RATM, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and AC/DC.
2009: The second season of 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...' begins on the Sundance Channel. Guests for season two include U2 members Bono and the Edge, Nick Lowe and Levon Helm (The Band). "I wasn't looking for a career in TV," says Costello. "It's something I did as a side project from my real career."
2009: Izzy Stradlin released his 10th studio album, 'Smoke,' only on iTunes.
2010: Jim Morrison is posthumously pardoned for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction in Florida. Outgoing Governor Charlie Crist leads the pardon effort, which the Clemency Board unanimously grants. The Doors frontman, a Florida native, was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.
2010: Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Center in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000 ($20,800). The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.
2011: A copy of The Beatles 'Love Me Do' 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.
2011: 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' is in theaters. The soundtrack is by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. "We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music...," writes Reznor on the Nine Inch Nails website.
2011: 'New Year's Eve,' a romantic comedy with Jon Bon Jovi, is in theaters.
2012: Megadeth leaves Roadrunner Records.
2013: Pixies name Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle and Zwan) as their touring bassist taking over from Kim Shattuck, who departed just four months after replacing co-founder Kim Deal.
2013: Recipients honored at the 36th annual national John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were: pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; singer and songwriter Billy Joel and guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.
2014: Sting joins the cast of his struggling Broadway musical 'The Last Ship.' His month long run is an attempt to save the show from closing. Variety reports there were “no major car crashes” during Sting’s debut performance.
2014: Blink-182's Travis Barker is named the Best Rock Drummer of the Year by readers of Rhythm magazine. He beat out Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) and Brent Fitz (Slash's solo band).
2014: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is named GQ Magazine's Rock God Of The Year.
2014: Lynch Mob release their 6th studio album, 'Sun Red Sun.'
2015: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones are the biggest-earning Rock acts of 2015. According to Forbes, The Eagles made $73.5 during the past 12 months but that figure was dwarfed by a pair of pop acts - Katy Perry netted $135 million while One Direction took in $130 million. Fleetwood Mac was 9th with $59.5 million and The Rolling Stones ranked 11th with $57.5 million. Elton John also had a good year, raking in $53.5 million, as did Paul McCartney, who earned $51.5 million.
2015: Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has harsh words for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. "He could just be a clown," states Blythe. "If he is the president, though, I am leaving America 'till he's gone."
2016: The Rolling Stones topped the UK chart with their latest album 'Blue & Lonesome,' the bands first original studio album to reach #1 for 22 years and the 12th album by The Rolling Stones to reach the top of the charts.
2017: 'Up All Night' tops the Billboard Adult Alternative Chart. It’s Beck’s third #1 on the chart in the last three years. 'Dreams' (’15) and 'Blue Moon' (’14) are the other two.

Dec. 10
1949: Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records at J&M Studio in New Orleans. Fats Domino records his first single, 'Detroit City Blues,' backed with 'The Fat Man.' The B-side becomes the hit, and "The Fat Man" later became his nickname.
1959: The four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation after an incident on August 10th in Cincinnati. Despite the outcome of the trial, the scandal would severely damage the group's career.
1961: The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.
1965: 18-year-old David Bowie recorded 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' at Pye Studios, London, England, which was later released as a single under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third. It became the first David Bowie record to be released in the US as well as the first time the name "Bowie" appeared under the songwriters credit.
1965: The first Bill Graham promoted show takes place at the Fillmore Auditorium (later to be known as Fillmore West). The performers include Jefferson Airplane and The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist, Grace Slick.
1965: Grateful Dead played their first show at the Fillmore in San Francisco for concert promoter Bill Graham. It was only the 2nd time they had played under that name having recently changed it from The Warlocks.
1966: The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations' hits #1 on the pop charts. It's the group's 3rd US #1. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song. At a cost of $16,000, it was the most expensive single ever produced in music history up to that time.
1966: The Who performed at the Odeon Theatre in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.
1966: The Who's 'I'm A Boy' b/w 'In The City' 45 single is released.
1966: The Rolling Stones 1st live album, 'Got LIVE If You Want It!' is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1966: The Beatles compilation album of of songs recorded between 1963 and 1966, 'A Collection of Beatles Oldies - But Goldies!' is released in the UK. It only reached #6 on the UK album chart, perhaps because most fans already owned most of the tracks on other releases. However, the album continued to sell reasonably well, remained in print for many years, and was only deleted when the compact disc age approached (and made obsolete by the Past Masters compilations). It was also the longest album that the Beatles had released to that point, totaling almost 40 minutes of music.
1967: Pink Floyd play the Teenagers Sunday Club, at The Birdcage, in Harlow, Essex, England.
1967: The Byrds played the first of an eight night run at the Whisky-a-go-go in Hollywood.
1967: American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. He was just 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3:28pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash. Redding had only three days earlier recorded '(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,' which he co-wrote with Steve Cropper. It went on to become the first posthumous #1 Billboard single in U.S. chart history.
1967: Steve Miller (Blues) Band, a previously almost unknown San Francisco group, signs with Capitol Records for unprecedented $750,000. Blues is almost immediately dropped from the name.
1968: Led Zeppelin perform at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ungano’s in New York.
1969: Janis Joplin, Grand Funk, and opener Fat Jessie appeared at the Rochester Community War Memorial Arena in Rochester, New York.
1969: Sly And The Family Stone 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)' b/w 'Everybody Is A Star' 45 single is released. It reached #1 on the soul single charts for five weeks, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. Rolling Stone ranked the song #402 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1970: Ginger Baker's Air Force release their 2nd and final album, 'Ginger Baker's Air Force 2.'.
1970: Yes played at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesborough, England.
1971: Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by jealous boyfriend Trevor Howell. Zappa fell onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit - the band thought Zappa had been killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year. Later, Zappa says, “The band thought I was dead. My head was over on my shoulder, and my neck was bent like it was broken. I had a gash in my chin, a hole in the back of my head, a broken rib, and a fractured leg. One arm was paralyzed.”
1971: At the "Free John Sinclair Rally" in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Lennon debuts his new song, fittingly called 'John Sinclair.' Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Phil Ochs also appear at the rally, which is an effort to get Sinclair, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints, out of jail. Sinclair was released two days later.
1971: Monkees singer Davy Jones guest stars on The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones."
1972: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1973: The CBGB Club (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues), opened in the lower eastside of New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a home for American punk and New Wave bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and the Ramones. There were two rules: 1) bands had to move their own equipment, and 2) bands had to play mostly original songs – no cover bands – because the owner couldn’t afford to pay ASCAP royalty fees.
1974: Deep Purple's 9th studio album, 'Stormbringer' is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK chart.
1974: KISS performed at the Davenport Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa.
1975: The Who's 7th album, 'The Who By Numbers' goes gold. It was released two-months earlier.
1976: The 'Wings Over America' album is released. The triple live album ant the 6th from the band goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. reached to #1 during its 86 week stay on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and reached #8 on the UK albums chart during its 22 week stay.
1976: Queen release their 5th studio album, 'A Day at the Races.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the charts in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands. 'A Day at the Races' was the band's first completely self-produced album, and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. The title of the album followed suit with its predecessor 'A Night at the Opera' in taking its name from a film by the Marx Brothers.
1976: Billy Idol's Generation X play their first live performance, at London's Central College of Art.
1976: Rush played at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1978: Bob Dylan appeared at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1980: Dire Straits performed at City Hall in Newcastle, England
1980: John Lennon's body is cremated at the Fercliff Mortuary in Hatsdale, New York. Yoko took possession of the ashes and reportedly brought them back to her Dakota apartment.
1980: Journey released 'Dream, After Dream,' the soundtrack album to the Japanese film 'Yume, Yume No Ato.'
1983: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 'Say, Say Say' hits #1 in the US, the first of 6 weeks at the top spot. Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' is #3 and Pat Benatar's 'Love Is A Battlefield' sits at #5.
1983: Pat Benatar peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love is a Battlefield,' Benatar’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Fixx’s 'One Thing Leads To Another' at #42, Genesis’ 'That’s All' #34, The Romantics’ 'Talking In Your Sleep' #24, Peter Schilling’s 'Major Tom (Coming Home)' #18, and Quiet Riot’s 'Cum On Feel The Noise' at #8. ‬
1983: Stevie Nicks made her first appearance as a musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' where she performed 'Stand Back' and 'Nightbird.'
1984: Band-Aid releases 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to raise money for African famine relief.
1985: Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1985: Dokken released the single 'The Hunter.' ‬
1987: Joe Satriani's second full-length solo album, 'Surfing with the Alien,' is released.
1988: Killer Dwarfs opened for Iron Maiden at Wembley Arena in London on the 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour.'
1988: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Look Away,' the group’s third chart topper.
1991: Alan Freed, the man who coined the term "Rock and Roll” is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
1993: Matthew Trippe finally dropped his lawsuit against Doc McGhee claiming he was the real Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. Trippe claims that in June 1983, Mötley Crüe's managers Doc McGhee and Doug Thaler decided to bring him in as the new Nikki Sixx after Nikki was unable to continue due to a serious car crash. In January 1988, he filed a lawsuit against McGhee Enterprises, Inc. citing civil theft and other relief, claiming royalties that were never paid for songs he said he wrote. These included 'Danger,' 'Knock 'Em Dead Kid,' "Girls Girls Girls,' 'You're All I Need,' 'Dancing on Glass,' and 'Wild Side.' In March 1989, Mötley Crüe recorded a demo for 'Dr. Feelgood' called 'Say Yeah.' The song's lyrics, written by Nikki Sixx, are supposedly about Trippe and the lawsuit. The track later turned up on 'Supersonic and Demonic Relics' (1999).
1994: BBC2's 'Later With Jools Holland' has Oasis performing 'Whatever' and their take on The Beatles 'I Am The Walrus.'
1997: Bryan Adams released his 'Unplugged' album.
1998: Bruce Springsteen won a $3 million legal battle in the U.K. with two companies that wanted to release previously unreleased songs from his early career. Masquerade Music wanted to release an album titled 'Before the Fame' & Flute International wanted to release an album of 19 unreleased songs.
1998: A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300 ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles’ 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for £5,195 ($8500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.
1999: The day after his 56th birthday, The Band's bassist, Rick Danko, dies in his sleep in Woodstock, NY. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). They later became The Band. After The Band performed its farewell concert, 'The Last Waltz,' at Winterland in 1976, Danko was the first Band member offered a solo contract. His self-titled debut featured each of his former bandmates in addition to Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton and Danko’s brother, Terry. Danko also sang on the Pink Floyd songs 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Mother.' In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Band.
2002: Spin Magazine names The Strokes “The Band of the Year."
2003: Audioslave captures Modern Rock Artist of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year 2003 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Trapt`s 'Headstrong' nails Track of Year honors in both the Rock and Modern Rock categories. Evanescence gets New Group Artist of the Year and Soundtrack Single of the Year ('Bring Me to Life'). Foo Fighters and Evanescence perform. Jane`s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is among the presenters.
2003: Metallica announces their complete catalog is available for download on select websites, but fans must purchase albums rather than individual songs.
2004: One of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.
2005: Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk weds Seven Year Bitch vocalist Selene Vigil in Lake Tahoe, CA. The small ceremony is the culmination of a 10 year courtship.
2005: U2 receives Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of their work on human-rights issues and fighting global debt over the past two decades. "They have inspired and empowered millions with their music and by speaking out on behalf of the poor, the powerless and the oppressed," says the organization's secretary general, Irene Khan.
2007: Led Zeppelin take the stage of London's O2 arena as the headliners of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away the previous December. He was the one who signed Zeppelin in 1968. John Bonham's son Jason is on the drumkit. Zeppelin start with 'Good Times Bad Times,' the first track from their debut album. Zeppelin performs a total of sixteen songs, including for the first time, live, full-length versions of 'Ramble On' and “For Your Life.' Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott are in the audience. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show. With proceeds going to Ertegun’s charity, the cost is $255 per ticket, but scalpers get up to $2,000.
2007: Eddie Van Halen's backyard is swamped when a water main bursts. Firefighters are able to prevent the ensuing mudslide from harming the guitarist's L.A. home but his swimming pool and driveway gate are damaged.
2008: The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to "create fear, disorient and prolong capture shock" for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were 'Born In The USA' by Bruce Springsteen, 'Hell's Bells' by AC/DC, 'White America' by Eminem, 'The Theme From Sesame Street' and 'I Love You' from the Barney and Friends children's TV show.
2009: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose punches a photographer while boarding a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. The singer, reportedly traveling to a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, warns the photographer and tells bystanders he's going to "break this guy's f*cking neck," before knocking the photographer to the ground. Footage of the incident lands online.
2009: In an interview with Q magazine, Paul McCartney was asked if his marriage to Heather Mills was the worst mistake of his life. He replied "OK, yeah. I suppose that has to be the prime contender." The divorce settlement had cost McCartney £24m ($38.9m), plus annual payments for his daughter, Beatrice.
2009: Slipknot's 'Psychosocial' and 'Sulfur,' from 'All Hope Is Gone,' and 'Duality' from 2006's 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' are available for download for the 'Rock Band' video game.
2010: The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' sold at a New York auction. Expected to go for $300,000, hedge-fund manager Adam Sender pays $422,500 beating out a handful of other bidders. Dylan wrote the classic protest song in 1963.
2011: A copy of The Beatles 'Love Me Do' 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.
2011: Sublime with Rome (Ramirez) drummer Bud Gaugh announces he has quit the band prior to a performance at the Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert in L.A. "The story is that I'm gonna be a dad here again real soon, and I just wanna be there for my family," says Gaugh.
2011: At the last of four 30th anniversary concerts at The Filmore in San Francisco, Metallica are joined on stage by two original members: bass player Ron McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine.
2012: Guitarist Stacey Blades announces that he has left L.A. Guns due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences."
2014: Foo Fighters perform in South Africa for the first time at Cape Town Stadium.
2014: Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn condemns "mosh pit bullying." "I think, especially in America, moshing has turned into a form of bullying. The big guy stands in the middle and just trucks any small kid that comes near him. Those guys need to be kicked out. A proper mosh pit is a great way to be as a group and dance, and just do your thing."
2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble top the public poll for induction into the 2015 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 18 million votes, one-third of the total votes cast.
2014: Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' is named the best song of all-time to have playing during surgery, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Among the worst songs are Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust,' Bob Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and R.E'M.'s 'Everybody Hurts.'
2015: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sells for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby's 'Driven By Disruption' car auction in New York. Joplin bought the car secondhand in 1968. The pearl white auto was painted by a Big Brother & The Holding Company roadie.
2015: Funeral services for former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland are held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Weiland died in his sleep a week earlier. Members of both bands attend.
2016: 'Hair Metal Holiday' featuring BulletBoys, Kix, Lynch Mob, King's X, Pretty Boy Floyd, Lillian Axe and Tuff and others happens in Dallas, Texas.
2016: Patti Smith accepts the Nobel Prize in Literature on behalf of Bob Dylan. Dylan doesn't attend the ceremony, but sends an insightful speech that is read by the US ambassador to Sweden. Dylan said it was "truly beyond words" to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. He said he thought his odds of winning were as likely as him "standing on the moon". Patti Smith performed 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' at the ceremony. But the singer had to apologize during her rendition after nerves got the better of her and she forgot the lyrics.
2016: Green Day pay tribute to the victims of the fire at the Ghost Ship building in Oakland which was a mixed use space for artists. Thirty- six people died eight days earlier during an event at the space. "My heart just goes out to all the people who perished in that warehouse, because these are just people looking for themselves," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Dec. 11
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis marries 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, who is the daughter of his cousin (and bass player), J.W. Brown. That makes her his first cousin once removed. Besides creating one of the most shocking scandals of its time, the marriage is further complicated by the fact that Lewis was still technically married to his previous wife, Jane Mitcham. Lewis and Brown divorce 14 years later after Myra claims, “I have been subject to every type of physical and mental abuse imaginable.”
1958: The Coasters record 'Charlie Brown,' which would go on to reach #2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list in early in 1959. The song was so popular that over the years more than 80 cover versions have been recorded.
1960: Aretha Franklin makes her New York stage debut, singing Blues and Pop standards at the Village Vanguard.
1961: Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Blue Hawaii', his 7th US #1 album.
1961: Motown Records achieves their first #1 song when The Marvelettes' 'Please Mr. Postman' reaches the top. The session musicians on the track included 22 year old Marvin Gaye on drums.
1964: Sam Cooke is killed at age 33 when the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles (where rooms cost $3 a night) shoots him three times. The manager claims that Cooke assaulted her and that he tried to rape his companion. The incident was ruled a justifiable homicide.
1964: The Righteous Brothers 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' is released. It will become their first Billboard Top 40 hit and reach #1 the following February. In 1999, the performing-rights organization, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) ranked the song as having had more radio and television play in the United States than any other song during the 20th century.
1965: The Velvet Underground play their first show: opening for a group called The Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey. They play three songs: 'There She Goes Again,' 'Heroin' and 'Venus In Furs.'
1965: Bob Dylan plays the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1966: Elton John's band Bluesology opens for Little Richard at a show in London. Elton would later say, "When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player."
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Also on the bill, The Children, and The Paupers.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears self-titled 2nd album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks throughout 1969, and features three singles that reached various Billboard charts - 'And When I Die' (Hot 100 #2, Adult Contemporary #4), 'Spinning Wheel' (Hot 100 #2, Adult Contemporary #1, R&B Singles #45), and 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' (Hot 100 #2, R&B Singles #46). It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1968: Filming begins on 'The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus' movie. Conceived by Mick Jagger, the event was comprised of two concerts on a circus stage and included such acts as John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono performing as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Richards, Jethro Tull and The Who, as well as clowns and acrobats. It was originally meant to be aired on the BBC, but the Rolling Stones withheld it because they were unhappy with their performance. Many believe the real reason was because the Who completely upstaged the Stones. As a footnote, this is the only footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi performing as a member of Jethro Tull. The film was eventually released in 1996.
1968: Deep Purple released their 2nd album, 'The Book of Taliesyn.' It reached #54 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Yes appeared at LCP Fletcher Hall in Leicester, England.
1970: The Doors performed at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
1970: King Crimson released their 3rd album, 'Lizard.' It reached #113 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: John Lennon releases ‘Plastic Ono Band’ LP, containing ‘Mother’ and ‘Working Class Hero.’ It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, it placed at #22 in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1970: The film 'The Magic Christian' starring Ringo Starr, premieres in London.
1971: Yes played at the Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.
1971: UK comedian Benny Hill was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the innuendo-laden novelty song, 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West),' giving Hill his only #1 and the Christmas #1 hit of 1971. The song was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.
1971: Carly Simon's 'Anticipation' is released in the US where it will reach #13 during a ten week run.
1972: Genesis play their first-ever US concert at Brandeis University in Massachussetts.
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Rolling Stones 'More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)' is released. It was the second compilation album of Rolling Stones music by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who usurped control of the band's Decca/London material in 1970), released on December 11, 1972, after the band's departure from Decca and Klein. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP"s chart.
1973: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touches a short circuited light. He is carried from the stage but returns 10 minutes later to finish the show. This incident inspires the song 'Shock Me,' which is Frehley’s first lead vocal in Kiss.
1973: Bobby Darin has an operation to repair his artificial heart valves at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He would die nine days later at age 37.
1974: Deep Purple played at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1976: Al Stewart's 'Year Of The Cat' enters the pop charts.
1976: Bob Seger releases his breakthrough album 'Night Moves.' It sells over 5 million copies.
1977: Queen played at The Summit in Houston, Texas.
1978: David Bowie appears at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1978: Black Sabbath performed their last concert with their original lineup at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. They later reunited for one-off performances at Live Aid in 1985 & in 1992 at Ozzy Osbourne’s “farewell” concerts before touring sporadically between the years of 1997-2005. Van Halen opened the show.
1979: The Cars 'Double Life' b/w 'Candy-O' 45 single is released.
1979: King Crimson released their 3rd studio album, 'Lizard.'
1980: U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1982: Slade released their live album, 'Slade on Stage.' It was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in 1981 and reached #58 in the UK charts.
1982: Pat Benatar peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Shadows of the Night,' Benatar’s 7th top 40 single in the U.S.
1982: Billy Idol made his first appearance on American Bandstand where he performed 'Hot in the City' & 'White Wedding.'
1984: Krokus, W.A.S.P. and Helix played at the Long Beach Arena.
1988: Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre plays host to a Roy Orbison tribute concert, featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt. Orbison passed away a week earlier.
1989: The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: 'Presence' (2 million), 'Led Zeppelin' (4 million), 'Physical Graffiti'
(4 million) and 'In Through The Out Door' (5 million).
1989: Supporting Alice Cooper, Great White play Wembley Arena; the concert is broadcast later by 'The Friday Rock Show' and is released the following year in Japan as 'Live In London.'
1993: Guns N’ Roses entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #4 with their covers album 'The Spaghetti Incident?' which was their last album to feature original guitarist Slash & original bassist Duff McKagan.
1998: During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
2000: A Perfect Circle’s debut album, 'Mer de Noms,' is approved for release in China by the country’s government' It's the first Western rock album since Guns N’ Roses 'Use Your Illusion I and II' were permitted in 1997. 'Mer de Noms' is required to display an “explicit language” warning in China.
2001: Paul McCartney performs 'Let It Be' as part of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway.
2002: David Lee Roth files a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in Van Halen, claiming he was underpaid royalties. Roth argues that the 1996 agreement was instituted without his knowledge and was a “plan to divert royalties” due to him. Roth claims to be owed 25% of Van Halen’s royalties, per a contract he signed upon leaving the band.
2002: The remaining dates of Guns N’ Roses’ North American tour was cancelled by promoters after a riot in Philadelphia six days earlier due to Axl Rose no-showing the concert. 35 concerts were scheduled, but only 16 took place.
2002: What was left of the original Napster's computers, laptops and servers were auctioned off in San Francisco, as the online file sharing company cleaned out its remaining physical assets. A federal judge ordered Napster offline until it could comply with an order to halt the unauthorized trade of copyright music.
2004: Artworks created by 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold and his wife, Terika, are auctioned on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society. The organization assists injured and orphaned animals in Mississippi.
2006: Courtney Love has two drug-possession cases and an assault charge dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court justice after successfully completing her court-mandated drug-rehab program. "Thank you for giving me (another) opportunity," Love tells the judge.
2006: A keyboard signed by Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2's Bono, David Bowie and ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is auctioned in New York to benefit the Witness human-rights organization co-founded by Gabriel.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards issues a digital single (via iTunes) featuring two rare cover songs, his 1976 rendition of Chuck Berry's, 'Run Rudolph Run' and an 2003 version of 'Pressure Drop,' which was originally recorded by Toots and the Maytals. 2008: Bon Jovi's 'Lost Highway' tour tops Billboard's Boxscore (an annual list of the highest-grossing tours). The trek earned $210.6 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band land at #2 ($205 million).
2008: 3 Doors Down and Hinder appear in "teen service announcements" to promote Best Buy's @15 platform for social change. "My advice to any teenager would be...aim for your future and start it now," says 3DD singer Brad Arnold.
2009: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo leaves an Albany, NY, hospital following a tour bus accident that left him with a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and broken ribs. In what looks to be a classic mess-up his management arranges for a bus to transport him back to LA. Actually, doctors order Cuomo not to get on an airplane for a month because the air pressure changes would be bad for his healing punctured lung.
2009: Time magazine ranks Mastodon's 'Crack The Skye' as the third best album of 2009. The Progressive Metal set is the last of four in a cycle that focuses on the concept of Earth's elements. "Nods to European Folk, Free Jazz and Prog Rock...the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes 'Crack The Skye' sonically unforgettable," writes Time. Brad Paisley's 'American Saturday Night' and Dirty Projectors' 'Bitte Orca,' are #1 and #2, respectively.
2009: Marilyn Manson settles a $20 million lawsuit filed against him by former bandmate Stephen Bier. The keyboardist, also known as Pogo/Madonna Wayne Gacy, sued Manson for breach of contract, claiming he was deprived of his share of the band's earnings due to Manson's questionable acquisitions. The suit is settled for $175,000. "After being dismissed from the band, Bier could have focused on resurrecting or attempting to pursue a music career," says Manson's lawyer. "Instead, he devoted the last several years to complaining about Manson's alleged spending habits and extravagant behavior to anyone who would listen."
2010: Good Charlotte's Joel Madden marries Nicole Richie at the home of Richie's dad, Lionel Richie, in Los Angeles.
2011: Evanescence performs at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.
2011: Kid Rock is on CNN's 'Heroes: An All-Star Tribute' recognizing everyday people changing the world. Playing a piano, Rock sings a special version of his single 'Care.'
2012: Metallica released their 'Quebec Magnetic' Blu-Ray/DVD.
2012: Ravi Shankar (born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury) dies in La Jolla, CA after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery at 92. Shankar was an Indian musician well known for introducing the sitar to George Harrison of the Beatles. Shankar performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, and toured up until his death. He was awarded five Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score for Gandhi. He was the father of musician Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, who has sold upwards of 50 million albums.
2012: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 is announced. Rush and Heart make the cut. "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer/bassist, Geddy Lee, tells Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Heart's Ann Wilson offers an observation on why it took so long for the Hall to honor her band. "Some people have an idea of what the shape of Rock & Roll is supposed to look like," says Wilson. "We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while." Joan Jett and Deep Purple are passed over. "To be frank, I am disappointed that Deep Purple is not included in that group," adds Lee. "Certainly Heart and Rush would not sound the way we sound without Deep Purple." The formal induction comes in April, 2013.
2012: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger makes a guest appearance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' to deliver the Top 10 list based on "10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock N' Roll." At #1: "You start out playing Rock 'n' Roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play Rock 'n' Roll and have sex."
2012: A paperback version of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's memoir, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath,' is in bookstores. "It's got new chapters bringing everything up to date, including my battle with lymphoma," states Iommi. The hardcover version came out in 2011.
2013: Led Zeppelin officially release their first two albums, I and II, for streaming via Spotify. The legendary band had been a conspicuous hold out. The remaining Zep catalog follows.
2013: Rod Stewart confirmed a reunion with The Faces in 2015, which is the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. They planned on getting together after Ronnie Wood's next tour with the Rolling Stones.
2014: AC/DC score their 9th Top 10 album when 'Rock Or Bust' debuts at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album sells 174,00 copies during its opening week to land behind Pentatonix ('That's Christmas To Me') and Taylor Swift ('1989').
2015: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and his Rockstar Investment Group, is sued for allegedly helping defrauded investors in the ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League franchise, which folded earlier in the year.
2015: KISS frontman Paul Stanley sings the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' when the San Antonio Spurs host the L.A. Lakers at the AT&T Center.
2015: Motorhead played their last concert ever in Berlin.
2015: More than a hundred relatives, friends, fans and former employees gathered to dedicate the stone that will become the centerpiece of a memorial garden outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi.

Dec. 12
1901: Guglielmo Marconi sent out and received the very first transatlantic radio signal.
1955: Bill Haley and His Comets record 'See You Later Alligator.'
1955: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory in Mississippi.
1957: A Portland, Oregon, DJ is fired for violating the station's ban of Elvis Presley's version of 'White Christmas.' Presley's straight-ahead rendition of the Christmas classic is considered in poor taste by some. The station management said, "it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas."
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, MS. She's the daughter of J.W. Brown, Jerry Lee's bass player and cousin. Myra is 13 years old, though she claims to be 20 on the marriage license. When her age and family ties are discovered it leads to a major scandal that wrecks Jerry Lee's career for several years. Also, Jerry Lee is still married to his second wife, Jane Mitchum. Though separated, the divorce didn't become final until May of 1958.
1959: After being pushed out of the #1 spot on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the last four weeks, Bobby Darin's 'Mack The Knife' returned to the top of the chart. It is a feat that is seldom duplicated.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, Ohio.
1963: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the group's 3rd #1 (and first Amercan #1) and this year's UK Christmas #1.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ second American album, '12x5,' went to #3 on the chart.
1964: 'The Beatles Story' enters the albums chart.
1964: The Zombies reached their highest point on the Billboard Pop chart when 'She's Not There' topped out at #2. Although they recorded the track in just one take, it would stay on the Hot 100 for 3 months and climbed to #12 in the UK.
1965: Bob Dylan plays the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA.
1966: Pink Floyd perform their first concert at Oxfam benefit at Royal Albert Hall. They would play the RAH three more times, with the last performance there in 1970.
1966: Jimi Hendrix performs at the RamJam Club in London.
1966: Elvis Presley donates over $100,000 to a variety of Memphis charities.
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was let off the hook by a London appeals court. He faced nine months in prison after he was found guilty of possessing cannabis, but three psychiatrists testified that his nerves would be unable to handle such a lengthy incarceration, and the court agreed to commute his sentence.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appears at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1969: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 'Live Peace in Toronto 1969' is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded at the Toronto Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert which took place on September 13th.
1969: The Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers film 'The Magic Christian' premieres in London. The film also featured appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Richard Attenborough and Roman Polanski.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Woodrose Ballroom in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
1970: Although they had enjoyed 26 previous Top 40 Hits, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles reached #1 on the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with 'The Tears Of A Clown.' It was also a #1 in the UK.
1970: Charges of larceny by trick are filed against Little Richard in Miami Beach, Florida by Blacks, Inc., a black advocacy group which says the veteran Rocker pocketed $250 he had solicited for the organization. Little Richard claims that all he wants is a receipt and then he'll give them their money. A week later, the charges were dropped.
1970: The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans. Before the show, Morrison allegedly spent the day drinking and indulging in a cornucopia of drugs, including a strong dose of psychedelics. The show ends when Morrison rams the mic stand into the stage, which finally gives way.
1970: Steven Stills releases 'Love The One You're With.'
1970: Neil Young peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' Young’s first top 40 single in the U.S.
1970: 'Abraxas' by Santana enters it’s 4th week at #1 on the US album charts. It hit the top spot for a week on October 24th, then returned for the last five weeks of 1970 on November 28th.
1971: The Who performed at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco.
1972: Genesis appeared at Philharmonic Hall in New York.
1973: Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 'Brain Salad Surgery' is certified gold.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Omni, in Atlanta. Georgia.
1974: KISS performed at the I.M.A. Sports Arena in Flint, Michigan.
1974: The Rolling Stones second guitarist, Mick Taylor, announced he was quitting the band. The Stones carried on recording their album 'Black and Blue' in Munich with a variety of guitarists, including Taylor’s eventual replacement, Ron Wood.
1975: Rush played at War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.
1975: Black Sabbath and special guests KISS played Onondaga County War Memorial Memorial in Syracuse, New York.
1976: KISS & Uriah Heep performed at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted right after they played 'Detroit Rock City.' KISS performed that song on top of their set before descending to the stage for the next song. As Frehley came down, he grabbed onto a metal rail to steady himself, completing an electrical circuit with his guitar. He was seized by the current and unable to move, but finally broke free and fell several feet to the stage below. "If I hadn't been able to let go, I would have died," Frehley later told the Lakeland Ledger. "My life passed in front of my eyes." Ace took a 10-minute break in the dressing room before returning to the stage to a standing ovation, finishing the night's set. The incident inspired his song 'Shock Me,' which wound up being the first track he ever sang on a KISS album.
1976: Bob Seger’s single 'Night Moves' is released. The song peaks at #4 on the Billboard chart and is Seger’s breakthrough track.
1978: Van Halen entered the studio to begin work on their 2nd album.
1978: David Bowie played the last show of his world tour at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings performed in Birmingham, England, the latest stop on their farewell tour. Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham, who performed on the Wings album 'Back to the Egg,' attended the show.
1980: Four days after John Lennon's murder, thousands of marchers make their way from down Fifth Avenue to the Dakota Building, where he lived and was killed.
1980: The Clash's 4th 'Sandinista!' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll. It was ranked #404 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
1981: King Crimson performed at Expo Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1981: The Foreigner '4' album hits #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It spends a total of 10 weeks at #1.
1982: Judas Priest 'Live Vengeance '82' by was recorded at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee and originally released on VHS as 'Judas Priest Live.'
1985: Keyboardist Ian Stewart died in London of a heart attack in his doctor's Harley Street waiting room. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Stewart was the first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group. However, Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham kicked him out of the band because he didn’t have “the right look.” Stewart became the band’s road manager and their indispensable sideman. He played on all The Rolling Stones albums between 1964 and 1983. Also played piano on Led Zeppelin's ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Boogie With Stu’ from 'Physical Graffiti.'
1985: After missing a bond revocation hearing in November, David Crosby turns himself in to the FBI and begins serving time for drug and firearms possession. Crosby considered fleeing the country to avoid jail time, but decided to bite the bullet and serve his sentence.
1987: Whitesnake go platinum with ‘Slide it In.’
1987: 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady),' Aerosmith's first chart single in seven years, climbs to #14.
1990: Britain’s Q magazine presents its first awards. During the London fete the Rolling Stones are named Best Live Act and U2 is the Best Act In The World Today.
1991: Cynthia Lennon, as well as Sean and Yoko Ono, attended the funeral of John Lennon's Aunt Mimi (Smith). Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all sent floral arrangements. During the service, the funeral home played 'Imagine.'
1994: Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love is awarded songwriting credits on 35 Beach Boys songs. Love claimed that Murry Wilson, the father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, administered the publishing rights and left him uncredited for many songs for which he contributed lyrics.
1997: John Fogerty plays live on a Hollywood (actually Burbank) soundstage for an MTV special. Not only does he play songs from his new album 'Blue Moon Swamp,' he plays Creedence Clearwater Revival classics. Fogerty had refused to play CCR songs due to a major falling out over song ownership with Fantasy Records, CCR's label.
1998: Pearl Jam's 'Live On Two Legs' reaches #15 on the U.S. album chart.
1998: A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at $20,500.
2000: Guns N' Roses announced their long-awaited album 'Chinese Democracy' was due for release in June 2001. It actually came out in November of 2008.
2001: Arthur Lee guitarist and singer from Love, was released from prison after serving almost six years of an eleven-year sentence. Lee had been convicted of possession of a firearm and for allegedly shooting a gun in the air during a dispute with a neighbor.
2001: Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic filed a countersuit against Courtney Love involving future releases of Nirvana material. The suit was in response to a lawsuit Love filed earlier in the year claiming Nirvana’s contract with the Universal Music Group was null & void & that all rights pertaining to Nirvana would revert to her.
2002: The Boring Institute of America declared Ozzy Osbourne the most boring celebrity of the year.
2002: At a New York radio show, Kelly Osbourne re-ignited her family’s feud with Billy Corgan. She claimed Corgan’s new band, Zwan, was only on the bill because Corgan orally serviced the radio station’s program director. Kelly’s mom managed The Smashing Pumpkins briefly before quitting because, she claimed, Corgan made her sick.
2003: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger became a Sir as he was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger brought his 92-year-old father Joe to the ceremony.
2006: Don Henley and Dallas Mayor Laura Miller appear at a Mt. Vernon, Texas, City Council meeting to speak in favor of the city's continued membership in a coalition that promotes restrictions on coal-fueled power plants built in the state.
2006: The all-star covers group Camp Freddy, featuring Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum, release a version of Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" via iTunes.
2007: Scott Weiland is formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs. The charges stem from the singer's 11/11/07 arrest following a car crash in L.A.
2007: The Eagles 'Long Road Out Of Eden' is certified triple platinum, signifying U.S. shipments in excess of 3 million units. It's also the #1 album on Billboard's Top Country chart.
2007: John Mellencamp receives the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award "for music in the service of humanity" in New York. Farm Aid is but one of the singer's social and humanitarian efforts.
2007: A copy of John Lennon's book, 'A Spaniard in the Works,' which contained a lock of Lennon's hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for $48,000. Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasgow, the Fab Four's hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx."
2007: Students singing Guns N' Roses 'Welcome To The Jungle' after hours over the school's P.A. system are handcuffed and questioned by Roxbury, CT, police. A teacher mistakes the lines "You're in the jungle baby / You're gonna die" for a threat and barricades herself in her classroom before calling the cops.
2007: Guitar Center stores sell a replica version of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1965 Stratocaster.
2007: Ike Turner dies at his home in San Diego of a cocaine overdose at age 76. He was also struggling with emphysema and cardiovascular disease. A notorious wife beater and drug abuser, Turner is credited with recording the first Rock N' Roll song, 'Rocket 88' (released in 1951). Later, he married Tina and the pair led the Ike & Tina Revue from 1958 through the mid-70's when the couple's troubles led to a split and subsequent divorce.
2008: Bono receives the Man of Peace award in Paris at a gathering of Nobel peace laureates. The U2 singer is honored for his efforts to combat global poverty and the HIV/AIDS crisis.
2008: The town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13 streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street. Leader of the council, Jeremy Kite, said he thought Ruby Tuesday Drive sounded a "fantastic" place to live, but police were concerned the street signs might be stolen by fans.
2008: The 20th edition of Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes' annual Christmas Jam gets underway in Asheville, NC. All proceeds from the two-day event go to Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the Allmans and Gov't Mule, John Paul Jones, ex-Black Crowes member Audley Freed, Blues-Rock veteran Johnny Winter and the Derek Trucks Band all take part.
2009: Three Days Grace hit #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart with 'Grace.'
2009: As part of their Artist In Residence stint on NBC, Bon Jovi perform 'Superman Tonight' and 'When We Were Beautiful' (from 'The Circle') on Saturday Night Live. "In a shrinking media environment, you have to kind of reinvent the wheel," says Jon Bon Jovi regarding the first-ever exclusive deal between a Rock band and a TV network.
2009: David Bowie's 1972 album, 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,' is voted as the greatest, gayest album of all time by a panel assembled by Out magazine. 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps and DJs were asked to list the most important albums of their lives. The Smiths self-titled 1984 set is #2.
2010: 'Break' by Three Days Grace, replaces Breaking Benjamin’s 'I Will Not Bow' at the top of the Rock Songs chart.
2011: Billy Joel becomes the first non-Classical performer to have his portrait displayed at the Steinway Hall, home to legendary piano makers Steinway and Sons.
2012: The 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was in response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated portions of Northeastern United States. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel are all on the bill. Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic also perform together for the first time since Nirvana's final concert 18 years earlier. The pair, plus guitarist Pat Smear, back McCartney on his song 'Cut Me Some Slack.'
2013: Joey Jordison announces his departure from Slipknot. The group later claims that Jordison decided to leave, even though he was actually fired. "We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds," reads a Slipknot statement.
2013: A spokeswoman for Apple records confirmed the release of 59 rare and unheard Beatles recordings in a bid to stop their copyright protection expiring. EU law protects recordings for 70 years, but only if they get an official release. Otherwise, the copyright period lasts 50 years. In the case of The Beatles, that means the master tape for their 1963 debut album "Please Please Me" is protected until 2033, but the unreleased session tapes for that album are not.
2013: Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow announced that The Beatles, Kris Kristofferson and The Isley Brothers were among the artists to be honored with the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony the night before the 56th Annual Grammys in January.
2014: The Eagles are named the top-earning Rock Band of the Year (third overall behind Dr. Dre and Beyonce), grossing approximately $100 million between June 2013 and June 2014.
2015: A benefit show for guitarist Tony McAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer, features Tom Morello, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan, John 5, Mike Portnoy and Nuno Bettencourt. Following the show at the Wiltern Theater, the guitar played by Steve Vai is stolen.
2016: Rolling Stone magazine calls Metallica's 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' the #1 Metal album. Their Readers’ Poll says David Bowie’s 'Blackstar,' his final album, is Album of the Year.
2017: 74-year-old Gayla Peevey was on hand to welcome another hippopotamus to the Oklahoma City Zoo, more than sixty years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped raise $3,000 to purchase the facility's first one. She was also was there in December 1953 when the Nile hippopotamus Mathilda arrived, and her recording of 'I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas' has since gone on to become a Christmas favorite.
2017: Anthrax’s Scott Ian releases his book 'Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life.'
2017: Metallica’s 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' tops Billboard magazine's year-end Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. The ranking is based on sales, streaming and radio airplay.
2017: Pat DiNizio, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the Smithereens, dies after battling severe health issues including the loss of the use of his right hand and arm due to nerve damage following a pair of falls. The Smithereens co-founder passes away in Summit, NJ at age 62.

Dec. 13
1956: In a year when he had eleven US Top 40 hits, Elvis Presley endures a rare miss when a song called 'Paralyzed' peaks at #78 during a one week stay. In the UK however, the record would reach #8 in August, 1957.
1960: Elvis Presley's 'It's Now Or Never' sets a new record in the UK for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release.
1959: Singing a translated version of a French song, the Everly Brothers record their timeless ballad, 'Let It Be Me,' in Nashville.
1961: The Beatles performance at Liverpool's Cavern was witnessed by Mike Smith, an A&R man from the Decca record label.
1966: Jimi Hendrix records 'Foxy Lady.'
1966: Jimi Hendrix, who is quickly gaining momentum in England, makes his first UK TV appearance when he performs on 'Ready Steady Go.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience release their 7th single, 'Foxy Lady.'
1967: At the Shrine Exhibition Hall in Los Angeles, the Grateful Dead perform 'Dark Star' for the first time. The song quickly becomes one of the most revered songs in their live catalog, a conduit for extensive jams that become part of Dead lore. The studio version of the song runs a mere 2:44.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Wedding Album entered the Billboard album chart at #182.
1969: Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1971: Badfinger released their 3rd album, 'Straight Up.' It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 hits - 'Baby Blue' (#14) and 'Day After Day' (#4).
1974: George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive go gold with ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.’
1975: Chicago started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits', the group's 5th #1 album.
1975: The Chilean government nixes plans for a Rolling Stones concert on Easter Island. The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island.
1975: Patti Smith released her debut album, 'Horses.' The record was a key factor and major influence on the New York punk rock scene. In 2003, the album was ranked #44 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. NME named the album number 1 in its list "20 Near-as-Damn-It Perfect Initial Efforts". According to a list released by Time magazine in 2006, Horses is one of the All-Time 100 Greatest Albums.
1975: David Bowie releases 'Golden Years.'
1975: Foghat release their epic track 'Slow Ride.' Composed by Dave Peverett and recorded by Foghat, it appeared on their 5th album 'Fool for the City.' It was Foghat's top single, peaking at #20. It also appears on 'Foghat Live' (1977), which was their best selling album at over two million copies. In 2009, it was named the 45th "Best Hard Rock" song of all time by VH1. The original LP version from Fool For the City lasts 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The single version was edited down to 3:56 with a fade-out ending.
1976: Robin Trower's 'Long Misty Days' album goes gold. It's the 5th solo album by the former Procol Harum guitarist.
1976: Only three days after its release the live 'Wings Over America' goes gold.
1977: Aerosmith's 'Draw The Line' album earns a platinum award.
1982: Motley Crue invited every manager they knew to see them perform at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. After the concert they signed with Doc McGhee & Doug Thaler of McGhee Enterprises Inc.
1983: During a solo concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon, Robert Plant was joined by his old Led Zeppelin cohort Jimmy Page. The two performed 'Treat Her Right,' a song that was originally a hit for Roy Head in 1965.
1983: Paul McCartney 'So Bad' b/w 'Pipes Of Peace' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Paul McCartney, from his LP 'Pipes of Peace.' It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1984: Bruce Kulick joins KISS.
1984: Deep Purple play the Entertainment Centre at Sydney. George Harrison makes a surprise appearance and is introduced by Jon Lord as "Arnold from Liverpool."
1985: An episode of Miami Vice, 'Phil The Shill,' features Phil Collins in the role of a drug dealer airs on NBC.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' #83 & Corey Hart’s 'Can’t Help Falling In Love' at #79. And Georgia Satellites’ 'Keep Your Hands To Yourself' was #48, Glass Tiger’s 'Someday' #28, Genesis’ 'Land Of Confusion' #20, Duran Duran’s 'Notorious' #8, and Billy Idol’s 'To Be A Lover' at #7. ‬
1986: 'The Way It Is' from Bruce Hornsby And The Range hits #1. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, 'Changes' from 1998.
1986: Billy Idol peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his 3rd full length studio album 'Whiplash Smile,' which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1987: A Madison Square Garden concert to benefit the New York Children's Health Project has performances by Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Billy Joel.
1988: Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final. He later married his back-up singer, Patti Scialfa.
1988: 'Celebration of Life,' a Roy Orbison tribute concert, is held at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. Bonnie Raitt and the Stray Cats perform. The legendary singer died of a heart attack a week earlier.
1993: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune 'Shameless.'
1994: Guns N' Roses release their version of The Rolling Stones 'Sympathy For The Devil.'
1996: 'Jerry Maguire,' directed by Cameron Crowe opened in North American theaters. The film featured cameos from Glenn Frey of the Eagles & Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains.
1997: A protest in front of a Guess? store over alleged use of sweatshop labor and union busting gets Rage Against The Machine's guitarist Tom Morello arrested. He, and 32 others, block the entrance to a Santa Monica shopping mall and are issued citations.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.
2000: After former Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore delivered his concession speech to George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., he held a party in his home with a performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It featured guest appearances by Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder and others. Petty performed 'I Won’t Back Down' with Jon Bon Jovi accompanying him on vocals, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper on harmonica and Tipper Gore on percussion. Stevie Wonder joined in for a song later in the show.
2000: Aerosmith and Queen make it into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, while AC/DC and Black Sabbath are overlooked again.
2002: Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack. He was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot and formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964.
2003: Jack White assaults Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer in a Detroit nightclub, possibly because Stollsteimer badmouthed White in the press. Three months later, White pleads guilty to assault and battery and is forced to pay $750 and take anger management classes.
2004: The "love shack" where Kate Pierson of The B-52's used to live in Athens, Georgia is destroyed by fire, with only its chimney and tin roof still standing.
2004: A Maryland couple sues Wal-Mart for selling Evanescence's 'Anywhere But Home' CD/DVD without a parental advisory label. The song "Thoughtless" contains an explicit lyric. The suit charges the national retailer of deceiving its customers, after promoting a policy of selling only clean versions of albums. The suit requests that Wal-Mart either censor or remove the CD/DVD from its shelves. Or perhaps those offended Wal-Mart customers could purchase some other CD.
2005: KISS release their 'Rock The Nation Live!' DVD.
2005: 3 Doors Down's second annual benefit concert for their Better Life Foundation takes place in Mobile, AL. All proceeds from the sold out event go to aid Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast. Alter Bridge also performs.
2005: Nine Inch Nails replace drummer Alex Carapetis with A Perfect Circle's Josh Freese. He played two shows with N.I.N. two months earlier when former drummer Jerome Dillon suffered health/heart problems.
2005: Aerosmith announces they will appear in an ad campaign for Target, which is offering an exclusive expanded edition of the band's live disc 'Rockin' the Joint.' Guitarist Joe Perry claims these ad deals are a great way to attract new fans.
2005: Billboard Magazine's Boxscore claims U2's Vertigo tour is the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live.
2006: New York police arrested Koral Karsan and charged him with first-degree attempted grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The 50 year old Karsan had worked for Ono as a chauffeur for over six years.
2007: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, performing under his Nightwatchman moniker, is joined onstage at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe by ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Velvet Revolver's Slash, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Filter's Richard Patrick and Motley Crue's Mick Mars.
2007: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' tops VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s special. The online poll places U2's 'One,' Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' and Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Under The Bridge' in the Top 20. All 100 songs are featured in a five-night countdown on the cable channel.
2008: Joe Walsh marries Marjorie Bach, making him brother-in-law to Ringo Starr, who is married to Marjorie's sister Barbara.
2010: Bon Jovi's world tour is named the most successful tour of the year by Billboard magazine (beating out U2). The band earned $146.5 million from their 69-show Circle tour which spanned North America, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
2010: Just two days after making his third appearance on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live,' Paul McCartney stays in town for his first ever show at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
2011: Frontman Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses are presented the key to West Valley City, Utah by Mayor Mike Winder during a concert at the Maverik Center.
2011: 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC,' written by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, is released. The book covers Evans three year stint with the band until he was unceremonious fired in 1977.
2011: Metallica's 'Beyond Magnetic' EP was released as a digital download only on iTunes to coincide with the band's 30th anniversary shows.
2012: Songwriting legend Carole King, whose career dates back to the Brill Building, wins the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She is the first woman to have been awarded this honor
2013: Mick Jagger's passionate letters to his former lover Marsha Hunt are auctioned off for over $300,000 at Sotheby's in London. Hunt inspired the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit 'Brown Sugar' and she gave birth to Jagger's first child (Karis Hunt Jagger).
2013: Foo Fighters perform their first concert in Mexico at Foro Sol in Mexico City. They use a video with former CHiPs actor Erik Estrada to promo the show.
2014: Alice Cooper's annual Christmas Pudding show raises funds for Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation. The show has performances by members of Rainbow, Night Ranger and the E Street Band.
2015: Officials at New York's Madison Square Garden announced that Billy Joel had sold out his 30th consecutive show at the 18,666 seat venue, set for June 17, 2016.
2016: PETA honors Blink-182 and AFI’s Dave Havok at their 11th Annual Libby Awards. Havok earns the Hero of the Year for Animals award after baring it all for PETA’s anti-leather campaign. Blink-182, an all veg band, is named the year's Most Animal-Friendly Band.
2017: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the 2018 inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Cars and the Moody Blues are in. Judas Priest are passed over. Fans are screaming for vengeance. The official induction ceremony is the following April in Cleveland.
2018: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the 2018 inductees: Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, Roxy Music, The Cure, Radiohead and Janet Jackson. Nominees Todd Rundgren, Rage Against The Machine, MC5, Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J and Rufus & Chaka Khan are passed over.

Dec. 14
1959: The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music.
1959: Billboard magazine reports that in the wake of the government's payola investigations, the pay-for-play phenomenon has all but ceased. One Philadelphia record distributor complained, "You can't even buy the disc jockeys lunch."
1962: Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin' Stones during this period.
1962: Bob Dylan's 'Mixed Up Confusion' b/w 'Corrina, Corrina' 45 single is released.
1963: The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top. The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top.
1963: The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais in London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.
1966: Elvis Presley's film 'Spinout' premieres in Los Angeles.
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.
1967: Dick Clark announces that he's filming a movie about hippies, 'The Love Children,' starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1967: The Who's 3rd album, 'The Who Sell Out' is released in the U.K. It was released in January 1968 in the U.S. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and the single 'I Can See For Miles' reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 in the UK. In 2003, the album was ranked #113 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da Vida' album goes gold. The album sells three million copies as it stays on the album chart for nearly three years.
1968: Tommy James and the Shondells release 'Crimson and Clover.'
1968: Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma!' is certified gold.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' is certified gold.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad performed at Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971: The Grateful Dead were in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they played at Hill Auditorium.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' was riding high in the Top 10 of the US album charts. In 2006, the album was rated #1 on Classic Rock magazine's '100 Greatest British Albums' poll, and #1 in a poll conducted by Guitar World. The album has now sold over 23 million copies in the US. The typeface for the lyrics to 'Stairway to Heaven,' printed on the inside sleeve of the album, was Jimmy Page's contribution. He found it in an old arts and crafts magazine from the late 19th century. He thought the lettering was interesting and arranged for a designer to create a whole alphabet
1972: Seals and Crofts' 'Summer Breeze' is certified gold.
1972: 'Born To Boogie,' a film about T-Rex and Marc Bolan, makes its London debut. The film was produced and directed by Ringo Starr. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
1972: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: In a clever publicity stunt, Alexander's department store in New York stays open late especially so Alice Cooper can do his Christmas shopping.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.
1973: Roger Daltrey of The Who performs the second of two nights as Tommy in the second all-star concert version of the orchestral 'Tommy' at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Yes' 6th studio album, 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' is released in the UK (January 9, 1974 in the U.S.). It topped the UK albums chart and reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during a chart stay of 27 weeks after its US release in January 1974.
1974: Mick Taylor leaves Rolling Stones to form new group with Jack Bruce.
1974: Styx re-released'“Lady' which went on to become their first top 10 hit in the U.S. peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1974: Pink Floyd played the last show of the 1974 British Winter Tour at the Hippodrome in Bristol. These shows were notable for the concert debut of 'You Gotta Be Crazy,' an early version of 'Dogs' that would subsequently appear on the 'Animals' album.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: AC/DC played at the Civic Centre in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
1977: KISS perform the first of three night's at New York's Madison Square Garden. Television open the show.
1978: Rush appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979: ZZ Top performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1979: The Clash's 3rd studio album, 'London Calling' is released in the UK (January 1980 in the U.S.). It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #9 on the UK chart. In 2003, it was ranked at #8 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1980: Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ hits US LP chart.
1980: Yoko Ono asked for a ten-minute silent vigil to take place around the world at 2 p.m. EST. Over 100,000 people gathered in Central Park & 30,000 people assembled in observance in Liverpool. Lennon was murdered in New York less than a week earlier.
1981: During their 'Ghost In The Machine World Tour' The Police played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1982: Judas Priest play Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN.
1984: George Harrison joined Deep Purple on stage during their concert in Sydney, Australia.
1985: James Taylor marries actress Kathryn Walker at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. They would divorce in 1996.
1985: ZZ Top peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Sleeping Bag' which was their second and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1995: Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among the performers honoring Frank Sinatra on the TV special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way.
1995: The FBI, acting on a judge's order, releases most (but not all) of its documents revealing the organization's attempts to deport John Lennon.
1996: Smashing Pumpkins release 'The Aeroplane Flies High.' The 5 disc box set contains singles, b-sides and covers.
1997: Kurt Winter died of kidney failure at 51 years old. He was a member of Brother and The Guess Who (replacing guitarist Randy Bachman). Winter penned the hit singles ‘Bus Rider’ and ‘Hand Me Down World’, both of which were hits for The Guess Who.
1997: Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, 'Candle in the Wind 1997,' was at its 9th week at #1 on the Billboard chart. The song would go on to become the largest selling single of all time in the US and the UK, and sits 2nd to Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' as the best selling record world-wide.
1998: Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants who allegedly participated in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes for which a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims were filed. Preston received five years of probation and one year in jail to run concurrently with a sentence he was already serving for violating probation on a prior conviction for cocaine possession.
1999: Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, England in front of 300 people with David Gilmour, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Pete Wingfield on keyboards and the legendary Mick Green (of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates) on guitar. It marked McCartney's last gig of the year and the 20th Century. His last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show went out as a live webcast and was estimated to have been watched by some three million people worldwide (a record at the time for an online audience), BBC Radio 2 broadcast the show live and BBC1 TV also aired the historic performance.
2000: The search for Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, who was swept off his sailboat November 30th in the San Francisco Bay, officially ends.
2000: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher recorded a cover version of Slade's 1973 #1 'Merry Xmas Everybody' for the Christmas Day edition of the BBC1 comedy show 'The Royle Family.'
2001: Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agrees to testify against six other defendants in the same case.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with a cover of Black Sabbath’s 'Changes' remade as a duet with his daughter Kelly. It was the first father and daughter chart topper since Frank & Nancy Sinatra in 1967.
2004: Clint Lowery leaves Sevendust. Dropped by their label, the band is mired in disputes. Lowery returns four years later.
2004: A public memorial is held in Arlington, TX, for "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott who was shot to death on-stage in Columbus, OH, on December 8th. Former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performs and there are eulogies from Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde. Ex-Chains bassist Mike Inez and members of Slipknot attend. Van Halen holds his cell phone up to the microphone and plays a profanity-laced message left by an excited Abbott after a concert he played with Van Halen. “I just wanted to give you a … call to tell you thank you so … much, man, for the most awesome, uplifting, euphoric, spiritual rock and roll extravaganza ever,” Abbott said in the message to Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen also placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the Kiss Kasket he was buried in.
2004: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler becomes a grandfather when his daughter Liv (who is married to Royston Langdon of Spacehog) gives birth to a baby boy in New York.
2004: A shoulder injury forces Ozzy Osbourne to cancel an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in London. The Prince of Darkness needs surgery to relieve discomfort from a metal plate that was inserted into his shoulder following an ATV accident.
2004: A lawsuit is filed in L.A. Superior Court claiming that a soccer ball kicked from the stage during an August 31st Rod Stewart concert at the Hollywood Bowl caused a concertgoer "personal injuries, physical disability and physical and emotional distress, pain and suffering." Stewart, a one-time aspiring soccer player, ceased kicking soccer balls into the audience when similar suits mounted in the 1980's.
2005: Jimmy Page is appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Page is recognized for his charitable work with underprivileged Brazilian youth over the past decade.
2006: Lou Reed plays his 1973 solo album 'Berlin' live for the first time. A series of "theatrically realized" performances tell the story of a drug-addicted couple. The four-day engagement runs at New York's St. Ann's Warehouse.
2006: Linkin Park's Brad Delson stops by Los Angeles' Nightingale Middle School to deliver 36 electric guitars donated by Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides musical instruments and instruction to public-school students.
2006: Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records in 1947, dies at age 83 after injuries sustained in a fall while attending the Rolling Stones show six weeks earlier at New York's Beacon Theatre. Ertegun who founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, and helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars. He signed the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the early ’70s. Atlantic Records and subsidiary label, ATCO, were instrumental in ushering in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Their artists included Cream and the Iron Butterfly.
2007: Billboard magazine says the Police's reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of 2007. Another reunion trek, this one by Genesis, netted approximately $129 million to land at #2 on the list. Billboard also names Daughtry's self-titled debut the top-selling album of the year. In addition, Nickelback's 'All The Right Reasons' and Linkin Park's 'Minutes To Midnight' are in the survey's Top 20. Papa Roach's 'Forever' is the #1 single for the year on the Mainstream Rock chart.
2007: The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announced that Madonna, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, The Ventures and The Dave Clark Five will be enshrined in 2008.
2009: An anti-meat video featuring Paul McCartney debuts. "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian," McCartney says during the graphic video.
2010: President Barack Obama appoints Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council was created in 2009 "to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Alice Cooper (the band), Darlene Love, Dr. John and Tom Waits are the 2011 inductees.
2010: Motorhead 'The Wörld Is Yours' exclusive edition was released. Th standard release came one month later. The album was dedicated by Lemmy to Ronnie James Dio, who had died from cancer seven months earlier.
2011: Seether's 'Country Song,' the lead single from the group's 5th studio album, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray,' is named Billboard's Active Rock Song of the Year.
2011: The Black Keys 'El Camino' album sells 206,000 copies in its first week to debut at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart (behind Michael Buble's 'Christmas').
2011: 'DimeBash 2011' features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), David Draiman (Disturbed), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and Scott Ian (Anthrax). The tribute to the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down on stage seven years earlier (12/08/04), raises money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
2012: Queen guitarist Brian May launches his eBook '40 Years Of Queen' in London. The work covers the band's history, with personal anecdotes about each member, iTunes links to songs and concert set lists.
2013: It's announced that the railway platform where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by accident will be marked with a blue plaque - a permanent sign that commemorates either a famous person or historical moment. The future Rolling Stones, who had gone to the same primary school, ran into each other at Dartford Station on 10/17/61. The encounter led to the formation of the Stones.
2015: Alex Van Halen is honored at the Nashville Drummers Jam 7, an annual charity event.
2017: Liam Gallagher (former Oasis frontman) is the voice of Sammy the Snowman in a U.K. public service announcement produced by the Climate Coalition. In the clip Sammy is melting in the wintertime due to rising global temperatures.

December 15
1943: Fats Waller (born Thomas Wright Waller) dies of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City. He was 39. Waller was a jazz pianist who copyrighted over 400 songs, including 'Ain’t Misbehavin' and'“Honeysuckle Rose.' In 1926, he was kidnapped by associates of Al Capone and ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster. Relieved he wasn’t going to be killed, Waller collected several thousand dollars in tips from Capone and his friends. After his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered over Harlem from an airplane piloted by a World War I black aviator.
1955: Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two releases the 'Folsom Prison Blues' b/w 'So Doggone Lonesome' 45 single is released.
1956: Elvis Presley gave his final performance on 'Louisiana Hayride.' Presley made 50 appearances on the live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase "Elvis has left the building."
1957: Sammy Davis Jr. hosts a syndicated radio talk show with a round-table discussion of Rock 'n' Roll. His guests are Columbia Records executive Mitch Miller and MGM Records president Arnold Maxim. When Davis and Miller blast Rock 'n' Roll as "the comic books of music," Maxim takes an opposing viewpoint and says, "I don't see any end to Rock 'n' Roll in the near future."
1959: The Everly Brothers record 'Let It Be Me' in New York. It's the first time the duo has recorded outside of Nashville and the first time they use an orchestra.
1959: Colonel Tom Parker cleverly keeps his client in the news by suggesting that Elvis may re-enlist at the end of his first hitch. That, of course, never happened and Presley received his official discharge from active duty on March 5th, 1960.
1962: Bill Wyman plays his first live gig with The Rolling Stones.
1962: The Beatles played two separate shows at the the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard booking, then at midnight, the first-ever "Mersey Beat" poll awards show took place. The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).
1964: The Beatles issue 'Beatles '65.' It's their 5th Capitol album and 7th American album. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's album charts in its' second week and stayed there for nine weeks, after which it stayed at #3 for five weeks.
1967: The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ album goes gold. The album contains 'I Am The Walrus' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever.' It is, in part, the soundtrack for The Beatles ill-conceived TV special, of the same name, that airs the day after Christmas.
1967: The Beatles release The Beatles' Fifth Christmas Record.
1967: Vanilla Fudge played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1967: In Paris, the members of The Beach Boys have their own audience with guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1967: The Who release their 3rd studio album in the UK, 'The Who Sell Out.' The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a lawsuit erupts. Those who rush out to buy the first copies of the album in the store find a psychedelic poster designed by Adrian George inside. Good condition posters are now one of the most sought-after Who artifacts. Melody Maker declares: “The Who drop out of everything that is supposedly fashionable and therefore valid in 1967’s flowery year. On the whole, this album easily surpasses anything The Who have done before.” The album peaks at #13 in the UK charts, failing to make the top ten as their two previous albums had done. With 'I Can See For Miles' rising no higher than #10 in the singles charts, it points toward The Who’s sinking popularity in their home country.
1968: Appearing on the ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’, Grace Slick appears in blackface and raise a black-leather glove in a black power salute at the end of 'Crown of Creation.' The incident is one of several that leads to the show’s cancellation.
1969: John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band (Featuring George Harrison, Delanie and Bonnie, Keith Moon and Billy Preston) make their debut UK concert appearance in ‘War is Over’ UNICEF Peace For Christmas benefit gig at The Lyceum. The same day, posters, paid for by John and Yoko, go up around the world, stating ‘War is over if you want it.’
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
1971: A Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for City Hall in Salisbury, England, had to be postponed due to Jimmy Page’s being ill. It was held five days later on the 21st.
1972: King Crimson played at Guild Hall in Portsmouth, England.
1972: Roxy Music appeared at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Long Beach Arena.
1973: Genesis debut on US album charts with ‘Selling England by the Pound.’
1973: Aerosmith appears on 'American Bandstand' to perform 'Dream On.'
1974: 'Young Frankenstein' opens in theaters. When members of Aerosmith take a break from recording the 'Toys in the Attic' album and see the film, they laugh hysterically at the scene where Igor (Marty Feldman) tells Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) to "walk this way," and the doctor imitates Igor's walk. Returning to the studio, they have the title to the track they've been working on.
1974: Genesis performed at the Montreal Forum.
1975: The Who played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
1977: The Who perform a set at the 2000-seat Gaumont State Theatre in the London suburb of Kilburn. The audience is made up of those lucky enough to have heard an announcement that morning on Capitol Radio. The entire event is set up and filmed by Jeff Stein for The Kids Are Alright because there was no good footage of The Who performing their hits 'Baba O’Riley' and 'Won’t Get Fooled Again.'
1977: Sex Pistols are denied visas to enter the US. Johnny Rotten because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of 'moral turpitude' and Steve Jones because of his criminal record. They were due to appear on 'Saturday Night Live' two days later at the start of a US tour. Elvis Costello fills in for them, but then gets banned from the show for 12 years for playing an unscheduled song, 'Radio, Radio.'
1977: KISS perform the 2nd of three night's at New York's Madison Square Garden. Piper (featuring future W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper) open the show.
1977: Rush played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: Rush performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979: U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road in London. Admission was free.
1979: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Supertramp's 'Take The Long Way Home,' hits #10 on the Billboard charts.
1979: Pink Floyd tops the U.K. singles chart for the only time in their career with 'Another Brick in the Wall Part II' which spent 5 weeks on top of the chart. The song, which was also the final #1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger’s 'Against the Wind.'
1979: Jackie Brenston, R&B singer and saxophonist, dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 49. Recorded the original 'Rocket 88' with Ike Turner.
1980: Yes played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: Eagles 'Seven Bridges Road' b/w 'The Long Run' 45 single is released. The single, bundled with a live version of 'The Long Run,' reached #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #55 on the country music charts.
1981: Rolling Stones performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1982: Prince appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1982: Judas Priest play Roberts Stadium in Evansville, IN.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Civic Center in Danville, Illinois.
1984: 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' by Band Aid entered the UK chart at #1 and stayed at the top for five wees. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording. The original version became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone, and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. It became a Christmas number one, and has sold 3.7 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John’s 'Candle in the Wind 1997' was released in tribute to Princess Diana, which sold almost 5 million copies in Britain. Worldwide, the single had sold 11.8 million copies by 1989.
1984: U2 reached number #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Pride (In The Name of Love)' which was their first top 40 single in the U.S.
1986: At the Oakland Coliseum Arena, the Grateful Dead play their first concert since frontman Jerry Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma six months earlier. With Garcia's heath scare, it was unclear if the band would continue, but Garcia reassures fans with the opening number, 'Touch Of Grey,' as he sings, "I will get by. I will survive."
1989: Melissa Etheridge makes her national TV debut on 'Late Night With David Letterman'.
1990: Rod Stewart married model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying "I Found the Girl that I Want, I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on." They split in 1999.
1992: Nirvana release a collection of outtakes, demos, non-album singles and live sessions titled 'Insecticide.' Kurt Cobain agreed to the release of this compilation due to having complete control over the album’s artwork.
1994: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in a civil ceremony at his Red Bank, NJ home. The couple divorced in 2006.
1998: Badlands release their 3rd and final album, 'Dusk.'
1999: Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries.
2001: American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84. Recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Scored the 1963 US #10 single 'Walking The Dog' and the 1970 UK #18 and US #28 single 'Do The Funky Chicken.' A street is named in his honor, just off Beale Street in Memphis.
2001: Joe Walsh receives an honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of his musical achievement and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes from Kent State University. Walsh attended school there off and on for six years during the 60’s, without ever graduating. He says, “I majored in English and minored in music. Unfortunately, I was at the Kent State shootings. After that, I didn’t look at college the same. Then, the James Gang started to gather momentum and I decided I’d try pursuing music as a profession. Being at the shootings really affected me profoundly. I decided that maybe I don’t need a degree that bad.”
2001: An intruder who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him earlier in the year is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
2001: Joe Walsh receives an honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of his musical achievement and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes from Kent State University. Walsh attended school there off and on for six years during the 60’s, without ever graduating. He says, “I majored in English and minored in music. Unfortunately, I was at the Kent State shootings. After that, I didn’t look at college the same. Then, the James Gang started to gather momentum and I decided I’d try pursuing music as a profession. Being at the shootings really affected me profoundly. I decided that maybe I don’t need a degree that bad.”
2002: Blue featuring Elton John went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.' Previously a #11 hit for Elton in 1976. It gave Elton only his 5th #1 after over 30 years of hits.
2003: Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.
2005: Ronnie James Dio lays down vocals for Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime II.' He plays Dr. X on the sequel of the 1988 concept album, 'Operation: Mindcrime.'
2006: The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour re-captured the title of top-grossing tour ever from U2's Vertigo and was the top grossing tour of the year, according to numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Stones took in about $437 million since the previous November.
2006: B.B. King receives the Medal of Freedom, from President George Bush, in recognition of his musical accomplishments.
2007: Alice Cooper participates in a dedication ceremony for The Rock, a music-themed youth center that's to be built at Phoenix's Grand Canyon University. The $7 million project is being spearheaded by Cooper's Christian nonprofit the Solid Rock Foundation.
2008: Metallica release their 34th single, 'All Nightmare Long.'
2008: John Byrne, the lead singer of The Count Five and writer of their 1966 hit 'Psychotic Reaction,' died following kidney and liver failure. He was 61.
2008: A modest, one-story, red-brick house in St. Louis where Rock 'n' Roll pioneer Chuck Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Berry, who now lives in Wentzville, Mo., about 40 miles west of St. Louis, said "Many of my favorite songs came about while in that house. It's good to know that my music and now that house will always be a part of St. Louis' history."
2009: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Genesis, The Stooges, the Hollies and ABBA will be inducted in 2010.
2009: U2 grosses over $311 million dollars finishing as the top earning touring acts of the year. They were followed by Madonna ($222 million), Bruce Springsteen ($156 million), AC/DC ($135 million), Billy Joel and Elton John ($90 million) and Tina Turner ($86 million).
2009: The soundtrack to the film 'Nowhere Boy,' which chronicles John Lennon's teen years, is issued. The two-disc collection features Jerry Lee Lewis ('Wild One'), Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps ('Be-Bop-A-Lula'), Big Mama Thornton ('Hound Dog,' the original version), Little Richard ('Rip It Up') and Elvis Presley ('Shake, Rattle & Roll' and 'Baby Let's Play House' - it's from the latter that Lennon lifted the opening line to The Beatles 'Run For Your Life').
2010: Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single ‘Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene’ sold for £720 ($1152.) Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon sold for £624 ($998,) and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett, 'Octopus' /'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300 ($480.)
2010: The vintage Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, once owned by Jimi Hendrix is up for auction at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia in London. The guitar was purchased by Hendrix in New York for about $25, and reportedly became his prime instrument during the recording of the final Experience album, 1968's 'Electric Ladyland.' Hendrix gave the guitar away in 1970 and it was later used by David Bowie on his 'Diamond Dogs' album. Also, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song 'I'm Only Sleeping' are on the block. The lyrics are on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill.
2011: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross are nominated for a Golden Globe. The pair created the score for the film 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'
2011: Phil Spector's lawyers asked the US Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. In February, 2012, that appeal would be denied.
2012: The Rolling Stones pay-per-view event titled 'One More Shot' is telecast from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys make guest appearances.
2013: Journey guitarist Neal Schon weds Michaela Salahi in San Francisco. The pay-per-view event is on TMZ.
2013: 'Courtney Love, My Story' is in bookstores. In the autobiography Courtney covers relationships with her late husband Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), as well as, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins).
2013: KISS top the fan voting for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 239,417 votes, or 17.22% of the more than 1.39 million cast. Nirvana is second with Deep Purple at #3.
2014: Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band appeared The Late Show With David Letterman where they performed a cut from the new album, a Country flavored tune called 'All Of The Roads.' Seger also told Letterman about the origin of the name the Silver Bullet Band. "We were all arguing about what our band name should be, and I was kind of letting the band pick it themselves, and they just kept arguing and arguing," Seger said. "Finally, our manager sent us our paychecks with 'Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band' on it. He got tired of waiting for us so he made it up himself."
2015: The week following the death of Scott Weiland, eight slots on Billboard's Top 10 Hard Rock Digital Songs are held by Weiland's former bands, Stone Temple Pilots (six) and Velvet Revolver (two). STP's 'Plush' has 18,000 downloads to lead sales.

