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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

Rock Birthdays
Jan. 1
Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) - 76
Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Love Affair, Hybrid Kids, Morgan) - 68
David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne, Intrinsic) - b. 1958 - d. 5/10/05
Richie Faulkner (Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six, Ace Mafia, Lauren Harris, Judas Priest) - 38

Jan. 2
Richard Cole (UK tour manager: Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Three Dog Night and more) - 72
Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) - 72
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Tackhead, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Waddy Wachtel, Little Axe, IMF's, solo) - 59
Doug Robb (Hoobastank) - 43

Jan. 3
Sir George Martin (producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician) - b. 1926 - d. 3/8/16
Stephen Stills (CSNY, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Continentals, solo) - 73
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures, Donovan, Seasick Steve, solo, producer, session work + more) - 72
Ross the Boss/Ross Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom + more) - 64
David C. Lewis (Ambrosia, Shadowfax, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Al Stewart, Stephan Bishop, Gary Wright, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), John Ford Coley, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Michael Hedges, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio) -
Tracy "G" Grijalva‬ (WWIII, ‎Dio‬, Love/Hate) - 59

Jan. 4
John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius + more) - 76
Eugene Chadbourne (Shockabilly, has worked with numerous artists including John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Carla Bley Band, Camper Van Beethoven, Jello Biafra, They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Carl Black) - 64
Brian Ray (Paul McCartney, solo + more) - 63
Michael Stipe (R.E.M., The Golden Palominos) - 58
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout) - b. 1962 - d. 4/14/10
Till Lindemann (Rammstein) - 55
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) - 54
Michael Fast (Pretty Maids) - 54
Cáit O'Riordan (The Pogues, The Nips, The Radiators, Elvis Costello, others) - 53
Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies, solo) - 51

Jan. 5
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records + more) - b. 1923 - 7/30/03
Phil Ramone (Legendary recording engineer, record producer, composer. Among those whose music he has produced are Ray Charles, B. B. King, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, Julian Lennon, Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Laura Branigan, Karen Carpenter, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O'Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Diane Schuur, Dionne Warwick and many more. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" to President John F. Kennedy) - b. 1941 - d. 3/30/13
Chris Stien (Blondie) - 66
Kelly Nickles (Sweet Pain, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) - 56
Grant Young (Soul Asylum) - 55
Ted Poley (Prophet, Danger Danger, solo) - 54
Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - 49
Robbie Crane (Lynch Mob, Ratt, Vince Neil, Vertex, Adler's Appetite, Angel City Outlaws, Tuff, Black Star Riders) - 48
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Enemy, Failure, The Wondergirls, A Perfect Circle, The Gutter Twins, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Sweethead, Puscifer) - 48
Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars, Angels & Airwaves) - 42

Jan. 6
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - b. 1946 - d. 7/7/06
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo) - 67
Malcolm Young (AC/DC, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 65
Neil Simpson (Climax Blues Band) - 59
Muzz Skillings (Living Colour, Medicine Stick) - 58
Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) - b. 1962 - d. 8/10/02
Pete Loran (Trixter) - 51
Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) - 47
Eric Taylor (Saving Abel) -
‪Morgan Lander‬ (‎Kittie) - 36
James Durbin (solo, Quiet Riot) - 29

Jan. 7
Paul Revere (Paul Revere and The Raiders) - b. 1938 - d. 10/4/14
Rory Storm / Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) - b. 1938 - d. 9/28/72
Rod Hicks (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) - b. 1941 - d. 1/2/13
Jann Wenner (Founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) - 72
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina, USA for Africa, Michael McDonald, Blue Sky Riders, solo) - 70
Rick Marotta (Brethren, appears on many recordings by leading artists such as Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Hall & Oates, Stevie Nicks, Wynonna, Roy Orbison, Todd Rundgren, Roberta Flack, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Jackson Browne, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Peter Gabriel, Kenny G., The Jacksons, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Warren Zevon + more) - 70
Kathy Valentine (The Go- Go’s, solo) - 59
Ivan Moody (Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch) - 38
Jinxx/Jeremy Miles Ferguson (Black Veil Brides) - 32

Jan. 8
Elvis Presley - b. 1935 - d. 8/16/77
Bill Graham (concert promoter) - b. 1931 - d. 10/25/91
Little Anthony (Little Anthony & The Imperials) - 77
Robby Kreiger (The Psychedelic Rangers, The Doors, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger, Robby Krieger Band, Experience Hendrix, solo) - 72
David Bowie (The Riot Squad, Tin Machine, The Hype, The Lower Third, The Konrads, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 1/10/16
Terry Sylvester (The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, solo) - 70
Mike Reno (Loverboy, Moxy, solo) - 63
Alan Krigger (Ike & Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, Giuffria, London, D'Priest, Hollywood Allstarz + more) -
Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) - b. 1966 - d. 3/19/90
Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) - 48
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch, W.A.S.P.) - 45
Dick Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork) - 43
Torry Castellano (Donna C. - The Donnas) - 39
Maya Ford (Donna F. - The Donnas) -

Jan. 9
Joan Baez - 77
Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, solo, Coverdale/Page, Page and Plant, Herman's Hermits, XYZ, Joe Cocker, The Edge, Jack White, Donovan, The Black Crowes) - 74
Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Honkettes) - b. 1948 - d. 10/20/77
Paul King (Mungo Jerry) - 70
David Johansen (New York Dolls, solo) - 68
Steve McRay (38 Special, Ted Nugent, Mose Jones, Atlanta Rhythm Section + more) - 68
Phil Lewis (Girl, L.A. Guns, New Torpedos, Tormé, Liberators, Filthy Lucre) - 61
Eric Erlandson (Hole, Rodney & the Tube Tops + more) - 55
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale) - 55
Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags) - 54
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews & Friends+ more) - 51
Carl Bell (Fuel) - 51
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) - 51

Jan. 10
Jerry Wexler (producer and record company executive. One of the main record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987) - b. 1917 - d. 8/15/08
Ronnie Hawkins (Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Bearfoot, Skylark, Robbie Lane & The Disciples, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Orchestra, The Revols, Ronnie Hawkins and Many Others, Ronnie's Rock 'n' Roll Revival and Travelling Medicine Show) - 83
Scott McKenzie (The Singing Strings, The Journeymen, solo) - b. 1939 - d. 8/18/12
Jim Croce - b. 1943 - d. 9/20/73
Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express, The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Faces, solo) - 73
Anysley Dunbar (The Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, The Mojos, Flo & Eddie) - 72
Donald Fagen (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, New York Rock and Soul Revue, The Dukes of September, solo) - 70
Scott Thurston (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Cult, Melissa Etheridge, Glenn Frey, Hokus Pokus, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Jump, Nils Lofgren, The Motels, Ron Asheton's The New Order, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell) - 66
Pat Benatar - 65
Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions, UFO, McAuley Schenker Group, Ratt, Contraband, Schenker Pattison Summit, The Plot) - 63
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano) - 59
Parramore McCarthy (Warrior, Rough Cutt, Steve Steven's Atomic Playboys) - 55
John Fenton "Johnny Dwarf" (Killer Dwarfs) - 47
Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) - 40
Brent Smith (Shinedown) - 40
Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) - 38

Jan. 11
Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces) - b. 1895 - d. 7/3/73
Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 6/18/11
Tony Kaye (Yes, Badfinger, Circa, Yoso, Badger, The Iveys, Detective, Cinema, Flash) - 72
Terry Williams (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Rockpile, Tina Turner + more) - 70
Frederick Dennis Greene (Sha Na Na) - 69
Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters) - 60
Tom Dumont (No Doubt) - 50

Jan. 12
Mississippi Fred McDowell (R.L. Burnside, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, solo) - b. 1904 - d. 7/13/72
Long John Baldry - b. 1941 - d. July 21, 2005
Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows, Midnight Flyer, The British Blues Quintet, Jon Lord Blues Project, solo) - 73
Chris Bell (Big Star) - b. 1951 - d. 12/27/78
Howard Stern - 64
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) - 58
Rob Zombie (White Zombie, solo) - 53
Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) - 48
Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) - 45
Jason Freese (performed on over 50 albums by more than 35 different artists, including albums by Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Jewel, NOFX, and Zebrahead) -

Jan. 13
Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - b. 1945 - d. 2/32/04
Trevor Rabin (Yes, Rabbitt, Mr. Mister, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Roger Hodgson, solo, film composer) - 64
Don Snow (Squeeze, Sinceros, Procol Harum, many sessions) - 61
James LoMenzo (Clockwork, Rondinelli, White Lion, Megadeth, Pride & Glory, Slash's Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, HAIL!, Hydrogyn, John Fogerty) - 59
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips, solo) - 57
Tim Kelly (Hellion, Slaughter) - b. 1963 - d. Feb. 5, 1998
Malcolm Foster (Pretenders, Simple Minds, others) -

Jan. 14
Johnny Grande (Bill Haley and The Comets) - b. 1930 - d. 6/3/06
Clarence Carter - 82
Allen Toussaint (singer, songwriter, producer) - b. 1938 - d. 11/10/15
T-Bone Burnett (singer, songwriter, Producer) - 70
Lamar Williams (Fungus Blues Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level) - b. 1949 - d. 1/21/83
Geoff Tate (Queensryche, Hear N' Aid, Operation: Mindcrime) - 59
Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak Of Nature, solo) - 57
Patricia Morrison (The Sisters of Mercy, the Damned, others) - 56
‎Ian Mayo‬ (Stoned Alice, Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain‬) - 52
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Black Label Society, Steel Dragon) - 51
Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Penelope Houston, Luce) - 51
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, session work) - 49
Kenn Jackson‬ (Pretty Maids‬) - 46
Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 36

Jan. 15
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) - b. 1941 - d. 12/17/10
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - b. 1949 - d. 10/20/77
Biff Byford (Saxon, Fastway, Freedom Call) - 67
Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra, Wilson Gale & Co) - 66
Conrad Lant / Cronos (Venom, Probot) - 66
Peter Trewavas (Marillion) - 59
Adam Jones (Tool) - 53
Chris Julke‬ (‎Helix‬) - 51

Jan. 16
Bob Bogle (The Ventures) - b. 1934 - d. 6/14/09
William Francis (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) - b. 1942 - d. 5/23/10
Bob Kulick (Lou Reed, KISS, Paul Stanley, Skull, W.A.S.P., Murderer's Row, Michael Bolton, Doro, Alice Cooper, Balance, Meatloaf, Blackthorne) - 68
Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band + more) - b. 1951 - d. 1/13/11
Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke) - b. 1961 - d. 10/20/07
Kane Roberts (Robert William Athas) (Alice Cooper, solo) - 56
Rich Ward‬ (Fozzy‬) - 49
Nick Valensi (The Strokes) - 37

Jan. 17
Jim Ladd (Legendary DJ "The Lonesome Cowboy" - KMET, KLOS, KLSX, SiriusXM) - 70
Mick Taylor (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones, The Gods, Angel Witch, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, solo) - 69
Fernando Von Arb (Krokus) - 65
Steve Earle - 63
Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles, Ming Tea) - 59
John Crawford (Berlin, The Big F) -
Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) - 55
Andy Rourke (The Smiths, Morrissey, Freebass, D.A.R.K., Sinead O'Connor, Pretenders, Ian Brown) - 54
Kid Rock (solo, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf) - 47
Jon Wysocki (Staind) - 47

Jan. 18
Dave Greenslade (Colosseum, Greenslade, Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds, solo) -
Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23) - 63
Chris Hager (Mickey Ratt, Sarge, Rough Cutt, Woop and the Count, Stephen Pearcy) - 59
Jonathan Davis (Sexart, Korn, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Killbot) - 47
Quinn Allman (The Used) - 36

Jan. 19
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) - b. 1939 - d. 1/3/14
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 10/4/70
Rod Evans (Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, The Maze, The Horizons) - 71
Robert Palmer (Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 9/26/03
Martha Davis (Motels, solo) - 67
Dewey Bunnell (America) - 67
Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, War & Peace, Foreigner, Steel Dagon, McAuley Schenker Group, T&N, producer) - 59
Gina Stile (Vixen) - 53
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal, Life of Agony, Medication, Hail!) - 50
Zyon Cavalera (Soulfly) - 25

Jan. 20
Leadbelly (Blues legend) - b. 1889 - d. 12/6/49
Eric Stewart (Mindenders, Hotlegs, 10cc, Paul McCartney) - 73
George Grantham (Poco) - 71
Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Hazzard) - 68
Ian Hill (Judas Priest) - 67
Paul Stanley (KISS, Wicked Lester, solo) - 66
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Micheal Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Far Corporation, Survivor, Raiding the Rock Vault) - 65
Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, The Mother Hips, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat + more) - 58
Phil Hilborne (performed with many artists including: John Entwistle, Glen Hughes, Keith Emerson, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Narada Michael Walden, Uli Jon Roth and many others, solo + more)
Greg K. (Greg Kriesel) (The Offspring) - 53
Tracii Guns (Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns, Contraband, Hollywood Rose, Brides of Destruction, Quiet Riot, Devil City Angels) - 52
Derrick Green (Sepultura, Musica Diablo + more) - 47
Sid Wilson (Slipknot) - 41
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) - 39
Matt Tuck‬ (‎Bullet For My Valentine) - 38

Jan. 21
Wolfman Jack - b. 1938 - 7/1/95
Richie Havens - b. 1941 - d. 4/22/13
Edwin Starr (The Future Tones, Blinky Williams, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 4/2/03
Chris Britton (Troggs) - 74
Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wild Jimbos, John McEuen, solo) - 71
Richie Ranno (Starz, Stories, Ian Lloyd, Fallen Angels, solo) - 68
Rob Brill (Berlin, Big F, solo) - 62
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe) - 53
Chris Kilmore (Incubus) - 45

Jan. 22
Sam Cooke - b. 1931 - d. 12/11/64
Steve Perry (Journey, Ice, Alien Project, solo) - 69
Nigel Pegrum (Small Faces, Uriah Heep, Steeleye Span, solo; Producer) - 69
Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist) - b. 1946 - d. 4/8/10
Steven Riley (W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Steppenwolf, Keel, Cherry People) - 62
Michael Hutchence (INXS) - b. 1960 - 11/22/97
Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses, Hollywood Rose, Adler's Appetite, Adler) - 53
Ben Moody (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, The Halo Method) - 37
Orianthi Panagaris (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, solo, RSO) - 33