December 16
1956: Elvis Presley gives his final performance on 'Louisiana Hayride,' a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport. Originally signed in October, 1954, Presley made 50 appearances on the show. The immediate and enormous demand for more of Presley's new kind of Rockabilly music actually resulted in a sharp decline in the popularity of the Louisiana Hayride, that until that point had been strictly a Country music venue.
1956: A New York Episcopal minister predicts that the whole "Elvis Presley craze" will pass. He calls Presley a "whirling dervish of sex."
1957: Elvis Presley's 'Elvis' Christmas Album' hits #1.
1960: George Harrison is deported from Germany during a Beatles tour. At 17, he is too young to have a work permit.
1965: Released as a double A-side The Beatles 'Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out,' became their 9th UK #1, and their 3rd Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US #1 in January 1966.
1966: The Beatles 'Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas - The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record' is released in the UK. Recorded between sessions for 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' for the 1966 offering, the usual greetings and thanks gave way to a 'Pantomime'-themed collection of original songs and dramatic skits. The songs include 'Everywhere It's Christmas,' 'Orowainya', and 'Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back.' Paul McCartney plays the piano. The sketches performed include 'Podgy the Bear and Jasper' and 'Felpin Mansions.'
Once again, the US fan-club members did not get a flexi-disc. Instead, they received a postcard with the message on one side and a short version of The Beatle Bulletin on the other, with enough room for a mailing label and postage.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, held at The Architects Association in Bedford Square, London.
1966: Jimi Hendrix releases ‘Hey Joe’ in the UK. It is released on Polydor Records after being rejected by Decca. It went on to be a #6 hit in the UK, and the single was released in the United States on May 1, 1967 with the B-side '51st Anniversary' but failed to chart. Chas Chandler, who was now managing Hendrix had seen Folk singer Tim Rose perform the song at the Cafe Wha? in New York City.
1967: Rolling Stones' lead guitarist and founding member Brian Jones was sentenced to probation and a fine for various drug offenses.
1967: The Rolling Stones announce that they have signed Mick Jagger's girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull as the first act on their new Mother Earth record label.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows with Gospel Garden and The Rare Breed in Birmingham, England. The first show took place at the Ritz Ballroom, King’s Health. The late show was billed as the Saturday Spectacular, and held at The Penthouse, Constitution Hill.
1968: 'Creedence Clearwater Revival,' the group's debut album goes gold.
1968: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bath Festival Pavilion in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England.
1969: The Who played at the Coliseum Theatre in London,
1969: At the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Keith Emerson's band The Nice shares a bill with Greg Lake's band, King Crimson. The pair enjoy a jam session before the show and discuss a partnership, which with the addition of Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster, becomes Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
1970: The Kinks 'Apeman' b/w 'Rats' 45 single is released. While it did not do as well on the U.S. Pop Singles chart as its predecessor, 'Lola,' did, it was a major hit in the UK, peaking at #5 on the singles chart.
1970: Four albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Bayou Country,' 'Cosmo's Factory' and five singles ('Down On The Corner,' Lookin' Out My Back Door,' 'Travelin' Band,' 'Bad Moon Rising' and 'Up Around the Bend') are certified gold.
1971: Frank Zappa's film '200 Motels' premieres at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK. The film which also featured Ringo Star, covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.
1972: Yes appeared at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Stephen Stills loses a paternity suit filed by a Mill Valley, California woman.
1974: Ian Hunter quits Mott the Hoople.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad's 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' b/w 'Wild' 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 22 February 1975, it ranked #74 on Billboard's Hot 100 year-end chart.
1974: John Lennon '#9 Dream' b/w 'What You Got' 45 single is released in the U.S. (January 31, 1975 in the UK). It peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on the British singles chart.
1974: Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.
1976: Aerosmith played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1977: KISS perform the last of three night's at New York's Madison Square Garden. Piper (featuring future W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper) open the show.
1979: Kiss performed their last concert with their original lineup at the Toledo Sports Arena until their reunion tour in 1996.
1980: Bruce Springsteen performed at the Boston Garden.
1981: Ray Charles receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1982: Blues musician Big Joe Williams dies in Macon, Mississippi, at age 79. Known for hits of the '30s and '40s, such as 'Baby, Please Don't Go' and 'Crawlin' King Snake.'
1982: The Who play the last show of their farewell tour at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, which is filmed for an HBO special called 'Who's Last.' They re-form to play Live Aid in 1985, then tour again in 1989.
1983: "I will not be making anymore records with The Who," writes guitarist Pete Townshend in a statement. "I will not perform live again anywhere in the world with The Who." Of course, he later changes his mind leading to many "final" Who tours.
1986: The Grateful Dead played at the Oakland Alemeda-County Coliseum.
1986: Metallica with special guests Metal Church performed at the Edmonton Covention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
1986: Guns N' Roses released their 'Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide' EP.
1989: Billy Joel went to #1 on the US album chart with his 11th studio release 'Storm Front.' The album featured one of Joel's three #1 hits, 'We Didn't Start the Fire,' and 'Leningrad,' Joel’s take on the end of the Cold War.
1989: Bon Jovi peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Living in Sin,' which was their 8th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Whitesnake peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Slip of the Tongue,' which was their 2nd and final top 10 album in the U.S.
1990: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne perform in Sioux City, ND, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee.
1991: Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14 million for it's alleged use of an imitation of his voice. The song 'The Twist' had been used on a French fries commercial.
1993: MTV aired Nirvana's 'Unplugged' session for the first time. The album featured an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. Unlike many artists who appeared on the show, Nirvana filmed its entire performance in a single take with the band's fourteen-song setlist included six cover versions.
1994: Davy Jones, former lead singer of The Monkees, is charged with a DUI after being stopped on a rural Pennsylvania road near his home. Jones is released on $5,000 bail.
1995: The Beatles' 'Free As A Bird' peaks at #2 on the UK charts and #6 in the U.S. Written by John Lennon and performed by him on piano as a rough demo shortly before he was murdered, the track was completed by the remaining Beatles at Paul McCartney's home studio.
1997: Singer songwriter Nicolette Larson died at the age of 45 from complications arising from cerebral edema. Worked with Neil Young, ('Comes a Time' and 'Harvest Moon' albums), Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers. She was best known for her 1978 cover of Neil Young ‘Lotta Love’.
2001: Stuart Adamson, lead singer of Big Country was found dead in Hawaii a month after disappearing from his home in the US. The 43-year old Scottish musician had fought a long battle against alcoholism. His body was found in a hotel room.
2004: Jack White and actress Renee Zellweger have ended their to their two-year romance.
2004: Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne's former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.
2004: The results of a VH-1 poll asking "What music do you want for Christmas?" are out. Not surprisingly, Ray Charles, the recently deceased legend and subject of a popular bio-flick, tops the list with 'Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.' The Beatles' 'The Capitol Albums Vol. 1: Box Set' is second. Other bands in the Top 10 include, U2 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb,' Nirvana's 'With The Lights Out: Box Set,' and the Rolling Stones' 'Live Licks.'
2005: U2’s' Vertigo' tour was declared the top grossing tour of 2005 grossing $260 million & drew 3 million people to 90 sellout concerts.
2005: The surviving Beatles and relatives of the band's late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.
2006: Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become "boring" and he had "dreaded going to see" its executives. Sir Paul went on to sign a deal with Starbucks' label, Hear Music.
2006: Naturalist/TV presenter David Attenborough (1st) and even former Smiths' frontman, Morrissey (2nd), beat out Paul McCartney in a public poll to determine who is Britain's greatest living icon. First a very public divorce and now this.
2007: 56 year old singer / songwriter Dan Fogelberg died after a three year battle with prostate cancer. His hits 'Longer' (#2), 'Same Old Lang Syne' (#9), 'Hard To Say' (#7) and 'Leader of the Band' (#9) helped define the Soft Rock era of the '70s and '80s,
2008: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi sues music promoters Live Nation for trademark infringement. He claims a subsidiary, Signatures Network Inc., is selling merchandise containing images of Sabbath, despite the expiration of a licensing agreement between the parties.
2008: Elton John donates more than 1,000 concert tickets to the NHS Foundation Trust. The organization then sells the seats to University Hospitals Birmingham (England) staff at a steep discount as a "thank you" for their contributions to health care. The sale raises more than $15,000 for the Trust's charitable pursuits.
2009: Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford performs 'Living After Midnight,' along with Guns N' Roses' Slash, Foreigner's Jason Bonham and Toto's Steve Lukather at the 95.5 FM KLOS Mark And Brian Christmas Show in L.A. Heart, Foreigner, and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora also appear the Nokia Theatre concert.
2010: Mike Portnoy confirms that he is no longer with the Avenged Sevenfold. The drummer joined the band to fill in for Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan, who died unexpectedly in 2009.
2010: Paul McCartney paid tribute to his Beatles band mate John Lennon during an appearance on Saturday Night Live where he performed 'A Day in the Life' and then thrilled viewers with a cover version of his late friend's anti-war anthem 'Give Peace a Chance.'
2011: An ultra-rare 'Beatles VI' in-store promotional poster sold at an eBay auction for $6,300. Seventeen bids were placed before the 20 - 28 inch rarity sold. "Beatles VI Is Here!" was printed in block letters across the top of the black-and-white photo of the Fab Four, with album art of the first five records printed along the bottom edge.
2011: Duff McKagan joins Axl Rose and the current edition of Guns N'Roses on stage in Seattle for a rendition of 'You Could Be Mine,' a song written in part by both McKagan and Rose. McKagan's band Loaded is the opening act. McKagan, who left GN'R in 1997, does a repeat appearance the following night in Vancouver.
2011: Sting is paid $1.5 million dollars to play a Christmas office party for Czech tycoon Petr Kellner's finance firm PPF in Prague.
2012: Billy Idol performs 'Rebel Yell' with Miley Cyrus on the 'VH1 Divas' special.
2013: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell performs on CBS-TV's 'The Late Show With David Letterman.' Cornell plays 'Misery Chain,' which appears on 'Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave,"' the pre-Civil War story of Solomon Northup.
2013: Avenged Sevenfold launch an animated series based their album 'Hail To The King.' The series supports the group's video the game 'Hail To The King: Deathbat.'
2014: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announce the class of 2015: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are in.
2014: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Fall Out Boy perform on the Season 7 finale of NBC's 'The Voice.' The eventual winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, teams with Skynyrd on 'Sweet Home Alabama,' while Matt McAndrew and Fall Out Boy roll through 'Centuries.'
2014: It's announced that Joe Strummer of The Clash was the inspiration for the name of a newly discovered snail, Alviniconcha strummeri. The golf ball-sized invertebrates have a spikey shape that resembles the look of many classic Punks.
2014: Legendary American radio host Casey Kasem was laid to rest at Norway's Vestre Gravlund Cemetery. After Kasem died June 15 at the age of 82, his wife Jean Kasem and daughter Kerri Kasem waged a public battle over the burial site. Jean wanted Kasem interred in Norway because of her own Norwegian heritage and because her plans to relocate there would allow her to visit him.
2014: Rock Scully, the manager of The Grateful Dead from their early Haight-Ashbury days up until 1985, passed away at a Monterey, California hospital. He was 73.
2015: Nine Inch Nails and long-time collaborator Russell Mills publish 'Cargo In The Blood,' a limited edition (2,000 copies) collection of artwork created for the 2013 album 'Hesitation Marks.'
2015: "(Presidential candidate) Donald Trump is the hellraiser America has needed for a very long time," posts Ted Nugent on Facebook, well in advance of the '16 election. "He and (Senator) Ted Cruz may be the only hope to end the criminal jihad on America by our own corrupt punkass government, media and bigBiz goons. Are there enough Americans smart enough to end the nightmare?" Meanwhile, Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he supports Senator Bernie Sanders, but admits that the Democratic candidate needs 'a miracle' to win the White House.

December 17
1954: Bill Haley and his Comets' 'Shake, Rattle and Roll'(originally recorded by Big Joe Turner) hits #4 on the UK charts. It is the first rock song to make that chart.
1955: While their hit 'Only You' was still at #2, The Platters' 'The Great Pretender' enters the Billboard R&B chart at #13.
1957: Bobby Helms' 'Jingle Bell Rock' enters the Billboard Pop chart for the first time, where it will reach #6. It will make the chart again in December 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1962.
1960: Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar (to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. When Newby bowed out to return to college, Paul McCartney became The Beatles' bass player.
1962: Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time; he played his first UK date the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.
1963: James Carroll, a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., is the first person to play a Beatles record on American airwaves. The DJ obtained a copy of 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' from his stewardess girlfriend who brought the single back from Britain. The song is hugely popular forcing Capitol Records to release it in the U.S. ahead of schedule.
1965: Released as a double A-side The Beatles 'Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out,' became their ninth UK #1, and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US #1 in January 1966.
1965: The Beatles release 'The Beatles Third Christmas Record.' The 7" flexi record was distributed free to their fans through the fan club. It was recorded November 8, 1965 on the same day as they recorded 'Think For Yourself.' Members of the Beatles' US fan-club did not receive this (or any) Christmas flexi-disc in 1965. Rather, they received a black and white postcard, with a photo of the Fab Four and the message "Season's Greetings – Paul, Ringo, George, John." The Beatle Bulletin, the publication of the US fan-club, explained in its April 1966 edition that the tape arrived too late to prepare the record in time for Christmas.
1966: MC5 played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1966: The Four Tops' 'Standing in the Shadows of Love' enters the Billboard Hot 100. During a ten week stay, the record will peak at #6. It also reaches #2 on the R&B chart.
1967: The Beatles' John Lennon and George Harrison throw a party in London for the area secretaries of their official Fan Club. The film 'Magical Mystery Tour' is screened here for the first time.
1968: “The Who’s Christmas Party” takes place at the Marquee in London. It is The Who’s last ever performance at the venue where they had first come to the capital’s attention during their residence in 1964-1965. This time, Who fan Nigel Cornthwaite comes onstage to sing 'Magic Bus' with the Who. Yes is the opening act.
1968: Pink Floyd released 'Point Me at the Sky' which was the last single they released in the U.K. for eleven years. The song was an early collaboration by bassist Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour. The song wasn’t released in the U.S. & some members of Pink Floyd declared the song to be one of their most embarrassing moments.
1969: The 'Chicago Transit Authority' album is certified gold.
1970: The Beach Boys play a command performance for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for a benefit for the families of victims of the Attica State Prison riots.
1971: David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ LP becomes his first to be released in U.S., and first album for RCA Records. It was also the first to feature all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars. Two singles were released from the album: 'Changes'/'Andy Warhol' in January 1972 and 'Life on Mars' which was released late June 1973. Bowie himself considered the album to be one of the most important in his career. It reached #93 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Changes,' reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Aerosmith began recording their 2nd album 'Get Your Wings' at New York City’s Record Plant Studios. The album was released the following March. Former Alice Cooper/Lou Reed guitarists Steve Hunter & Dick Wagner are uncredited contributors on the album.
1973: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Merry Xmas Everybody' their 6th chart topper. It has been released during every decade since 1973, and has been covered by numerous artists. In a 2007 poll, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' was voted the UK's most popular Christmas song.
1973: Badfinger 'Apple Of My Eye' b/w 'Blind Owl' 45 single is released.
1973: Genesis performed at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, California.
1974: Yes appeared at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1974: Joe Walsh releases his 3rd album, 'So What.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1975: Hawkwind played at Brunel University in Uxbridge, England.
1976: AC/DC released a modified international version of the 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' album.
1976: AC/DC performed at Harristown High School Hall in Toowomba, Australia.
1977: George Harrison played an unannounced live set for the regulars at his local pub in Henley-On-Thames near his home in the UK.
1977: Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on 'Saturday Night Live.' They are a substitute for the Sex Pistols who can't get visas to enter the U.S. Costello is not allowed to play 'Radio, Radio' which criticizes the broadcast industry. After a couple measures of 'Less Than Zero' the group slips into 'Radio, Radio.' Costello said later that the inspiration for the last-minute song change came from a similar episode years earlier, concerning Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was on the BBC television show hosted by pop-star Lulu, and was supposed to play his hit, 'Hey Joe.' Hendrix started the song, stopped, said, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to the Cream regardless of what kind of group they might be. I’d like to dedicate this to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce,” and then launched into a feedback-laden version of 'Sunshine of Your Love.'
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1979: The Who appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1979: Paul McCartney and Wings played the Glasgow Apollo where they recorded a live version of 'Coming Up,' which would rise to #2 in the UK and top the Billboard chart in America, selling over four million copies. They closed the show with 'Mull Of Kintyre,' accompanied by the same pipers and drummers from the Campbelltown Pipe Band who appeared on the record.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.
1982: Delta blues musician and songwriter Big Joe Williams died in Macon, Mississippi at age 79. He wrote 'Baby Please Don’t Go,' a 1965 Top 10 hit for Them, featuring Van at Morrison.
1982: The Who perform the last show of their "farewell" North American Tour at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It is filmed for an HBO special called 'Who's Last.' They re-form to play Live Aid in 1985, then tour again in 1989.
1986: A one-off benefit concert in Palo Alto, California, by the Doobie Brothers leads to a reunion tour.
1986: Paul McCartney's limo catches fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. Both he and his wife Linda escape unharmed.
1987: Robert Plant performed Led Zeppelin songs for the first time as a solo artist at a concert in Folkstone, U.K. He performed 'Misty Mountain Hop' & 'Trampled Underfoot.'
1989: Britny Fox released their 2nd album, 'Boys in Heat.' The album spent 23 weeks on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart peaking at #79. Single 'Dream On' peaked at #34 and spent nine weeks on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.
1994: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora marries Heather Locklear.
1994: Bon Jovi's 'Always' reaches #4 on the pop chart and stays there through the holidays.
1994: A remixed version of The Four Seasons' 'December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)' re-entered the US Hot 100, where it stayed for another 27 weeks, just as it did when it first charted in 1976. The combined run will establish a record for the longest total chart appearance in US chart history. The song reached #1 the first time out and #14 during its second stay.
1995: A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty.
1995: Sting’s wife Trudie Styler gave birth to their 4th child, a son named Giacomo Luke was born at a London hospital.
1999: Keith Richards stole a guitar from a fan outside of Richards’ party at the Russian Tea Room in New York City that he was asked to autograph. The owner of the guitar decides not to press charges saying, "It's Keith, man."
2004: Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman would run Presley's Memphis home Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue from his music and films. Lisa Marie will retain ownership of Graceland and many of her father's personal effects. The agreement was to pay her $53 million in cash and absolve her of $25m in debts owed by the estate. She will also receive shares in the new company expected to be worth more than $20 million. Actress Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie's mother and Presley's former wife, remained executive consultant to the business.
2004: A letter written by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to Courtney Love in 1991 sells for more than $19,000 at a Christie's memorabilia auction in NY.
2005: Bon Jovi's show in Washington, D.C., is transmitted live through Sprint wireless phones and multimedia devices, becoming the first full-length concert streamed through the carrier. Subscribers watch by tuning in Sprint TV.
2005: The Who's Pete Townshend performs an acoustic set during a live online charity event. The performance is part of a holiday edition of the In the Attic Internet show.
2005: U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to Billboard. More than three million people watched the band's sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260 million. The Eagles, took $117 million from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more than $71 million. Kenny Chesney was fourth with $63 million, Paul McCartney $60 million, Rod Stewart with $49 million, Elton John with $45.5 million, Dave Matthews Band with $45 million, Jimmy Buffett with $41 million and Green Day with $36.5 million.
2006: Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin joins the group for five songs during an L.A. concert.
2006: Dave Clark Five's Denis Payton passes away after a long battle with cancer. The saxophonist was 63.
2007: It's reported that Stephen Stills has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo treatment for the disease. "Stephen found his (cancer) at an early stage," says CS&N bandmate Graham Nash.
2008: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and actor Ben Affleck launch an initiative seeking to raise $23 million to aid displaced citizens of the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Money raised goes toward buying various humanitarian supplies for the refugees, including mosquito nets, blankets and utensils.
2009: Rumors that John Frusciante had left the Red Hot Chili Peppers are confirmed on the guitarist's MySpace blog. "To put it simply, my musical interests have led me in a different direction." According to Frusciante, this isn't exactly new news. He writes that he left the band over a year earlier when the Peppers were on indefinite hiatus. It's the second time Fusciante has parted company with the RHCP.
2009: Insisting that he has let go of all his "anger and bitterness", John Lennon's son Julian said that he has finally forgiven his late father for walking out on him as a child. "I realized if I continued to feel that anger and bitterness towards my dad, I would have a cloud hanging over my head." After John was murdered in 1980, it was revealed that he had left very little to Julian in his will.
2010: Paul McCartney performs for just 300 fans at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street. The well-known Punk shrine (The Clash and Sex Pistols performed there) is the city's oldest live music venue but is under threat of closure due to a rent increase. It's the smallest venue McCartney has played in a decade.
2010: Don Van Vliet, who became 1960's legend Captain Beefheart, dies in California due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He's best known for 'Trout Mask Replica' which was slotted at #58 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Beefheart was 69.
2012: "Cut Me Some Slack," with Paul McCartney backed by former Nirvana bandmates, bassist Krist Novoselic, guitarist Pat Smear and drummer Dave Grohl, is released. This line-up performed the song live at the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief a week earlier.
2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2012 tour sold out 54 of 72 shows earning $199.37 million to place second (behind Madonna) on Billboard's list of top-grossing tours. Springsteen performed in front of 2.1 million people, approximately 500,000 more than Madonna, but he grossed $29 million less. Roger Water's (Pink Floyd) The Wall and Coldplay also land on the list's Top 5.
2012: L.A. Guns officially announce that guitarist Frankie Wilsey has joined the band replacing Stacy Blades (who took over from the band's namesake Tracii Guns). Wilsey is a vet of Stephen Pearcy's band Arcade.
2012: AC/DC, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nickelback and Rolling Stones make TouchTunes year-end tally of the most-played artists and songs in more than 57,000 jukeboxes. Touch Tunes is he largest in-venue interactive entertainment network in North America.
2013: Just days after KISS walked away with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame fan vote, the Hall announces the band will be a 2014 inductee, after being overlooked for years. Also on the induction list are Nirvana, #2 on the fan poll, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, and Cat Stevens.
2014: Following the announcement that Ringo Starr is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo work, Paul McCartney lists his favorite Ringo songs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They are 'Back Off Boogaloo' and 'It Don't Come Easy.' McCartney and Starr are already in the Hall as members of The Beatles.
2015: Foo Fighters 'Greatest Hits,' released in 2009, passes the one million sales mark.
2015: A London judge said he was concerned at how much Liam Gallagher and his ex-wife Nicole Appleton were spending in a legal dispute over how their assets should be split after it was revealed that the pair had spent over £800,000 on legal fees. Judge O'Dwyer decided their money and property should be divided equally, with each receiving £5.4m.
2015: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced that Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller would be inducted into the shrine at their ceremony the following April.
2016: The late David Bowie is named England’s most popular male musician in a poll commissioned by CamRate, an online rating company.

December 18
1961: The Tokens started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight.' It reached #11 in the U.K. REM included a live version of the song on the 1993 'Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight' single.
1962: On their 5th visit to West Germany The Beatles played the first night of a two-week engagement at the Star-Club in Hamburg. It was a 13 night run, playing 3 hours each night. The final night's performance was recorded and became known as ‘The Star-Club Tapes,'
released in 1977 against the wishes of the ex-Beatles themselves.
1964: The Beatles 'Another Beatles Christmas Record' 7" flexi-disc is released to UK fan club members. It was not sent to American fans. Rather, at Christmas time 1964, US fans received an edited version of The Beatles' 'Christmas Record,' which had been sent to British fan-club members in 1963. Also, as opposed to using flexi-discs, the US fan-club sent the message in a tri-fold cardboard mailer, with the "record" embedded in one of the flaps of cardboard.
1965: The Beatles two-sided single, 'We Can Work It Out'/'Day Tripper' hits the U.S. charts. It already sits atop the U.K charts.
1965: The Rolling Stones 'As Tears Go By' b/w 'Gotta Get Away' 45 single is released.
1966: Tara Browne was killed when driving at high speed in his Lotus Elan after it collided with a parked lorry in South Kensington, London. A close friend of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Brian Jones his death was immortalized in The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ after John Lennon read a report on the coroner's verdict into Browne's death.
1966: Pink Floyd made their debut at London’s Blarney Club. Five days later, the club changed their name to the UFO Club & they became the house band.
1967: The Beach Boys 13th studio album and 16th overall, 'Wild Honey' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Top Album Chart. Both singles hit the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 – 'Wild Honey' (#31) and 'Darlin' (#19).
1968: In San Francisco Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites assemble and rehearse the Janis Joplin’s new band. A long list of names proposed (Janis Joplin & the Joplinaires, the Janis Joplin Review, etc. ) but band eventually becomes the Kozmic Blues band.
1968: On the occasion of the Underground Art Movement’s Christmas party in London, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference from the inside of a white bag. Ono calls it “Bag-ism.”
1969: The New York Times estimates that the "youth audience" accounts for $750 million of the $1 billion a year music industry.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono take out a full-page ad in The New York Times saying "War Is Over."
1969: While staying on Ronnie Hawkins’ farm outside Toronto, John Lennon signs 3000 lithographs from his collection 'Bag One.'
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Pendulum' album goes gold. It was their final album with rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty.
1970: Bob Dylan's second album, originally released in 1963, 'Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,' goes gold.
1970: T.Rex released the 'T.Rex' album.
1970: The Beatles 'From Then to You/The Beatles Christmas Record 1970' is released in the UK. In the wake of the band's break-up, the UK fan-club sent out this compilation LP of all seven recordings (from 1963 – 1969). The master tapes having been mislaid, the LP was mastered from copies of the original flexi discs. In the US, the LP was repackaged as 'The Beatles' Christmas Album' and sent out by the fan-club around springtime 1971. With no new recording, the LP served to remind that the Beatles were no more, but had the advantage of durability over the original flexi discs, and, for the US, it was the first time the 1964 and 1965 messages had been made available. Each year from 1963 to 1969, the Beatles had recorded a short Christmas message for their fans, composed of carols, skits, jokes, and thanks to the loyal "Beatle People". Each recording was pressed onto a 7" flexi disc and mailed free to the British members of the Fan Club.
1970: Pink Floyd played at Town Hall in Birmingham, England. The set list included: Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast/Fat Old Sun/A Saucerful of Secrets / second set: Atom Heart Mother (with brass and choir conducted by John Aldiss) /encore: Atom Heart Mother (reprise.)
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Myra who he married when she was 13 divorced, as he prepared to marry 29-year old Karen Elizabeth Gunn Pate.
1971: Sly and the Family Stone went to #1 on the singles album chart with ‘There’s A Riot Going On.'
1972: Bob Dylan starting filming his role in the film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.'
1972: The Ringo Starr-directed T. Rex documentary, 'Born to Boogie,' is premiered at Oscar's Cinema in Brewer Street, Soho. In attendance are Starr, the members of T. Rex, and Elton John.
1973: The Who played at Edmonton Sundown in London.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Century Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
1975: The Ramones performed at CBGB in New York.
1975: Rod Stewart announces his departure from the Faces. Stewart pursues his solo career full-time and guitarist Ron Wood heads for The Stones.
1976: The Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like An Eagle' album is released.
1976: Eagles hit the U.S. chart with ‘New Kid in Town’, on the way to #1.
1976: Queen's 'A Day At The Races' ships gold, and eventually goes platinum. It reaches #5 in the U.S.
1976: AC/DC played at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia.
1977: Cheap Trick appeared at the Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1978: Led Zeppelin completed recording of their final studio album 'In Through the Out Door' in Stockholm, Sweden.
1979: The Police play two London shows on a single night but at different venues. The Hammersmith Odeon appearance is followed by a set at the Hammersmith Palais (the theaters are near each other).
1981: Rod Stewart plays the Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The show is broadcast around the world to a television audience of 35 million.
1981: On his 38th birthday, Keith Richards is playing with The Rolling Stones at a show in Hampton, Virginia when a fan rushes the stage. Keith sees him coming and hits him with his guitar. As security intervenes, Richards straps his guitar back on and continues playing.
1982: Hall and Oates started a 4 week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Maneater,' the duo's 5th US #1 and biggest hit in the UK making #6.
1983: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger is the best man.
1988: Mike Peters of The Alarm was rushed to hospital after having his eyes burnt by spotlights during a gig in Chester, causing the remaining dates on their UK tour to be cancelled.
1992: A Toronto radio station removed the Beatles’ song 'Run for Your Life' from their playlist, 27 years after its release saying that promoted violence against women.
1996: The Smashing Pumpkins/Garbage tour ends at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. It's the last Garbage concert of the year (following more than 140 shows in less than 12 months).
1997: The Red Hot Chili Peppers publicist says that Dave Navarro is using hard drugs. The admission helps explain the guitarist's recent strange behavior.
1998: Alice Cooper's Cooper'stown restaurant opens in Phoenix (try the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' chili). To celebrate, Cooper performs with his original bandmates Michael Bruce and Neal Smith - the first time the three have been on stage together in 24 years.
2000: Bob Geldof is granted custody of Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, the daughter of his former wife Paula Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence. Yates was found dead of a heroin overdose in her London home in September by Tiger Lily, who was four at the time. Hutchence was found dead, hanged from the door handle of his Sydney hotel room, in November of 1997. Geldof will raise Tiger Lily with her three half-sisters, Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie.
2003: Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea are among the artists who perform at an Axis of Justice-organized benefit concert for striking California grocery-store workers in Hollywood, CA.
2004: 3 Doors Down host a dinner and auction to raise money for their Better Life Foundation. The group also performs, along with Shinedown and Lynyrd Skynyrd, at the Biloxi, MS event.
2004: A guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon sold for $570,000 at auction in New York. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, including the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during 'The White Album' sessions.
2006: Eddie Money joins Hinder at an L.A. gig to perform his 1986 hit 'Take Me Home Tonight.' Hinder recorded a cover with Money contributing vocals.
2006: Elton John attends the London premiere of the film 'It's A Boy Girl Thing.' John is the executive-producer. Sting and Sharon Osbourne, who is in the film, also are present.
2006: Bob Dylan's 'Modern Times' tops the 2006 Billboard Critics' Choice poll. Bruce Springsteen's 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' is #2 on the list. The Billboard poll is tabulated using Top 10 lists compiled by 48 Billboard staff members and freelancers. 'Modern Times' is also #1 on Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2006.
2006: Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana (or at least their representatives) file a suit in U.S. District Court demanding Wolfgang's Vault stop streaming footage of the group's live shows taped during the 1960s at the Fillmore auditoriums (in SF and NY). Wolfgang's began streaming the videos the previous month. They also produced posters and T-shirts with the artist's images.
2007: 'KISSology Vol. 3: 1992-2000' is released. The four-disc set features nearly 10 hours of live performance footage, including a vintage 1973 New York show, a complete 1992 Detroit concert and the 1995 MTV Unplugged set.
2007: Weezer's frontman issues his solo album, 'Alone -- The Home Recordings Of Rivers Cuomo.' It's his "favorite demos from 1992 to 2007."
2007: Tool releases their 'Vicarious' DVD containing the seven-minute title track video. The disc features bonus material and special packaging.
2008: Shinedown announce that they have parted ways with lead guitarist Nick Perri and have named the band's rhythm guitarist, Zach Myers, as his replacement.
2009: Billboard magazine names the Rolling Stones the top touring act of the decade: 2000-2009. The group grossed $869 million from 264 shows before 8.2 million people. U2 made $822 million with 288 shows, all of which sold out. Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and the Dave Matthews Band also land in the Top 10.
2012: Rush release an iBook to coincide with the re-release of their '2112' album. The work features a 40-page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars - The Clone Wars, The Simpsons), unpublished pictures, black and white ink art and pencil sketches.
2012: Ted Nugent's reality show, 'Gun Country,' is canceled by the Discovery Channel following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
2012: Blink-182's EP 'Dogs Eating Dogs' is released.
2013: Disgraced Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is sentenced to 35 years in jail for 13 child sex offences.
2014: AC/DC sell out their Wembley Stadium concert moving 72,500 tickets in under 60 minutes. The show is more than six months away (7/4/15).
2015: The Kinks Ray and Dave Davies perform together onstage for the first time in nearly 20 years at Dave's concert at London's Islington Assembly Hall. The brothers play the Kinks' classic 'You Really Got Me.'
2015: A US medical examiner said Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died from a toxic mix of drugs including cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy. Weiland, who was 48, rose to fame with the Stone Temple Pilots was found dead on his tour bus outside a hotel in Bloomington, Minneapolis, on December 3rd of this year.

December 19
1955: Carl Perkins records 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. It was based on an incident Perkins spotted while performing a dance where he noticed a couple dancing & the boy cautioned his date “don’t step on my suedes.”
1957: Elvis Presley had his draft notice served on him for the US Army. He went on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
1964: The Beatles 4th album 'Beatles For Sale' started a 7-week run at #1 on the UK album charts. Recorded when Beatlemania was just at its peak, it was The Beatles’ 4th album in just 21 months.
1964: The Rolling Stones 'Heart of Stone' b/w 'What a Shame' 45 single is released. It became their 2nd Top 20 US hit, reaching #19. The song was included on the US album 'The Rolling Stones, Now!' the following February. It was not released in the U.K. until featuring on the 'Out of Our Heads' UK album released September 1965.
1965: Keith Moon collapses during a Who concert in Ontario.
1967: Buffalo Springfield performed at the Community Concourse in San Diego, California.
1968: Santana play San Francisco's Fillmore West for the first time.
1968: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin performed at The Civic Hall in Exeter, England, supported by The Empty Vessels, featuring Martin Turner and Steve Upton who later formed Wishbone Ash.
1969: Mick Jagger was fined £200 plus 50 guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court for illegal possession of cannabis.
1969: 'The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record' flexi-disc was released to members of their fan club in the UK and the US. The final Beatles Christmas offering was also recorded separately, as the band had effectively split by this point. It features an extensive visit with John and Yoko at their Tittenhurst Park estate, where they play "what will Santa bring me?" games. Harrison only appears briefly, and Starr only shows up to plug his recent film, The Magic Christian. Paul sings his original ad-lib, "This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas." Starting at 1:30, at the tail-end of Ringo's song, the guitar solos from "The End" are heard, followed by Yoko interviewing John. For the only time, the American and British jackets were identical. The US version of the flexi-disc had an elaborate drawing of the Beatles' faces on it
1970: Elton John's first US hit, ‘Your Song’ entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it went on to reach #8. The Hollies had been offered the song and Three Dog Night had already recorded a version which was included on their ‘It Ain't Easy’ album.
1972: Roxy Music played at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood, California.
1973: The Grateful Dead played their last show of the year at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa, Florida.
1973: Alice Cooper performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1973: The Rolling Stones 'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' b/w 'Dancing With Mr. D.' 45 single is released. Released as the 2nd single from 'Goats Head Soup' in the US only (after the #1 hit 'Angie'), it reached #15 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.
1974: On his first ever solo world tour, George Harrison performs the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden.
1975: Rush played at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1975: The Faces split becomes public and official as Rod Stewart bitterly complains that guitarist Ron Wood is permanently "on loan" to the Rolling Stones.
1976: AC/DC appeared at Showgrounds in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.
1976: Aerosmith performed at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina.
1976: During an interview with UK daily newspaper The Daily Mail, the mother of Sex Pistol Paul Cook said he was no longer welcome at home and she was going to turn his bedroom in a dining room.
1979: Elvis Presley's personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with 'illegally and indiscriminately' prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for the star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death. Although he was acquitted this time, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.
1981: The Cars peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 4th album 'Shake it Up' which later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1981: The Rolling Stones finished their North American tour in support of 'Tattoo You' at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The concert was broadcast on closed-circuit cable.
1986: David Lee Roth and his band play the Los Angeles Forum for the first of a two night stint.
1986: A California Superior Court Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to Osbourne's 'Suicide Solution.' The judge ruled that Ozzy is protected by The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives him the right to freedom of speech.
1987: Whitesnake peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Is This Love,' their second and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: KISS play The Spectrum in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on their 'Crazy Nights' tour. The heavily bootlegged show (& available on a YouTube) included an impromptu version of 'White Christmas.'
1993: Byrds drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure (due to long-term alcohol abuse) at his home in Treasure Island, FL. Before his death Clarke had expressed a wish of alerting children to the dangers of alcoholism. Following his wishes, Clarke's girlfriend Susan Paul started a foundation in Clarke's name, called the Campaign for Alcohol-free Kids.
1994: Aerosmith performed the final concert of their 240 date tour in support of 'Get a Grip' at their Mama Kin’s Music Hall in Boston which was broadcast on radio stations across North America. It's the first show at the 250 seat venue that's co-owned by the group.
1996: Avenue H in Lubbock, Texas, is renamed Buddy Holly Avenue in honor of the city's hometown hero.
1999: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' as the narrator of The Simpsons’ Christmas.
2003: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Nils Lofgren were among the mourners attending the funeral of Wall Street tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen led the assembly in Christmas carols & Lofgren sang 'Wind Beneath My Wings.'
2003: Peter Eckenrod is sentenced to 25 months in prison for pretending to be Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He pleads no contest to scheming to defraud and fraudulent use of a credit card.
2005: Sir Elton John turned down £5.7m for the exclusive rights to his civil union to his partner David Furnish. The couple had considered the offer from a US television channel, putting the money in the Elton John Aids Foundation, but they told Attitude magazine they had decided to keep the day private.
2005: Trans-Siberian Orchestra's annual holiday concert at New York's Madison Square Garden features Joan Jett performing 'I Love Rock & Roll.'
2005: Bono is named one of Time magazine's 2005 Persons of the Year, along with Microsoft founder/CEO Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. The trio is recognized for their efforts to aid Africa in its fight against disease and destitution.
2006: As many as 30 concertgoers are treated for minor injuries received at a Music As A Weapon tour stop in Ashwaubenon, WI. Two fans are transported to a local hospital for treatment during the Disturbed-headlined event. Many mosh pit mavens suffer cuts, bruises or overheating.
2006: The FBI release documents related to their investigation of John Lennon in the early 1970s. The Nixon administration thought Lennon, an anti-war (Vietnam) advocate, was aiding left wing causes and therefore an undesirable alien. Unsuccessful deportation efforts ensued. While Lennon had contact with representatives from radical organizations the FBI could find no evidence that he was a member or financially supported these groups.
2006: Two giant eyeballs donated by Pink Floyd raised £16,500 for the homeless charity Crisis. The 6ft-high props, made to promote the 'Pulse' DVD, were on the auction site eBay for a week and attracted 46 bids. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, a vice-president of Crisis, said extra help was needed in the winter months.
2006: Neil Young's 'Living With War - Raw' CD (live studio renditions of the 10 'Living With War' songs) and DVD, is in stores. The war referenced this time around is the one in Iraq.
2007: The Big House Foundation, an organization dedicated to establishing an Allman Brothers Band museum at the Macon, GA, residence (called the "Big House") where the group rehearsed during its formative years, announce they have purchased the building and unveil design plans.
2007: Marilyn Manson initiates a countersuit against former bandmate Stephen Bier (aka Madonna Wayne Gacy) alleging that the keyboardist failed to fulfill his obligations in the group. Bier hit Manson with a breach-of-contract lawsuit the previous August. The action, filed in L.A., accuses Bier of turning up late for shows and promotional appearances, among other complaints.
2008: Christine Grahame, a member of Scotland's parliament, files a parliamentary motion recognizing AC/DC's achievements. Founding members Angus and Malcolm Young were born in Glasgow before the family moved to Australia in 1963. Also, the late vocalist Bon Scott and his successor, Brian Johnson, are Scottish natives.
2010: After the Black Crowes perform their last show of a six night stand in San Francisco, they announce that they are going on an "indefinite hiatus."
2010: Carlos Santana ties the knot with his drummer Cindy Blackman in a private ceremony at Maui's Ritz Carlton.
2011: Internet rumors of Bon Jovi's death are greatly exaggerated. The bogus reports state that the singer suffered cardiac arrest. Turns out, Bon Jovi is alive and well.
2012: Nick Mason stepped in to help save Foote's, the historic London music shop where he bought his first ever drum kit. The Pink Floyd drummer, along with the store's sales director, Rob Wilson, were buying the business from the family who has owned it since the 1930s.
2012: Tony Iommi joins The National Guitar Museum's board of advisors. NGM is the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the guitar.
2013: Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina are released from prison, three months early. The two women and fellow band member Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested for performing Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral in 2012. Their crime: "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility." Samutsevich was released earlier.
2014: Darlene Love sings 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on David Letterman's show for the final time, as the host has announced his retirement. When Love first performed the song on Letterman in 1986, it went so well that Dave made it a Christmas tradition, and every year she would come back to sing it.
2015: Bruce Springsteen returns to 'Saturday Night Live' as the musical guest for the first time since 2002. During his rendition of 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,' Springsteen is joined by Paul McCartney.
2016: The Official Chart Company announced it was changing the way it calculated the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming. Currently, 100 streams counted as one "sale" of a song. From January 2017, the ratio will become 150:1. It was hoped that the change would break the bottleneck at the top of the charts, as hits on streaming services linger for weeks on end.

December 20
1956: Elvis Presley made US chart history by having ten songs on Billboard's Top 100.
1957: Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. He later told reporters that it's a "duty I've got to fill and I'm going to do it." He will be inducted at the Memphis Draft Board in March of 1958 and assigned to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training for six months.
1958: The US Army's 32nd Armored unit returns to base after maneuvers and Pvt. Elvis Presley is rewarded for his hard work with a three day pass, which he uses to buy himself a BMW sports car.
1958: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George's older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke in Liverpool.
1963: Capitol Records releases 'Meet The Beatles' in the U.S. Beatlemania officially gets underway in the states.
1965: The Beach Boys release the 'Barbara Ann' b/w "Girl Don't Tell Me' 45 single. The song peaked at #2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 (#1 in Cash Box and Record World) and at #3 in the UK It also topped the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Norway. It was The Beach Boys' biggest hit in Italy, reaching #4. The song was also released on the 1965 album 'Beach Boys' Party!' Dean Torrence, who had previously recorded the song as one half of Jan and Dean, and Brian Wilson are featured on lead vocals along with The Kids, Tommy and Sindi. Dean is not credited on the album jacket but "Thanks, Dean" is said by Carl at the end of the track.
1965: The Rolling Stones and the Kinks make their first appearance on 'Shindig.'
1965: Wilson Pickett records '634-5789' with Booker T. & the MG's, sans Booker (with Isaac Hayes filling in for him on piano).
1966: The Beatles recorded the bells and vocal harmonies for 'When I’m Sixty-Four' which was released as a single the following June.
1967: Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form Jethro Tull, named after an eighteenth-century inventor of farming implements. John Evan himself will later join them as Jethro Tull's keyboard player.
1967: The Hollies release their hit single 'He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother.)'
1967: Joan Baez and her mother are sentenced to 45 days in prison for the singer's part in the Oakland Demonstration, where she protested the draft.
1967: Pink Floyd were at the Maida Vale Studio 4 for a taping of the BBC show 'Top Gear.' That same day, the band also made it to Studio 2, EMI Studios, Abbey Road for a recording session for the album 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1968: Pink Floyd were at the BBC Paris Cinema, on Lower Regent Street in London to record a live audience show for BBC Radio One.
1968: Bob Dylan and The Band join several folkies in a concert commemorating the legendary Woody Guthrie. It's Dylan's first public appearance since his motorcycle accident two years earlier.
1968: The Beatles sixth Christmas record 'The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record', was sent to fan club members in the UK and the US. It was the first Beatles Christmas fan-club disc to be recorded separately, the 1968 offering is a collage of odd noises, musical snippets, and individual messages. McCartney's song 'Happy Christmas, Happy New Year' is featured, along with John's poems 'Jock and Yono' and 'Once Upon a Pool Table.' Also notable is a rendition of 'Nowhere Man' by the ukulele-playing Tiny Tim. Also included is a sped-up snippet of the Beatles' own 'Helter Skelter' and a brief snippet of Perrey & Kingsley's 'Baroque Hoedown' which was used three years later in Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade. 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' and 'Birthday' are also heard in the background for part of the message.The dialogue and songs for the flexi-disc were organised and edited together by DJ and friend of the Beatles, Kenny Everett. The US fans got a flexi-disc for Christmas in 1968, but it came in a modified version of the 1967 UK sleeve.
1969: Though it spends several weeks in the Top 5, Creedence Clearwater Revival's two-sided hit 'Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son' peaks at #3. 'Leaving On A Jet Plane' (Peter, Paul & Mary) and 'Someday We'll Be Together' (Diana Ross & The Supremes) are #1 and #2.
1969: Peter Paul and Mary went to #1 on the singles chart with ‘Leavin’ On A Jet Plane’. John Denver wrote the song in 1966 with the original title of ‘Oh Babe I Hate to Go.’
1969: The Grateful Dead performed at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1969: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the album chart with their 10th release ‘Let It Bleed,' featuring ‘Midnight Rambler,' and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’ The album knocks The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' from the top spot on the U.K. album chart.
1971: The Rolling Stones 'Hot Rocks 1964–1971' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the first compilation album of Rolling Stones music released by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who gained control of the band's Decca/London material in 1970) after the band's departure from Decca and Klein. After reportedly having been duped by Klein to unknowingly sign over the recording copyrights to all of their material from 1963 to 1970, The Rolling Stones left Decca and formed their own label, Rolling Stones Records, with a new distributor.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad's 'Footstompin' Music' b/w 'I Come Tumblin' 45 single is released.
1971: George Harrison & Friends 'The Concert for Bangladesh' live triple album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The concert was planned in aid of the homeless Bengali refugees of the 1971 Bangladesh Lberation War. Performed on August 1, 1971 at New York's Madison Square Garden, The Concert for Bangladesh was a pioneering charity event, preceding Live Aid by 14 years. It won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Having gone Country to maintain his career, Lewis is told not to play Rock but does. Told not to swear, he does.
1973: American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 #1 with 'Dream Lover' plus 20 other Top 40 hits during the 60’s including 'Mack the Knife,' Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960. Darin traveled with Robert Kennedy and worked on the latter’s 1968 presidential campaign. He was with Kennedy the day he traveled to Los Angeles on June 4, 1968 for the California Primary. Darin was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated.
1974: Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh officially replaced Bernie Leadon in The Eagles.
1974: George Harrison's 4th studio album, 'Dark Horse' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album features an array of guest musicians, including Billy Preston, Tom Scott, Ringo Starr, Nicky Hopkins, Gary Wright, Willie Weeks, Ron Wood and Jim Keltner, and spawned two hit singles, in 'Dark Horse' and 'Ding Dong, Ding Dong.'
1975: Paul Simon's 'Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover' enters the pop charts.
1975: Former James Gang and Barnstorm guitarist Joe Walsh joins The Eagles after producer Bill Szymczyk had recommended Walsh to The Eagles. He replaces Bernie Leadon who goes solo.
1976: Fleetwood Mac 'Go Your Own Way' b/w 'Silver Springs' 45 single is released. Written by Lindsey Buckingham and performed by the American/British band Fleetwood Mac. It was released on this date in December 1976, the first single from their then forthcoming 'Rumours' (which would be released in February 1977) and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's first top ten hit in the U.S. It is ranked #120 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. The song is about the complicated relationship that Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were having.
1980: Pat Benatar peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hit Me with Your Best Shot' which was Benatar’s first top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor accidentally breaks his neck after being lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, only to be dropped upon his head. Taylor continued to play in Motörhead with the aid of a neck brace, as is visible in the music video for “Ace of Spades”. As a result, Taylor had a prominent lump located on the back of his neck (affectionately referred to as his “knob”), thought to be a calcium deposit caused by his previous spinal trauma.
1980: '(Just Like) Starting Over' gives John Lennon his first #1 single as a solo artist in the UK, 12 days after his murder.
1980: AC/DC's 'Back In Black' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized and treated for rabies after biting the head off a bat during a concert.
1982: U2 perform 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday' live in Belfast for the first time.
1983: Judas Priest played De Montfort Hall in Leicester, U.K. Quiet Riot opened the show with tickets only £5.00.
1984: Metallica played the Lyceum Ballroom in London, England. Tickets are only £3.50.
1985: Guns N' Roses​ perform 'Nightrain' for the first time at the Music Machine in Los Angeles.
1986: David Lee Roth and his band play the Los Angeles Forum for the 2nd of a two night stint.
1986: The Bangles hit #1 for the first of a four week run at the top on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Walk Like An Egyptian.'.
1988: The Beatles and the Beach Boys are inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. However, the Beach Boys Mike Love is totally ungracious and insults just about everybody in the music business.
1989: A lawsuit is filed against Chuck Berry on behalf of more than seventy women who claimed he had secretly videotaped them while they used rest rooms in his home and a restaurant. Although Berry adamantly denied making the tapes or even knowing who did, the cases were settled out of court for more than one million dollars.
1993: Pearl Jam release the single for 'Daughter.' It's the second single from the band's second album 'Vs.' With lyrics by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music primarily written by guitarist Stone Gossard, the song goes on to top both the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts.
1994: Melissa Etheridge sings John Lennon's 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)' on NBC's The Tonight Show.
1996: 'Beavis And Butt-Head Do America' is released in theaters.
1999: Readers of UK Guitar magazine voted Noel Gallagher the most overrated guitarist of the millennium. Jimi Hendrix was voted guitarist of the millennium with Nirvana's 'Nevermind' winning best album.
2001: It was a very good year for Classic Rockers. Elton John and Billy Joel toured together and grossed nearly $60 million from just 31 dates, averaging $1.9 million per show. Eric Clapton proved to be a strong draw in international arenas, earning a healthy $43.5 million from 59 shows, racking up 38 complete sell-outs and averaging nearly $750,000 per night.
2001: Tommy Lee branded his ex-wife Pam Anderson an unfit mother. Lee filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging his son's tell him 'We hate Mommy' and his son Brandon had been using the F-word he learned from his mommy.
2003: Bruce Springsteen was the top-earning concert attraction in 2003, taking in $115.9 million. That ranks second only to The Rolling Stones for the most money ever earned by a concert act in a year.
2004: Doug Robb's battle with pneumonia causes Hoobastank to cancel their remaining December concerts. Hospitalized the previous weekend the singer is ordered to remain in bed for a week.
2004: Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery quits the band to embark on a new project with his brother, ex-Stereomud bassist Corey Lowery.
2005: A a two-CD compilation titled 'Welcome To The Jungle -- The Very Best Of Guns N' Roses' is released.
2005: ABC television announced that Dick Clark would return to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve,' the annual TV special he had hosted for 32 years before a stroke caused him to miss the 2004 edition.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age are joined onstage by John Garcia, frontman Josh Homme's ex-bandmate from the stoner-rock outfit Kyuss. Three Kyuss songs get a work at the L.A. show before QOTSA ends the set with 'Go With the Flow.'
2006: Former Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher wins his court battle over royalties from the band's biggest hit, "Whiter Shade Of Pale." Fisher claims to have written the distinctive organ part on the track, which originally was credited only to frontman Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. A London judge rules in Fisher's favor, entitling him to 40 percent of the song's future copyright earnings, as well as those amassed since the musician initiated legal proceedings in May 2005.
2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton says he's cancer free after undergoing radiation treatments.
2006: Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen make surprise appearances on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.
2006: Guitarist Izzy Stradlin makes his third appearance in three nights with Guns N’ Roses at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. It was also the band’s last show of 2006.
2007: Kid Rock starts a holiday USO tour in Kabul. Rock performs 'Sweet Home A labama' and Robin Williams and Lance Armstrong make jokes about the French.
2007: Seether frontman Shaun Morgan begins a series of acoustic performances in his native South Africa. The first of six concerts is in Johannesburg.
2007: The divorce of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli is finalized. The Van Halen guitarist and the actress agree that neither "shall take unfair advantage of the other." They married in 1981, separated in 2001, with Bertinelli filing for divorce in December 2005.
2008: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry offers a free download of his version of 'Run Rudolph Run' on the band's fan site Aero Force One.
2009: Metallica's 1991 self-titled record ('The Black Album'), is the biggest album of the SoundScan era when sales surpass Shania Twain's 'Come On Over.'
2009: James Gurley, guitar player for Big Brother and the Holding Company, dies of a heart attack in Palm Desert, California. He was 69 Hurley spent four years at Detroit’s Catholic Brothers of the Holy Cross, studying to be a priest, but instead embarked on a music career with Janis Joplin, with whom he later had an affair while married. Gurley’s wife forgave both him and Joplin (with whom she had a close friendship) and the band, along with their wives and children, all moved into a single house in Lagunitas, California in 1966. In 1969, Nancy Gurley died of a heroin overdose and Gurley was charged with her murder for injecting the drugs. He was later sentenced to probation.
2009: Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., The Dixie Chicks and Elvis Costello.
2010: Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn places the federally funded project to archive the songs and artwork of the Grateful Dead at #4 on his list of the Top 5 Biggest Wastes of Money. "The number one thing is that it is not a federal responsibility to archive the materials of a Rock band," says John Hart, Coburn's director of communications. The Dead project costs $615,000.
2010: Bret Michaels winds up his VH1 reality TV show 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know' It by sticking a rock on the finger of Kristi Gibson, longtime on-and-off girlfriend for 18 years. In Michaels former reality TV show, 'Rock of Love,' he held a contest to let women get engaged to him concurrent with this relationship. She accepts his proposal on-air. They later break the engagement off. Bret Michaels never takes off his head rag or cowboy hat the entire time. Also, Michaels has now made four subsequent relationships the subject of reality TV shows.
2013: David Richards, a producer who worked with David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, and others died. Included in Richards' lengthy discography are co-production credits on Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down,' 'The Buddha of Suburbia,' and 'Outside.' He also worked on Queen's last four albums, 'A Kind of Magic,' 'The Miracle,' 'Innuendo,' and 'Made in Heaven.' He also dealt with live music recording in such events as Montreux Jazz Festival.
2016: The site of the ‘69 Woodstock Festival is nominated for the state and national Register of Historic Places. Max Yasgur’s dairy farm hosted 32 bands and 400,000 fans over three days.

December 21
1957: Elvis Presley begins work on his 2nd film, 'Loving You.' The soundtrack contains '(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.'
1959: Chuck Berry is arrested when a 14-year-old girl he brought from Texas to work in his St. Louis club reports him to police. Berry serves 20 months in prison for transporting a minor across state lines.
1960: Elvis Presley's movie 'Flaming Star' opens.
1964: Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown while he was on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Five minutes into the flight, Wilson “started crying and making shrieking noises. He screamed into a pillow, spun out of his seat and sobbed on the cabin floor.” He decided soon after to stop touring with The Beach Boys.
1965: The Beatles' 'We Can Work It Out' enters the pop charts.
1965: The Byrds record Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.'
1965: The U.S. Immigration Department says the Animals can't play New York's Apollo Theater. Immigration is cracking down on the flood of UK bands. The Animals perform on The Ed Sullivan Show then leave the country.
1966: The Beach Boys get a gold record for their classic summer song, 'Good Vibrations.' Their 'Little Deuce Coupe' and 'Shut Down, Vol. 2' albums are both certified gold as well.
1966: George Harrison marries former fashion model Patti Boyd. They met on the set of 'A Hard Day's Night.' Later, Boyd does time as Mrs. Eric Clapton but that doesn't last either.
#2 in the American album charts, below the Beatles’' Magical Mystery Tour.'
1967: The Beatles throw a party at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel in order to celebrate the BBC airing of 'Magical Mystery Tour.'
1967: The Rolling Stones release their psychedelic-themed 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' in the United States. The album reaches #2 in the American album charts,
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Speakeasy Club in London, a late-night haunt for the music industry from 1966 to the late 1970's.
1968: Crosby, Stills and Nash perform together in public for the first time.
1968: Traffic's debut album hits the US charts.
1968: Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band perform at the Stax/Volt Yuletide Thing at Memphis’ Mid South Coliseum.. The Stax house band Booker T & The MG's also plays.
1969: Ginger Bakers Airforce (With Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Chris Wood and Denny Laine) performs their debut gig in Amsterdam.
1969: The Rolling Stones play the first for four shows at the Lyceum Ballroom in London as a sort of Christmas gift to fans.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1970: Steve Winwood reforms Traffic as a trio with original members Jim Capaldi (drums) and Chris Wood (woodwinds). Their 'John Barleycorn Must Die' eventually goes gold. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1970: Elvis Presley drops in on President Richard Nixon at the White House. No invitation, no warning. Elvis is convinced drugs are ruining America's youth and he offers his to help deal with the problem. The White House staff allows Elvis to see the President. At Elvis' request, the meeting remained secret for more than a year, until the Washington Post broke the story on January 27th, 1972.
1972: 'An Anthology,' a collection of late guitarist Duane Allman's work, is certified gold.
1972: Martha Reeves And The Vandellas play their last show together at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. Their recording career spanned from 1963 to 1972, charting over two dozen times. Ten of their singles reached the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B chart and twelve made it into the Top 40 of the Hot 100, including 'Dancing in the Street,' 'Heat Wave,' 'Nowhere to Run' and 'Jimmy Mack.'
1974: Harry Chapin's 'Cat's In The Cradle' hits #1. The song's theme about a distant father and son relationship was suggested to Harry by his wife, after he expressed disappointment about being on tour instead of attending his son's birth.
1974: The Doobie Brothers release their hit 'Black Water.'
1974: During a Bad Company concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones joined the group onstage for a rendition of B.B. King’s 'Rock Me Baby.'
1978: Rod Stewart settled out of court with drummer Micky Waller who claimed he hadn’t received royalties for his work on Stewart’s 1974 album 'Smiler.'
1978: The Grateful Dead played at The Summit in Houston, Texas.
1979: Linda Ronstadt performs at a benefit show for the presidential campaign for California governor Jerry Brown, who is her boyfriend. The show at the San Diego Sports Arena, which inludes The Eagles and Chicago is followed-up by a similar show at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas.
1980: Iron Maiden record what becomes their 1st live video 'Live at the Rainbow.'
1980: AC/DC released their 'Back in Black' single. It reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.
1983: Van Halen released their 17th single, 'Jump.' It becomes the only Van Halen song to reach #1 on the Billboard pop chart.
1984: 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' by Yes hits #1.
1985: Heart reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their self-titled album which spent one week at #1.
1985: Bruce Springsteen's album, ‘Born in the USA’ passed Michael Jackson's Thriller to become the second longest-lasting LP on the Billboard US Top 10. It stayed there for 79 weeks. Only ‘The Sound of Music’ with Julie Andrews lasted longer at 109 weeks.
1985: Dante Bonutto's Phil Lynott interview is screened. It would be the singer's last TV appearance before his death.
1987: Eddie Cochran, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, B.B. King and Bo Diddley are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1989: Carlos Santana and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.
1989: To help promote Aerosmith's 'Love In An Elevator,' a couple gets married in an actual elevator at the Scope Arena in Norfolk (VA) during the group's show.
1990: MTV Unplugged premieres. The Squeeze are the first to "unplug." Over the years countless bands go acoustic for this program, including Nirvana. The first season features Aerosmith and Poison. There's also an appearance by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
1991: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' goes back to #1 on the UK charts after the death of Freddie Mercury and stays there for five weeks. In America, the song would get new life the next year when it was used in the movie 'Wayne's World.'
1992: Albert King died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis just two days after performing his final concert in Los Angeles. He was 69 years old. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as 'Crosscut Saw' and 'As The Years Go Passing By,' and the 1967 album, 'Born Under a Bad Sign.' King would be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. At his funeral, B.B. King eulogized him by stating, “Albert wasn’t my brother in blood, but he was my brother in blues.”
1995: The Melissa Etheridge single 'I'm The Only One' cracks the Top 10, peaking at #8.
1996: KISS bring their 'Alive/Worldwide' reunion tour to the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany.
1996: The charity record 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' went to #1 on the UK singles chart. With the consent of Bob Dylan musician Ted Christopher of Dunblane, Scotland wrote a new verse for the song in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane massacre. The cover version of the song included brothers and sisters of the victims singing the chorus and Mark Knopfler on guitar.
1997: Elvis Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, dies. An illegal immigrant (from Holland) Parker managed several Country performers, including Hank Snow, before finding Elvis.
2001: Beverly Hills police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison’s death.
2001: KISS made a guest appearance on 'Family Guy' where they appeared in a holiday special 'KISS Saves Santa.'
2003: Tommy Hubbard from Whitby, aged 14, won the 2003 Riffathon, a nationwide guitar competition in aid of Action For Brazil's Children Trust. The final was held at the University of Surrey and was judged by Jimmy Page and Brian May. The ten Riffathon finalists each performed a Led Zeppelin classic track with a full live band. Tommy's performance of 'Ramble On' won him the star prize of a 1958 re-issue Gibson Les Paul standard guitar, donated by Gibson Guitars.
2004: Following the departure of guitarist Terry Balsamo, who left to join Evanescence, Cold singer Scooter Ward insists his group will continue. "We are looking for a new guitarist," says Ward. Evanescence's Amy Lee adds she's sorry for implying earlier that Balsamo's absence meant the end of Cold.
2005: Elton John and David Furnish exchange vows and diamond wedding bands during a civil ceremony (now legal in the United Kingdom). It's John's second marriage. Guests at the ceremony, which takes place in Windsor, England, include Ringo Starr, Victoria Beckham, Joss Stone, Sting, Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, George Michael, Sharon Stone, and Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne.
2005: Journey gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand.
2006: The Beatles' 'Love' sat at #1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. The collection was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin and features music compiled and remixed for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The disc would quickly be certified Platinum and won Grammys in two categories - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album at the 50th annual Grammy awards on February 10th, 2008.
2006: Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, performed on stage before a live US audience for the first time in nearly thirty years as he promoted his first Pop album since leaving the music world for life as a devout Muslim. Mixing new songs with such old hits as 'Oh Very Young' and 'Peace Train,' he sang with a gentle voice that had changed little from his heyday in the 1970s.
2007: Hinder vocalist Austin Winkler is arrested in Jonesboro, AR, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being pulled over for driving an SUV with its headlights off. The police report says Winkler blew a 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in Arkansas. Winkler admitted to having "had a few glasses of wine at his own engagement party."
2008: A trashed Fender Mustang guitar once owned by the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, is sold to an unidentified private collector for $100,000.
2009: Rage Against The Machine's 1992 track, 'Killing In the Name,' is the #1 selling single in the U.K. at Christmas. A Facebook campaign was started by part-time DJ, Jon Morter, to beat out X-Factor winner Joe McElderry and his song, 'The Climb.' "Fed up with Simon Cowell's latest karaoke act being Christmas number one? Me too," Morter wrote on his Facebook page. As a result U.K. based bookmakers Coral and Ladbrokes report losses of nearly $1.6 million U.S. after offering 150/1 odds against RATM. Not too smart."Quite a day! Thanks again for making Rage part of this historic campaign," tweeted Rage guitarist Tom Morello. "Changing the charts or the world: together we can't be stopped."
2009: Five Finger Death Punch announce that guitarist Darrell Roberts has exited the group and has been replaced by Jason Hook, who previously played with Alice Cooper and Vince Neil. According to a statement the split "was a mutual agreement between the band and Darrell. It was a swift and smooth transition and we all remain good friends."
2009: Mudvayne released their self-titled album.
2010: The street crossing featured on the cover of The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album is declared an official site of "cultural and historical importance." The 10-minute photo-shoot occurred in 1969. For traffic-management reasons the crosswalk was later moved several meters.
2010: The three surviving members of Nirvana perform together for the first time since Kurt Cobain's death during a Foo Fighter's encore in Tarzana, CA. Bassist Krist Novoselic joins former Nirvana tour guitarist/current Foo Fighter Pat Smear and fellow Foo and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl onstage. The trio plays 'Marigold,' the non-album b-side of Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box.'
2010: A London Kings Of Leon show is canceled after two of the band's buses, in the loading bay of the O2 Arena, catch fire. A lengthy damage assessment leaves no time to set up for the show.
2010: The Recording Academy that organizes the Grammys announced seven artists to be honored with lifetime achievement awards next February. The list included The Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton and The Ramones.
2011: U2's 360 Tour, the highest grossing tour of all time, is named the #1 tour of 2011. The group performed 44 concerts for about 2.8 million people, taking in approximately $293 million.
2011: Felice Catena, the sister of The Knack's late drummer, Bruce Gary, launched a lawsuit against Capitol Records in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the label failed to pay the correct royalty rate when licensing the band's music to digital download services.
2012: The Rolling Stones' 65-year-old Ronnie Wood, exchanged wedding vows with his 34-year-old fiancee Sally Humphreys during a private ceremony in London. Keith Richards and Rod Stewart were his groomsmen. Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell were also in attendance, as were Wood's two sons, Tyrone and Jesse.
2012: Lee Dorman, bassist for the Iron Butterfly, dies of natural causes in his car at his home in Laguna Niguel, CA. at 70. Authorities speculate that Dorman may have been on his way to a doctor's appointment. Dorman played on the legendary 'In-Gadda-Da-Vida' album.
2012: Paul Simon performed 'The Sound of Silence' at the funeral of a teacher who died in the school shooting in Connecticut on December 14 of this year. The 1966 song was understood to be a favorite of 27-year-old Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The singer, a family friend, performed the song in front of some 400 mourners, at Soto's local church
2012: Queen and Adam Lambert's London concerts are named Gigwise readers' favorite live shows of 2012. "It was such a tremendous honor to take the stage with Rock and Roll royalty earlier this year," Lambert tells Gigwise. "Brian May and Roger Taylor are true gentleman who inspired magical moments onstage and off," says Lambert. 'In paying deep respect to the late, great Freddie Mercury, I feel I have evolved into a better artist." The Killers come in second with The Muse placing third.
2012: Paul Simon performed his classic track 'The Sound of Silence' at the funeral of a teacher who died in the school shooting in Connecticut on 14 December of this year. The 1966 song was understood to be a favorite of 27-year-old Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The singer, a family friend, performed the song in front of some 400 mourners, at Soto’s local church. Twenty six people were killed by Adam Lanza in the mass shooting the previous week.
2012: Flotsam and Jetsam released their 11th studio album, 'Ugly Noise.'
2013: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball as part of President Barack Obama's second term inauguration. The Ball recognizes Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors. Then Soundgarden plays "Been Away Too Long," 'Outshined' and 'Rusty Cage' at the Inaugural Ball.
2014: 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues,' Against Me!'s 6th studio album, but first since vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabel became Laura Grace, is out.
2014: Elton John marries his partner of more than two decades, David Furnish, at a ceremony in England. The couple undertook a civil partnership in 2005 and were waiting for a same-sex marriage to be legal in the country, which happened the previous March.
2014: Neil Young is honored by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers in L.A. "We pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended," says Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
2015: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is banned from entering Ukraine for five years after attempting to buy property in the Russian occupied part of the Ukraine. Durst is also married to Kseniya Beryazina, a Russian.
2017: Joe Perry (Aerosmith) receives the Les Paul Award during the 32nd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, in Anaheim, CA. The NAMM TEC Awards honor individuals and companies for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production.

December 22
1955: 'Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Jubilee' opens in New York. The twelve day show features Count Basie, LaVern Baker, The Cadillacs, The Wrens, The Valentines, The Chuckles and a host of others.
1956: Billboard magazine reports that Elvis Presley wrapped up the year with a phenomenal 17 chart records. Nobody else has even half that. Pat Boone was next with five, followed by Fats Domino, Little Richard and The Platters with three each.
1958: After just two weeks on the Billboard Pop chart, 'The Chipmunk Song' was the #1 tune in the US. It's creator, David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian), named the Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore, after executives at Liberty Records.
1962: The Tornadoes become the first British group to top the U.S. pop chart. They do it with their instrumental 'Telstar.' The song was named after the world's first communication satellite launched by the US earlier in the year and preceded the Beatles' chart debut by 13 months.
1962: During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the Singers Club in London, the singer songwriter's second UK gig.
1963: The Dave Clark Five scored their only US #1 single with 'Over And Over.'
1963: Dion DiMucci reaches the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart for the 8th time as a solo artist when 'Drip Drop' peaks at #6. It was a feat that he wouldn't accomplish again until 1968's 'Abraham, Martin And John.'
1963: The Beatles appeared at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool. This appearance was the second concert-only preview of their ‘The Beatles' Christmas Show’, which would open in London in two days.
1966: Acting on an earlier order from John Lennon, producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick manage to adjust the tape speeds of two completely different versions of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' in order to create the track we know today. They pull off one of the all-time great feats of sound editing: combining the two takes in different keys and tempos - to make one song. The edit is 59 seconds in, just before John Lennon sings, "Going to..."
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft Machine all appeared at The Olympia, London at an all night festival 'Christmas On Earth Continued'. The DJ was John Peel plus the venue featured a paddling pool, light shows and a movie theater. Tickets are £1.
1968: Singer Eric Burdon leaves The Animals for a solo career.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health John Munro to discuss drug abuse.
1972: Joni Mitchell's 'For the Roses' album is certified gold.
1972: Mott the Hoople's Ian Hunter writes 'All The Way From Memphis' and dedicates it to two of their crew, Leee Childers and Tony Zanetta. And Memphis, Tennessee.
1973: With 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' sitting atop both the US and UK charts, Elton John's show at London's Hammersmith Odeon is broadcast live by BBC Radio 1.
1973: Todd Rundgren peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hello It’s Me' which was Rundgren’s first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: Ike And Tina Turner are robbed of $86,000 when a suitcase containing concert receipts is stolen.
1976: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band received their first Gold record for their live album 'Live Bullet' which later went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1978: Faces' drummer Kenney Jones joins The Who, replacing Keith Moon, who had died from an accidental overdose of anti-alcoholic medications two months earlier. The band also adds John Bundrick on keyboards.
1978: Steven Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe have a baby girl named Mia.
1978: Todd Rundgren sued the British Musicians Union after they called a stop to a concert over the radio he was due to perform.
1979: Former studio musician Rupert Holmes had the last #1 record of the seventies with 'Escape (The Pina Colada Song).' The tune stayed at the top for two weeks and the follow-up, 'Him,' also made the Top 10. Holmes had previously done studio work for The Drifters, The Platters and Gene Pitney.
1980: An album called 'The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan' was released by London, England's Stiff Records. The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence, but still sold over 30,000 copies.
1981: Sotheby’s in London holds a rock & roll auction. An enameled Abbey Road street sign sold for $600, John and Cynthia Lennon's marriage certificate was worth $850 and an autographed program from The Beatles' Royal Command Performance went for $2,000. Not all of the items up for bid did as well however. A jacket once worn by Tom Jones brought only $12.
1982: Bob Dylan visited Frank Zappa at his house and played Zappa a dozen songs, afterwards Dylan asked Zappa to produce his next album. Mark Knopfler ended up producing Dylan’s next album 'Infidels.'
1984: Duran Duran peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Wild Boys.'
1984: Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, masquerading as the Honeydrippers peak at #4 with a remake of Phil Phillips 'Sea Of Love.'
1985: Megadeth with Flotsam And Jetsam and Verbal Abuse played at the Oasis in Sacramento.
1987: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx dies from a drug overdose after a night of debauchery with Robbin Crosby of Ratt and Slash from Guns N' Roses. He is pronounced DOA in the ambulance before two adrenaline shots in the chest revive him. Later, he checks himself out of the hospital, ignoring medical advice. In his book, The Heroin Diaries, Sixx says, “I ripped out my tubes and staggered in just my leather pants into the parking lot, where two teenage girls were sitting crying around a candle. They had heard on the radio that I was dead and looked kind of surprised to see me.” They gave him a ride home in their Mazda, where he records an answering machine message. "Hey, it's Nikki. I'm not home because I'm dead" and he claims he once again did heroin before passing out. The incident inspired Motley Crue’s hit song 'Kickstart My Heart.'
1988: During an interview, Phil Collins jokes about wanting to make a film version of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' with Danny DeVito and Bob Hoskins. DeVito later reads the interview and contacts Phil about actually making the movie. Hoskins also signs on (as well as Kim Basinger as Goldilocks) but the film is never made.
1988: The Smiths perform their farewell concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in England. Founding guitarist Johnny Marr had left nearly a year-and-a-half earlier (June ’87) and frontman Morrissey was about to launch a solo career. The concert is free to any fans wearing Smiths or Morrissey T-shirts. Nearly 20,000 fans do just that.
1990: At the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Pearl Jam, still known as Mookie Blaylock, opens for Alice in Chains. Chris Cornell comes on stage and puts Eddie Vedder on his shoulders at one point.
1991: The movie 'Rush' opened in theatres across the U.S. It starred Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Gregg Allman in his big screen debut as a drug dealer. The soundtrack was written by Eric Clapton, which contained 'Tears in Heaven.'
1999: Black Sabbath’s 1999 tour in support of the 'Reunion' album wraps up at The NEC in Birmingham, England.
2002: Legendary Clash guitarist, Joe Strummer, dies of heart failure at age 50. The Clash are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few months later.
2003: White Stripes lead singer Jack White is charged with aggravated assault after a fight with the Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer. The December 13th brawl between White and Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at Detroit's Majestic Theatre Center.
2003: The annual list of all-time music greats by the Guinness book of hit singles was again topped by Elvis Presley. The list based on the number of weeks spent on the UK singles chart looked like this; 1. Elvis Presley (1193), 2. Cliff Richard (1152), 3. The Shadows (771), 4. Elton John (623), 5. Madonna (606), 6. Diana Ross (560), 7. Michael Jackson (509), 8. Rod Stewart (477), 9. Beatles (456) and 10. David Bowie (452).
2007: A silent auction featuring a variety of Ozzy Osbourne-related memorabilia is held in conjunction with his New York concert. Items, including autographed guitars by Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and Rob Zombie, raise money for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program. It's Osbourne's first Madison Square Garden appearance in 23 years. Rob Zombie is also on the bill.
2008: Slipknot's Corey Taylor slams Coldplay’s hugely successful 'Viva La Vida.' "That (album) is one of the most self-celebratory pieces of s**t I've ever f**king heard in my entire f**king life," proclaims Taylor. "I f**king hate that album. It's music to wipe your a** to."
2008: A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000. The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price's Just Because. "Debauched lyrics" improvised by "a drunk Lennon" include "just a little cocaine will set me right", and, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight."
2009: The Flaming Lips digitally release their version of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon.' It's officially titled 'The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins And Peaches Doing The Dark Side Of The Moon.' It's initially an iTunes exclusive.
2009: Paul McCartney's first European tour in five years concludes with a show at London's 02 Arena.
2009: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler begins his third stint in rehab. This follows months of speculation regarding his drug use. The frontman says his rehab is for "pain management" resulting from a concert accident the previous summer. Tyler first went to rehab in 1986 to treat drug and alcohol abuse and returned in 2008.
2009: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood receives an official warning from U.K. police for allegedly choking then-girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova, after a heated argument.
2010: Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien and actor Jack Black engage in a guitar duel on O'Brien's show. O'Brien cheats by miming solos performed by Slash, who is behind the stage curtain.
2010: The British government declared the Beatles' famous Abbey Road zebra-crossing a national heritage site. Britain's Minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose, said "This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral, but thanks to the Beatles and a 10-minute photo shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage."
2010: Radiohead‘s ‘97 album 'OK Computer' is named ‘the best album of the past 25 years’ in a poll conducted by Q Magazine. Nirvana‘s 'Nevermind' is #2 while Oasis holds the #3 and #4 spots with 'Definitely Maybe' and '(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?,' respectively. Radiohead’s 'The Bends' is at #8. U2 has 'Joshua Tree' at #6 and 'Achtung Baby' sitting at #9.
2014: Bono announces the creation of a signature Gretsch guitar to benefit his RED charity. Five-percent of the wholesale price of each Bono 'Signature' Model guitar goes to raises money for the Global Fund to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
2014: Roger Waters Op-Ed against the torture methods used by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay is published in the Daily Mail. The ex-Pink Floyd singer/songwriter references London resident Shaker Aamer, who was taken into custody by the U.S. while working in Afghanistan. "No human being should be subjected to such monstrous and prolonged treatment - 13 years, with no evidence produced to suggest a crime," states Rogers.
2014: Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70 at his home in Colorado after battling lung cancer. During his forty year career, Cocker placed ten songs on the Billboard Top 40, including the Top 10 hits, 'The Letter' (1970), 'You Are So Beautiful' (1975) and 'Up Where We Belong' with Jennifer Warnes in 1982. He was made an OBE in 2011. In the early Sixties Cocker was performing as Vance Arnold. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock (which Cocker misheard as Vance); and country singer Eddy Arnold.
2016: Rick Parfitt, original guitarist for the English Rock band Status Quo, died at the age of 68 due to a severe infection after suffering an injury to his shoulder. The band reached #12 in the US in 1968 with 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' and topped the UK chart in 1975 with 'Down Down.'
2016: Nickelback get slammed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in a promo video for Jarvis, a work in-progress artificial intelligence system. Zuckerberg asks the program to "play us some good Nickelback songs.” Jarvis states, "There are no good Nickelback songs," To which Zukerberg exclaims, "Good! That was actually a test." The following day, frontman Chad Kroeger’s ex-wife Avril Lavigne jumps into the fray defending Nickelback.

December 23
1947: Three scientists at Bell Labs in New Jersey demonstrate the transistor, which leads to the invention of small, portable "transistor" radios. The scientists win the 1956 Nobel Prize for their work.
1955: Fats Domino records 'My Blue Heaven' at J&M Studios in New Orleans.
1957: Simon & Garfunkel (then known as Tom & Jerry) release their first single.
1959: Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14 year old Janice Norine (who was Berry did not know was working as a prostitute), across a state line, violating the Mann Act. Berry claims he was only giving the young lady a ride to her job as a hat-check girl at his St. Louis nightclub. Berry was initially convicted & sentenced to five years in prison, but due to Judge George H. Moore Jr. making racist comments, Berry was freed.
1961: The Beach Boys make their live debut, performing two songs during the intermission of Dick Dale's concert at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Newport Beach, California.
1962: During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the King and Queen pub in London’s West End, his 3rd UK gig.
1964: After appearing on the TV show 'Shindig!' where they perform their Christmas hit 'Little Saint Nick,' Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys has a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston, where they begin a two-week tour. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows before Bruce Johnston replaced him.
1964: Boasting a hipper, more commercial staff of on-air DJs, Radio London, Britain's third major "pirate radio" station, begins broadcasting from MV Galaxy, a former American vessel used as a minesweeper in WWII.
1966: London's premiere psychedelic hangout, the UFO club, opens on Tottenham Court Road, with Pink Floyd as the house band.
1966: With union rules ending the practice of lip-synching on British TV, the popular show 'Ready Steady Go!' broadcasts its last show with guests The Who, Mick Jagger, Eric Burdon, The Spencer Davis Group, Donovan and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
1967: John Lennon makes the first contact with his estranged father, Alf, in years. After hearing that he's taken ill, John sends him a get well note and a car so that he can visit his famous son.
1967: 'Foxy Lady' by Jimi Hendrix Experience is released.
1967: The Rolling Stones 'She's a Rainbow' b/w '2000 Light Years from Home' 45 single is released. It peaked at #25 in the United States. It is included on a large number of the Stones' hits compilations that cover this period, including 'Forty Licks.'
1967: Buffalo Springfield performs at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1967: Cream played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: At the Apple Records Christmas party, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear as Santa and Mrs Claus.
1969: Elton John meets for the first time with what would become his classic team - songwriter Bernie Taupin, arranger Paul Buckmaster, and producer Gus Dudgeon - to begin work on his first solo album.
1969: Hawkwind performs at Town Hall in the St.Pancras neighborhood in London.
1970: The Grateful Dead perform an acoustic set at Winterland Auditorium to raise money for their pal Owsley “The Bear” Stanley’s legal issues. Also on the bill is Hot Tuna and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. The show was promoted as a benefit for “the Montessori School & The Bear.”
1970: Joni Mitchell's 3rd album 'Ladies Of The Canyon' is certified gold.
1971: Hawkwind performed at Seymour Hall in London.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1972: John Lennon’s film 'Imagine' is premiered on national TV.
1972: At Madison Square Garden, ex-Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight shows up at the band's gig with a court order allowing him to seize one million dollars worth of money and/or assets owed him by the band. Realizing that the band can't get paid if they don't perform, Knight and two deputy sheriffs wait for the end of the concert to impound the band's instruments and equipment.
1972: The Who’s newest single, 'Relay' backed with 'Waspman,' is released in Britain. It is The Who’s last stand-alone single not pulled from an album. Tony Stewart reviews 'Relay' for New Musical Express, “Why don’t this band ever fail? Simply because they’re the guv’nors in rock ‘n roll. And this composition by Pete Townshend must be their best single to date. It’s a calculated time-structure piece and not an all-out rocker, thus giving Big John and Keith room to prove their feel and expertise, as well as allowing Roger to use the full force and range of his voice. There’s an unforgettable chorus line, and some neat guitar lines hitting out. I do believe they’ve done it again.” It peaks at #21 in the U.K. charts.
1973: The Who played at the Sundown in Edmonton, North London.
1973: Jim Croce receives a posthumous #1 record with 'Time In A Bottle.'
1974: George Harrison's 'Ding Dong, Ding Dong" b/w 'Hari's On Tour (Express)' 45 single is released in the US.
It was written as a New Year's Eve singalong and released on his album 'Dark Horse.' It was the album's lead single in Britain and some other European countries, and the second single, after 'Dark Horse,' in North America.
1974: Comedian Kenny Kramer (the inspiration for the Seinfeld character) opens for KISS on their 'Hotter Than Hell' Tour at the Paramount Theater in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
1975: The Who played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1976: AC/DC performed at Miami High School Great Hall in Gold Coast, Australia.
1976: Genesis' 'Wind & Wuthering' album is released in the U.K. It was released Dec. 27 in the U.S. It reached #7 on the UK Album chart, where it remained on the charts for 22 weeks. In the U.S. it reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Your Own Special Way' became the band's first charting single with Collins as lead vocalist, reaching #62 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: Cat Stevens announces that he has changed his name to Yusuf Islam and converted to the Islamic religion.
1978: Rod Stewart releases 'D'ya Think I'm Sexy.' It would rise to the top of the Billboard chart during an 18 week run.
1978: The Cars peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their second single 'My Best Friend’s Girl.'
1979: ZZ Top played at El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1984: Aerosmith appeared at the Orange County Civic Center in Orlando, Florida.
1985: Pete Townshend performed at the Dominion Theatre in London.
1985: Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album ‘Stained Class.’ The two had drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the shooting. The parents later file an infamous lawsuit against the band claiming their music was filled with subliminal messages.
1985: The Cathouse in Hollywood held one of the biggest Christmas extravaganza celebrations so far at the time with Guns N Roses, Faster Pussycat, Jetboy, L.A Guns and more.
1987: Roger Waters & David Gilmour of Pink Floyd reached an agreement where Gilmour could continue to use the Pink Floyd name & Waters would receive royalties for trademarks such as the flying pig & retained the rights to 'The Wall.'
1987: Carly Simon marries her second husband, Jim (they divorce nineteen years later.)
1989: Phil Collins started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Another Day In Paradise,' his 7th US solo #1. Taken from his #1 album '...But Seriously,' the song was written to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.
1991: James Brown launches an unsuccessful lawsuit against the producers of the movie 'The Commitments,' claiming one of the characters too closely resembles him.
1995: Pearl Jam debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'I Got Id' which featured Neil Young on lead guitar.
1996: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx married TV's 'Baywatch' star and former Playboy Playmate of the Month, Donna Deruico. The couple separated in 2006 & divorced in 2007.
1999: Cristin Keleher, an unemployed musician in Hawaii, breaks into George Harrison's Maui home and makes herself at home, ordering pizza, drinking root beer, doing laundry, and calling her mother before authorities arrive to arrest her. She is eventually charged with breaking and entering and theft. She would serve four months. She dies in a murder/suicide seven years later.
2002: Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the College of Arms, the English heraldic body formed in 1484. The crest features a bird that appears to be holding a guitar in its claw. Four curved emblems resembling beetles' backs reflect his career with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The motto is "Ecce Cor Meum," Latin for "Behold My Heart," which is the title of an oratorio he composed. McCartney applied for the crest in 1997, the year he was knighted for his contribution to British music and society, but the death of his first wife Linda in 1998 delayed its design and approval.
2003: Simon & Garfunkel donate a million dollars to the Children's Health Fund (started by Paul six years earlier.)
2005: Geezer Butler offered £5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of Toga, the three-month-old penguin that had been stolen from a zoo on the Isle of Wight a few days earlier.
2006: The Return Of The Honeydrippers, with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, performs a benefit show in Kidderminster, England, as part of a campaign to raise almost $50,000 for life-saving treatments needed by a friend who's suffering from a brain tumor. Proceeds help pay for proton beam therapy at a Boston hospital.
2006: It was reported that U2 singer Bono would receive honorary knighthood from the U.K. in recognition of his contribution to music & humanitarian work.
2007: The Police were named as the highest earning touring group for the past year, bringing in nearly $132 million. The band's 54 date North American tour had generated almost double the total of the 2nd place act, Country star Kenny Chesney.
2008: Clint Ballard Jr. died. He wrote ‘Game Of Love’ a hit for Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders', and Linda Ronstadt's, ‘You're No Good.' His songs have been recorded by The Hollies, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, The Zombies and Jan And Dean.
2009: Metallica’s self-titled 5th album became the biggest selling album of the Soundscan era since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales for the Billboard 200 album chart in May of 1991. Since its release in August of 1991, it’s sold over 16 million copies.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne, blasts the Christmas holiday saying the best Christmas he ever had was when he was unconscious after breaking his neck in an ’03 ATV accident. "I hate Christmas, I hate it," humbugs Ozzy. "Everything stops. When I used to drink it was a good excuse to get drunk for two weeks. Now I just hate it. I have to unravel all these presents. What a waste of paper!"
2010: The surviving members of The Doors reject an official pardon granted by the State of Florida days earlier to their late frontman Jim Morrison. The charge of lewd and lascivious behavior was levied against Morrison following a chaotic Miami performance in 1969. Band members insist the singer is owed a full apology by the State as well as the City of Miami. They contend that Morrison did not need "to be pardoned for anything," and allege that the charges "were largely an opportunity for grandstanding by ambitious politicians" and "an affront to free speech."
2011: Just as she has every year since 1986, Darlene Love appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman where she sang 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),' backed by Paul Shaffer And The CBS Orchestra. The song was originally recorded for the landmark 1963 holiday album 'A Christmas Gift for You.'
2012: Michael Ralph "Mike" Scaccia former guitarist with Ministry and Rigor Mortis passed away from a heart attack.
2013: The Mail On Sunday in the UK reported that documents they obtained from the Cabinet Office via the Freedom Of Information Act showed that George Harrison, who passed away in 2001, turned down the chance to be included in the New Year's Honours List in 2000. The OBE was recommended by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who said that Harrison should be recognised for his contribution to the music industry. The citation read: "He was a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, The Beatles".
2013: Billy Joel donates a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano worth $250,000 to the music department of Stony Brook University in his hometown of Long Island, NY.
2015: reported that John Lippman, the owner of the legendary mail-order company Columbia House, was interested in reviving the service with vinyl records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl sales were up over 50 percent in the first half of 2015.
2015: Brenda Lee's iconic 1960 hit, 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' topped the Billboard Country Streaming Chart and the Billboard Holiday Airplay Chart. The song also re-entered the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, giving Little Miss Dynamite her first Top 40 hit since 1967's 'Ride, Ride, Ride' which rose to #37 during a two week stay.
2016: Pantera’s Philip Anselmo states in an interview that he was molested as a youth.
2017: U2’s 14th studio album, 'Songs Of Experience,' sells 186,000 total copies in its first week of release. It’s their 8th #1 on the Billboard 200. U2 is the only act to score a chart topping album in the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.

December 24
1959: The Philadelphia Orphan's Court gives Chubby Checker a raise in his weekly allowance from $150 to $200. The 19 year old singer (who's real name is Ernest Evans) has already put three songs, 'The Class,' 'The Twist' and 'The Hucklebuck' in the US Top 40.
1963: The Beatles' Christmas Show begins. The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who himself had had theatrical aspirations, conceived the show, a variety stage production featuring the group. It ran at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London for 16 nights, ending on January 11, 1964. The first act, with five minutes on stage, were the Barron Knights and Duke D'Mond. Next came short sets from Tommy Quickly and The Fourmost, and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas closed the first half. Following the interval there was a return from the Barron Knights and Duke D'Mond, then Cilla Black, and Rolf Harris. The Beatles were each evening's final act, with performances lasting 25 minutes.
1964: 'Another Beatles Christmas Show,' kicked off with the Yardbirds, Freddie and the Dreamers, Jimmy Saville, Elkie Brooks, Mike Haslam, and Mike Cotton Sound. Following the success of The Beatles' Christmas Show in December 1963 and early 1964, Brian Epstein decided the group should repeat the trick, this time at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. It continued for a three-week run of two performances per day.
1965: The Beatles earn a gold record for the album 'Rubber Soul,' just two-and-a-half weeks after its release. It takes less than three weeks to earn sales in excess of $1 million. The Beatles had the #1 album in the US for the third Christmas in a row. 'Rubber Soul' followed 'Beatles For Sale' in 1964 and 'With The Beatles' in 1963. The Fab Four would repeat this feat again in 1968 with 'The Beatles (The White Album)' and again in 1969 with 'Abbey Road.'
1965: The Who appear on Ready Steady GO! performing 'Jingle Bells' and an otherwise unreleased instrumental called 'You Rang' with John Entwhistle imitating Lurch the Butler from The Addams Family TV series. A poor audio copy of these tracks does still exist.
1966: At a Christmas Eve taping session, Tommy James And The Shondells record 'I Think We're Alone Now,' which will go on to be the group's forth #1 song in the US, selling over a million copies.
1966: Elvis Presley proposed to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu during Christmas celebrations at Graceland. They would marry the following May.
1968: Led Zeppelin leave Britain to start their first American tour. Robert Plant remembered, “It was Christmas, and Christmas away from home for the English is the end of the world.”
1968: Yes performed at the Speakeasy Club in London.
1969: Yes played at Farx Club in Southall, Middlesex, England.
1971: New York Dolls make their live debut, performing at a Christmas Party at the Endicott Hotel in New York City.
1971: Slade appeared at London's Marquee Club for a Christmas Eve party night.
1972: On the second UK leg of his 182 date Ziggy Stardust Tour, David Bowie played the second of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London, giving a special Christmas Eve concert. . This tour had the classic Spiders From Mars line up of Mick Ronson on guitar, vocals, Trevor Bolder, bass and Mick "Woody" Woodmansey on drums.
1972: The Eagles, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, and Mott The Hoople all appeared at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, California.
1972: Complaints about the volume lead Miami police to shut down a Manfred Mann and His Earth Band concert. A riot ensues with the band hiding in their dressing room.
1972: Police provoked a riot in Miami, Florida, after pulling the plug during a Manfred Mann's Earth Band concert because of a noise complaint. The band was touring to promote their latest album, 'Glorified Magnified.' As the battle raged, the band hid in a dressing room.
1973: Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers is arrested in Visalia, California on charges of marijuana possession. His court appearance on January 10, coincides with the release of the group’s new album, ironically titled 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.'
1974: James Taylor, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell go Christmas carolling in Hollywood.
1975: AC/DC appeared at The Hordern Pavillion in Sydney, Australia.
1976: The Eagles 6th album, 'Hotel California' spent the first of eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard chart. It goes Platinum and was the band's first LP with Joe Walsh and last with bassist Randy Meisner and has now sold over 21 million copies on the strength of two Grammy winning singles, the title track and 'New Kid In Town.'
1977: The Kinks performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1977: The Sex Pistols played their last ever UK gig, (until 1996), before splitting, at Ivanhoes in Huddersfield. It was a charity performance before an audience of mainly children.
1983: The Police appeared at The Brighton Centre in Brighton, England on their 'Synchronicity' Tour.
1983: The Rolling Stones peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Undercover of the Night' which was their 21st top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Duran Duran peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with their single, 'Union Of The Snake.' Yes’ 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' was at #4, The Romantics’ 'Talking In Your Sleep' was #12, Quiet Riot’s 'Cum On Feel The Noize' was #15 & Genesis 'That’s All' was #27‬.
1988: Poison started a three-week run at #1 on the US Singles charts with ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn,' which was their only #1 single.
1988: Guns N’ Roses peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Welcome to the Jungle' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S. Ann Wilson & Robin Zander’s Surrender To Me was #80, Duran Duran's 'All She Wants Is' was #85, Bon Jovi’s Bad Medicine #43, Cheap Trick’s 'Ghost Town' was #33, Bon Jovi’s 'Born To Be My Baby' was #26, White Lion’s When The Children Cry #25, Van Halen's 'Finish What Ya Started' was #20 & Def Leppard‘s 'Armageddon It' was #12.
1988: Nirvana started recording their first album 'Bleach' using a $600 loan from an old school friend.
1992: Bobby LaKind (The Doobie Brothers) dies of colon cancer in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 47.
1994: Pearl Jam 'Vitalogy' album is #1 in the US. Their 3rd studio album debuted at #55 two weeks earlier when they issued it on vinyl two weeks prior to the CD & cassette release.
1997: The Gin Blossoms call it quits. The group reforms a few years later.
2000: Nick Massi, vocalist and bass guitarist for The Four Seasons, died of cancer at the age of 73. Nick was responsible for many of the group's vocal arrangements, but sadly didn't live to see the phenomenal success of their musical biography on Broadway, 'Jersey Boys.'
2003: Jack White of The White Stripes turned himself in to Detroit police to face aggravated assault charges stemming from a bar room altercation in which he allegedly attacked Jason Stollsteimer of The Von Bondies. White was also fingerprinted and formally booked on the charges before he was released on bail.
2005: Iggy Pop was fined by the city of Lucerne, Switzerland for performing too loud during a Stooges concert at the 'Blue Balls' festival in July.
2006: U2's Bono has been appointed an honorary knight by the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II. The British Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, says Bono is being recognized for "his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work."
2008: Linkin Park's 'Road to Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes' DVD streams online for free for 24 hours via the media player on the band's official website.
2009: Metallica's self-titled 1991 album ('The Black Album') is named the top seller of the Nielsen SoundScan era (since 1991). Their 5th studio album has sold more than 15-million copies.
2009: U2's Bono and other musicians perform on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, in an effort to raise money for the Simon Community, a homelessness prevention outfit. They play Bob Dylan's 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' and Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me.'
2009: Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., The Dixie Chicks and Elvis Costello.
2012: Mothers Of Invention co-founder Ray Collins dies in Pomona, CA, after suffering a massive heart attack nearly a week earlier. The singer invited Frank Zappa to join the Soul Giants, the band that eventually became the Mothers Of Invention.
2014: Slipknot's 'The Negative One' nails the Best Riff Award in a readers' poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine. The track is from the group's album '.5: The Gray Chapter.'
2015: Music by The Beatles was finally made available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal and Amazon Prime Music. The deal with the group involved the rights to stream 224 songs from the original 13 studio albums.
2016: Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died in hospital in Marbella, Spain at age 68. He died from a severe infection after going to hospital, following complications to a shoulder injury. His partnership with Francis Rossi became the core of Status Quo, one of Britain's most enduring bands. Status Quo had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' in 1967, 'Whatever You Want' in 1979 and 'In the Army Now' in 2010. Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with 'Rockin' All Over the World.'

December 25
1954: Singer Johnny Ace accidentally killed himself backstage at a Houston concert on Christmas Eve. He was playing with a revolver during a break between sets, someone in the room said "Be careful with that thing’’ and he said ‘It’s OK the gun’s not loaded, see’’ and pointed it at himself with a smile on his face. Ace was well known for singing and playing piano with such Blues legends as Bobby Bland and B.B. King. He later signed with Duke Records and had a string of R&B hits, along with two more hits after his death. Cashbox magazine had named Johnny Ace as its Most Promising New Artist earlier in the month.
1957: For their first Christmas as a married couple, Jerry Lee Lewis gives his thirteen-year-old wife Myra a red Cadillac convertible with a white leather interior. Although she routinely drove it around Coro Lake, Tennessee, she wouldn't be of age to get her driver's licence for another three years.
1958: Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers, kicked off Alan Freed's Christmas Rock 'n' Roll Spectacular at Loews State Theatre in New York.
1959: Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set for Christmas. The 18 year old is currently working as an apprentice engineer.
1960: James Taylor receives his first guitar for Christmas, at the age of 12.
1964: The Beatles Christmas Day Concert took place at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The evening’s events opened with The Mike Cotton Sound’s performance of Georgie Fame’s current single 'Yeh Yeh,' before singer Michael Haslam joined them to sing “Scarlet Ribbons.” Next, The Yardbirds took to the stage followed by a pantomime sketch featuring The Beatles dressed as Antarctic explorers, searching for the Abominable Snowman. The opening frame closed with Freddie And The Dreamers performing 'Rip It Up,' 'Bachelor Boy,' and 'Cut Across Shorty.' Elkie Brooks opened the second half, followed by a short set from Sounds Incorporated. Jimmy Savile then introduced The Beatles, who closed the show with performances of 11 songs: Twist And Shout, I’m A Loser, Baby’s In Black, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Honey Don’t, I Feel Fine, She’s A Woman, A Hard Day’s Night, Rock And Roll Music and Long Tall Sally.
1964: The Zombies headline Murray the K's Big Holiday Show in New York City.
1964: George Harrison’s girlfriend Patti Boyd is attacked by jealous female fans at Beatles Christmas concert at Hammersmith Odeon.
1965: Having topped out at #45 in Great Britain, The Dave Clark Five's 'Over and Over' reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would prove to be their only US chart topper, although they would place 16 songs in the Top 30 during their career. They became the 7th UK act of the year to score a #1 single in America.
1965: The Young Rascals enter the Hot 100 for the first time with 'I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore,' which will peak at #52.
1967: Paul McCartney and Jane Asher get engaged. She would end the relationship in early 1968 because of Paul's alleged infidelities.
1968: Led Zeppelin arrived in the United States for the very first time in preparation of their debut North American tour. The group were paid an average of $1,500 for each show.
1969: 16-year-old Robbie Bachman of Winnipeg, Canada, receives his first drum kit for Christmas and begins to play along with his older brother, guitarist Randy. Just three years later, Randy asks him to join his new band, named Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
1975: Iron Maiden‬ are formed by bassist ‪Steve Harris‬ in ‪Leyton‬, East London‬. The original band featured Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance, drummer Ron Rebel Matthews, and singer Paul Day.
1976: Boston peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'More Than a Feeling' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S. Rod Stewart’s 'Tonight’s The Night' was #1, Alice Cooper's 'I Never Cry' was #13, Queen’s 'Somebody To Love' was #19, Aerosmith’s 'Walk This Way' was #28 & KISS’ 'Beth' was #41.
1976: In an article in the UK's New Musical Express, The Pat Travers Band, newcomers to the British music scene themselves, say they can outplay The Sex Pistols using minimal equipment, anytime, anywhere.
1977: The Sex Pistols performed their last concert in the U.K. before their reunion in 1996 at the Ivanhoes Club in Huddersfield, U.K. The concert was a charity performance for children of firemen, laid-off workers & single parents.
1978: John Lydon’s new group Public Image Ltd played their first live gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1980: Michael Jackson phoned Paul McCartney to wish him Merry Christmas and suggest they write some songs together. They end up recording three duets together, with the first result being 'The Girl Is Mine.' Their friendship ends when Jackson buys the publishing rights to McCartney's songs.
1981: The J. Geils Band performed a Christmas Day concert at the Norfolk Correctional Center outside of Boston. During the concert, singer Peter Wolf told the inmates “We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside.”
1982: In one of the most successful duets in Christmas music history, and surely the strangest, 30-year-old David Bowie and 73-year-old Bing Crosby achieved the #1 song in the UK with 'Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy.' The song had been recorded in September of 1977 when Crosby was in Great Britain to tape a TV special called 'Merrie Olde Christmas.' Having him share a number with Bowie was the brainchild of producers Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion. After the recording circulated as a bootleg for several years, RCA decided to issue it as a single. It has since become a holiday standard, but it is entirely possible that neither Crosby or Bowie were familiar with each other's work.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 included Sammy Hagar’s 'Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy' at #38, Stray Cats’ 'Rock This Town' at #9 & 'Stray Cat Strut' at #43, Duran Duran debuted at #77 with 'Hungry Like The Wolf.' At #2 was Tony Basil’s 'Mickey' & #1 was 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates.
1982: The Who’s 'Eminence Front' backed with 'One At A Time' hits the U.S. charts. Despite heavy play on MTV, the single peaks at #68 in Billboard and #77 in Cash Box. It is the last Who single to appear on either chart.
1985: King Diamond released his 1st single, 'No Presents for Christmas.'
1987: Ted Nugent appeared on 'Late Night with David Letterman' where he sang 'The Christmas Song' with a bogus Letterman.
1990: On Christmas Day, James Brown is given a four day furlough from prison, during which time he gives his first concert in two years. Brown performed for a crowd of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina soldiers whose leave had been cancelled because of the impending Gulf War.
1993: Bryan Adams was at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with 'All For Love' & #11 with 'Please Forgive Me.' Aerosmith occupied #35 with 'Cryin’ & #45 with 'Amazing.' Def Leppard took #59 with 'Miss You In A Heartbeat' and Mr. Big was #47 with 'Wild World.'
1996: 'The People vs. Larry Flynt,' starring Courtney Love, is released.
1998: Bryan MacLean, guitarist for the Rock group Love, died in Los Angeles of a massive heart attack while having Christmas dinner with a young fan who was researching a book about the band. He was 61.
2006: James Brown, known by all as The Godfather of Soul, died of pneumonia on Christmas morning at the age of 73. Brown went to his dentist in Atlanta the previous day who told him something was wrong, and sent him to a doctor immediately. He recorded more than 50 albums and had well over 100 songs that hit the US charts. His final words were reported to have been, "I'm going away tonight."
2006: Iron Maiden released the single 'Different World.'
2010: Elton John and his partner David Furnish become the proud parents of a son, born to a surrogate. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was the first for the pair who have been together since the early 1990s. A second son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, was born to the couple by the same surrogate mother on January 11th, 2013.

December 26
1955: Bill Haley And His Comets' version of the Bobby Charles tune 'See You Later Alligator' is released by Decca Records. It will reach #6 on the US Pop chart and become Haley's third and final million-selling single.
1956: In Nashville, Buddy Holly has his first recording session for Decca Records.
1963: Capitol Records, the EMI-affiliated company which rejected the US rights to every Beatles record that they were offered until then, finally released 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' backed with 'I Saw Her Standing There.' The song was currently topping the UK chart with 'This Boy' on the flip side. Within five weeks, the record would rise to #1 in the US, where it would stay for seven weeks. The song was recorded the previous October and the hit version was take #17.
1964: The Beatles started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'I Feel Fine.' It was the group’s 6th chart topper of the year in which they had 30 entries on the chart, giving them a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
1964: After a year of being criticized for their long hair, the Rolling Stones take out an ad in the New Musical Express wishing "starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas."
1965: While spending Christmas at his father’s home in Cheshire, Paul McCartney crashed from the moped he was riding and suffered a five-inch cut to his mouth.
1966: John Lennon appeared as a men’s room attendant in Peter Cook’s and Dudley Moore’s BBC TV show 'Not only...But also.'
1966: The Byrds finish recording 'Eight Miles High' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The song is released a couple months later.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played an afternoon show at The Uppercut Club in London (where he was billed as “The American Top soul Singer - Jimi Hendrix”). Hendrix also wrote the lyrics to 'Purple Haze' in the dressing room on the same day.
1967: The Beatles movie, 'The Magical Mystery Tour' was shown in black and white by BBC-TV on Boxing Day. The concept was to load the band into a bus, drive around for a while and see what happened. Unfortunately, nothing did. Audiences were mystified, critics were either disappointed or contemptuous, and the Beatles suffered their first flop. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was canceled. A Daily Express critic wrote that he had never seen "such blatant rubbish." The U.S. television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled soon afterwards.
1967: The Doors and Chuck Berry began a three night stand at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.
1967: The Monkees record 'Valleri.'
1967: The Chambers Brothers 'Time Has Come Today' b/w 'People Get Ready' 45 single is released.
1968: Led Zeppelin begins its first U.S. tour. They open for Vanilla Fudge and MC5 at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. Tickets for this Sunday night gig cost $5. Denver music man Barry Fey nearly became famous for being the guy who refused to book Led Zeppelin. “About 10 days before the show, I got a call from the agent saying, ‘Barry, I want to add an act to our show,’ ” Fey said. “I said, ‘all the tickets are sold.’ “He said, ‘You’ve got to do this for me, Barry, this is a big, big act. Their name is Led Zeppelin.’ I thought it was a joke.” Fey turned Terry down, until the agent showed Fey the money. “Ten minutes later Ron called back and said ‘Vanilla Fudge is going to give you $750, and if you give $750 of your own money, we still can put Led Zeppelin on the show.’ ” Fey caved in. “I got up on the stage and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm Denver welcome to Led Zeppelin,’ ” Fey said. “They started playing, and it was incredible. It was an unbelievable show; people were gasping.”
1968: D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Monterey Pop, which chronicles the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival (where The Who smashed their instruments and Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire) opens in theaters.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: George Harrison reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as a solo artist with 'My Sweet Lord,' which topped the chart for four weeks. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston. Five years later, a New York state judge would find Harrison guilty of copyright infringement for plagiarizing the Chiffon's 1963 hit, 'He's So Fine.' The ruling would result in a legal battle that would carry on until 1998, with Harrison paying out $587,000.
1972: Roxy Music played at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa Bay, Florida.
1973: Alice Cooper performed at New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: KISS appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1974: Ringo Starr sits at #1 on the pop chart with the Richard Perry produced cover of Johnny Burnette's 'Your Sixteen.' It's Ringo's second chart topper (' Photograph' was the first).
1976: The Sex Pistols recorded 'God Save the Queen' at Wessex Studios in London. The song went on to reach #2 on the U.K. Singles Chart the following year. The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record's lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song. The song reached #1 on the NME charts.
1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green gets institutionalized after shooting at a delivery boy.
1978: Rush played at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Canada.
1979: The first night of a series of concerts were held at The Hammersmith Odeon in London, for the People of Kampuchea, featuring Queen, The Clash, The Pretenders, The Who, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Wings, and many more artists. The events which were organized by Paul McCartney and Kurt Waldheim were aimed to raise money for the victims of war-torn Cambodia.
1979: Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall' was at #1 on the album chart. The album spent a total of 15 weeks at the top, during a 35-week stay on the chart'
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Cumberland County Memorial in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1980: Warren Zevon's live album, 'Stand in the Fire' is released. It was recorded at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre in 1980.
1981: AC/DC reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with 'For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),' which began a three-week run on top of the chart. They didn’t top the album chart again until 2008’s 'Black Ice.' The name of the album was inspired by a book Angus Young read, entitled 'For Those About to Die, We Salute You,' about Roman gladiators.
1982: Aerosmith appeared at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1983: KISS kick off the North American leg of their 'Lick It Up' Tour at The Omni in Atlanta, GA
1985: Ratt with opening act Bon Jovi played the Orange Pavilion in San Bernmadino, CA.
1991: Ted Nugent gave an anti-drug message to fans before a concert in Saginaw, MI telling fans “Jimi Hendrix thought I was stupid, and I thought he was a god. Now he’s dead, & I’m still Ted.”
1991: Phil Spector's son, 9 year old Phillip Jr., died of lymphatic leukemia on his father's 51st birthday. Phil Sr. would later say that when he lost his son, he'd lost his best friend, and in some ways, his grip on reality.
1995: Soundgarden is named the Best Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine's '95 Music Awards. The group nails both the Readers and Critics' Polls.
1998: Offspring's 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy' lands on the U.S. pop charts but doesn't even get to the Top 40, though it does far better (weeks later) in England and Australia.
1999: Curtis Mayfield dies of complications from diabetes in Roswell, Georgia, at age 57. While a member of The Impressions, he recorded the Top 20 hit 'For Your Precious Love' in 1960. He also released a handful of solo efforts and spent time playing guitar in Jerry Butler's touring band and provided Jerry with his first R&B hit 'He Will Break Your Heart.' He also had the 1972 US #4 single 'Freddie’s Dead, Theme From Superfly.'
2001: There are serious injuries and at least one death when Limp Bizkit perform at the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia. The group delays their performance for 15 minutes while police and festival staff try to sort out and rein in the mosh pit chaos. A later investigation places blame squarely on the concert promoters for not providing adequate security but also singles out Bizkit frontman Fred Durst for not taking the situation seriously.
2005: Members of Papa Roach, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Trapt and Static-X perform on the tsunami-relief charity single 'Forever In Our Hearts.' Proceeds from the track, which is sold via Apple's iTunes Music Store, benefit the Linkin Park-established Music For Relief organization.
2005: It's announced that drummer Ryan Vikedal has left Nickleback after five years. In a statement, the group wishes Vikedal "all the best in his future endeavors."
2006: Iron Maiden release their single, 'Different World,' in Europe.
2006: A CD/DVD documenting the 2006 edition of the KoRn-headlined 'Family Values Tour' is released. Sets by Stone Sour, Deftones, Flyleaf and 10 Years are included. One of the highlights is a collaboration between Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor and KoRn on the latter's 'Freak On A Leash.'
2006: Panic Channel's Dave Navarro says the group has selected Powerman 5000's Siggy Sjurson to fill in for bassist Chris Chaney on the band's tour with Rock Star Supernova.
2006: U2 frontman Bono introduces Product Red to help raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. He teams up with several companies to sell a range of items - including T-shirts, shoes and sunglasses - with proceeds going toward anti-AIDS programs. "I think we've come up with a sexy, smart, savvy idea that will save people's lives," claims Bono.
2007: Seether's 'Fake It' ends the Foo Fighters' 18 week run at #1 with 'The Pretender' on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks. 'Fake It' is also #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for the 8th straight week.
2007: Nickelback announce they are donating profits from their single, 'If Everyone Cared,' to charity. For six months, proceeds from download sales and accompanying video, which features humanitarians Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof, go to Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.
2008: The first of a two-part Jimi Hendrix exhibition premieres at Seattle's Experience Music Project. Message To Love, features two iconic Hendrix guitars housed in a gallery with blank walls on which visitors are encouraged to write their thoughts about the guitar great. Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound, offers an interactive look at the guitarist's influence on popular music.
2009: 'Nowhere Boy,' a biographical film about John Lennon's formative years in Liverpool, is in U.K. theaters.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne once again bashes Christmas in his weekly column for the U.K.'s Sunday Times. He writes that the holiday is merely an excuse for consumerism and should be wiped off the calendar. "Christmas should be banned. Full stop. Although when I was drinking, I thought it was great, 'cos it was the perfect excuse to get blasted...Now I can't stand any of it."
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. "He pleaded guilty to DUI. The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don't face jail time," says Clark County, Nevada District Attorney David Roger. But in '84 Neil served 20 days and paid $2.5 million after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter when the car he was driving crashed and killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley.
2013: Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks announces that he has left the group to pursue a solo career and that Trash The Brand frontman Scott Austin has been selected to replace him.
2015: Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is charged with misdemeanor drug possession following a routine traffic stop in Beverly Hills. He posts bail and is released. It's his fourth drug bust of the year.
2015: Stevie Wright, lead singer of the Australian group The Easybeats, died at the age of 68. The band is most often remembered for their 1967 hit 'Friday On My Mind' which climbed to #16 on the Hot 100, #6 in the UK and #1 in their home country.

December 27
1932: Radio City Music Hall, the world’s largest indoor theater at the time, opens in New York City with a massive six-hour show. With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and special events.
1957: 20,000 fans begin lining up at 5:30 in the morning for Alan Freed's Christmas show at Brooklyn's Paramount Theatre, set to kick off at 9:00 AM. The average ticket price was $1.85.
1958: Buddy Holly makes his first appearance in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas since becoming a major star at Morris Fruit & Vegetable Store. Along with broadcasting 'live' over KLLL radio from a fruit and vegetable store, he will return to the station's studios to record 'You're The One,' a song that station management challenged him to write in half an hour.
1958: While attending a class at the Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon meets student Cynthia Powell, later to become his first wife.
1960: Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles play a 'Welcome Home' show in Liverpool at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Stuart Sutcliffe was still in Germany at the time of this concert. Added to the bill at the last minute, The Beatles were not advertised to appear, so banners had been pasted onto advertising posters, saying "Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!" Since The Beatles were playing in an area they'd only played in once before, most of the audience assumes they were a German group.
1962: Gene Vincent checks into a London hospital to get a bone graft to repair his injured leg. The leg was hurt in a motorcycle accident then re-injured in the auto accident that killed Eddie Cochran. He spends three weeks at the facility.
1963: The London Times names John Lennon and Paul McCartney the Outstanding Composers of the Year. Two days later, the Sunday Times' music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters "the greatest composers since Beethoven."
1963: The Dave Clark Five's 'Glad All Over' b/w 'I Know You' 45 single is released. It reached #6 on the American U.S. pop singles chart, becoming the first British Invasion hit by an artist other than The Beatles.
1965: Davy Jones shows off the acting chops that would later land him a gig with The Monkees when he appears on an episode of the TV show 'Ben Casey.'
1967: 'John Wesley Harding' is released. The Bob Dylan album contains the original version of 'All Along The Watchtower,' which was later covered by Jimi Hendrix. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from Hank Williams to Leadbelly is unprecedented in the new electric music.” It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and topped the UK charts. In 2003, the album was ranked #301 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The commercial performance was considered remarkable considering that Dylan had kept Columbia from releasing the album with much promotion or publicity. Less than three months after its release, John Wesley Harding was certified gold by the RIAA.
1967: Having taped 'Light My Fire' and 'Moonlight Drive' just days earlier (12/24) for the Jonathan Winters Show on CBS TV, The Doors wheel a TV on stage during their concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom so they can watch themselves on the Winters Show (and the audience can watch the band watching themselves). When the segment is over keyboardist Ray Manzarek turns off the TV and it's rolled off the stage.
1968: Fleetwood Mac played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: 'Led Zeppelin II' is #1 on the U.S. album chart. It goes on to over six million copies in the U.S. and it spent a seven non-consecutive week run on top. The album's cover designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.
1969: Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 cents.
1969: The Rolling Stones’ 'Let It Bleed' reaches #3 in the American album charts.
1971: 'The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour' CBS-TV show, with its title stars, begins its 3-year regular season run (it had previously been a summer replacement show).
1971: Alice Cooper performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1971: David Clayton-Thomas makes his final appearance with the original Blood, Sweat And Tears at the Anaheim Convention Center. He would return in 1975.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, Florida.
1972: Grateful Dead's 'Sugar Magnolia' b/w 'Mr. Charlie' 45 single is released.
1974: KISS played at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1975: 'A Night At The Opera' is #1 in the U.K. The Queen album stays on the chart for nearly a year and spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.
1975: The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ron Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance, and drummer Kenny Jones would join The Who in 1979 following the death of Keith Moon.
1976: Blues guitarist Freddie King died of a heart attack and complications from bleeding ulcers and pancreatitis in Dallas. He was 42 years old. Eric Clapton covered his 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' on his 'Layla' album. King was a significant influence on British and American blues-rock musicians such as Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
1977: Aerosmith appeared at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1979: The Grateful Dead played at the Oakland Auditorium Arena in Oakland, California.
1980: Three weeks to the day after John Lennon's murder, '(Just Like) Starting Over' is #1 in the US and the UK simultaneously. The song had been chosen by Lennon for its October 20 release, not because he felt it was the best track on the album, but because it was the most appropriate following his five-year absence from the recording industry.
1980: ZZ Top played at Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama.
1981: American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader Hoagy Carmichael died aged 82. He is best known for composing the music for 'Stardust,' 'Georgia on My Mind,' 'The Nearness of Yo,', and 'Heart and Soul'” four of the most-recorded American songs of all time.
1983: The Police played the first of four sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London, England, on their 'Synchronicity' world tour.
1985: ‪Metallica‬ finished work on 'Master of Puppets' at Sweet Silence Studios in ‪Copenhagen‬, Denmark‬. It was recorded at Sweet Silence Studios starting in early September. (September 3rd to December 27, 1985)
1982: Billy Joel performs a benefit concert in Allentown, PA. as his song 'Allentown' makes its way up the charts. The city's economic plight is the subject of Joel's current hit 'Allentown.'
1986: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of Edwin Starr’s 'War' which was Springsteen’s 9th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: A former cook at Chuck Berry’s Southern Air restaurant filed a civil suit against Berry alleging that hidden video cameras were installed in the women’s restrooms. 200 other women also took action against Berry in a collective class action suit.
1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana & Pearl Jam played the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1994: Marilyn Manson, who's band is opening for Nine Inch Nails, performs a portion of a Jacksonville (FL.) show naked. Arrested for violating something called the Adult Entertainment Code, Manson spends 16 hours in jail.
1996: Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson is named Best New Female Singer by Entertainment Weekly.
2004: Hank Garland, guitarist for Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers died of staph infection in Orange Park, FL. He was 74 years old.
2006: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis launches a month long solo tour in Uncasville, CT.
2007: Marilyn Manson's two-year marriage to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet) is legally dissolved. Von Teese filed divorce papers nearly a year earlier, citing irreconcilable differences.
2008: Rush appear on VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.' The band discusses their three-DVD 'Snakes & Arrows' Live set.
2008: Gregg Allman's residence in Richmond Hill, GA, is robbed. A pistol, collectible coins and knives, and unreleased concert recordings are taken. Two days later a man and woman are arrested and confess to the crime. All articles, except for the pistol which was apparently sold, are returned.
2008: Delaney Bramlett dies in Los Angeles due to complications from a gallbladder operation. One half of the husband-and-wife duo, Delaney & Bonnie (and Friends), Bramlett also co-wrote tunes for Eric Clapton's 1970 self-titled album (Clapton had toured as part of the group). Bramlett is also credited with teaching George Harrison slide guitar. He was 69.
2008: The Georgia home of The Allman Brothers Band’s singer and organist Gregg Allman was burglarized. Thieves stole a pistol, silver dollar collection and unreleased live recordings. The two burglars were charged two days later and all property except for the pistol was recovered.
2011: Bluewater Comics issue the 32-page book 'Orbit: John Lennon.' "We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles," says the book's author, Mark Shapiro. "But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post-Beatles' life and career, both good and bad, so that readers would get the clearest possible idea about who he was as a creative entity, husband and father."
2012: Elvis Presley and The Beatles topped the list of most-forged celebrity signatures in 2012, with less than half of their autographs for sale certified as genuine, according to memorabilia authenticators PSA/DNA. Astronaut Neil Armstrong landed at #3 on the list when fake signatures rose significantly after his death in July.
2013: Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin is out after 19 years with the group.
2013: Paul McCartney nabs the #1 spot on Billboard's final Hot Tours ranking of the year, racking up $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final six shows of his 'Out There!' tour.
2015: Singer Stevie Wright of the Easybeats dies in Australia of pneumonia. He was 68. Born in England, Wright was the lead singer of the Sydney-based band who had the 1966 world-wide hit 'Friday on My Mind.' The Easybeats were widely regarded as the biggest Australian pop band of the 1960s and Wright was Australia’s first international pop star.

December 28
1959: Frankie Avalon's second chart topper, 'Why' becomes Billboard's last #1 song of the fifties.
1963: The magazine The New Yorker publishes an interview with Beatles manager Brian Epstein in their 'Talk Of The Town' column about the band's upcoming Ed Sullivan gig, the first major press the group has received in the US.
1963: A quartet from Minneapolis, Minnesota who called themselves The Trashmen saw their first release, 'Surfin' Bird,' enter the Billboard Hot 100 where it would reach #4 during the first week of February, next year. The song is a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons: 'Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow' and 'The Bird's the Word.'
1965: Elvis Presley and his girlfriend Priscilla try LSD for the first, and last time at his Graceland mansion.
1968: The Beatles ‘White Album’ is #1 in the U.S. It's the group's 12th US #1 album. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band's earlier Sgt. Pepper's. No singles were issued from the album in Britain and the United States, the songs 'Hey Jude' and 'Revolution' originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968.
1968: Vanilla Fudge perform at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada supported by Led Zeppelin on their first US tour.
1968: The Miami Pop Festival (the first to be held on the East Coast) begins at the Gulfstream Race Track in Hallandale Beach, outside of Miami. A hundred thousand people see Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, Joni Mitchell, Procol Harum, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly, The McCoys, Fleetwood Mac, The Box Tops, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Grateful Dead at the three day festival.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the two day festival 'Flight To Lowlands Paradise II' in Margriethal-Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands, replacing Jimi Hendrix. Other acts appearing included Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, The Pretty Things and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
1968: Doors release the ‘Touch Me’ single in the U.S. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & become their third Gold single. With a guitar intro strongly influenced by The Four Seasons' 'C'mon Marianne",' the song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 in Canada, #10 in Australia, but didn't chart at all in the UK.
1968: The Rolling Stones enter the UK charts at #3 with 'Beggars Banquet.'
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: Genesis performed at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1970: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 'Mother' b/w 'Why' [Yoko Ono] 45 single is released. It went on to reach #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1971: Keith Moon hosts a concert at Carnegie Hall for one of his favorite acts, Sha Na Na.
1972: Mick Jagger visits Managua, Nicaragua with his wife Bianca, searching for her mother after a devastating recent earthquake that claimed thousands of lives. Fortunately, Bianca's mother is fine.
1972: David Bowie appeared at The Hardrock in Stretford, Manchester, England on his 'Ziggy Stardust' tour.
1972: Roxy Music played at the Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina.
1973: Queen performed at the Top Rank Club in Liverpool, England.
1975: In Spokane, Washington, David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent. Gelfer is brought down by members of the audience and security guards and is charged with “intimidating with a weapon.”
1976: Freddie King, who reached the Hot 100 in 1961 with 'Hide Away,' dies of complications of stomach ulcers and acute pancreatitis at the age of 42. In 2003, King was ranked 25th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He was known as one of the “Three Kings” of electric blues guitar along with Albert King and B.B. King. King was a major influence on blues-rock musicians of the time, including Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Peter Green and Eric Clapton, who covered his 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' on his 'Layla' album. He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
1978: Rolling Stone's annual Readers and Critics Poll both agree that The Rolling Stones album 'Some Girls' is Album Of The Year. The cover designed by Peter Corriston, featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli, representing her mother Judy Garland, Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe, who all threatened legal action.
1978: Rush performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1979: The third of the four concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon in London for the people of Kampuchea features The Who and the Pretenders.
1980: ZZ Top played at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Civic Cente in Dothan, Alabama.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1981: Warner Brothers Records, which includes Elektra and Asylum, follows the lead of RCA and raises its price for 45 rpm singles to $1.99.
1982: Cliff Burton‬ joined ‪Metallica, first rehearsing with Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield.
1982: Stone Vengeance headlines a show with Exodus and Possessed at Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley, CA.
1983: Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys drummer drowns in Marina Del Rey at age 39. He dives to retrieve dropped jewelry and doesn't come up. With the help of President Reagan he was given a burial at sea, normally reserved for Naval personnel. Dennis was the only genuine surfer in The Beach Boys, but co-wrote just a few of their songs. Brian Wilson, still unable to cope with day to day life, did not attend his brother's funeral. After picking up two female hitchhikers who followed Charles Manson, Dennis became fascinated with Manson and his followers and allowed them to live with him for a short time and record in his studio. In 1988, Dennis was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1984: Armored Saint played the Pomona Valley Auditorium in Pomona, CA.
1985: John Mellencamp peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Small Town' which was Mellencamp’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Pearl Jam all appeared at Del Mar O'brien Pavilion in San Diego, California.
1992: Seven months after their marriage, 51-year-old Paul Simon and 26-year-old Edie Brickell have a baby boy they name Adrian Edward Simon.
1992: Paul McCartney's 'Hope of Deliverance' b/w 'Long Leather Coat' single is released in the UK. It was featured on his 1993 album 'Off the Ground.' It became a hit in his native UK, reaching #18. It did not fare well on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #83, but did better on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, hitting #9.
1993: Mutt Lange, producer of albums such as AC/DC’s 'Highway to Hell' & 'Back in Black' & Def Leppard’s 'Pyromania' & 'Hysteria' married Shania Twain in Switzerland. The couple separated in 2008 & divorced in 2010.
1998: Suffering from alcoholism and depression, Atlanta Rhythm Section lead signer Ronnie Hammond gets in an altercation with police in Macon, Georgia, who shoot and wound the singer. He allegedly lunged at an officer with a broken guitar handle and a hammer. Police were responding to reports that the singer was trying to commit suicide. This was the second suicide attempt within a month for Hammond, following the first on December 9th. He would later make a full recovery, but died of heart failure on March 14, 2011.
2002: Cambodia deports Gary Glitter and extradites him back to the UK to face a conviction in London on child pornography charges.
2003: Pete Townshend of The Who reveals to a London newspaper that he seriously considered suicide after a 2002 arrest for child pornography charges. The guitarist had claimed he was visiting child porn websites as research for a book dealing with his own sexual abuse as a child.
2004: A North Carolina man named Wade Jones sold three tablespoons of water taken from a cup used by Elvis Presley during a 1977 concert for $455.
2005: Linkin Park renegotiates their deal with Warner Music Group. Reportedly the group receives a $15 million advance and an estimated 20-percent royalty rate. This is a turnaround from just a few months earlier when Linkin Park tried to get out of their Warner record deal claiming mismanagement.
2005: UK radio station Planet Rock asked 58,000 listeners to name the greatest Rock stars ever. First place went to Pink Floyd, followed by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC, U2, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, Bon Jovi and Jimi Hendrix.
2008: Disturbed release their live DVD titled 'Indestructible In Germany' exclusively through Best Buy. The six performances from '08's Rock am Ring festival, include 'Down With The Sickness' and 'Stupefy.'
2009: Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan is found dead at his home in Huntington Beach, CA. The cause of death was revealed to have been an acute polydrug/alcohol intoxication combined with cardiomegaly (enlarged heart). He was 28. "Jimmy was not only one of the world's best drummers, but more importantly he was our best friend and brother," the band writes on their site.
2010: X and The Doors' Ray Manzarek, who produced X's classic 1980 debut album 'Los Angeles,' take the stage for the first of two shows in San Francisco. They perform the album in its entirety.
2010: London Mayor Boris Johnson categorically states that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards should be honored with knighthood. "It is a continuing scandal that Keef Richards has not been made, at the very least, a knight bachelor," writes Johnson in an open letter to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. "I cannot think of another member of the British artistic, cultural or media world who has done so much or who has so widely penetrated the global consciousness." Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair knighted Stones frontman Mick Jagger in 2003.
2011: After receiving Billboard's Top Tour of the Year honor, U2's 360 tour is also #1 on's list of the most profitable tours of 2011. The tour pulled in $230 million worldwide and sold over 2.4 million concert tickets.
2011: Peter Frampton filed a lawsuit against A&M Records over the way that his digital royalties are calculated. The suit alleged breach of contract and unfair competition and seeks compensatory damages.
2012: Chris Daughtry donates 100% of the proceeds from the sales of his song 'Gone Too Soon' to the Newtown Connecticut School Shooting Victims Fund.
2013: Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' is mistakenly put on sale by Amazon, a little over two weeks ahead of its release date. Although the online retailer quickly corrects the error, Springsteen's 18th studio album is circulated via filesharing networks.
2015: Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister dies just two days after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and four days after his 70th birthday. Lemmy played in several rock groups in the 1960s, including the Rockin' Vickers and worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and the Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing lead on their hit 'Silver Machine.' The classic lineup of Motörhead featured Lemmy and guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Although revered by rock fans worldwide, Lemmy revealed that he made more money from the royalties for co-writing Ozzy Osbourne’s song 'Mama I’m Coming Home' than he had in his entire time with Motörhead. He was also a huge influence on his peers – Metallica, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and many others have recognized his impact on their music. Well known for his intake of both alcohol and amphetamines, Lemmy was a fixture at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, where you can now party in “Lemmy’s Lounge” and view his commemorative statue.
2015: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery leads a $150 million lawsuit accusing Spotify of failing to find and pay composers and songwriters of tracks provided to its users.

December 29
1956: Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending Dec 19th.
1962: During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at The Troubadour in London.
1964: The Liverpool Youth Employment Service announced that some school leavers were finding it difficult to get jobs because their 'Beatle' style haircuts and clothing were unacceptable to employers.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing 'Hey Joe'.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios, Paul McCartney began work on his new song ‘Penny Lane’, recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song's title is derived from the name of a street near John Lennon's house in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
1966: Pink Floyd and Syn (featuring bassist Chris Squire who would later became a member of Yes), performed at The Marquee Wardour Street in London, England.
1967: Dave Mason announces that he is leaving Traffic, just as the group is releasing its debut album. Unlike the other members of the group, Mason didn't want to collaborate on writing songs, prompting him to pursue a solo career.
1968: Led Zeppelin performed at the Civic Auditorium in Portland, Oregon on their first North American tour opening for Vanilla Fudge.
1968: The first big Rock festival held on the east coast, The Miami Festival, gets under way in Hallandale, Florida. Tickets sell for six and seven dollars and 100,000 people turn out for the three day event. Those appearing include the hottest acts of the day, Jose Feliciano, Procol Harem, Three Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, Canned Heat and Joni Mitchell.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad's 2nd studio album, 'Grand Funk,' is released. The album is also known as "The Red Album." It was certified by RIAA with a gold record award, the first for the group.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have a session with Canadian hypnotists Hammrick & Leonard. The couple are trying to stop smoking.
1971: America release their self-titled debut album. It went to #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and stayed there for 5 weeks. The album was initially released without 'A Horse With No Name,' which had not yet been recorded. When 'Horse' became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track. 'A Horse With No Name' spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972 (it peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart). The single 'I Need You' hit #9 on the Billboard singles chart and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs on the album received radio airplay on FM stations, including 'Sandman' and 'Three Roses.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1972: Roxy Music performed at the Cumberland Auditorium in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1973: Jim Croce scored his second #1 US single of the year with 'Time In A Bottle' went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20, 1973.
1974: Elton John's cover of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' hits #1 on the pop charts. The John Lennon-Paul McCartney song first appeared on the Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' in 1967.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas.
1975: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane break up after living together for 7 years. Slick marries the band's lighting engineer the next year.
1977: Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: ZZ Top played at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1980: Folk musician Tim Hardin, who wrote the hit 'If I Were a Carpenter,' dies of a heroin overdose at age 39. He also wrote 'Reason To Believe' (recorded by Rod Stewart) and 'Morning Dew' (recorded by the Jeff Beck Group).
1982: KISS kicked off their tour in support of 'Creatures of the Night' at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, ND. It was their first tour with guitarist Vinnie Vincent replacing Ace Frehley & would be their last tour in makeup until their 1996 reunion tour.
1982: Sets of commemorative stamps in memory of Bob Marley were issued in Jamaica.
1982: Neil Young released his first album on Geffen Records, 'Trans.' Five of the nine songs were recorded with a vocoder. Synthesizers & electronic beats were also present & it went on to peak at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1983: Aerosmith performed at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1984: The Grateful Dead play at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
2000: Bryan Ferry and his family were among passengers on a flight from London to Nairobi that was disrupted in a hijack attempt. The pilots recovered the aircraft and all passengers landed safely.
2000: A federal appeals court ruled that former Steppenwolf bassist Nicholas Kussbaum could continue to bill himself as a former member of Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf singer John Kay had invoked a 1980 contract where Kussbaum had agreed not to emphasize his former ties with the group.
2002: Creed singer Scott Stapp forgets song lyrics, takes a lengthy leave of absence in the middle of the show and lies down on the stage for part of the band's performance in Chicago. It lead to 4 fans suing the band, claiming lead singer Scott Stapp was either medicated or drunk, and "unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song." Stapp denied he was drunk and claimed rolling around on stage was an "Artistic Moment." The case was thrown out of court.
2004: Linkin Park and the American Red Cross create Music For Relief, to assist victims of the tsunamis that flooded southern Asia. The group donates $100,000 to the cause.
2005: Pearl Jam wins a legal battle over the rights to the domain name The band filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum saying the site's domain holder, Vertical Axis Inc., was using it to link to commercial sites that were unrelated to Pearl Jam.
2006: The wife of rock singer Marilyn Manson, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese filed for divorce after just a year of marriage. The couple married in December 2005 in a ceremony held at a castle in Ireland.
2009: Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is sued for copyright infringement. Vedder recorded 'Hard Sun' for the soundtrack of Sean Penn's film 'Into The Wild.' Composer Gordon Peterson claims Vedder's lyric changes are "eroding the integrity of the composition."
2010: Linkin Park's 'Waiting For The End' finally makes it to #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart after 16 weeks on the survey.
2010: The trade publication Pollstar reported that Bon Jovi was the highest earning touring act of the year, taking in over $200 million. Australian rockers AC/DC landed at #2 for the second year in a row, with tickets sales from their recent trek totaling $177m. U2, which was the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at 3rd place with ticket sales totaling $160.9m. Lady Gaga followed in fourth place, with Metallica at #5.
2010: In an interview with Spinner magazine, Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan claims that the major labels are out of touch with fans and are afraid to take a risk on quality music. "Something about the need for the major label system to corner the market has squeezed the excitement out of music," says Corgan.
2010: Yoko Ono lights the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland. The tower of light, an outdoor work of art, is a tribute to John Lennon. Ono says it "emanates wisdom, healing and joy."
2014: Michael Stipe makes his first post-R.E.M. solo appearance opening for Patti Smith at New York's Webster Hall. Stipe sings and plays keyboards during his unannounced set.
2014: 74-year-old Ringo Starr revealed plans for a new album in 2015 and hinted at a North American tour that would kick off in February or March. That album turned out to be "Postcards from Paradise", which was produced completely by Starr himself and was recorded with a little help from his friends Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Todd Rundgren and several others.

December 30
1962: The BBC begins filming its play 'Madhouse On Castle Street,' which features a cameo from Bob Dylan. He plays the recently recorded song 'Blowin' In The Wind.'
1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Studio 51 in Soho, London. On the same bill is Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions, who feature a young Rod Stewart. The Stones played a Sunday afternoon gig at the club from 4 until 6.30pm and were billed as Rhythm and Blues with The Rolling Stones.
1963: The Beatles win Group and Record Of The Year ('She Loves You') in British music newspaper New Musical Express' annual year-end poll.
1965: The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Man, The Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appeared on an episode of 'Shindig!'
1966: Pink Floyd and Soft Machine played at the UFO presents Night Tripper at the Blarney Club in London, England.
1966: The Beatles record 'Penny Lane.'
1967: The Beatles 'Hello Goodbye' becomes their 15th #1 single on the U.S. charts. The flip side, 'I Am The Walrus' reached #56, the lowest ranking for any charted "B" side of a Beatles number one single. John Lennon wrote nonsense words for "Walrus" after learning that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyze Beatles' lyrics. He would later say, "Let the fuckers work that one out." Gladys Knight and the Pips were at #2 with 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine,' and The Monkees in the third spot with 'Daydream Believer.'
1967: John Lee Hooker performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Peter Tork buys himself out of his Monkees contract for 160k, citing exhaustion and a lack of cohesive group collaboration as the reasons. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison's soundtrack to the film 'Wonderwall.' He later did some club performances and live television appearances before intermittently returning to The Monkees in 1986.
1968: Led Zeppelin, who were advertised as Len Zefflin, performed at Gonzaga University Gymnasium in Spokane, WA. on their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge.
1969: Santana's 'Evil Ways' B/w 'Waiting' 45 single is released. It became Santana's first top 40 and top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Gregg Rolie performs the lead vocals and plays a Hammond organ solo in the middle section. The double-time coda includes a guitar solo performed by Carlos Santana.
1969: Yes played at the Van Dike Club in Plymouth, England.
1970: Elvis Presley was given a private tour of the FBI headquarters in Washington DC. Elvis requested and was given a permit to carry a gun in every US state.
1972: Brownsville Station, Sha-Na-Na and opening act Bruce Springsteen perform at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
1972: 'Seventh Sojourn' by the Moody Blues is the #2 album entering the final week of the year. It spent five weeks there until being knocked off by Carly Simon’s 'No Secrets.'
1974: The Beatles legally disband following Paul McCartney's announced departure over four years earlier.
1974: Bob Dylan records 'Tangled Up In Blue,' 'Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts,' and 'If You See Her, Say Hello.'
1974: Wishbone Ash and Brownsville Station played at Palmer auditorium at Palmer Junior College in Davenport, Iowa.
1975: Aerosmith performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1976: Elvis Presley appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta.
1977: Rush played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1977: The U.S. Immigration Service reverses their decision made two weeks earlier and allows the Sex Pistols into the country.
1978: After selling over 35 million albums since forming in 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer announced that they were splitting up. They would later reunite in 1992 before splitting up again in 1998.
1980: Cheap Trick received a Gold record for their fifth studio album All Shook Up' which was produced by Beatles producer George Martin.
1980: Molly Hatchett played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1981: The J.Geils Band album 'Freeze-Frame' goes gold. The LP would reach #1` on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in February 1982 and remain at the top for four weeks on the strength of the hit singles 'Centerfold' and 'Freeze Frame.'
1981: Ozzy Osbourne starts the 1st leg of his North American 'Diary Of A Madman' Tour.
1981: Fortune Magazine named MTV "Product of the Year."
1982: Ric Ocasek released his debut solo album, 'Beatitude.' It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features two charting singles - 'Something To Grab For' (Billboard Hot 100 #47, and Mainstream Rock #5), and 'Jimmy Jimmy' (Mainstream Rock #25, and Dance Music/Club Play Singles #60). The title is a play on the term "beat", but also an homage to the 1950s poetry magazine Beatitude which featured work by, amongst others Allen Ginsberg. The Geffen CD issue of the release has the title mis-printed as 'Beautitude.'
1982: ZZ Top appeared at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1983: Twisted Sister with special guest Metallica played the Fountain Casino in Aberdeen, New Jersey.
1983: Dio with Special Guest Stars Y&T and Dokken played the Long Beach Arena.
1987: David Lee Roth's 'Just Like Paradise' b/w 'The Bottom Line' single was released.
1988: Ozzy Osbourne with openers Anthrax played the Long Beach Arena.
1989: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic married his long-time girlfriend Shelli Dilly in Washington. The couple would divorce in 1999.
1991: Bruce Springsteen’s wife, bandmate Patti Scialfa gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Jessica Rae.
1992: ZZ Top filed a $115 million lawsuit against Mitsubishi Motor Sales, and Gray Advertising, alleging copyright infringement over use of their song 'La Grange' for a series of TV commercials in the U.S. which ran in 1990 & 1991.
1994: The 'Higher Learning' soundtrack, containing Rage Against The Machine's 'Year Of The Boomerang,' is released.
1998: Johnny Moore, lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit 'Under The Boardwalk,' died at the age of 64. In 1988 Moore was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1999: George Harrison was attacked by an intruder in his Oxfordshire mansion. At about 3:00 a.m., Michael Abram, a 33 year old Liverpudlian, stabbed Harrison several times in the chest. With the help of wife Olivia and son Dhani, Abram was hit over the head with a lamp and then detained until police arrived. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung but eventually recovered from the wound. Abram would later be found not guilty by reason of insanity and less than two years after his trial, was given a conditional discharge.
1999: Slade singer Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to music
2000: Pollstar's Top 10 list of tours showed that the #1 concert draw was Tina Turner with earnings of $80.2 million from her 'Twenty Four Seven' farewell tour. Fourth place was earned by KISS, at $62.7 million, and eighth spot was Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young with $42.1 million.
2002: The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London.
2002: According to a Nielsen SoundScan survey, total CD album sales were down 10.7% in 2002, marking the sharpest sales decrease from the previous year in the 11-year tracking history. It was the second straight year the market declined, following steady growth since Nielsen first began tracking the US market in 1991. Total album sales in 2002 were 681 million, compared with 762.8 million the previous year. Country album sales posted the largest increase, as sales rose 12.2% from 2001.
2003: Cris Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets was arrested and accused of hitting a federal post office security guard in the head with a baton that the musician took from the guard during a struggle. The guard then shot Kirkwood in the back. The incident began over a dispute about parking with another customer at a Phoenix post office.
2004: Levon Helm of The Band sues the ad agency BBDO for using the song 'The Weight' in a commercial without his permission.
2006: 8,500 people attend Soul legend James Brown's funeral service in Augusta, GA. Speakers included Rev. Jesse Jackson and Michael Jackson. The Godfather of Soul passed away five days earlier in Atlanta.
2007: Ian Anderson is named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) as part of Queen Elizabeth IIThe couple would divorce in 1999.'s annual New Year's Honours list. The Jethro Tull frontman is recognized for his contributions to music in the United Kingdom. Anderson seems to take the honor in stride. "A lowly MBE...requires only a discrete bow or curtsey from friends and family," writes the singer in an online post. "The rest of you can tell me to bugger off."
2008: Puddle Of Mudd performs 'We Don't Have To Look Back Now,' on ABC's 'One Life To Live.' The band is on hand to help the fictional town of Llanview celebrate the New Year.
2009: 'Patti Smith: Dream Of Life,' a documentary about "Godmother of Punk," airs on PBS. In the works since 1996, the film is broadcast on the singer's 63rd birthday.
2009: Neil Young and Burton Cummings of The Guess Who were named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean. The Order of Canada is one of the country's highest civilian honors and was established in 1967 to mark a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Hockey great Mario Lemieux and the filmmaker Ivan Reitman are also named officers of the order.
2011: Barry Clayton, the man who narrated the introduction to Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast, passed away at the age of 80.
2012: The Birmingham Mail reports that Jim Simpson, the record industry A&R man who discovered and signed Black Sabbath, is launching a campaign to have the airport in Birmingham, England, renamed as 'The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport.' No word on whether the planes would play 'Flying High Again' on takeoff and landing'
2012: A rare copy of a Beatles LP signed by all four members sold for the sum rejected at auction in Sussex a few weeks earlier. Chris Collins and his sister, Liz Chambers initially turned down a £12,000 bid for a copy of the album, 'Please Please Me.' They had hoped to get £15,000 for the LP, which was given to their late father during a drinking session. The siblings later accepted £12,000 from private buyers. The album was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr after they used it as a drinks coaster during a card game in 1963.
2012: Brian May was named animal welfare charity PETA UK's Person of the Year for his efforts to help stop the culling of badgers. The guitarist's group Save Me formed Team Badger alongside PETA and various other animal welfare groups.
2012: The Birmingham Mail reports that Jim Simpson, the record industry A&R man who discovered and signed Black Sabbath, is launching a campaign to have the airport in Birmingham, England, renamed as "The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport."
2013: Bruce Springsteen's latest album 'High Hopes' briefly appeared for download on Amazon's US site for several hours, two weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. Although it was subsequently removed from sale, it was now appearing on several file-sharing sites.
2014: The Darkness announce they have added drummer Emily Dolan Davies. "She's got the chops and the attitude that you need to be The Darkness' drummer," says frontman Justin Hawkins. Davies replaces Ed Graham, who left earlier in the year.
2015: Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale joins Trans-Siberian Orchestra on stage in Cleveland to perform the song 'Forget About The Blame (Moon Version).'
2015: AC/DC is recognized for selling the most concert tickets during the year beating out Taylor Swift. However, Swift has a higher gross revenue - $250.4 million worldwide compared to $180 million for AC/DC, who landed at #2.
2016: Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager, died in Liverpool at the age of 86. After booking John, Paul, George and Stuart Sutcliffe into his coffee bar, Jacaranda, he helped them get other gigs as well, including a short tour of Scotland with Johnny Gentle. After the group took on an extended engagement at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, they fell out with Williams over the commission he believed he was owed. Williams later became known as "The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away" from the title of his autobiography.