Jan. 23
Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/08
Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) - 68
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick, solo) - 65
Greg Hinz (Helix) - 58
Kirk Arrington (Metal Church) - 56
Louis Clemente (Testamment) - 53
Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) - 43

Jan. 24
Zeke Carey (Flamingos) - b. 1933 - d. 12/24/01
David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish) - 78
Neil Diamond - 77
Warren Zevon - b. 1947 - 9/7/03
Michael DesBarres (Detective, Silverhead, Chequered Past, solo, Power Station, Michael Des Barres Band, actor) - 70
Charlie Souza (Mudcrutch, The New Rascals, The Tropics, The Broken Hearts, solo + more) - 70
John Belushi (Blues Brothers) - b. 1949 - 3/5/82
Nigel Glockler (Saxon) - 65
Clive Edwards (Rococo, UFO, X-UFO, Bronz, Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Phil Lynott, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, John Cale, Ollie Halsall, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, SOS, Chris Thompson, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Neil Merryweather, Grand Prix + more) - 65
Jools Holland (Squeeze, Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) - 60
John Myung (Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam + more) - 51
Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) - 50
Beth Hart (singer, songwriter, solo, collaborations) - 46

Jan. 25
Etta James - b. 1938 - d. 1/20/12
Michael Cotten (Tubes) - 68
Gary Tibbs (Roxy Music, Adam and the Ants) - 60
Tony Catania (Jason Bonham, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, The Tony Catania Project, solo) -
Jesse Harte‬ (‎South Gang‬) -
Mercedes Sherida Lander (Kittie) - 34

Jan. 26
Corky Laing (Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves) - 70
Chris Rhyne (Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, others)
Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band, Foxhole) - 69
Andy Hummel (Big Star) - b. 1951 - d. 7/19/10
Billy Greer (Kansas, Streets, Seventh Key, Native Window) - 67
Christopher North (Ambrosia + more) - 67
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen) - 63
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows, Train, Matt Nathanson, Low Stars, Feeder + more) - 58
Tom Keifer (Cinderella) - 57
Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) - 48
William Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) - 42
Matt Heafy (Trivium) - 32

Jan. 27
Elmore James (Blues singer, songwriter) - b. 1918 - d. 5/24/63
Bobby "Blue" Bland (B.B. King, Lonnie Mack) - b. 1930 - d. 6/23/13
Buddy Emmons (Roger Miller Band, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Price, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 7/21/15
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) - 74
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy, Funky Junction, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott) - 67
Seth Justman (J Geils Band) - 67
Janick Gers (Gillen, Iron Maiden, White Spirit, Gogmagog, Fish, Bruce Dickinson) - 61
Jaime St. James (Black 'N Blue, Cold Gin, Warrant, Freight Train Jane, Let It Rawk) - 58
Tim Smith (Jellyfish + more) -
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) - 57
Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat, Medicine Wheel, Ferrari) - 56
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas) - 50

Jan. 28
Dick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things) - 75
Rick Allen (Box Tops) - 72
Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb, Overkill, DeuxMonkey, Paige-Spitz) - 55
Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides) - 34

Jan. 29
Andrew Loog Oldham (record producer, manager, author, The Rolling Stones) - 74
David Byron (Uriah Heap, Spice, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 2/28/85
Tommy Ramone (Ramones, Uncle Monk) - b. 1952 - d. 7/11/14
Richard Manitoba (The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, The Dictators NYC) - 64
Louie Pérez (Los Lobos) - 63
Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) - 57
Ron Young (Little Caesar, Manic Eden) - 56
Jeff Duncan (Odin, Lost Boys, Armored Saint, DC4, Let It Rawk) - 52
Jonny Lang - 37
‎Eloy Casagrande‬ (Sepultura) - 27

Jan. 30
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band) - 76
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie, Majik Mijits, Packet of Three, solo) - b. 1947 - 4/20/91
Phil Collins (Genesis, Flaming Youth, Brand X, solo) - 67
Bill Leverty (Firehouse, solo) - 51

Jan. 31
Charlie Musselwhite - 74
Terry Kath (Chicago) - b. 1946 - d. January 23, 1978
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) - 67
William "Curly" Smith (Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Boston, solo, sessions) - 66
Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Teaser, Manic Eden, Little Caesar, solo, Whitesnake, Vandenberg's Moon Kings) - 64
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, The Lydons and The O'Donnells, Time Zone, solo) - 62
Jeff Warner (Black 'N Blue) - 56
Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - b. 1964 - d. 5/2/13
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars, The Fire Ants, Redband, East Of The Equator, The Methodists) - 51
Jeff Cooper (The Cure) - 50

Today In Rock History:
January 1
1940: W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building. In October of the same year, the FCC granted 15 stations the first construction permits for commercial FM operation. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation) first demonstrated the technology to executives and engineers of RCA in 1933.
1950: 26 year old Sam Phillips opens his Memphis Recording Service at the corner of Union and Marshall in Memphis, Tennessee. The new venture's slogan is "We Record Anything - Anywhere - Anytime." Elvis Presley will spend $3.98 to make his first recording there in July of 1953.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at The Eagles Hall in Houston Texas. Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.
1956: On the first day of the new year, RCA released Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel.' In 1999, the single would be certified multi-platinum for the second time.
1956: Carl Perkins 'Blue Suede Shoes' 45 single is released. Written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. The song was notably covered by Elvis Presley.
1956: Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' went to #1 on the UK singles chart for the second time. The single is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1959: For the first time, ABC-TV's teen dance program 'American Bandstand' leads the U.S. daytime television ratings.
1959: Vernon Presley smashes his son's black Mercedes into a tree in Germany. Local newspapers mistakenly print that Elvis has been killed, but Vernon walked away without a scratch.
1959: Johnny Cash plays the first of several shows (over the years) at San Quentin Prison in CA. He later records a live album there. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
1962: Beatles flunk their audition when Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe isn't impressed with Fab Four version of 'Please Mr. Postman' and several other songs. Rowe tells manager Brian Epstein, "These boys won't make it. Guitar groups are out. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein. You have a good business there."
1963: Beatles begin a tour of Scotland to promote 'Love Me Do.'
1964: George Hamilton is chosen in favor of Elvis Presley for the title role in the Hank Williams bio, 'Your Cheatin' Heart.' William's widow felt that the appearance of Elvis would overshadow her husband's memory.
1964: Top Of The Pops premieres on British T.V. with Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Over the years, this landmark weekly music program presents nearly all the major British Rock groups.
1964: The Beach Boys begin the new year with a 7-hour session at Western Recorders in Hollywood, where they record 'Fun, Fun, Fun' and 'The Warmth Of The Sun.'
1965: The Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton,) played two shows at The Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith in London. One at 6:15 and 8:45pm.
1965: The Beatles (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the Billboard Top 10. 'Beatles '65' (#1), 'A Hard Day's Night' (#6) and 'Beatles' Story' (peaking at #7).
1966: A New Jersey quintet who called themselves The Knickerbockers enter the Billboard Top 40 with a Beatles-sound-alike song called 'Lies.' The record will climb to #20 during its nine week chart run.
1966: The Beach Boys, with help from Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean), hit #2 on the charts with 'Barbara Ann.'
1966: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound Of Silence' started a two week run at #1 on the charts.
1966: The final episode of the TV show, 'The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet' (with Rick Nelson) is filmed. The show began as a radio series in 1944 and moved to television in 1952.
1967: The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on 'Shebang,' airing on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles.
1967: As a thank you to the citizens of San Francisco who helped raise bail money for two of their members who were jailed the previous day during a parade, the Hell's Angels stage a concert at Golden Gate Park with performances by the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company. The event is christened 'The New Year's Wail.'
1968: Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.
1969: Following a New Year's Eve concert featuring the Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers, the Winterland Theatre closes. The San Francisco venue, run by Bill Graham, featured The Dead no less than 48 times.
1969: Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys appeared at the Fillmore East in New York for the 2nd of two consecutive nights. The concert, featuring the rhythm section of Billy Cox and Buddy Miles backing Hendrix, later appears on the album Band of Gypsys.
1970: Elvis' last non-documentary film, 'Change of Habit,' hit theatres in the U.S. The movie paired Elvis as an inner-city doctor and Mary Tyler Moore as a nun. Director William A. Graham would later say "Elvis was the nicest man I ever worked with."
1971: Radio Luxembourg aired over seven hours of continuous Beatles music to celebrate the group’s tenth year in the music business. Every track played was a single or LP track by The Beatles plus tracks from solo albums.
1972: Carole King started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Music,' her second chart topper.
1972: Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI to release records in the UK on his own T Rex Wax co. label.
1972: Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to ride on a float in the Rose Bowl parade. Three of their hits (including 'Joy To The World') play on a loop as they traverse the route.
1972: The Rolling Stones release 'Hot Rocks.'
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1974: Hawkwind played at King George Hall in Blackburn, England.
1975: Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac.
1976: Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year. “I’m going to need physiotherapy so I should think it’ll be the beginning of the next soccer season before I’m running about again,” Plant tells reporters.
1976: Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu all appeared at the Great British Music Festival, London.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release 'Go Your Own Way' in the U.S. It goes on to become their first American Top 10 hit.
1977: The Clash opens punk’s first real venue in the U.K., the Roxy Club in London's Covent Garden.
1977: Genesis played the first of three nights at the new-look Rainbow Theatre in London. Tickets cost £2.50 ($4.25). The theatre had been completely renovated at a cost of £80,000 ($136,000).
1977: Wings were at #1 on the singles chart in the UK with 'Mull Of Kintyre.'
1978: Ozzy Osbourne rejoined Black Sabbath after having left the previous November, temporarily replaced by Savoy Brown singer Dave Walker. Osbourne would be fired the following year.
1979: Bill Graham closes the San Francisco Winterland Theatre. Grateful Dead have played there 48 times.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness At The Edge Of Town' Tour ends in Cleveland after 109 shows in 86 cities.
1980: Rush release their 7th studio album, 'Permanent Waves.' It went on to become their first top five album in the U.S., eventually peaking at #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart the following month. It featured the stand out hits 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Freewill.'
1982: Black Sabbath played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1983: U2's 'New Year's Day' b/w 'Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop)' 45 single is released in the UK. It is on their 1983 album 'War' and it was released as the album's lead single on this date in January 1983. New Year's Day was voted #6 in the Best Single category in the New Musical Express poll and #9 in the Best Single category in the Sounds poll and became U2's first top 10 single in the UK. It reached #53 on the Billboard charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1984: Alexis Korner died of lung cancer aged 55. He was known as “the Founding Father of British Blues”, he was a major force behind the UK early 60’s R&B scene. Formed Blues Incorporated; members at various times included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond and Charlie Watts. Had hits with CCS, including a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which was used as the theme for BBC’s Top Of The Pops for several years. Became a radio host in the ’70s.
1985: VH1 makes its debut.
1986: Metallica release their classic 'Master Of Puppets.'
1986: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have a daughter, Alexa Ray. She will eventually become a singer like her dad.
1987: In Sydney, Australia, Elton John announces that he is canceling the remainder of his tour to undergo throat surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor. It's four months before he's on stage again.
1987: Anthrax released the EP 'I'm The Man.'
1988:P Prince played an after midnight New Years Eve charity gig in aid of the homeless in Minnesota. Miles Davis joined him on stage.
1988: The 'classic' lineup of Skid Row play their 1st show at Toronto's Rock N' Roll Heaven.
1988: Prince played an after midnight New Years Eve charity gig in aid of the homeless in Minnesota. Miles Davis joined him on stage.
1989: Nirvana signed a one-year recording contract with Sub Pop records. The Seattle based label began not as a record label but as a fanzine (called Subterranean Pop), in the early 80’s. They are also notable for having signed Soundgarden and Mudhoney.
1990: New American radio station WKRL in Florida played the Led Zeppelin track 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 hours, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.
1990: 'Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac,' written by Mick Fleetwood and Stephen Davis ('Hammer Of The Gods'), is in bookstores.
1993: Melissa Etheridge performs at the Voters For Change benefit then appears at the Triangle Ball, a gay and lesbian event. At the latter, Etheridge announces she's gay.
1993: Elton John cracks the Top 40 with 'The Last Song,' making it 23 consecutive years he's had a song on the charts. It breaks Elvis Presley's previous record of 22.
2000: George Harrison is informed that he will be able to play guitar again following knife injuries to his hand during Michael Abram's recent home invasion.
2002: 56-year-old Eric Clapton marries the 25-year-old American graphic designer Melia McEnery, who will be the mother to three of his children: Julie Rose, Ella, and Sophie. It's a surprise wedding which takes place at St. Mary Magdalen church near London, where his 16-year-old daughter Ruth and 6-month-old Julie Rose are getting baptized. After the baptism, the vicar turns around and marries the couple to the astonishment of the 20 guests.
2003: Capitol Records announced that Lisa Marie Presley's first album, 'To Whom It May Concern' was set for release on April 8th of this year. The LP would go on to reach #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 and be certified Platinum in 2007.
2005: In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock', and 'Only You' by The Platters.
2005: Roger Daltrey, the 61 year old lead singer of The Who, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006: Godsmack singer Sully Erna performs the national anthem prior to the New England Patriots - Miami Dolphins game in Foxborough, MA.
2006: Green Day are named Male Artist of the Year in a poll conducted by AOL Music.
2007: Queen beat The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone.
2009: Ron Asheton, guitarist and bassist (1972-74) for Iggy Pop And The Stooges, dies in Ann Arbor, MI. at age 60. He was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
2009: Although the number of viewers dropped for the 3rd straight year, 'Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve With Ryan Seacrest' was still the most-watched New Year's Eve countdown special in America with an 8.5 rating. Primary competitor, 'New Year's Eve With Carson Daly' earned a 5.0 rating during its telecast.
2010: The Flaming Lips ring in the New Year by performing Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in its entirety at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City. The show starts at midnight. "Tonight there is a very rare full blue moon shining down on Oklahoma," says frontman Wayne Coyne. "How lucky are we to have the universe cooperating with us completely tonight?"
2010: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirms via Twitter that the band is reuniting. The group originally disbanded in 1997. "The 12 year break is over & school is back in session," writes Cornell.
2011: Chuck Berry collapses on stage an hour into a New Year's Day concert at Congress Theater in Chicago. Berry slumped over a keyboard and did not move for a couple of minutes before being helped off stage, he returned 15 minutes later only to be forced off again almost immediately. The 84 year-old later re-emerged on stage but told fans he had no strength to continue performing.
2011: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy in the musical American Idiot (based on the Green Day albums 'American Idiot' and '21st Century Breakdown') on Broadway. Armstrong appeared in the musical for one week a few months earlier and that resulted in a 93.4 percent increase in ticket sales.
2011: The Ted Lapidus-designed white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of 'Abbey Road' is auctioned at the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, CT. It sells for $46,000.
2012: Steven Tyler's interview with Oprah Winfrey airs on the premiere episode of Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN TV.
2012: Fred Milano, tenor vocalist for Dion And The Belmonts on their hits 'A Teenager in Love' and 'Where or When,' died at the age of 72, just three weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
2014: Black Label Society announce that they have selected Lizzy Borden guitarist Dario Lorina as a replacement for Nick Catanese, who left the previous month.
2015: Billy Idol performs during the pre-game festivities at the outdoor NHL Winter Classic where the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Idol sings 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell.'
2016: According to industry figures, AC/DC sold 2.31 million tickets during 2015, more than any other touring act. The band took in about $180 million.