December 31
1940: After forming the rival company BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), Radio stations in the United States stop playing music licensed by ASCAP (the American Society of Publishers and Composers) in a dispute over fees. The boycott lasts 10 months, with stations filling airtime with non-ASCAP songs, mostly older tunes in the public domain.
1956: On New Years Eve, Elvis Presley appeared on Wink Martindale's local TV special in Memphis.
1957: Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis headlined Alan Freed's show at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. As per the contract, Fats Domino closed the show, following Holly and then Lewis. After Jerry Lee had whipped the crowd into a frenzy, Fats had only a half-filled theatre to play to. It was the last time he ever insisted on following The Killer.
1961: Janis Joplin sang in her first public engagement at a Halfway House in Beaumont, Texas.
1961: The Beach Boys, formerly known as the Pendletons, made their onstage debut under their new name at a Ritchie Valens Memorial Concert at the Long Beach Civic Auditorium in Long Beach, CA. They are paid $300 for the gig. Ike & Tina Turner are also on the bill.
1962: 27-year-old John Phillips marries 18-year-old Holly Michelle Gilliam. The marriage was her first and his second, and would produce one child, Chynna. The pair would later co-found The Mamas And Papas, but divorced in 1970.
1962: During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan played at the King And Queen pub in London. Dylan had arrived in the UK on Dec 17th after British TV director Philip Saville had heard Dylan perform in Greenwich Village, and had invited him to take part in a BBC television drama: 'The Madhouse On Castle Street.'
1963: The Kinks played their first show at London's Lotus House Restaurant in London.
1965: The Beatles single 'I Feel Fine' and album, 'Beatles ’65' are certified gold in the U.S. The album contains a number of covers but also has originals 'No Reply' and 'I'm A Loser.'
1965: Alf Lennon, John's estranged deadbeat father, releases 'That's My Life (My Love And My Home),' a single designed to ride the coattails of John's success and his recent song 'In My Life.' John Lennon instructs manager Brian Epstein to make sure it is blackballed in the UK. It is not a hit.
1966: The Monkees take Neil Diamond's 'I'm A Believer' to #1, beginning a a 7-week run. Because of over a million advance orders, the single went Gold two days after its release and has now sold over ten million copies worldwide.
1966: The Move, Pink Floyd, and The Who appeared at the New Year’s Eve All Night Rave, at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm Road, London.
1966: Ray Charles p4formed at the City Center Arena in Seattle, Washington. Tickets cost $4.50 at the door.
1967: Songwriter and producer Bert Berns died of heart failure aged 38. He wrote many classic songs including 'Twist And Shout,' 'Hang On Sloopy,' 'Here Comes the Night,' 'I Want Candy,' and 'Brown Eyed Girl.'
1967: Sonny And Cher are barred from Pasadena, California's Tournament of Roses Parade for speaking out in support of the 2,000 demonstrators who protested a year-long campaign by sheriffs and police to clear the Strip of 'loitering' teenagers. Known as "the Sunset Strip rioters", the group mainly consisted of 15-year-olds with long hair and acne who were confronted by several hundred riot-helmeted sheriff's deputies.
1968: Billboard magazine reports that this year, for the first time, US total music'sales have topped one billion dollars.
1968: Joe Cocker, Amen Corner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Small Faces, Free and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band all appeared at Alexandra Palace in London.
1969: Jimi Hendrix's new group Band of Gypsys, made its onstage debut at the Fillmore East in New York City. A recording of the concert was later released as the album 'Band Of Gypsys.' The band also played the following night at the venue. By the end of January, Hendrix had broken the band up, but not before releasing a classic live set from the shows. It was the only concert recording issued during Hendrix's lifetime.
1969: A BBC TV special 'Man Of The Decade' declares John Lennon the one on the same day that Rolling Stone names him Man Of The Year and New Musical Express quotes him as saying he's thinking of leaving The Beatles.
1969: The Rolling Stones play one of their best and darkest songs, 'Gimme Shelter,' live for the first time on the TV special, 'Pop Go The Sixties.'
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the UNC-Charlotte Cafeteria in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1970: Paul McCartney sues to dissolve The Beatles partnership and breaks ties with Allen Klein, whom the other three members have chosen to manage their affairs. The case drags on for years until the partnership is finally dissolved in a 1975 private agreement. British magazine Melody Maker announces that The Beatles are looking for a new bassist.
1971: The Band, complete with a full horn section, performs at the New York Academy of Music. The result was the double album, 'Rock of Ages,' which was released the following year. Bob Dylan makes a special appearance performing 'Down In The Flood,' 'When I Paint My Masterpiece,' 'Like A Rolling Stone,' and 'Don’t Ya Tell Henry' with them.
1971: David Clayton-Thomas and Fred Lipsius play their last show with Blood, Sweat & Tears at a concert in Anaheim, California. Clayton-Thomas goes on to a solo career.
1971: Elvis Presley announces to his entourage that his wife, Priscilla, will be divorcing him, saying simply, "She says she doesn't love me anymore." In contrast to previous years, tonight's New Year's Eve celebration is held at Graceland rather than a local club.
1971: Queen played at the Rugby Club in Twickenham, England.
1972: Roxy Music performed at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1972: MC5 play their last gig in their hometown of Detroit. Their take for the night was $200.
1972: Dick Clark begins a new holiday tradition as his first New Year's Rockin' Eve concert is broadcast on ABC-TV. Dick himself will host the annual event for the next 32 years. Guests for the inaugural event include Three Dog Night and Al Green.
1973: After 40 shows, KISS' first tour comes to an end at the Academy Of Music in New York.
1973: Journey makes their live debut at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1973: AC/DC played their very first live gig at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney, Australia. The line-up that night included Dave Evans up front on vocals, Angus and Malcolm Young, Larry Van Kriedt on bass and Colin Burgess on drums. The reported setlist from that night: 'School Days' (Chuck Berry cover), 'Honky Tonk Women' (The Rolling Stones cover), 'Get Back' (The Beatles cover), 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash' (The Rolling Stones cover), 'No Particular Place to Go' (Chuck Berry cover), 'Nadine (Chuck Berry cover), 'I Want You (She’s So Heavy)' (The Beatles cover), 'The Old Bay Road,' 'Midnight Rock,' 'S how Business' (early version called 'Sunset Strip'), 'Rock and Roll Singer,' 'Soul Stripper,' 'Rockin’ In The Parlour,' 'Can I Sit Next To You Girl,' and 'Baby, Please Don’t Go' (Big Joe Williams cover).
1974: Mick Fleetwood phones Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, inviting them to join Fleetwood Mac. ‘He called us up sight unseen. We could’ve been the two heaviest jerks he’d ever seen’, says Nicks. It's marks the band's 10th line-up change since 1967.
1974: Pink Floyd begin recording their landmark album 'Wish You Were Here' after abandoning an earlier concept of an album recorded entirely with household objects.
1974: Ron Wood denies reports that he will join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for the recently departed Mick Taylor.
1975: KISS plays at the Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.
1975: JJ Cale appears at Ebbets Field in Denver, Colorado.
1975: Elvis Presley sets a new single-show solo record at a concert in Pontiac, Michigan, which earns $800,000. It was a then world record for a single show by a solo artist.
1976: The Cars make their concert debut at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire.
1977: The Ramones played the Rainbow Theatre in London. The show was released as the 'It's Alive' album, which is considered one of the best punk rock records of all time.
1978: Bill Graham closed the legendary Winterland in San Francisco after the Grateful Dead play their 48th concert there. Also appearing this night are The Blues Brothers. The show lasted for over eight hours, with the Grateful Dead's performance — documented on DVD and CD as 'The Closing of Winterland,' lasting nearly six hours itself. The final show was simulcast on radio station KSAN-FM and also broadcast live on the local PBS TV station KQED. Winterland was eventually torn down in 1985, and was replaced by apartments. The Winterland Ballroom, often referred to as Winterland Arena or simply Winterland, was an ice skating rink and 5,400-seat music venue located at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street, it was converted to exclusive use as a music venue in 1971 by rock promoter Bill Graham and became a common performance site for many of the most famous rock music artists. Starting with a 1966 double bill of Jefferson Airplane and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Graham began to rent the venue occasionally for larger concerts that his nearby Fillmore Auditorium could not properly accommodate. After closing the Fillmore West in 1971, he began to hold regular weekend shows at Winterland.
1978: The Runaways play their final show at Cow Palace, near San Francisco. The all-female hard-rock band have been through several line-up changes, but are finally torn apart through conflict between Joan Jett, who wants to take the band in a glam-rock direction, and Lita Ford who wishes to stay in the hard-rock genre. The band formally split the following April.
1978: Bauhaus gives its debut performance in Wellingborough, England. Bauhaus are an English rock band formed in Northampton in 1978 by Peter Murphy (vocals), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). The band took their name from the German Bauhaus art movement, originally going by the name Bauhaus 1919, dropping the latter portion within a year of the band’s formation
1979: Blondie's gig at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland was broadcast live on BBC 2's 'Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1979: David Bowie performed an acoustic version of 'Space Oddity' on the UK TV 'Kenny Everett New Year's Show.' Bowie was also seen on the Dick Clark TV show in the US on this date, on his 'Salute To The Seventies.'
1979: At a New Years Eve concert in Cleveland, Bruce Springsteen's cheek is ripped open by a fire-cracker thrown onstage from the audience.
1980: Bruce Springsteen plays an epic show at the Nassau Coliseum lasting 4 hours, 38 minutes and covering 38 songs.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: The Clash complete the recording of their classic 'Combat Rock' album in New York when they finish the song 'Straight To Hell.'
1982: Famous New York rock club Max’s Kansas City closes. The venue had been a launching pad for such artists as The New York Dolls, Bruce Springsteen and The Velvet Underground.
1982: E Street Band guitarist Miami Steve and/or Little Steven Van Zandt marries Maureen Santora at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Little Richard officiates, Bruce Springsteen is the best man, and Percy Sledge sings 'When A Man Loves A Woman' during the reception.
1983: Van Halen's '1984' album is released.
1984: Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, suffers car accident which leads to the amputation of his left arm. Allen was on his way to a New Year's Eve party at his family's home when a Jaguar passed him. The driver had been egging Allen on and would not allow him to pass. In his rage to pass this driver, he did not see a turn up ahead and lost control of his car. He was thrown from the car, with his left arm severed due to the seatbelt not being properly fastened. His arm is re-attached but an infection forces it's amputation. Allen continues playing with Def Leppard thanks to a specially designed drum kit.
1984: Slayer played at Ruthie's in Berkeley, CA.
1985: Ricky Nelson was killed in a plane crash. A child star on 'The Ozzie And Harriet Show,' he became a teen idol as a singer, charting 36 hits on the Top 40. His private DC-3 (which was previously owned by Jerry Lee Lewis) crashed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. Early press reports erroneously suggested that drug use, namely freebasing, might have played a role in the crash that killed Rick, his band, and his fiancee Helen Blair (the pilot and co-pilot survived). In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board's 1987 report determined that the fire began in a malfunctioning gas heater.
1985: Don Henley hosts a New Year's Eve party at his Aspen Ranch. It's here that Senator Gary Hart meets his future mistress Donna Rice. The resulting scandal forces Hart to drop out of the 1988 presidential race.
1985: Metallica play the final show of the 'Ride The Lightning Tour' at the San Francisco Civic with Megadeth, Exodus and Metal Church.
1987: L.A Guns played The Troubadour in Hollywood.
1988: Ozzy Osbourne, Anthrax and Lita Ford played at the Long Beach Arena.
1991: Ted Nugent, who often donates meat from his kills to charity, serves about 200 pounds of venison courtesy of the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program at a at a Salvation Army in Detroit, telling clients, "I kill it, you grill it."
1991: Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all appeared on the same bill at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California.
1991: Radio Luxembourg, Europe's oldest commercial radio station, closes down after being on the air for 62 years.
1991: Guns N' Roses performed at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida with Soundgarden opening.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is hospitalized in San Francisco with dysentery he picked up in Borneo. The illness results in the cancellation of a New Year's Eve show.
1996: Queen Elizabeth II announces that Paul McCartney will be knighted - these announcements are traditionally made on New Year's Eve.
1997: Floyd Cramer, pianist and forerunner of the "Nashville sound," Pianist Floyd Cramer, who scored a Billboard #2 hit in 1960 with 'Last Date,' died of lung cancer at the age of 64. As a session musician, he played on many major hits for a variety of artists, including Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel.' In 2003, Cramer was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
1999: There's Rock all over the world to ring in Y2K: Aerosmith in Osaka, Japan, the Eagles and Jackson Browne in L.A., B-52s and Hootie & The Blowfish in Orlando, FL, Goo Goo Dolls and No Doubt in New York.
2000: Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson married actress Kate Hudson the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn. The couple separated in 2006.
2002: Phish end their two-year hiatus with a New Year's Eve concert at NYC's Madison Square Garden.
2003: Australian singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia married Silverchair singer Daniel Johns.
2003: Rush's Alex Lifeson is arrested for aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, plus five other counts. The charges stem from a drunken altercation the guitarist had with police at a Naples, FL hotel. Officers reportedly used a stun gun to subdue Lifeson.
2003: KISS performed on Dick Clark's annual New Year's Rockin' Eve
2004: The Who’s Roger Daltrey was named a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List.
2004: For the first time in the last 32 years, Dick Clark wasn't in New York's Time Square to celebrate New Year's Eve. The 75 year old TV host and producer was forced to watch the show from his hospital bed after suffering a mild stroke on December 6th. A spokesman said that Mr. Clark had been doing some rehab and that doctors were encouraged with his progress.
2005: Although he wasn't actually in Times Square and his speech had slowed due to the effects of a stroke he suffered in December, 2004, Dick Clark made a return to his 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' TV show.
2005: Motley Crue's Mick Mars is rushed backstage to receive medical attention at the end of a New Year's Eve concert in Detroit. A fan pulls the guitarist into the audience.
2006: Sammy Hager is joined by fellow Van Halen alum, bassist Michael Anthony, for a series of New Year's gigs at the Red Rocker's Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
2006: Founding P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel makes his first public appearance with the group since rejoining. Jason Truby, the guitarist who replaced Curiel, remains in the lineup (though Truby announces his departure a few days later) as the group appears in New York as part of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live's New Year's. Curiel left the group nearly four years earlier.
2007: 'Say It's Not True' from Queen + Paul Rodgers is released as a CD single. The song was originally available exclusively as a download for about a month. CD profits benefit former South African president Nelson Mandela's 46664 charity, which promotes HIV awareness and prevention.
2007: Eric Clapton's annual Crossroads benefit for his substance-abuse charity is held in Surrey, England. In addition to Clapton, The Who's Pete Townshend, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr perform.
2008: Robert Plant was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire as part of Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year Honours List. Plant is acknowledged "for services to music" in the United Kingdom.
2009: Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi from Status Quo were both appointed OBEs for services to music and charity.
2009: U2's 360 Tour, in support of their album 'No Line On The Horizon,' is named the year's most successful by concert tracker Pollstar. U2 sold 1.3 million tickets grossing $123 million. Following U2 are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ($94.5 million) and Elton John & Billy Joel ($88 million). AC/DC are 5th on the list with the Dave Matthews Band, Fleetwood Mac and Metallica coming in 8th, 9th and 10th, respectively for the year.
2010: U2's Bono and The Edge (pre-taped) and My Chemical Romance make guest appearances on 'NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly.' The U2 bandmates are interviewed regarding their troubled Broadway show 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' and My Chemical Romance performs 'Sing.'
2010: Alice Cooper jams with Metallica's James Hetfield, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Nickelback's Mike Kroeger and the Doobie Brothers Pat Simmons for a one-night only performance of Cooper's hits at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina to benefit the Maui Food Bank.
2011: Alice Cooper is joined by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina to benefit the Maui Food Bank. The pair perform 'Walk This Way,' 'Sweet Emotion' and a cover of The Beatles' classic, 'Come Together,' which also includes Weird Al Yankovic.
2011: The Red Hot Chili Peppers give a concert on the Caribbean island of St. Barts at the estate of billionaire Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for what is billed as the "world's most expensive" New Year's Eve party. It has 300 guests and a $7.8 million budget or $26,000 per guest. RHCPs perform 'Louie, Louie' with Toots (of Toots And The Maytals).
2011: Guns N' Roses wrap up their 'Chinese Democracy' tour at The Joint, in The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
2012: Black Sabbath have the best-selling Classic Rock T-shirt in the U.K. Sabbath's U.S. tour shirt from 1978 gets a sales surge after it is worn by actor Robert Downey, Jr., who played Tony Stark in the Iron Man/Avengers films.
2012: A draft of a letter John Lennon written to Eric Clapton on Sept. 29, 1971 asking him to collaborate on a musical project sold for $35,000 at an auction.
2014: 'Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live,' a New Year's Eve show broadcast by BBC One, is followed by a fireworks display along the river Thames. Lambert earns rave reviews.
2014: Nielsen Sound Scan reported that while overall album sales were down again in 2014, vinyl album sales grew by 52 percent to 9.2 million copies (up from 6.1 million in 2013). More vinyl albums were sold than in any other year since Nielsen started tracking music sales in 1991.
2015: Motley Crue play what they claim is their last show together at the Staples Center in L.A. Tommy Lee's drum roller coaster gets stuck, and while roadies attempt to fix the problem, Lee, following much swearing, asks women to expose themselves. "This is the last time you're going to be seeing the four of us together on stage," frontman Vince Neil tells the audience.
2015: 'Only One,' a collaboration between Rapper Kanye West and Paul McCartney, is released. As a result, West's fans "discover" McCartney.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: November

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock: November

Rock Birthdays:
November 1
Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Traffic, KGB, Gram Parsons, The Crickets) - b. 1946 - d. 3/17/90
Jim Steinman (Producer, composer, lyricist, Meat Loaf) - 71
Dan Peek (America, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 7/24/11
Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm) - 59
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 56
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - 55
Joe LeSte’ (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures) - 54

Nov. 2
Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) - 80
Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Emerson Lake & Powell, 3, Keith Emerson Band, Billy Sherwood, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 3/11/16
JD Souther (born John David Souther) (vocals, songwriter - Eagles, Joe Walsh, Linda Ronstadt) - 73
Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention) - 71
Rich Gooch (Quarterflash) - 70
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) - 61
Andrew Elt (Sleeze Beez) - 56
Bobby Dall (Poison) - 55
Ron McGovney (Metallica) - 55
Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (Korn, Fieldy's Dreams, StillWell, L.A.P.D., solo) - 49
Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) - 43
Thomas Brendahl (Volbeat) - 38

Nov. 3
Nick Simper (Deep Purple) - 73
Joe Lala (Actor, voice actor, drummer and percussionist, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Blues Image, Manassas, The Bee Gees, Whitney Houston + more) - b. 1947 - d. 3/18/14
Adam Ant - 64
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man, Bass Communion, Opeth, Continuum, Storm Corrosion, Orphaned Land, solo, others; producer, audio engineer) - 51
Mick Thomson (Slipknot) - 45

Nov. 4
Delbert McClinton - 78
Chris Difford (Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook, solo) - 64
James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders) - b. 1956 - d. 6/16/82
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, solo + more) - 62
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army, The Jeff Watson Band + more) - 62
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sons Of Apollo, solo) - 53
Wayne Static (Static X, solo) - b. 1965 - d. 11/1/14
Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns, Roxx Gang) - 50
Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta) - 44

Nov. 5
Ike Turner - b. 1931 – d. 12/12/07
Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel, solo) - 77
Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) - 71
Donnie McDougall (The Guess Who) - 70
Gram Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers) - b. 1946 - d. 9/19/73
Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) - 60
Bryan Adams - 59
David Bryson (Counting Crows) - 57
Brian Wheat (Tesla) - 55
Ruyter Suys (Nashville Pussy) - 50
Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) - 47
Ryan Adams (Whiskeytown, The Cardinals, The Finger, Patty Duke Syndrome, Blank Label, solo) - 44

Nov. 6
Doug Sahm (singer-songwriter; Sir Douglas Quintet, solo, collaborations, guest appearances, sessions) - b. 1941 - d. 11/18/99
Jack Douglas (Producer/Sound Engineer: Aerosmith, New York Dolls, Cheap Trick, Miles Davis, The Who, John Lennon, Patti Smith, James Gang, Alice Cooper, Montrose, Mountain, Blue Oyster Cult, Starz, Rough Cutt, Supertramp, Clutch, Zebra, Local H, Slash's Snakepit) -
George Young (The Easybeats, AC/DC producer + more) - b. 1946 - d. 10/22/17
Glenn Frey (Eagles, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/16
Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (Steppenwolf) - b. 1948 - d. 7/1/81
Craig Goldy (Craig Goldy's Ritual, David Lee Roth, Dio, Giuffria, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, Resurrection Kings + more) - 57
Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic, solo) - 54
Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, solo) - 54
Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big, G3, solo) - 52

Nov. 7
Johnny Rivers - 76
Joni Mitchell - 75
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 67
Robin Beck (backing singer with Melissa Manchester, Chaka Khan, Leo Sayer and Cher, songwriter, solo) - 64
Tommy Thayer (KISS, Black 'N Blue) - 58
Brian Jay (Keel) - 57
Liam O'Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) - 54
Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sebastian Bach) - 51
Robin Finck (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) - 42
Robert Caggiano (Volbeat, Anthrax, The Damned Things) - 41

Nov. 8
Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) - 74
Rickie Lee Jones - 74
Don Murray (The Turtles) - b. 1945 - d. 1996
Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard, solo) - 72
Bonnie Raitt - 69
Alan "Doc" Berger (Southside Johnny & The Ashbury Jukes) - 69
Larry Burnett (Firefall, solo) - 67
Porl Thompson (The Cure, Page and Plant, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar, others) - 61
Terry Lee Miall (Adam And The Ants) - 60
Jackie Ramos (Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Bang Tango) -
Rat/Gareth Pring (Neds Atomic Dustbin) - 48
Jack Osbourne - 33

Nov. 9
Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) - b. 1936 - d. 9/16/09
Tom Fogerty (Credence Clearwater Revival) - b. 1941 - d. 9/6/90
Dennis Provisor (The Grass Roots) - 75
Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 70
Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) - 70
Dennis Stratton (Praying Mantis, Iron Maiden) - 64
Tommy Caldwell (The Marshall Tucker Band) - b. 1949 - d. 4/28/80
Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands, Surgical Steel, Bad Dog, Micheal Schenker Group + more) - 59
Demetra Plakas (L7) - 58
Chris Jericho (Fozzy) - 48
Susan Tedeshi (Tedeshi Trucks Band) - 48

Nov. 10
Sherlie Mae Matthews (Singer, songwriter, musician (keyboards), novelist, actress, computer graphics/animator, artist, vocal arranger, record producer; solo, Her voice has become a familiar sound as a result of extensive work in voice-overs, commercials and as backup vocalist for many popular recording artists, including Steely Dan, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Rita Coolidge & Kris Kristofferson, Burt Bacharach, Linda Ronstadt, Cher, The Rolling Stones, Lionel Richie, Ike & Tina Turner, Bill Cosby, Paul McCartney & Wings, Ella Fitzgerald, Steppenwolf, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, The Temptations, Humble Pie, Beach Boys, Seals and Crofts, Richard Harris, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dickey Betts, Bob Dylan, Chuck Girard, and Elton John) - 84
Screaming Lord Sutch (David Edward Sutch) - b. 1940 - d. 6/16/99
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper) - b. 1947 – d. 10/19/97
Roy Thomas Baker (Producer: Free, Nazareth, Queen, Hawkwind, Ian Hunter, The Cars, Journey, Ron Wood, Foreigner, Alice Cooper, Heavy Metal Soundtrack, Devo, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Joe Lynn Turner, Jon Anderson, Slade, Ozzy Osbourne, Dangerous Toys, Shy, Waynes World Soundtrack, The Darkness, Smashing Pumpkins, Yes + more - songwriter, arranger) - 72
Greg Lake (The Gods, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 12/7/16
Ronnie Hammond (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 68
Mario Cipollina (Huey Lewis & The News) - 64
DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures, BulletBoys, Guns N' Roses, SIXX A.M.) - 46
Chris Joannou (Silverchair) - 39

Nov. 11
Hank Garland (Session guitarist with Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison + more) - b. 1930 - d. 12/27/04
Chris Dreja (Metropolitan (or Metropolis) Blues Quartet, The Yardbirds, Box of Frogs) - 73
Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge, solo) - 73
Pat Daugherty (Black Oak Arkansas) - 71
Robert John "Mutt Lange (Producer/songwriter -AC/DC, Britney Spears, Def Leppard, The Boomtown Rats, Savoy Brown, Outlaws, Foreigner, Micheal Bolton, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis and the News, Billy Ocean, The Corrs, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Nickelback, Muse, Shania Twain + more) - 70
Jim Peterik (Survivor, The Ides of March, Pride of Lions) - 68
Marshall Crenshaw (singer, songwriter) - 65
Andy Partridge (XTC, The Dukes of Stratosphear, Monstrance, solo) - 65
Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X, The Knitters, The Flesh Eaters, solo + more) - 63
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - 61
Mic Michaeli (Europe, Glenn Hughes, Brazen Abbot, Last Autumn's Dream) - 56
Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, U.D.O., Running Wild, X-Wild, Krokus, Helloween) - 53
Gary Powell (The Libertines, Played with the New York Dolls for their 2004 reunion shows, Dirty Pretty Things) - 49
Jason White (Green Day - He was a touring member of Green Day from 1999 until 2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012 he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group) - 43
Aaron Bruno (Awolnation) - 40

Nov. 12
Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) - 74
Neil Young (The Squires, The Mynah Birds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, The Stills-Young Band, solo) - 73
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) - 71
Laurence Juber (Wings, Al Stewart, solo) - 66
Ike Willis (Frank Zappa, The Band from Utopia, solo + more) - 63
David Ellefson (Megadeth, Temple of Brutality, F5, Metal Allegiance, Altitudes & Attitudes) - 54
Tony Montana (Great White) - 53

Nov. 13
John Hammond Jr. - 76
Toy Caldwell (Toy Factory, Marshall Tucker Band, Toy Caldwell Band) - 71
Roger Steen (Tubes) - 69
Terry Reid (Jaywalkers, sol, session player + more) - 69
Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis and the News) - 67
Aldo Nova - 62
Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes) - 39

Nov. 14
Cornell Gunter (The Platters, The Coasters) - b. 1938 - d. 2/26/90
James Young (Styx, 7th Heaven, solo) - 69
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, Hughes/Thrall, W.A.S.P., Heavy Bones, Blackthorne, Billy Idol + more) - 67
Alec Jon Such (Bon Jovi, 7th Heaven) - 67
Barry Brandt (Angel) - 67
Stephen Bishop (singer, songwriter, solo) - 66
Paul Hackman (Helix) - b. 1953 - d. 7/5/92
Jeff Holdsworth (Phish) - 55
Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt, solo) - 51
Brian Yale (Matchbox Twenty) - 50
Butch Walker (Southgang, Marvelous 3, Producer, solo) - 49
Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs) - 48
Travis Barker (Blink 182, Transplants, +44, Box Car Racer) - 43
Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) - 39

Nov. 15
Clyde McPhatter (The Mount Lebanon Singers, Billy Ward & the Dominoes, The Drifters, solo)- b. 1933 - d. 6/13/72
Steve Fossen (Heart, Alias, Heart By Heart) - 69
Frank Infante (Blondie, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Divinyls, Joan Jett) - 67
Tony Thompson (The Distance, Crown Of Thorns, Chic, The Power Station + more) - b. 1954 - d. 12/12/03
Dann Huff (White Heart, Giant, musician, session musician, singer-songwriter and producer) - 58
Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) - 44
Mark "Marky" Anthony Chavez (Adema-born in Bakersfield. CA. He's a graduate of Bakersfield's Garces Memorial High School and the half-brother of KoRn vocalist Jonathan Davis) - 40

Nov. 16
Herb Abramson (Producer, co-founder of Atlantic Records & Atco Records) - b. 1916 - d. 11/9/99
Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, solo + more) - b. 1931 - d. 12/4/11
Paul Raymond (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, UFO, MSG, Waysted) - 73
Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) - 54
Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, Wasted Youth, Electric Love Hogs, Dave Navarro, Loaded, DKFXP, Cyco Miko, Zilch, Infectious Grooves, Danzig, Sugartooth) - 52
Christian "Flake" Lorenz (Rammstein) - 52

Nov. 17
Bob Gaudio (songwriter, record producer; The Four Seasons, Royal Teens) - 76
Gene Clark (The Byrds, Dillard & Clark, Phoenix, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, Jesse Ed Davis, Carla Olson, New Christy Minstrels) - b. 1944 - d. 5/24/91
Gordon Lightfoot - 80
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull, The Penny Peeps, Gethsemane, solo) - 72
Robert "Stewkey" Antoni (Nazz, Utopia with Todd Rundgren) - 71
Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) - 61
Jeff Buckley (The A.M., Shinehead, Gods and Monsters, solo) - b. 1966 - d. 5/29/97
‪Richard Fortus‬ (Guns N' Roses‬, The Dead Daisies, Thin Lizzy, Love Spit Love‬) - 52
Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) - 51

Nov. 18
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions, Micheal Schenker Group, Herman ze German, solo) - 69
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Blue Oyster Cult, Geoff Tate's Queensryche, Animetal USA) - 68
Graham Parker (Graham Parker & the Rumour, The Figgs, solo) - 68
John Parr - 66
John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) - 65
Michael Ramos (BoDeans) - 60
Kim Wilde - 58
Jan Kuehnemund (Vixen) - b. 1961 - d. 10/10/13
Kirk Hammett (Death Angel, Headbanged, Exodus, Metallica) - 56
Johnny Christ - Jonathan Lewis Seward (Avenged Sevenfold) - 34

Nov. 19
Ray Collins (Frank Zappa) - b. 1937 - d. 12/24/12
Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat & Tears, performed with Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Randy Brecker) - 75
Joe Correro (Paul Revere and Raiders, Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds) - 72
Ron Wikso (The Storm, Foreigner, John Pratt, Gregg Rolie Band, Richie Sambora, Firefly + more) - 59
Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Neurotic Outsiders, Slash's Snakepit, Hawk, Y Kant Tori Read, Johnny Crash, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, Camp Freddy) - 58
Michael Lee / Michael Gary Pearson (Page and Plant, The Cult + more) - b. 1969 - d. 11/24/08
Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) - 49
Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor (Peach, Tool) - 47

Nov. 20
Norman Greenbaum (Dr West's Medicine Show & Junk Band, solo) - 76
Mike Vernon (Record producer - Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After + more) - 74
Duane Allman (Allman Brothers, Derek and the Dominos) - b. 1946 - d. 10/29/71
Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm, solo, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band) - 71
Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) - 64
Mike D - Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys) - 53
Davey Havok (AFI, Blaqk Audio, XTRMST, Dreamcar) - 43
Jared Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 32
Oliver "Oli" Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon) - 32

Nov. 21
Dr. John - 78
David Porter (pianist, vocals, writer for Stax Records – member of Songwriter’s Hall of Fame) - 77
Andrew Love (saxophone player with The Memphis Horns. With trumpet player Wayne Jackson, the two created the signature horn sound at Stax on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield) - b. 1941 - d. 4/12/12
Lonnie Jordan (War, solo) - 70
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (Bob Marley, Who, Free, Crawler, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit, solo + more) - 70
Mark Tulin (Electric Prunes, Spirits in the Sky, Smashing Pumpkins) - b. 1948 - d. 2/26/11
Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar, Boston) - 68
Peter Koppes (The Church, The Well, solo) - 63
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Zen Circus, The Break) - 58

Nov. 22
Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods, solo) - 77
Ron McClure (Blood, Sweat & Tears) - 77
Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night, The Ohio Players) - 76
Roderick "Rod" Michael Price (Black Cat Bones, Foghat, collaborated with Shaky Vic's Blues Band, Champion Jack Dupree, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and David "Honeyboy" Edwards, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 3/22/05
Stevie Van Zant (South Side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Steel Mill, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, solo) - 68
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) - 68
Lawrence Gowan (Styx, solo) - 62
Daryl Gray (Helix) - 60
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI) - 56
Ronny Munroe (Monroe's Thunder, Metal Church, Presto Ballet, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - 53
Rowen Robertson (Dio, Violets Demise, DC4, Dio Disciples, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 47
Alex Grossi - (Quiet Riot, Adler's Appetite, Beautiful Creatures, Bang Tango, Love/Hate, Jani Lane, Angry Salad) - 42
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) - 35

Nov. 23
Freddie Marsden (Gerry And The Pacemakers) - b. 1940 - d. 12/9/06
Bruce Hornsby (Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Hornsby & the Noise Makers, Skaggs & Hornsby, Bruce Hornsby Trio, Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids + more) - 64
Ken Block (Sister Hazel) - 52
Chris Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) - 46
Chris Amott (Armageddon, Arch Enemy) - 41

Nov. 24
Jim Yester (The Association) - 79
Pete Best (The Beatles) - 77
Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T & the MG's, The Blues Brothers, session bassist for Stax Records + many more) - b. 1941 - d. 5/13/12
Bev Bevan (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath, ELO Part II, Bev Bevan's Move) - 73
Lee Michaels - 73
Tony Clarkin (Magnum) - 72
Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - b. 1950 - d. 4/3/15
Clem Burke a.k.a Elvis Ramone (Blondie, The Romantics, The Ramones, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, The Tourists, Dramarama, The Fleshtones, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Chequered Past) - 63
Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & The News) - 61
Tony Rombola (Godsmack) - 54
Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Cryptic Slaughter, Drown, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Prong + more) - 48
Satchel/Russ Parrish (SteelPanther, Fight, Paul Gilbert, The Thornbirds, The Atomic Punks) - 47
Nick Walsh (Famous Underground, SlikToxik) - 48
Chad Taylor (Live, The Gracious Few) - 48

Nov. 25
Percy Sledge - 78
Val Fuentes (It's a Beautiful Day, Fat Chance, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Shadowfax, Lina Valentino, Linda Imperial, The Pure Pleasure Band, The Moments) - 71
Steve Rothery (Marillion, The Wishing Tree, Enchant, Steve Rothery Band) - 59
Mark Lanegan (Queens of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees, Isobel Campbell, Soulsavers, The Gutter Twins, Mad Season) - 54
Tim Armstrong (Rancid, The Transplants + more) - 53
Jairo Guedz (Sepultura) - 50
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) - 47
Ben Wells (Black Stone Cherry) - 33

Nov. 26
Dave White (Danny and the Juniors, Co-wrote the group's 'At the Hop' and Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me') - 79
Tina Turner - 70
Alan Henderson (Them) - 74
John McVie (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) - 74
Bert Ruiter (Focus, Earth and Fire, solo) - 72
Adam Gaynor (Matchbox Twenty) - 55
Magnus Karlsson (Last Tribe, Primal Fear, Starbreaker) - 45
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob, Starwood, Dario Lorina) - 44
Stu Block‬ (‎Iced Earth) - 41

Nov. 27
Al Jackson Jr (Booker T and the MG's, Stax Records session musician, dubbed "The Human Timekeeper", inducted into Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015) - b. 1935 - d. 10/1/75
Jimi Hendrix (The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, the Blue Flame, Curtis Knight, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, Band of Gypsys) - b. 1942 - d. 9/18/70
Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Sandip Burman, Charles Mingus, Blood Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver, Frank Zappa, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Husband's Force Majeure, Chris Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Dire Straits, Aerosmith, others) - 73
Dave Winthrop (Supertramp, Chicken Shack, Secret Affair, freelance) -70
Daryl Stuermer (Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Joan Armatrading, Frida Lyngstad, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Genesis, solo) - 66
Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) - 59
Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Stormtroopers Of Death) - 56
Mike Bordin (Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne) - 56
David Prichard (Armored Saint) - b. 1963 -d. 2/27/90
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash, solo) - 49

Nov. 28
Randy Newman (film composer, solo) - 75
Gary Taylor (The Herd) - 71
Beeb Birtles (Little River Band, solo) - 70
Paul Shaffer (Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, The Honeydrippers, bandleader on Late Night and the Late Show with David Letterman, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Music Director, songwriter, played with wide range of artists including: Robert Plant, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Wood, Grand Funk Railroad, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Brian Wilson, Warren Zevon, Jeff Healey, Chicago, Yoko Ono, Blues Traveler, Peter Criss, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Diana Ross, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Scandal + more, solo) - 69
Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog) - 56
Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys, Lynch Mob, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Let It Rawk) - 53

Nov. 29
John Mayall (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Keef Hartley Band, Mark-Almond, Pure Food and Drug Act + more) - 85
Denny Doherty (The Mamas & Papas) - b. 1940 - d. 1/19/07
Felix Cavaliere (The Young Rascals, The Rascals, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Steve Cropper, Felix Caviliere's Rascals) - 76
Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Edgar Winter Group) - b. 1947 - d. 3/3/12
Barry Goudreau (Boston, RTZ, Ernie and the Automatics, Delp and Goudreau, Orion The Hunter) - 67
Masayoshi Yamashita (Loudness) - 57
Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) - 56
Terry Glaze (Pantera, Lord Tracy, Blowphish, The Crayfish) - 54
Mike DiMeo (Riot, Josie Sang, The Lizards, Masterplan, Johnny Winter, Vinnie Moore, Tommy James and The Shondells, Bonnie Tyler, The Groove Kings + more) - 50
Michael Dempsey (The Cure) - 50
Erik Ferentinos (Stephen Pearcy)
Michael Grant (L.A. Guns)
Ringo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 37

Nov. 30
Dick Clark - b. 1929 - d. 4/18/12
Rob Grill (The Grass Roots, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 7/11/11
Leo Lyons (Jaybirds, Ten Years After) - 75
Roger Glover (Episode Six, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Gillan & Glover, Producer ) - 73
David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Tone, sessions, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton + more) - 65
Billy Idol (Generation X, solo) - 63
John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) - 61
Cherie Currie (The Runaways, solo) - 59
Mike Matijevic (Steelheart) - 54
Mike Stone (Criss, Queensrÿche, The Stick People, solo) - 49
John Moyer (Disturbed, Art Of anarchy, Operation Mindcrime) - 45

Today In Rock History
Nov. 1
1894: Billboard Advertising, a trade publication dealing with all manner of billboard advertising and selling for a dime, begins publication. Within a few years, It later began reporting on circuses, carnivals, vaudeville and other forms of live entertainment before focusing on motion pictures and by the 1930's Billboard, as it has come to be known, is covering radio and sales of the new medium, juke box records.
1954: The November issue of Billboard magazine lists Elvis Presley at #8 of the Most Promising New Hillbilly or Country Singers.
1954: Buddy Holly And The Crickets started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day.'
1956: Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike, Presley spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.
1958: Communist East Germany leaders dub Elvis Presley as "Public enemy number one." An East Germany youth publication wrote: "The 23 year old star Presley is no artist and enjoys only limited brain power."
1959: Elvis Presley's current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
1959: After cracking the US Top 40 twice while with Atlantic Records, Ray Charles signs with ABC-Paramount, where he will have 24 more Billboard hits.
1960: Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires 'Are You Lonesome To-night?' b/w 'I Gotta Know' 45 single is released. With music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk, the song was written in 1926, first published in 1927 and most notably revived by Elvis Presley in 1960 (with the title spelled 'Are You Lonesome To-Night?'). It went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of 1960, peaking at #1 on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks and peaking at #3 on the R&B charts.Elvis's version was listed at #81 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.
1962: The Beatles returned to the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany for a two-week residency. While there a recording was made on a small, portable tape recorder which would be pressed and issued by Singasong Records in 1977 as 'Live! At the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962.'
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England, performing two shows at the Odeon Cinema. Supporting The Beatles were The Rhythm & Blues Quartet, The Vernons Girls, Frank Berry, The Brook Brothers, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, and The Kestrels.
1963: The Beatles released 'The Beatles (No. 1)' EP in the UK. It was the 3rd Beatles EP and was only released in mono.
1963: The Rolling Stones 'I Wanna Be Your Man' b/w 'Stoned' 45 single is released in the UK. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking. Released as their 2nd single, the Stones' version was an early hit, peaking at #12 on the British chart.
1964: The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1964: The Dave Clark Five makes their US television debut on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. The clean-cut image of the group members visibly relieves the host, who is still suffering from the Stones riot of a few days' earlier. After the band plays 'Glad All Over,' Ed goes out of his way to tag them as "nice, neat boys."
1965: A Rolling Stones gig at War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York came to an abrupt halt after seven minutes when three-thousand fans tried to rush the stage.
1966: The Who are in Frankfurt, Germany appearing on the TV show 'Beat Beat Beat.'
1966: The Doors played the first night of a month long residency at the Ondine Discotheque in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
1966: Elvis Presley's LPs 'Elvis Presley,' 'Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2,' and 'Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3' are certified gold.
1966: With 'Good Vibrations' at the top of the UK chart, The Beach Boys kick off the first of seven sold out shows at Finsbury Park Astoria in London, England. Over 600 city buses were adorned with posters announcing their arrival.
1968: George Harrison released his first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music.' He's the first member of The Beatles to release a solo album. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees. The LP would reach #49 in the US, but did not chart at all in the UK and would become the first album to be deleted from the Apple Records catalog.
1968: Pink Floyd returns to the UK after three gigs in Paris to perform at Highbury Technical College in Portsmouth.
1968: Cream performs at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. on their farewell tour.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at City Auditorium, Macon, Georgia.
1969: The Who’s 2nd North American 'Tommy' tour continues with a show at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1969: The Beatles topped the album charts in America with 'Abbey Road.' It stayed at #1 for 11 weeks. It was their 13th US #1 album. The cover supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon. Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo, black suit), the Corpse (Paul, barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim shirt).
1969: Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' hits #1. It's his first chart-topper since 'Good Luck Charm' in 1962 and 17th and final US #1 hit during his lifetime. Elvis had recorded it in a 4 AM to 7 AM session last January, with the eighth take being the keeper. The song climbed to #2 in the UK.
1970: The Grateful Dead released their 6th album, 'American Beauty.' It peaked at #30 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine ranked American Beauty's album cover as the 57th beat of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked #258 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The American National Association of Recording Merchandisers placed the album at #20 in its 2007 list of "definitive 200 albums."
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Black Oak Arkansas played Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
1971: Sly And The Family Stone continue to cancel many concerts at the last minute because Sly doesn't show up. Of 80 concerts booked in 1970, he cancelled 26 and ducked out of 12 of 40 shows in '71. The band is still successful on the radio however, enjoying the hits 'Family Affair' and 'There's a Riot Goin' On.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band perform during Duane Allman’s funeral at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Macon, Georgia. Accompanying the band are Dr. John, Bobby Caldwell, Thom Doucette, Delaney Bramlett, Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Barry Beckett. The eulogy was delivered by Jerry Wexler, one of the most highly regarded A&R men in popular music history. The songs included 'Stormy Monday,' 'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,' 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken,' 'Come On In My Kitchen,' and 'Statesboro Blues.'
1972: The 33rd and final film of Elvis' career, 'Elvis On Tour' opens in the US. It would be awarded the 1972 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.
1972: Slade released their 3rd studio album, 'Slayed?'
1972: David Bowie performed at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1972: Yes performed at the National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1973: The Who played at Belle Vue, King’s Hall in Manchester, England.
1973: Roxy Music's 3rd album, 'Stranded' is released. It reached #1 on the UK Albums chart, and #186 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Street Life' reached #9 on the UK charts. The cover features Ferry's then girlfriend and 1973 Playmate of the Year, Marilyn Cole.
1974: Frank Zappa performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1974: The Who’s Odds and Sods attains Silver status from the British Phonographic Industry.
1974: Scorpions‬ released their 2nd studio album 'Fly to the Rainbow.' It was the band’s only album with drummer Jürgen Rosenthal.
1975: Elton John started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Island Girl', his 5th US #1.
1975: Touring Australia for the first time Paul McCartney and Wings kicked an 11-date tour at The Entertainment Centre in Perth.
1975: The Band's 7th album, 'Northern Lights – Southern Cross' is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the first album to be recorded at their new California studio, Shangri-La.
1976: KISS released their 12th singlle, 'Hard Luck Woman.'
1976: 'Rock And Roll Over' is released. The KISS album goes platinum.
1976: AC/DC appeared at City Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
1976: James Taylor's 'Greatest Hits' album is released. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features newly recorded versions of 'Carolina in My Mind' (reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100) and 'Something in the Way She Moves,' and a previously unavailable live version of 'Steamroller.'
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their 6th studio album, 'Works Volume 2.'
1978: Bob Dylan played at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1979: Jethro Tull performs at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.
1979: Aerosmith‬ released their 6th studio album, 'Night In The Ruts.'
1979: Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called 'Slow Train Coming,' on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, CA. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1980: Bruce Springsteen 'The River' goes to #1 on the Billboard album charts. It's the first #1 album for Bruce.
1980: KISS release their 24th single 'Tomorrow.'
1981: The Moody Blues performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: Rush appeared at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1982: Venom released their 2nd album, 'Black Metal.'
1982: 'Rio,' the seventh single from Duran Duran and the title track of the group's second album, is released. There's little initial interest in the song but after the success of 'Hungry Like The Wolf,' 'Rio' gets re-reissued the following March and becomes a major hit.
1983: ZZ Top played at Ebertshalle in Ludwigshafe, Germany.
1985: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve.
1986: Kreator released their 2nd studio album, 'Pleasure to Kill.' It’s widely considered a thrash metal classic, as well as a landmark album in the history of thrash metal.
1986: Boston reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second and final time with their 3rd album 'Third Stage,' which spent four weeks at #1.
1986: Whilst in Toronto filming the movie Hearts of Fire Bob Dylan joined the Paul James Band onstage at a bar in Markham, ON.
1987: Dire Straits' CD 'Brothers In Arms' passes the three million sales mark, becoming the UK's all-time best selling album.
1987: U2 with special guests Los Lobos and BoDeans played the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN. on their 'Joshua Tree' tour.
1988: Sub-Pop issues Nirvana's first single 'Love Buzz.' It's a cover of a Shocking Blue song. Sub-Pop initially issues 1,000 copies.
1991: Iced Earth released their 2nd full-length album, 'Night of the Stormbrider.'
1992: Pearl Jam play Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert for the first time. The event takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheater outside of San Francisco in Mountain View, CA. The show also features Elton John, Sammy Hagar, James Taylor, and of course Neil Young.
1994: Aerosmith release their later years best of compilation album, 'Big Ones.'
1994: Nirvana release 'MTV Unplugged in New York' following the death of Kurt Cobain. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, and is certified 5x platinum in the US in 1997. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Two tracks not aired on the MTV Broadcast appear on the album.
1994: Megadeth‬ released their 6th studio album, 'Youthanasia.' The Megadeth album enters the Billboard album chart at #4 and is later certified platinum.
1994: Black Crowes released their 3rd studio album, 'Amorica.'
1994: Tom Petty released his 2nd solo album, 'Wildflowers.' It was the first released by Petty after signing a contract with Warner Brothers Records, and the first of three albums produced by Rick Rubin. It was certified 3x platinum. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart. Rolling Stone placed Wildflowers at #12 on their list of the best albums of the nineties. Three singles were released from the album between 1994 and 1995, the most successful of which, 'You Don't Know How It Feels,' reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Album Rock Tracks chart for one week. The song also won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. 'Wildflowers' won a 1996 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. It was also nominated for Best Rock Album. The album features all members of the Heartbreakers with the exception of drummer Stan Lynch, who left the band earlier in 1994. Steve Ferrone plays drums on 'Wildflowers' and would join the band officially the following year. However, the album was not credited to the Heartbreakers because, in Petty's words, "Rick (Rubin) and I both wanted more freedom than to be strapped into five guys." Freedom notwithstanding, Petty chose to use most of his regular band as session players, demonstrating his comfort with that format.
1996: U2 set up a video link to an internet site from their recording studio in Dublin so fans could watch them record their new album.
1999: With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offers their single 'Anything' exclusively online. It's free, but can only be played for 3 weeks.
1999: Rage Against The Machine release 'The Battle Of Los Angeles' album.
2000: The Recording Industry Association Of America introduces guidelines for Parental Advisory labeling on recordings.
2000: The Beatles' '1' tops the U.S. album chart. Even though the songs on this collection of 27 former #1 hits are over 30 years old, The Beatles once again demonstrate their lasting appeal.
2000: Guitarist Carlos Santana stops his Hong Kong concert to deliver an anti-war message regarding the war in Iraq. Santana asks the crowd for 30 seconds of silence to condemn President Bush's foreign policy.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and Michael J. Fox performed 'Light of Day,' the title track of the 1987 movie starring Fox, during a Parkinson's Disease benefit at New Jersey’s Stone Pony.
2004: 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair, who was high on methamphetamine and is now serving life in prison. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing.'
2005: Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band played 'Paranoid' at the ceremony and Ozzy mooned the crowd.
2005: Deep Purple released their 18th studio album, 'Rapture of the Deep.'
2005: Ozzy Osbourne released his 9th studio album, 'Under Cover.' The album was made up entirely of cover songs. It features Alice In Chains' guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
2005: Testament released their 2nd live album, 'Live in London.'
2006: Elton John begged his record label Universal Records to drop him during a concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY claiming that the label barely promoted his last studio album to date The Captain and the Kid commenting “Please drop me. I’m 58 and I don’t care anymore.”
2006: My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade"' sells 240,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 (behind Disney's 'Hannah Montana' soundtrack) on the Billboard 200 chart.
2006: Disturbed's cover of Genesis' 'Land Of Confusion' reaches #1 hit on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. But that's not enough for frontman David Draiman. "To be honest with you, I expected it to (do) better," says the singer. "I had hopes for it - multi-format, not simply at the active (Rock) format, especially with the rotation of (the) video."
2007: 'Born In A Small Town: The John Mellencamp Story,' is in bookstores. Written by Heather Johnson, the tome contains rare photographs and a detailed discography.
2007: System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan launches his Internet-based venture Torpedo Comics. The Vegas based business sells comics, graphic novels and action figures.
2007: Winners at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards held in Munich, Germany included Avril Lavigne who was named best solo artist, and her song Girlfriend was voted most addictive track. Muse won two awards for best UK and Ireland act and best headline act, Linkin Park won the award for best band of 2007, and German band Tokio Hotel took the prize for best international act. Amy Winehouse won the Artist Choice prize, an award chosen by her fellow musicians and The ultimate urban prize went to R&B star Rihanna. The festivities also feature performances by Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance.
2008: Jimmy Carl Black dies of lung cancer in Germany at 70. He was the drummer and a vocalist in The Mothers of Invention. He also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead and The Turtles. He is immortalized in name on the Mothers of Invention album 'We’re Only In It For The Money.'
2010: Bret Michaels is the "Face of Diabetes" during the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Month. The reality TV star, solo performer and former Poison frontman has lived with Type 1 diabetes since the age of six.
2011: At a lecture on the modern music industry at Britain's Radio Festival in Salford, Pete Townshend accused Apple's iTunes website of "bleeding" artists like a "digital vampire". He went on to insist that iTunes bosses should do more to help artists, rather than just taking the money.
2011: Ace Frehley releases his autobiography, 'No Regrets.'
2011: Megadeth released their 13th studio album, 'Thirt3en.' "This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded," says frontman Dave Mustaine. "There are moments on 'TH1RT3EN' that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed!" 'Sudden Death' was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2011 Grammys.
2011: The "Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund," established by the late Ronnie Dio's wife/manager Wendy, holds a fundraising gala at the Playboy Mansion. The fund is committed to the early detection and prevention of cancer through facilitating access to medical screening and medical educational programs. Dio (Black Sabbath/Dio) succumbed to stomach cancer in '10. In a little over a year, the fund raises $500,000.
2012: Metal Hammer magazine published a list of the "Top ten rock and heavy metal moustaches...Ever". The list which included mustaches worn by the likes of Frank Zappa, all the members of Black Sabbath, (except Ozzy Osbourne). James Hetfield, Lemmy and Freddie Mercury.
2014: Static-X frontman Wayne Static (Wayne Richard Wells), dies in his sleep at age 48. He founded the Metal band Static-X in '94.
2015: Beach Boys' vocalist Mike Love released a song called '(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day,' a new version of an old yuletide bootleg that was available exclusively
2016: KoRn’s 'The Serenity Of Suffering' debuts at #4 on The Billboard 200 album chart selling 57,000 copies in its first week of release. 55,000 units are traditional CD sales, with the remainder consisting of downloads and streaming. It’s the 13th time that a KoRn release has debuted in the Top 10.
2016: Bruce Springsteen and comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Louis C.K. lead an all-star lineup at the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes event at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show raises funds to assist injured military and ex-military members and their families.

Nov. 2
1920: KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1956: A Fats Domino concert in Fayetteville, NC, turns into a riot. While both blacks and whites attend (during a racially charged time), Domino claims the trouble is caused by a combination of "the beat and the booze."
1957: Elvis Presley had eight hits in the UK Top 40, an all-time record.
1959: The East German government sends 15 young people to prison for publicly showing their devotion to Elvis Presley (and speaking ill of the East German regime).
1963: The British paper the Daily Mirror uses the headline “Beatlemania!” for the first time, proclaiming, “Everyone, everywhere is catching it.”
1963: The Beach Boys release 'Be True To Your School.' The record, which includes the University of Wisconsin fight song, peaks at #6 in the US.
1963: The Konrads, featuring David Bowie, performed at Shirley Parish Hall in Shirley, Croydon, England.
1963: Dion performs 'Donna The Prima Donna' on the British TV show 'Ready Steady Go!,' but gets irritated when audience members dance around him. He walks out on the show even though he is slated for another song.
1965: The Who perform at The Marquee in London where they break box office records for the venue.
1966: Blues legend Mississippi John Hurt dies in his home state at age 73. Material recorded by him has been re-released by many record labels over the years and his songs have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, and David Johansen, among other notable musicians.
1966: Paul Revere and The Raiders guest star as themselves on an episode of 'Batman' entitled 'Dizzoner The Penguin.'
1967: Cream released their 2nd album, 'Disraeli Gears.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #5 on the UK Albums Chart, and features the hits single, 'Sunshine of Your Love' (reached #5 on the Bilboard Hot 100). In 2003 the album was ranked #112 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day at Abbey Road Studios in London recording 'Paintbox.'
1967: The Beatles completed recording their next single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s ‘I Am the Walrus’.
1968: Cream performed at Madison Square Garden during their farewell tour. The band was given a platinum disc commemorating American sales of the double album 'Wheels of Fire.'
1968: The Doors played two shows at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Columbus, Ohio.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 4th studio album, 'Willy and the Poor Boys' the 3rd studio album that the band released in 1969. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#3) and Top R&B LP's (#28) charts. In 2003, the album was ranked #392 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: The Ed Sullivan Show has The Band performing 'Up On Cripple Creek.'
1969: The Rolling Stones quasi-documentary 'Sympathy For The Devil,' directed by Jean-Luc Godard, premieres in San Francisco.
1969: The Who play McDonough Gymnasium at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. 800 people crash the gate and there is much brawling between the audience and security. Pete screams at them “We know our job and we do our job and we do it right so why don’t you fucking sit down?” The Washington Post reviewer calls The Who’s show the most electrifying performance he had ever seen. It later appears as the bootleg Higher Education.
1970: The Rolling Stones live album 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out' is certified gold, as are Neil Young's 'After The Goldrush,' the Moody Blues 'Question of Balance' and 'Live at Monterey' with Jimi Hendrix and Soul great Otis Redding.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Black Sabbath performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1971: Pink Floyd performed at McCarter Theater, Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
1972: The Band's double-live 'Rock Of Ages' album goes gold.
1973: Bob Dylan begins work on 'Planet Waves.' The project includes contributions by Robbie Robertson and The Band.
1973: Billy Joel's 'Piano Man' b/w 'You're My Home' 45 single is released. It was his first major hit and his signature song. The song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1974.
1973: Ringo Starr released his 3rd solo album 'Ringo.' which contained guest appearances by each of his former Beatles bandmates, . It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #7 on the UK Albums Chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles - 'You're Sixteen' and 'Photograph.' The album is noted for the appearance of all four Beatles, and for its numerous guest stars (including The Band and Marc Bolan), something which would become a signature for Starr on many of his future albums and tours.
1973: John Lennon released his 4th post-Beatles album, 'Mind Games.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #13 on the UK Albums chart, and features the title track single, which reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Queen played at Imperial College in London.
1974: George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver, the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle, and the first time Harrison himself had hit the road since 1966.
1974: 'Can’t Get Enough' by Bad Company peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart which was their highest charting single in the U.S. They would go on to place eight more songs in the US Top 40, but only one, 'Feel Like Makin' Love,' would crack the Top 10.
1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's first compilation album 'So Far' hits #1. It included material from CSN’s debut, 'Deja Vu,' and the single release 'Ohio.'
1974: Three Dog Night's next to last charting record, 'Play Something Sweet,' enters The Hot 100 where it will peak at #33. August of 1975 would see the end of their eight years as hit makers when 'Til The World Ends' would reach #32.
1975: The Who’s European Continental tour continues with two nights at the Messehalle in Sindelfingen, Germany.
1975: Bob Dylan appeared at Technical University in Lowell, Massachusetts.
1976: Black Sabbath played at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1976: In an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained they got the idea to make 'The Song Remains the Same' after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl’s Court concerts.
1977: Yes performed at New Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1978: The Police released their debut album, 'Outlandos d'Amour.' It reached #23 on the Billlboard Top LP's chart, and features the single, 'Roxanne,' which reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, Rolling Stone reversed their position by ranking the album #434 on their list of greatest albums of all time.
1979: The Who release their film 'Quadrophenia' in the U.S. It features the acting debut of Sting, who plays Ace Face.
1979: Mick Jagger and first wife Bianca divorce.
1979: AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, with Def Leppard supporting.
1979: Grateful Dead performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: Rory Gallagher's 3rd live album, 'Stage Struck' is released.
1981: Rush played at Brighton Centre in Brighton, England.
1982: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 5th album, 'Long After Dark' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and features five charting singles - 'Between Two Worlds' (#35 - Mainstream Rock), 'One Story Town' (#15 - Mainstream Rock), 'We Stand A Chance' (#37 - Mainstream Rock), 'You Got Lucky' (#1 - Mainstream Rock and #20 on the Hot 100), 'Change of Heart' (#10 - Mainstream Rock and #21 on the Hot 100).
1985: Loverboy peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Lovin’ Every Minute of It' which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1987: Dokken‬ released their 4th studio album, 'Back For The Attack.' It was the band's best-selling album, reaching #13 on the Billboard chart and remaining on it for 33 weeks.
1987: George Harrison's first album after a five year hiatus from his recording career, 'Cloud Nine' is released. The album reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the #1 hit 'Got My Mind Set On You.'
1989: Bad Religion release their 4th full-length studio album, 'No Control.'
1990: ‪AC/DC‬ kicked off 'The Razors Edge World Tour' in ‪#‎Worcester‬, ‎Massachusetts‬.
1991: U2 scored their second UK #1 single with 'The Fly,' taken from their album 'Achtung Baby'. The song was also a showcase for a persona Bono had invented called "The Fly". Bono described the song as “Four men chopping down The Joshua Tree”.
1991: Rock n' roll hitmaker Mort Shuman, co-writer of 'Viva Las Vegas,' dies of cancer at age 54.
1992: Bon Jovi released their album 'Keep The Faith.'
1993: Bryan Adams released his compilation album, 'So Far So Good.' It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and hit #1 in the UK and many other countries.
1994: David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after suffering liver failure. He luckily finds a liver donor less than three weeks later for a transplant.
1994: Bob Dylan’s companion of nearly 20 years sues him for more than $5 million, saying she co-wrote his music and helped manage his career. Ruth Tyrangiel attests in a lawsuit that she, ”devoted all aspects of her life to (Dylan’s) needs, interest and well-being.” The case is later settled out of court.
1995: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders guest stars on the Friends episode 'The One with the Baby on the Bus.' She sings 'Angel of the Morning' and learns 'Smelly Cat' from Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
1996: Counting Crows hit #1 on the US album chart with 'Recovering From Satellites.' The album peaked at #4 in the UK.
1998: Atlantic Records takes a crack at online video, launching a music video service called Instavid. A partnership with RealNetworks, it was advanced for its time but doomed because of the dearth of broadband.
1998: The Rolling Stones release 'No Security.'
1999: Rage Against The Machine release their 3rd studio album, 'The Battle Of Los Angeles.'
1999: Bruce Dickinson released his 2nd live album, 'Scream For Me Brazil.'
1999: Tony MacAlpine released his 9th studio album , 'Master of Paradise.'
1999: Sebastian Bach releases the album, 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!' It includes guitar work (one track) & photography by Accept’s Wolf Hoffman and drummer Anton Fig.
1999: Foo Fighters release their 3rd studio album 'There's Nothing Left To Lose.' The album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover.
2003: In Hong Kong, Sting denounces the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and urges the world to help reconstruct the war-ravaged nation.
2004: It's Election Day and there are a couple politically oriented releases. 'The Axis Of Justice' concert in Los Angeles is out on CD/DVD. The July concert features Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), plus Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Also, A Perfect Circle's 'eMotive' disc is released with songs that focus on themes of "war, peace, love and greed."
2004: Guitarist Eric Clapton collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace for his services to music.
2004: Silvertide, Shinedown and Future Leaders Of The World launch their tour in Chicago.
2005: Bon Jovi's three month North American tour in support of their 'Have A Nice Day' album gets underway in Des Moines, Iowa.
2005: My Chemical Romance nabs Woodie of the Year (Artists of the Year) at the student-selected mtvU Woodie Awards held in New York. Green Day earns the Alumni Woodie (The You're Still OK in Our Book Award) while Fall Out Boy gets a Road Woodie (Best Tour).
2005: Depeche Mode is forced to cancel their tour opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma devastates the area.
2006: Godsmack's Sully Erna and former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul compete in the VH1 Classic Rock 'n' Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas.
2007: Alice In Chains perform at Symphony Legacy, the Seattle Symphony Guild organization's 10th anniversary benefit concert. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
2007: Led Zeppelin's eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honor of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun was scheduled for November 26, but ends up happening on December 10.
2007: John Mellencamp attends Tent City, an annual gathering in Toledo, OH, where volunteers provide health services and other aid to the city's homeless. "I think it's fantastic that people have come together and shown compassion for the people who need compassion," says Mellencamp, who also gets the key to the city.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne blasts police in Fargo, North Dakota, for staging a sting operation in his name before his concert Monday night at the Fargodome. The sting lured unsuspecting fans to an invite-only party where they were promised a meet and greet and tickets to the show. Invites went out to more than 40 people who’d allegedly ignored court summons and child-support payments or failed to pay fines. When the invitees arrived at the “party,” they were promptly handcuffed and arrested on various outstanding warrants.
2008: Bruce Springsteen debuts 'Workin' On A Dream' in front of 80,000 people in Cleveland during his final rally in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "Help us rebuild our house big enough for the dreams of all our citizens," Springsteen asks the future president following a six-song set.
2008: Slipknot performs their first-ever concert in Israel.
2008: 'AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack' arrives for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
2009: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are the special guest hosts on 'WWE Raw,' the USA network's professional wrestling show.
2009: Ronnie Wood was given an Outstanding Contribution award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Who guitarist Pete Townshend presented the award to Wood, who had joined The Rolling Stones full time in 1976.
2010: David Gilmour's guitar sound on Pink Floyd's 1979 track 'Comfortably Numb' is named by Guitarist magazine as the song with the 'greatest guitar tone of all time'. 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' by Jimi Hendrix is #2.
2010: Weezer's rarities collection 'Death To False Metal' is released.
2010: 'The Big Four Live From Sofia,' a two disc DVD containing performances by Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth at the 2009 Sonishpere Festival, is released.
2010: Jim Clench, bassist for April Wine on their Billboard #32 hit 'You Could Have Been A Lady' in 1972, died of lung cancer at the age of 61.
2011: Detroit Lions fans launch an online petition to replace Nickelback as the halftime entertainment during football team's Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. The petition organizers state that Detroit has many great performers (Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, etc.) to showcase the city's musical contributions and don't think a performance by a Canadian band is appropriate.
2011: Bob Brunning, bassist for Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, passes away due to a heart attack at his home in England. Brunning also wrote several books including Blues -The British Connection and Fleetwood Mac: The First Thirty Years. He joined Fleetwood Mac in 1967 but was soon replaced by John McVie. Brunning was 68.
2011: 'The Sound Of Winter,' the 2nd single from Bush's album, 'The Sea Of Memories,' is #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs. It's the band's first Alt. chart topper since '99.
2011: A documentary about Punk Rock dads, 'The Other F Word,' begins a thirteen city screening at the Film Forum in New York. It features members of Blink-182 and Pennywise, plus Art Alexakis (Everclear), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) and skater Tony Hawk.
2011: A 33-minute film on the making of the album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' is shown at Soho House West Hollywood. Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, narrates. There's behind-the-scenes footage of the musician's artistic process.
2012: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appear on ABC's 'The View' to promo their album, 'Music From Another Dimension.'
2012: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Sting play a televised benefit concert titled 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' on NBC for victims of the hurricane. NBC's Matt Lauer hosts the show which is a fundraiser American Red Cross.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael donates his bass guitar to The Riff bar and cafe in Helsinki, Finland after playing a show earlier in the evening to kick off of the band's European headlining tour.
2015: Carlos Santana's percussionist Raul Rekow passes away. He played on fifteen Santana studio recordings.
2016: The third season of WGN America's original drama series 'Salem,' featuring Marilyn Manson, premieres.
2018: The Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is in theaters. Rami Malek stars as frontman Freddie Mercury.