January 2
1926: The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."
1950: Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, which he will later rename Sun Studio. Among the artists to record there is Elvis Presley, who gets his start recording with Phillips.
1964: The Rolling Stones perform 'I Wanna Be Your Man' (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney) on the first edition of the landmark British TV music show 'Top Of The Pops.'
1965: Elvis Presley's soundtrack album 'Roustabout' hits #1. It was Presley's eighth #1.
1965: 'The Beatles Story,' yet another US-only collection of Fab Four releases, goes to #7 in the album charts. The Beatles are currently #1 in the singles charts with “I Feel Fine.”
1966: 'We Can Work It Out' by the The Beatles takes over the top spot from Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Sounds of Silence.' It remains for two weeks, then falls to second once again behind “Sounds of Silence,” after which it reclaims the top spot for one more week.
1968: The entire shipment of John and Yoko's album 'Two Virgins' was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band. The group is billed as “Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds.” Page suffers from a fever and is forced to eliminate the 2nd set from this series of shows.
1969: Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the 'Let It Be' album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th. The sessions are later described by George Harrison as "the low of all-time" and by John Lennon as "hell ... the most miserable sessions on earth." The Beatles leave it to producer Phil Spector to salvage things while they start over with 'Abbey Road.'
1970: Poco appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971: The George Harrison album 'All Things Must Pass' started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US #1 album.
1972: Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar in Cambridge.
1972: Elvis Presley buys a $10,000 robe inscribed "The People's Champion" and presents it to boxer Muhammad Ali.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at City Hall in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1975: U.S. District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated because of his remarks about President Richard Nixon.
1976: Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London's Olympia.
1977: Genesis played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1978: Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.
1979: Sex Pistol's bass player Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier. The former Sex Pistol ODs before the verdict is in.
1979: Cheap Trick played San Diego’s Civic Theatre to around a thousand fans.
1980: Cheap Trick play to a sold-out crowd at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1980: Singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home. He was 45. Williams had the 1957 #5 and UK #21 single 'Short Fat Fannie.' He was also known for 'Bony Moronie' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy.’ The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1982: Black Sabbath released the single 'Turn Up The Night' from the 'Mob Rulkes' album. It peaked at #24 on the Mainstream Rock tracks chart.
1982. Black Sabbath featuring Ronnie James Dio bring their Mob Rules Tour into the Hammersmith Odeon in London for the third of four shows. The shows are recorded and later released as 'Black Sabbath - Live at Hammersmith Odeon.' ‬
1985: Aerosmith appeared at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1985: Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).
1985: David Lee Roth appears on 'Late Night With David Letterman' to promote his upcoming solo EP, 'Crazy From the Heat.'
1990: Phil Collins started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with '...But Seriously.' It will become the second best selling album of the year, behind Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814.'
1994: Meat Loaf started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.'
1997: Spirit's founding guitarist Randy California drowns while surfing off the coast of Hawaii. His son gets caught in the riptide and though California is able to push him to safety, the guitarist ends up losing his own life. He was just 45.
2005: Green Day were at #1 on the UK album chart with their 7th album American Idiot. The album went on to be nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the Best Rock Album of 2005.
2006: The Rolling Stones are recognized for having the highest grossing '05 North American tour. According to Pollstar magazine, the Stones took in $162 million from 42 shows. The average ticket price was $134. U2 lands in second place with $138.9 million from 78 concerts.
2007: Rod Stewart is named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his musical contributions.
2007: Guitarist Jason Truby says he's "no longer a member of P.O.D." He claims that he decided to leave before founding guitarist Marcos Curiel announced he was rejoining the group.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins issue 'American Gothic,' a four-track acoustic EP, via iTunes.
2008: Billboard.com reported that Paul McCartney underwent a heart-related surgical procedure in the latter part of 2007. Reports said the 65-year-old former Beatle had a coronary angioplasty, which involves the opening of arteries to allow greater blood flow. McCartney recovered sufficiently to perform in a televised New Year's Eve program with Kylie Minogue.
2009: The Eagles tour in support of their album 'Long Road Out Of Eden' ranks #3 in Pollstar's 2008 tally of the highest-grossing North American tours of the year (behind Madonna and Celine Dion). The trek earned more than $73 million. Bon Jovi landed at #5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and the Police are at #6 and #8
2010: Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer confirms that he has joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing John Frusciante. Klinghoffer previously worked with Gnarls Barkley and Beck and was recording with RHCP prior to the announcement.
2012: Slash receives the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar International Magazine, with Joe Bonamassa getting the Guitarist of the Year honor.
2012: Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt dies at the age of 63, due to sclerosis of the liver.
2014: A judge dismisses a lawsuit over the rights to Tommy Lee's rollercoaster drum set. Howard Scott King claimed he originated the design and sought $400,000 in damages from the Motley Crue drummer. The judge rules that King never had exclusive rights to the idea and that Lee designed his version on his own.
2015: Arizona's departing state superintendent of public education, John Huppenthal, claims the Tucson Unified School District has violating the state's ban on ethnic studies by using Rage Against The Machine's 1992 song 'Take The Power Back' in a Mexican-American history class. Huppenthal threatens to reduce state funding for the district by 10 percent if they do not comply with the law. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello tweets that his band's lyrics are "only dangerous if you teach [them] right."
2018: Tony Calder, the music manager who promoted the Beatles' debut single 'Love Me Do,' died at the age of 74 following a battle with pneumonia.

January 3
1956: Elvis Presley plays a show at the Von Theater in Booneville, Mississippi, where he is advertised as 'The Folk Music Fireball.'
1957: Fats Domino records 'I'm Walkin' in New Orleans. He wrote the song after his car broke down and a fan shouted "Hey, look at Fats Domino, he's walking!". The record won't be released for over a year, but would go on to reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart in April of 1958.
1959: The Teddy Bears appear on NBC's Kraft Music Hall where they perform their recent Billboard #1 hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him.' Unfortunately for the Phil Spector led trio, this would be their last taste of singing success. A follow-up release called 'Oh Why' would barely scrape the bottom of the chart and by next Fall, after four more flops, the group would split up. Annette Kleinbard would go on to a successful songwriting career, Marshall Leib would become a musical supervisor in the film industry, and Phil Spector would launch his legendary career as a music producer.
1963: After placing 30 songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signs a one million dollar, twenty year contract with Decca, where he will achieve six more Top 40 hits.
1963: The Beatles began their first headlining tour with four nights in Scotland appearing at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. Two of the dates were cancelled due to bad weather.
1964: A month before the Beatles' historic appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' NBC-TV's 'The Jack Paar Show' showed a portion of a Beatles concert filmed at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Bournemouth, England for the BBC''s The Mersey Sound.' It showed the group playing 'She Loves You.' Parr was not a fan and made fun of their haircuts on the air.
1964: The Beatles get an early positive review from Billboard magazine for 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.'
1964: The Rolling Stones appeared at Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, England, supported by The Detours (later to become The Who).
1965: A song called 'Leader of the Laudromat' by The Detergents peaks at #19 on the Billboard Pop chart during its seven week run. The record was a spoof of The Shangri-Las' 'Leader Of The Pack' and the group was actually Ron Dante, Danny Jordan and Tommy Wynn, a trio of young songwriters and session singers who worked for Aldon Music. The writers of 'Leader Of The Pack,' Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and George "Shadow" Morton, would file a copyright lawsuit, which was settled out of court.
1966: First Acid Test held at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1966: The Beatles appear on NBC's 'Hullabaloo!' in a taped performance of 'Day Tripper' and 'We Can Work It Out.'
1967: Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys's Carl Wilson refuses to be sworn in after receiving an induction notice from the US Army.
1969: Appearing live on UK TV's 'Lulu Show,' Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs, 'Voodoo Child,' which is performed in its entirety. Then, he stopped midway through the performance his new single “Hey Joe,” announcing, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate this song to The Cream.” The Experience then launched into a version of “Sunshine Of Your Love” as a tribute to the group who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host Lulu from closing the show properly.
1970: Four days after learning that their movie 'Let It Be' will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record 'I Me Mine' for the film and soundtrack. John Lennon was away in Denmark at the time. A decade later it became the title of George Harrison’s auto-biography.
1970: Davy Jones announces that he's leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.
1970: Syd Barrett's first solo album, 'The Madcap Laughs is released. It was his first solo album after being replaced in the band Pink Floyd by his old school friend David Gilmour.
1972: Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side Of The Moon' tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
1972: Don McLean's "American Pie" is certified gold. It reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK, selling over three million copies.
1973: Alice Cooper's 'Hello Hurray' b/w 'Generation Landslide' 45 single is released. It reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart and #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1973: Two thousand international fashion editors and experts voted Mick and Bianca Jagger two of the top dozen best-dressed men and women of 1972.
1973: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a 4 night run at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, opening for the comedy rock duo Travis Shook & The Club Wow.
1973: After seeing an ad in the Village Voice for a lead guitarist with "flash and ability," Paul "Ace" Frehley auditioned to play guitar in a band called Wicked Lester. Ace showed up wearing different colored sneakers and despite being unimpressed with his visual appearance, Ace's playing got him hired (they reportedly jammed to 'Deuce' during the session). Shortly thereafter, the foursome officially changed their name to KISS.
1974: Jim Croce's 'Time In A Bottle' is certified gold.
1974: Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. On the tour's opening night in Chicago, Dylan performs 'All Along The Watchtower' live for the first time, even though he recorded the song seven years earlier. In July, the double album 'Before The Flood' is released, featuring highlights from the shows.
1976: Bob Dylan's song, 'Hurricane', peaks at #33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter released from jail. The song promoted Carter's innocence and a movie about Carter's life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000.
1976: Gary Wright (formerly of Spooky Tooth) hits US chart for first time with 'Dream Weaver.'
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes KISS at #17 with the live version of 'Rock And Roll All Nite,' ELO at #20 with 'Evil Woman,' Sweet’s 'Fox On The Run' at #7, Nazareth’s 'Love Hurts' at #25, 'Squeeze Box' by The Who at #40 and Foghat’s 'Slow Ride' at #50 .
1977: Rush performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Angel released their 4th album, 'White Hot.'
1979: The Hype, (later to be known as U2) appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. He was famous for his drinking songs including, 'Let Me Go Home, Whiskey' and 'One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.'
1981: It's the final night of David Bowie's performance of 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway.
1981: The New York chapter of NOW (the National Organization of Women) begins a call-in campaign against Bruce Springsteen. They find his music "sexist" due to his use of the term "little girls" in his music.
1987: The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced, and it includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin. The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson also enter.
2007: A pair of Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes are on the soundtracks of rollercoasters at two Disney SoCal amusement parks. A remix of the Peppers' 1989 cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' is heard at Disneyland's Space Mountain in Anaheim while riders of the California Screamin' coaster at California Adventure Park hear a customized version of the 1999 track 'Around The World.' The songs are used through April.
2007: A live rendition of Pink Floyd's 'Arnold Layne' recorded at a London concert by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, with vocals by David Bowie, gets to #19 on the U.K. chart, one place higher than the original version did in 1967.
2008: Gene Simmons is one of 14 contestants on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. He ends up hearing "you're fired" by Donald Trump.
2008: Stephen Stills undergoes prostate-cancer surgery in Los Angeles. "Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better," says Stills' wife, Kristen.
2009: 3 Doors Down perform during halftime of the NFL playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons in Glendale, AZ. Singer Brad Arnold also sings the national anthem.
2010: U2 frontman Bono writes in the New York Times about illegal music downloading. "A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators...benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business," Bono states. He suggests tracking down file-sharers, something he says has been proven possible by China.
2011: Rob Zombie Hellbilly Brew coffee starts shipping to customers. Zombie's coffee comes in French Roast Organic and Peru Organic varieties. It's 100% Fair Trade Certified.
2012: British musician Bob Weston died age 64. He had a brief role as guitarist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac in the early 1970s. He also recorded and performed with a number of other musicians, including Graham Bond, Long John Baldry, Murray Head, Sandy Denny and Danny Kirwan.
2013: Jack White's solo debut album, 'Blunderbuss,' is named the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan's vinyl charts. Selling 33,000 copies, 'Blunderbuss' knocks The Beatles "Abbey Road" from the top spot, which it had held the previous three years.
2014: 2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including 'Bye Bye Love,' 'Wake Up Little Susie,' and 'All I Have to Do Is Dream.' They influenced acts such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel. The Everly Brothers had 35 Billboard Top-100 singles, 26 in the top 40. They hold the record for the most Top-100 singles by any duo. In the UK, they had 30 chart singles, 29 in the top 40, 13 top 10, and 4 at #1 between 1957 and 1984.
2015: Kid Rock states he's in favor of legalizing and taxing "pot, cocaine,(and) heroin," in an interview published in the Guardian. "Has it not been proven that people will always find a way to get what they want," asks Rock.