Nov. 3
1956: The title track from Elvis Presley's first movie, 'Love Me Tender,' is the top song in the U.S. It replaces the two-sided hit 'Don't Be Cruel'/'Hound Dog' to give Presley an unprecedented 16 consecutive weeks at #1 .
1957: ABC-Paramount releases Danny And The Juniors' first hit, 'At the Hop.' The song sold 7,000 copies in and around Philadelphia when it was first issued on the small independent Singular label.
1958: Elvis Presley went on maneuvers for the first time with the US Army's 32nd Tank Regiment near the German, Czech border.
1960: Elvis Presley had his 5th UK #1 single with 'It's Now Or Never', it stayed at #1 for eight weeks. The song which was based on the Italian song, 'O Sole Mio', gave Presley his first post-army #1.
1962: The Crystals started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'He's A Rebel', it made #19 on the UK chart. None of the actual group appears on the track, as Phil Spector uses Darlene Love to sing lead. The real Crystals learn about the song when they hear it on the radio.
1963: The last night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Mickie Most and The Flintstones took place at The Hammersmith Odeon, London. All the acts had played two shows every night.
1963: Coming in at #83, The Kingsmen's version of 'Louie Louie' enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will peak at #2 during a sixteen week run. Costing just $50 to record in one take, the effort would go on to sell over a million copies and be ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #54 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
1964: The mayor of Cleveland banned The Rolling Stones following a 17-year-old’s fall from a balcony during their gig at the Public Hall. Locker is quoted as commenting, "Such groups do not add to the community's culture or entertainment." Judge Gagliardo, says the concerts “were like feeding narcotics to teenagers.”
1965: The Beatles recorded 'Michelle' at EMI Studios in London. The song went on to become one of their most popular songs in France as some of the lyrics were in French.
1967: The filming for The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' was completed finishing with a sequence at Ringo's country house in Weybridge, Surrey. BBC television bought the rights to broadcast the film twice, the first broadcast, in black-and-white was scheduled for December 26, 1967. The second showing, on the color channel BBC2, not yet available to all Britons, was set for January 5, 1968.
1967: Vanilla Fudge and The Yardbirds play The Village Theatre in New York City.
1968: The Doors played at the Chicago Stadium.
1969: King Crimson appeared at the Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1971: Pink Floyd appeared at the Central Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1972: James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge in Simon's Manhattan apartment, beginning their eleven year marriage. That evening, Simon joined him on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall and announced their union to a cheering audience. They have two children, and a string of hit records apiece, before divorcing in 1983.
1973: Daryl Hall and John Oates release 'Abandoned Luncheonette,' their first album under their own names (a previous album was released as 'Whole Oates'). It reached #33 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The tracks 'Laughing Boy,' 'She's Gone' and 'Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)' become concert favorites for the duo. 'She's Gone' did not become a hit when first released as a single. It was re-released and became a Top 10 pop hit in 1976, reaching #7.
1972: Carly Simon's 3rd studio album, 'No Secrets' is released. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the hit, 'You're So Vain,' which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks. Three Grammy nominations accompanied 'You're So Vain' - Best Pop Female Vocalist, Song Of The Year, and Record Of The Year. 'You're So Vain' is ranked at #72 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time.
1973: David Bowie scored his 2nd UK #1 album when 'Pinups' started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The set contained Bowie covering his favourite 60's songs; his version of The Mersey's 'Sorrow' made #3 on the UK singles chart, (first recorded by The McCoys in 1965).
1973: Neil Young supported by The Eagles appeared at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England.
1973: Genesis performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario.
1974: KISS performed at the Duluth Arena in Duluth, Minnesota.
1975: The Who appeared at Messehalle in Stuttgart, Germany.
1976: Country/Rock band Firefall is awarded a Gold record for their self-titled debut album, which includes the #9 US hit single, 'You Are the Woman.'
1977: Elton John announced he was retiring from the stage during a concert in London. His retirement ended in February of 1979.
1977: Robin Trower played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the University Of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1978: The Cars arrived in England to begin a mini-tour promoting their debut single 'Just What I Needed.'
1978: The Police release their single, 'So Lonely.'
1979: The Eagles started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Long Run.' It's the group's 4th US #1 album.
1979: Fleetwood Mac peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Tusk,' which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: Whitesnake release their first live album, ' the Heart of the City' album.
1982: Exodus played The Keystone in Berkeley, CA.
1982: Devo bring their video-synchronized concert experience to Minneapolis. This involves the band performing in front of a giant screen on which are projected films and lyrics. The robotic band also interacts with the clips.
1984: Paul McCartney went to #1 on the UK album chart with the film soundtrack to 'Give My Regards To Broad Street,' featuring the UK #2 single 'No More Lonely Nights.'
1984: The Grateful Dead played at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1987: David Bowie played the first of eight sold out nights at The Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. The shows were part of the 1987-date 'Glass Spider' world tour.
1987: U.D.O. released their 1st album, 'Animal House.' The album peaked at #41 on the Swedish album chart.
1988: Ratt‬ released their 4th full-length album, 'Reach For The Sky.'
1988: U2's 'Rattle And Hum' concert movie opens.
1991: A free concert was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to honor the memory of promoter Bill Graham, who was killed in a helicopter crash the week before. The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Fogerty, Robin Williams, Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Joe Satriani and Joan Baez were among the performers.
1992: Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut studio album.
1992: Grateful Dead tell stunned fans that they will not play their traditional New Year's Eve concert in San Francisco.
1992: Bon Jovi release their 5th studio album, 'Keep The Faith.' It's their first studio release in five years and the group's last with bassist Alec John Such. It features three Top 40 hits: 'Keep The Faith,' 'Bed of Roses' and 'In These Arms.' The album sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1993: Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928.
1994: Rush drummer Neil Peart made an appearance on the talk show 'Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.'
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reach a settlement regarding the unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in 'Only Want To be With You.'
1997: Oasis' album 'Be Here Now' is certified platinum.
1997: University of Iowa student Todd Miller comes to an out of court settlement with Metallica after suing them for losing his sense of smell at a concert. Miller said he was unwillingly picked up and passed along over the top of the crowd at a 1993 concert as a body surfer and was eventually dropped on his head, where he sustained a serious injury that resulted in the loss of much of his sense of smell.
1998: Saxon released their 6th live album, 'BBC Sessions / Live at Reading Festival '86.'
1999: Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell held an album release party that featured go-go dancers, projections and lots of drummers for his debut solo album 'Song Yet to be Sung' which wasn’t released until 2001.
2000: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their 'Crush Tour' at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2002: Santana reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the 4th time with Shaman which spent one week on top. This album also contained collaborations, like his previous album 'Supernatural.'
2003: Aerosmith performed the Hank Williams, Jr. theme song 'Are You Ready For Some Football?' live on Monday Night Football.
2004: Eric Clapton becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. The honor, is conferred by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2005: Shinedown's frontman Brent Smith suffers from "a non-threatening blood-circulation problem." His condition forces the group to pull out of their Orlando gig with 3 Doors Down. Smith's ailment is monitored at a Jacksonville hospital.
2005: Green Day snag two trophies at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Lisbon, Portugal. The trio earn Best Album honors for 'American Idiot' and also take the Best Rock category. System Of A Down win the Best Alternative award and play at the ceremony along with Green Day and the Foo Fighters. Madonna also presented MTV's 'Free Your Mind' humanitarian award to Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof.
2006: The Killers are awarded the Best Rock honor at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also perform. The Red Hot Chili Peppers get the Best Album nod for 'Stadium Arcadium.'
2006: Eddie Van Halen's 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, is named Van Halen's new bassist. He replaces founding member Michael Anthony, who'd been touring with former VH singer Sammy Hagar.
2006: Former Beatle Paul McCartney presents the live debut of his classical album, 'Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart),' a four-part oratorio, at London's Royal Albert Hall. The special concert features the same ensemble that appears on the disc.
2008: 'Pearl Jam: Vote For Change 2004' viewing parties are held on the eve of the 2008 elections. An indie film documenting the group's run on the 2004 Get Out the Vote tour is free on the band's official website.
2008: Foo Fighters receive the Band of the Year trophy at Classic Rock magazine's Roll of Honour 2008 ceremony in London. Ozzy Osbourne is also awarded the Living Legend prize, presented by Slash.
2008: Neil Young addresses the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. He tells the audience that his experimental, energy-efficient Linc Volt car is an example of what independent automotive innovation can accomplish.
2008: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is hospitalized following a serious car accident in Santa Clara, CA. He is listed in "serious but stable condition." He remians in a coma until his death in April of 2013.
2009: Slayer release their 11th studio album, 'World Painted Blood.' It was their last album with guitarist Jeff Hanneman.‬ The song 'World Painted Blood' was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. ‬
2009: Foo Fighters release their 'Greatest Hits' album, containing the Butch Vig (Nirvana) produced hit single 'Wheels.'
2009: 'Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,' the first official book focusing on Bon Jovi, is in stores to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary.
2010: Jim Clench, bass player with April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, dies of lung cancer in Montreal. He was 61. Clench recorded four albums with April Wine before leaving to join BTO and replace Randy Bachman. Clench also guested on many albums, including Bryan Adams’ debut.
2010: Photographs of John Lennon taken during a radio interview in New York just days before his death go on sale. Lennon's interview with Radio 1's Andy Peebles became known as 'The Last Lennon Tapes.'
2011: Corey Smoot, the GWAR guitarist known as Flattus Maximus is found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. The coroner finds that Smoot died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease. Smooy joined the band in 2002.
2012: Joan Jett unveils a Florida print ad with her picture that reads: "I Am Joan Jett and I Am a Vegetarian." Jett also receives the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
2014: 'An Evening In Conversation with Noel Gallagher a question and answer session with the former Oasis guitarist, is held at the Hammersmith Club in London. The event benefits Global Media's 'Make Some Noise,' a charity that helps disadvantaged children.
2014: Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is featured in the final 2nd season episode of the BBC sitcom 'Toast of London,' which chronicles the adventures of fictional actor named Steven Toast.
2015: The Foo Fighters are in the Italian town of Cesena. 1000 fans performed the Foo's hit, "Learn To Fly," in hopes of convincing the group to play a concert in their city. It worked.
2015: The Hellcat Saints perform at a benefit concert and live auction in L.A. for Rhonda's Kiss, a foundation that raises money for cancer patients that can't afford treatment. The Hellcat Saints, a Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) creation, includes Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Juliette Lewis, Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses) and Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle).
2015: A lock of John Lennon's hair was one of 350 items put up for auction on the website Julien's Live. Other items up for grabs included a long-lost acoustic guitar that belonged to Lennon, a drumhead from the Beatles' 1964 visit to 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' Elvis Presley's 24 karat gold leaf grand piano, and several items from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
2016: 'The Stage' by Avenged Sevenfold is #1 on the Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, and sits at #4 on the Billboard 200 Chart (overall sales and streaming). Selling 76,000 physical and/or digital units it’s still the lowest first-week total for any Avenged Sevenfold album since ‘05’s 'City Of Evil.'
2016: Skillet’s 'Feeling Invincible' is the group’s first song to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
2017: Annihilator release their 16th studio album, 'For The Demented.' This is the band's first studio album with bassist Rich Hinks and drummer Fabio Alessandrini.
2017: 'Sweet Southern Sugar,' by Kid Rock, is released. It's his first album recorded in Nashville.
2017: Liam Gallagher (formerly with Oasis) appears on a Stand Up To Cancer special edition of Celebrity Googlebox in the U.K. The show features viewers reacting to British television shows from their own homes. Gallagher reveals that neither he nor his brothers can swim.

Nov. 4
1961: Bob Dylan plays to a crowd of 53 at his Carnegie Hall debut, his first concert outside of the Greenwich Village scene. The show takes place in the smaller Chapter Hall auditorium. Dylan was paid twenty dollars for the night.
1963: The night after The Rolling Stones had just come off a 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers, they kicked off another 50-date UK club tour at the Top Rank Ballroom in Preston.
1963: Newsweek runs a story on Bob Dylan insinuating that he stole the song 'Blowin' In The Wind.'
1963: The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Royal Variety Performance in London. John Lennon informed the audience, “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry." The show was broadcast on UK television on Nov. 10, 1963. John would later say "I was fantastically nervous, but I wanted to rebel a bit and that was the best I could do."
1964: The Beatles wrapped up sessions for their album 'Beatles for Sale.'
1964: The Beatles' 'Extracts from the Film A Hard Day's Night' (EP) is released in the UK. All of the tracks also appeared on the 'A Hard Day's Night' album.
1965: The Who’s performance at Queen’s Hall, Barnstaple is cancelled at 10:15pm supposedly because of a Daltrey sore throat although there may have been other Roger problems as the band is then a hair away from kicking their lead singer out of the band. The support group The Spartans fill in. Evidence that there might have been other reasons for the cancellation are suggested the next day as The Who plus Roger perform 'Man With Money,' 'My Generation' and part of 'Shout and Shimmy' live on 'Ready, Steady, GO!'
1966: The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations', entered the UK chart, it went on to be a UK & US #1 hit single. As a child, Brian Wilson's mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1966: Grateful Dead played the first of two nights at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, CA.
1968: At Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd recorded 'Point Me at the Sky' and 'Careful with That Axe, Eugene.'
1968: Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.
1969: Led Zeppelin played a disastrous gig at Ontario’s Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. John Bonham was too ill to perform 'Moby Dick,' Jimmy Page blew out his amplifier and only two-thousand people turned up to see the band.
1969: David Bowie released his 3rd studio album, 'The Man Who Sold the World' tin the U.S. (April 1971 in the UK). It was the first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars", backing band.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band released their self-titled debut album. It reached #188 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The song 'Whipping Post' is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
1969: The Who performed at Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, Connecticut.
1970: The Beach Boys played the first of four nights at the Whiskey A Go-Go club in LA.
1970: David Bowie's 3rd studio album,'The Man Who Sold the World' is released in the US (April 1971 in the UK). The album was Bowie's first with the nucleus of what would become the "Spiders from Mars", the backing band made famous by 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' in 1972.
1971: The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park in London, appearing on the first of three nights.
1971`: Pinkl Floyd play Music Hall in Boston, MA.
1972: The Doobie Brothers reached #11 on the singles chart with 'Listen to the Music.'
1972: The Moody Blues peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Nights in White Satin,' which was their highest charting single in the U.S.
1973: At London’s Rainbow Theater, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine played a benefit for the Machine’s Robert Wyatt. The drummer was paralyzed after falling from an open window during a party.
1973: Roxy Music and Leo Sayer appeared at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings release their classic single 'Junior's Farm.'
1974: Pink Floyd played the first night on a 21-date UK tour at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: Deep Purple released the album 'Stormbringer.' The album reached #20 on the Billboard chart.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales. A recording of the show is released over 30 years later on the album 'Live at the Cadriff Capital Theatre.'
1975: David Bowie premiered his latest single 'Golden Years' on Soul Train. He also performed 'Fame.'
1975: Bob Dylan appeared at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1976: ZZ Top performed at Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
1976: A Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert at New York City’s Palladium Theater was delayed when someone phoned in a bomb threat. Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who's currently suing him.
1977: 'The Last Waltz,' director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The Band’s star-studded last concert, premieres in New York City, featuring Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Dr. John, and more.
1977: The Ramones released their 3rd studio album, 'Rocket to Russia.' It reached at #49 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #105 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album incorporates surf rock and other influences. It includes some of the Ramones' best-known songs, including 'Sheena Is a Punk Rocker' and 'Teenage Lobotomy.'
1978: Boston, the band, played Boston, the city, kicking off two sold-out nights at the Boston Garden.
1978: Talking Heads released their single 'Take Me to the River.' It became their first top 40 single, peaking at #26.
1978: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over one million claiming he was owed from sales of their album 'Deja Vu'.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's album 'Living In The USA' hits #1 on the Billboard chart.
1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's 'Saturday Night Live,' performing 'Wavelength' and 'Kingdom Hall.'
1980: Bob Marley was baptized at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston. He converted to a Christian Rastafarian and took on the new name Berhane Selassie.
1981: Black Sabbath‬ released their 10th studio album, 'Mob Rules.' It was the band’s first album with drummer Vinny Appice. The album peaked at #12 on the UK's Official Charts.
1983: Paul Simon releases his 6th solo album, 'Hearts and Bones.' The title track is about his new bride, the actress Carrie Fisher.
1983: Armored Saint, Metallica and Abattoir play the Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1984: Prince played the first of seven nights at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan at the start of his 87-date North American 'Purple Rain' tour. The outing marked the live debut of his new band The Revolution.
1985: Mike + The Mechanics 'Silent Running' b/w 'Par Avion' 45 single is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It reached #21 in the band's native United Kingdom.
1986: Yngwie Malmsteen‬ released his 3rd studio album 'Trilogy.' The album reached #44 on the Billboard chart.
1987: U2 were on the front cover of UK pop magazine 'Smash Hits,' which also had features on the Pet Shop Boys, Wet Wet Wet, T'Pau, Sting and Black. Reviewed in the new singles page The Smiths 'I Started Something I Couldn't Finish'.
1988: Suicidal Tendencies played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1989: Elton John scored his 50th UK chart hit when 'Sacrifice,' entered the charts. Only Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley had also achieved this feat. Sacrifice was initially released as a single in 1989, but stalled at #55 in the UK and at #18 in the US. English DJ, Steve Wright, began playing the song on BBC Radio 1 and the song was then re-released as a double A-side single, along with 'Healing Hands.'
1989: Aerosmith peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Pump,' which was their second top 10 album in the U.S. & went on to sell seven million copies in the U.S.
1990: The musical tribute 'Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story' opens on Broadway.
1991: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame admitted Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T & the MG’s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds.
1992: Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin signed to Warner-Chappell’s music publishers for an unprecedented 39-million dollars.
1992: The Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth became first time parents as their son Robert was born.
1993: Depeche Mode's Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the volume of his music in his room.
1993: At a memorial service for the actor River Phoenix, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys has a run-in with a videographer and is later charged with battery and grand theft (for stealing his tape). He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
1994: Fred “Sonic” Smith (born Frederick Dewey Smith), dies of heart failure in Detroit. He was 45. Smith was the guitarist and co-founder of the MC5, innovators of the punk movement in the U.S. Smith married fellow artist and songwriter Patti Smith in 1980 and had two children with her. The band Sonic Youth took its name from Smith’s nickname.
1994: Dick Dale, riding a wave of surf-rock revival, appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher hit the cover of Newsweek. It's not for music, but to promote an article on gay parenting.
1997: Saxon put out their 5th live release, 'Donnington: The Live Tracks.'
1997: Capitol Records releases the four-disc set 'The Pet Sounds Sessions,' chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP. It contains, in addition to a remastered version of the original album, as well as outtakes, unreleased tracks, and acapella tracks.
1997: Radiohead's 'OK Computer' is named Best Album at the 8th annual Q Awards in London.
1998: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after an alleged drunken brawl with photographer Mel Bouzac at a London pub. Bouzac had been tipped off that Liam was in the pub wearing a Russian hat and attempted to take photos.
2002: Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin received the Music Industry Trusts Award in the UK in recognition of their contribution to music in the U.K.
2002: Iron Maiden release 'Eddie's Archive' box set w/BBC Archives, Beast over Hammersmith & Best of the 'B' Sides.
2002: Iron Maiden release 'Edward the Great: The Greatest Hits.' It features two tracks sung by Blaze Bayley.
2003: Bon Jovi release the album, 'This Left Feels Right.'
2003: Skid Row's Sebastian Bach starts his recurring role on 'Gilmore Girls' in the episode 'The Festival of Living Art,' as a guitarist who joins Lane Kim's band.
2004: KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons begins taping a six-episode TV series, 'Rock School.' Filmed predominately in England, Simmons teaches 12-year-olds how to form a Rock band and write a song.
2005: The Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Disturbed gets rolling in Minneapolis. But there is something of a glitch. Disturbed frontman David Draiman finds it "ironic" that he has to abstain from drinking alcohol while his band headlines the booze sponsored trek. The singer suffers from acid reflux. The tour also features Corrosion Of Conformity.
2006: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a special benefit show at his old high school in Longmeadow, MA. Proceeds go to the facility's creative arts department.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry suffers a concussion during the band's concert in Las Vegas when he is hit in the head by a camera boom rig. The incident occurs while the group's performance of 'Back in the Saddle' is being filmed for upcoming NASCAR promotional spots. Despite his injury, Perry is able to finish the show.
2007: The Eagles went to #1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever with 'Long Road Out of Eden.' 33 years after their debut album 'On the Border.' This was the group's first full studio album since 'The Long Run' in 1979.
2008: Hinder issues their sophomore album 'Take It To The Limit' on Election Day so that fans can "go vote and buy the record," says drummer Cody Hanson. 'Use Me' is the lead single.
2008: The soundtrack to 'Twlight' is released containing 'Go All The Way' written by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell. The vampire flick based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer.
2008: 'The Clash By The Clash' is in bookstores. As the title implies, the book contains band interviews.
2009: Bon Jovi celebrates their 25th anniversary with the release of first official book, 'When We Were Beautiful.'
2009: A Los Angeles county judge rules that the former members of Sublime may not perform under that name. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh appeared as Sublime at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival just 11 days earlier. The group was slapped with an injunction for illegal use of a trademark by the estate of deceased frontman Bradley Nowell.
2009: Robin Bachman and Blair Thornton, both former members of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, launched a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada over the rights to the name of their iconic 1970s group. The suit claimed Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, the other members of the Rock quartet, signed away their rights to the names Bachman-Turner Overdrive, BTO and any similar brands when Randy left in 1977 to go solo. The suit would be successful.
2009: Radiohead and MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) win the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for the band's 'All I Need' video. "(The song has) two parallel stories running, one of a little boy in the West and one of a little boy in a sweatshop in the East, and the boy (in the West) ends up buying the shoes from the sweatshop," says Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The award is granted annually to "best television program on children's rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region."
2010: U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Metallica receives the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, while AC/DC takes home the Top Boxscore trophy for their three-night stint at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Rush earns the "Legend of Live" award in recognition of their contributions to live music and the touring business. The honors, given out for the best tours of the year, are determined by box office earnings.
2010: Metallica perform at the launch party for Activision's video game 'Call of Duty: Black Ops at Hangar 8' of the Santa Monica airport. The event serves as a fundraiser for Activision's Call of Duty Endowment, which helps soldiers who are transitioning back into civilian life. Also, The TV ad for the video game premieres with the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" on the soundtrack. Due to the ad, song sales jump to 5,000 downloads in the week following the ad's release, and total over 11,000 in ten days.
2011: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin, announce the launch of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program, in hopes of changing a medical culture that categorizes patients as either adults or children, with few special considerations for teens.
2011: Scorpions released their album, 'Comeblack.'
2012: A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by songwriter Guy Hobbs against Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin over their hit song 'Nikita' was thrown out of court. The Judge ruled that both songs shared similar themes and phrases, but that these were prevalent in modern music.
2013: Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded the 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is directly in front of the entrance to Musicians Institute.
2014: 'The Basement Tapes Complete,' containing 138 songs recorded by Bob Dylan in the late '60's, is released. The tracks were recorded, with help from The Band, as Dylan recovered from a motorcycle accident.
2014: Queen issue a previously unreleased track to iTunes featuring the late Freddie Mercury. Proceeds from 'Let Me In Your Heart Again' benefit the RED campaign, which supports the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
2014: The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, a Slayer inspired sports car makes its debut at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas. The vehicle is manufactured by Scion, a division of Toyota.
2014: Bruce Springsteen, along with co-author Frank Caruso, publish the children's book 'Outlaw Pete.' It's the story of a man "trying to outlive and outrun his sins."
2014: Metallica perform the closing concert at the BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, CA.
2015: Avenged Sevenfold announce the addition of Brooks Wackerman (formerly of Bad Religion) on drums. He replaces Arin Ilejay whose departure was announced the previous July. "To be honest, Brooks has always been in the mix," says A7X frontman M. Shadows.
2016: Overkill released their single 'Our Finest Hour.'
2016: Glenn Hughes releases his album, 'Resonate.'
2016: Graham Bonnet Band releases the album, 'The Book.‬'
2016: Pretty Maids release their album, 'Kingmaker.‬'
2016: Bon Jovi release the album, 'This House Is Not For Sale.'
2016: Eddie Harsch (born Edward Hawrysch), ex-keyboardist of The Black Crowes, dies in Toronto. He was 59 Harsch had been the band’s keyboardist from 1991-2006.
2016: Motley Crue is sued by The Raskins for mistreatment on the Crue’s 2014 tour. The band paid $1 million for the privilege of being Crue’s opening act but claim they suffered emotional distress, negligence, gross negligence, tortious interference, destruction of property, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment. On one occasion, Motley Crue's road crew allegedly ran on stage in monkey masks and sprayed The Raskins "with water guns filled with urine." That alone is worth $30 million.
2016: According to the readers of the New York Post the worst song ever is Starship’s 'We Built This City.' The 1985 release went to #1.
2017: Imagine Dragons are #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart with 'Thunder,' the second single from their 'Evolve' album. It’s their 3rd chart topper – 'Believer' and 'Radioactive' are the other two.
2017: The two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest gets underway at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Slipknot does not perform but frontman Corey Taylor’s other band, Stone Sour, headlines for the first time.
2017: More than 60 people are forcibly removed from A Perfect Circle's show in Reading, PA after taking pictures during the band's set in violation of their strict "no photos" policy.

Nov. 5
1954: Elvis Presley made his only commercial when he sang a jingle for Southern Maid Doughnuts on the Louisiana Hayride radio program. Elvis sang "You can get 'em piping hot after four p.m., you can get 'em piping hot. Southern Maid Doughnuts hit the spot, you can get 'em piping hot after four p.m."
1965: The Who's classic, 'My Generation' is released in the U.S. It rose to #2 on the UK chart, but would get no higher than #74 on the Billboard chart. The track is later listed 11th on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.
1965: The Doors appeared at the Pioneer Club Boat Ride in Los Angeles, California.
1966: The Monkees first hit, 'Last Train To Clarksville,' hits #1. The song charts before the Monkees TV show premieres. Bobby Hart who co-wrote the song got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer'. He thought Paul McCartney was singing 'Take the last train', and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing 'Paperback Writer.'
1967: Bob Dylan records 'All Along the Watchtower' at Columbia Studio A in Nashville. The song, which was later famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, originally appeared on Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album.
1967: Tired of his latest hobby, Elvis Presley auctions off several items of horse-riding paraphernalia at his Circle G ranch in Horn Lake, MS. 2,000 fans attend the auction.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows, afternoon and evening at The Cheetah Club, in Venice, California. Smokestack Lightning and The Candymen were support.
1968: Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) and Mireille Strasser, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, London, The couple are still married.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed two shows (7pm and 9:30pm) at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The group’s stage equipment was sent to San Francisco from their show in Ontario, Canada the night before, in preparation for their dates at Winterland. On this night in Kansas City, they played with rented P.A.’s and amps from Mission Music.
1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song' b/w 'Hey Hey What Can I Do' 45 single is released. It later reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1970: 'Led Zeppelin III' was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at #1 on both the UK and US charts.
1970: Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston," Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
1970: Long since retired from touring with his group, Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles only to suffer inner ear damage in his good ear from an excessively loud sound system. After losing his balance a few times, he is helped backstage.
1970: The Grateful Dead played the first of four days at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1970: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Boz Scaggs and Ashton Gardner & Dyke play the first of a 4 night stand at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.
1971: Elton John's 4th studio album, 'Madman Across the Water' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Firsts at Elvis Presley show at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis, MI: comic Jackie Kahane begins his lifelong stint as opening act, and Elvis ends the show with cape outstretched in a bizarrely Christlike pose -- another gimmick that will become a staple of Elvis' live act. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: "Elvis has left the building" at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.
1971: Pink Floyd appear at Assembly Hall, Hunter College in New York.
1971: Yes performed at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1972: Roxy Music appear at Top Rank in Birmingham, England.
1972: Grateful Dead released their live album 'Europe '72.' It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's Chart. It was recorded during their Western European Tour in early 1972.
1973: Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance played their first gig in a circus tent on Clapham Common in London.
1973: King Crimson performed at Rhine Halle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1973: Sequencing the pre-taped sections with the live parts proves difficult during The Who's performance of Rock opera 'Quadrophenia.' At the performance at the Odeon Theatre in Newcastle, Pete loses it during '5:15' when the tapes come in too slow. He attacks road manager Bobby Pridden, drags him over the soundboard, starts ripping up the tapes, before announcing to the audience that he will never play live again and stalking offstage. He later returns but The Who perform other material from their extensive repertoire.
1974: Traffic earn a gold record for their album 'When The Eagle Flies.' It is the group's final gold album in the 1970's.
1974: The Eagles 'Best Of My Love' b/w 'Ol' '55' 45 single is released. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, and was included on their 1974 album 'On the Border.' The band's first Billboard Hot 100 #1 in March 1975, the song also topped the easy listening (adult contemporary) chart for one week a month earlier.
1974: Black Sabbath perform at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
1975: Rush played at The Rafters in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1976: Black Sabbath played the San Diego Sports Arena.
1977: The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols.' High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.
1977: Ozzy Osbourne quits Black Sabbath for the first time. He soon returns.
1978: Eric Clapton appears at Pabellon Deportivo Del Real Madrid in Madrid.
1979: Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife Bianca. The couple had married in St Tropez in 1971.
1979: Blue Oyster Cult played the first of four sold out nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1979: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release the single, 'Don’t Do Me Like That.'
1981: Tygers Of Pan Tang released the album 'Crazy Nights.' It’s rumored to be the last ever album to be recorded at Trident Studios before it closed the same year.‬
1981: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Diary Of A Madman' Tour kicks off at the Ernst-Merck-Halle in Hamburg, Germany. It would end on August 8th 1982.‬
1982: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson's new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.
1982: BBC Channel 4 TV's 'The Tube' had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger. The first live act on the show was local band Toy Dolls. The show ran until 1987 and was named after the plexiglass tunnel which led down into Studio Five at Tyne Tees TV, the place where all the stars from the 80’s subsequently appeared.
1983: Billy Joel was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Uptown Girl', which stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. The song would reach #3 in the U.S. It was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980's).
1983: Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London's Fulham Road.
1983: The Fixx, a New Wave, Techno-Pop band from London, England, enjoy their peak U.S. chart success when 'One Thing Leads To Another' reaches #4 on the Billboard chart. The song would later be featured in the video game 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' on the fictional radio station Flash FM. It also turned up in an episode of TV's 'Everybody Hates Chris' and in the movie 'The House of the Devil.'
1984: W.A.S.P. released their 4th single, 'School Daze.'
1984: Bryan Adams released his 4th studio album, 'Reckless.' It hit #1 on the Billboard Top Album Chart. The single 'It's Only Love' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1986, the song won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance. Six singles were released from the album: 'Run to You,' 'Somebody,' 'Heaven,' 'Summer of '69,' 'One Night Love Affair,' and 'It's Only Love.' All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's Thriller.
1986: Van Halen release their single, 'Best Of Both Worlds.' It was the fourth single from the Mick Jones (Foreigner) produced album, '5150.'
1986: Bobby Nunn of The Coasters died of heart failure at age 61 in Los Angeles. Scored the 1958 US #1 single 'Yakety Yak,' 1959 US #2 and UK #6 single 'Charlie Brown.
1988: The Beach Boys, who haven't had a #1 hit since 'Good Vibrations' in 1966, top the charts with the Brian Wilson-less 'Kokomo,' used in the movie 'Cocktail.' At the time, it was the longest gap between #1 hits for any artist.
1988: Edie Brickell and New Bohemians are the musical guests on 'Saturday Night Live.' Brickell meets Paul Simon on the broadcast, who she marries in 1992.
1988: Poison and special guest Britny Fox play the Duluth Arena in Duluth, MN.
1988: King Diamond and Armored Saint play L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1989: The 44-year-old, thrice married and divorced Ritchie Blackmore meets the 18-year-old Candice Isralow on a football field in New York State. After a long engagement, they get married and form Blackmore's Night.
1991: Corrosion Of Conformity release their 3rd studio album, 'Blind.' It's their first release with rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan and their only recording with vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher.
1991: Exodus released their live album 'Good Friendly Violent Fun.'
1994: Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when 'All I Wanna Do' entered the charts at #4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album 'Tuesday Night Music Club.'
1995: A charity performance of 'The Wizard of Oz in Concert' is staged at New York's Lincoln Center, featuring Jewel (Dorothy), Jackson Browne (The Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey (The Tin Man), and Nathan Lane (The Cowardly Lion). The concert was a benefit for The Children’s Defense Fund.
1995: Garbage play their first live show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN.
1995: Van Halen ended their tour in support of 'Balance' at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. This would be their last concert with Sammy Hagar until 2004.
1995: Queen release their 'Made In Heaven' album. It was completed and released after Freddie Mercury's passing.
1996: Nevermore released the album 'The Politics Of Ecstasy.' The 2006 reissue included a cover of the Judas Priest song 'Love Bites.'
1998: Former Smiths singer Morrissey lost an appeal ruling that all band profits should have been split equally and faced a backdated payout to former Smiths member Mike Joyce estimated at £1million.
1999: Van Halen announce that singer Gary Cherone is out of the band.
2000: The Who guest star on the 'A Tale of Two Springfields' 250th episode of The Simpsons. Pete Townshend didn’t voice himself as he thought somebody else would like in 'Yellow Submarine.' Townshend’s brother Paul provided the voice of Pete.
2000: U2 scores their 8th UK #1 album when 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' tops the chart, keeping Blur off the top.
2000: Creed were at #1 on the US singles chart with 'With Arms Wide Open.'
2002: Symphony X released the album 'The Odyssey.'
2002: Billy Guy (original baritone singer of The Coasters) dies of heart disease at age 66.
2002: Johnny Cash's 'American IV: The Man Comes Around' Rick Rubin produced album is released. It is the 4th album in the American series by Johnny Cash, released on November 5, 2002. It charted on three Billboard charts - Country Albums (#2), 200 Top Albums (#22), and Top Internet Albums (#30). The video for 'Hurt,' a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In February 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won another Grammy Award for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for 'Give My Love To Rose,' a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s.
2003: Evanescence's lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the group during their first world tour.
2003: Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity.
2005: Beach Boys singer Mike Love sues the group's mastermind Brian Wilson, who love claims is "shamelessly misappropriating Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark" in promotion for his album 'SMiLE.' The lawsuit was later dismissed.
2005: Guitar innovator Link Wray dies at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wray is best remembered for his '58 instrumental hit 'Rumble.' He got the distorted guitar sound by punching holes in his speaker with a pencil.
2007: Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell puts a collection of his clothes on the eBay auction block. The items include casual attire like the guitarist's T-shirt from the 1993 Lollapalooza tour to the black leather jacket he's pictured wearing on the 'Dirt' CD cover. The sale benefits MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund.
2007: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives the Living Legend Award at the 2007 Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London.
2007: Jimi Hendrix is inducted into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame. A commemorative star honoring the late guitarist unveiled. Hendrix began his professional music career in Nashville during the early '60s following his discharge from the Army.
2007: 'Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones' has its London premiere. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend host the event.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and his wife, E Street Band singer Patti Scialfa, perform at the second annual 'Stand Up for Heroes' benefit in New York for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which raises money for wounded servicemen and their families.
2008: Actor Michael J. Fox (Back To The Future/Spin City) joins The Who onstage by during A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's benefit concert. Fox, who has the disease, straps on a guitar for the band's final song, 'Magic Bus,' telling the crowd, "This is almost worth getting Parkinson's for." The event raises $4.3 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
2008: Artwork created Queen's Brian May, Deep Purple's Roger Glover, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason goes on the block at a benefit auction hosted by veteran British band Status Quo. The musicians redesigned 'classic Quo single/album cover' for the event in honor of the 40th anniversary of the group's hit 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men.' The sale aids the Prince's Trust, a U.K. youth charity.
2009: U2 play a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Part of the performance is broadcast into Berlin's O2 Arena for the MTV Europe Music Awards show where U2 picks up the Best Live Act award.
2009: In L.A., Judge John Walter issues EMI a temporary restraining order and demands that BlueBeat "cease and refrain from directly or indirectly infringing in any manner [on] copyrighted works." EMI had sued BlueBeat after the company sold 25-cent MP3 downloads and offered free access to streaming selections from The Beatles re-mastered collection. The site also featured songs by Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne is presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards in New York.
2010: Keith Richards' autobiography 'Life' was at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list.
2011: A John Lennon tooth is auctioned in England for almost $32,000 at Omega Auction House in Stockport, England. The tooth was given to Lennon's former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it had been pulled. Lennon told Jarlett to give it to her daughter as a souvenir. A Canadian dentist has the highest bid.
2012: To mark the 60th anniversary of the UK singles chart the Official Charts Company published a chart which lists all the 123 songs that have sold more than a million copies since it began in 1952. Elton John was at #1 with 'Candle In The Wind,' #2 was Band Aid with 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' followed by Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with 2.36 million copies.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss' autobiography, 'Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of KISS,' debuts on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List.
2012: Queen guitarist Brian May releases his rendition of the Oscar-winning song 'Born Free' with proceeds going to the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity.
2012: Blue Oyster Cult's original line-up reunites to play a 40th Anniversary concert in New York City. An earlier show was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
2012: With one day to go until the United States General Election, which includes the presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, including Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.
2013: David Crosby announced his first solo album in twenty-one years, 'Croz,' would be released on January 28th, 2014. Crosby said, "This won't be a huge hit. It'll probably sell nineteen copies. I don't think kids are gonna dig it, but I'm not making it for them. I'm making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest."
2013: Creed frontman Scott Stapp releases his solo album 'Proof Of Life.'
2013: Stryper released their 10th studio album, 'No More Hell to Pay.' The album peaked at #35 on the Billboard chart.
2013: Dream Theater released their 7th live album, 'Live at Luna Park.'
2014: Bruce Springsteen headlines the 'Stand Up For Heroes' benefit show at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event raises funds for injured service members and their families.
2014: KISS begin their first-ever residency (19 nights) in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
2014: The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London. Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others were in attendance. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing 'Morning Has Broken', 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Theme for an Imaginary Western'. The Scottish-born bass player and singer died in October of 2014 as a result of liver disease.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne returns to San Antonio to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in '82. "Certainly, as a city, we feel very, very good about his efforts to come to our great city and apologize for the actions of a not-so-sober person," says District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino. The apology is filmed for Ozzy's History Channel show.

Nov. 6
1954: Elvis Presley, who has been playing a radio concert show called the Louisiana Hayride, records a radio commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts, who sponsors the show. It was the only commercial he ever recorded and was not false advertising: he really did love those hot donuts.
1960: Elvis travels to L.A. to begin filming 'Wild In The Country,' in which he portrays a troubled young man from a dysfunctional family who pursues a literary career.
1964: During their first promotional visit to the UK , The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!'.
1964: The Beatles 'Extracts from the Album A Hard Day's Night (Pt. 2)' EP is released. It contains four tracks from the album, but not featured in the film. It was also released in France.
1964: The Dave Clark Five's 'Anyway You Want It' b/w 'Crying Over You' 45 single is released. From the US album 'Coast to Coast,' It hit number #25 in the UK and #14 in the US. The song is written by bandmates Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson.
1965: Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson meet up with Brian Jones and jam through the night of the famous electricity blackout, at the New York Hilton Hotel
1965: Rolling Stones' ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ tops the US singles charts for the first of two weeks. The song knocked The Beatles 'Yesterday' from the #1 position and was written in response to record company pressure to follow up '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' with another hit.
1965: Guests on tonight's episode of ABC's musical variety show 'Shindig!' include The Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass, and the Strangeloves.
1965: Jefferson Airplane performs at the San Francisco Mime Troupe benefit, notable because it's the first show put on by the soon-to-be-legendary promoter Bill Graham.
1966: The Who play the Kongresshalle in Cologne, Germany.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line "Sitting in an English garden".
1967: During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1967: The Monkees released their 4th album, 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks at the end of 1967.
1968: The Monkees film 'Head' opens in New York City. The movie was co-written by Jack Nicholson and also featured Teri Garr, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Dennis Hopper and Toni Basil. Instead of being aimed at their target audience of teeny boppers, the film contained a dark theme about the manipulation of the group with walk-on appearances by inappropriate guests and scenes of Vietnam War atrocities. The film was initially a total flop but has since become a cult classic.
1968: Joe Cocker was at #1 in the singles chart with his version of The Beatles song 'With A Little Help From My Friends.'
1970: Aerosmith performs together for the first time at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. The new band got the gig because Joe Perry’s mother knew someone at the school. Tickets for the show were $1.
1970: The Beach Boys began a 4 night stand at The Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
1970: Badfinger's 'No Matter What' b/w 'Better Days' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the band's first UK Top 10 single to be composed by Badfinger, reaching #5 in the UK in January 1971. In the US it peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1971: The Who's 'Behind Blue Eyes' b/w 'My Wife' 45 single is released.
1971: In Melody Maker, Pete Townshend writes another defense of The Who’s higher ticket prices but apparently runs out of patience and says sarcastically that he only pretends to believe in what he says and is only doing it for the money. The Who play the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1971: Sly & The Family Stone's 'Family Affair' b/w 'Luv N' Haight' 45 single is released. 'Family Affair' hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the groups first new material since the double a-sided single 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)'/ 'Everybody is a Star' nearly two years prior. 'Family Affair' became the 4th and final #1 pop hit for the band. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song version by John Legend, Joss Stone, and Van Hunt, won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at 49th Grammy Awards.
1972: Deep Purple's 6th studio album, 'Machine Head' goes gold.
1972: Billy Murcia dies in London from asphyxiation at 21. Murcia was the original New York Dolls drummer, but while on tour in England he passed out from an accidental overdose, was placed in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt to revive him. Unfortunately, he died before the New York Dolls recorded their first record.
1972: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman lost his driving license and was fined £20 ($32) by Chelmsford Magistrates court after being caught speeding in his Mercedes on the A12.
1972: Queen played at the Pheasantry Club in London.
1973: Roxy Music performed at Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, England.
1973: Bruce Springsteen and Hall & Oates kicked off a 5 night stand at Max's Kansas City in New York City. Both acts played 2 shows nightly.
1973: On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons died from a massive overdose of morphine and alcohol. In honor of a mutual pact with his friend and tour manager, Phil Kaufman, Kaufman stole Parsons’ body from the LAX airport, drove it out to Joshua Tree National Park, and burned it in the desert. Kaufman and friend Michael Martin were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of the coffin and the body but the court agreed that the two men were merely carrying out Parson’s last wishes to be cremated in the desert.
1973: After years of struggling as a member of two New York area bands, The Hassels and Attila, and as a bar room piano player, Billy Joel's 2nd album (and first with Columbia records), 'Piano Man' is released. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the title track, a fictionalized retelling of Joel's days as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, which reached #25 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and at #4 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. 'Travelin' Prayer' and 'Worse Comes to Worst' peaked at #77 and #80, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad performed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1974: David Bowie appeared at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio during the 'Philly Dogs' tour. After the show, Bowie stayed up all night in the hotel bar dancing and miming.
1974: Bruce Springsteen played the first of two nights at the Armadillo WHQ in Austin, TX.
1975: The Sex Pistols perform their first show. It lasts for 20 minutes at St. Martin's Art School in London. The band opens for the band Bazooka Joe at St. Martin's School of Art in London. Bazooka Joe's lead singer is Stuart Goddard, who is so inspired by the set that he drops out of art school and takes the name Adam Ant.
1976: Steve Miller: ‘Rock ‘N’ Me’ tops the US singles chart. It stayed one week at the top and was the group’s 2nd #1. It reached #11 in the UK.
1976: Heart peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Magic Man,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Black Sabbath performed at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA.
1977: Yes played at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at Palau d’Esports Juventud de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
1978: Queen played Capital Centre in Landover, MD.
1979: Paul Simon kicks off his latest British tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon by offering to buy everyone in the audience a drink. The tab comes to about $2,000.
1980: Led Zeppelin met with their manager Peter Grant on the Isle of Jersey to discuss their future in the wake of John Bonham’s death. The group made the decision to disband & they would publicly announce this on December 4, 1980.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Lake View Arena in Marquette, Michigan.
1981: The Cars released their 4th studio album, 'Shake It Up.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features four singles that reached various Billboard chart, with 'Shake It Up' being the highest in the Mainstream Rock (#2) and The Hot 100 (#4).
1982: The Oscar-winning song from the movie 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' 'Up Where We Belong' by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, hit #1. Although their contrasting styles complimented each other perfectly, the singers had never met each other until the day they recorded the song.
1982: It's announced that former Trapeze guitarist Mel Galley has joined Whitesnake, along with new drummer Cozy Powell.
1983: The ABC miniseries 'Princess Daisy' debuts, featuring Ringo Starr in one of his last acting roles as a gay fashion designer.
1986: 'Amanda' by Boston hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1986: The Heavy Metal supergroup M.A.R.S. released the album 'Project: Driver.' The band's name was made up of the initial of each musician's last name: Tony MacAlpine (guitar), Tommy Aldridge (drummer), Rob Rock (singer) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).
1987: 'The Less Than Zero' Soundtrack is released. It includes Poison's cover of the KISS classic 'Rock And Roll All Nite, Slayer's version of 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, The Bangles 'Hazy Shade Of Winter,' and Aerosmith's 'Rocking Pnemonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu.'
1988: Femme Fatale released their self-titled debut album.
1990: ‎Scorpions‬ released their 11th studio album 'Crazy World.' It was the last album to feature bassist Francis Buchholz. The song 'Wind of Change' reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1990: Iced Earth released their self-titled debut album. This album was Mike McGill's only album with Iced Earth, as well as the last for singer Gene Adam.
1990: Kreator released the album 'Coma Of Souls.' Although the album's lyrics contain no profanity, original copies of 'Coma of Souls' had a Parental Advisory label on the cover.
1993: Meatloaf's ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That)’ tops the US single chart.
1993: Pearl Jam 'VS’ album enters the Billboard charts at #1. The album sold 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week up to that point.
1993: Melissa Etheridge electrifies the crowd at Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert with a rendition of Janis Joplin's'"Piece Of My Heart.' Warren Zevon, Bonnie Raitt, Ann and Nancy Wilson (of Heart), Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen, and Simon & Garfunkel also perform.
1993: Rush entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #2 with their 15th studio album 'Counterparts,' which was Rush’s highest charting album in the U.S. along with 2012’s 'Clockwork Angels' which also debuted at #2.
1997: Oasis is named the Best Rock Act at the fourth annual MTV Europe Music Awards.
1997: D.A.D. release their 6th studio album, 'Simpatico.'
1998: Marilyn Manson is the top winner at the 1998 Billboard Music Video Awards, nailing two for 'The Dope Show,' the first single and video from the group's latest release, 'Mechanical Animals.' 'Dope Show' also wins best hard rock/metal clip.
1999: Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), broadcasts the one of the first online radio shows, which is called Rotten Radio. On the 4-hour webcast, Rotten allows callers and guests to say whatever they please free of censorship. The show lasts until August of 2000.
2001: In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger's 'Goddess in the Doorway,' his first solo album since 1993's 'Wandering Spirit.'
2001: GWAR released the album 'Violence Has Arrived.'
2003: Metallica kicked off their 137-date 'Madly in Anger with the World Tour' at Yoyogi Taiikukanin in Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, bringing in $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2004: An online Heavy Metal auction featuring items from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and Van Halen is held at the Hard Rock Cafe in midtown Manhattan. There are stage outfits from KISS and Eddie Van Halen, the original album cover artwork from Metallica`s "'Master Of Puppets,' the 1989 MTV Music Award given to Guns N` Roses for the 'Sweet Child O` Mine' video and a bass played by the late Cliff Burton (Metallica).
2005: The Four Seasons musical 'Jersey Boys' opens on Broadway to rave reviews.
2006: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is one of 10 celebrities competing in a U.K. reality-TV show called 'The Race.' The Sky One channel show pits male and female teams against each other in a series of racing challenges. Johnson loses to 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' star Melissa Joan Hart in his opening contest, but later emerges as one of the favorites and wins the competition.
2006: Restrictions imposed by Portland, ME, fire marshals causes Guns N' Roses to cancel their show only two-and-a-half hours before it is due to start. Fans are able to exchange their tickets for ones to Worcester, MA, show two days later. Reportedly, only a little over half the tickets for the Portland concert had been sold at the time of the cancellation.
2006: Queen and Whitesnake win two trophies each at the 2nd annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Queen is recognized in the Best Reissue and Classic Songwriter categories, while Whitesnake earns the DVD of the Year and Band of the Year awards. Alice Cooper collects the Living Legend trophy. The event is organized by U.K. magazine Classic Rock.
2006: Bon Jovi singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora team up with Country act Sugarland to perform live on a special episode of ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Nashville on the same day of the Country Music Association (CMA) awards.
2007: The Bon Jovi concert film 'Lost Highway: The Concert' is screened in U.S. theaters. The footage is from a Chicago show filmed earlier in the year where the group played all the songs from the album. The DVD is released a week later. ‬Also, 'Believe,' the official Bon Jovi band biography, is in bookstores.
2007: Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor's orders.
2007: Finger Eleven are the first band to offer a concert in high definition via Xbox Live Marketplace. The Toronto show is placed online for gamers.
2007: Previously unreleased live tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne are featured on the 'Serve2' compilation. Proceeds from the album benefit the World Hunger Year charity's Artists Against Hunger & Poverty initiative.
2007: Tom DeLonge's Angels & Airwaves (AVA) release their 'I-Empire' album.
2007: The Who documentaries 'Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who' and 'Six Quick Ones' are released. Also, 'Six Quick Ones' premieres on VH1 Classic.
2008: Paul McCartney is presented with the Ultimate Legend Award by Bono at the MTV Europe Music Awards in his hometown of Liverpool.
2008: 'Let The Cosmos Rock: Queen + Paul Rodgers Live From the Ukraine' is shown in high-definition and surround-sound audio in more than 300 U.S. theaters. The footage is from a concert just two months earlier in Kharkov.
2008: Linkin Park's 'Leave Out All The Rest' is prominently featured in the CBS show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'
2008: Daryl Hall And John Oates launched a law suit against music publisher Warner / Chappell Music in Manhattan Supreme Court, accusing the company of failing to protect the copyright to their 1982 hit 'Maneater' after an unidentified singer had used the song in a 2006 recording.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins 'If All Goes Wrong' gets a promotional screening across the U.S.
2012: Aerosmith release their 15th studio album 'Music From Another Dimension.'
2012: All That Remains released their 6th studio album, 'A War You Cannot Win.'
2012: The film 'Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965' is finally released. The film chronicles the Rolling Stones 'activities' while performing four shows in Dublin.
2012: Bob Dylan posts an update to his Facebook page for the first time using the occasion to predict the re-election of President Obama. Dylan set up his Facebook account in 2007.
2012: 'Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band,' a book by Barney Hoskyns, is released.
2012: President Barack Obama wins the election to serve a second term. Ted Nugent posts scathing comments on Twitter. Nugent unleashes a volley of insults against Obama supporters, calling them "pimps," "whores," welfare brats," "subhuman varmints," and even more derogatory terms.
2013: Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) perform at the 7th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York. Organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the event raises funds for injured service members, veterans and their families.
2013: Blink-182 celebrate the 10th anniversary of their self-titled, 5th studio album by playing it from beginning to end at the Hollywood Palladium.
2013: Van Halen appear on the animated show 'South Park.' The group attends a meeting in Jerusalem of the world's major religions and brings them together with a performance of 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.'
2014: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is charged with attempting to have two men killed. The New Zealand court also accuses him of methamphetamine and cannabis possession. Almost immediately, the court drops the murder-for-hire charge but pursues the drug charges.
2014: John Fogerty, Common, Mary J. Blige and Willie Nelson are among the performers at a concert that takes place on the South Lawn of the White House hosted by President and Mrs. Obama. Later broadcast as 'A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House,' a highlight is Fogerty's performance of 'Fortunate Son' - an antiwar song, but one that resonates with those who served.
2014: American musician Rick Rosas died aged 65. He was one of the most sought after studio session musicians in Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he played with Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ron Wood and many others. In 2014, Rosas joined Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their European tour, following Billy Talbot's inability to tour due to a stroke - making Rosas the only bassist to have played with three of Young's major band-based projects, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse.
2015: Over 38 years after his death, Elvis Presley topped the UK album chart for a 12th time with 'If I Can Dream,' a collection of Elvis classics featuring orchestral re-workings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. That feat meant that Elvis has had more UK #1 albums than any other male solo artist.
2015: BBC Radio 4 gave The Ronettes' 'I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls' its first air-play in the UK, marking their first release in over fifty years. Originally written in 1964 by Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham as 'I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys,' Ronnie Spector recently recorded the song in New York with her late sister Estelle's daughter and a cousin singing back-up.
2015: After visiting the Texas Capitol two days earlier, Ozzy Osbourne visits the Alamo in San Antonio, where he famously peed on a statue in 1982. Ozzy's road trip is part of a History Channel show he's working on with his son, Jack.
2015: A once-lost 1962 guitar belonging to John Lennon is auctioned for $2.4 in Beverly Hills to an anonymous buyer. The jumbo J-160E Gibson Acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, was stolen in '63 during The Beatles' Finsbury Park Christmas Show. It turned up 50 years later in a U.S. second-hand shop. Also, the drum head, which was used by The Beatles when they made their historic appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show' in '64, sells for $2.1 million. And the cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana's appearance on MTV Unplugged goes for $140,800.
2015: Chastain release their 11th album, 'We Bleed Metal.'
2015: ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons released his first solo album, 'Perfectamundo.'
2015: Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is honored with a Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award at Bass Player Live! 2015 in Hollywood.
2016: Sweden’s In Flames play the first show with drummer Joe Rickard (formerly of Red) at Knotfest Japan in Tokyo. The set also features the live debuts of 'The End' and 'The Truth.'

Nov. 7
1958: 20-year-old Eddie Cochran makes his UK chart debut with 'Summertime Blues' which will peak at #18. The song had already reached its highest spot of #8 on America's Billboard chart a week earlier. Cochran sang both the vocal and bass vocal, played all the guitar parts and added the hand clapping.
1963: The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles' first (as yet untitled) motion picture.
1966: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono for the first time when he visits her art exhibition in London. She presents him with a card that simply says, “Breathe,” and he responds by panting. He later says, “When I met Yoko...that was it. The old gang of mine was over the moment I met her. I didn’t consciously know it at the time, but that’s what was going on. As soon as I met her, that was the end of the boys, but it so happened that the boys were well known and weren’t just the local guys at the bar.”
1967: The Beatles finished recording 'Blue Jay Way,' 'Flying,' and 'Magical Mystery Tour.' The Beatles have only six songs, not enough for an album so decided to issue a double-EP. Capitol Records didn’t think the double-EP format would be acceptable for the US market, so they decide to put out an album instead. The album contained the six 'Magical Mystery Tour' songs. Five of the six songs from The Beatles’ 1967 singles appeared on side two.
1967: Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.
1967: Pink Floyd mimed to 'Apples And Oranges' for the music program American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, in which the band were also interviewed. It was broadcast on KABC-Los Angeles and KEYT TV-Santa Barbara on December 16.
1967: The Monkees 'Daydream Believer' b/w 'Goin' Down' 45 single is released. Composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio, the single hit the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the Monkees' last #1 hit in the U.S.
1968: Jim Morrison and The Doors were banned from the city of Phoenix after he asked the audience to stand up at their concert. That’s enough for the local authorities to ban the group from the city. They suspected that Morrison was going to moon the audience as he had at a previous concert.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at Porchester Hall in Queensway, London, along with Barclay James Harvest, and the Edgar Broughton Band. The Floyds also jammed with Alexis Korner and Arthur Brown after their set.
1969: The Rolling Stones kicked off an American tour in Fort Collins, Colorado. Also on the bill were Chuck Berry, B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner. It's their first American tour with guitarist Mick Taylor (who replaced Brian Jones). This is the tour that includes a stop at Altamont.
1969: Providing overwhelming evidence that he is still alive, Paul McCartney appears on the cover of Life magazine. When asked about why he didn't appear sooner when the rumors started swirling, McCartney said, "I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don’t have anything to say these days."
1969: 'Whole Lotta Love,' probably the most famous track on 'Led Zeppelin II,' is released. Recorded at London's Olympic Studios and mixed at A&R studios in New York, the song was nicked in-part from Willie Dixon's 'You Need Lovin.'
1969: The Allman Brothers opened for Procul Harum at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana. Duane Allman and Dickey Betts jammed with Peter Green after the headliners’ set.
1969: David Bowie's 'Man of Words / Man of Music' is released. It was later re released in 1973 as 'Space Oddity.' This 1969 release did not chart in the US, however, when released in 1973 as 'Space Oddity,' it reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and the single, 'Space Oddity,' reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: MGM Records purges several acts from their roster. After their label head, Mike Curb, tells Billboard they are dumping acts that "exploit and promote hard drugs through music," Eric Burdon, who is on the label, asks out of his contract and launches a 'Curb the Clap' campaign.
1971: Elvis Presley performed at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
1971: Alice Cooper & Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come played The Rainbow Theatre in London.
1972: Yes appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1972: Neil Young's soundtrack album from the film of the same name, 'Journey Through the Past' is released. It reached #45 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It features music mainly from four sources: television broadcasts with Buffalo Springfield; live recordings with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; rehearsal outtakes from the Harvest sessions with The Stray Gators; and recordings by The Tony and Susan Alamo Christian Foundation Orchestra and Chorus. It functions in part as a retrospective of Young's work, the first of his career.
1973: Genesis played at Tufts University in Boston.
1974: Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest because he successfully picked off a rodent at a distance of 150 yards. He also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.
1975: A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
1975: Elton John started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Rock Of The Westies', the singers 10th studio album and 7th US #1 contained the US #1 and #14 UK single, 'Island Girl,' which was released prior to the album.
1975: Chris Squire's first solo album 'Fish Out of Water' is released in the UK (December 30, 1975 in the US). It reached #25 on the UK Albums chart, and #69 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Eric Clapton performed at the Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1978: Rush performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum.
1979: 'The Rose,' starring Bette Midler as a rock singer who hits the big time, opens in theaters. The film is based on the life of Janis Joplin, but filmmakers can't secure the rights to use her image or story. Midler gets an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the role.
1980: Whitesnake release a single of their live cover of the Bobby Bland song, 'Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City.' ‬It was later covered by Europe’s Joey Tempest.
1980: Van Halen played at the Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.
1980: The Eagles released their first live album, 'Eagles Live.' It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The Eagles unofficially disbanded on July 31, 1980 after their concert at Long Beach. However, the band still owed Elektra/Asylum a live record from the tour. 'Eagles Live' (released that November) was mixed by Glenn Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts - the two decided they could not stand to be in the same state, let alone the same studio, and as Bill Szymczyk put it, the record's perfect three-part harmonies were fixed "courtesy of Federal Express."
1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates achieve their 3rd US #1 single with 'Private Eyes.' Over the next three years they would have three more. 'Private Eyes' reached #32 in the UK.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne released his 2nd solo album, 'Diary of a Madman.' It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #14 on the UK Albums chart. This was the last album with Randy Rhoads before his death in 1982. Although bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge are credited in the liner notes and pictured on the inner sleeve, it was bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake who performed all bass and drum parts on the original release. This was the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake.‬
1982: Iron Maiden begin their first tour of Australia.
1983: The Rolling Stones release their 17th British and 19th American studio album, 'Undercover.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #3 on the UK album chart. The single 'Undercover Of The Night' hit the Billboard Mainstream Rock (#2) and Hot 100 (#9) charts.
1983: U2's mini-LP live album 'Under a Blood Red Sky' is released. It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The title is taken from the lyrics of the song 'New Year's Day,' originally released on U2's 'War' album. The album consists of live recordings from three shows on the band's War Tour from Colorado, Boston, and Germany.
1983: Yes released their album '90125.'
1985: Bob Dylan released a 53-track compilation box set, 'Biograph.' It reached #33 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1987: Bruce Springsteen: ‘Tunnel of Love’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. His 8th studio album went triple platinum in the US, with 'Brilliant Disguise' being one of his biggest hit singles, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1987: Venom released their 5th album, 'Calm Before the Storm.' The original title of the album would have been Deadline, but the title was changed when guitarist Jeffrey Dunn left the band.
1988: Iron Maiden release the single ‘The Clairvoyant.’ The single debuted at #six on the UK's Official Charts. It contains three live performances from Maiden's 1988 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Donington Park.
1988: John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own 'Run Through the Jungle' on his 1985 hit 'The Old Man Down the Road.'
1988: Iron Maiden released their 18th single, 'The Clairvoyant.'
1989: Eric Clapton's album 'Journeyman' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features the single 'Bad Love,' which earned him the 1990 Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy Awards, and reached the #1 position on the Album Rock Chart. 'Pretending' also reached the #1 position on the Album Rock Chart the previous year, remaining at the top for 5 weeks.
1991: Moon and Dweezil Zappa announce that their father Frank has prostate cancer. The disease would take his life on December 4, 1993, just days before his 53rd birthday.
1991: Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses and is replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin cities a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behavior and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.
1994: A&M Records releases 'Woodstock 1994,' an album documenting the Woodstock '94 festival that took place in Saugerties, New York, three months earlier. The two-disc set includes live performances from 27 artists, including Aerosmith, Metallica, Traffic, Joe Cocker, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Candlebox, Porno For Pyros, The Cranberries, Green Day, Live, Blind Melon, Sheryl Crow, Rollins Band. Melissa Etheridge, Violent Femmes, Collective Soul, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan and more.
1995: Alice In Chains' 'Alice in Chains' is released on CD and cassette. Previously, the album only existed in a vinyl edition, released on Halloween of 1995. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 46 weeks.
This was the band's first full-length studio album to feature bassist Mike Inez and the last studio album to feature vocalist Layne Staley
1995: Eric Clapton receives the Order of the British Empire (OMB) from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
1995: Nirvana's 'Incesticide' a collection of early recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions goes platinum.
1995: Alice in Chains released their self-titled 3rd studio album.
1995: Oasis is named the Best Live Act at the Q Awards in London. "I'll accept this award on behalf of a crap album ('(What's The Story) Morning Glory') with crap lyrics," says Noel Gallagher.
1995: Pearl Jam ended their tour in support of 'Vitalogy' in the second of a two night sold out stand at the San Diego Sports Arena. The Ramones opened both concerts.
1996: Dio played the Ventura Theater in Ventura, CA.
1998: Black Sabbath's 'Reunion' album peaks at #11 on the U.S. chart.
2000: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 13th studio album, 'War to End All Wars.' It would be the last album with vocalist Mark Boals.
2002: Guns N’ Roses fans in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group’s comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose’s plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.
2003: The Rolling Stones played Hong Kong for the first time, headlining a concert to quell fears of a SARS epidemic. They play to 13,000 people at the city's Harbourfest. Neil Young was the opener & they performed together again two days later.
2003: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
2003: Steve Kmak, aka 'Fuzz', is fired from Disturbed. According to frontman David Draiman, Fuzz was let go because of his "jealousy" and being "willing to sink the ship we were all sailing on, for spite."
2004: Robert Plant headlines a tribute concert to Blues icon Leadbelly at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
2004: Elton John used profanity on BBC Radio 1 with the words; f****ing, w**k, and t**s. The singer was a guest on the Chris Moyles Radio 1 breakfast show in the UK.
2006: Foo Fighters release an acoustic live album titled 'Skin And Bones.' The 15-track collection, recorded in L.A., features songs from the unplugged half of their "In Your Honor" double album, classic Foo songs and a version of the Dave Grohl sung Nirvana B-side 'Marigold.'
2006: Genesis announced they are reforming for tours of Europe and North America in 2007.
2006: 'The Doors By The Doors' is published. It's the band's first authorized autobiography.
2006: David Crosby's memoir, 'Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived To Tell About It,' is in bookstores. A David Crosby biography, 'Long Time Gone,' was published in '88.
2006: After getting fundraising help from his buddy Jackson Browne, Orleans lead singer John Hall is elected to the US House of Representatives in New York's 19th district. Hearing that George W. Bush is using "Still The One" in his '04 re-election campaign so infuriates Hall that he decides to run for office. He defeats six-term incumbent, Sue Kelly, to get the New York congressional seat.
2007: The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, 'Long Road Out Of Eden,' rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart after selling 711,000 copies in the US during its first week of release. The LP produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: a cover of J.D. Souther's 'How Long' and 'Busy Being Fabulous,' both of which were Top 30 hits on the Country charts as well as Top 20 hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.
2008: To celebrate 'Astral Weeks' 40th anniversary, Van Morrison performs his classic album in its entirety during a two-show engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The singer is backed by the same ensemble of jazz musicians that played on the original 1968 recording.
2008: Gene Simmons of KISS wins $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during his appearance on FOX's 'Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?' It's a record sum earned by a celebrity guest on the game show.
2008: Def Leppard & Taylor Swift’s performance together on 'CMT Crossroads' premiered. The program showed them performing four of Swift’s songs and four Def Leppard songs.
2010: E!'s 'Married To Rock' debuts with Susan Holmes McKagan (the wife of former Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan), Etty Farrell (who is married to Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell), Josie Stevens (the spouse of Billy Idol's guitarist Steve Stevens) and AJ Celi (who is in a relationship with The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy).
2010: Bon Jovi receives the Global Icon trophy at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid. The band is the first recipient of the honor. Also, Linkin Park plays a special outdoor concert at Madrid's Puerta de Alcal as part of the festivities
2011: The late Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone (of the Ramones) become vinyl figurines. Aggronautix unveils the duo in its latest series of toys called "throbbleheads."
2012: A woman died and 19 were injured after scaffolding collapsed outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa. The temporary scaffolding outside Green Point stadium came down in high winds just before the concert. The concert went ahead, with the band only learning of the death afterwards.
2014: Australian drummer of AC/DC, Phil Rudd, had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand, but he will still facing charges of drugs possession and making threats to kill. The U-turn by authorities, announced less than 24 hours after Mr Rudd appeared in court, was because of a lack of evidence, his lawyer said.
2014: Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.
2014: Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson launch a two-day auction of more than 175 items spanning their career. A portion of the proceeds go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and MusiCares.
2014: Machine Head released their 8th full-length studio album, 'Bloodstone & Diamonds.' This was their first album to feature bassist Jared MacEachern. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard chart.
2015: While Eagles' drummer Don Henley was trying to turn the spotlight on guitarist Steuart Smith during a concert in Detroit, a fan interrupted him by shouting out former Eagles' guitarist Don Felder's name. When Henley called him out, the fan then shouted, "Don Felder taught Tom Petty how to play guitar." Henley responded, "Okay, that's it, you're outta here," and had security escort the man out. Felder was kicked out of the group in 2001 and was deemed persona non grata after he wrote his autobiography, 'Heaven and Hell: My Life In The Eagles (1974 - 2001).'
2015: Daniel Svensson announces his departure from In Flames to focus on his family. "It has truly been a fantastic journey," writes the drummer in a statement. He goes on to thank In Flames "for all great memories and experiences that we've shared during the last 17 years (!) together."
2015: U2's Larry Mullen says the music industry is "broken" during a radio interview. "A lot of younger artists don't get paid, and that's a real problem," Mullen explains. "Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more."
2016: Poet, composer and singer Leonard Cohen passed away at the age of 82. Inducted into Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008, his composition 'Hallelujah' has been covered by over 300 artists. He was inducted into the Juno/Canadian, Canadian Folk Music, Canadian Songwriters, Songwriter, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Cohen released 14 studio albums, including 1984’s Various Positions, which included 'Hallelujah,' a song that would become Cohen’s best-known composition thanks to John Cale’s cover in 1991 followed by Jeff Buckley’s incandescent 1994 reinterpretation. After its use in the movie Shrek, the song became a bonafide cultural phenomenon, with over 300 known covers. In 1995, Cohen paused his career, entered the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles, and became an ordained Buddhist monk. He re-emerged in 2001, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Rolling Stone says, “Cohen was the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet.”
2017: Finnish rock drummer Pentti Glan died of lung cancer at the age of 71. He is best known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. He also appeared in the movie The Rose as the drummer of The Rose Band.
2017: Fall Out Boy donate all proceeds from their concert in Houston to Hurricane Harvey relief organizations.
2017: Danica Roem becomes the first openly transgender person elected to a U.S. statehouse seat. She’s the longtime lead singer of a Metal band Cab Ride Home. The Virginia Democrat defeats Republican Bob Marshall.
2017: Lyrics from Five Finger Death Punch’s song 'Wash It All Away' ('done with all your hypocrisy' and ‘all of the chaos and all of the lies’) are quoted in an essay by Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov arguing that the West is suffering from "a crisis of hypocrisy.” The essay is published in the state-run RT News as the band is touring Russia. FFDP frontman Ivan Moody calls for more dialogue and less hysteria.
2017: Elton John hosts a gala in New York City to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation. The event raises $4 million, with Aretha Franklin playing the gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in what turns out to be her final performance. "We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time," Elton says.

Nov. 8
1957: Elvis Presley's 3rd movie, 'Jailhouse Rock,' opens nationally. It had a premiere a few weeks earlier at the Memphis theater where Elvis was once an usher.
1961: Brian Epstein phoned The Cavern to try to get a ticket to the next Beatles concert. He became the band’s manager shortly after seeing them.
1963: Dick Clark's traveling Caravan Of Stars opens its Fall tour featuring Bobby Vee, The Ronettes, Brian Hyland, Little Eva and The Dovells. It kicks off at The Armory in Teaneck, NJ.
1965: The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their 'Rubber Soul' album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.
1965: The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of four nights at Munich’s Big Apple Club.
1966: The Who go into CBS Studios in London and record at least two takes of the backing track for their next single 'Happy Jack.' John and Keith then go to Regent Sound and record John’s new composition, 'I’ve Been Away,' during a half-hour session while Roger and Pete are off at a pub.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appears at Manchester University in Manchester, England.
1967: 'How I Won the War,' starring John Lennon, had its New York premiere.
1968: After six years of marriage, Cynthia Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband in London. John Lennon was not in court because he had rushed to Yoko Ono’s bedside at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. Ono suffered a miscarriage shortly afterwards (Nov. 21).
1968: The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre in England.
1968: The Doors perform at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1969: Led Zeppelin finished their 4th tour of the United States at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater. On the same day, their album 'Led Zeppelin II' entered the British charts, where it would stay for 138 weeks.
1969: On the second date of their US tour, The Rolling Stones break the Los Angeles concert gross record held by The Beatles since 1966. They added an extra date to their L.A. Forum stand and a 4th date to their upcoming gig at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1969: 'Something,' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at number four in the UK and went on to be a #1 on the US charts.
1970: Jim Morrison made recordings of his spoken word material. After his death, The Doors set the poems to music as 'An American Prayer.'
1970: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY.
1971: Pink Floyd play Peace Bridge Center in Buffalo, NY.
1971: At London’s Empire Ballroom, Paul McCartney threw a party to launch his new group Wings.
1971: David Bowie begins recording what will become 'Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars' in London.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' is released in the US (November 12 in the UK). With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The four symbols on the album represent each band member. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and topped the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted Led Zeppelin IV the 26th greatest album of all time; in 2000 Q placed it at #26 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
1971: Led Zeppelin released their 4th single, 'Black Dog' b/w 'Misty Mountain Hop.'
1972: Roxy Music appear at Liverpool Stadium in Liverpool, England.
1972: Frank Zappa with special guest Alice Cooper plays Cal State Fullerton
1973: Genesis performs at Massey Hall in Toronto, in support of 'Selling England by the Pound.'
1973: While appearing on the BBC's Top Of The Pops, David Bowie is presented with an award for selling over a million singles as well as a million albums in the UK over the past two years.
1974: Styx released their 4th album, 'Man of Miracles.' It was the band's last original album on the indepenhicago-based label Wooden Nickel Records before moving to major label A&M.
1974: Queen released their 3rd studio album, 'Sheer Heart Attack.' It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the single, 'Killer Queen,' which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #2 on the UK chart.
1974: Thin Lizzy released their 4th studio album, 'Nightlife.' It is the first with both Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson on guitar.
1974: 'Elton John's Greatest Hits' album is released. It's his 9th album and it reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (knocking off The Rolling Stones' 'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll'), remaining there for ten weeks. In 2003, it was ranked at #135 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Roxy Music plays at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1974: David Bowie plays the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1974: Bruce Springsteen played the Ritz Theater in Corpus Christi, TX.
1975: Elton John debuts at #1 on US LP chart for second time with ‘Rock of the Westies.’
1975: John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1975: David Bowie makes his US television debut on CBS' variety show, 'Cher,' performing 'Fame.' Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher, including 'Young Americans,' 'Song Sung Blue,' 'One,' 'Da Doo Ron Ron,' 'Wedding Bell Blues,' 'Maybe' 'Day Tripper,' 'Ain’t No Sunshine' and 'Youngblood.'
1976: The Beatles 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' b/w 'Julia' 45 single is released. It was written by Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (also referred to as The White Album). It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.
1977: Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero on ABC-TV's 'Happy Days.' She plays the little sister of Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky.
1977: Yes appears at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1978: Eric Clapton plays at the Palais des Sports in Lyon, France.
1979: Bob Dylan played the last night of a 7 night stand at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
1980: Motorhead released their 4th album, 'Ace of Spades.' It reached #4 on the UK album charts but did not chart in the US. The title track reached #15 in the UK singles chart. 'Ace of Spades' has been described as "one of the best metal albums by any band, ever" and has become a significantly influential 'hard rock classic'. The album is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
1980: Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1980: KISS kicked off their 11 date 'Unmasked Tour' of Australia and New Zealand laying two nights at Perth Entertainment Centre.
1980: Frank Zappa performs at the Ocean State Theater, Providence, Rhode Island.
1982: Peter Gabriel played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: Mercyful Fate released the EP 'Mercyful Fate,' also known as 'Nuns Have No Fun.' The album in its entirety was later re-issued in 1987 as part of 'The Beginning' compilation.
1983: Girlschool released their 4th studio album, 'Play Dirty.'
1983: John Cougar Mellencamp's 7th album, 'Uh-Huh' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and contained three Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits: 'Crumblin' Down' (#9), 'Authority Song' (#15), and 'Pink Houses' (#8). In 1989, it was ranked #32 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.
1985: The Grateful Dead played at Community War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York.
1986: Boston finally scored their first and only #1 single with 'Amanda.' 'More Than A Feeling' had reached #5 in 1976 and 'Don't Look Back' peaked at #4 in 1978.
1986: Berlin started a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Your Breath Away.' The song which was featured in the film 'Top Gun,' was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
1986: The Police career retrospective 'Every Breath You Take - The Singles' tops the U.K. album charts and nails the #7 spot in the U.S.
1986: Jason Newsted performed live with Metallica for the first time at The Country Club in Reseda, CA.
1987: U2 plays a free 'Save the Yuppie' concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture. It is filmed for the bands 'Rattle and Hum' documentary.
1987: The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean. The union would last until Carl's death on February 6th, 1998. Carl's first wife was Annie Hinsche, sister of Billy Hinsche of the sixties trio Dino, Desi And Billy.
1988: Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1993: Iron Maiden released their 4th live album, 'Live at Donington.' The concert took place on August 22, 1992 during the 'Fear of the Dark Tour' in front of a crowd of almost 80,000.
1994: Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, Calfornia, is elected to the US House of Representatives, representing the 44th district in California.
1994: A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit, MI.
1994: Cinderella released their last studio album 'Still Climbing.'
1995: Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing. Jackson purchased the Beatles catalog in 1985.
1995: Country Dick Montana (born Daniel Monte McLain) of the Beat Farmers collapses while onstage in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada and dies from an aneurysm. He was 40. Country Dick was the band’s drummer, and his onstage antics, frequently related to drinking, were legendary. His song 'Happy Boy' was popular on The Dr. Demento Radio Show and featured in several feature films. He also played in the short-lived trio the Pleasure Barons with Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin (The Blasters).
1996: Oasis is named the Best Act in the World at the Q Awards in London. Vocalist Liam Gallagher celebrates in fine fashion. He gets into a scuffle with a news photographer, argues publicly with his girlfriend then gets arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
1996: Dio and Great White play the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, CA.
1997: The soundtrack for the movie 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is released. It includes Offspring's 'D.U.I.'
1998: Metallica release a remake of Bob Seger’s's ‘Turn The Page’, as the first single from 'Garage Inc.'
2001: Limp Bizkit are the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards, winning Best Album for 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.'
2002: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2004: U2 release their single 'Vertigo.'
2005: The official four disc 'Live 8' DVD is out. The Live 8 concerts were held around the globe earlier in the year to raise awareness of African poverty and AIDS. The discs contain performances by Pink Floyd, Velvet Revolver, Green Day, Linkin Park, U2, Jet, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.
2005: Breaking Benjamin's 'Forget It' is featured on the 'Smallville Volume 2: Metropolis Mix' soundtrack. The song originally appeared on the group's '04 release 'We Are Not Alone.' The first collection from the WB teen drama came out in '03.
2005: The compilation 'Now That's What I Call Music! 20!' with tracks by Weezer and Fall Out Boy, sells 378,000 copies to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
2006: The Whisky-A-Go-Go club, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for the Doors, is designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the festivities launching a yearlong celebration of the band's 40th anniversary. All three surviving Doors members take part in the festivities, which include signing copies of their autobiography, 'The Doors by the Doors.' Drummer John Densmore even hosts a reading of Jim Morrison's poetry.
2007: At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello appeared live with members of the folk-rock band Clover for the very first time. Clover was the backing band from the original recording sessions of Costello's 1977 debut album My Aim Is True. The Music Hall appearance benefited the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund.
2008: AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Black Ice.' It's the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. 'Black Ice' went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
2009: Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off.
2010: After being let go from NBC after the return of Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show,' Conan O'Brien returns on TBS. Jack White is an opening night guest with the two closing the show with a performance of Eddie Cochran's 'Twenty Flight Rock.'
2011: 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' debut album is released.
2011: Rush release 'Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland' on CD and DVD. "We thought it was an appropriate choice seeing as Cleveland's such an important town in our history. It was the first city that was ever warm to us," explains frontman Geddy Lee.
2011: David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City's financial district. The duo sings 'Long Time Gone' and the anti-corporate greed song 'They Want It All.'
2011: 67-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was presented with the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography, an award given for his million-selling memoir 'Life.'
2012: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 'Wrecking Ball' tour earns the Top Draw honor and Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour nails the Top Tour award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards in NYC. The Top Draw award goes to the tour that sold the most tickets while the Top Tour category acknowledges the highest-grossing tour of the year.
2012: Canada's CBC Radio names Rush's Alex Lifeson as the Greatest Canadian Guitarist. A panel of CBC producers and hosts compiled the list which has Jeff Healey at #2, followed by The Band's Robbie Robertson, #4 Bruce Cockburn, #5 Neil Young and Triumph's Rik Emmett was ranked 6th.‬
2012: A Jimi Hendrix inspired clothing line designed by Lyric Culture is available exclusively at Bloomingdale's.
2013: Green Day takes the Best Rock Band honor at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. They beat out Black Sabbath, Kings Of Leon, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Killers.
2014: National Geographic announces that a species of frog that sounds like a bat has been named after Ozzy Osbourne. The frog, who lives in the Brazilian Amazon, is named Dendropsophus ozzyi by the scientists who discovered it.
2014: Don Dokken announces that bassist/vocalist Mark Boals has replaced Sean McNabb in Dokken. "I like Peter Baltes (Accept) type bass players who play with a pick, and Sean doesn't," states Dokken. "I needed a really killer singer that was as accomplished as Jeff Pilson (who last left in '09). "He (Boals) is a great lead singer.
2015: Stone Temple Pilots announce that vocalist Chester Bennington has left amicably. Bennington, who is also in Linkin Park, says the time commitments didn't leave room for a personal life. "I got to create and perform with one of the greatest Rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up," states Bennington.
2015: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is the victim of a gang attack in Dublin, Ireland. He sustains minor injuries when he's assaulted hours before his band launches a tour of the British Isles with Megadeth.
2016: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan publishes his official biography A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things. Co-written by lifelong associate Sarah Jensen, the book “traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight, and his influence on contemporary music.”
2016: Iron Maiden’s ugly Christmas sweater is available for $84.99. It features the band's mascot Eddie styled from the 'Killers' album on front and the band's logo on back.
2017: Hugh McDowell, known for his work with ELO, Wizzard and Wetton/Downes, died at the age of 65. McDowell joined the ELO lineup in 1972 but later left the band to hook up with Roy Wood and Bill Hunt in Wizzard. But after a short stint, he returned to ELO in 1973 to replace Colin Walker. He appeared on ELO’s 'Discovery' music video in 1979, but did not appear on the studio album. Along with his work with ELO and Wetton/Downes, McDowell played cello on Asia tracks 'I Will Remember You' and 'An Extraordinary Life' from the 2008 album 'Phoenix' and also recorded with Saint Etienne and Simon Apple among others.