January 4
1936: Billboard Magazine introduced the first ever-pop music chart that ranked records on national sales; big band violinist Joe Venuti was the first #1.
1950: Two years after Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record, RCA announces its intention to follow suit.
1954: A young truck driver named Elvis Presley enters the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, TN., to record a song for his mother's birthday. He paid $4 to record the ten-inch acetate demo. He records 'Casual Love Affair' and 'I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.' It was this recording that would lead MRS head Sam Phillips to call Presley back to record for his Sun Records label.
1957: Elvis Presley reports for his pre-induction Army physical in Memphis. He gets his draft notice later in the year and begins his two-year Army hitch in 1958.
1965: Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley, England. (Many of the concerts were two shows per night).
1967: The Doors released their self-titled debut album 'The Doors.' Unique packaging of the album included each band member’s bio. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Light My Fire,' topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the summer of 1967. The album is #42 on "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and is on "The Rolling Stone Hall Of Fame".
1968: Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.
1968: The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music degrees would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones saying they had made such an important contribution to modern music.
1969: Jimi Hendrix Experience played on the BBC show 'Happening For Lulu.' His refusal to go along with the programming caused him to be banned from the network. Hendrix sing his first song and, at the end, the camera goes to Lulu in the audience to introduce the second song. Right in the middle of the intro, Hendrix lets out a blast of feedback then launches into his second song but, in the middle, stopped and said "We'd like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to Cream" launching into 'Sunshine of Your Love.'
1970: Chauffeur Neil Boland was accidentally killed when The Who's drummer Keith Moon ran over him. Moon was trying to escape from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed his driving test.
1970: The Beatles (without John Lennon) re-record vocals and a new guitar solo on the Paul McCartney song ‘Let It Be’ at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session will be the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).
1971: The film 'Performance,' starring Mick Jagger, premieres in London two years after its completion.
1971: At London’s Abbey Road studios, Pink Floyd begin sessions for 'Meddle,' the follow-up to their 1970 album 'Atom Heart Mother.' The same month director Stanley Kubrick asks the band if he can use 'Atom Heart Mother' as the soundtrack for his movie 'A Clockwork Orang'e. The band say no.
1972: Yes' 'Roundabout" b/w "Long Distance Runaround' 45 single is released. It's the opening track from the 1971 album 'Fragile.' The song was written by singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe. In January 1972, an edited version of the song was released as a single. With its #13 peak on the Billboard Hot 100, 'Roundabout' ranks as the second highest charting US single for Yes, after their 1983 #1 hit 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.' The single version was edited down to 3:27 for American pop radio airplay, although many stations played the full version of the song. Anderson has said the lyrics to the song were inspired by a long tour van ride from northern Scotland to north England, which featured many traffic-clogged roundabouts along with mountain and lake scenery.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at My Mother’s Place in Washington, DC.
1974: Elton John goes gold with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'
1974: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a three night run at Joes' Place in Cambridge MA., supported by Peter Johnson & The Manic Depressives. On the ticket it stated: Because of the energy crisis all our outside lights except for one will be shut off.
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'. His 3rd US #1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.
1976: Longtime Beatles roadie/bodyguard Mal Evans is shot and killed by police in Los Angeles, who apparently mistake his air gun for the real thing. Evans' girlfriend had called the police, claiming he was upset and despondent.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s 'I Never Cry' at #12, Boston’s 'More Than A Feeling' at #15, Queen’s 'Somebody To Love' at #17, Aerosmith’s 'Walk This Way' at #20, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s 'Blinded By The Light' at #28 and KISS’ 'Hard Luck Woman' at #41.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1979: Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band. The Beatles do not attend.
1980: The Romantics release their debut album, 'The Romantics.'
1980: ZZ Top played at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1983: Aerosmith performed at the Neal S. Blasidell Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1984: Judas Priest release their 9th studio album 'Defenders of the Faith.' The album peaked at #18 on the #Billboard 200 charts.
1984: Motley Crue released their 3rd single, 'Looks That Kill.' It would eventually peak at #54 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
1986: Guitarist Andy Summers joins former Police bandmate Sting on his 'Dream of the Blue Turtles' World Tour.
1986: Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott died at the young age of 36. His longtime abuse of cocaine, heroin and booze led to his collapse on Christmas day, at his home in London. Kidney and liver infections complicated by pneumonia and, finally, heart failure took his life too soon. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
1988: L.A.Guns released their self-titled debut album. The album spent 33 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at #50.
1988: Whitesnake release the single, 'Give Me All Your Love.'
1991: Nirvana signs with Geffen Records. In September, their album 'Nevermind' is released.
2001: Courtney Love filed a lawsuit against her alleged stalker claiming that Lesley Barber, the ex-wife of her current boyfriend Jim Barber, drove over her foot. This had forced her to forfeit her role in a forthcoming film and lost her the $340,000 fee that went with it.
2006: The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million. Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honor the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb's ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.
2008: The Eagles 'Long Road Out Of Eden' is the best-selling album issued by any band in 2007 according SoundScan's annual tally. Released on Oct. 30, the album sells 2.6 million units before the year's end.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was voted the Greatest Voice In Rock by listeners of radio station Planet Rock. Plant beat Queen's Freddie Mercury, Free's Paul Rodgers and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan to the top spot in the UK poll.
2010: Godsmack's Sully Erna reaches a multimillion-dollar court settlement with an accident victim. In 2007, 27 year-old Lindsay Taylor was riding in the back seat of a car that was rear-ended by Erna's Hummer. According to court documents, Taylor suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
2010: Pollstar.com says the Dave Matthews Band was the top North American concert money earner between 2000-2009 taking in $529.1 million. Pop singer Celine Dion and Country vocalist Kenny Chesney are second and third. Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones round out the Top 5.
2010: Marilyn Manson proposes to his girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, while onstage in Paris. The 22-year-old accepts. But the pair call off the engagement eight months later.
2010: Bono's lyrics get the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. L'Osservatore Romano, a newspaper tied to the Vatican publishes an article praising the Christian themes in U2 songs.
2011: Jane's Addiction announces that TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek is the band's bassist, replacing Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver vet Duff McKagan who left in 2010 citing creative differences.
2011: Gerry Rafferty dies of liver failure in England at 63. Rafferty was a member of Stealers Wheel, who had the 1973 hit 'Stuck In The Middle With You' and then also went on to solo success with 'Baker Street' and 'Right Down the Line.'
2011: It's announced that Pink Floyd has resigned with EMI. The group and label overcame long standing differences, including how digital music services would sell Floyd songs, to ink a five year deal.
2012: Bryan Ferry, 66, marries Amanda Sheppard, 29. Sheppard dated Ferry's son Isaac for a short time.
2013: Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he's quitting the band. The split was affirmed by all members to be amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he'd like to work on other projects. He soon joined Volbeat.
2014: U2 receives the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), "for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice" and for the song 'Ordinary Love' from the film 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.'
2016: Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur, film producer and impresario, Robert Stigwood died aged 81. He was best known for managing Cream and the Bee Gees, theatrical productions like 'Hair' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and film productions including the hugely successful 'Grease' and 'Saturday Night Fever.'
2016: Robert Balser, who served as the animation director for The Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' and on the Saturday morning Jackson 5 cartoons of the early 1970s, passed away at the age of 88.
2017: The British Phonographic Industry announced that sales of David Bowie's album 'Blackstar' helped push global sales of vinyl records to a twenty-five year high. Sales in the UK topped 3.2 million, an increase of a whopping 53 percent over last year.

January 5
1940: The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.
1955: Elvis Presley, backed by Scotty Moore and Bill Black, kick off a three date tour in San Angelo, Texas as a backing act for headliner Billy Walker. The trio's pay for the night was $150.
1959: Coral Records releases 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' which turns out to be Buddy Holly's last record issued while he is alive. The plane crash in Clearwater, Iowa ("the day the music died"), is just weeks away. Written by Paul Anka, it peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1961: The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Rolling Stones performed at the Ricky Tick club at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading, England. During the 1960s, the club was host to many important acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1967: Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue performed at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: During The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on 'Penny Lane.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.
1968: Bob Dylan's 'Greatest Hits' album is certified gold.
1968: Status Quo's 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' b/w 'Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Café' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the first hit single by Status Quo. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only hit single in the United States.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 2nd studio album, 'Bayou Country' album is released. It was the first of three albums CCR released in that year. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#7) and Top R&B LP's (#41) charts. The single 'Proud Mary,' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: During the band's first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the last of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper as the opening act. Zeppelin were billed as 'Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds'.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut studio album.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album 'Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.' Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Spirit In The Night' were released as singles but neither made a dent in the charts. It entered the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in 1975 and reached #60. It was ranked at #379 by Rolling Stone on its list of 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Bruce Springsteen performs 'Rosalita' for the first time at a concert at Joe's Place in Boston. The song would become a live favorite and Bruce would often play it as an encore.
1976: Former roadie for The Beatles Mal Evans was shot dead by police by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hands, he later pointed the gun at police who opened fire. Friends later said that Evans was depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans, who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.
1976: Bob Dylan's 17th studio album, 'Desire' was released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks, while reaching #3 in the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Desire #174 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1978: Sex Pistols start their only US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people. "Where’s my beer?" Those are Johnny Rotten’s first words to the packed house.
1979: The Blues Brothers' 'Briefcase Full of Blues' album hits #1.
1979: Joe Jackson's debut album,'Look Sharp!' is released in the UK. Being released in the US in April 1979, it reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, 'Is She Really Going Out With Him?' reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1979: Elvis Costello and the Attractions 3rd album, 'Armed Forces' is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #482 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album had the working title 'Emotional Fascism.'The US version of the album deleted 'Sunday's Best' and substituted Costello's version of '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,' which had been released the previous November as the B-side of Nick Lowe's 'American Squirm' single.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Styx’s 'Babe' at #6, Foreigner’s 'Head Games' #14, Tom Petty’s 'Don’t Do Me Like That' at #22, Blackfoot’s 'Train Train' at #38, Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #43 & Cheap Trick’s 'Voices' at #44.
1984: Whitesnake release the Martin Birch produced album, 'Slide It In.' The UK version has Colin Hodgkinson on bass & a two guitar attack. The US version has Neil Murray on bass plus a third guitarist (John Sykes) layered on top.
1985: The Honeydrippers which featured Robert Plant peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of 'Sea of Love' which became Plant’s highest charting single in the U.S.
1991: Iron Maiden are #1 on the Official UK singles’ Chart for the first and only time in their career with 'Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter.'
1995: Offspring launch their first tour of Japan. The five-stop trek begins in Nagoya.
1997: Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson's imaginary guru on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.
1998: Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) dies in a skiing accident in Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, at age 62.
1998: Ken Forssi (original bassist for Love) dies of a brain tumor in Tallahassee, Florida, at age 54. He was also in the late-period lineup of The Surfaris and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix.
2000: Then Halford manager John Baxter confirmed via Rob's official website that the singer had sent conciliatory letters to Priest's three original members in an attempt to rekindle their friendship. Halford re-joined the band in 2003.
2003: Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped in California speeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley county jail and was later released on $1,053 bail.
2003: Little Richard guest stars on the 'Special Edna' episode of The Simpsons.
2004: Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on vacation in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.
2005: Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer. He was 50. Sugerman became the manager of The Doors at the young age of 17, after working with them for five years answering fan mail. He was a prolific writer, penning 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' about the Doors, and 'Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses.' In 1991, he married Fawn Hall (who shred documents for Lt. Colonel Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair) and allegedly got her hooked on crack cocaine. Sugerman himself was a former heroin addict.
2005: Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and ex-Alice In Chains guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell are guest performers during Camp Freddy's show in Las Vegas. Camp Freddy, with Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and ex-Jane's Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, performs at the release party for Sony's PSP portable game system.
2006: Coheed and Cambria postpone a portion of their European tour after frontman Claudio Sanchez breaks his hand while at home over the holidays. The injury occurs during a sparring match between the Coheed singer and his younger brother, boxer Matthew Sanchez.
2007: Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and the group's current lead singer, Jeff Scott Soto, are among the musicians who take part in the ARF Rocks benefit concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The show, which also features Ronnie Montrose, benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation, a charity founded by baseball manager Tony La Russa (St. Louis Cardinals) that aids abandoned and abused pets.
2009: Carlos Santana launches the website, Architects Of A New Dawn (www.aoand.com), that promotes positive global change through online social interaction. "My vision for [the website] is a multi-tiered media company whose approach to building a new reality for the planet is based on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness," says the guitarist. "I wish to bring it forth by combining music, sacred thoughts and inspirational media."
2009: During halftime at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, the Texas marching band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing 'Kashmir' and 'Stairway To Heaven.' That performance totally overshadows the Texas win over Ohio (24-21).
2011: Nielsen SoundScan reports that Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is the best-selling Hard Rock album of 2010, even though the set was released in November of 2008. At #2 is Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns,' followed by AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2.' Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Them Crooked Vultures make the Top 10. At #10 is the Jimi Hendrix album 'Valleys Of Neptune.'
2011: Elton John is a presenter at People's Choice Awards. He hands the Favorite Country Artist trophy to Taylor Swift. Otherwise, Queen Latifah is the only bright spot in an evening cluttered with pop stars and reality show celebrities.
2012: Jon Bon Jovi, a member of the Summer Jobs initiative, visits the White House to brainstorm ways to put the nation's youth to work. "The White House Council met with youth, corporate representatives, various White House staff and the President as we discussed the Summer Jobs initiative...good day," writes Bon Jovi on Facebook.
2015: Good Charlotte's Benji Madden marries actress Cameron Diaz. Nicole Richie and Drew Barrymore are among the bridesmaids.
2016: Donald Fagen, lead singer and founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by New York police and charged with assaulting his wife at their home. Fagen was accused of pushing Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground at their Manhattan apartment.
2016: After Barack Obama gave a speech about gun control, Ted Nugent launched an attack on Facebook, calling The President "A psychopathic America hating liar."
2017: The Ghost Inside, whose tour bus was involved in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer that left band members seriously injured, are honored for their perseverance at a hometown L.A. NHL game.
2017: Satellite radio giant SiriusXM announced that it had added more than 1.7 million subscribers in 2016, bringing their total to more than 31.3 million.