Nov. 9
1955: The Everly Brothers make their first studio recordings at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes. Family friend Chet Atkins facilitated a chance for The Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. Their first and only single for the label, 'Keep A' Lovin' Me', was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Hound Dog' hits three million copies sold in the US. It's only the 3rd single to do so. Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' and 'Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer' by Gene Autry are the other two.
1959: Billboard magazine says that this is "one of the most frantic weeks in the history of the music business," as the government probe into disc jockey payola steps up.
1960: Elvis Presley begins filming his 7th movie, 'Wild In The Country.'
1961: Brian Epstein went to Liverpool’s Cavern Club to get a glimpse of The Beatles. He had been getting requests at his NEMS music store for a record called 'My Bonnie.' After several more visits, Epstein would offer to manage the group, which he did until his death in 1967.
1963: The Kingsmen's classic, 'Louie, Louie' is released in the US. It will enter the Hot 100 near the end of November and peak at #2 in early January.
1964: Elvis Presley releases 'Blue Christmas' b/w 'Wooden Heart.'
1964: 'The Beach Boys' Christmas Album' is released. Containing five original songs and seven standards, the album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons, initially reaching #6 in the US Christmas album chart in its year of release and eventually going gold. Of the original songs, 'Little Saint Nick' was already famous, having been a hit single the year before. 'The Man with All the Toys' was another hit during Christmastime 1964. 'Christmas Day' is noteworthy for being the first Beach Boys song to feature a lead vocal from Al Jardine.
1965: The Beach Boys released their 10th album, 'Beach Boys' Party!' The 3rd album the band put out in 1965, it reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and the single 'Barbara Ann' became a surprise hit, reaching #3 on the UK single chart, making them stars in The Beatles' homeland.
1966: John Lennon visits London's Indica Gallery to see the exhibit 'Unfinished Paintings and Objects' and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, "Breathe," and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery's owner to beg her to reconsider due to John's fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of The Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he'll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love. On the same day, many conspiracy buffs believed that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein also informed a British promoter that the band would no longer perform live.
1967: Roger McGuinn kicks David Crosby out of The Byrds. Crosby recalls that frontman Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman “came zooming up in their Porsches and said that I was impossible to work with and I wasn’t very good anyway and they’d do better without me. And frankly, I’ve been laughing ever since. F— ’em. But it hurt like hell. I didn’t try to reason with them. I just said, ‘it’s a shameful waste… goodbye.’” Crosby shortly thereafter formed Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby is replaced by Gene Clark, an original member of the group returning after two years away.
1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, 'How I Won the War' in his guise as “Private Gripweed.” It also included items about David Crosby, The Who and Country Joe McDonald. The first issue sold for 35 cents and had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
1968: A US Army captain is quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying "Rock and Roll music contributes to both the usage of drugs and the high VD rate among enlisted men in the army today."
1968: Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Zeppelin singer Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig. The couple would divorce in August of 1983.
1968: Cream peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'White Room' which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art's voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later say he regretted. The song won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1970: Badfinger's 3rd album (2nd album under the Badfinger name), 'No Dice' is released in the U.S. (November 27 in the UK). It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the single, 'No Matter What,' which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is often regarded as an early offering in the power pop genre. Widely praised in music reviews at the time, Rolling Stone Magazine observed that it represented what The Beatles would have sounded like had they retained their initial formula.
1970: Derek and the Dominos only studio album, 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It returned to the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart again in 1972, 1974 and in 1977. In 2011, it charted in Britain for the first time, peaking at #68. Two singles from the LP reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts - 'Layla' (#10) and 'Bell Bottom Blues' (#78). In 2000, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2003, television network VH1 named it the 89th greatest album of all time, and Rolling Stone ranked it #117 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2012, the Super Deluxe Edition of the record won a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album.
1971: Carly Simon attends James Taylor's concert at Carnegie Hall and the two soon fall in love.
1971: Pink Floyd play Centre Social University in Montreal.
1971: Elvis Presley releases 'Merry Christmas, Baby.'
1973: Cat Stevens episode of 'In Concert' aired on ABC.
1973: Santana's 5th studio album, 'Welcome' is released. It reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Bachman Turner Overdrive ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ went to #1 on the US singles chart. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it.
1974: Tim Buckley, Rory Gallagher and Rush play the Michigan Palace in Detroit, MI.
1974: Bruce Springsteen plays the Houston Music Hall in Houston, TX.
1976: Fleetwood Mac's 'Mystery To Me' album goes gold.
1976: Frank Zappa And The Mothers of Invention earn a Gold record for the 1973 album, 'Overnite Sensation.'
1976: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers self-titled debut album is released. It reached at #55 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #24 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Marshall Tucker Band with special guests Firefall played Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1979: Iron Maiden released their debut EP, 'The Soundhouse Tapes.' It features the very first recordings by the band.
1981 : Rush played New Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1981: The Cars 'Shake It Up' b/w 'Cruiser' 45 single is released. The song would go on to become a big hit, peaking at #2 on the US mainstream rock chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1982. With the track, 'Cruiser' as its b-side, it hit #14 on the US dance chart and continues to be a staple of dance parties.
1982: Judas Priest played Vancouver Coliseum in Vacouver, Canada.
1983: Anthrax released the single 'Soldiers Of Metal.'
1984: Mercyful Fate played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1985: Helix released their 5th studio album, 'Long Way to Heaven.' Their first tour to kick off the album was in Sweden where they became the first Canadian rock band ever to tour that country extensively‬.
1985: Y&T released their 7th studio album, 'Down for the Count.' It contains the band's biggest hit 'Summertime Girls,' which charted at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1985: Twisted Sister released their 4th album, 'Come Out And Play.' Alice Cooper did accompanying lead vocals on 'Be Chrool to Your Scuel.'
1985: Aerosmith release their 8th studio album, 'Done With Mirrors.' The release marked the return to the band of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
1985: W.A.S.P. released their 2nd studio album, 'The Last Command.' The album reached #47 on the #Billboard 200 album chart and sold over one million copies, the band's first album to do so.
1985: Armored Saint released their 2nd album, 'Delirious Nomad.'
1985: White Lion released their debut album 'Fight To Survive' in Japan. It was released in June of 1986 in the US.
1986: Killer Dwarfs release their 2nd studio album 'Stand Tall.' In 1987, the video for 'Keep The Spirit Alive' was the most requested on MTV. It still holds the record for MTV’s most- requested independent video of all time. ‬
1990: Eric Carr played his final show for KISS at the end of the 'Hot in the Shade' tour at Madsion Square Garden in New York.
1990: Members of Metallica, Skid Row and Guns N' Roses play the Hollywood Palladium for a one-off show for RIP Magazine's 4th annual party. The all-star combo calls themselves “Gak."
1993: The Dave Matthews Band released their first album, ‘Remember Two Things’ on the Bama Rags label.
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith breaks his wrist playing basketball. The injury forces the cancellation of a planned tour.
1996: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after being stopped by police in London's Oxford Street and charged with possession of a class A controlled substance.
1996: For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, 'The Times They Are A Changin' to the Bank of Montreal.
1998: Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1996: Van Halen’s first compilation album 'Best of Volume I' became their 5th album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album spent one week at #1 and went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1999: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 'Candle In The Wind' is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles's 'Greatest Hits 1971-1975.'
1999: Gary Glitter, charged under his real name, Paul Gadd, appears in a London court to defend himself against charges of seducing and sexually humiliating a 14-year-old female teenage fan in 1980. Glitter is later acquitted of those charges, but goes to jail for four months after admitting to owning a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused on his computer. He is currently in prison for 16 years on separate charges for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
1999: American producer, songwriter and co-founder of Atlantic records. Herb Abramson died.
1999: Saxon released their 14th studio album, 'Metalhead.'
2000: The Beatles launched their official internet web site,
2004: Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin appear on the CD soundtrack accompanying the Xbox video game 'Halo 2.'
2004: 'Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl,' is released. The show documents Queen's 1982 concert at London`s Milton Keynes Bowl and was originally broadcast on British Television and MTV.
2006: KoRn record an unplugged set in New York for MTV. The program airs a couple months later.
2006: At the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Alicia Keys and David Bowie perform 'Changes' at a benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps disadvantaged children in Africa. It is Bowie's final performance, as his health deteriorates and he withdraws from the public eye.
2006: The Rolling Stones's 'Bigger Bang' tour is recognized as the top tour, based on gross dollars, and top draw, based on ticket sales at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, wrap up the third annual Billboard Touring Conference. The band grossed nearly $230 million for the period that the awards cover (Dec. 1, 2005-Sept. 29, 2006), and drew nearly 2 million fans to shows all over the world.
2007: KoRn's Jonathan Davis starts a month long solo acoustic tour. His set includes cover tunes and songs he recorded for 2002's 'Queen Of The Damned' movie soundtrack.
2007: Striking members of the Writers Guild of America in L.A. get support from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha. The two perform an acoustic version of 'Bulls On Parade' during a rally attended by 3,500 strikers.
2007: Queens Of The Stone Age are kicked out of a Los Angeles rehab clinic after staff objects to their lyrics. QOTSA plays an intimate set for patients but the sound is cut part way through their opening number, 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,' which features a chorus of "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine." The group is physically ejected from the facility.
2007: Bruce Springsteen performs a 30-minute acoustic set at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation benefit in New York. The organization aids victims of domestic abuse.
2008: Kid Rock wins the World's Best Pop Male Artist and World's Best Pop/Rock Male Artist prizes at the World Music Awards in Monaco. He also performs at the event. In addition, The Beatles receive a Diamond Award for selling more the 100 million albums worldwide. Ringo Starr is on hand to accept the trophy on behalf of the group.
2009: 'Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin,' a weeklong presentation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 2009 American Music Masters series, begins in Cleveland. There are Joplin tribute performances and interviews with people who knew and/or worked with the singer.
2009: Gary Glitter suffers the ultimate indignation when he is executed for child rape in a BBC Channel 4 TV dramatization.
2009: A New York casting call goes out for the Green Day musical, 'American Idiot.'
2010: Dio released the album 'At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987.'
2010: A fire in a 10,000 square foot warehouse used to store Neil Young’s vintage cars, guitars, paintings, and cases of other memorabilia causes damages estimated at over $800,000. An investigation later determines that the fire started in a 1959 Lincoln Continental and spread to the warehouse. Young had outfitted the car with electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator as part of his company, LincVolt.
2010: Slipknot demands that fans return items that were stolen from the gravesite of bass player Paul Gray. Gray died of an accidental morphine overdose earlier in the year.
2010: Soundgarden makes a rare televised appearance on the second night of Conan O'Brien's show on TBS.
2010: Bon Jovi play their single 'What Do You Got' live on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote their greatest hits collection.
2010: Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty was reported to be in grave condition after being admitted to hospital in Bournemouth, England and put on a life-support machine while being treated for multi-organ failure. He would rally for a time and it seemed that he might survive and recover, but died on January 4, 2011 of liver failure.
2010: Former President George W. Bush's 'Decision Points' is in bookstores. In it, Bush admits that he once confused U2 frontman Bono with singer-turned-U.S. Congressman Sonny Bono. "He knew our budgets, understood the facts, and had well informed views about the challenges in Africa," wrote Bush. When later asked by advisors if he knew who Bono was, Bush said he thought Bono was the man who "used to be married to Cher."
2011: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 'Stand Up for Heroes' benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for the fifth straight year. The New York Comedy Festival benefit is for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports charitable, scientific, and educational activities. Springsteen's guitar is auctioned off at the end of the show for $160,000.
2011: The 2nd posthumous Eric Carr album 'Unfinished Business' was released.
2013: Metallica frontman James Hetfield receives the 'Livin' The Dream Award' from Little Kids Rock during the organization's annual benefit event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. The 'Livin' The Dream Award' was named in honor of Facebook's late president Josef Desimone.
2013: Steven Tyler is the head judge at the Miss Universe pageant at Moscow's Crocus City. And the winner is Gabriela Isler (Venezuela).
2014: Ozzy Osbourne receives the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs (MTV Europe Music Awards) in Glasgow, Scotland.
2014: Neil Young calls for a boycott of Starbucks because of the company's involvement in a lawsuit to overturn a Vermont state law that requires food producers to disclose the use of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products.
2014: Music composed by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is heard during the CBS TV show 'CSI.'
2015: Andy White, the Scottish studio musician who producer George Martin hired to play drums on The Beatles' 'Love Me Do' and its B-side, 'P.S. I Love You,' died following a stroke at the age of 85. Christened one of the fifth Beatles, White also worked with many other musicians and groups including Rod Stewart, Chuck Berry and Bill Haley & His Comets, and played on albums by Herman’s Hermits, on Tom Jones’s hit song 'It’s Not Unusual' and on 'Shout' by Lulu.
2016: Al Caiola, the guitarist who recorded the theme songs for Bonanza (#19) and The Magnificent Seven (#35) in 1961, passed away at the age of 96. He also played on Paul Anka's 'Put Your Head on My Shoulder,' Neil Sedaka's 'Calendar Girl,' Bobby Darin's 'Mack the Knife' and 'Splish-Splash,' Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson,' Johnny Mathis' 'Chances Are,' Del Shannon's 'Runaway' and Ben E. King's 'Stand by Me.'
2016: David Bowie's retrospective show at the Victoria & Albert Museum had enjoyed so much foot traffic it was now officially the most successful touring exhibition in the cultural institution’s 164-year history. According to the V&A’s over half a million people had visited David Bowie Is in sites across the globe, including the 312,000 visitors who saw the exhibition in London back in 2013.
2017: Chuck Mosley, former lead singer of Faith No More and Bad Brains, dies of a heroin overdose at his home in Cleveland. He was 57' Mosley was the co-writer of Faith No More’s 'We Care A Lot,' which was the band’s first big hit.

Nov. 10
1954: 'Shake Rattle And Roll' by Bill Haley and His Comets peaks at #7. The group's second single is their first Top 10 record in the U.S. Debut single, the landmark '(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,' doesn't even crack the Top 20 in its initial release.
1955: Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called 'Heartbreak Hotel.' Presley released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor. The song gave him his his first #1 one pop record.
1956: Billboard magazine's DJ survey reveals that Elvis Presley is the country's #1 male artist on both the pop and country charts.
1958: Billboard magazine reports that Dick Clark's American Bandstand show on ABC is the hottest merchandising opportunity on television, noting that sales of Beechnut gum have doubled since the company begin buying ad space on the program.
1961: Elvis Presley had his 9th UK #1 with single with 'His Latest Flame / Little Sister.'
1963: The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, England.
1965: The Beatles finish their 'Rubber Soul' album at Abbey Road studios in London. They record 'Wait' 'You Won't See Me' and 'Girl.'
1966: The Rolling Stones performed at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, NC on the North Carolina State College Campus. Opening acts were The Vibrations and Patti and the Blue Belles.
1966: The Electric Prunes release 'I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.'
1966: The Who go into CBS Studios in London and record their next single 'Happy Jack' in at least two versions. Sometime during this session Roger and Pete go off to a pub and John and Keith stay behind to record the B-side, a new Entwistle composition called 'I’ve Been Away.'
1966: British newspapers break the news that The Beatles will indeed refuse all future offers to tour.
1967: The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.
1967, The Moody Blues release 'Nights in White Satin,' the first single from 'Days of Future Passed' in the UK. The London Festival Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment for the introduction, the final rendition of the chorus, and the “final lament” section, all of which were in the original album version. When first released in 1967, the song reached #19 on the UK Singles Chart, a position that might have been higher were it not for its seven-plus minute length. The song was re-released in 1972 after the success of such longer-running dramatic songs as 'Hey Jude' and 'Layla,' and it charted at #2 in November on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box in the United States. The song also holds the dubious distinction of the highest complete Hot 100 disappearance from the pre-digital download era, vanishing entirely from the chart after falling to #17. It was also released in Spanish as 'Noches de Seda' at the same time. In the wake of its US success, the song re-charted in the UK in late 1972 and climbed to #9. The song was re-released yet again in 1979, and charted for a 3rd time in the UK at #14.
1968: Buddy Guy Blues Band played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Jefferson Airplane stir up some controversy on heir 3rd apperance on 'The Smothers Brothers Show' when Grace Slick, appearing in black face, gives the black power fist salute at the end of 'Crown Of Creation.'
1969: 'Led Zeppelin II' is certified gold even before 'Led Zeppelin,' their debut, reaches that mark.
1969: The Byrds released their 8th album, 'Ballad of Easy Rider.' It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top LP'ss chart and #41 on the UK Albums Chart. The title track was released as a preceding single in October 1969, achieving moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A second single taken from the album, 'Jesus Is Just Alright,' was released in December 1969 but only managed to reach #97 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: Grateful Dead's first official live album, 'Live/Dead' is released. It reached #65 on ths Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #244 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1970: Rod Stewart & Small Faces and Black Sabbath play the Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: The Kinks performed at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1971: Pink Floyd played at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse in Quebec City, Canada.
1971: ALice Cooper played the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FLK. The opening acts were Dickbutter and Rush (but not that Rush, a local group).
1971: Badfinger's 'Day After Day' b/w 'Money' 45 single is released. It would become the group's highest charting single in the US, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. It also peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1972. It remains the band's best-known song, most notably for the slide guitar solos. It went Gold in March 1972, becoming the band's first and only gold single.
1972: Alice Cooper appeared at Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland during a UK tour.
1973: John Lennon meets with legendary producer Phil Spector in New York to begin work on an album of oldies covers entitled 'Rock 'n' Roll.'
1973: Elton John started a eight week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', the singers 3rd US #1. The album which had the working titles of 'Vodka and Tonics' and 'Silent Movies, Talking Pictures,' is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d'Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, 'Candle in the Wind', as well as three successful singles: 'Bennie and the Jets,' 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and the title track.
1974: Black Sabbath performed at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
1974: Bruce Springsteen plays the Dallas Sportatorium in Dallas, TX.
1975: David Bowie was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity' the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes,' 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar.'
1975: Queen shoots the video for 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' which according to director Bruce Gowers, takes about four hours. It airs repeatedly on the British show Top Of The Pops and helps the song become one of the most popular in UK history.
1975: The Neil Young and Crazy Horse album 'Zuma' is released. It was the 7th studio album by Neil Young and his second with Crazy Horse, reacheding #25 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: AC/DC appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1977: Rush performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1978: Bob Dylan played at Hec Edmondson Pavilion, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
1978: The Clash release their 2nd U.K. album 'Give 'Em Enough Rope.' The album becomes their first U.S. release. It reached #128 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #2 on the UK Album chart, and was voted album of the year for 1978 by Rolling Stone.
1978: Queen released their 7th studio album, 'Jazz.'
1978: Bob Marley & The Wailers live album 'Babylon by Bus' is released. It reached both the Billboard Top R&B Albums (#58) and The Billboard 200 Top LP's (#102) charts.
1979: The Eagles had the #1 song in America with a tune that was co-written by Bob Seger and JD Souther, 'Heartache Tonight.' It only reached #40 in the UK.
1979: Fleetwood Mac scored their 2nd UK #1 album with the double set 'Tusk,' the band's 12th album.
1979: AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' peaks at #17 on the U.S. album chart. It'ss the group's first million-seller.
1981: KISS release their 9th studio album, 'Music From The Elder.' It was the first album with drummer Eric Carr and the last album to feature Ace Frehley until their 1996 reunion.
1981: The first edition of Motley Crue's debut studio album, 'Too Fast for Love,' was released on the band's Leathür Records label.
1981: King Crimson performed at the Park West in Chicago.
1983: Billy Idol releases his 2nd album, 'Rebel Yell.' It goes on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell two million copies in the U.S. It features four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Eyes Without a Face' (#4), 'Flesh for Fantasy' (#29),'"Catch My Fall' (#50), and 'Rebel Yell' (#46).
1983: Dire Straits singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler got married for the second time when he married Lourdes Salamone. They would divorce in 1993.
1984: Triumph released their 7th studio album, 'Thunder Seven.'
1984: Slayer played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1986: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band releases 'Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live: 1975-85.' It sells one-million copies in one day. It goes on to become one of the biggest selling box sets of all time selling thirteen million copies in the U.S. alone. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks, which is extremely rare based on the fact it was a multi-disc set with a multi-disc price. Two singles were released from the box set: 'War' (a cover of the 1970 Edwin Starr hit), which was a #8 success on the U.S. pop singles chart, and 'Fire' (a Springsteen song that was a top 10 hit for The Pointer Sisters in 1979), which only reached #46 on the Billboard charts, breaking Springsteen's string of eight consecutive Top 10 singles. Springsteen's long-awaited and highly-anticipated live album consists of 40 tracks recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985. Record stores around the country found fans waiting in line on Monday morning before opening and one New York store reportedly sold the album right off the back of the delivery truck.
1986: Sepultura released their debut album 'Morbid Visions.'
1986: Uriah Heep released their 3rd live album, 'Live at Shepperton '74.'
1986: Fates Warning released their 3rd studio album, 'Awaken the Guardian.'
1988: After a 6-year hiatus where he waits out the '80s, Steve Miller starts touring again, kicking off with a show in Burlington, Vermont.
1990: Ronnie Dyson dies of heart failure at age 40. The stage actor, known for his lead vocal on the Hair theme 'Aquarius,' launched his recording career with the Top 10 hit '(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?' in 1970.
1992: Ween's major-label debut, 'Pure Guava,' is released on Elektra records. The album features the single 'Push th' Little Daisies,' which gets them attention on MTV after being featured on the channel's animated series Beavis and Butt-head. During the clip, Butt-head quips, "These guys have no future."
1992: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was found guilty of property damage, assault & inciting a riot during a 1991 concert outside of St. Louis. Rose was given two years probation and ordered to donate $50,000 to five local social-service organizations.
1992: U2, Public Enemy and the Sugarcubes all appeared at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.
1993: John Mellencamp's 'Human Wheels' album is certified platinum.
1994: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform an all-acoustic version of 'Stairway To Heaven' while visiting a Japanese talk show.
1994: Megadeth released the single 'Train Of Consequences.'
1995: Bryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt performed their duet 'Rock Steady' on the Late Show with David Letterman.
1997: American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer aged 67. Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. And played on many TV themes including 'Bonanza,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Batman.' In addition, he performed on iconic film soundtracks such as 'The French Connection,' 'The Godfather,' 'Jaws,' 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Field of Dreams.' He was also the guitarist for the Original Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show.
1998: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Tracks,' which contains demos, unreleased material and outtakes.
1998: Rush released their 4th live album, 'Different Stages.' It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was largely recorded at the World Amphitheater on June 14th, 1997 in suburban Chicago during the 1997 Test for Echo tour, the first tour the band did “An Evening with Rush” without a supporting act. The third disc is taken from a performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in London during the' A Farewell to Kings' tour in 1978.
2002: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons episode 'How I Spent My Strummer Vacation. They run a rock and roll fantasy camp that Homer attends. The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.
2003: An emotional tribute to the recently deceased Johnny Cash is held at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, featuring classic Cash songs performed by Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, and Steve Earle, among others.
2003: The paperback version of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain's Journals is released, sparking renewed interest in the dead rock star. A disorganized collection of his writings and drawings, the front cover warns, "if you read, you'll judge."
2003: David Bowie is forced to cancel the remainder of his gig in Nice, France, when laryngitis causes his voice to give out in the middle of 'Ziggy Stardust.' Doctors assign Bowie three days rest.
2003: Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is quoted in an Asbury, NJ, newspaper criticizing displays of the U.S. flag. "People are confusing patriotism with nationalism." As a result, Manahawkin, NJ, Classic Rock radio station WCHR dumps Jethro Tull from their playlist.
2004: Courtney Love enters a not-guilty plea to a felony assault charge in Los Angeles Superior Court. She is accused of attacking a woman with a bottle during an alleged incident at her ex-boyfriend's house.
2004: Singer/songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is presented with a Man For Peace award in Rome by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Islam is recognized for his charity work and for standing by his convictions in world peace. Earlier in the year, Islam made headlines when US officials deported him back to Britain because his name appeared on a government "watch list."
2004: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler appears in the computer animated film, 'Polar Express.' He's an elf in Santa's workshop and contributes vocals to 'Rockin' Around The World.'
2004: A DVD set capturing the legendary '85 Live Aid concerts is released with footage from both the London and Philadelphia stadium shows. There's Led Zeppelin (with Phil Collins on drums - not an inspired choice), Black Sabbath, U2 and Judas Priest. Live Aid raised more than $70 million for African famine-relief efforts.
2006: Evanescence's Amy Lee is named the American Chair of the Out Of The Shadows initiative, which seeks to increase epilepsy awareness and fund research into the disorder. "I'm committed to this cause because epilepsy affects someone very dear to me, and I'm humbled to know that I can be a catalyst for change," says Lee. Her younger brother suffers from epilepsy.
2007: The Rock for Darfur shows take place. Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether are in Belton, TX; Puddle Of Mudd and Saliva perform in Sauget, IL; and Megadeth hits the stage in Perth, Australia. Proceeds benefit the troubled African region.
2008: After the anti-child-abuse group Kidscape filed a complaint, the British exam board recalled a high school music test that included convicted child molester Gary Glitter's 1973 hit 'I'm the Leader of the Gang' in its suggested listening section. Group head Michele Elliott said "The role model is morally decrepit. It's just inappropriate."
2008: Converse unveils an official signature athletic shoe in honor of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. A portion of the proceeds from the black, red and white sneakers goes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. The sneaker is part of the footwear company's 1Hund(Red) line, which is affiliated with U2 singer Bono's Product Red charity campaign.
2008: Ticked that a ban on gay marriage passed in her home state of California, Melissa Etheridge says that because she is not "allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen" she will not longer pay the state's income tax.
2008: Jerry Montano (ex-Hellyeah/Danzig) sues Country star John Rich for assault and battery stemming from an altercation in an L.A. hotel. The bassist claims that he suffered "severe injuries," "permanent scarring" and "extreme mental anguish" and asks for damages.
2008: D-A-D released their 10th album, 'Monster Philosophy.'
2008: Bon Jovi releases their 11th studio album 'The Circle.'
2009: Flyleaf's first album in four years, 'Memento Mori' is released.
2009: Switchfoot releases their 'Hello Hurricane' album. It's inspired by the group's '05 work (post-Hurricane Katrina) with Habitat For Humanity in Baton Rouge.
2009: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry confirmed that Steven Tyler had quit Aerosmith to pursue a solo career and was unsure whether the move was indefinite. No replacement was announced.
2009: 'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Story Behind The Song' is in bookstores. Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Aaron Lewis of Staind are among those who tell the stories behind their hits.
2009: AC/DC's 'Backtracks' box set is released.
2010: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood collects, on behalf of the group, the Reissue of the Year award for the new edition of 'Exile On Main Street' (an album Wood did not play on), at the Classic Rock Awards in London. AC/DC gets the Band of the Year trophy, with Slash taking the Album of the Year honor. The show is hosted by Alice Cooper.
2010: Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye release 'Bright The Light' as a free download on the band's official website, For the bulk of his career, Gallagher fronted Oasis.
2010: Kid Rock performs at the 44th Annual CMA Awards from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Rock is nominated for Musical Event of the Year for 'Don't You See,' his duet with the Zac Brown Band. They lose to Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins and their song 'Hillbilly Bone.'
2010: Heaven & Hell's live album, 'Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell' is released.
2011: Kid Rock begins a 12-show tour that raises more than $375,000 for local charities through his Kid Rock Foundation.
2011: Bon Jovi and U2 are finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City. U2 wins for their 360 Tour. Also, Journey receives the Billboard Legend Of Live award which is given to groups or performers that have made a lasting contribution to live music.
2014: Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was arrested following an alleged air rage incident on a flight from the United States to Ireland. Ms O'Riordan was detained after a stewardess was reportedly attacked in the business section on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare. O’Riordan allegedly stamped on a female flight attendant’s foot before headbutting a police officer who had been sent to pacify her, and then spitting in his face. O’Riordan had been diagnosed as bipolar and had just that week split from her husband of 20 years.
2014: The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a $12.7m (£7.9m) insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger's girlfriend died. L'Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott's death may not be covered by the policy.
2014: Foo Fighters issue "Sonic Highways." The album, recorded in eight cities (hence the title), features guest performances by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.
2014: Machine Head release their 8th album, 'Bloodstone & Diamonds.'
2015: 77-year-old Allen Toussaint died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in Spain. The legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter, producer and performer penned or produced many classics. Many artists have covered Toussaint compositions including Glen Campbell 'Southern Nights,' Devo 'Working in the Coal Mine,' The Dave Clark Five 'I Like It Like That,' The Rolling Stones 'Fortune Teller,' Three Dog Night 'Play Something Sweet,' Dr. John 'Right Place, Wrong Time' and 'Lady Marmalade' by Labelle. He was also a close collaborator with Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
2015: After the partial cancelation of Aerosmith's 2016 tour itinerary so frontman Steven Tyler can focus on his solo career, guitarist Brad Whitford tells Billboard the band feels abandoned by the singer. "His fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith," adds Whitford.
2015: 'Petty: The Biography' is released. The book presents the "definitive" Tom Petty history.
2015: The Waitemata Local Board votes unanimously for a temporary liquor ban during an upcoming AC/DC concert at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland to "significantly assist in curbing alcohol-related harm and offending in public areas."
2016: Metallica land three songs simultaneously on the Billboard charts. 'Atlas, Rise!,' from the group’s tenth album, 'Hardwired...To Self Destruct,' debuts at #22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. 'Moth Into Flame' is at # 6 with 'Hardwired' slotted at #23. It’s the first time that an act has charted at least three songs on Mainstream Rock Songs simultaneously since Metallica last did it in ’08.
2016: AFI frontman Davey Havok goes nude for a PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals) anti-leather ad campaign. “I’d rather go naked than wear leather,” reads the copy. “Rock the skin you were born in. Let animals keep theirs.”
2016: The first day of a two-day auction of the late David Bowie's massive art collection nets more than $30.3 million. The auction features paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Auerbach and Damien Hirst.
2016: Two days after the election, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong slams president-elect Donald Trump saying “Our social progress got punched in the face.”
2017: Skillet’s 'Awake' album goes platinum.
2017: Babylon A.D. release their album 'Revelation Highway.'
2017: Sweet And Lynch (George Lynch and Michael Sweet) release their album 'Unified.'

Nov. 11
1954: Bill Haley scored his first US Top 10 single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll' (It peaked at #7). He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner. Producer Milt Gabler would later say that he "cleaned up" the lyrics from Joe Turner's original 1954 version in order to insure radio air-play.
1955: Billboard magazine publishes the results of its annual disc jockey poll. The most played R&B single is Johnny Ace's 'Pledging My Love,' the most promising artist is Chuck Berry, the favorite R&B artist is Fats Domino and Elvis Presley is voted the most promising Country And Western artist.
1955: Billboard introduces The Top 100 format, which will combine record sales with radio and jukebox play to arrive at the standings. The Four Aces 'Love Is A Many Splendored Thing' has the distinction of being the first number one record using the new calculation method.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis 'Great Balls of Fire' b/w 'You Win Again' 45 single is released. Featured in the 1957 movie 'Jamboree,' it was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. The Jerry Lee Lewis 1957 recording was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone. It reached #2 on the Billboard pop charts, #3 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the country charts. It also reached #1 on the UK pop charts, appeared on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and the Dutch Top 40.
1957: Buddy Holly releases 'Peggy Sue.' It will rise to #3 and stay on the chart for sixteen weeks. It was also a big hit in the UK, reaching #6.
1957: Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. This was Presley’s last concert of the 1950’s. Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960.
1957: UK's Dance Teacher magazine denounces England's Princess Margaret for endorsing Rock 'n' Roll, and in doing so, hastening the demise of Ballroom dancing. The article went on to say that "Rock 'n' Roll should be discouraged."
1958: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters record 'The Twist.' It was issued as the B side of the Gospel style ballad 'Teardrops On Your Letter' and although it reached #16 on the R&B chart, Ballard's version of 'The Twist' wouldn't appear on the Billboard Pop chart until just after Chubby Checker's version took off two years later.
1961: Joan Baez plays her first major headlining concert, opening at New York's Town Hall in a sold-out, critically acclaimed show.
1963: After a gig in Birmingham, England, The Beatles find themselves attempting to escape a throng of fanatically devoted fans for the first time, escaping through the crowd by dressing up as policemen.
1965: The final recording session at Abbey Road studios in London took place for The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' album. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me,’ about his relationship with Jane Asher and John's ‘Girl,' his response to Paul’s 'Michelle. The basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. The session began at 6 pm and ended at 7 o’clock the following morning. 'Rubber Soul' was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3rd in the UK and December 6th in the US.
1965: The Velvet Underground performed their first concert as the opening act for the Myddle Class at a high school dance in Summit, NJ.
1966: The Grateful Dead performed at a Hell’s Angels dance held at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.
1966: The Who's 'Ready Steady Who' 7" EP is released in the UK. The title refers to a Ready Steady Go! TV special the band had recently appeared in, but the EP contains different recordings to what was performed on the TV show. These consist of two original songs by Pete Townshend, as well as covers of the theme from the Batman TV series and Jan and Dean's 'Bucket T.' Also included is a cover of The Regents' 'Barbara Ann,' a song whose famous arrangement by The Beach Boys they follow more closely.
1966: Pink Floyd played a concert for the London Free School at All Saints Church in Powlis Gardens, London.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performs at the Big Apple Club in Munich, Germany.
1967: The Moody Blues 2nd album, 'Days of Future Passed' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and stayed on the chart for over two years. It features two Billboard Hot 100 chart singles - 'Tuesday Afternoon' (#24), and 'Nights in White Satin' (in 1972 - #2). It was their first album to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
1967: Van Morrison makes his only appearance on ABC-TV's 'American Bandstand,' lip-synching his big hit 'Brown Eyed Girl.'
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release 'Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins' which is the first of three experimental albums they produce. The album features a cover photo of the pair naked, which many record stores carry in a brown paper wrapper.
1969: Mott the Hoople's self-titled debut album is released in the UK (1970 in the US). It reached #185 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in 1970.
1969: The Who played the first of two nights at The Tea Party in Boston with Tony William’s Lifetime as support.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested by the FBI and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and interfering with the flight of an aircraft. He and actor friend Tom Baker are flying to Phoenix, AZ for a Rolling Stones show when they start “attacking and sexually harassing” a flight attendant after a day of drinking. They spend the night in jail but are released the next day on $2,500 bail; the charges are later dropped. Baker later dies of a drug overdose in 1982.
1970: The Doors performed live with Jim Morrison for the last time in New Orleans.
1970: Bob Dylan publishes his first novel, a poorly received stream-of-consciousness work called 'Tarantula.'
1970: Elvis Presley's concert film 'That's The Way It Is' opens to generally favorable reviews.
1970: Elvis Presley performs at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1970: The Grateful Dead kicked off a 4 night stand at the 46th Sttreet Rock Palace in Brooklyn, NY.
1970: Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Plastic Ono Band' album.
1970: Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen become the proud parents of a daughter that they name Lee Parkin Starkey.
1971: King Crimson performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario.
1971: The Grateful Dead play the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, GA.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the first date of a 16-night UK tour at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1971: Pink Floyd performed at Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Top ticket price was $6.00.
1971: BBC TV's Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The UK chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests; Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.
1972: Berry Oakley (born Raymond Berry Oakley III) is killed when his motorcycle hits a bus in Macon, Georgia. He was 24. Oakley was the bass player in the Allman Brothers band, and died only three blocks from where Duane Allman had died a year earlier. After the accident, Oakley claimed he was okay, declined medical treatment, and went home. Three hours later, he was rushed to the hospital in terrible pain, and died of cerebral swelling caused by a fractured skull. Doctors at the time stated that even if he had gone straight to the hospital from the scene of the accident, he would not have survived. Oakley’s bass lines in 'Whipping Post' from the live album At Fillmore East display his musical prowess.
1972: David Bowie appears at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas.
1973: Roxy Music performs at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a 'live' Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.
1973: Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1973: Rory Gallagher released his 5th studio album, 'Tattoo.'
1974: David Bowie played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The show includes a live video projection, an innovation first used in the Rolling Stones 1972 US Tour, directed by John Dove, who was documenting some of Bowie’s rehearsals and shows.
1976: KISS release their 5th studio album, 'Rock and Roll Over.'
1976: Linda Ronstadt makes her UK live debut, performing at the Hammersmith Odean in London.
1976: Eric Clapton played at the Louisiana State University Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.
1977: During an Australian tour, Fleetwood Mac performed at the RAS Sydney Showgrounds. Also on the bill, Santana, Little River Band and The Kevin Borich Express.
1977: Wings released 'Mull of Kintyre' which went on to become their biggest hit in the U.K., later reaching #1 for eight weeks. It only went to #45 in the U.S.
1978: David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date 'Low/Heroes' tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowie's first ever show in Australia.
1978: The Rolling Stones peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Chart with 'Beast of Burden,' which was their 2nd top 10 single off of 'Some Girls.'
1979: San Francisco witnessed the premiere of 'Rock Justice,' a rock opera penned by Jefferson Starship’s Marty Balin. The show ran for four nights at the Old Waldorf nightclub. Balin played a rock star on trial for suffering a career nosedive.
1979: The Who play the Conference Centre in Brighton, England.
1980: Bob Dylan performs at the Warfield Theatre in San Fransisco.
1980: U2 appeared in the Junior Common Room of Rutherford College at Kent University in Canterbury, England. Tickets are £0.50 ($0.80) and all 150 sell out before the show.
1981: Rush performed at Concert Centrum in Hamburg, Germany.
1982: Prince kicked off his 87-date '1999' North American tour at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The opening acts are two groups he put together in Minneapolis: The Time and Vanity 6.
1983: Mick Jagger appeared on the UK TV show 'The Tub'e to defend the video to The Rolling Stones latest single 'Undercover Of The Night' which had been banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Tube aired the video, minus the scene where Mick was shot through the head. The single peaked at #8 on the UK chart.
1983: The Police appear at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
1986: Despite Roger Waters effort to legally dissolve Pink Floyd, the remaining band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright) issue a press release saying they plan to carry on. The courts eventually allows them to continue with the name.
1989: The Berlin Wall comes down and Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker are there to perform.
1989: Chris Rea started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' The iconic album cover features art by the English artist, Adrian Chesterman, who was also responsible for creating cover art for, Motörhead’s 1979 'Bomber' album.
1989: The Rolling Stones peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Steel Wheels,' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1990: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was hit by a car in England and broke both his legs.
1990: A 21 year-old AC/DC fan dies after suffering fatal head injuries when a New Jersey State trooper tries to break up a fight in a parking lot after an AC/DC show at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey. The trooper hit the fan causing him to fall backwards and strike his head. The trooper is eventually cleared of all wrongdoing, but the fan’s family later receives a $250,000 settlement payment on behalf of the state police.
1994: Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Billy Vera all appear on the TV show 'Boy Meets World' in the episode 'Band on the Run.'
1994: Christie's auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia, including The Beach Boys' guitars, a stage outfit worn by Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon's famous Army fatigues.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins double album ‘Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. The band close out the day with an appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'
1996: Dio played Rockin' Rodeo in Bakersfield, CA.
1997: Metallica leads the 'Million Decibel March' in Philadelphia, a free concert to celebrate the release of their newest album 'Re-Load.'
1997: Metallica released their 17th single, 'The Memory Remains.' The song featured british singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull singing backup. It peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1997: Green Day's in-store appearance at a New York Tower Records turns into a riot. First, Billie Joe Armstrong paints 'Nimrod' (their current album's title) on the walls, incites the crowd to cut loose, body surfs the audience and moons people on the street. Tower cancels the group's planned post concert appearance.
1997: Venom released their 9th studio album, 'Cast In Stone.'
1999: Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement surgery.
2000: Creed's 'With Arms Wide Open' tops the Billboard Hot 100.
2000: Marilyn Manson released his 4th studio album, 'Holy Wood (In the Shadow Of The Valley Of Death).' Though the album eventually goes gold it is the least commercially successful of a trilogy of Marilyn Manson albums that includes ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and ‘Mechanical Animals.’ One reason is that Manson suffers a severe backlash following the ’99 shooting at Columbine High School. Manson is signaled out as a negative, warping influence on the shooters who killed 12 classmates, a teacher, and injured 21.
2003: At the emotional funeral for Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley, the remaining half of the famous blue-eyed-soul duo, sings the gospel standard 'Precious Lord.'
2003: A New Jersey radio station pulled all Jethro Tull music from its playlist after frontman Ian Anderson criticized excessive displays of the American flag, arguing, “It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism.”
2003: Kid Rock's self-titled LP containing a cover of Bad Company's 'Feel Like Makin' Love' is released.
2003: John Mellencamp speaks to an Indiana University Rock music history class. He discusses songwriting, performing and MTV.
2003: Courtney Love pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of drug possession at a court in Beverly Hills.
2003: Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.
2003: The owner of a pub in Wiltshire, England, is awarded £40,000 in damages after suing Van Morrison for pulling out of a scheduled performance at the pub in the summer of 2002 at the last moment.
2003: Pearl Jam's collection of B-sides and other tracks, 'Lost Dog' is released.
2003: Dream Theater released the album 'Train Of Thought.' The album reached #53 on the Billboard chart.
2004: The Rolling Stones, Queen and Robbie Williams were inducted into the UK's first music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. One act had been chosen by TV viewers of a Channel 4 program to represent each decade since the 1950s. Williams represented the 1990's, Michael Jackson the 1980's, Queen the 1970's, the Rolling Stones the 1960's, and Cliff Richard the 1950's.
2005: 'Rock and Roll, Part 2' singer Gary Glitter vanished from his home in Ba Ring Vung Tau after Vietnamese authorities discovered a 15 year old girl living there.
2005: Staind and P.O.D. kick off their 'Fall Brawl' tour of the U.S. in San Jose, CA. with Taproot as the opening act.
2005: Billy Joel begins touring again, launching his first solo tour in eight years.
2005: Green Day appears on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
2006: Axl Rose performs Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research dinner in New York. The Guns N' Roses frontman is backed by Beatles tribute act the Fab Faux.
2007: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Weiland failed a sobriety test following a car crash in California and posted $40,000 bail after refusing to give a blood or urine sample.
2008: Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band, release their 'Extended Play Live' EP. The four performances were recorded during the group's California tour earlier in the year. Also, a Mudcrutch documentary premieres on VH1 Classic.
2009: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour receives an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in England. The Doctor of Arts degree is bestowed for Gilmour's "outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator."
2009: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is divorced by his wife Jo after 24 years on the grounds of his admitted adultery (with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova).
2010: Pamela Des Barres, a woman who describes herself as "The world's most famous groupie", defended Mick Jagger after Keith Richards questioned the size of his manhood in the Richards autobiography 'Life.' Des Barres says "I beg to differ with Keith on the sexual prowess of his lead singer. In all ways (including size), I got plenty of satisfaction."
2011: VH1 declares 'National Metal Day.' They celebrate by airing a slew of Metal programming.
2011: The four original members of Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) announce they will tour in 2012 and record a new album the first original line-up release in over three decades. The press conference is hosted by Henry Rollins. Ward ends up not being part of the tour or album project and a war of words begins in the press.
2011: Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner returns to the stage to play his first Cooper show since suffering a heart attack and stroke five years earlier.
2012: At the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, INXS drummer Jon Farriss announces, “Tonight is very likely to probably be the last show we ever do.” The next day, the band confirms that they are calling it quits after 35 years. Band member Kirk Pengilly states that it “was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier.” The last song they perform is 'Need You Tonight.'
2013: Jack White and his record label, Third Man Records, launch the Great Third Man Turkey Drive, with proceeds going to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the homeless in Nashville.
2014: 'Queen Forever' is out. The compilation includes 'There Must Be More To Life Than This,' a long-lost duet with Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. It also features 'Let Me In Your Heart Again,' a previously unheard track featuring Mercury.
2014: Pink Floyd release 'The Endless River,' their first new album in 20 years. The project, which is a tribute to late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, features material recorded by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright during the sessions for 1994's 'The Division Bell.'
2014: Metallica, Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. The Veterans Day event raises funds for veterans charities.
2014: An Evening Of Who Music to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust is held in London. The event, part of The Who's 50th anniversary celebration, has performances by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Oasis/Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher and Rush frontman Geddy Lee.
2015: The 'Rock & Brews' restaurant chain co-founded by KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, offers veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a choice of a side on Veterans Day in the U.S.
2015: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer of Motörhead, dies of liver failure. He was 61. Phil had two stints in Motörhead, from 1975–1984 and from 1987–1992. The Motörhead line-up consisting of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Taylor is considered the “classic” line-up of the band. Taylor had many physical mishaps during his lifetime – once he was dropped on his head, which broke his neck, and he also broke his wrist, causing him to play with his drumstick taped to his hand. Taylor was eventually fired for “poor performance,” but reunited with the band several times prior to his death.
2016: The first day of an auction of art owned by David Bowie took £24.3m ($30.7m), more than double the pre-sale estimate. The 47 artworks sold at Sotheby's in London, England had been valued at between £8.1m ($10.2m) and £11.7m ($14.8m). The most expensive lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Air Power, which went for £7.1m ($9m).
2016: Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins issues 'KOTA,' a six-song mini-LP. It’s the drummer’s first album under his own name.
2016: In Flames released the album 'Battles.' It is the last album to feature longtime bassist Peter Iwers and the first album to feature drummer Joe Rickard.

Nov. 12
1931: In London, the Abbey Road recording studios were opened by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of the British music company EMI, its current owner.
1955: Fats Domino is named the favorite Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll.
1955: Chuck Berry is named the most promising Rhythm &Blues artist in Billboard's annual DJ's Poll.
1957: The movie 'Jamboree,' featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs 'Great Balls of Fire,' debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Slim Whitman and Connie Francis.
1957: Johnny Cash enters Sun Studios in Memphis to record 'Ballad Of A Teenage Queen.' The song will peak at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in February, 1958 and #16 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in March.
1962: The Beatles appeared at the Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, sharing the bill with Little Richard.
1964: On his 19th birthday Neil Young writes 'Sugar Mountain,' where he reflects on his fleeting youth ("You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain").
1964: David Bowie (then known as David Jones) appears on the BBC program 'Tonight' as leader of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long Haired Men.
1965: After changing his name from Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan, the future T Rex star performed his first single 'The Wizard' on the UK TV show 'Ready Steady Go!'
1965: Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at Summit High School, New Jersey, opening for the Myddle Class. The band were paid $75 for the gig.
1966: The Monkees debut album started a 13-week run at #1 on the US album chart, selling over 3 million copies in three months. The group would own the album charts for 31 of the ensuing 33 weeks, before the arrival of 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at the Corn Exchange in Bedford, England.
1966: Grateful Dead are the house band at a dance put on by the Hell's Angels biker gang at San Francisco's Sokol Hall.
1966: Teens on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip protesting a recent curfew are beaten by police, inspiring Stephen Stills to write the Buffalo Springfield song 'For What It's Worth.'
1966: Donovan releases 'Mellow Yellow.' It peaks at #8 in the UK and #2 in the US. It was long rumored that the song is about smoking dried banana skins, which was believed to be a hallucinogenic drug in the 1960s, but this rumor has since been debunked. The song's title actually refers to the fact that Donovan had suffered from liver disease in early 1966 and had become severely jaundiced.
1966 Johnny Rivers went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with 'Poor Side Of Town.' In the UK however, the record failed to become a hit.
1966: Tghe Hells Angells presented Big Brother and the Holding Company and The Merry Pranksters at Sokol Hall in San Francisco.
1967: Jerry Lee Lewis records 'To Make Love Sweeter For You,' a song that will top the Country charts in the US.
1968: UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.
1968: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Who played at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: King Crimson performed at the Grande Riviera in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at the Falkoner Centret in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.
1970: Doors make their final appearance as a quartet in New Orleans.
1971: Fleetwood Mac, Taj Mahal, Jojo Gunne & Country play the Hollywood Palladium.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at The Locarno in Sunderland, England, with tickets at 75p ($1.20).
1971: Poco, Gary Wright, along with Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: The Velvet Underground performed at Friars in Aylesbury, England
1971: Genesis released their 3rd studio album, 'Nursery Cryme.' It did not enter the UK chart until 1974, when it peaked at #39.
1971: Pink Floyd performed at Irvine Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
1972: The Grateful Dead appeared at Soldier’s and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
1972: David Bowie played at the Music Hall, Houston, Texas.
1973: Paul McCartney And Wings 'Helen Wheels' b/w 'Country Dreamer' 45 single is released.
1973: Mott The Hoople kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall with support group Queen. It was Queen's first tour of the UK.
1974: Black Sabbath played at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia.
1976: AC/DC appeared at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, England, supported by The Tyla Gang.
1976: Eric Clapton performed at the Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
1976: Queen release 'Somebody To Love.' It was the first single off of their 5th album, 'A Day at the Races.' The song would reach #2 on the U.K. Singles Chart and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1977: The Sex Pistols went to #1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols.' the punk group's only #1 album. The album was met by a hail of controversy upon its release. The first problems involved the allegedly 'obscene' name of the album, resulting in the prosecution of the manager of the Nottingham Virgin record shop for having displayed it in a window. More outrage was sparked by the lyrics of the songs 'God Save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK.'
1977: During a UK tour Blondie peformed at Friars in Aylesbury, supported by XTC.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: AC/DC perform at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: The Rolling Stones perform at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1983: Bob Dylan's 'Infidels' album reached its highest position when it peaked at #9 in the UK chart. Dylan's 22nd studio album was co-produced with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler. Dylan had also approached Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Frank Zappa as possible producers.
1984: Duran Duran released their live album, 'Arena.'
1986: Iron Maiden played at the Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland.
1987: KISS released their 36th single, 'Reason to Live.'
1988: U2 started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their 6th studio album 'Rattle And Hum' which went on to sell over 14 million copies.
1990: Ron Wood (Faces, Rolling Stones) is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs. Wood had crashed his car on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.
1991: Poison released their 1st live album, 'Swallow This Live.'
1991: Lita Ford released the album 'Dangerous Curves.' The single, 'Shot of Poison,' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1993.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne asks Black Sabbath's original lineup to open for him at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California. Says guitarist Tony Iommi: "It was Ozzy's first farewell tour, so we genuinely believed that he was going to retire." Ronnie James Dio vehemently refused to open for Ozzy, so Rob Halford sang with the band instead. On the 14th, the band's full original lineup played 'Black Sabbath,' 'Fairies Wear Boots,' 'Iron Man,' and 'Paranoid.'
1994: It's Melissa Etheridge Day at her old high school in Leavenworth, KS.
1997: Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.
1997: Billy Preston was sentenced to three years in prison for violating probation when he tested positive for cocaine. Another year was added to his sentence when he was convicted of having arranged a fake burglary of his house in 1994. He would be released after 18 months in California's Avenal State Prison.
1999: Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England's Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the Eighties; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.
2001: The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison's hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend's home in Los Angeles.
2002: Pearl Jam released their 7th studio album, 'Riot Act.'
2002: Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.
2003: Session drummer Tony Thompson (The Power Station and Chic) dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California at age 48. It happens only two months after Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack. Thompson also played drums with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid in 1985.
2003: Courtney Love pleads innocent to drug charges stemming from an October 2nd arrest. She makes a long and rambling statement in a Beverly Hills courtroom.
2004: The funeral of longtime (and highly influential) British DJ John Peel is held in Suffolk, England, with attendees including Robert Plant, The White Stripes, and members of Underworld, Pulp, and The Undertones. Peel died of a heart attack on October 25.
2005: Foo Fighters make their 4th appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.' Dave Grohl was also on SNL twice as Nirvana's drummer.
2005: Paul McCartney is the first musician to broadcast live music into space when a segment of his Anaheim show is beamed, via NASA, to the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth.
2005: Vietnamese authorities visit Gary Glitter's home in Ba Ring Vung Tau and find his live-in companion, a fifteen-year-old girl. The singer, however, has vanished.
2006: Alice In Chains perform the national anthem prior to the NFL match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
2006: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is involved in a car accident while competing in the finale of the U.K. reality-TV series 'The Race.' Johnson's vehicle clips the rear of a race car driven by R&B singer Ms. Dynamite, who loses control and crashes into a wall. Dynamite is airlifted to a local hospital with minor injuries while Johnson, who is uninjured, goes on to win the race.
2007: E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt launches a program to educate middle-school and high-school students about the history of Rock music. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partners with the National Association for Music Education and Scholastic publishers for Little Steven's Rock and Roll High School.
2007: Bruce Springsteen makes a post-Veterans Day visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Injured military personnel attended a Springsteen concert that evening.
2008: Robert Plant is a winner at the 42nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Plant and his Raising Sand collaborator Alison Krauss earn the Musical Event of the Year honor for their rendition of the Everly Brothers' 'Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).'
2008: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sells the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting 'Untitled (Boxer)' for $13.5 million (less commission) at a Christie's auction in New York.
2008: John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) dies after years of alcohol-related health problems in Portland, Oregon at age 61. In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone. As a teenager, he starred in a children's television program, 'Jennings and Derbyshire,' and starred in a leading role in the 1960 British film 'Bottoms Up' with Jimmy Edwards. Mitchell had been working with Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames when in 1966 he was invited to audition for a new band being formed to back Jimi Hendrix. In December 1968, Mitchell played with the Dirty Mac, an all-star band assembled for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (with John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards).
2009: U2 and their concert promoter are fined $55,000 for breaking noise regulations at three concerts the previous summer at Dublin's Croke Park. The homecoming shows drew approximately 240,000.
2010: Bon Jovi appears on NBC's 'Today Show' to promote the release of their 'Ultimate Collection' package. Fans get to pick one of the songs the band plays and they choose 'You Give Love A Bad Name.'
2010: Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Aimee Mann are among the musicians participating in a John Lennon tribute concert at New York's Beacon Theatre. The proceeds benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which brings music education programs to impoverished communities around the world.
2010: Metallica's 'Six Feet Down Under Part II' live EP was released in Australia and New Zealand only.
2011: Blues drummer Doyle Bramhall dies of heart failure in his sleep in Alpine, Texas at age 62. He worked with both Jimmie Vaughan (in The Chessmen) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (in The Nightcrawlers). He is the father of blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.
2011: Kid Rock, the Killers and Bob Seger co-headline the first ever Orlando Calling festival. The two day fest also features the Raconteurs, the Pixies and the Doobie Brothers.
2012: U2's Bono is in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama administration to keep funding relief efforts in poverty stricken countries.
2012: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are also in the nation's capital to help raise awareness for their teenage cancer charity, 'Who Cares: Teen Cancer America.'
2012: The Rolling Stones release 'GRRR!,' a hits compilation album.
2012: An Asian collector bought a platinum chronograph Patek Philippe wristwatch owned by Eric Clapton for $3.63 million.
2014: Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Gov't Mule and Peter Frampton perform at the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert, 'One More for the Fans,' at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. At the show's conclusion, Lynyrd Skynyrd is presented with a Marquee Award from the theatre, as well as an Atlanta city council document proclaiming it Lynyrd Skynyrd Day.
an Atlanta city council document proclaiming it Lynyrd Skynyrd Day.
2015: While awarding the Medal Of Honor at the White House to Florent Groberg, a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and was badly injured, President Obama recounts a moment during Groberg's recovery when he thought he was hallucinating because KoRn singer Jonathan Davis appeared at his bedside. "I talk to a lot of vets who come back and are hurt," Davis says. "They're in disbelief and depressed but happy that they're home. It's amazing just to put a smile on their face."
2016: Black Sabbath play what they say is their last U.S. show ever at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
2017: Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson's autobiography, "What Does This Button Do?,” lands at #10 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction best sellers list.
2017: Chad Hanks, bassist for American Head Charge, passes away at the age of 46.

Nov. 13
1961: The Tokens release 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight.'
1963: The Beatles recorded a television interview at Westward Television Studios in Plymouth, Devon for a local teen program 'Move Over, Dad.' Due to a large crowd of excited fans outside, The Beatles had to be smuggled from their dressing-room at the ABC Cinema, where they were scheduled to appear that night, into an adjacent building, then through a tunnel, to get to Westward Studios for the interview taping.
1964: The official Rolling Stones biography, 'Our Own Story' is published.
1964: Decca Records released The Rolling Stones' 'Little Red Rooster' b/w 'Off The Hookin' 45 single the UK. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. It was a #1 hit in the UK and remains the only time a blues song has ever topped the UK pop chart. It was not released as a single in the US, but was included on the 1965 album 'The Rolling Stones, Now!' The Rolling Stones performed the song on several American television shows in 1965, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig!, and Shivaree (at their insistence, Howlin' Wolf also performed on Shindig!, where he was introduced by Brian Jones).
1965: The Castiles, featuring a young singer named Bruce Springsteen appeared at The Fire House in Hazlet, New Jersey. The night was billed as a 'Teenage Go, Go Dance.'
1965: As a follow-up to their #1 hit 'Hang On Sloopy,' The McCoys' release 'Fever,' which will climb to #7 on the US charts.
1966: The Beach Boys, Lulu, and David and Jonathan performed at the Birmingham Theatre in England.
1967: Cream performed at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki, Finland.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared on the 3rd night of the four-day Hippy Happy Fair, at De Oude Ahoy Hallen, Ahoy Heliport, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Their appearance was rescheduled from November 12th, due to their later than expected return from the US tour. Other bands in the festival included the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Motions, The Spencer Davis Group, Soft Machine, Golden Earring, and Tomorrow.
1967: Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ film opens in the US.
1968: Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. 'Winnie The Pooh' author AA Milne had owned the house. There were still statues of Pooh characters on the grounds.
1969: John Lennon purchases the island Dorinch off the Ireland coast and invites any hippie who wishes to live there.
1969: Crosby Stills Nash & Young played the first of four nights at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1969: The Who play the New York State University Gymnasium in New Paltz, New York.
1970: Elvis Presley performed at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, near San Francisco.
1970: Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention with special guests Sha Na Na and JF Murphy & Free Flowing Salt play the Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: Syd Barrett released his 2nd solo album 'Barrett' only 10 months after his debut 'The Madcap Laughs.' David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards.
1970: Trapeze 2nd album, 'Medusa' is released in the UK (March 1971 in the US). Following the release of Trapeze's self-titled debut album Trapeze in early 1970, lead vocalist John Jones and keyboardist Terry Rowley left the band, leaving guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Dave Holland to continue as a trio. Recorded in 1970 at Morgan Studios, it was produced by The Moody Blues bassist John Lodge.
1971: The Faces appeared at The Pavilion in Bath, England. Tickets cost 75p.
1971: Fleetwood Mac, Taj Mahl, Jojo Gunne & Country played the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
1971: Santana's reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the 2nd time with 'Santana III.' It was recorded live at the Fillmore West ans spent five weeks at #1.
1971: Three Dog Night releases 'An Old Fashioned Love Song.' It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the Easy Listening chart. It was a tune that songwriter Paul Williams would later say that he wrote in 20 minutes.
1971: Slade, one of the most successful British bands of the 1970s, score the first of their six UK #1 records with 'Coz I Luv You.' The mis-spelt title became a trademark for the band, which caused a great deal of concern by school teachers in Great Britain.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
1972: King Crimson plays at the Civic Hall in Guildford, Surrey, England.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had been working as the drummer in his father's band. The elder Lewis had already lost his only other son, Steven Allen, in a 1962 drowning. Jerry Lee would later say, "I didn't know a thing could hurt that bad. It seemed like all I done was bury my people."
1974: An imposter posing as Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmore crashes a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City, IA, having already conned food and shelter from several Deep Purple fans. The real Blackmore was onstage in San Francisco.
1974: Yes plays at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1975: Bob Dylan performs at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1976: Linda Ronstadt appeared at the New Victoria Theatre in London.
1976: Having led the Billboard Pop chart for one week in October, Chicago's 'If You Leave Me Now' begins a three week stay at the top of the UK chart.
1976: Peter Frampton peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Do You Feel Like We Do,' making it Frampton’s 2nd top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart. It was Rod's 2nd US #1, and had an 8 week run. It made #5 in the UK after being banned by many radio stations due to song being about the seduction of a virgin. The song features whispers from actress Britt Ekland who was Stewart's girlfriend at the time.
1976: Led Zeppelin scored their 7th UK #1 with the film soundtrack double album 'The Song Remains The Same,' peaking at #2 on the US chart. The tracks were recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1973.
1976: The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.
1977: Robin Trower performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1978: Bob Dylan played at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1978: Rush performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1979: Bob Dylan played at the Warfield Theatre in San Fransisco.
1981: U2 kick off a 23 date tour in support of their 'October' album at JB Scott's in Albany, NY.
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at Madison Square Garden in New York
1981: Def Leppard release their 6th single, 'Bringin' On the Heartbreak.' It didn't chart in the U.S., but it's video was picked up on MTV, which put it in Heavy rotation.
1982: Lee Aaron released her debut studio album, 'The Lee Aaron Project.'
1982: Men At Work started a 15-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their debut album 'Business As Usual,' which went on to sell over five million copies in the US.
1983: Ozzy Osbourne released the 'Bark At the Moon' single. The music video produced for the song was Osbourne's first. The song peaked at #21 on the UK Official Charts.
1994: Cro Mags played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1987: KISS kick off their 'Crazy Nights' World Tour at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi. Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on this tour.
1989: The Rolling Stones 'Rock And A Hard Place' b/w 'Cook Cook Blues' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the 2nd single from the 'Steel Wheels' album, and remains to this day the most recent Billboard top 40 hit by the band.
1990: Patricia Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. And as a result the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult.
1990: Temple of the Dog plays their only show at the Off Ramp in Seattle. Comprised of members of Soundgarden and what would become Pearl Jam, the group was formed as a tribute to Mother Love Bone signer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose.
1990: Tesla release their live album, 'Five Man Acoustical Jam.'
1992: Guns N' Roses released their single 'Yesterdays' in the U.S. The Del James co-written song peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1992: 90,000 people attend a concert in Mexico City as Elton John performs in Mexico for the first time.
1992: Sting gets an honorary doctorate from England's University of Northumbriia in recognition of his artistic achievements and ecological efforts.
1992: Ronnie Bond (drummer for The Troggs) dies after a lengthy illness in Winchester, Hampshire, England, at age 52.
1992: Black Sabbath perform at The Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, CA. on their 'Dehumanizer' tour with Exodus and Skew Siskin as openers. It's Ronnie James Dio’s last with the band. They would tour again in 2007 under the Heaven & Hell moniker.
1992: 'Crue Ball,' a pinball video game based around Motley Crue & featured three songs by Motley Crue ('Dr. Feelgood,' 'Live Wire' & 'Home Sweet Home') was released for the Sega Genesis video game system.
1995: The Rolling Stones release 'Stripped.'
1995: Eddie Van Halen was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in front of The Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard.
1996: On the last leg of their 'Ballbreaker' World Tour, AC/DC played the first of four sold out nights at Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia.
1996: Bob Dylan plays the E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio.
1999: R.J. Vealey dies of a heart attack, immediately following a show. He was just 37. Vealey was the drummer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section and a respected studio musician as well as the drummer in Roy Orbison’s backup band. His death was later attributed to chronic cocaine abuse.
2000: The Beatles sanction their first official Web site.
2000: 'The Beatles: 1' is released. The compilation album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and spent a total of eight weeks at the top, and a total of 104 weeks on the chart. The album features virtually every #1 single released in the United Kingdom and United States from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD.
2000: Concertgoer Patricia Boughton files a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a soccer ball he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. She claims the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult. Her ex-husband, Stephen Boughton, testified the accident helped end their 14-year marriage. Boughton would later receive a $17,000 settlement.
2001: Green Day's best of collection, 'International Superhits!' is released.
2001: Rob Zombie released hes 2nd solo album, 'The Sinister Urge.' Ozzy Osbourne is featured on the song 'Iron Head.'
2002: Elton John, who once claimed to own more than 4,000 pairs of glasses, announced that he planned to have Lasik eye surgery.
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea speaks at the 2nd annual 'We The Planet Festival of Music, Consciousness and Activism' in Oakland, CA. The eco-friendly event has environmental workshops and performances and is powered by bio-diesel fuel generators and solar panels.
2004: Aerosmith`s Joe Perry signs copies of 'People We Know, Horses They Love' in Boston. The book, which profiles celebrities who have a fondness for horses, features the guitarist.
2004: The Federal Communications Commission in the US finished the first phase of an investigation into the current practice of record labels paying radio stations for airplay.
2005: A guitar autographed by Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and a private lesson are auctioned at a benefit for Create Now!, a charity that provides arts programs for troubled youth. A guitar signed by Velvet Revolver axe-man Slash is also auctioned at the West Hollywood event.
2005: 3 Doors Down cancel a Baton Rouge gig. They have a good excuse. Drummer Gregg Upchurch's wife goes into premature labor. Jackson Blair Upchurch is born the next day.
2005: At his concert in Anaheim, California, Paul McCartney plays 'Good Day Sunshine,' which is beamed into space to wake up astronauts on board the US space station.
2006: Legal proceedings begin in London over songwriting credits for the classic 1967 Procol Harum song 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale.' Organist Matthew Fisher sues Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker, one of the tune's two acknowledged co-authors, as well as a music-publishing company, claiming he deserves a share of the recording's royalties because of the significant contributions he made to the song's melody. By the way, Fisher's organ is the song's dominant sound. A month later, the judge rules in his favor.
2006: "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," says Elton John in the Observer's Music Monthly Magazine. John, who exchanged vows nearly a year earlier in a civil-union ceremony with David Furnish, goes on to add, "I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings, and it's not really compassionate."
2006: ZZ Top is honored by the Recording Academy's Texas chapter for outstanding achievements and contributions to the musical community during a gala in Austin. Proceeds benefit the MusicCares organization, which aids musicians needing financial, medical or personal help.
2006: U2 frontman Bono speaks out in support of Madonna's adoption of a child from the African country of Malawi. The pop maven's maternal instincts had been called into question. "(She) should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginable and giving him a better chance in life," says Bono.
2006: Neil Young releases 'Live at the Fillmore East 1970.' The album features songs Young playing with Crazy Horse at the legendary, and now defunct venue.
2007: U2's the Edge contributes to the Give One, Get One campaign that provides XO laptop computers to children in developing countries. The guitarist produced the sound that's heard when the specially designed device is switched on.
2007: Queensryche's 10th studio album, 'Take Cover' is released. The set contains Queensryche's renditions of songs originally recorded by Pink Floyd, U2, Queen, the Police and Peter Gabriel.
2007: HellYeah release the 'Below The Belt' DVD. The two-hour disc includes concert footage, music videos, studio clips and interviews with bandmembers.
2007: Led Zeppelin release 'Mothership," a 2 CD compilation with 24 remastered tracks is released. In addition, a 165-song Zeppelin "digital box set" is available at iTunes. Also, individual songs in the band's catalog go on sale via the online music retailer. And finally, 'The Complete Led Zeppelin' contains 13 studio albums plus 'Mothership.' It comes in for under $100.
2008: VH1 Classic Celebrity Bowl-Off, hosted by Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, is at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood. Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum are among the bowlers raising money for the VH1 Classic Rock Autism campaign.
2008: Elton John celebrates the opening of his Broadway musical, 'Billy Elliot' by donning a tutu for the show's curtain call.
2008: Jack White and R&B star Alicia Keys perform 'Another Way To Die,' the theme to the James Bond movie 'Quantum Of Solace,' at the Keep A Child Alive organization's 2008 Black Ball fundraiser in New York. Keep a Child Alive raises money and creates awareness to combat the global AIDS epidemic.
2008: 'Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper,' with more than 200 candid never-before-seen photos of The Beatles working on 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' is in bookstores. The photos were taken by Henry Grossman at Abbey Road studios in London while The Beatles recorded 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.' There are only 1,967 copies (the album was recorded in 1967) of the $495 book. Of course, each is signed by Grossman.
2009: Halford released their 3rd studio album, 'Halford III: Winter Songs.'
2009: At a concert at Michigan's Auburn Hills Palace, Bruce Springsteen yells out "Hello, Ohio!" He continues to refer to the wrong state several times until E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt finally corrects him.
2010: 3 Doors Down perform at the 7th annual benefit concert for the Better Life Foundation in Tunica, MS. Theory Of A Deadman and Saving Abel also play at the Mississippi Army National Guard sponsored event.
2010: Helix released their 'Smash Hits...Unplugged' album.
2012: Soundgarden release 'King Animal,' the band's 6th studio album but their first since 1996's 'Down On The Upside.'
2012: ZZ Top is presented the Living Legend Award at Classic Rock Magazine's 2012 "Roll of Honour" ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Rush takes Album of the Year and Band of the Year.
2012: The original collage that was reproduced and included in copies of The Beatles' 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sold for $87,720. The piece, which was designed by Peter Blake, was sold to an unnamed bidder as part of an auction of modern British art at Sotheby’s in London.
2012: Green Day's 'Dos!' is released. Produced by Rob Cavallo, the album is the second of a trifecta ('Uno!,' "Dos!,' & 'Tre!').
2012: Deftones release their 7th studio album, 'Koi No Yokan' (Japanese for 'premonition of love'). The album came out a day earlier in the U.K.
2012: How To Destroy Angels (Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, plus Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan) release 'An Omen.' The EP contains the single 'Keep It Together.'
2012: Machine Head released their 2nd live album, 'Machine Fucking Head Live.'
2012: ZZ Top is presented the Living Legend Award at Classic Rock's 2012 "Roll of Honour" ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Rush takes Album of the Year and Band of the Year.
2012: 'The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush' is released. It features 'Working Man,' 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Fly By Night.'
2013: Bob Dylan receives France's highest cultural award, the Legion of Honor, in Paris. Dylan is praised for serving as an "inspiration to young people."
2014: Officials at the Graceland mansion announced that a copy of Elvis Presley's first recording, a so-called "vanity disc" that featured him singing 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin,' would be put up for auction next January.
2015: Alice Cooper voices all the characters in 'Peter And Wolf In Hollywood', a modern reinterpretation of the Prokofiev classic. The plot revolves around Peter, his hippie grandfather and an escaped wolf from the L.A. Zoo and comes with a specially-designed iPad app for children (ages 5-8).
2015: 'Kurt Cobain - Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings' is released. It's the soundtrack to the documentary on the late Nirvana frontman.
2015: Girlschool released their 13th studio album, 'Guilty as Sin.'
2015: Eagles of Death Metal are in the midst of performing their song 'Kiss the Devil' at a sold-out show at Le Bataclan in Paris, France, when the venue is attacked by terrorists armed with automatic rifles, grenades and explosive suicide vests - one of many attacks throughout the city.
2015: Andrew Ricks, a Florida police officer in full uniform joins Death Metal band Vital Remains on stage to sing 'Let The Killing Begin.' Five days later, Ricks is relieved of his duties.
2015: Evanescence end their three-year hiatus when they embark on a brief tour that begins at Nashville's Marathon Music Works.
2015: Volbeat announce the departure of bassist Anders Kjolholm. "Anders has been a loyal friend and bandmate since 2001," says the band's guitarist/vocalist Michael Poulsen and drummer Jon Larsen in a statement.
2016: Leon Russell died in Nashville, he was 74. He led Joe Cocker’s band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and appeared at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. During his career he placed eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including 'Tight Rope' (#11 in 1972) and 'Lady Blue' (#14 in 1975). Many of his songs became hits for others, among them 'Superstar' (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, 'Delta Lady' for Joe Cocker and 'This Masquerade' for George Benson. More than 100 acts have recorded 'A Song for You,' which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes. As a studio musician, he played on hit records by Gary Lewis And The Playboys, Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Herb Alpert, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love, Brian Hyland, Dorsey Burnette, Glen Campbell and many others.

Nov. 14
1955: Bill Haley & the Comets' 'Rock Around The Clock' returns to the British charts nearly a year after its initial release. It returns at least once a decade through the '70's.
1956: Sam Phillips is at the mixing board for Jerry Lee Lewis' first Sun Records recording session, which produces the single 'End Of The Road' / 'Crazy Arms.' Although the record failed to gain much attention, both songs showed a drive and energy that forecasted things to come.
1960: Elvis Presley's latest single, 'It's Now Or Never,' sells 780,000 copies in the UK during its first week of release, making it the fastest-selling song in the country's history.
1961: The Elvis Presley film 'Blue Hawaii' premieres.
1961: Ray Charles has a #1 pop hit with his signature song, 'Georgia On My Mind.'
1961: The Everly Brothers recorded 'Crying In The Rain,' which will make it to #6 in the US, becoming their 24th Top 40 hit. The song also reached #6 in the UK.
1962: The Beatles play the final show of a 14 date run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Drifters' enjoy their last US Top 20 hit when 'Saturday Night at the Movies' reaches #18.
1965: Bob Dylan begins recording ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ in New York. The set is known for ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ (Dylan's first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39) and ‘It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.’
1966: Jefferson Airplane record ‘Somebody To Love.’
1967: Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off on this day at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only one performance, as opposed to the rest of the dates, which called for two shows per night. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared between after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show.
1967: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Half-A-Wind Show art exhibition closed at London’s Lisson Gallery.
1967: The Monkees 'Daydream Believer' is certified gold.
1969: David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ album is released.
1969: Hamburg, Germany's famous rock and roll venue, the Star Club, announces it will permanently close its doors at the end of the month.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed on the Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played the 2nd of 4 consecutive nights at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1969: Led Zeppelin began recording their 3rd album at Olympia Studios, kicking off with a run-through of 'Since I’ve Been Loving You.' Robert Plant said, “If bootleg record-makers got it together properly instead of waving those evil mikes on the end of broomsticks, this is the kind of sound they would get at a Led Zeppelin live concert.”
1970: Santana releases 'Black Magic Woman.' It will rise to #4 during a three month chart run. The song was written by Peter Green and first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968.
1970: Syd Barrett released his 2nd and final studio album of new material, 'Barrett.'
1970: Derek & the Dominoes performed at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1970: Elvis Presley performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1970: New Musical Express has part two of a large interview with Pete Townshend conducted by Richard Green. Also, Melody Maker carries the fourth installment of “The Pete Townshend Page. This one is called “TV miming: who is being fooled?” In it Pete complains about the too-tight TV restrictions of the British Musician’s Union and he also discusses Top Of The Pops and memories of Ready, Steady, GO!
1970: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention performred at the Fillmore East in New York.
1971: Velvet Underground, Renaissance and Audience all appeared at Bumpers in London.
1971: Pink Floyd play Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia, PA.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Loyola University New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1974: Sly & the Family Stone, with special guests Tower of Power & Hydra play the Detroit Palace in Detroit, MI. on the first of two consecutive nights.
1974: Rush played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1975: Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.
1975: The ‘So What’ album from Joe Walsh goes gold.
1976: Rush performed at the RKO Orpheum Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1978: Eric Clapton appeared at Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1978: The Sex Pistols play the last stop of their brief (less than ten days) U.S. tour at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) famously leaves the audience with a parting shot. "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
1980: Van Halen played at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1981: Queen started a four-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits' album.
1981: The Go-Go's make their national T.V. debut on 'Saturday Night Live' where they sing 'Our Lips Are Sealed' and 'We Got The Beat.'
1981: 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,' is the #1 song in the U.K. It peaked at #3 in the U.S. The Police track was recorded in Canada.
1982: Heart played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1984: Hanoi Rocks start their first U.S. tour at the Salty Dog "Sky Room" Saloon in Buffalo, New York.
1984: Dave Chastain played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1987: David Bowie performed at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: The Grateful Dead performed at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.
1987: The long-since divorced Sonny and Cher perform 'I Got You Babe' on 'Late Night with David Letterman.' Cher flubs it a bit, but she and Sonny become very emotional doing their signature song.
1987: Billy Idol peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his first compilation album 'Vital Idol,' which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1988: Crimson Glory released their album, 'Transcendence.' The artwork was made by Japanese artist Takashi Terada for the Japanese poster art for the 1985 science fiction film 'Lifeforce.'
1989: Aerosmith kicked off their first European tour in twelve years at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. David Coverdale of Whitesnake joined them onstage for a rendition of The Beatles’ 'I’m Down.'
1990: In Newsweek, The Who’s Pete Townshend said he is bisexual. He said, “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won’t be classified as just a man.” He calls his song 'Rough Boys' a "coming-out." In a 2002 interview with Rolling Stone Townshend would later explain that he engaged in some brief same-sex experiment in the 1960’s, he is heterosexual.
1991: Aerosmith were inducted into the Boston Garden Hall of Fame.
1992: John Mellencamp keyboard player John Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. He was 45. Authorities believe he suffered a heart attack while driving. Mr. Cascella, also known for his work on accordion, joined the Mellencamp band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group’s folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.
1992: An Ozzy Osbourne show at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on his 'No More Tours' Tour is billed as the last-ever live performance of Black Sabbath. Rob Halford takes over on vocals for Ronnie James Dio as Dio refused to take the stage after Sabbath are invited to play again with Ozzy. Sepultura open the show. Not only are there subsequent Sabbath shows, but this one doesn't have drummer Bill Ward, as Vinnie Appice fills in.
1992: Bon Jovi went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Keep The Faith,' their 5th studio album and second UK #1. The album produced six UK Top 20 hit singles, 'Keep The Faith,' 'Bed Of Roses,' 'In These Arms,' 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,' 'I Believe' and 'Dry County.'
1994: Five years after its release, Melissa Etheridge's 'Brave And Crazy' CD, is certified platinum by the record industry. The album peaked at #5 in the U.S.
1995: Drummer Jack Irons makes his debut with Pearl Jam when the group plays the first of two Voters For Change concerts in Washington, D.C.
1996: At the MTV Europe Music Awards, Oasis wins Best Group and Best Song ('Wonderwall').
1997: Johnny Cash, who was recently diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's Disease, is treated for pneumonia at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1999: EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album 'In... The Life Of Chris Gaines,' in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album - which lists for $17.98 on CD as low as possible.
1999: Billy Idol and Sammy Hagar led 20,000 motorcyclists on the 16th-annual Love Ride. The parade raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
2000: The Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song 'Original Prankster' were automatically entered, appear on MTV's 'Total Request Live' to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
2000: The Offspring release their 6th studio album, 'Conspiracy Of One' featuring 'Original Prankster.' It's the group's last studio effort with drummer Ron Welty.
2000: Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee releases his first and only solo album, 'My Favorite Headache.'
2000: Eddie Snyder, pianist for The Cascades on their 1963, Billboard #3 hit, 'Rhythm Of The Rain,' died of cancer at the age of 63.
2004: U2 went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Vertigo', the bands 5th UK #1, taken from 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.'
2004: The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their 'Forty Licks' compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.
2004: Linkin' Park win Best Alternative Artist, for the second year in a row, and Bon Jovi gets an Award of Merit at the 32nd American Music Awards in L.A. Also, recently discovered TV footage of The Beatles is broadcast for the first time since 1964.
2004: A Los Angeles jury ordered Rod Stewart to repay the $780,000 he accepted as a deposit for a 2002 tour of Latin America that was later canceled.
2004: In Detroit, White Stripes frontman Jack White pleads innocent to aggravated assault charges stemming from a December 13th run-in with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer.
2005: U2's the Edge and Bono perform 'In A Little While' (from 'All That You Can't Leave Behind') at a lifeguard station on Miami Beach, FL., prior to their band's Miami performance. The scene is filmed for a project called 'A Day in the Life of Edge.'
2005: A New York judge rules that a defamation lawsuit filed the previous January against KISS' Gene Simmons can move forward. Georgeann Walsh Ward claims that she was depicted as a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac" in the VH1 documentary 'When KISS Ruled The World' because photos of her are shown as Simmons discusses his many sexual conquests.
2005: Green Day's ‘American Idiot’ reclaims the #1 spot on the Billboard Album chart, with U.S. sales exceeding 100,000 in the previous week. The last time the album topped the chart was a week after its September '04 debut.
2005: Late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (a.k.a. John Cummings) is honored with a bronze statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Ramone's likeness stands near the gravesite of his former bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, who died of a drug overdose in '02. Nicolas Cage, Rob Zombie and Eddie Vedder are among those who commemorate Cummings' life. He died the previous September of prostate cancer at the age of 55.
2005: Staind performs on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
2006: Staind issues their best-of album, 'The Singles: 1996-2006.' The 16-song collection features 'It's Been Awhile' and 'Outside,' plus previously unreleased live acoustic covers of tunes by Tool, Alice in Chains and Pink Floyd. 'Staind: The Videos,' a separate DVD, is also released with 14 of the band's promo clips, plus two unplugged live performances.
2006: Tenacious D released their album, 'The Pick Of Destiny.' The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and Ronnie James Dio did guest vocals on the song 'Kickapoo.'
2006: Iron Maiden released their 40th single, 'Different World.'
2006: A four-disc Sublime box set titled 'Everything Under the Sun' drops. The career-spanning collection features music videos, live performances, a band interview, unreleased demos, live rarities, studio outtakes and remixes (including a mid-'90s mix by Snoop Dogg). The package comes 10 years after the death of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell from a drug overdose.
2006: The Beatles have the most discs on a Top 100 list of all-time greatest albums chosen by Time magazine staff. The five Beatles albums are 'Rubber Soul,' 'Revolver,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' 'The White Album' and 'Abbey Road.' Bob Dylan's three albums are 'Highway 61 Revisited' 'Blonde On Blonde' and 'Time Out of Mind.' The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and U2 manage to place two albums each on the list.
2006: Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London. Wolfmother perform 'Communication Breakdown' in a tribute to Zep. Bon Jovi, R&B great James Brown and Rod Stewart also enter Hall of Fame. The Beatles' producer George Martin receives a special award.
2006: The 1994 Nirvana documentary 'Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!' is released on DVD.
2006: 'Paul McCartney: The Space Within US' DVD is released. Based on an A&E concert special, the disc also has sound-check performances, interviews with McCartney, band members and celebrities.
2006: Army Of Anyone, ex-Filter frontman Richard Patrick and sibling Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo, release their self-titled debut album. The disc's first single is 'Goodbye.'
2006: 'Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi' soundtrack is released with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's previously unreleased solo track 'Vile,' System Of A Down's 'Question' and Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Mexicola.' The accompanying DVD features an appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.
2006: Wolfmother and Radiohead's Thom Yorke contribute tracks to the third installment of the 'Give. Listen. Help.' benefit compilation series. Proceeds from the limited-edition album, which features live cuts, remixes and B-sides, goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This disc is available at Urban Outfitters stores (and on their website).
2008: Ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler enters a no-contest plea to a heroin possession charge stemming from his July arrest in L.A. Alder says when he's clean and sober he hopes to rejoin GN'R.
2011: Van Halen announce they have signed with the California based Interscope Records, as they have a new album ready for release.
2011: A Pink Floyd phone app, 'This Day in Pink Floyd,' is released. It features daily trivia, song info and 200 quiz questions, in addition to more than 100 band images.
2011: D-A-D released their 11th studio album, 'DIC·NII·LAN·DAFT·ERD·ARK.'
2012: Brian Eno is awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) distinction, established by the British Royal Society for Arts, for "his ground-breaking use of sound in technology and media and long term sustainable thinking." Eno is the only recipient awarded for sound design.
2012: Stevie Wonder is recognized for his contributions to music and culture at the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Honors Awards in Washington, D.C.
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger introduces the HBO documentary, 'The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane,' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
2012: The 27th annual WhyHunger Hungerathon auction begins. Featured items include a red Fender Stratocaster signed by Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), a black Stratocaster autographed by Def Leppard, and a sunburst Stratocaster signed by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. Founded in 1975 the WhyHunger auction has raised over $30 million to fight global hunger.
2013: Paul McCartney posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson receives the Spirit Of Prog honors at the Classic Rock Awards in London. "This is very well deserved," says former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who presents the award to Lifeson.
2013: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi are among the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, in New York. And the winner is Bon Jovi - for the highest-grossing/best-selling road show of the year.
2014: David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle), known collectively as Altitudes & Attitude, issue their self-titled debut EP. "Our fans would probably never suspect that a couple of Metal bass players would have songs like these inside of us," says Ellefson.
2014: Black Sabbath's '70s catalog is added to the iTunes store for the first time. "It's about f*cking time," says Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne.
2015: Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity celebrates its 10th anniversary with a benefit show dubbed 'Linkin Park and Friends' in L.A. Blink-18's Mark Hoppus jams with the band. Proceeds go to disaster relief and Power the World, a sustainable energy organization.
2015: After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people the day before, U2 visit the memorial site near the Bataclan club where Eagles Of Death Metal concert goers were attacked. They pay homage to the victims.
2015: A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous '68 Comeback TV Special performance were bought by a UK collector for £29,500, ($44,500). Elvis had worn the size-11 Verde boots while singing 'If I Can Dream,' two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the lyrics included quotes from the civil rights leader.
2017: Stone Temple Pilots make their debut with new single, former X-Factor contestant Jeff Gutt, at a show from The Troubadour in Hollywood. It airs on Sirius/XM's 'Volume' channel and is hosted by Eddie Trunk. The band releases a new single, 'Meadow,' the next day.
2017: Metallica release their single, 'Spit Out The Bone' from their album 'Hardwired...To Self Distruct?' The song was featured on the soundtrack for the WWE 2K19 video game.
2017: Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters joins Guns N' Roses for an encore of "Paradise City' at their show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Foo Fighters would be performing there the following night.
2017: The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch presents the inaugural Promise Award to Soundgarden’s late frontman Chris Cornell in recognition of his song ‘The Promise.’ System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian presents the award.
2017: Gene Simmons's ‘On Power: My Journey Through The Corridors Of Power And How You Can Get More Power’ is out. The book by the KISS frontman tells “how to harness it (power) as a driving force in business and in life.”
2018: The biography ‘AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years,’ is out. Known for hard living and high energy performances frontman Scott recorded seven albums with AC/DC. He died in 1980 ("death by misadventure - acute alcoholic poisoning") and was replaced by Brian Johnson.

Nov. 15
1926: The first network radio broadcast, four-and-a-half hours of varied performances from New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel and other remotes around the country, airs on the new National Broadcasting Company (soon to be known as NBC).
1956: The New York premiere of Elvis Presley's first movie, 'Love Me Tender' took place. It premiered at New York's Paramount Theater. A fifty-foot cardboard cutout of Elvis was placed outside the theater to promote the movie. Despite critical reaction, it takes in nearly $4 million in just two months.
1959: Johnny & the Moondogs (made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) took part in the finals of a talent competition at The Hippodrome Theatre in Manchester where the winner appeared on English TV’s Star Search. They played two Buddy Holly songs: 'Think It Over' and 'It's So Easy.' Judging was done by the volume of applause each group received at the end of the night. They must have been good as they were invited back for the next round of audition the next day. Unfortunately for John, Paul and George, the last bus back to Liverpool left before the judging was due to occur, and the band was forced to pull out as they had no money to rent a hotel room.
1964: Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is admitted to Chicago's Passavant Hospital for pneumonia, having reached a temperature of 105. He will miss the last four dates of the Stones' US tour.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed on NBC’s 'Hullabaloo' for the first time, singing 'Get Off My Cloud.'
1965: The Beatles completed their sessions for 'Rubber Soul.'
1965: Paul Revere And The Raiders 'Just Like Me' b/w 'B.F.D.R.F. Blues' 45 single is released. As their 2nd major national hit, 'Just Like Me' reached #11 on the U.S. charts and was one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo by guitarist Drake Levin.
1966: The Doors officially signs a 7 record deal with Elektra Records. The band reluctantly agrees to release 'Break On Through' as their first single.
1966: The Jefferson Airplane record 'Somebody To Love,' which will reach #5 in the US in the summer of 1967. The single was also a featured track on their influential album 'Surrealistic Pillow.'
1967: Obsessive fans looking for 'Paul Is Dead' clues on album covers and in songs push two previous Beatles albums, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Magical Mystery Tour' back onto the Billboard album charts.
1967: Pink Floyd plays two shows at Winter Gardens in Bournemouth, England.
1968: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band performs at the University of Toledo Armory in Toledo, Ohio.
1968: Janis Joplin performs her last gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company at New York's Hunter College.
1968: The Who pre-tape their appearance on ITV’s 'Time For Blackburn' performing 'Magic Bus.' From there, they go to The Roundhouse in London to perform in the first of two all-night Middle Earth shows along with Joe Cocker, Arthur Brown, the Mindbenders and Yes. Also performing that night are The Small Faces in one of their last live gigs.
1968: The Steve Miller Band played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Pink Floyd make their first ever appearance in Germany with two shows at the Blow Up Club in Munich. The Morgen Soul Star Band and Jackie Edwards are also on the bill.
1969: The Beatles' last photographic session produces today's cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969: Hamburg's Star Club, the place where The Beatles developed into a powerful Rock 'n' Roll group, announces it's closing down.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.
1970: Van Morrison's 4th solo album, 'His Band and the Street Choir' is released. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #18 on the UK Album Chart. It owes its success mainly to the US Top 10 single 'Domino.'
1970: Hawkwind performs at the Eyes Club in Chelmsford, England.
1970: Spirit's 'Mr. Skin' b/w 'Soldier' 45 single is released.
1971: Pink Floyd’s 10th concert appearance in New York City occurs at the fabled Carnegie Hall.
1971: The Grateful Dead play the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad releases 'E Pluribus Funk,' the last album they would record as a trio (Mark Farner, Mel Schacher, and Don Brewer). It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The original release cover is round and covered with a silver-like film to resemble a large coin. On the back side of the cover, there is a picture of Shea Stadium to celebrate Grand Funk beating The Beatles’ attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours. The title of the LP is a play on the former motto of the U.S. government, E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one).
1971: 'Blindman,' a Spaghetti Western starring Ringo Starr, debuts in Rome.
1972: America released their album, 'Homecoming.' It reached #9 on Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and produced three hit singles: 'Ventura Highway' (Billboard Hot 100 - #8 and Adult Contemporary chart - #3), 'Don't Cross the River' (Billboard Hot 100 - #35 and Adult Contemporary chart - #23) , and 'Only in Your Heart' (Billboard Hot 100 - #62).
1972: The Doobie Brothers 'Jesus Is Just Alright' b/w 'Rockin' Down The Highway' 45 single is released. It peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1973. It is a gospel song written by Arthur Reid Reynolds and first recorded by Reynolds' own group, The Art Reynolds Singers, on their 1966 album, 'Tellin' It Like It Is.'
1972: Yes played at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1973: Neil Young performs at Queens College in Flushing, New York.
1974: Golden Earring, with support band Lynyrd Skynyrd, appeared at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: The Beach Boys performed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1974: Frank Zappa performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York
1974: The Faces released 'You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,' which became their last single when Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the band in 1976.
1974: Roxy Music's 4th album, 'Country Life' is released. It reached #37 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 in the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #387 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was one of four Roxy Music albums that made the list ('For Your Pleasure,' 'Siren' and 'Avalon' being the others).
1974: Ringo Starr's 4th album, 'Goodnight Vienna' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #30 in the UK. An advance single from the album, Starr's cover version of The Platters' 'Only You (And You Alone),' reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A 2nd single, 'No No Song' reached #3 on the same chart.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 'Black Water' b/w 'Song to See You Through' 45 single is released. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 15, 1975. The song was originally released in early 1974 as the B-side to 'Another Park, Another Sunday' but according to Tom Johnston in the Live at Wolftrap DVD, radio stations withdrew 'Another Park, Another Sunday' from airplay because of the words ".. radio brings me down .. ", and 'Black Water' ultimately became the more popular song.
1974: John Lennon filmed a promo for 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night' in New York City.
1975: Rush and KISS perform at the Armory in Rockford, Illinois.
1975: Aerosmith with special guests Cactus and The Joe Vitale Group played the Firestone High SchoolAuditorium in Akron, Ohio
1975: Eagles 'Take It To The Limit' b/w 'After the Thrill is Gone' 45 single is released. It peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was also the Eagles' greatest success to that point in the UK, with the single going to #12 on the charts. 'Take It to the Limit' was sung by bassist Randy Meisner. It was the first and only A-side of a single on which he sang lead. It was also the first time neither Don Henley nor Glenn Frey sang lead on the A-side of a single. The single version is 3:48 in length, close to one minute shorter than the album version.
1975: Pink Floyd's 'Have A Cigar' b/w 'Welcome To The Machine' promotional 45 single is released to radio stations. English folk singer Roy Harper provided lead vocals, it was one of only two Pink Floyd recordings to feature guest lead vocals. The song's music and lyrics were written by Roger Waters in critique of hypocrisy and greed within the music business. The music is more straightforwardly rock-oriented than the rest of the album, beginning with a churning riff played on electric guitar and bass. The track is filled out with additional guitar, electric piano and synthesizer parts to create a rock texture. 'Have a Cigar' concludes with a guitar solo, which is interrupted by a synthesizer filter-sweep sound effect as the music reduces in volume to tinny, AM radio-like levels. Finally, the song ends with the sound of a radio being dialed off-station; this effect is used as a transition to the title track, 'Wish You Were Here.'
1976: George Harrison 'This Song' b/w 'Learning How to Love You' 45 single is released. The fourth track on Harrison's 1976 album 'Thirty Three & 1/3,' it was released as the first single from the album and reached #25 on the American pop charts, although, like all three singles from the album,it failed to chart in the UK.
1976: Jackson Browne's album 'The Pretender' goes gold.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared at Notre Dame Hall in Leicester Place, London.
1977: Yes perform at Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of four shows at the Chicago Stadium, Illinois during their North American tour. Two more were scheduled for later in the tour but were cancelled due to the death of Robert Plant's son.
1977: KISS played the first date on their 51-date 'Alive II Tour' at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. AC/DC was the opening act for some concerts on this tour.
1978: Bob Dylan plays at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1979: Aerosmith appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1980: Blondie had their 5th UK #1 single and 3rd #1 of this year with 'The Tide Is High' a song written by reggae star John Holt, also a #1 in the U.S.
1980: Van Halen and Talas played Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, FL.
1981: New Iron Maiden singer, Bruce Dickinson, is introduced to UK audiences at the Rainbow.
1981: Thin Lizzy released their 11th studio album, 'Renegade.'
1982: Whitesnake released their 11th single, 'Here I Go Again.'
1983: Ozzy Osbourne‬ released his 3rd studio album, 'Bark At The Moon.' It's the first album to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee and the only studio album to feature drummer Tommy Aldridge.
1984: KISS played the first North American date on their 119 date 'Animalize Tour' at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Queensrÿche, W.A.S.P., Krokus and Dokken were the opening acts on the American dates, with Bon Jovi opening on the European leg. This was the first tour with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar, replacing Mark St. John.
1986: Lou Reed and Sam Moore perform their updated version of 'Soul Man' on 'Saturday Night Live.' The song is being featured in the movie of the same name.
1986: Bassist Jason Newsted makes his first appearance with Metallica at a concert in Tokyo.
1986: Eddie Money peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Take Me Home Tonight,' which was Money’s first top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Dire Straits became the first act to sell over three million copies of an album in the UK. Brothers in Arms contained five, top 40 singles: ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘So Far Away,’ ‘Walk of Life,’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick.’ The album is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history.
1988: Kiss release their release best of album, 'Smashes, Thrashes & Hits.' 'Beth' was re-recorded with vocals by Eric Carr. It also featured two new songs 'Let's Put the X in Sex' and '(You Make Me) Rock Hard.'
1988: Metallica kicked off their 'Damaged Justice' U.S. tour in Toledo, Ohio at the Toledo Sports Arena. Queensryche was the opener on this initial leg of the U.S., tour.
1990: Killer Dwarfs released the album 'Dirty Weapons.' The song ‘Doesn’t Matter’ was their first radio hit in the USA. It went to #1 in thirteen cities.
1990: David Bowie opens on Broadway in the title role of 'The Elephant Man.'
1992: The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian all guest star on tonight's 'Rock Of Ages' episode of FOX's 'Married With Children.'Along with Al Bundy (who plays the sandwich), they form Old Aid and perform "We Are The Old." Sample lyrics: "We are the old,
We've got arthritis, Our gums are weak, From gingivitis."
1992: Ozzy Osbourne said his show in Costa Mesa, California would be his last concert ever. The show was in in Costa Mesa, California on the final leg of the 'No More Tours Tour.' Black Sabbath with frontman Rob Halford opened the show. The show turned into a Sabbath reunion when Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward joined Ozzy on stage for a four-song encore.
1993: A mysterious act called The Fireman releases an album called 'Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest' in the UK. The cover is a red square with just a touch of text, and the music is mellow electronica. It is later revealed that The Fireman is a Paul McCartney side project.
1999: Elton John threatened to cancel a show in Winnipeg, Canada after customs officers searched his plane and kept his entourage waiting at the airport for two hours.
1999: KoRn play their album 'Issues' (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
2000: Tesla reunite.
2000: Winners at The MTV Europe Awards included Red Hot Chili Peppers for best rock band and Blink 182 winning best new act.
2000: Michael Abram, the Liverpool man who stabbed George Harrison after breaking into his home, was awarded a not guilty verdict at Oxford's Crown Court. But the verdict was returned in view of Abrams mental history, and he was taken into care.
2000: Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the US border. Deftones were to play to several thousand fans at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa, while Durst et al were to rock Vancouver with its Anger Management Tour.
2004: Queens Of The Stone Age contribute 'In Your Head' to the in-game soundtrack of Need For Speed Underground 2 video game.
2005: Sony Records celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's classic 'Born To Run' album by releasing a CD/DVD set.
2005: Rush releases 'R30 - Live in Frankfurt' on DVD. Footage is from an October 2004 concert in Germany.
2005: 'Sublime: Gold,' a 42 track retrospective drops. The songs are from the band's three studio albums, plus previously unreleased material.
2005: Def Leppard's 'Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection' hits stores. It has music videos of classic hits 'Pour Some Sugar on Me,' 'Foolin' and 'Love Bites.' Bonus features include rehearsal footage and audio commentary.
2005: One-of-a-kind watches made from leather goods donated by Ozzy Osbourne, members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver go on sale. Proceeds benefit the MusiCared MAP Fund, which aids musicians battling substance abuse.
2005: P.O.D. releases 'The Warriors EP Vol. 2 .' The seven-track CD includes demo versions of two new songs, 'Teachers' and 'Ya Mama,' along with live renditions of 'Boom' and 'Wildfire' recorded the previous year.
2005: Green Day's live DVD 'Bullet In A Bible' drops. The footage is from two London shows taped June 18-19.
2005: Slipknot appear as characters in the 'Infected' video game. "We wanted to make sure we were badasses," says percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan.
2005: U2's concert DVD, 'Vertigo 2005/U2 Live From Chicago' is in stores. The double-disc set includes the 'Beyond the Tour' documentary.
2006: Panic Channel play an acoustic concert to benefit the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the Free Speech Coalition organizations.
2006: Disturbed, Flyleaf and Nonpoint embark on the 'Music As A Weapon' tour in Providence, RI. This happens just as Tool's 'The Pot' moves into #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart displacing Disturbed's 'Land Of Confusion.'
2007: The first episode of Daryl Hall's show 'Live From Daryl's House' airs on the web, with Hall performing from his home in Millerton, New York. The series gains traction and gets picked up by the Palladia network. Over the years many musical luminaries appear, performing a mix of their own songs, covers and Hall & Oates tracks.
2007: Velvet Revolver announces the cancellation of their tour of Japan because have been denied visas by the country's immigration department. "We don't understand why the authorities won't give us visas when they granted them for us in 2005 for what was a successful tour and a great experience," says a group statement. The promoter blames the problem on "increasingly tough Japanese immigration officials (who took) exception with the backgrounds of various band members."
2007: Linkin Park's 'Music For Relief and Unite The United' launch an eBay auction of music memorabilia to raise money for victims of California wildfires. On the block are autographed items from Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Smashing Pumpkins.
2007: 'Shaking The Blues,' an Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) sponsored concert, takes place in L.A. ANSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Jackson Browne is one of the performers.
2007: In a charity auction a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.
2007: The Police are winners at the 4th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York. The trio's reunion trek is the Top Tour and Top Draw.
2008: Slash, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are among the performers at a Cleveland tribute concert honoring electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul. The event is part of the American Music Masters series, supported by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
2008: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, along with Ace Frehley, are guests on VH1 Classic program 'That Metal Show.'
2008: Rod Stewart serves as the musical entertainment at a 60th birthday party for Prince Charles in Highgrove, England. Stewart reportedly agrees to perform free of charge (rather than his usual $1.5 million fee) as a present for Charles, a longtime friend.
2009: Foo Fighters' 'Wheels' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. It holds the top spot for two weeks.
2009: The Library of Congress announces that Paul McCartney is the winner of the Gershwin Prize of Popular Song.
2009: 61-year-old Yusuf Islam, known as Cat Stevens in the 1970s, took the stage in Dublin for the inaugural performance of his first full tour since 1976.
2011: A cardboard sign reading "Bed Peace," created by John Lennon for his 1969 bed-in peace protest in Montreal, was sold by Christie's auction house to an anonymous telephone bidder for $155,600.
2011: Mark "Moogy" Klingman (keyboardist for Utopia) dies of bladder cancer in New York City at age 61.
2011: After announcing their break-up a couple months earlier, R.E.M. issues their first career spanning retrospective 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.' The set includes tracks recorded after the completion of the band's final album, 'Collapse Into Now.'
2012: Bono meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss global development, AIDS and efforts to fight poverty. It's part of the U2 frontman's three-day lobbying effort in the nation's capital.
2012: Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen donates $20,000 to San Diego's Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Collen auctions off his 'Wings' guitar for $15,000 and then kicks in $5,000 of his own money.
2012: The Beatles' Apple Corps gave the go-ahead to film company OVOW to start searching for amateur or professional shot clips of the group during their tours in the 1960s. The finished project will be a new Beatles concert film titled 'The Beatles Live!'
2013: 'Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History' is in bookstores. Publisher Voyageur Press on calls the book "the authoritative tribute to one of history's most successful and admired Heavy Metal bands."
2016: Johnny Marr’s 'Set The Boy Free: The Autobiography' is released. The book chronicles the life of The Smiths guitarist and co-founder.
2016: Laura Jane Grace, the frontwoman for Against Me!, publishes her memoir 'Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.'
2016: American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter Mose Allison died aged 89. He became notable for playing a unique mix of blues and modern jazz. His music influenced many blues and rock artists, including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, the Yardbirds, John Mayall, J. J. Cale, the Who (who made ‘Young Man Blues’ a staple of their live performances and is featured on their 'Live At Leeds' album).
2015: Songwriter P.F. Sloan passed away at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several weeks earlier. Among the hit songs he wrote were 'Eve Of Destruction' by Barry McGuire, 'A Must To Avoid' by Herman's Hermits, 'You Baby' by The Turtles, 'Where Were You When I Needed You' by The Grass Roots and 'Secret Agent Man' by Johnny Rivers. Suffering from what was described as "physical and mental illness", Sloan was musically active only sporadically since the end of the 1960's.
2017: Stone Temple Pilots release a new single, 'Meadow,' featuring new singer Jeff Gutt, a former X-Factor TV show contestant. A new STP album is slated for release in Spring of 2018.
2017: Guns N' Roses’ 'Not In This Lifetime' tour wins the "Top Tour/Top Draw" category, beating U2 and Coldplay, at Billboard's annual Touring Awards in L.A. The tour grosses more than $400 million in a year-and-a-half.
2017: KISS' Gene Simmons gets banned for life from FOX News and FOX Business News after appearing on Fox & Friends and Maria Bartiromo’s FOX Business Network show, Mornings with Maria, to promote his book 'On Power: My Journey Through The Corridors Of Power And How You Can Get More Power.' Simmons crudely insults female FOX staffers, taunts them and exposes his chest.
2017: Video of Dave Grohl performing 'Paradise City' with Guns N' Roses in Tulsa, OK is uploaded on to YouTube where it goes to #1 on the Top Facebook Live Videos chart. It’s the most-reacted-to, most-shared and most-viewed video by a musical act.

Nov. 16
1962: The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program 'The Friday Spectacular.' The Beatles were interviewed and then they played in front of a live audience both sides of their latest single, 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You'.The Beatles paid a visit to the Devonshire Arms pub in London and the editorial offices of Disc magazine.
1963: Nino Tempo and April Stevens' 'Deep Purple' hits #1 in the US. The famous band later names themselves after the song.
1965: George Martin spent the day firming up the track listing of the Beatles’ 'Rubber Soul.'
1968: Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the North of England at Manchester College of Science & Technology in England. They were paid 225 pounds. The band was on the main stage in their large hall. John Fahey and Procul Harum also performed during this event.
1968: The Steve Miller Band performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Jimi Hendrix hits #1 on the US album chart with their 3rd and final studio album 'Electric Ladyland.' The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and a version of Bob Dylan's ‘All Along the Watchtower.' It featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with this "naked lady" cover which was banned by several record dealers as "pornographic", while others sold it with the gatefold cover turned inside out.
1969: Janis Joplin was arrested for using obscene language at a concert in Tampa, Florida. When a policeman tried to control the crowd with a bullhorn, she allegedly told him, “Don’t f*** with those people! Hey, Mister, what’re you so uptight about? Did you buy a five-dollar ticket?” When she was requested to tell the audience to sit down, Joplin allegedly replied, “I’m not telling them s***.” Charges were later dropped.
1969: The Who play the War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York.
1969: The Rolling Stones played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1970: The Grateful Dead perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Jefferson Airplane play the 46th Sttreet Rock Palace in Brooklyn, NY.
1970: Stephen Stills self-titled solo album is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 charting singles - 'Love the One You're With' (#14) and 'Sit Yourself Down' (#37).
1970: Grand Funk Railroad released their 1st live album simply titled 'Live Album.'
1970: The J. Geils Band released their self-titled debut album. It reached #195 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page visits Paris for a few days and meets with Barclay Records, which distributes Atlantic Records in France.
1971: Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut goes gold.
1971: Frank Zappa appears on the UK show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' performing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.
1971: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Baths Hall in Ipswich, England, tickets £1.
1971: Pink Floyd played the University of Washington in Washington, DC.
1972: King Crimson plays at Kins Hall in Derby, England.
1973: NBC’s 'Midnight Special' showed David Bowie’s 1980 'Floor Show' special. The show was taped in London’s Marquee Club, one of the venues where Bowie played with his early bands.
1973: Neil Young performed at Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1973: The Kinks album 'Preservation Act 1' is released. It reached #177 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Ted Nugent with special guest Freddie King play the Detroit Palace in Detroit, MI.
1974: KISS played the Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park, NJ.
1974: John Lennon: ‘Walls and Bridges’ hits #1 on the US album charts.
1974: John Lennon was #1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' His girl friend, May Pang, would later recall that John got the inspiration for the song when he saw TV evangelist Reverend Ike utter the phrase "Let me tell you guys, it doesn't matter, it's whatever gets you through the night." Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1975: Dave Mason performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: Thin Lizzy appeared at The Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1976: Squeeze played at The Greyhound in Fulham, London. Admission was free.
1976: Resident genius of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, comes out of an eight-year seclusion to give an interview to BBC 2's music show 'Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1977: Rush received three gold records for sales of their albums '2112,' 'All the World’s a Stage' and 'A Farewell to Kings.'
1977: Rush performs at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1978: The film version of 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' opened. It starred Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper and Steve Martin.
1978: Queen played the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City and were was awarded the Gold Ticket for playing to over 100,000 fans at the venue. During 'Fat Bottomed Girls,' several female nude cyclists joined them onstage.
1979: Pink Floyd released their single 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2' in the UK, where it went to #1.
1979: The Who play at New Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1980: Dire Straits perform at the Berkeley Theatre in Boston.
1981: Eric Clapton performed at the Civic Center in Wolverhampton, England.
1982: Steve Miller Band's 'Abracadabra' album goes platinum.
1984: Slayer released their 1st live album 'Live Undead.'
1985: Starship started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'We Built This City,' it made No.12 in the UK. It is later named Worst Song of All Time by Blender magazine.
1985: U2 launched their own record label, Mother Records. The intent was 'to unearth fresh musical talent in Ireland' and the label released several one-off single releases for The Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua and Cactus World News amongst others.
1987: Lenny Kravitz married actress Lisa Bonet, who was that day celebrating her 20th birthday. They divorced in 1993.
1987: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England for supplying heroin to a man who later died.
1988: Stephen Love, The Beach Boys’ former business manager, is convicted of embezzling $906,000 from the band and is sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make $86,000 in restitution. Love is the younger brother of Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and a cousin of group members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson.
1988: ‎Dokken‬ released their 1st live album 'Beast From The East.' The album earned the band their only Grammy Award nomination for the Best Metal Performance in 1990, losing to Metallica's 'One.'
1990: Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen play the first of two all acoustic shows in L.A. to benefit the Christic Institute. The organization filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government sanctioned illegal arms sales and drug trafficking to finance cover operations in the Iran-contra scandal.
1991: Guns N’ Roses peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Don’t Cry,' which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1994: Dino Valente (born Chester William Powers, Jr.) died of a brain tumor in Santa Rosa, CA. at 57. Valente, who was also known as Jesse Oris/Otis Farrow, was the lead singer and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. He famously wrote the song 'Get Together' which became an appeal for peace and brotherhood and was a hit for The Youngbloods. Unfortunately, Valente was involved in several drug busts and to raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for “Get Together” to the manager of the Kingston Trio (the Trio had first recorded the song in 1964).
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers 'One Hot Minute' album is certified platinum.
1996: 'The Beatles Anthology Volume 3' went to #1 in the American album chart. The Beatles became the first act to have three #1 albums in a 12-month period.
1998: Kmart gets into the online music game, launching a site called Music Favorites.
1998: Metallica release their single of the Bob Seger classic 'Turn The Page.'
1999: ‎KoRn‬ released their 4th studio album 'Issues.' Since its release, the album has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.
2000: Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) died in his sleep. He was just 26. Joe C. was a rapper who appeared often with Kid Rock. He was 3 ft. 9 in. because he had celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that can cause stunting and dwarfism. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems which required him to take 60 pills daily and receive constant medical treatment.
2001: The city of Palm Springs, California, unveils a statue in its downtown area honoring the late Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and mayor of the city for a time in the '80's.
2001: A six-minute recording of a Beatles interview bought for $5 at a flea market, sold for $10,400 at an online auction. The winning bidder was simply described as "an avid record and music memorabilia collector" from the US.
2002: The Rolling Stones and John Mellencamp played a private concert for Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman’s 60th birthday party at The Joint in Las Vegas. Robin Williams entertained guests between acts & the party cost $7 million.
2003: Kid Rock is named the Best Pop/Rock Male Artist at the American Music Awards. Linkin Park gets Best Alternative Performer.
2004: 'The Beatles: The Capitol Albums Vol. 1' (Box Set) is released. The set features the official stereo versions of a number of tracks on compact disc. The CDs were mastered from submaster tapes from the Capitol Records vaults which were prepared by Capitol A&R executive Dave Dexter, Jr, who added reverb to several tracks and simulated stereo ("fake stereo") on mono tracks. The box set debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on December 4, 2004 at #35 with sales of 37,303 copies. It spent 6 weeks on the chart. The box was certified with gold and platinum awards on December 17, 2004 by the RIAA.
2005: The CBS special 'I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash' airs. U2, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and the Foo Fighters are among the performers. Kid Rock and Jerry Lee Lewis perform 'I Walk The Line.'
2005: The Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix are inducted into the 2nd UK Music Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Alexandria Place in London. Ozzy lightens the mood by mooning the audience while performing with Sabbath. "I thought they needed livening up a bit," says the Prince of Darkness. Also, two former Jimi Hendrix sidemen, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, participate in the tribute jam honoring the late guitar legend that follows his induction. Steve Winwood and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash also take part in the performance.
2006: 3 Doors Down announce they will promote the merits of high-end audio equipment for a campaign launched by the Consumer Electronics Association. The band's five members appear in video interviews conducted in conjunction with the initiative. "We want our audience to be able to experience [our music] the way that we intended it in the studio," says guitarist Matt Roberts.
2006: 'Queen's Greatest Hits' is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At #2: The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper.'
2006: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sends 417 more letters to sixteen college administrators threatening mass lawsuits if file-sharing is found happening on university servers.
2006: Green Day partner with environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council to launch 'Move America Beyond Oil,' a campaign calling for clean, renewable energy. "People are sick of our oil addiction and feel like nobody is doing anything about it," says guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. "The solutions are there, the support is there, but the leadership is not. Our message is that it's OK to take on that responsibility."
2006: Saliva kick off a tour in Rockford, IL. to support their 5th album, 'Blood Stained Love Story,'
2007: An exhibit on The Beatles movie 'Help!' opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to coincide with the release of the film on DVD ten days earlier.
2007: Gamma Ray released the album 'Land Of The Free II.'
2009: Elton John's 8th annual AIDS Foundation benefit event, An Enduring Vision, takes place in New York. Former President Bill Clinton and actress Sharon Stone are honored for their work.
2009: Alice In Chains single, 'Your Decision' is released. The dark power ballad referencing the band's late frontman Lane Staley is the 3rd single from 'Black Gives Way To Blue.' The song goes #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
2010: Kid Rock releases his 8th studio album 'Born Free.' It features guest performances by Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger and Rapper T.I.
2010: The Beatles' 13 original albums, the two-volume 'Past Masters' compilation, the '1962-66' and '1967-70' collections are finally available from the iTunes' Store as albums or individual songs.
2010: 'West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology' is released. The collection spans the guitarist's session work for the Isley Brothers and Little Richard, among others, to late career recordings and demos.
2011: The Google Music service, consisting of streaming audio and downloads, is launched in the U.S. Exclusive content by Pearl Jam and other acts is available to users.
2012: Scott Gorham, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, releases his official memoir, 'The Boys Are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy.'
2013: 3 Doors Down host their 10th annual concert for their 'Better Life Foundation,' which provides assistance to children and young adults with special needs. Black Stone Cherry also perform.
2013: Journey donates more than $350,000 to victims of a typhoon that struck the Philippines. The band also leads a US appeal for more funds. Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is from the Philippines.
2014: U2's Bono is rushed to the hospital and undergoes five hours of surgery to repair facial and shoulder injuries after having a bike accident in New York's Central Park. The singer suffers numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin. The singer revealed this year that he still can’t play guitar and suffers numbness. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.” The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.'
2014: The Dropkick Murphys tour bus kills a suspected suicide. The victim jumps in front of the bus while it is en route to the Dallas airport. The incident results in the cancellation of their show in Tulsa.
2016: President Barack Obama awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's top civilian honor, to twenty-one recipients, including Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen. The honorees, from the worlds of acting, athletics, music, and science, were acknowledged for their contributions to America.

Nov. 17
1957: Gene Vincent makes his national television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs 'Dance To The Bop.'
1958: Alan Freed learned that his trial for inciting a riot in Boston during a rock show he promoted in May 1958 was postponed until January 1959. The delay was due to prosecutors investigating that Freed broke Massachusetts anti-anarchy laws.
1961: The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they played at the Village Hall, Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
1962: The Four Seasons started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Big Girls Don't Cry', the group's second #1 of the year. It made #13 in the UK. Songwriter Bob Crewe later said that he was inspired to write the song after he heard actor John Payne use the phase "big girls don't cry" in a 1956 movie called 'Slightly Scarlet.'
1963: John Weightman the Headmaster of a Surrey Grammar School, banned all pupils from having Beatle haircuts saying, "this ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."
1963: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet singer Gene Pitney at the taping of ITV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' They give him 'That Girl Belongs To Yesterday,' which becomes a major Pitney hit in both the U.S. and U.K.
1966: The Beach Boys were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Vibrations.' As a child, Brian Wilsons mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1967: The Who began their 2nd tour of North America in Kansas City, KS. at Shawnee Mission South High School. The group was on tour opening for The Buckinghams.
1967: A 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice and Amen Corner played at the City Hall, Sheffield. A review in the Sheffield Star noted: 'Like an electrified golliwog, Jimi Hendrix threw himself into a live-wire act that featured his intricate guitar interpretation. Quite an Experience'.
1967: Pink Floyd released their 3rd single 'Apples And Oranges' in the UK.
1967: Davy Jones of The Monkees opens a boutique called Zilch I, named after a Monkees song, in New York's Greenwich Village.
1967: The Mothers of Invention played at the Masonic Temple Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: The Moody Blues performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: Elton John plays live in a recording studio, accompanied by just two musicians: Dee Murray on bass and Nigel Olsson on drums. Broadcast on WABC-FM (which would later become WPLJ), it's the first live FM broadcast from a music studio. The recording would later be released as '17-11-70,' Elton's first live album.
1971: Bob Dylan releases 'Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 2.'
1971: The Faces release 'A Nod Is As Good As A Wink... To A Blind Horse.' The bands 3rd LP with Rod Stewart contains the band's biggest US hit, 'Stay with Me,' which reaches #17 (#6 in the UK), with the LP peaking at #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Lp's Chart (#2 in the UK).
1971: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Coz I Luv You', the group's first of six #1's. The misspelt song titles became a trademark for Slade, causing a great furore among teachers up and down the country.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at the Kinetic Circus in Birmingham during a tour of the UK.
1971: The Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage play the Albuquerque Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM.
1971: Alice Cooper played Saginaw Auditorium in Saginaw, MI.
1972: Yes performed at Tilson Auditorium in Terre Haute, Indiana.
1972: David Bowie with special guest Nitzinger play Pirate's World Amusement Park in Dania, FL.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.
1973: The New York Dolls performed at State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.
1973: The Who's double album ‘Quadrophenia’ entered the UK album chart peaking at #2. One of two two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1969 ‘Tommy’). The 1979 film based on the story stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.
1973: Melody Maker carries an interview with The Who’s John Entwistle in which he discusses his abilities on brass instruments. In the same issue, Michael Watts reviews the November 13th show and says audiences seemed unsure during 'Quadrophenia,' with most of the applause given for the old standards. Also, there is a report that both Mick Jagger and David Bowie have turned down roles in the upcoming 'Tommy' film. Eric Clapton is listed as one of the possible stars.
1973: Ike & Tina Turner's 'Nutbush City Limits' misses the Top 20 (#22) in the U.S. but hits #4 in the U.K. The song is covered by Bob Seger.
1974: John Lennon scored his second solo #1 album with 'Walls And Bridges.'
1974: Steve Miller Band played The Grand Valley State College Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
1974: Bruce Springsteen played Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
1975: Bob Dylan played at War Memorial Coliseum in Rochester, New York.
1975: Tommy Bolin's debut solo album, 'Teaser,' is released. Toto’s Jeff Porcaro, Phil Collins, Glenn Hughes, The Tubes’ Prairie Prince and others contributed. The album runs the gamut stylistically, and spawns the rocking title track, which Mötley Crüe covers years later.
1976: ZZ Top appeared at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1977: Rush performed at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York.
1978: During Bob Dylan's show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his "Christian period" the next year.
1978: A Linda Ronstadt compilation 'A Retrospective' goes gold.
1978: Alice Cooper released his 11th studio album, 'From the Inside.'
1979: John Glascock dies from a congenital heart valve defect. He was 28. Glascock was the bass player for Jethro Tull and got his start in the band Carmen. He had also been a member of Chicken Shack. His heart issue was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. He died almost penniless, having signed a bad contract with Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson.
1979: David VanLanding (born William David VanLandingham), singer with the Michael Schenker Group and Crimson Glory, dies in a car accident when he collides with a dump truck in Clearwater, Florida. VanLanding did three tours with MSG and appeared on their 1997 double album 'The Michael Schenker Story Live.' He was also a vocal coach and played with many local cover bands.
1979: Def Leppard released their 2nd single, 'Wasted.'
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.
1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #14 on the UK Albums chart. Upon Lennon's murder, the album jumped to #1 in the US chart, where it stayed for eight weeks and in the UK, it jumped to #2, where it remained for seven weeks before finally spending two weeks at #1. In 1982, Jack Douglas, Lennon and Ono won the 1981 Album of the Year for 'Double Fantasy' at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards. In 1989 the album was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980's.
1984: The best-of collection The Who: The Singles is released in Europe, Australia and Japan. It contains the first appearance of an alternate take of 'Happy Jack,' and the BBC mix of 'I Can See For Miles.'
1986: Dark Angel released the album 'Darkness Descend.' It's the first album to feature drummer Gene Hoglan.
1987: U2's Bono pulls a fan from the audience to sing 'People Get Ready' with him. Being that the concert is in L.A. the fan hands Bono a demo tape.
1987: Metallica released the 'Cliff 'Em All' home video.
1988: Guns N' Roses get the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Hard-Rock Heroes." The magazine compiled the story that summer when the band was on tour as the opening act for Aerosmith. Aerosmith assumed they were getting the cover, but by the end of the tour, their opening act had become much more popular.
1988: Unable to deny his sexual orientation any longer, Elton John divorces from German recording engineer Renate Blauel, whom he married in 1984.
1990: David Crosby from Crosby Stills Nash & Young was admitted to hospital after breaking a leg, shoulder and ankle after crashing his Harley Davidson motorbike.
1990: ZZ Top peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Recycler,' which was their 5th top 10 album in the U.S. The album went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1992: At the end of a long battle to claim royalties Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago ex of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love.'
1992: The 'A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica' documentary is released.
1992: Soundgarden released their home video, 'Motorvision.'
1993: Ritchie Blackmore plays a concert in Helsinki with Deep Purple, then quits the band for the second and final time, in the middle of a tour.
1994: Bob Dylan begins taping his episode of MTV's Unplugged at New York's Sony Studios. The appearance would be broadcast the following month & the album was released the following May.
1995: The Monkees, sans Mike Nesmith, guest star on the 'Boy Meets World' episode "Rave On," with Peter Tork playing Topanga's father, Jedediah Lawrence.
1997: Accept released their 3rd live album, 'All Areas – Worldwide.'
1997: The Foo Fighters begin recording their 2nd album, 'The Colour And The Shape,' at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA. The tracks are subsequently reworked and re-recorded in L.A.
1998: The Offspring release their 5th studio album, 'Americana,' with the hits 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),' 'Why Don't You Get A Job?,' 'The Kids Aren't Alright' and 'She's Got Issues.' The set sells over 15 million copies worldwide.
2000: It was reported that Andy White who played drums on The Beatles track 'Love Me Do' which was featured on the new Beatles Greatest Hits album would not earn enough from it to buy his own copy. White would get no more than his original session fee of £7.
2003: After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital. He is initially diagnosed with “exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection, ” but subsequent tests show he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to dizziness and fainting. The 52-year-old singer undergoes heart surgery four days later.
2003: 'Let It Be... Naked,' a stripped-down version of The Beatles' 'Let It Be' album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart upon release.
2005: Rome welcomes the world-premiere performance of Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters' opera 'a Ira (There Is Hope).' It sells out so a second show is added.
2006: Tom Morello is a guest on HBO's 'Real Time With Bill Maher.' He talks about music and his political activities including his work with the Axis of Justice/Food Not Bombs program.
2006: The James Bond movie 'Casino Royale' opens. The soundtrack includes the theme song 'You Know My Name,' performed by Chris Cornell.
2006: Peter Gabriel (former Genesis frontman and solo performer) receives the annual Man of Peace trophy in Rome from the Gorbachev Foundation, an organization founded by former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gabriel is recognized for his his human-rights activism and promotion of peace. The ceremony marks the beginning of an international gathering attended by Nobel Peace Prize winners.
2006: U2's Bono and the Edge join Pearl Jam onstage for a cover of Neil Young's 'Rockin' In The Free World' at the Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia. About 14,000 people attend the event, timed to coincide with the G-20 summit in that fair city. "The politicians have to do what you tell them to do," Bono tells the crowd.
2006: Three Days Grace perform 'Running Away' in a club scene on an episode of the CBS series 'The Ghost Whisperer,' starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. "She was actually really cool," says frontman Adam Gontier of working with Hewitt.
2006: Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Nirvana are heard on 'Guitar Hero II,' the sequel to the popular PlayStation 2 video game. 2006: Citing irreconcilable differences, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson files for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. The divorce becomes final the following year.
2007: Kid Rock is the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
2007: The Eagles reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the 6th time with their first studio album in 28 years, 'Long Road out of Eden.' The bands 7th studio album went on to be certified Platinum seven times.
2008: During John McCain's 2008 losing presidential race, Jackson Browne sued the candidate for using 'Running On Empty' in a commercial without permission. Now, McCain's lawyer files two lengthy motions claiming that the candidate was within his rights to use the song, and the other seeks damages from Browne for apparently "interfering with the politician's free speech." It all gets settled in Browne's favor.
2009: Them Crooked Vultures (Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Queens Of The Stone Age founder Josh Homme) release their self-titled debut album. With that, the band launches a tour in support of the album at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2009: Rush release the live compilation album, 'Working Men.' It features tracks from 2008's 'Snakes & Arrows Live,' 2005's 'R30' and 2003's 'Rush In Rio' but the songs are from various periods in the band's lengthy career.
2009: Helix released the album 'Vagabond Bones.' The album reunited members of the 1980's Helix lineup: Brian Vollmer, Brent Doerner, Daryl Gray and Greg Hinz.
2010: Patti Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir 'Just Kids.'
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is one five celebrities transformed into one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids auctioned on Ebay to benefit the Children's Action Network (CAN), a national adoption awareness organization. Tyler's Cabbage Patch doll comes with its own microphone stand. Figures.
2012: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down, supporting their 'greatest hits' collection, launch a co-headlining North American tour. The first stop is The Better Life Foundation event in Tunica, MS. Founded in 2003 by 3 Doors Down, The Better Life Foundation's mission is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults with special needs.
2014: Nickelback release their 8th studio album, 'No Fixed Address.' The set contains the singles, 'Edge Of A Revolution' and 'What Are You Waiting For?' It is group's first effort for Republic Records (after leaving Roadrunner).
2014: Bryan Ferry's album 'Avonmore' is released.The set includes contributions from The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Dire Straights guitarist Mark Knopfler.
2014: 'The Art Of McCartney' tribute album is out. McCartney songs from his Beatles, Wings and solo catalog are covered by Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Heart, Chrissie Hynde and KISS.
2014: Pink Floyd land their first U.K. #1 album in 19 years with 'The Endless River.' The group's 6th U.K. chart topper sells 139,000 copies in its opening week. The band last topped the list in 1995 with the live album, 'Pulse.'
2014: Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder receive the first ASCAP Centennial Awards in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary.
2014: Former KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss is inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame as the year's Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place in New York City.
2015: Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine headlines the Joe Hill tribute show in L.A. honoring the labor rights activist and Folk singer. "Joe Hill's influence is everywhere," Morello says in a statement. "Without Joe Hill, there's no Woody Guthrie, no (Bob) Dylan, no (Bruce) Springsteen, no System Of A Down and no Rage Against The Machine." Hill was executed by a firing squad in Utah on 11/19/1915.
2015: The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says musicians should "try not to be afraid" following the Paris terrorist attacks just days earlier. One of the targets was an Eagles Of Death Metal concert where at least 89 people died. Prince, U2 and Foo Fighters are among the artists cancelling concerts in the wake of the attacks. "To think that people will be afraid to go to concerts now is a shame," says Flowers. "I hope we don't let what happened get the better of us."
2015: Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson guest star on an episode, titled '2112,' of NBC-TV's 'Chicago Fire.'
2015: David VanLanding (born William David VanLandingham), singer with the Michael Schenker Group and Crimson Glory, dies in a car accident when he collides with a dump truck in Clearwater, Florida. VanLanding did three tours with MSG and appeared on their 1997 double album 'The Michael Schenker Story Live.' He was also a vocal coach and played with many local cover bands. VanLanding was in the Michael Schenker Group in the late 1990's and again in 2011 and 2012.
2016: Peter Gabriel launches the "Imprisoned For Art" campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world who have been sent to jail for opposing their governments.
2017: Iron Maiden release 'The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter' live album was released. It features 16 songs recorded on the 'Book Of Souls' 2017 World Tour.