January 6
1956: Elvis Presley performed in the gym at Randolph High School, Mississippi. This was the last time he ever appeared in a small auditorium.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his 3rd and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he performs seven songs in three segments, 'Hound Dog,' 'Don't Be Cruel,' 'Love Me Tender,' 'Heartbreak Hotel,' 'Peace in the Valley,' 'Too Much' and 'When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.' He is only seen from the waist up, leaving viewers to speculate as to what the screams in the audience are about. Elvis even gets an endorsement from the host who had once said he would never have Presley on his show. Sullivan calls Elvis a "real decent, fine boy."
1958: Gibson guitars launched it' 'Flying V' electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Shipping records show that only 81 Flying V guitars shipped in 1958 and only 17 in 1959. In early 1959, the Flying V was phased out of production.
1958: Danny and the Juniors' 'At The Hop' hits #1. Originally written as 'Do the Bop,' American Bandstand host Dick Clark advised the group to re-write the lyrics because the dance known as The Bop was on its way out. Clark was right and the Philadelphia quartet's record stayed in the top spot for a month.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls of Fire' hits #2, where it would stay for four weeks before dropping down. It is held out of the top spot all four weeks by 'At The Hop' by Danny & the Juniors.
1962: Elvis Presley had his 3rd #1 album with 'Blue Hawaii.' It spent a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
1964: The first night of a 14 date UK tour 'Group Scene 1964,' featuring The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry and The Cruisers, played at the Granada Theatre, Harrow on The Hill in Middlesex.
1966: The Beatles' 'Day Tripper' b/w 'We Can Work It Out' single is certified gold two days before it begins a three week reign at Billboard's #1 spot. It had entered the US chart on December 18, 1965 and stayed on the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.
1967: The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier in England. Pete Townshend failed to show up after he was involved in an accident on the M6. Mike Dickinson, guitarist with support group The Doodlebugs sat in for him for part of the set and Roger played guitar too. John remembered that they performed 'Boris The Spider' twice that night and for the closing number, 'My Generation.' Pete's guitar part was played by Who roadie Alan Oates while Roger and Keith smashed up a bit of stage gear.The band played over 200 gigs in this year, including their first ever U.S. tour.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the UFO Club, 31 Tottenham Court Road in London.
1968: Dick Clark's rock show 'Happening '68' premieres on ABC. The Saturday afternoon show featured co-hosts Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay welcoming popular Rock acts lip-synching their latest hits. The program ran until September 1969.
1968: The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' started an eight week run at #1 on the US album chart, the group's 11th U.S. chart topper.
1969: During the filming of The Beatles final film, 'Let It Be,' Paul McCartney criticizes a guitar riff played by George Harrison on 'Two Of Us.' "I'll play whatever you want me to play, or I won't play at all if you don't want to me to play," replies Harrison. "Whatever it is that will please you, I'll do it." Later, Harrison announces he's leaving the group but he returns days later.
1969: Elvis Presley decides to record at Chips Moman's American Studio in Memphis. He would eventually record many of his "comeback" hits there.
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1973: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain', (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet for more than 40 years, Carly Simon admitted that 'You're So Vain' was about Warren Beatty, but only one verse of it. Simon said the other verses were about two other men.
1973: David Bowie appeared at the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: Hawkwind played at the New Theatre in Oxford, England.
1975: Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels a Led Zeppelin show after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets, causing an esimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden when they riot, breaking seats and doors, throwing beer bottles against the building causing extensive damage. The gig during the bands North American tour was rescheduled for Feb 4th.
1975: Pink Floyd started sessions start at Abbey Road Studios London for their next album 'Wish You Were Here.'
1976: Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!' album is released. It would go on to sell over 8 million copies. The double live album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was voted Album of the Year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still #14 on Billboard's 1977 year-end album chart.The album was recorded in summer and fall 1975, primarily at Winterland in San Francisco, California and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.
1977: EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols giving the band $68,000 to release them from their contract.
1977: KISS go platinum in the U.S. with 'Rock and Roll Over' album.
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Boston performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1979: Billy Joel peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'My Life' which was Joel’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1984: John Lennon's 'Nobody Told Me' b/w 'O'Sanity' 45 single is released. It was was recorded (but uncompleted) shortly before Lennon’s death in 1980, the song was later completed by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono's album 'Milk and Honey' in 1984. It was originally written for Ringo Starr to include on his 1981 album 'Stop and Smell the Roses,' but Lennon died before the song could be used. It was Lennon's last new single to reach the UK Top 10, peaking at #6 (although a reissue of 'Imagine' reached #3 in December 1999). The single was also Lennon's last US Top 10 hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was his 3rd single to enter the US Top 10 posthumously.
1984: Anthrax released their debut album 'Fistful Of Metal.'
1987: Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1989: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at The Ritz in New York.
1990: Phil Collins started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with '...But Seriously'.
1993: It was reported that David Bowie had lost over $4.25 million in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.
1993: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announces his upcoming departure from the group after thirty years on the U.K. television show 'Tonight.'
1997: Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison's estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10 foot wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
1997: Metallica release their 16th single, 'King Nothing.' It’s backed by a live version of 'Ain’t My Bitch.'
1997: Smashing Pumpkins' single 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' peaks at #22 on the pop chart.
2001: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.
2004: George Harrison's estate sues cancer specialist Dr. Gilbert Lederman claiming he coerced the ailing ex-Beatle into signing a guitar. Lederman was treating Harrison who died in November 2001, about two weeks after the signing.
2005: Paul McCartney promises that when he performs during half-time show at the upcoming Super Bowl that "we will not be having a wardrobe malfunction." Janet Jackson's "malfunction" the previous year was a huge scandal.
2005: U.S. CD sales rose for the first time in four years. The CD format accounted for 98% of the 666 million albums sold, according to research company Nielsen Soundscan. A total of 140 million digital tracks were legally downloaded during 2004, equivalent to 14 million albums.
2005: Everclear's Art Alexakis files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California. According to documents submitted by the singer-guitarist, he has accumulated a $2.75 million federal-tax debt, owes $230,000 to the Oregon Department of Revenue and $120,000 to credit card companies. Three divorces and sluggish album sales will do that to you.
2006: Chris Cornell submits a petition requesting that his ex-wife, Susan Silver, return all earnings she received while managing his former band, Soundgarden. The singer alleges in documents filed with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement that Silver was not licensed for the management job. Silver calls the suit "baseless and absurd."
2006: Alex St. Clair (born Alexis Clair Snouffer) dies of a massive heart attack. He was 64. St. Clair was an original member of Captain Beefheart and a contemporary of Frank Zappa who he met in his high school.
2006: Former British rocker Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 10 and 11. The 61 year old Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was accused of kissing and engaging in other physical acts with the girls at his rental home in the southern Vietnamese resort town of Vung Tau.
2006: A collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection - which included rare recordings and foreign pressings of Elvis songs, was to be auctioned off by a High Court receiver to provide compensation.
2007: Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow dies in California after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 72. Kleinow was best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers but was also a busy session musician, recording with such artists as Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, the Eagles, The Everly Brothers, George Harrison, The Steve Miller Band, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Spencer Davis and many others. Kleinow was one of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, and his style of playing influenced players such as Jerry Garcia.
2009: Ron Asheton is found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier. He was 60. Asheton formed the Stooges with Iggy Pop and was the lead guitarist on the Stooges’ first two albums, and later appeared as the bassist on their third release, before being replaced.
2014: Iced Earth released their 11th studio album, 'Plagues of Babylon.'
2016: The Offspring sell the rights to most of their music for approximately $35 million to Round Hill, a music rights company. "We felt that having the right caretaker for our catalogue, both the masters and the publishing, is incredibly important to the future of our career," says Offspring frontman Dexter Holland.
2017: Norway announced that it would become the first country in the world to gradually stop using the FM radio network. The move, which aimed to ditch the analogue platform in favour of a digital one called Digital Audio Broadcasting, would bring a clearer sound to the nation's five million people.
2017: Stern Pinball, Inc. announced a line of pinball machines that honor Aerosmith.

January 7
1946: A tornado rips through Tupelo, Mississippi, forcing a ten-year-old Elvis Presley into the cellar with his mother, Gladys.
1954: In Chicago, Muddy Waters recorded 'Hoochie Coochie Man,' a blues standard written by Willie Dixon. The song references hoodoo folk magic elements and makes novel use of a stop-time musical arrangement. It became one of Waters' most popular and identifiable songs and helped secure Dixon's role as Chess Records' chief songwriter.
1955: 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. The original full title of the song was 'We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!' and is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1958: Gibson introduces the Flying V electric guitar.
1963: Gary "U.S." Bonds sues Chubby Checker for copyright infringement to the tune of $100,000, claiming that Checker's 'Dancing Party' is a thinly veiled rewrite of Bonds' recent hit 'Quarter To Three.' The suit is eventually settled out-of-court for an undisclosed sum.
1964: The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.
1964: English blues musician Cyril Davies died of leukaemia aged 32. Davies was a driving force in the early Sixties blues movement forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner. Davies and Korner opened a London Rhythm and Blues club "England's Firstest and Bestest Skiffle Club", later known as the "London Blues and Barrelhouse Club". Popular with other musicians, the club hosted gigs by blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Memphis Slim.
1966: The Dave Clark Five's 'At The Scene' b/w 'I Miss You' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson, "At The Scene" reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. From the LP, 'More Greatest Hits.' 'I Miss You' is a non-LP B-side written by Clark and Denis Payton, and features vocals from Payton.
1967: The Young Rascals, The Doors, and Sopwith Camel play at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: San Francisco’s influential underground FM station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of Transportation, and the Grateful Dead as attorney general.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appears at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1969: Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) give their first concert. It's free and it's in London's Hyde Park.
1969:
The music / comedy trio, Scaffold, which included Paul McCartney's younger brother Mike, led the UK singles chart with a novelty tune called 'Lily The Pink.' Elton John, along with Graham Nash of The Hollies, contributed backing vocals and Jack Bruce of Cream played bass guitar.
1970: Max Yasgur, whose farm in upstate New York played host to the original Woodstock Festival, is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring farmers.
1970: Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Georgia Southern Gym in Statesboro, Georgia.
1971: Black Sabbath released their 2nd studio album in the U.S.'Paranoid.' The album was originally titled 'War Pigs,' but allegedly the record company changed it to 'Paranoid,' fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War. The album is ranked at #131 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
1972: The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a "Major Beat Group" will put music to the epic poem 'Thick As A Brick,' written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock's poem from their competition, citing an "extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country."
1972: Badfinger's 'Day After Day' b/w 'Sweet Tuesday Morning' 45 single is released in the UK. The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison, who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham. The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the 'Badfinger' album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over 'Straight Up' after Harrison's departure. Released as a single in the US in November 1971 (January 1972 elsewhere), it would become the group's highest charting single there, 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: David Bowie released 'Changes' as a single in the UK. The track peaked at #49 on the UK chart and later at #41 on the US chart. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality, the frequent change of the world today, and frequent reinventions of his musical style throughout the 1970s. This was the last song Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances at the end of 2006.
1972: Cat Stevens 'Morning Has Broken' b/w 'I Want To Live In A Wigwam' 45 single is released in the UK. It is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol 'Child in the Manger'). It is often sung in children's services. Cat Stevens included a version on his 1971 album 'Teaser and the Firecat.' The song became identified with Stevens when it reached #6 on the US pop chart and #1 on the US easy listening chart in 1972.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973: Black Sabbath performed at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.
1974: Carly Simon and James Taylor’s daughter Sarah Maria was born.
1974: Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American 'Get Your Wings' Tour.
1975: KISS performed at the Pavilion, Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
1976: Former record exec Kenneth Moss is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for his role in the accidental overdose death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
1977: Jefferson Airplane release 'Flight Log (1966–1976),' a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including tracks by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen.
1978: The Rod Stewart album 'Foot Loose And Fancy Free' peaks at #2. It contains 'You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)' and 'Hotlegs.'
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Def Leppard released their debut EP 'The Def Leppard E.P.' The first pressing was limited to a run of only 1000 copies, which the band sold for $1/each at their shows (they also gave them away to anyone who could help give them more exposure). One hundred copies included lyric sheet inserts that vocalist Joe Elliott had photocopied during his lunch-break at work. The EP was sold out by the summer of '79, and after a few reissues, the band was signed to a major label and asked to re-record 'Getcha Rocks Off' and 'The Overture' for On Through The Night ('Getcha Rocks Off' was renamed 'Rocks Off' for the LP). The original pressing of the EP, however, continues to be a highly collectible item among hardcore Leppard fans.
1980: Led Zeppelin's 'In Through the Out Door' album goes platinum. it will be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.
1980: Foreigner's 'Head Games' album goes gold. It later went on to sell five million albums in the U.S. alone.
1980: Pink Floyd released the 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)'single in the U.S. The single peaked at #1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only #1 hit single. The single also went to #1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy.
1981: The 'Eagles Live' album goes platinum. It will be 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1981: The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada during their 'Zenyatta Mondatta' World Tour.
1981: Cheap Trick appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 has The Romantics’ 'Talking In Your Sleep' at #6, at #20 Quiet Riot’s 'Cum On Feel The Noize,' Genesis’ 'That’s All' at #22, .38 Special’s If I’d Been The One' at #23, Huey Lewis’ Heart And Soul' at #53 , and debuting at #72 was Quiet Riot’s 'Bang Your Head.'
1987: Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.
1989: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their reunion album 'American Dream.' Despite numerous poor reviews the album went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1992: John Mellencamp kicked off his first North American tour in four years at the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA before a sellout crowd of 6,792.
1993: R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club in Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
1994: Oasis started recording their debut album 'Definitely Maybe' at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, and went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
1994: Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last US show.
1997: Two bronze busts worth $70,000 are stolen from George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on-Thames, England. Thieves cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
1999: Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter publicly announce the dissolution of their eight-year marriage. Their divorce was finalized in 2006.
2003: The Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O'Mahony who set up the magazine in 1963 said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing gets less and less as the years go on.
2004: Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and wife Kate Hudson announce the birth of their first child Ryder Russell Robinson.
2004: Guitar World readers name Limp Bizkit the "worst band of 2003" in the magazine's annual poll. Creed and the Strokes check in at #2 and 3 respectively.
2004: Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia at age 64. He worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren and more. He also played on the original title tune for the television series 'Hawaii Five-O.'
2004: Dr. Gilbert Lederman offers to donate a George Harrison autographed guitar to charity. This comes one day after Lederman is sued by Harrison's estate for coercing the ex-Beatle into signing a guitar on his death-bed. The case is settled when its agreed that the guitar will be disposed of privately. Lederman was treating Harrison who died in November '01.
2006: Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations.
2008: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood receives the Best Composer trophy for his soundtrack to the film 'There Will Be Blood' at the Critics' Choice Awards held in Santa Monica, CA.
2008: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder makes his first solo video appearance in the clip for 'Guaranteed' when it premieres on VH1. The Golden Globe Award winning track (Best Original Song) is from the movie 'Into The Wild.'
2009: Kid Rock wins Favorite Rock Song award for 'All Summer Long' at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards in L.A.
2009: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant was voted the Greatest Voice In Rock by listeners of the UK's Classic Rock radio station Planet Rock, beating out Queen's Freddie Mercury, Free's Paul Rodgers and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan.
2010: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Blur have their album artwork displayed on a set of Royal Mail (U.K.) stamps. The covers include 'Zeppelin IV' (aka "Untitled"), 'Ziggy Stardust' (David Bowie), 'London Calling' (The Clash) and 'Let It Bleed' (Rolling Stones), among others.
2011: Bassist Phil Kennemore of Y&T died at the age of 57 after a short battle with lung cancer.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is honored with the Drum Legend award during the grand finals of Guitar Center's annual Drum-Off event at Club Nokia in LA. The award goes to those who have "paved the way for today's drummers."
2016: A plaque is unveiled in honor of drummer Cozy Powell in his hometown of Cirencester, U.K. Powell died in a 1998 car crash. His resume includes stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck and Thin Lizzy. "Cozy really helped to define the whole genre of rock drumming as we know it today," says Queen's Brian May.
2016: Megadeth released the single 'Dystopia.'
2016: Autograph released the EP 'Louder.'
2017: Avenged Sevenfold debut the Cirque Du Soleil's production of their live show in Dublin. The staging is designed to provide “a more stunning visual affect.”
2018: Legendary Rock/Metal producer Chris Tsangarides dies at 61 after taking ill at the start of the year battling pneumonia and heart failure. He was best known for his work with many heavy metal bands, including Judas Priest, Anvil, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Helloween, Angra, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tygers of Pan Tang.

January 8
1957: Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever 'rock & roll tour' of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.
1958: The Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, The Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and
Danny & The Juniors.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, 'Three Steps To Heaven.' He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV's 'Round Up,' transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to 'Please Please Me.'
1966: The Who and The Kinks perform on the last showing of 'Shindig' on ABC-TV.
1966: The Beatles 'We Can Work It Out' tops the Billboard pop chart (the group's 11th US #1 single) and the 'Rubber Soul' album started a six week run at #1 on the US album charts. It jumps 59 slots, from #60 to #1 and is the group's seventh US chart topper.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Mojo Club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: David Gilmour rehearsed for the first time with Pink Floyd prior to recording and touring commitments.
1969: Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing "op art" pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.
1969: The Kinks 'Starstruck' b/w 'Picture Book' 45 single is released.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1971: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1971: Yes played at Stadsschouwburg in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
1973: The Beach Boys' 19th studio album, 'Holland' is released. It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #20 in the UK. At the end of the year, Rolling Stone named Holland as one of their picks for Album of the Year. It was famously (and expensively) recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from home, and with two Brian Wilson tracks rush-recorded in Los Angeles and added to the album at the last minute.
1973: Yoko Ono releases 'Approximately Infinite Universe,' a double album whose highlights include songs like 'I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window.' Ono explains she felt she should make a double LP because “if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.”
1974: KISS is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records and honing their carnival-esque image. Rolling Stone‘s reporter says, “The group plays very heavy, loud and ultimately monotonous rock in the Black Sabbath tradition. ...A sure crowd-pleaser. The crowds of kiddies, that is.”
1975: Three Led Zeppelin concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden sell out in a record four hours. 60,000 tickets sell in all. Madison Square Garden’s box office had to call other ticket outlets to cope with the ticket demand, which was unheard of at the time.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: Queen's 'A Day At The Races' is the U.K.'s #1 album.
1977: 'Radio Ethiopia,' from the Patti Smith Group, is released.
1977: The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his debut solo single 'Stand Tall' which would be his only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1978: Black Sabbath made their only live performance with Dave Walker on vocals, playing an early version of the song 'Junior's Eyes' on the BBC Television program 'Look! Hear!'
1979: Rush are named Official Ambassadors of Music by the Canadian Government.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall Part II' b/w 'One Of My Turns' 45 single is released in the US. 'Another Brick in the Wall' is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera, 'The Wall,' subtitled Part 1 (working title 'Reminiscing'), Part 2 (working title 'Education'), and Part 3 (working title 'Drugs'). All parts were written by Pink Floyd's bassist, Roger Waters. Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band's only #1 hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries.
1981: Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of 'The Pirates of Penzance,' which runs for 787 performances.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Men At Work’s 'Down Under' at #4, Adam Ant’s 'Goody Two Shoes' at #22, Peter Gabriel’s 'Shock The Monkey' at #35, Sammy Hagar’s 'Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy' at #37 and Vandenberg’s 'Burning Heart' debuts at #83.
1985: The U.S. Postal Service begins selling Elvis stamps on what would have been The King's 50th birthday.
1986: 105.5 KNAC in Long Beach, CA. officially changes their format to Pure Rock, playing hard rock and heavy metal and creating a Southern California phenomenon. The station lasted 9 years.
1990: Gwar released their album, 'Scumdogs Of The Universe.'
1991: Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. Clark, who was 30 at the time of his death, had been in and out of rehab a half-dozen times.
1994: Nirvana's last U.S. show is a hometown gig at the Seattle Center Arena.
1997: Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut has sold over 2 million copies since its release four years earlier.
2001: Creed wins Favorite Artist Alternative Music and Favorite Album Pop/Rock (for 'Human Clay') at the 28th American Music Awards.
2001: A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N' Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.
2002: The Black Crowes announce they are on hiatus.
2004: George Harrison's estate sues Dr. Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital for $10 million, alleging he forced a dying Harrison to sign souvenirs for him.
2005: Aussies to the rescue. Jet frontman Nic Cester, members of the Living End and ex-Silverchair vocalist Daniel Johns (with his band the Dissociatives) perform at Reach Out To Asia, a tsunami-relief benefit concert and telethon in Sydney, Australia.
2006: Santana is a surprise guest performer at a star-studded San Francisco benefit concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of late legendary promoter Bill Graham's birth. Graham is the one who launched the legendary Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York. Santana often performed at both venues.
2007: On his 60th birthday, David Bowie's wife, Iman, claims her husband "isn't freaking out" about his age. "I guess that's because he's happy," she says. "We just lead a very simple family life."
2007: It's announced that Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five Van Halen members are honored: the original four (brothers Alex and Eddie, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth) plus second frontman Sammy Hagar. The official ceremony takes place the following March at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
2008: The Police beat out Van Halen and Genesis to win the Favorite Reunion Tour trophy at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards in Hollywood. There is no live ceremony because of the ongoing writers strike. Earlier, guitarist Andy Summers makes an in-store appearance in Hollywood to promote his photo book 'I'll Be Watching You.'
2008: U2's Bono meets with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris to discuss France's monetary contributions to developing countries. The U2 frontman lobbies the president to make good on his country's '06 promise to the DATA advocacy organization, which Bono co-founded, that it will raise its financial aid to 0.7 percent of its gross national product by 2012.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel vie for the Best Song honor at the 14th Annual Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA. Springsteen wins for 'The Wrestler,' from the film of the same name.
2009: An exhibition of art paying tribute to the Beastie Boys titled 'Under the Influence' opens at Gallery 1988 in L.A.
2010: KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley speak out against drug use saying it's for "losers" and blame drugs for destroying the band's original line-up. "All of the bullshit we had to go through with the drugs and booze and lack of self esteem that Ace and Peter had just sucked the life out of us," says Simmons.
2011: The Black Keys are the musical guest for their first time on Saturday Night Live's first episode of 2011.
2013: Newsted released their debut EP 'Metal.'
2013: U2's the Edge launches a charitable fund, through the existing Music Rising effort, to help rebuild the music programs in schools throughout the area affected by Hurricane Sandy.
2013: David Bowie releases the single 'Where Are We Now?,' from his upcoming album 'The Next Day.' The date of the release also coincides with his birthday. It is his first release in over a decade.
2014: Allman Brothers guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announce that they will be leaving the band at the end of 2014. "We've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary Rock and Roll bands," says Haynes and Trucks in a joint statement.
2014: It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2015: Courtney Love (Hole) begins a ten-day run in the "experimental opera" Kansas City Choir Boy at the Manhattan Art Centre.
2015: On what would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday, an acetate of Presley's versions of 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' is sold at auction for $300,000 to an unknown bidder who turns out to be Jack White (White Stripes). The songs were recorded in 1953 by an 18-year-old Presley at Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis.
2016: David Bowie released his 25th and final studio album 'Blackstar,' on Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death. It became his first and only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S.

January 9
1956: A trio known as Buddy Holly And The Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson.
1957: On the very first rock n roll tour of Australia, Bill Haley and the Comets The Platters LaVern Baker Big Joe Turner Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys played the first of two nights at Brisbane Stadium.
1959: Dion & The Belmonts perform 'A Teenager In Love' on 'American Bandstand.' The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, 'Three Steps To Heaven.' He flies to England to tour with Gene Vincent. He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1961: Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the #1 spot on the US charts after six weeks with a sleepy instrumental called 'Wonderland By Night.' Later in the year, Kaempfert would hire The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on their first commercial recording, 'My Bonnie.'
1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job working as a graphic designer.
1965: The Beatles started a nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with 'Beatles 65,' the group's 4th US #1 LP. The record jumped from #98 the week before, making the biggest gain in chart history to that point.
1965: John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show 'Not Only,' opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
1966: The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle in Cumbria, England.
1967: The Monkees also release 'More of The Monkees,' the 2nd full-length album by The Monkees, released on this date in January 1967. It topped the chart in the US (Billboard 200 Top LP's for 18 weeks) and on the UK Album chart. The second single, "I'm a Believer", written by Neil Diamond, topped the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: The Beatles record the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for 'Penny Lane.'
1967: The Byrds 'So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star' b/w 'Everybody's Been Burned' 45 single is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Concert House in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, the night of Jimmy Page's 26th birthday. (John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in the audience). The two and a quarter hour set was recorded and filmed but shelved for several decades, eventually seeing a release on a 2003 official DVD.
1970: Black Sabbath released their first single 'Evil Woman.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band score their first chart single. It's 'Revival (Love Is Everywhere).' The song climbs all the way to #92.
1971: Pink Floyd are at EMI Studios in London recording the forthcoming album 'Meddle.'
1971: Santana peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 'Black Magic Woman' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1971: The Jaycees name Elvis Presley one of the "ten outstanding young men of America."
1973: Lou Reed marries a cocktail waitress named Betty. Not much is known of this union, but apparently it doesn't last very long.
1973: The Rolling Stones' plans for a Far Eastern tour are disrupted when Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa on account of a 1969 drug bust. Jagger is quoted as saying, "I don't take drugs. I don't approve of drugs and I don't approve of people taking drugs, unless they're very careful."
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1974: The L.P. 'The Early Beatles' turns Gold nine years after its release and nearly four years after the group split up.
1975: Nearly five years after The Beatles' break up, the group's partnership is officially dissolved in court proceedings. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings start work on the 'Venus And Mars' album in New Orleans.
1975: Elton John’s version of The Beatles’ 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' is #1 in the US. John Lennon makes good on a promise to Elton for appearing on his recording of 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' He is credited on the record as Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Winston being Lennon’s middle name.
1975: Bad Company's 'Movin' On' b/w 'Easy On My Soul' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Mick Ralphs - from the LP, 'Bad Company,' It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. B-side is a non-LP track written by Paul Rodgers, and was first recorded by Free.
1975: Deep Purple gets a gold record for 'Strombringer,' their 11th album and first with vocalist David Coverdale (taking over from Ian Gillan).
1975: KISS played at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada.
1976: Graham Parker of Graham Parker & the Rumour signs his first recording contract.
1976: Queen were at #1 on the on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The single enjoyed a nine week run on the charts, selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached #1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.
1977: Peter Frampton releases the 'I'm In You' album, the follow up to 'Frampton Comes Alive.'
1977: Rush appeared at Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1979: A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind And Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop.
1980: Carl White, a member of The Rivingtons and co-writer of 'Papa Oom Mow Mow' and 'The Bird Is The Word,' died of acute tonsillitis at the age of 47. A group called The Trashmen combined his two songs into 'Surfin' Bird' and gained a #4 hit in 1964.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, New York.
1984: Van Halen's '1984' album is released. It's one of Van Halen's most popular albums in terms of sales (12 million copies sold in the U.S. alone). It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features four singles which reached the Billboard Hot 100: 'Jump' (#1), 'I'll Wait' (#13), 'Panama' (#13), and 'Hot for Teacher' (#56) It's the last, full-length Van Halen album to feature frontman David Lee Roth until 2012's 'A Different Kind Of Truth.'
1988: Whitesnake's 'Is This Love" peaks at #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Aerosmith’s 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)' was at #18, Def Leppard’s 'Animal' at #24, Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #29 and Stryper’s 'Honestly' was at #33.
1989: Rush 'A Show of Hands' album is released. It's the band's 3rd live album.
1992: Sting made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' as himself recording a charity single. Sting’s appearance to this day is credited as one of the best celebrity guest appearances on the program.
1996: Ozzy Osbourne releases his single 'See You On The Other Side.'
1996: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson released his first solo album under the name 'Victor.' The album reached #99 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and Courtney Love make Mr. Blackwell's annual Worst Dressed List.
1997: David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund. Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan sings 'All The Young Dudes' and 'The Jean Genie' with Bowie who closes the show with 'Space Oddity.'
1998: Cher gives an emotional eulogy at Sonny Bono's funeral in Palm Springs, California, where she praised the man who had been a husband, friend, partner, father figure and rival, calling him "the most unforgettable character I've ever met." The event was broadcast live to millions of people on CNN.
1999: Black Sabbath play the San Jose Arena in San Jose, CA. with openers Pantera.
2001: Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player.
2001: Rush began recording what became their 17th studio album 'Vapor Trails' at Reaction Studios in Toronto. It took approximately 14 months to finish, which was the longest time they spent writing & recording an album.
2001: Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards: Favorite Album - Creed, 'Human Clay', Male Artist - Kid Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Faith Hill, Favorite Group - Backstreet Boys, Favorite New Artist - 3 Doors Down.
2002: Elton John was honored in London by the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, which presented the artist with its Hero award. The honor acknowledged his contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2003: A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000. Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano to be shown at the proposed rock museum at Walt Disney World.
2004: Jon Bon Jovi and football legend John Elway appear in an Arena Football promo that runs in movie theaters. Bon Jovi owns the Philadelphia Soul while Elway has the Colorado Crush.
2004: Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres became a father for the first time when his third wife Maria Alejandra gave birth to a son named Hector Alexander.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne cancels a 20-date British tour because he is still recovering from a near-fatal ATV accident a month earlier. "I am deeply disappointed, but it's out of my control," says Ozzy. Meanwhile, Osbourne and his daughter Kelly go gold in Britain with their version of Black Sabbath's 'Changes.'
2004: Sammy Hagar and his band, the Waboritas, part ways with keyboardist Jesse Harms who wants to spend more time songwriting and producing. The Waboritas continue as a quartet.
2005: Elvis Presley went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock.' The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach #1, the lowest sales ever for a UK chart topper since data began in 1969. The single was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, a previous Elvis chart topper was re-released each week.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil marries longtime girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx attend, and the wedding ceremony was performed by Neil’s fellow Surreal Life cast member MC Hammer. The couple would separate in 2010.
2005: U2 nabs the Favorite Group honor at the 31st annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, CA.
2007: Green Day's first two albums, 1991's '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' and '92's 'Kerplunk!,' are re-issued. The albums were originally on the Lookout imprint.
2007: John Mayer joins Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco to introduce Apple's latest invention: the iPhone.
2007: The Beatles appear on British postage stamps for the first time. The Royal Mail (the British postal system) begins distribution of an initial set of six stamps depicting Beatles album covers including 'Revolver,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Abbey Road.'
2007: Bon Jovi and Nickelback are winners at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The Favorite Rock Song is Bon Jovi's 'Who Says You Can't Go Home,' while Nickelback takes home the Favorite Group trophy.
2007: Evanescence's Amy Lee announces she's engaged (to a psychiatrist named Josh). "I got engaged last night," Lee gushes during an appearance on MuchMusic's Live@Much that airs from the Canadian cable-music network's studios in Toronto. "It was awesome."
2007: John Mayer joins Apple CEO Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco to introduce the new iPhone.
2008: Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' tops the Billboard 200 Album Chart moving 122,000 copies during its first official week of release in the CD format. The song was originally available only as a download.
2009: Saxon released their 18th studio album, 'Into the Labyrinth.'
2010: Long lost Pink Floyd footage, including two episodes from the BBC's Top Of The Pops program, is shown at the British Film Institute's Missing and Presumed Wiped event. Originally taped in 1967, there's a performance of 'See Emily Play.' "Footage of Pink Floyd from this era is extremely rare," says Steve Bryant, curator of the British Film Institute. "This is an enormously significant discovery that will generate huge interest amongst music fans all over the world."
2010: Radiohead's Phil Selway, the Police's Stewart Copeland and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason contribute to Beat for Peace, a movement aimed at raising awareness of the perilous political situation in Sudan. They perform at a London demonstration near the offices of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
2010: Gilby Clarke, a former Guns N' Roses guitarist, is hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle. Clarke, who joined Guns N' Roses in 1991 and stayed three years, suffers a broken leg.
2012: The White Stripes frontman Jack White appears on the History Channel show 'American Pickers.' In the episode, White buys a stuffed elephant head for the sticker price of $12,500.
2012: Stern Pinball announce an AC/DC pinball machine complete with 12 classic AC/DC songs (including 'Back In Black,' 'Highway To Hell' and 'You Shook Me All Night Long'). "The combination of Classic Rock and pinball can't go wrong," says Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball, in a release.
2012: Former CCR frontman John Fogerty told Billboard.com that contrary to his 2011 overture about a reunion with his former band mates, "I've heard through the grapevine the other fellas were really upset or something over that. So I sent back, 'Oh. I guess there's no reunion then.'"
2012: It's revealed that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the "early stages of lymphoma." "His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time," reads Sabbath's statement.
2013: The estate and family of late guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) file a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against the authors and publisher of an unauthorized coffee table book titled 'Randy Rhoads.' The family contends that documentary film producer Peter Margolis and author Andrew Klein stole materials to create the book which was co-authored by Klein and Steven Rosen with the assistance of Margolis.
2013: Three Days Grace announce that singer Adam Gontier has left the group due to an undisclosed health issue and that Matt Walst (My Darkest Days) has replaced him for the group's co-headlining North American tour with Shinedown.
2014: Dream Theater release their first 360 App (iOS) on iTunes. The app offers an interactive experience of a concert recorded at Luna Park in Buenos Aires using multi-camera video technology.
2014: Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' tops a best car song poll conducted by Insurance.com. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long' round out the Top 3. Isurance.com offered a list to choose from but write-ins were allowed. AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell,' Golden Earring's 'Radar Love' and 'I Can't Drive 55' by Sammy Hagar top the submissions.
2014: Rolling Stone magazine published their Readers Poll: The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All Time. The top 5 were: 5. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, 4. Bruce Springsteen - The River, 3. The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street, 2. Pink Floyd - The Wall, #1 was The Beatles - The White Album.
2015: Timothy B. Schmit rejoins Poco, his pre-Eagles group, for a one-night-only reunion in Denver. The performance celebrates the Country Rock group's induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin is arrested on vandalism and trespassing charges after he trashes the Hollywood Hills house he lost in foreclosure the previous year. He is released on bail.
2016: Tool launch their U.S. tour in San Diego. For $500, fans get a ticket to the concert, admission into a VIP event, a VIP merchandise pack, early purchase of tour merchandise, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live question-and-answer session with guitarist Adam Jones. Such a deal.
2016: Motorhead frontman Lemmy's funeral is held at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Dave Grohl, Slash, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich from Metallica, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Scott Ian of Anthrax all spoke at the service. Lemmy's bass guitar was plugged in to a stack of amplifiers and the volume turned up, with the congregation applauding as feedback from the speakers filled the chapel.