Nov. 18
1952: Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1956: Fats Domino performs his classic 'Blueberry Hill' on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song had been around for over a decade having been recorded by Gene Autry and even Glenn Miller. The version by Fats Domino was ranked #82 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1957: As a follow-up to his #3 hit, 'Be-Bop Baby,' Ricky Nelson records 'Stood Up,' which will reach #2 early the following year.
1958: Johnny Cash suffers an attack of acute appendicitis while preparing for a show in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is hospitalized.
1962: With their best hit making years now behind them, The Everly Brothers see their song 'Don't Ask Me To Be Friends' peak at #48 on the Hot 100. Although they had placed 25 songs in the Top 40 since 1957, the duo would accomplish that feat only two more times with 'Gone Gone Gone' (#31 in 1964) and 'Bowling Green' (#40 in 1967).
1963: Beatles manager Brian Epstein asks the group's fans to please refrain from pelting the group with "jellybabies" (jellybeans) at their concerts. (The Beatles had made the mistake of remarking how much they liked them.)
1963: The Beatles received silver LP discs for 'Please Please Me' and 'With the Beatles' at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for 'Twist and Shout' and a silver single for 'She Loves You'. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests. Also on this day, the US NBC news program 'The Huntley-Brinkley Report' was the first to air footage (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
1964: Beatles press officer Brian Sommerville informs Paul Nathan, an associate of Elvis Presley film producer Hal Wallis, that the group are huge fans of the King and would love to appear at the end of Elvis' next Paramount picture (which would turn out to be
1966's 'Paradise, Hawaiian Style'). The deal is never finalized.
1965: Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all perform at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland, North East England.
1966: The Who played at City Hall in Perth, Australia.
1966: Pink Floyd played a “philadelic” music event at England’s Hornsey College of Art.
1967: Pink Floyd released their 3rd single, 'Apples and Oranges,' in England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed two shows at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, as part of a UK tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, and other lesser acts.
1967: The Who play the Festival of Music at the Cow Palace in San Francisco with The Association, the Everly Brothers, Eric Burdon and the New Animals, Sopwith Camel, and the Sunshine Company. The Who are the curtain closers for the first half of the show.
1968: The 3rd (and final) album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Electric Ladyland' goes gold.
1968: A group called Pogo, which includes Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richie Furay, debuts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They change their name to Poco to avoid legal action over the comic strip Pogo.
1970: 'Led Zeppelin III' hit #1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page's that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew aka Zacron, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
1970: Elvis Presley meets actor Paul Frees in Los Angeles and notices Frees' BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge. Elvis becomes determined to acquire one for himself.
1970: Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra divorce after fourteen years of marriage. The controversy surrounding Jerry Lee's marriage to his then fourteen year old second cousin virtually halted his career in the 1950's.
1971: Procol Harum record 'Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.'
1971: Memphis blues singer and musician Herman “Junior” Parker died during surgery for a brain tumor. He was 39 years old. Parker was discovered in 1952 by Ike Turner, who signed him to Modern Records. Parker then signed to Sun Records in 1953. There, they produced three successful songs including 'Feelin’ Good,' a #5 on the Billboard R&B charts.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at Sheffield University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1972: Cat Stevens started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Catch Bull At Four.' The title was taken from one of the Ten Bulls of Zen a series of short poems and accompanying pictures that are intended to illustrate the stages of a Buddhist practitioner's progression towards enlightenment. Stevens played 14 different instruments during the recording of the ten tracks that make up the LP.
1972: Steely Dan's first single 'Do It Again' enters the pop charts. It will peak at #6 on February 11, 1973.
1972: Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, died of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally used Crazy Horse as a backing band, recorded his 1975 masterpiece 'Tonight’s the Night' as a tribute. Young's song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was also written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).
1973: Roxy Music appeared at Leicester University in Leicester, England.
1974: John Lennon was at #1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1974: Genesis release their double album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.' It is the last album by the group to feature lead singer Peter Gabriel. It takes over 15 years for the album to go Gold. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #10 on the UK Albums chart. In 2012, the album ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Readers' Poll: Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time".
1974: George Harrison's 'Dark Horse' b/w 'I Don't Care Anymore' 45 single is released. It beacame a top 20 hit in the United States, but it was Harrison's first single not to chart in Britain when issued there in early 1975. Harrison also used the name for his record label, Dark Horse, and his 1974 North American tour with Ravi Shankar would come to be known as the Dark Horse Tour.
1975: Bruce Springsteen’s first gigs in London were hyped with posters reading, “Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen.” Having already appeared on the covers of Newsweek and Time, Springsteen finally cracked and tore down the posters in the lobby of London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
1976: Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGB's New York. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion and was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude.
1977: Aerosmith performed at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
1978: Rush played at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1978: Billy Joel's '52nd Street,' containing 'My Life' and 'Big Shot,' begins an eight week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1979: The Eagles perform at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1979: Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison in California after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1979: Paul McCartney releases 'Wonderful Christmastime.' a tune on which he plays all the instruments himself. The song would peak at #6 on the UK singles chart and #83 on the Cash Box Best Sellers chart, but did not reach the Billboard Hot 100. Considered by many fans as one of his weakest efforts, the record reportedly earns Maca $400,000 a year, which puts its cumulative earnings at near $15 million.
1980: The self-titled debut album from the B-52s goes gold. The story goes a "retired" John Lennon heard the album (released in 1979) and felt the time was right for his return.
1980: KISS performed at the Adeleaide Fairgrounds in Adelaide, Australia.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia.
1981: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 21nd studio album 'I Love Rock -n- Roll' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the title track, written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks in the spring of 1982.
1982: Van Halen played the Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX.
1983: Black Sabbath played at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
1983: R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show The Tube. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.
1984: Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan won Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards.
1985: Seven of Jimi Hendrix's gold records are stolen from his father's home during a burglary. A few months later, Warner Bros. Records replaces them in a ceremony with Mo Ostin, who signed Hendrix to the label in 1967.
1985: Robert Palmer's 9th solo album, 'Riptide' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 85 week stay, and featured the hit single 'Addicted to Love' which reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986, helped by a memorable music video. Palmer won a Grammy Award for the song in 1987.
1985: John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy' b/w 'Going Down On Love' 45 single is released in the UK. 'Jealous Guy' was released on the 'Imagine' album in 1971. During Lennon's lifetime, it was not released as a single. Almost five years after Lennon's murder, and four-and-a-half years after Roxy Music had taken their cover of the song to #1 on the UK charts in 1981, John Lennon's recording of was released by Parlophone as a single in November 1985. It reached #65 in the charts.
1985: Def Leppard’s 'Vault: Greatest Hits 1980-1995' compilation album peaked at #15 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1986: Boston: ‘Amanda’ is the #1 song in the U.S.
1987: U2 decided to support themselves as they played their second night in L.A. as a mythical country group called The Dalton Brothers.
1987: 'Mony Mony' by Billy Idol hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1987: CBS agrees to sell its record division to Sony for $2 billion, giving the Japanese electronics giant control of the Epic, Columbia and Portrait labels. Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, George Michael, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson are among the artists who fall under CBS, the world's largest record company.
1988: The film 'Buster,' which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States.
1988: Manowar released the album 'Kings Of Metal.' The album was the last to feature guitarist and founding member Ross "The Boss" Friedman.
1989: Whitesnake released the album 'Slip Of The Tongue.' The album peaked at #10 on both the UK Official Charts and Billboard 200.
1990: At a rock memorabilia auction in Houston, Texas, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sold for $18,000.
1991: U2's seventh studio album 'Achtung Baby' is released.
1992: Black Sabbath receive a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood, California.
1993: Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York. Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly. The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Unplugged it's not, since frontman Kurt Cobain insists on feeding his acoustic guitar through effects pedals and amplifiers.
1993: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is arrested in the New Orleans French Quarter outside the Blue Crystal, a punk rock bar, for public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Apparently, there was a bar fight with a waiter and Vedder’s friend, Chicago White Sox pitcher and Cy Young award winner, Jack McDowell, was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.
1994: The Rolling Stones became the first major band to have a segment of a concert broadcast live on the internet with 20 minutes of their concert at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas being broadcast. It is a first for a major label group.
1997: Aerosmith release their single, 'Pink.'
1997: AC/DC releases 'Bonfire.'
1997: Metallica release their 'Reload' album, the follow-up to 'Load.' The group's 7th studio album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was Metallica's last studio album to feature longtime bassist Jason Newsted.
1997: MSG releases 'Written In The Sand.'
1997: In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star's computer found it loaded with child pornography.
1999: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall separate eight years to the day after their marriage in Bali when Brazilian model Luciana Morad names Jagger as the father of her unborn child.
2001: R.E.M. made a guest appearance on The Simpsons performing 'It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)' in Homer Simpson’s garage.
2003: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sold for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2002: Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease-and-desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. No lawsuit is ever filed.
2002: George Harrison final studio album, 'Brainwashed' is released, almost a year after his death at age 58. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and was. The album had also been nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (for the track 'Any Road').
2003: Blink 182 release their self-titled album.
2003: American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. Kamen co-wrote the Bryan Adams' ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ His involvement with Mr. Holland’s Opus, a film about a frustrated composer who finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher, led Kamen to create The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in 1996. He composed 11 ballets, and won three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, two Ivor Novello Awards, and an Emmy.
2004: U2's Bono and Edge perform at the dedication of the Bill Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock.
2004: Linkin Park earns the Best Rock honor at the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Rome. Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock are among the presenters.
2005: The movie 'Walk The Line,' based on the life of Johnny Cash and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the singer, opens in US theaters.
2005: The U.S. Senate defeats a resolution honoring Bruce Springsteen for his contributions to American culture. Sponsored by New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine to coincided with the 30th anniversary of the release of the Boss' classic "Born To Run album," the motion is rejected by Republicans, apparently in response to Springsteen's endorsement of Democratic nominee John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential elections.
2005: AC/DC's Angus Young tops Maxium Magazine's list of the "25 greatest short dudes of all time." The 5-foot, 2-inch guitarist beat out the two inch taller Napoleon Bonaparte and former NBA guard Spud Webb, who is 5-foot, 7-inches.
2007: US celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman died aged 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.
2007: Daughtry earns three statues at the 2007 American Music Awards in L.A. The group captures Favorite Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Pop or Rock Album and Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist trophies. Nickelback (Favorite Pop or Rock Band, Duo or Group) and Linkin Park (Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist) also go home with awards.
2008: Nickelback release their sixth studio effort, 'Dark Horse.'
2008: Nine Inch Nails name drummer Ilan Rubin (from Lostprophets) to replace Josh Freese following NIN's 2008 North American 'Lights In The Sky' tour.
2008: Foo Fighters 'Live at Wembley Stadium' concert video is released. The package features 18 performances from two 2007 shows, including guest appearances by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.
2008: Sammy Hagar releases 'Cosmic Universal Fashion.' The 10-song collection contains a cover of Beastie Boys hit '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).' He also plays the first of a pair of St. Louis benefit shows to aid the local 'Blessings in a Backpack' charity. The program supplies nutritious meals to financially disadvantaged schoolchildren.
2009: The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights presents U2 frontman Bono with its 2009 Ripple of Hope Award at the Center's annual dinner held at Chelsea Piers in New York. The award honors Bono for his role in founding the advocacy organization ONE and (Product) RED, along with his efforts to fight against poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
2009: Kings Of Leon take "Woodie of the Year," the highest honor, at mtvU's Sixth Annual Woodie Awards held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event recognizes the best music on college radio, as voted by listeners.
2009: Bon Jovi's 'The Circle' tops the Billboard 200 moving over 160,000 copies in its first week of release.
2010: Sex Pistols John Lydon (still Johnny Rotten to many) says the engagement of Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton is a "beautiful love story." The Lydon-penned Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' created a controversy in 1977 during the week of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. The anti-monarchy tone sparked widespread anger. "My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves," says Lydon, more than thirty years later. "What I've always resented with the Royals was the austere nonsense that was being propagated." Queen Elizabeth, the queen referenced in the Sex Pistols song, is William's grandmother.
2010: The Allman Brothers return to the stage for the first time since Gregg Allman's liver transplant playing the first of three shows at Boston's Orpheum Theatre.
2012: Linkin Park takes home the Best Alternative Band trophy at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. Stevie Wonder performs a tribute to the late Dick Clark, who hosted American Bandstand and created the American Music Awards in 1973. Clark passed away in April of 2012.
2013: Kings Of Chaos (ex-Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, plus Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame, long time Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and Slipknot's Corey Taylor) perform at Avalon Hollywood with proceeds going to the Dolphin Project, which aims to save dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
2015: Survivor's Frankie Sullivan files a lawsuit against Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for using Survivor's 'Rocky III' theme 'Eye Of The Tiger,' which Sullivan co-wrote, without permission the previous September at the high-profile rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
2015: Andrew Ricks, a Florida police officer, is fired for joining the Death Metal band Vital Remains on stage, in full uniform, to sing their song 'Let The Killing Begin' on the night of the Paris terrorist attacks (11/13/15). "An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department," says Police Chief Cecil B. Smith in a statement.
2015: The tour bus carrying Hinder is involved in a crash outside Cookeville, TN. Bassist Mike Rodden suffers broken ribs.
2016: Metallica released the album 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.' The album was Metallica's sixth consecutive studio album to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart.
2016: Sammy Hagar releases the compilation, 'When The Party Started.' Sammy called it "a collection of what I feel are the best songs I wrote post Van Halen that mostly didn't get a lot of mainstream attention." Two new tracks are included.‬
2017: Australian musician and songwriter Malcolm Young died age 64. Young was best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring permanently in 2014. Young was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10. His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

Nov. 19
1949: At the age of 14, Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut playing 'Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee' at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday.
1955: Carl Perkins records 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock 'n' roll classic became a US #2 hit for Perkins in 1956. It of course has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
1957: Elvis Presley's first Christmas album, 'Elvis' Christmas Album,' is released. It will become the best-selling holiday album of all time.
1957: Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records. Nevertheless, the station doesn't flinch.
1959: An unnamed RCA executive tells reporters that, when he returns from the Army, Elvis Presley's music will be very different than the rock and roll he performed previously. Manager Colonel Tom Parker rushes to issue an official denial to fans.
1960: While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, 'Wild In The Country,' Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1962: The Beatles played gigs at three different venues. First, they performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, followed by an 85 mile drive to the Midlands, where they performed at Smethwick Baths Ballroom. That was followed by a set at Aldelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich in Staffordshire.
1964: Gary Lewis records 'This Diamond Ring,' which will climb to number one in the US the following January. Although the single will be credited to Gary Lewis And The Playboys, the music was actually provided by studio musicians and Lewis' voice was heavily mixed with that of singer Ron Hicklin. Co-writer Al Kooper has often said that although it has been his biggest commercial success as a songwriter, he was never happy with the Lewis version.
1965: The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The Golden Apples Of The Sun all appeared at the Glad Rag Ball, Wembley Empire Pool, London. Wembley Pool seats 10,000 and is the biggest venue The Who had yet played. However, they are forced to use the communal amplifiers and Roger Daltrey storms off in mid act demanding The Who’s amps be installed. The rest of the band perform instrumentals while Roger gets pelted with vegetables. Finally The Who’s amps are brought on and Roger returns to the mike.Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly through London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (King Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey's possible replacement.
1965: David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club in London.
1965: The Doors appeared at Hughes Aircraft Union Dance in Los Angeles.
1967: The Beach Boys played at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
1967: Pink Floyd appears at the Coventry Theater in Coventry, England.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1971: Blues great B.B. King celebrates his 25th year in show business with a European tour starting in London.
1971: Yes performed at William and Mary Memorial Hall in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1972: The Grateful Dead play the Hofheinz Pavilion at the University of Houston.
1973: Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, 'Physical Graffiti,' including a new song entitled 'Driving To Kashmir.'
1973: Emerson, Lake, & Palmer release their 4th studio album, 'Brain Salad Surgery.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: The Beach Boys 2nd official live album, 'The Beach Boys in Concert' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Compiled from two separate US tours in late 1972 and mid-1973, 'The Beach Boys In Concert' was initially submitted to Reprise Records as a single live disc and was rejected, before expanding into a double album.
1973: Led Zeppelin begin sessions for their 6th album by recording a demo called 'Driving to Kashmir.' The song title would later be shortened to just plain'“Kashmir.' The sessions break up when John Paul Jones threatens to leave the band to become a choirmaster.
1974: David Bowie’s Philly Dogs tour stops at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1975: Aerosmith plays at Lantz Arena, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
1975: The J. Geils Band completes the recording of their two record live 'Blow Your Face Out' at Detroit's Cobo Arena. Portions of the live album were also recorded four nights earlier at Boston Garden.
1976: Van Morrison's 'Moondance' album goes gold six years after its release. It's his first gold album.
1976: UK music weekly Sounds made the Sex Pistols debut 45, 'Anarchy In The UK' its single of the week.
1976: George Harrison's 'Thirty Three & 1/3' is released. It reached #11 during its 21 weeks stay on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features two singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 - 'Crackerbox Palace' (#19) and 'This Song' (#25).
1977: The Ramones' lead singer, Joey Ramone (real name: Jeffrey Hyman) suffered second degree burns when a faulty humidifier exploded before a show in Passaic, New Jersey. After emergency treatment, he finished the concert, but would spend the following week at the New York Hospital Burn Center.
1977: Rush perform at War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York.
1978: Eric Clapton performs at Vorst Nationaal in Brussels, Belgium.
1978: Black Sabbath and Van Halen played Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN.
1978: Queen played Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
1979: Bob Dylan plays at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
1979: Loverboy plays their first ever concert, opening for Kiss at The Coliseum in Vancouver.
1979: Frank Zappa's one and only rock opera, 'Joe's Garage,' is released. The second half came out November 19th, the first half was released in the previous September. The opera mixes styles of Blues, Jazz, Doo Wop, Lounge, Orchestral, Rock, Pop and Reggae. While it draws controversy at the time for profane lyrics, it has since been hailed as a cultural milestone and landmark album. The work also looks forward to Zappa's later crusade against the PMRC with its themes of government censorship, and introduces a few memes into the Zappa lexicon, including 'The Central Scrutinizer,' 'a little green rosetta,' and of course, the term 'roto-plooker.'
1979: Neil Young and Crazy Horse 'Live Rust' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' was released as a single and reached #79 on the Billboard Hot 100.The show at the Cow Palace, San Francisco was filmed and was the performance used in the concert film, Rust Never Sleeps; however, the album Live Rust was composed of performances recorded at the Cow Palace and other venues during the tour and was released on this date in 1979
1980: Blondie's 5th studio album, 'Autoamerican' is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #3 on the UK album chart. Both 'The Tide is High' and 'Rapture' reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1981: Black Sabbath performs at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: Led Zeppelin release their 9th and last album, 'Coda.' It is a collection of unused tracks from various sessions during the band’s twelve-year career. It was released two years after the group had officially disbanded following the death of drummer John Bonham. The collection goes to #6 in the US and #4 on the UK charts.
1983: Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. Family members said the singer, songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate's Pete Ham's suicide. Evans co-wrote 'Without You' a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey.
1983: Quiet Riot peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Slade’s 'Cum on Feel the Noize,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Loverboy made their first and only appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed 'Working for the Weekend.' Jerry Lewis was the guest host.
1983: Tina Turner made her first chart appearance in over ten years with her version of the Al Green hit 'Let’s Stay Together.'
1987: Aerosmith and Dokken play the Cap Centre in Landover, MD.
1988: Bon Jovi's 'Bad Medicine' started a two week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the group's 3rd US #1, and it hit #17 hit in the UK.
1988: Robin Beck was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'First Time.' The song was from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola which session singer Beck had recorded.
1991: Paul McCartney's first classical piece, 'Liverpool Oratorio,' is performed in America for the first time, at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1991: U2's 7th studio album, 'Achtung Baby' is released. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 100-week stay. It also won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
1991: Aerosmith release their 'Pandora's Box' (box set).
1992: Linda Rondstadt is the guest star on an episode of Fox-TV's 'The Simpsons,' titled 'Mr. Plow.'
1993: Nickelback release the compilation album, 'The Best of Nickelback Volume 1.' ‬
1994: Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1994: 'Out In L.A.,' a collection of Red Hot Chili Peppers b-sides and previously unreleased material, is released.
1994: Crosby Stills & Nash member David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles. Crosby's liver was deteriorated from extensive alcohol and drug abuse, as well as hepatitis-C.
1994: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers play 'You Don't Know How It Feels' and 'Honeybee' on Saturday Night Live with Dave Grohl on drums, who considers joining the band full time. On the same day Petty entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at its peak position of #8 with his 2nd solo album 'Wildflowers,' which went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1995: The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.
1995: The latest James Bond movie, 'Goldeneye' opens in the US, featuring the title song by Tina Turner.
1995: Frank Sinatra's all-star 80th birthday tribute is held in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, featuring Bob Dylan performing 'Restless Farewell' (at the request of Sinatra; Dylan wanted to perform Sinatra's 'That's Life') and Paula Abdul singing "Luck Be A Lady." Afterwards, Dylan and fellow performer Bruce Springsteen, along with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, are invited back to the crooner's home. (Sinatra's actual birthday isn't until December 12th.)
1996: Ozzy Osbourne releases the single, ‘Walk On Water’, from the soundtrack to 'Beavis & Butthead Do America.'
1997: The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's 'Standing Stone' is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.
1998: Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the bands new retail store, S'Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band's worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.
2000: The Beatles started an eleven-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'The Beatles 1'. The album features virtually every #1 single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world's best-selling album of the 21st century, '1' has sold over 31 million copies.
2001: Mick Jagger released his new solo album 'Goddess In The Doorway.' First day sales stood at 954 copies.
2001: Scott Weiland lead singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas. Weiland was booked on one count of domestic battery and was released 12 hours later. The band had performed at the club that night. Weiland argued with his wife over a prescription he was going to have filled. The couple’s 18-month-old son was also in the room. “He wanted to leave the room to pick up a prescription. He has a history of drug use, and I was scared of what might happen if he took those pills,” Mary Weiland said in a police report.
2002: Audioslave's self-titled debut album enters the Billboard 200 chart at #7 after moving 162,000 copies in its first week-on its way to selling over 3-million copies.
2002: Matchbox 20's album 'More Than You Think You Are' is released.
2003: English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was 56. He was a member of the VIP's with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, and Humble Pie. He also formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.
2004: Godsmack embark on a headlining acoustic tour in Columbia, S.C.
2004: John Lennon tops the 'Q' poll asking "Who is the Greatest Rock and Roll Icon of all time?" Lennon edges Elvis Presley in the British Magazine survey. David Bowie nails the #3 spot with Keith Richards at #4. Interestingly, Mick Jagger can only hit #17 but that is still two slots above Jimi Hendrix.
2004: Songwriter/producer Terry Melcher dies. The son of actress Doris Day, he worked with the Byrds, Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders. In the late 1960s , Melcher was allegedly the actual target when Charlie Manson's followers killed Sharon Tate. Manson didn't think Melcher gave his music a chance.
2004: Craig Nicholls (The Vines) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.
2005: KoRn make their first in-studio television performance when they appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The band plays "Twisted Transistor," the first single from their "See You On The Other Side" album.
2005: KISS' Paul Stanley weds Erin Sutton at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena, CA. It's the second marriage for Stanley.
2005: Former glam rock star Gary Glitter was arrested in Vietnam after being detained at Ho Chi Minh airport as he tried to board a plane to Bangkok. Police said Glitter was being held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with two girls under the age of 18.
2006: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda presents his first art exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery. The show, titled 'Diamond Spades Hearts Clubs,' features paintings and other works.
2006: The Bob Dylan-themed musical 'The Times They Are A-Changin' closes after just 28 performances at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production, created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, featured over two dozen Dylan songs. It was buried by negative reviews.
2006: A guitar played by George Harrison was set to fetch more than £100,000 at a London auction. The Maton MS500 guitar was used on The Beatles first album.
2007: Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose. He would be found in his Las Vegas home six days later.
2007: The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers file a lawsuit against Showtime Networks for unfair competition and unjust enrichment over the TV show 'Californication,' the same name as the band's multi-platinum 1999 album.
2007: Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of England's Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his contribution to the arts and promotion of science education.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt accompany Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards to Iowa rallies. The musicians perform at community meetings in Davenport, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
2009: Ringo Starr announced that he teamed up with his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney for a duet on 'Y Not,' the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan. 12, 2010.
2011: Elvis Costello urges fans not to buy his box set, 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,' because it is too expensive. "Unfortunately, we find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire," Costello writes on his website. The tracks were recorded over two nights at The Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2011: The riff from AC/DC's 'Back In Black' is featured in a commercial for Walmart. The ad promotes Black Friday and pre-holiday shopping in general. AC/DC's 2008 album 'Black Ice' was sold exclusively through Walmart.
2012: 'AC/DC Live At River Plate,' the group's first live album in 20 years is released. They also release their entire catalog on iTunes. In less than a week, 696,000 individual songs are sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2012: Kid Rock releases his album 'Rebel Soul.'
2012: Two farmers were found not guilty of health and safety offences after a giant hay bale crushed former ELO cellist Mike Edwards to death. He was killed instantly when the 600kg bale rolled down a field and landed on his van near Totnes in Devon in September 2010.
2012: Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk releases a solo digital EP, 'The Garden.' It has five new songs plus remixes. "I wanted to try to hyper-speed that process a bit and deconstruct my versions of the songs by handing them off to other creative people right at the beginning," says Kowalczyk of the remixes.
2012: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx launches 'Sixx Sense: The Magazine' which features exclusive content from his syndicated radio show.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch release their album 'The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2.'
2013: Bruce Springsteen's single, 'High Hopes' is leaked online. The track was recorded during Springsteen's Australian tour the previous March.
2013: Bon Jovi comes in 3rd on Forbes Magazine's highest earners list from June 2012 to June 2013 bringing in $79 million in the twelve-month period. He only trails Madonna and Lady Gaga.
2013: 'The Best Of Nickelback Volume I' is released.
2013: Chastain released the album 'Surrender To No One.' The album marked Leather Leone's return to Chastain 20 years after she left.
2014: Faith No More release 'Motherf***er,' their first official single in 17 years.
2014: Billy Joel is the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
2015: Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles Of Death Metal, seeks donations for his 'Sweet Stuff Foundation' to help the families of victims killed in the 11/13/15 terrorist attacks in Paris. The Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan club where 89 people were killed. Homme was not on tour with the group and was not in Paris at the time of the attack.
2015: Jimmy Page picks up the EMP Founders Award at Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum. He leads a cross-generational, all-star band (Paul Rodgers - Bad Company, Kim Thayil - Soundgarden, Duff McKagan - Guns N' Roses and Rick Nielsen - Cheap Trick) through a rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic 'Rock And Roll.'
2015: Europe's 'The Final Countdown,' featured in a Geico (insurance) ad, accumulates 48,000 in digital sales and 9.5 million U.S. streams on its way to a 4 week run atop Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, marking the band's first #1 on a Billboard chart. The song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in 1987.
2015: The tour bus carrying L.A. Metalcore band The Ghost Inside is involved in a fatal crash with an 18-wheeler semi-truck. The driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the bus are killed.
2016: A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, written after The Beatles' break-up sold for nearly $30,000 (£24,200), to an anonymous collector in Dallas. In the two-page typed draft with handwritten notes, Lennon criticises the couple for their treatment of him and his wife, Yoko Ono. The attack is said to be in response to Linda's criticism of him not publicly announcing his departure from the band.
2016: Stevie Nicks made a surprise return to the Billboard 200 when a re-issue of her 1981 debut solo album, 'Bella Donna,' climbed to #128. The LP had been recently expanded to include 25 additional tracks.
2016: The Beastie Boys call on fans to join a "stand against hate messages" after swastikas and a "Go Trump" message are found graffiti in a Brooklyn park dedicated to the late Adam "MCA" Yauch. "Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America," the group tweets. A rally at Yauch Park, which was dedicated to the late Beastie Boys member in 13, is held the following day.
2016: Spotify, the music streaming service, says Metallica is the most-streamed Heavy Metal band in the world with 7 million listeners a month. The band's most popular song, 'Enter Sandman,' has been streamed over 108 million times.
2017: Linkin Park win the Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock trophy at American Music Awards in L.A. They dedicate the award to their late singer Chester Bennington. The Tour of the Year honor goes to Coldplay and Imagine Dragons take home the Favorite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock trophy.
2017: ESP Guitars announce a special edition James Hetfield Signature Series guitar model. The LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone is a replica of the original model played by Hetfield on Metallica’s "WorldWired" tour.

Nov. 20
1955: After agreeing to perform Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit 'Sixteen Tons' on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley instead plays the song he was actually there to promote, his own hit 'Bo Diddley.' A furious Sullivan blackballs Bo from ever appearing on the show again. The singer has claimed he was never paid for the performance.
1955: Sun Records owner, Sam Phillips, sells Elvis Presley’s recording contract to RCA Records for $35,000. At the time it is an astronomical amount for a largely unknown singer. The deal was inked at New York's Warwick Hotel and gave Elvis $13,500 for signing. He uses the proceeds from the sale to develop other musicians and their work, including Carl Perkins’s hit 'Blue Suede Shoes.' He also invests in a local hotel chain called Holiday Inn, which later reaps huge benefits.
1955: The song that changed popular music history 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets went to #1 on the UK singles chart. The song was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle. The song entered the charts a further six times until 1974.
1959: Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show 'Alan Freed's Big Beat Party,' is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.
1961: Bob Dylan cuts his first tracks for Columbia Records in New York. The results appear on Dylan's self-titled debut.
1961: Billboard reports on the stunning popularity of the 'Twist' craze, stating that three separate films, starring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Dion, are scheduled for production, and New York television station WOR is airing hourly twist lessons of between one and five minutes, also featuring Checker.
1964: John Lennon acts out his own 'Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me),' taken from his recent book of whimsy 'In His Own Write,' for later broadcast on BBC's comedy show 'Not Only... But Also,' assisted by Dudley Moore and Norman Rossington.
1965: The Yardbirds 2nd American album, 'Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds' is released. It reached #53 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 33 week stay. In 2003, the album was ranked number 353 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", which called the album "the bridge between beat groups and psychedelia".
1966: The Who's 'My Generation' b/w 'Out In The Street (You're Going To Know Me)' 45 single is released. It was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It's also part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value. The song reached #2 in the UK, the Who's highest charting single in their home country and #74 in America.
1967: Strawberry Alarm Clock's 'Incense And Peppermints' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1967: Arlo Guthrie releases 'Alice's Restaurant.' When the eighteen minute long title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival, it helped foster a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of 'Alice's Restaurant,' directed by Arthur Penn.
1967: The Beach Boys releases their album 'Smiley Smile.' Co-produced by Paul McCartney, it's released in Britain and The United States. Unfortunately, the album would fail to reach the top 40 in either country and the single, 'Vegetables,' would not chart at all. Facing the Beach Boys dwindling popularity sends leader Brian Wilson further into reclusiveness. It has subsequently achieved much more respect over time.
1967: Time magazine reviews The Doors sophomore album 'Strange Days,' saying the group takes listeners "into symbolic realms of the unconscious - eerie night worlds filled with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images."
1968: Janis Joplin manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which will eventually be known as the Kozmic Blues Band.
1968: The Monkees film 'Head' opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
1968: The Who, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Joe Cocker and the Greaseband and The Min Benders play Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.
1970: Tom Waits gets his first-ever paid gig, appearing as "Thomas Waits" and receiving $25.00 by opening for Michael Milner and Claire Hart.
1970: The Kinks' Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a section of the lead vocals for the group's latest single, 'Apeman.' Radio stations are objecting to the line "The air pollution is foggin' up my eyes," claiming "foggin'" sounds too much like another f-word.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1970: Pink Floyd made their first ever appearance in Cincinnati, Ohio, when they played at Taft Auditorium.
1970: Derek and the Dominoes performed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their self-titled debut album.
1971: Sly & The Family Stone's5th studio album, 'There's a Riot Goin' On' is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Top R&B charts. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #99 on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, one of four Sly & the Family Stone entries to be included on the list, preceded by Greatest Hits (#60), and followed by Stand! (#118) and Fresh (#186). The single, 'Family affair,' topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks at the end of 1971.
1971: Led Zeppelin played the first of back to back “Electric Magic” concerts at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. These concerts featured circus performers.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at Pauley Pavilion, on the UCLA campus, in Westwood, California.
1971: The Who's 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy,' released at the end of October, hits the US charts. The album, considered by many to be the best-ever Who compilation, is released just as The Who cross over the five-year mark during which five percent of The Who’s record royalties had to be paid to their first producer Shel Talmy as a result of his 1966 lawsuit. Many of the singles, so familiar to The Who’s British and European fans, are heard first here by most U.S. Who fans. The album peaks at #11.
1971: The Who open their second 1971 the tour at the Charlotte Coliseum, in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are the first rock act to sell out this venue. Keith greets the crowd, “It’s nice to see so many people in Charlotte. I didn’t know there WAS this many people in Charlotte!” The pre-recorded tapes mess up and Pete almost drags Bobby Pridden over the amplifiers.
1972: Elton John releases 'Crocodile Rock' b/w 'Elderberry Wine' 45 single is released. It becomes Elton's first U.S. #1, reaching the top spot on February 3, 1973, and stayed there for three weeks. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on February 5, 1973 and Platinum on September 13, 1995 by the RIAA.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1972: Yes played at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1973: Sometime during the Who’s show at San Francisco's Cow Palace, Keith Moon downs a pile of horse tranquilizers handed to him by an audience member and chases them with a bottle of brandy. Evidently mumbling something to the effect of “I can take it, I’m Keith ‘F***ing’ Moon.” He ends up passing out and is in a near-coma when taken to the hospital. Lucky fan, Scot Halpin, is pulled from the audience and completes the set. Halpin performs 'Smokestack Lightning,' 'Spoonful,' and 'Naked Eye' with the group, then takes a bow with them. Rolling Stone later awards Halpin their “Pick-Up Player Of The Year Award.”
1973: Neil Young played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1973: Alice Cooper's 'Muscle of Love,' the 7th studio album is released. It is the final studio album recorded by the original Alice Cooper band. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon) dies of emphysema. He was 48. Sherman was a song parodist, and creator of the hit single 'Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.' He inspired later parodists like “Weird Al” Yankovic, who dedicated his first album to him. In 1971, Sherman was the voice of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat on television.
1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon share the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform 'Homeward Bound' and 'Here Comes The Sun.' Earlier in the year, the show's producer Lorne Michaels offered The Beatles $3000 to reunite. In the opening sketch, he is seen arguing with Harrison over how much of that money he should get.
1975: The Who kick off their North American tour at The Summit in Houston, TX. At a post-concert party, bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on to the next stop.
1976: Paul Simon hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison on ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound.' Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV.
1977: Aerosmith performed at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1978: Boston played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Rush performed at the Tucson Convention Center Arena in Tucson, Arizona.
1979: Iron Maiden sign to EMI.
1979: ZZ Top prformed at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1980: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1981: Prince played the first night on his 56-date North American Controversy tour at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1981: Black Sabbath with special guests Alvin Lee Band featuring Mick Taylor played the Montreal Forum Concert Bowl.
1982: Van Halen performed at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
1982: Whitesnake released their 5th studio album, 'Saints & Sinners.' Two of the tracks, 'Crying in the Rain' and 'Here I Go Again,' were later re-recorded on their 1987 album 'Whitesnake.'
1984: Lizzy Borden play L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1985: The Grateful Dead performed at Henry J. Kiser Convention Center in Oakland, California.
1987: The Who kick off their North American tour in Houston. At a post-concert party bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on.
1989: Motley Crue released their 15th single, 'Kickstart My Heart.'
1990: Cinderella release their 3rd studio album 'Heartbreak Station.' The album peaked at #19 on the Billboard charts.
1991: The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin, making them rock’s highest paid group at that time.
1992: L7 lead singer Donita Sparks takes off her knickers during the band's live performance of 'Pretend We're Dead' on the British TV show 'The Word.'
1993: Stone Temple Pilots are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1993: Guns N’ Roses release the single, 'Ain't It Fun?' from the album 'The Spaghetti Incident?'
1994: David Crosby receives a liver transplant at UCLA’s Medical Center in a seven hour operation.
1995: The Beatles 'Free As A Bird' is gets its first radio play. The song starts as a John Lennon demo with instrumentation added by the surviving Beatles. George Harrison has a copy and gives it to an Adelaide DJ who plays the song 24 hours before it's officially released to radio. Harrison is in town for the Australian Grand Prix.
1997: Music journalist Robert Palmer dies of liver disease in Valhalla, New York, at age 52. Palmer wrote for The New York Times and Rolling Stone and penned the book 'Deep Blues.'
1997: Paul McCartney tapes an interview and live performance of 'Flaming Pie' and 'Young Boy' for the Oprah Winfrey Show.
1998: A study comparing noise levels of rock music, found that older people rated rock music much higher on a loudness scale than younger people. The researchers carried out by Ohio University tested people age 18 to 21 and people ranging in age from 51 to 58. The study asked participants to rate the loudness of rock music played at nine intensities, ranging from 10 decibels to 90 decibels. Participants listened to ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin for 10 seconds at different intensities. At each intensity, the older subjects gave the music higher numerical ratings based on loudness than the younger subjects.
1998: Alanis Morissette does an in-store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album for the day are donated to a local children's hospital.
1998: D-A-D released their 2nd live album, 'Psychopatico.'
2001: Aerosmith release a new 2CD collection, 'Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology,' through Universal.
2001: Hoobastank release their self-titled debut.
2001: Creed release their 'Weathered' album.
2001: Kid Rock releases his 5th album, 'Cocky.' It goes on to sell over five-million copies in the U.S.
2001: KISS release the massive 94-song 5-disc ‘The Box Set’.
2001: Charlie Daniels undergoes surgery for prostate cancer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
2003: Legendary record producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home. Spector enters a plea of not guilty.
2004: In exchange for payment of a $65,200 fine, charges are dropped against Liam Gallagher of Oasis for a 2002 fight in a Munich, Germany hotel. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, when he and band members got into a drunken brawl with other hotel patrons.
2004: The Experience Music Project in Seattle unveils an exhibit called 'Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966.' Dylan guitars, hand written and typed lyrics and concert posters are on display along with Dylan interviews.
2005: Chris Whitley dies of lung cancer in Houston, TX. at 45. Producer Daniel Lanois discovered Whitley and allowed him to record his debut album 'Living With The Law' at his studio in New Orleans. After his death, musician John Mayer said, “Whitley’s somewhat prostrated place in pop culture earned him a sidebar of an obituary, but to those who knew his work, it registers as one of the most under appreciated losses in all of music.”
2005: Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed, sings the national anthem at NASCAR's Ford 400 race in Homestead, FL. The appearance also promotes his album 'The Great Divide.'
2005: U2 are profiled on CBS' 60 Minutes.
2005: Foo Fighters release a six-track EP that's only available at Best Buy retailers. There's a live rendition of 'Best of You,' a demo version of 'D.O.A.' and a cover of Cream's 'I Feel Free.'
2006: Army of Anyone, with Richard Patrick of Filter and Stone Temple Pilots Dean and Robert DeLeo appear on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
2006: 30 Seconds To Mars premiere their video for the single 'From Yesterday' on MTV2. Filmed in the People's Republic of China, the martial arts-themed clip is (to date) the only American Rock video shot in its entirety in the country. 30 Seconds frontman Jared Leto directed.
2006: A multimedia exhibition focusing on Black Sabbath opens in Los Angeles. Black Sabbath Resurrection uses video, music and graffiti art to tell a sci-fi/fantasy story centering on the group. Vintage Sabbath posters and other related items are displayed in an adjacent gallery.
2006: Billy Idol's 'Happy Holidays,' an album with 17 Christmas songs ranging from traditional carols to modern holiday themes, is available on his web site.
2007: Tesla released the album, 'A Peace Of Time.'
2007: Sebastian Bach released his 3rd solo release and the 1st studio album, 'Angel Down.' Axl Rose adds guest vocals on three tracks.
2007: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke admitted he was among the thousands of people who paid nothing to download the band's latest album 'In Rainbows.' Speaking to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Yorke said: "There wasn't any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other." According to one survey, three in five people paid nothing at all for it. Yorke added that no one was allowed to have copies of the master recording in case it was leaked beforehand.
2007: 'Rock Band' video game is out. The 58-song soundtrack includes the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and the Clash. The soundtrack also features songs from indie up-and-coming acts.
2007: The three disc 'Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis,' is released. It has performances from the 7/7/07 international concert series to raise awareness about global warming. Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, Chris Cornell, the Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi and founding Pink Floyd member Roger Waters are featured.
2007: Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.
2007: A 10-foot guitar replica signed by Paul McCartney goes for more than $120,000 at the London GuitarTown benefit auction. Similar sculptures autographed by Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne, and real instruments signed by Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood, Slash are also auctioned. The event raises money for three U.K. charities: the Prince's Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
2007: Nirvana's 1993 'MTV Unplugged' session is out on DVD. The 15-track release features two songs, 'Oh Me' and 'Something In The Way,' that were performed during the session but didn't air on MTV's initial broadcast.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gives the keynote speech at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. Simmons takes the opportunity to express some frustration that his band isn't yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it's OK." While KISS might still be left out in the cold, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are two-time winners, Top Draw and Top Tour. Also, Bon Jovi's Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation is presented the Humanitarian Award. The organization is singled out for providing affordable housing to those in need. And finally, the Allman Brothers Band is given the Legend of Live honor for "significant and lasting impact" on the touring world. "They're an American institution and concert icons," says a Billboard spokesperson. In accepting the honor, Gregg Allman acknowledges his older brother, the late guitar great Duane Allman. "I'm sure he's looking down [on] this and is really proud of us," says Gregg.
2010: 'Oasis: The Truth,' written by former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll, is out. The book chronicles his experience in the band before he was fired in 1995.
2010: After the end of Bob Dylan’s concert in Amherst, MA, a man with a fake crew pass walked into a pizza parlor and ordered 178 pizzas and never came back to pick the pizzas up. The staff worked until 5:30 a.m. to fill the order.
2012: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with multi-platinum vocalist and 'Canadian Idol' judge Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album digitally.
2012: Rush are inducted into the Guitar Center's RockWalk on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians," says Geddy Lee.
2012: The Rolling Stones launch their first official App as part of the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.
2013: 'Livin' On A Prayer' by Bon Jovi returns to the Hot 100 at #25, thanks to a viral video of a Boston Celtics fan dancing to the song. Billboard tweaked their methodology earlier in the year so streaming views of songs were factored into the chart tally.
2013: Hinder announces that frontman Austin Winkler has officially left the band. This comes after the singer sat out a tour earlier in year for "personal reasons." Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks filled-in.
2013: The Beatles debut at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with 'On Air - Live At The BBC Vol. 2.' The set, recorded fifty years earlier, sells 37,000 copies in its first week. Along with 37 previously unreleased performances, there are 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter between John, Paul, George and Ringo and their BBC radio hosts.
2015: Tommy Lee returns to the drum kit in Abu Dhabi for Motley Crue's 'The Final Tour.' "I'm back to 100 percent," says Lee, after being treated for a repetitive stress wrist injury. Lee had been limited to playing piano with his good hand on the band's traditional set closer, 'Home Sweet Home.'
2015: AC/DC are among those inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame in Australia.
2015: Tom Petty launches his own satellite radio station as SiriusXM - Tom Petty Radio. The focus is on all aspects of Petty's career (solo, with the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch).
2015: Fleetwood Mac's drummer Mick Fleetwood was granted a divorce from his wife of twenty years, Lynn Frankel Fleetwood.
2015: Jeff Lynne's ELO played their first real date in the US in over thirty years at New York's tiny Irving Plaza. The show, which sold out in seconds, was deemed an overwhelming success.
2016: Green Day, Maroon 5 and Sting perform at the American Music Awards. During Green Day’s appearance Billie Joe Armstrong leads a chant of “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.”
2018: The Beatles' self-titled record, aka 'The White Album,' returns to the Billboard 200 landing at #6 with opening week sales of 63,000 units – 50 years after its initial release. The remixed album also contains demos and additional session recordings. When it was released the “The White Album” was #1 for nine weeks.

Nov. 21
1955: Elvis Presley agrees to let Col. Tom Parker be his manager. Not really a colonel, Parker was a flamboyant promoter whose previous experience includes The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys and was a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises.
1960: The Beatles' George Harrison, then just 17, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group had been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club's owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George's age; The Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.
1960: 'Stay' by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs topped the Billboard chart. At just one minute, 37 seconds long, it is the shortest #1 record in Rock and Roll history. The song would reach #14 in the UK in 1961.
1961: 'Blue Hawaii,' starring Elvis Presley is released in the US. By the end of the year it will gross $4.7 million, finishing as the #8 top-grossing movie of the year.
1962: Elvis Presley's 11th film, 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' opens in US theaters.
1963: The Elvis Presley film 'Fun in Acapulco' premieres.
1965: Bill Black, who backed Elvis Presley on his early hits, died of a brain tumor at the age of 39. After leaving Elvis, he formed Bill Black's Combo and placed 8 hits in the US Top 40, including 'White Silver Sands' in 1960.
1965: The Rolling Stones perform at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.
1966: The Beach Boys with Chade & Jeremy and The Thanes performed at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ohio.
1967: The Who release 'The Who Sell Out,' known as one of the first “concept” albums, on Decca Records. The album features the classic ‘I Can See For Miles.'
1967: The Who begin their first headlining tour of the U.S. at the Civic Auditorium in Fargo, North Dakota with supporting act the Unbelievable Uglies. The Mayor of Fargo accuses the Who of inciting the teen audience with their instrument-destroying behavior and bans them from ever appearing there again.
1967: The Zombies 'Care Of Cell 44' b/w 'Maybe After He's Gone' 45 single is release. It was featured on Pitchfork Media's 200 Best Songs of the 1960's list. At its time of release as the lead single for the 'Odessey and Oracle' album in 1967, the track was not a success. Colin Blunstone, the group's vocalist said, "I thought that 'Care of Cell 44' was incredibly commercial. I was really disappointed when it wasn't a hit."
1968: With girlfriend Yoko Ono about to miscarry their first son, John Ono Lennon II, John Lennon asks for a tape recorder to be brought to the hospital so that he can record the baby's dying heartbeat. Later that day, Yoko miscarries; the baby is buried in a secret location and the recording appears on the duo's album 'Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions' as a track called 'Baby's Heartbeat,' followed by 'Two Minutes Silence' for his death.
1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin performed at Hemisphair Theatre of Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas. Shiva's Headband and Winter are also on the bill.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1969: The Doors played the first of two nights at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1970: Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This was the guitarist's only UK #1 single. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1970: Derek and the Dominoes performed at the Pasadena Civic in Pasadena, CA.
1971: Elton John kicked off a 13-date UK tour at The Coventry Theatre, promoting his new album 'Madman Across The Water.' The album cover for Madman Across the Water was embroidered over two weeks by Janis Larkham, wife of the album art director David Larkham. She used the back of an old Levi's jacket, and the original was gifted to John.
1972: Hawkwind play at St.Andrews Hall in Norwich, England.
1973: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention perform at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: Focus, Spencer Davis Group and Aerosmith play The Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden.
1974: Marty Balin, one of Jefferson Airplane's founders, rejoins the group for a concert at the Winterland in San Francisco. He would join the band for their next album, 'Red Octopus.'
1974: Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York City for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.
1974 ZZ Top with special guest T-Rex play the first of two nights at the Detroit Palace in Detroit, MI.
1974: Aerosmith with Salem Witchcraft play the IMA Auditorium in Flint, MI.
1975: Nazareth score their only major US hit as ‘Love Hurts’ hits the US charts, ultimately peaking at #8.
1975: The Sex Pistols performed at Westfield College in Frognal, London.
1975: The first gathering of the KISS Army took place. Indiana natives Bill Starkey and Jay Evans founded the KISS Army‬ after a local radio station refused to play ‪‎KISS‬. During KISS' 1975 show at Hulman Civic-University Center in Terre Haute, Starkey was brought on stage and honored with a plaque from the band.
1975: Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in conjunction with an 'Elton John Week' being declared in Los Angeles.
1975: Queen released their 4th album, 'A Night at the Opera. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and topped the UK LP chart for four weeks. The classic song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was ranked by Rolling Stone at #163 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film 'A Night at the Opera,' which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, 'A Night at the Opera' was, at the time of its release, the most expensive album ever recorded.
1975: Bob Dylan's 'Hurricane (Part I)' b/w 'Hurricane (Part II)' 45 single is released. Dylan co-wrote the song with Jacques Levy, about the imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. It compiles alleged acts of racism and profiling against Carter, which Dylan describes as leading to a false trial and conviction. After meeting with Carter in prison and later with a group of his supporters, Dylan began to write 'Hurricane'. The song was one of his few protest songs during the 1970s and proved to be his fourth most successful single of the decade, reaching #33 on the Billboard chart and #43 in the UK chart.
1976: Boston's debut album goes platinum.
1976: Foghat perform at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: The Stranglers supported by Chelsea appeared at The Nashville in London, England. This was Billy Idol's last gig with Chelsea, who then joined Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1977: Queen play at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1977: Jethro Tull performs at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1980: 'Van Morrison In Ireland,' a one hour documentary with on-stage and off-stage footage premieres in London.
1980: Steely Dan releases their 7th studio album, 'Gaucho.' The album features contributions from Rick Derringer and Mark Knopfler. It charted on both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#9) and Top R&B LP's (#19). Bill Schnee, Elliot Scheiner, Jerry Garszva, Roger Nichols won the 1981 Grammy Award for Best Non-Classical Engineered Recording.
1980: Iron Maiden begin a mini UK tour to introduce new member Adrian Smith. Adrian made his debut "performance" with the band on a German TV show called 'Rock and Pop.' Even though it was actually just a lip-synced rendition of 'Running Free.'
1980: REO Speedwagon release their 9th studio album 'Hi Infidelity.' It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981, eventually selling over ten million copies.
1980: Eagles drummer Don Henley runs afoul of the law when a sixteen year old girl is treated at Henley's home for drug intoxication. The law finds marijuana, cocaine and Quaalude's. Henley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is fined $2,000 and given two years' probation.
1981: Queen and David Bowie hit #1 in the UK with 'Under Pressure.' In the U.S. the song would go on to reach #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie's first released collaboration with another recording artist.
1981: Foreigner's 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' entered the top 5 on the US singles chart, where it would sit for the next 10 weeks, unable to unseat 'Physical' by Olivia Newton John and 'I Can't Go For That' by Hall And Oates. The band would eventually score a #1 hit with 'I Want to Know What Love Is' in 1985.
1981: Tygers of Pan Tang release their album 'Crazy Nights.'
1981: Loudness release their 1st studio album , 'The Birthday Eve.' It was released only in Japan.
1982: Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at manager Elliot Roberts' home in Malibu, California. They would divose 12 years later.
1983: Loudness release their 1st live album, 'Live-Loud-Alive: Loudness in Tokyo.'
1983: Duran Duran released their 3rd studio album, 'Seven And The Ragged Tiger.'
1984: White Lion played L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1987: Billy Idol's version of Tommy James & the Shondell's ‘Mony Mony’ is the #1 US single. Ironically it replaces 'I Think We're Alone Now' by Tiffany at #1. Both songs were originally recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells.
1987: Bruce Springsteen's 'Brilliant Disguise' peaks at #5.
1987: Exodus with Celtic Frost perform at Fender's Ballroom in Long Beach, CA.
1988: Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird in Birmingham, England, appearing with John Miles and Jason Bonham.
1989: Rush released their 13th studio album, 'Presto.'
1989: Alice Cooper and Britny Fox played the Forest Vorst National in Brussels, Belgium.
1990: Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali. The couple already have a common-law marriage and two children - the result of having been together for ten years. Jagger later claims the ceremony wasn't legal. A British court, unable to find documentation, agrees with him.
1991: An animated Aerosmith perform 'Walk This Way' on the 'Flaming Moe' episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.
1992: Adam Sandler sings 'The Thanksgiving Song' on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.
1995: Former Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant suffered a fatal heart attack while driving to his home at Eastbourne. His son Warren was by his side. He was 60 years old. Grant was buried on December 4, 1995 at Hellingly Cemetery. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60’s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.
1995: Bruce Springsteen releases his 11th studio album 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad.'
1995: Bruce Springsteen kicked off his 'Ghost of Tom Joad' Tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It's the first of 128 shows.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is arrested for mooning the audience during a show in Milwaukee. He pays a $141.50 fine for indecent exposure.
1995: The 'Beatles Anthology I' sets a first-day sales record, selling 450,000 copies. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three weeks during its 29 week stay. Most of the Anthology material consists of studio outtakes and live performances from the period 1958–1964, melted together in a patchwork fashion, with occasional spoken word bits. It featured 60 tracks including the track 'Free As A Bird', a song originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995 a studio version of the recording, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was released as a single by The Beatles.
1995: Soundgarden's 'Alive In The Superunknown' is A&M Records first multi-media/enhanced CD.
1995: Soundgarden released the 'Songs from the Superunknown' EP.
1995: The Offspring's self-titled the debut studio album is finally issued on CD. The set, originally out on vinyl in 1989, gets the CD treatment after the band's 3rd album 'Smash' becomes a hit.
1996: Anvil released their 7th studio album, 'Plugged in Permanent.' It was the band's first release on Massacre Records and is also the first release with Ivan Hurd on guitar replacing Sebastian Marino.
2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, the surviving members of The Doors announced that they would be performing again with Ian Astbury of The Cult singing & Stewart Copeland of The Police on drums.
2003: Fred Durst reportedly requires seven stitches on his chin after getting struck by an object thrown from the audience during a 'Back 2 Basics' concert in New York. The Limp Bizkit frontman manages to finish the concert before seeking treatment.
2003: Meatloaf undergoes heart surgery in London. The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a London show four days earlier.
2003: The acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play is sold at a London auction for £276,000. His father originally bought the Egmond guitar for Harrison for £3.50. Another item auctioned was a signed invitation to the post-premiere celebrations for The Beatles Hard Days Night film, which went for £17,250.
2003: KoRn release their 6th studio album 'Take A Look In The Mirror.'
2003: The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector's chauffeur heard him say, "I think I killed somebody," after the shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home.
2003: The newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced. Those who will join the distinguished list of previous inductees are George Harrison, Prince, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, The Dells, Bob Seger and Traffic. George Harrison will become the third Beatle to enter the Rock Hall as a solo performer; John Lennon was inducted in 1992 and Paul McCartney in 1999. The group was inducted in 1988.
2003: Teddy Randazzo, a Rock icon from the 1950's who composed classic hit songs such as 'Goin' Out of My Head' and 'Hurt So Bad', passed away at the age of 68.
2005: Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and Elton John appear on a tribute single honoring late British radio DJ John Peel. It's a cover of the Buzzcocks' 'Ever Fallen In Love.' Proceeds benefit Amnesty International.
2005: Ozzy Osbourne sings for Queen Elizabeth II at Britain's Royal Variety Performance. Ozzy was invited the previous year but had to miss the annual event due to other commitments. He cancels an L.A. appearance just to he make the show. "I cannot turn down this incredible honor twice," says Ozzy. He performs a cover of The Beatles' 'In My Life' backed by Slash.
2006: The soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Beatles-themed Las Vegas production, 'Love,' is released. Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles compiled the soundtrack developing mash-ups of several songs.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers win favorite Rock band and favorite alternative-music artist at the American Music Awards in L.A. The Peppers accept their trophies via satellite from London. Nickelback wins the favorite Rock album award for 'All the Right Reasons.'
2006: 27-year-old Devon Townshend is accused of hacking into a workplace computer to acquire Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's cell phone data. The Albuquerque, NM, resident allegedly accessed Bennington's phone records and digital pictures and made a threatening call to the vocalist's wife, Talinda.
2006: KISS release 'Kiss Alive! 1975–2000.' It includes 'Alive!,' 'Alive II,' 'Alive III' and the previously unreleased 'Alive! The Millennium Concert' recorded in Vancouver on Dec. 31, 1999.
2007: It's announced that founding E Street Band member, keyboardist Danny Federici, is undergoing treatment for melanoma and won't be a part of Bruce Springsteen's 'Magic' tour. Federici died the following year n April 17, 2008. The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund was started after his death.
2008: More than 40 years after Christians around the world were infuriated by John Lennon's saying that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus", the Vatican's official newspaper absolved John of his notorious remark, saying that "After so many years it sounds merely like the boasting of an English, working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success."
2008: Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a website offering ringtones by The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Ramones. During a short introductory period they give away a free ringtone of the Doors' classic 'Love Me Two Times.'
2008: Bruce Springsteen's title track off of his 'Working On A Dream' album (released in January 2009) hits radio.
2008: Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander's third annual 'Rockin' the First Tee' charity concert and golf tournament gets underway in Clearwater, FL. Cheap Trick performs The Beatles' entire 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album with the Florida Rock Symphony. The fundraiser supports the First Tee of Clearwater, which aids underprivileged youths in the area.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he's donating proceeds from the song 'Fears' to help support Amnesty International's Write-A-Thon campaign, which asks people to send messages on behalf of political prisoners worldwide.
2009: The Dave Matthews Band performs 'You And Me' and 'Shake Me Like A Monkey' on Saturday Night Live. But the most memorable moment comes when Matthews impersonates Ozzy Osbourne in "The Mellow Show" sketch. He changes Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man' to 'I Am Tired, Man.'
2009: The guitar and case from Bo Diddley's (1928-2008) last-ever stage show is auctioned for $60,000.
2010: Kid Rock, Bon Jovi and Santana perform at the American Music Awards on ABC. Ratings for ABC's telecast dropped 22% from the previous year, making it one of the lowest rated shows in the history of the program.
2011: Nickelback release their 7th studio album, 'Here And Now.'
2011: Chris Cornell's acoustic live album, 'Songbook'is released.
2011: Occupy Musicians (, an online resource for musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and its affiliated protests, is launched. Among the first signers are Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Lou Reed. Organizers say the site will help coordinate performances at protest sites.
2012: The Grammy Hall Of Fame announced that 27 new recordings were being added, including: 'Hit The Road Jack' by Ray Charles,'"Piano Man' by Billy Joel, 'I Feel Good' by James Brown, 'New York, New York' by Frank Sinatra and 'The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan.
2013: The Beatles 'On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2' debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it the Fab Four's 31st Top 10 album.
2014: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and his Fifty Plus Racing team host Endures for a Cure Alzheimer's Benefit in Chattanooga, TN. The team donates close to $100,000.
2014: AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.
2016: Metallica’s official website claims 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct,' is #1 in 57 countries, Top 3 in 75 countries and Top 5 in 105 countries.
2016: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe heads for the Standing Rock Native American Reservation to protest the planned Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Protesters fear the oil pipeline will contaminate the local water source.
2017: Jack White publishes a children’s book titled 'We’re Going To Be Friends.' The title was inspired by the White Stripes song of the same name.
2017: 'Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks' is released. Written by Stephen Davis, the book delves into the singer/songwriter's personal and professional life (Fleetwood Mac and her solo career).
2017: American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy died of liver failure aged 67. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 70s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to him becoming one of popular culture's teen idols of the 70's. The Partridge Family had the 1970 U.S. #1 single 'I Think I Love You,' and the 1972 UK #3 single 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.' As a solo artist he scored the 1972 UK #1 single 'How Can I Be Sure.' At the end of his life, he publicly proclaimed he had dementia, but later admitted all of his health problems had stemmed from his alcoholism.

Nov. 22
1907: The world's first radio company, the Marconi Wireless Company of America, is incorporated in New Jersey.
1955: Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which reads: "Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I've always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father."
1955: RCA Records sign Elvis Presley. For a mere $35,000 to $40,000 (numbers vary) they buyout Elvis' Sun Records contract.
1957: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV's American Bandstand. Close friends through childhood, the first time they appeared on stage together was in a school play, Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat). They later began performing together in their junior year as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph.
1963: The Beatles ‘With the Beatles’ album is released in the UK. It stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing 'Please Please Me,' which meant that The Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. It even reached #11 in the "singles charts" (because at the time UK charts counted all records sold, regardless of format). The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, (after the soundtrack to the 1958 film 'South Pacific'). In 2003, the album was ranked #420 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1963: U.S. president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Beach Boys song 'Warmth of the Sun' is inspired by the incident.
1963: Phil Spector (who is Jewish) releases 'A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector,' which he worked on all summer with his best musicians. U.S. president John F. Kennedy is killed the same day, and the album suffers dismal sales, although some of the songs, including The Ronettes' version of 'Frosty The Snowman,' later become holiday favorites.
1964: The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London.
1965: Bob Dylan marries his first wife, Sara Lowndes, in Nassau County, NY; as she is already pregnant with his first child, the marriage is kept a secret for the next two months. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan. The couple would divorce in 1977.
1965: Wilson Pickett performed at The Flamingo Club in London.
1965: The Who tape their Saturday Club appearance at Aeolian Hall, Studio One of the BBC. Songs recorded live in studio, and released 35 years later on BBC Sessions, are 'My Generation,' 'The Good’s Gone,' and 'La La La Lies.'
1967: The Elvis Presley film 'Clambake' opens in the US to dismal reviews. Despite the thin plot and weak story line, the movie will still be a box office success.
1967: Pink Floyd performed shows at 6:30 and 8:50 pm at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England.
1967: Bob Dylan releases the original version of 'All Along The Watchtower.' The following year, the song is famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1968: The Beatles double 'White Album' was released. Their 9th album featured 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,' 'Dear Prudence,' 'Helter Skelter,' 'Blackbird,' 'Back In The USSR,' and George Harrison’s 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' Ringo Starr's first song writing contribution, 'Don't Pass Me By', which as a single, made it to #1 in Scandinavia. Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI Studios in May with recording lasting until October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw band members quarrel over creative differences. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in its third week, spending a total of nine weeks at the top. In all, The Beatles spent 155 weeks on the Billboard 200. It debuted at #1 on the UK album chart and totaled eight weeks at that position, and spent a total 24 weeks on the UK chart.
1968: The Kinks 6th studio album. 'The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society' is released. The record is widely considered one of the most influential and important works by The Kinks, it failed to chart upon release, and only sold about 100,000 copies. In 2003, the album was ranked #255 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: Singer Marianne Faithfull, heavily addicted to cocaine, miscarries what was to be her second child in Ireland. It was fathered by boyfriend Mick Jagger.
1968, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat and The Youngbloods played the first of two nights at New York:s Fillmore East, tickets cost $3 – $5 (£1.79 – £3.13.)
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at Crawdaddy, held at The Club House, Richmond Athletic Club, Richmond, England, supported by Arcadium.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, along with Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, played at Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1969: Iron Butterfly supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school's 3,500 seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.
1969: Allman Brothers Band played the first of two nights for Turkey Trip at Duke Tire Co. in Atlanta, GA.
1969: Mott The Hoople release their self-titled debut album.
1970: Black Sabbath performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Deep Purple appeared at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England.
1971: Yes appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: Roxy Music played at University of York in Hesslington, York, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1973: Genesis played at the Felt Forum in New York.
1973: Loggins & Messina with special guests Poco played Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1973: Steve Miller Band with special guests Marshall Tucker Band and Buddy Guy with Junior Wells performed at The Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden.
1973: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played the Avery Fisher Hall in New York. The hall is now named the David Geffen Concert Hall.
1974: Elton John appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: A single from 'The Who By Numbers,' 'Squeeze Box' backed with 'Success Story' is released in the US. It reaches #10 in the Billboard charts and #11 in Cash Box. It also spends 16 weeks in the Billboard Top 100, the longest charting of any Who single in America.
1975: Journey, The Frankie Miller Band and Y&T (Yesterday & Today) played Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA
1976: Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1976: Jerry Lee Lewis turned his Rolls Royce upside down in a ditch just outside Collierville, Tennessee and is arrested for drunk driving. Later, at 3:00 AM, he appears at Graceland, Elvis Presley's residence, brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Elvis. He is handcuffed and taken to jail.
1977: Though subsequently played at sporting events for decades around the world, Queen's two-sided single, 'We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions' stalls at #2 in the U.K.
1977: Rush performed at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1978: Hawkwind performed at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at the Cascade Room at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly, Rhode Island.
1980: John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’ hits the UK album charts.
1980: Dire Straits’ ‘Makin’ Movies’ album hits the US Top 40 charts.
1980: Motorhead's 2nd EP, 'Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers' is released.
1981: The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood jam in Chicago with Blues heroes Muddy Waters (who wrote 'Rollin Stone' from which the group took its name) and Buddy Guy.
1983: "We're R.E.M. Actually we're not. They couldn't make it so we're here in their place, playing all the hits of the day." Following frontman Michael Stipe's jokey introduction, R.E.M. kicks off a show at London's Marquee.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1985: Dokken release their 3rd studio album, 'Under Lock and Key.' The album reached #32 on the #Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for 67 weeks.
1986: Iron Maiden’s 15th single, ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ is released. It was released as the second single from their sixth studio album, 'Somewhere in Time.'
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off a 149-date North American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.
1987: Jesus and Mary Chain singer Jim Reid was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the audience with his microphone stand, he was released on $2,000 bail.
1988: Pink Floyd release their 1st live album 'The Delicate Sound of Thunder.' The double live album reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and UK Albums chart. The band recorded and filmed their series of shows at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia in November 1987 for a potential live concert film and album. However, the band were not happy with the results. Consequently, the material from these shows would make up videos and B-sides for the A Momentary Lapse of Reason singles and later these shows were released as bootleg recordings entitled Pink Floyd: The Calhoun Tapes and Would You Buy A Ticket To This Show. Then in August 1988, the band went to Nassau Coliseum and filmed and recorded their five night stand for Delicate Sound of Thunder at the end of the initial Momentary Lapse 1987/88 tour.
1990: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announces the dissolution of his year-and-a-half-long marriage to model Mandy Smith. It was the third marriage for Wyman and the first for Smith, who was 34 years his junior. (The duo had begun dating when she was 13) In an even more stunning development, Wyman's 30-year-old son soon married Mandy's mother, who was 16 years older than him, which, if Bill had remained married, would have made him his own grandfather.
1991: Alice Cooper came to the rescue of two fans; Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about to be re-possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell the property. Mr Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.
1992: Paul Simon kicked off his first tour of South America in Brazil. Simon recorded his previous album 'The Rhythm of the Saints' with many Brazilian musicians.
1994: Pearl Jam release their 3rd studio album,'Vitalogy.' It was first released on vinyl, and became the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart, since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band’s previous release 'Vs.'
1994: Aerosmith release the 13-disc box set, 'Box Of Fire.' 'You Spark My Heart.'
1995: Voivod released the album 'Negatron.' It was their first studio album not to feature original singer Denis "Snake" Bélanger, with bass player Eric Forrest assuming vocal duties for the recording.
1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence is found dead after hanging himself in an Australian hotel. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
1997: Eight months after the group originally disbands, Soundgraden's compilation 'A-Sides' is released.
1988: Candlemass released the album 'Ancient Dreams.'
2000: Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the L.A. band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.
2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to reform with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as 'The Doors of the 21st Century,' but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the 'Doors' moniker. They change their name to 'Riders on the Storm' as a result of the litigation.
2003: Carmen Electra (Tara Patrick) and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro marry. The marriage doesn't last three years.
2003: The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. Their first concert there was in November 1975. The venue would be acquired by Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.
2004: Marilyn Manson, with a MTV camera crew in tow, makes a surprise visit to Temple University. Manson tells an Art and Society class, "We create our own gods. We create our own devils."
2004: Incubus` Brandon Boyd appears in a New York court to face a criminal-possession-of-a-weapon charge. He pleads guilty and gets a $250 fine. Weeks earlier, Boyd was arrested for carrying a souvenir switchblade while trying to board a plane at New York`s LaGuardia Airport.
2004: U2 plays a surprise outdoor concert in Brooklyn`s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. They also tour Manhattan playing impromptu performaces from a flatbed truck. It's all filmed for a MTV special.
2004: U2 release their 11th studio album 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.' Recorded with longtime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, the first single is 'Vertigo.'
2004: Creed's double-disc retrospective CD/DVD, 'Greatest Hits' is released. The 13 song set also contains nine videos and previously unreleased live performances.
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appear on British television to plead for the return of items stolen the previous day from their Buckinghamshire, U.K. estate. Among the items stolen was Ozzy and Sharon's wedding ring and over $3 million in jewelry. The Osbournes offer nearly $190,000 for information that will convict the burglars. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock however the burglar would later break free & jump out of a 30 foot tall window & was apparently injured by the fall.
2005: Ex-Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha appears at a Los Angeles concert to help the South Central Farmers organization. The group wants to save a local community farm.
2005: Sixteen pages of poetry written by University of Minnesota student Robert Zimmerman (using his new name, Bob Dylan, for the first time) are auctioned off for $78,000 in New York.
2005: Papa Roach release their first DVD, 'Live & Murderous in Chicago,' with 75-minutes of a concert filmed by 12 cameras. The package also contains all the group's videos and behind-the-scenes footage.
2005: Audioslave perform 'Doesn't Remind Me' on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: 'Over The Years and Through The Woods,' a live CD/DVD from Queens Of The Stone Age, is out. Prior to the London shows singer-guitarist Josh Homme underwent knee surgery but he wanted to do the concerts because the group had already nixed five previous London appearances. "I took enough Vicodin to kill a small child," says Homme. "I didn't want to cancel again."
2005: Rykodisc re-releases Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, 'Pretty Hate Machine.' However, N.I.N. mastermind Trent Reznor is "pretty aggravated" by Rykodisc's no-frills reissue. The label was unwilling to spend the money to produce a deluxe edition. The album had been out of print for several years.
2005: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp unfurls his solo debut, 'The Great Divide.' The album's title track, and first single, are featured in a NASCAR ad campaign that airs during the Chase For The Nextel Cup auto-racing series.
2005: Green Day nab the Favorite Artist: Alternative Music trophy, as well as the Favorite Album: Pop/Rock honor for their 'American Idiot' CD at the American Music Awards in L.A.. The band didn't attend the festivities nor did the Rolling Stones. But the Stones are shown on the Salt Lake City stop of their A Bigger Bang world tour.
2005: System Of A Down release 'Hypnotize,' the second half of a double album (the platinum-certified 'Mezmerize' was released earlier). They celebrate by performing a show in New York as part of MTV2's 2$Bill Concert Series. Earlier in the day, the group does an in-store signing at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square. The first 400 people to purchase the CD attend the autograph session.
2005: Rush release their 'R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour' CD/DVD.
2006: Elton John hosts a London charity performance of the stage hit 'Billy Elliot The Musical.' John composed the music. Proceeds benefit the British children's charity the Place2Be.
2006: After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.
2006: A custom motorcycle autographed by 2006 tour partners, Def Leppard and Journey, is auctioned online to raise money for the Cure Autism Now charity.
2006: New Cars frontman Todd Rundgren says his version of the Cars has made "an improvement on the original." OK, you can stop laughing now. Rundgren does come back to reality by admitting this incarnation's future, beyond the current tour, is really up to the fans. "If they come out and buy tickets, there's life," explains the singer/guitarist. "If they do not, then the audience has spoken."
2009: Green Day beat out Kings Of Leon and Shinedown to win the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist honor at the American Music Awards. They also perform '21 Guns.'
2009: Slash and Ozzy Osbourne play a concert in Hollywood to raise funds for the Los Angeles Youth Network (they work with homeless young people). The former Guns N' Roses guitarist co-hosts the event with performances from Travis Barker (Blink-182), Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chester Bennington (Linkin ParK) and Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers).
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their two-year world tour in Buffalo, NY. For this show they play their 1973 classic, 'Greetings From Asbury Park.' It is the first-ever live performance of the entire album.
2010: My Chemical Romance release 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,' their first studio album in four years (since 2006's 'Black Parade').
2010: Vince Neil competes on ABC's 'Skating With the Stars.' The Motley Crue frontman skated competitively for two years in his pre-Crue days.
2010: For those who didn't download the songs for free when they were available, fans can purchase the Smashing Pumpkins 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscore Vol. II: The Solstice Bare.' It's the second EP of a 44-song set.
2010: 'LENNONYC,' a PBS documentary, premieres on American Masters. "John Lennon spent the last decade of his life in New York City, finding freedom, inspiration and tragedy there before his death in 1980," says John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono. "It is a very strange city. It was his love and it was his death."
2010: After just one week of availability on the iTunes store, The Beatles’ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four’s debut on iTunes was accompanied by an extensive world-wide marketing campaign.
2011: Riot released the album 'Immortal Soul.'
2013: Megadeth are among the performers at a Nashville concert honoring the late Country music legend George Jones. "I am honoring George's belief in the veterans," says Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, "which is the best way I know to show respect to his legacy, and to his wife and family.
2015: Foo Fighters roll out the 'Saint Cecilia' EP. The free set, recorded in Austin, is dedicated to the victims of the 11/13/15 Paris massacre where terrorist attacked an Eagle Of Death Metal concert, among other targets. The tragedy led to the cancellation of the Foos' remaining European dates.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Devil You Know cancel a Milan, Italy concert after rumors generated by the hacktivist collective Anonymous state the concert is one of several potential ISIS targets.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne's performance at Ozzfest Japan (held outside of Tokyo) features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society and Ozzy's former guitarist) and Ozzy's Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Geezer Butler.
2015: 'Jaco,' Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's biopic on the life of Jazz-fusion legend Jaco Pastorius, makes its world premiere in L.A.
2015: Pop singer Justin Bieber's wears a Nirvana shirt to the American Music Awards. The wardrobe decision upsets some Nirvana fans who lash out via social media. But Courtney Love (the widow Cobain) tweets "You're cool in my book @justinbieber xc."
2016: The Hendersonville, Tennessee property where Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash lived for most of their thirty five years of marriage was put up for sale by the current owner. The house was destroyed in a fire in 2007, but a one-bedroom apartment building, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a covered boat dock remained standing. The couple made their home there until their deaths in 2003.
2016: Bruce Springsteen is one of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Barrack Obama officiates the White House ceremony.
2016: Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro joins The Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) campaign to end animal testing in personal products, claiming, "An animal's life is worth more than a personal care product."
2016: U2 are among the celebrities donating special experiences to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED). The charity launches its second annual (Shopathon) on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

Nov. 23
1899: The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's Palais Royal Hotel. It was constructed by the Pacific Phonograph Company with four stethoscope like tubes attached to an Edison Class M electric phonograph fitted inside an oak cabinet. The tubes operated individually, each being activated by the insertion of a coin, meaning that four different listeners could be plugged in to the same song simultaneously.
1936: Robert Johnson began his first recording sessions in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where 16 songs were recorded.
1954: Under new management (but not yet Col. Tom Parker), Elvis Presley is billed as the "Hillbilly Cat."
1956: Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife's love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1959: RCA denies rumors that Elvis Presley will change his style once out of the army.
1960: Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1962: The Beatles traveled to St. James' Church Hall in London for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles' manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian's brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite "thumbs-down" letter from the BBC.
1964: 'The Beatles Story,' a documentary double album featuring interviews, press conferences, and songs was released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the Beatles' fourth release by Capitol and sixth American album, released in both mono and stereo. The LP was also released in Canada. Capitol released this album shortly after competitor Vee-Jay Records released 'Hear The Beatles Tell All.' The album contains brief stereo excerpts of their 1964 Hollywood Bowl concert, which was unreleased until May 1977 on 'The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl.' Several voice overs dominate the rest of the adoring and glossy look at the group is released by Capitol Records.
1964: The Beatles 'I Feel Fine' b/w 'She's A Woman' 45 single was released. The single reached the top of the British charts on 12 December of that year, displacing The Rolling Stones' 'Little Red Rooster,' and remained there for five weeks. It also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1964.
1964: The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows 'Top Gear' and 'Saturday Club.'
1964: The High Numbers perform for the first time as The Who-Maximum R&B.
1965: Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1965: Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show 'Five O’Clock Funfair,' performing 'The Wizard.'
1966: Elvis Presley's movie 'Spinout' premieres. The critics hate the movie but the fans turn it into a hit. It co-stars Bill Bixby and Nancy Sinatra.
1966: Keith Relf of The Yardbirds solo 'Shapes In My Mind' b/w 'Blue Sands' 45 single is released. Most of Keith Relf's recordings were released under the name of the group he was in at the time. However, an early attempt was made to establish him as a solo artist and two singles came out under his own name in 1966.
1966: The Monkees 'I'm A Believer' b/w '(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone' 45 single is released. The Neil Diamond composed song, produced by Jeff Barry, hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the last #1 hit of 1966 and the biggest-selling record for all of 1967. Because of 1,051,280 advance orders, it went gold within two days of release. It is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. The song is listed at #48 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
1967: A 16 date UK package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished, to be replaced by the 'Really Welsh Pavilion.'
1967: San Francisco DJ (and underground radio pioneer) Tom Donahue claims Top 40 is dead. Top 40 mutates into Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), a kind of code for tighter playlists.
1967: The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays at Sheffield University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized a deal to sign Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records. Dusty Springfield recommended Jimmy Page to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the The Large Hall, Regent Street Polytechnic in London, England.
1969: Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish and Pacific Gas & Electric played 2 shows at Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA.
1968: It’s reported that San Francisco’s Family Dog collective has lost its license to hold its famed marathon Grateful Dead concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band headlines the second night of the “Turkey Trip” at Duke Tire Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Other performers included Hampton Grease Band, Brick Wall, and Sweet Young ‘Uns Booger Band.
1970: Cat Stevens releases his 'Tea for the Tillerman' album. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single "Wild World" reached #11 on the Hot 100. In 2003, Rolling Stone included this album in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list at #206.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' b/w 'Isn't It a Pity' is released in the U.S. (January 1971 in the UK). The song was written in praise of the Hindu god Krishna. It is ranked #460 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1971: Yes performed at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
1971: The Who play the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, GA.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at Public Hall, in Preston, England. Admission was £1.
1971: During a European tour The Mothers Of Invention appeared at The Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf.
1972: Pink Floyd performed the second of five shows at the Salle Valliers in Marseille, France. The shows were a collaboration with the Ballets de Marseille and Maia Plissetskaia, from the Bolshoi Theatre. The band’s portion of the program was the third portion of the presentation which consisted of a ballet in four movements based on the following set list: One of These Days / Careful With That Axe, Eugene / Obscured By Clouds / When You’re In / Echoes.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1974: Steppenwolf and Camel play the Detroit Palace in Detroit, MI.
1974: Elton John started an 11-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his 'Greatest Hits,' album. It also enjoyed a 10-week run as the US chart topper.
1974: The Rolling Stones scored their 5th US #1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll.' The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at #2 in the UK.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd release 'Free Bird' as a single. It's the group's second Top 40 hit ('Sweet Home Alabama' was the 1st).
1974: Linda Ronstadt's 'Heart Like A Wheel' album is released.
1974: Keyboardist Gary Wright leaves Spooky Tooth. He ends up having two solo hits ('Love Is Alive' and 'Dream Weaver').
1975: Queen started a nine-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5:55, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1976: Ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s home in Memphis, demanding to see “The King.” When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee. The previous night, he was charged with drunk driving after overturning his brand new Rolls-Royce.
1977: Aerosmith played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1978: Billy Joel appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Pink Floyd released their 14th single, 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2),' which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and 9 other countries.
1979: Keith Richard's girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. 17-year-old Scott Cantrell had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards while in Pallenberg's bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
1979: 'The Rod Stewart Special' airs on NBC-TV.
1979: Marianne Faithfull is arrested at Norway’s Oslo Airport on charges of marijuana possession. She signs a confession and is allowed to carry on with her tour of the country.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: The Moody Blues played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1981: AC/DC released their 8th studio album 'For Those About to Rock,' which went on to become their first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and sell four million copies in the U.S. Recorded in Paris, France, it was the 3rd and final produced for the band by Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
1981: Pink Floyd's compilation album 'A Collection of Great Dance Songs' is released. It reached #37 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The re-recorded single 'Money' reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Sports and Entertainment Center in Melbourne, Australia.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played Warnor's Theatre in Fresno, CA.
1984: Metallica release their single, 'Creeping Death.' The B-sides are covers of Diamond Head's 'Am I Evil?' & Blitzkrieg's 'Blitzkrieg.' It ranked at #1 on the Guitar World top 100 greatest Metallica songs.
1984: Metallica play a show at the Salle Des Fêtes Du Grand Parc in Bordeaux, France.‬
1984: Hanoi Rocks play L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY.
1985: American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Hew wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll', (a hit for Bill Haley and the Comets) and 'Sweet Sixteen.' He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and called “the brawny voiced ‘Boss of the Blues'”."
1987: Black Sabbath release their 13th studio album, 'The Eternal Idol.' The album featured Tony Martin singing, Eric Singer on drums, and Bob Daisley on bass.
1987: The Beatles 'Hello, Goodbye' b/w 'I Am The Walrus' 45 single is released in the UK. The picture disc version released in England as part of the "It Was Twenty Years Ago" series.
1988: Meliah Rage released their debut album 'Kill To Survive.' The band name was inspired by the 'Meliah' Indian tribe's practice of taking opium before going into battle.
1988: Motley Crue released their 1st EP,'Raw Tracks' exclusively in Japan.
1989: Nuclear Assault release their 3rd studio album, 'Handle with Care.' This is the band's most successful album to date, peaking at #126 on the #Billboard 200.
1989: Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum during a 104-date world tour. It was his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1990: Bad Religion release their 5th full-length studio album 'Against the Grain.' This is the band's last recording with drummer Pete Finestone, who left the band just prior to the recording of their next album 'Generator,' which eventually dropped in 1992.
1991: Stevie Ray Vaughan debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'The Sky Is Crying' which was the first posthumously compilation album of Vaughan’s work released. The a