January 10
1949: Columbia and RCA introduce vinyl albums and singles. RCA introduces the 45 RPM, 7 inch record. It would eventually replace the 78 RPM record for "singles" - one song on each side. The format takes off in the early years of the rock era.
1955: Alan Freed hosted his first New York stage show, featuring The Clovers, The Drifters and Fats Domino.
1956: Elvis Presley has his first recording session for RCA Records. He records 'Heartbreak Hotel,' his first hit. Along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, guitar-great Chet Atkins participates in the Nashville session. Floyd Cramer is on piano.
1958: The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry) played at the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis has his only UK #1 single with 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
1963: On his second visit to the UK in less than a month Bob Dylan played at the Troubadour Club in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Not Fade Away' at Regent Sound Studios in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones' 'The Rolling Stones (EP)' is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK EP charts in February 1964. It was released both to capitalize on their first Top 20 hit 'I Wanna Be Your Man' and to test the commercial appeal of the band before their UK label Decca Records would commit to letting them record an album. It includes four songs recorded at two separate sessions in August and November 1963 and R&B covers of some of the band's favorite artists, and some recent American hits. Impact Sound is officially listed as the EP's producer. Eric Easton is possibly involved, Andrew Loog Oldham produced the opening track 'Bye Bye Johnny.' The tracks 'Bye Bye Johnny' and 'Money' did not see official US release until 1972's retrospective 'More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies).'
1964: The first US Beatles album, 'Introducing The Beatles' was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous "mop top" haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold and it reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1965: American promoter Sid Bernstein telephones Beatles manager Brian Epstein to propose the Fab Four play Shea Stadium.
1965: John Lennon appeared on the UK TV Peter Cook and Dudley Moore show, 'Not Only But Also.'
1966: The Byrds 'Set You Free This Time" b/w 'It Won't Be Wrong' 45 single is released.
1967: The Beatles record 'Penny Lane.'
1968: In New Delhi, India, the General Secretary for the Movement for the Spiritual Regeneration announces that the Beatles are coming to India to study transcendental meditation. George Harrison is currently in Bombay recording the soundtrack to 'Wonderwall.'
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1969: Frustrated at Paul McCartney's dominance during the filming of 'Let It Be,' George Harrison nonchalantly tells the rest of the band that he is quitting immediately and sarcastically says as he walked out, "See you around the clubs." George would later say that while he had a growing backlog of new material, he constantly had to work on Lennon and McCartney's songs before the group would work on his. John Lennon suggests getting Eric Clapton as Harrison's replacement. Harrison returns less than a week later.
1970: The Amboy Dukes, featuring Ted Nugent played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: Bob Dylan appears on an NBC documentary accompanying bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs on Dylan's 'East Virginia Blues' and 'Nashville Skyline Rag.'
1971: The suit to officially dissolve The Beatles as a group gets underway in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoiled child.”
1972: R.E.O. Speedwagon 'Sophisticated Lady' b/w 'Prison Women' 45 single is released.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group release the 'Frankenstein' b/w 'Hangin' Around' 45 single is released. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week starting in May 1973, and sold over one million copies.
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1974: Rod Stewart/Faces 'Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners' live album is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded live in October 1973 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hollywood Palladium, and was mixed at Island Studios in London.
1975: Genesis performed 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' at the Convention Centre, in West Palm Beach, Florida, a show popular among tape collectors.
1976: Deep Purple break up (but will get back together eight years later.)
1976: Blues artist Howlin Wolf, (Chester Burnett), died of cancer at the age of 66. The guitarist, singer and harmonica player's well known songs included 'Smoke Stack Lightning', 'Little Red Rooster' and 'Spoonful.' Although he never gained mainstream popularity, the legendary American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 1994 the US Post Office issued a 29-cent commemorative postage stamp with his depiction.
1976: Foghat's 'Slow Ride' becomes the first of their five Billboard chart entries and the only one to crack the Top 20.
1977: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is found guilty of cocaine possession.
1977: The Ramones release their 2nd studio album, 'Leave Home.'
1977: The litigation between Beatles, Apple, Allen Klein and ABKCO is declared settled in court.
1978: The Sex Pistols make their US TV debut on the show 'Variety'.
1978: Mr. Blackwell speaks. Linda Ronstadt nails the #2 spot on the Worst Dress List behind Farrah Fawcett Majors.
1981: John Lennon's 'Double Fantasy' album goes platinum, a month after Lennon's assassination. The album stays at #1 for eight weeks. 'Just Like Starting Over' was also at #1 on the US singles chart.
1981: The Police sell out Madison Square Garden in New York to kick off the first stop on their two month North America/Japan/Australia/New Zealand tour.
1981: Heart peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Aaron Neville’s 'Tell It Like It Is,' their 2nd top 10 single.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Ocean State Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 included Queen’s 'Another One Bites The Dust' at #20, Devo’s 'Whip It' at #33, REO Speedwagon’s 'Keep On Loving You' at #34, Waylon Jennings’ 'Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)' at #42 and The Alan Parsons Project’ 'Games People Play' at #48.
1984: Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s 'Bark At The Moon' tour in front of 9,500 in Portland, Maine. Ozzy instantly took a liking to them and he rarely spent an evening on his own tour bus because he preferred to travel on the Crue's party bus instead. This is the infamous tour in which Nikki Sixx and Ozzy decided to have a contest to see who could gross the other one out the most. Nikki set himself on fire. Ozzy snorted a line of ants off the sidewalk. Then Nikki decided to pull out all the stops (and his dick) and piss all over the sidewalk where Ozzy had just snorted the ants. As soon as he holstered his love gun, he bent down to try and drink his own pee, but before he could do it, Ozzy threw himself on the ground and started lapping it up.
1985: The eleven-day Rock In Rio gets underway. AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, B-52s, and the Go-Go's appear.
1985: Chris Isaak releases his debut album, 'Silvertone.'
1986: Ted Nugent made a guest appearance on 'Miami Vice' where he played the villainous Charlie Basset.
1989: U.D.O.'s 2nd studio album, 'Mean Machine' is released.
1989: Metallica released their 7th single, 'One.' The B-Side is 'The Prince' (Diamond Head cover).‬
1990: Bon Jovi played the first of seven sold-out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their 'New Jersey Syndicate Tour.'
1990: Bill Ward of Black Sabbath's debut solo album, 'Ward One: Along the Way" is released.
1995: Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he will be dead after complications from a liver transplant.
1997: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: The Moody Blues made a guest appearance as themselves on 'The Simpsons' where they recited a poem based of Late Lament from their song 'Nights in White Satin.'
2000: Singer Melissa Etheridge announced that David Crosby was the sperm donor of her two children with girlfriend Julie Cypher.
2000: While on tour in Kelowna, BC, a thief broke into Def Leppard’s tour bus. The thief stole $5000 worth of personal items, including singer Joe Elliot’s videotapes.
2003: British and Dutch police recover 500 stolen Beatles master tapes in the Netherlands. They were from the 'Let It Be' period and were missing since a theft some thirty or so years earlier.
2005: A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac". Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women.
2005: American drummer Spencer Dryden died from colon cancer at his home in California at age 66. He was the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, (replaced Skip Spence), New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.
2005: Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart receive the Best Song Honor for 'Old Habits Die Hard' from the film Alfie at the 10th annual Critic's Choice Awards in L.A.
2006: Green Day is named America's Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People's Choice Awards. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt are on hand to accept the trophy. U2 nabs the Favorite Tour award.
2006: System Of A Down's 'Hypnotize' claims the #1 position on Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart, beating out the Foo Fighters' 'DOA.' Shinedown's 'Save Me' tops the Mainstream Rock chart.
2006: The 'Underworld: Evolution' soundtrack is unveiled. It has a solo recording from Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, a song by My Chemical Romance, a version of Slipknot's 'Vermillion Pt. 2' remixed by former Nine Inch Nails programmer Chris Vrenna and a tune by Puscifer, a project featuring Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and ex-NIN guitarist Danny Lohner.
2007: The Recording Academy announces the year's additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Albums inducted are 'Who's Next' by The Who, 'London Calling' by the Clash and 'Cheap Thrills' by Big Brother & the Holding Company. Singles getting the nod are Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' and Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl.'
2007: The Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey file a $537,000 lawsuit against a South Korean insurance company that they accuse of using their group's ballad 'Desperado' illegally. A representative for Korea Life Insurance claims that the company believed an agreement with the Eagles had been reached when it aired a commercial featuring the song. "We thought the deal was closed." the official said.
2008: Airbourne's 'Stand Up For Rock 'n' Roll' is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment's 21st annual Royal Rumble.
2008: The first of the two part concert film 'Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gainesville' is broadcast on PBS. It documents the group's 30th anniversary celebration in 2006. The second part is shown a week later.
2008: A deluxe, 40th anniversary edition of Jethro Tull's 1968 debut effort, 'This Was,' is released. The two-CD set features remastered stereo and mono mixes of the 10-song album and rare singles.
2008: Genesis' three-disc 'When in Rome '07' DVD which is sold exclusively via Wal-Mart and Sam's Club outlets (plus the band's website). The DVD was filmed at the historic Circo Massimo at the close of the group's European comeback tour.
2009: Shinedown's 'Second Chance' tops Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: 22-year-old Jerome Flood II of Atlanta wins Guitar Center's Drum-Off 2008 Grand Finals in Hollywood. Jane's Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins hosts the event while Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Tool's Danny Carey and Avenged Sevenfold's the Rev are the judges. Papa Roach perform and late Jimi Hendrix Experience member Mitch Mitchell is inducted into Guitar Center's "Drum-Legends" Hall of Fame.
2009: "Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you've pressed 'record' is what makes it eternal," writes U2's Bono about Frank Sinatra in the first in a series of op-ed columns for the New York Times.
2009: The Stamford, CN, home owned by Rich Robinson is sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.2 million. The Black Crowes guitarist and his ex-wife, who divorced in '08, purchased the five-bedroom house five years earlier. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated after the couple had run up more than $400,000 in outstanding federal and local property taxes.
2010: Ronnie Wood's relationship with his 26-year-old Russian girlfriend, Hannah Kamelmacher, ends after only one week. His previous Russian love interest, Ekaterina Ivanova, lasted over a year before the romance disintegrated amid assault charges.
2011: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor again speaks out in defense of illegal music downloading, insisting that no one wants to pay for "crap" new music. "People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading," says Taylor. "I think it's actually the record companies' fault. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipshits."
2012: Van Halen issue 'Tattoo,' the lead track from the album 'A Different Kind Of Truth.' It's also the group's first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: An AC/DC fan beats out 27 other bidders and pays $1,225 for a copy of "Can I Sit Next To You Girl," the debut single from AC/DC (released in '75). Only released in the band's native Australia, it features lead vocals by original singer Dave Evans. The b-side is another original, 'Rockin' In The Parlour.' AC/DC re-recorded 'Can I Sit Next To You Girl' for their second album 'TNT.'
2012: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston is found dead at 64 in his North London home. He joined Fleetwood Mac in late 1972, replacing Danny Kirwan. Weston's departure in 1974 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
2013: Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died at age 76. During a 1971 Frank Zappa concert, at the Montreux Casino the venue caught fire. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line "Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground") in the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water, which is about the incident.
2013: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is named chief creative officer of the music streaming service Daisy, created in collaboration with Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics. "(Reznor will) bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery," says Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in a statement.
2013: Asia co-founder Steve Howe announces he has left the group in order to devote his attention to other projects.
2014: "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman" is held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The tribute concert features the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Widespread Panic.
2015: The AC/DC single, 'Play Ball,' is featured in commercials for Beats By Dre headphones. The ads, which feature NFL players, debut during the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
2016: David Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the studio album 'Blackstar,' Bowie died from liver cancer in New York City. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier, but chose to not disclose his illness to the public. Bowie was a pioneer of glam rock and was one of the biggest influencers of pop culture in the ’70’s. He was estimated to have sold over 140 million copies of his records worldwide. In 2000, Bowie was voted by other music stars as the “most influential artist of all time” in a poll by NME. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

January 11
1956: After changing their name from The Robins, The Coasters record their first single, 'Down In Mexico,' for Atlantic Records in Hollywood. The L.A. quintet would crack the Hot 100 the following year with the double sided hit 'Young Blood' / 'Searchin' and place six consecutive hits in the Top 10.
1958: The release date for the Elvis Presley single 'Jailhouse Rock' was put back a week after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies. Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well-known LA musician, not a criminal. The Purple Gang was a real mob. "Sad Sack" was a U.S. Army nickname in World War II for a loser.
1963: The legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go opens on the Sunset Strip. The club serves as a launching pad for several L.A. bands including The Doors & Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper and Kansas have recorded live albums there. Rivers also recorded two Top 10 singles, 'Memphis' and 'Seventh Son,' live at The Whiskey.
1963: The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' They mimed to their new single 'Please Please Me' which was released on this day.
1963: The Beatles 'Please Please Me' b/w 'Ask Me Why' 45 single is released in the UK. The second single released by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalize on the success of the single.
1964: 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen was the #1 song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.
1964: 'Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash' becomes the first album to top Billboard's new Country L.P. chart. It would peak at #17 on the Hot 200.
1966: Herman's Hermits receive a Gold record for the album 'The Best of Herman's Hermits.'
1966: The Who were at BBC Lime Grove Studios taping an appearance which was later inserted into that Thursday's edition of 'Top Of The Pops.' They performed their current single, 'Happy Jack.' After the taping Pete and John were at the Bag O' Nails club in Kingly Street to watch the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jimi and his group had that day signed a contract at New Action's offices with Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp's record label Track Records. Pete went to the Bag O' Nails with Eric Clapton.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze' at De Lane Lea studios in London. Hendrix later stated 'The Purple Haze,' was about a dream he had and that he was walking under the sea." In concert, Hendrix sometimes substituted lyrics for comic effect; "'scuse me while I kiss the sky" was rendered "'scuse me while I kiss this guy" (while gesturing towards his drummer Mitch Mitchell). Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into the London townhouse where George Frederick Handel is believed to have composed 'Water Music' and the 'Messiah.' Hendrix says that he "will not let the tradition down." and will also compose in the house.
1969: Jethro Tull's debut album 'This Was' released in US.
1969: The Rolling Stones go to #5 in the American album charts with their new release 'Beggars Banquet.'
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1969: ‘Love Is,’ by Eric Burdon and The Animals, enters the US charts shortly after the band performs a farewell concert in the British city of Newcastle, where The Animals had begun seven years earlier.
1970: Yes performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1971: Janis Joplin's 4th album, 'Pearl' is released posthumously. It topped the Billboard 200 LP's chart, holding that spot for nine weeks. 'Pearl' was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit.
1971: Chicago's 'Chicago III' album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during a chart stay of 63 weeks, and #9 on the UK chart. It is also the band's third consecutive double album of new studio material in less than two years, a feat that has yet to be repeated by any major artist or group.
1972: A notice in the British Government publication The London Gazette states that Reginald Dwight is abandoning his name and taking the name Elton Hercules John.
1973: It was confirmed that the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour of Japan had been cancelled, despite record breaking ticket sales. Mick Jagger had earlier been informed that he was banned from entering the country because of a drugs conviction.
1974: Released the previous October, 'The Joker,' by the Steve Miller Band goes gold.
1974: Mike Bloomfield appeared at The Egress in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1975: The Alan Freeman BBC Radio 1 show broadcast a Pink Floyd show recorded at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England on Nov. 16, 1974. The band had played four nights at Wembley on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' tour and tapes from these shows have been remixed.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Lakeland Theater in Lakeland, Florida on the 'Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' tour.
1975: Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 18 months when they appeared at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, playing one of two warm-up shows for their forthcoming North American tour. The set list included some new songs: 'Sick Again,' 'The Rain Song,' 'Kashmir,' 'No Quarter' and 'Trampled Under Foot.'
1977: AC/DC played at Town Hall in Horsham, Australia.
1978: Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: Foreigner appeared at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1985: The first ever 'Rock In Rio,' the Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The 10 day festival featured Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden performed to over 400,000 people. About 1.4 million people attend the shows.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Simple Minds’ 'Alive And Kicking' at #4, Mr. Mister’s Broken Wings' at #9, Tina Turner/Bryan Adams 'It’s Only Love' at #16, Rush’s 'The Big Money' at #45 and 'The Super Bowl Shuffle' by the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew was at #92.
1990: Motley Crue and Warrant played in Tulsa, OK during the Dr. Feelgood World Tour.
1992: Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV's 'Saturday Night Live,' performing two songs, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Territorial Pissings'. At the end of a song, Krist Novoselic hurls his bass into the airand it comes down right on top of him. Also on this day 'Nevermind' went to #1 on the US album chart. It returns to #1 on Feb. 1st for a 2nd and final week. ‬
1992: Paul Simon becomes the first international performer to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the lifting of the UN boycott. Simon had violated the UN ban by working with South African musicians years earlier.
1993: Ted Nugent was fined $1,000 for shooting off two flaming arrows during a Damn Yankees concert at Cincinnati Gardens. Nugent was also given a three-day suspended sentence for a misdemeanor fire-code violation.
1996: In an ominous preview of his demise, Sonny Bono collides with another skier near Big Bear Lake, California, causing a chin injury that would require eleven stitches.
1998: Rolling Stone magazine readers poll picked 'Be Here Now' by Oasis as album of the year.
1999: Blondie make their first network T.V. appearance in 16 years on the American Music Awards.
2000: Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for 'medical reasons.' "(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick," says Osbourne, who was the group's manager for less than four months.
2000: Gary Glitter is released from prison in Britain after serving half of a four month sentence on child pornography charges. He is driven to Heathrow Airport and then flown to Cuba.
2002: Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems at age 55.
2003: Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68 million, The Rolling Stones $58 million, Elton John $47 million, The Who $20 million, Ozzy Osbourne $18 million, Peter Gabriel $10 million, Yes $6 million, Elvis Costello $5 million, The Moody Blues $4 million and Jethro Tull $3 million.
2003: Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.
2004: Ted Nugent cuts himself with a chainsaw while filming his VH1 reality series 'Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.' Nugent was cutting down a tree to create a stump when the tree fell in an unexpected direction. It takes 40 stitches to close the wound. The contest has city slickers living off the land and enduring Ted for a $100,000 prize.
2005: KISS release the classic era compilation, 'GOLD.'
2005: A federal appeals court dismisses a 2001 lawsuit filed against Kid Rock by former business associates sought half of Rock's earnings and accused him of violating trademark and copyright-infringement laws.
2005: Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage drummer Spencer Dryden dies after a long battle with colon cancer at age 66. Dryden, nephew of Charlie Chaplin, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane in 1996, playing with the band for the first time since 1970.
2006: Green Day are named Artist of the Year, Best Band and earn the nod for Best Single ('Boulevard Of Broken Dreams') in Rolling Stone magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll. Audioslave gets Best Hard Rock/Metal Band, U2 is awarded Best Tour and Fall Out Boy is the Best New Artist.
2006: The Beach Boys launched a law suit seeking millions of dollars in damages from two California men, claiming they stole a collection of photos, recordings and other band memorabilia from a warehouse with the intent to put the items up for auction.
2007: Sammy Hagar becomes a co-owner of Team KMA Racing. "I've been a car fanatic for as long as I can remember, and I'm really looking forward to being a part of Indy Racing," says Hagar.
2007: Grace Slick's artwork is presented at the first of several showings at a gallery near Washington D.C. The ex-Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer says she's given up performing in favor of painting. "I sort of have to be doing some form of the arts, but I don't really care which one it is," volunteers Slick. "If you said, 'You can't paint anymore,' I'd be a character actress."
2007: My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero bails on the Japanese leg of the group's world tour and returns to the U.S. after suffering "a sudden attack of illness." He's replaced by Drive By's Todd Prince.
2008: Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events. Organisers hoped the Capital of Culture tag would attract an extra two million visitors to Liverpool and boost the economy by £100m.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel are Golden Globe Award nominees for the Best Original Song - Motion Picture category. Springsteen gets the award the title track from 'The Wrestler' (the song also picked up a Critic's Choice Award just days earlier).
2009: Styx perform the national anthem and an acappella version of 'Renegade' in Pittsburgh at the NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the San Diego Chargers. Steelers fans embraced "Renegade" as an anthem for their team's defense.
2011: Bon Jovi takes the top spot on the Los Angeles Times' "Ultimate Top 10" list for 2010. The list combines the overall earnings from touring and album sales, both physical and digital. The group garnered an impressive $120.5 million in earnings.
2011: AMA Supercross announces that they have teamed with Bret Michaels (Poison) for the 'Rock Hard - Ride Hard' award. Michaels has survived both career and health crashes.
2011: Cake's 'Showroom Of Compassion' album is released.
2011: Handwritten Beatles lyric sheets are included in the British Library's Treasures app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
2012: The 38th annual People's Choice Awards is held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and Radiohead are nominated for Favorite Band of the Year. Maroon 5 wins it. U2 and Bon Jovi are nominees for the Favorite Tour Headliner honor. They lose to Katy Perry.
2012: The Velvet Underground file a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the Andy Warhol Foundation over the iconic banana image on the cover of the band's 1967 debut album, 'The Velvet Underground And Nico.' Band leaders Lou Reed and John Cale claim the foundation has illegally licensed the image in an attempt to "deceive the public" into believing that the band has given their "sponsorship or approval" to the merchandise.
2013: Just a day after announcing the departure of founding member Steve Howe, Asia names guitarist Sam Coulson as Howe's replacement.
2013: Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish became parents for the second time after their California-based surrogat gave birth to a baby boy. The child was named Daniel Furnish-John.
2013: John Wilkinson, a guitar player who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.
2014: Linkin Park, Offspring and Bad Religion perform at Club Nokia in L.A. to raise money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines. Linkin Park's Music for Relief works with the International Medical Corps to deliver food, water and medical assistance.
2015: Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead publish an open letter in the Independent On Sunday calling on the U.K. government to crack down on secondary sales of concert and event tickets.
2016: Food and Beverage magazine officially renames a Jack & Coke "The Lemmy" in honor of Motorhead's recently deceased legendary bassist Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister. He made the drink famous at the Rainbow Bar And Grill on the Sunset Strip.
2016: David Bowie topped the UK album chart with his latest release 'Blackstar' less than 24 hours after his death. With sales of over 43,000 units the collection outpaced its nearest competitor, Elvis Presley's 'If I Can Dream,' by 25,000.

January 12
1962: The Beatles second single 'Please, Please Me' is released in England. It hits #2. Written mostly by John Lennon, the song made it to the top in just three weeks and would sell over 1.5 million copies world wide. Despite this success, the record wouldn't appear on the US charts for another year.
1963: 'The Madhouse on Castle Street' was broadcast on the BBC as part of the 'Sunday Night Play' series on this night in 1963. The play featured a young Bob Dylan performing the part of the Greek chorus, singing three folk songs with altered lyrics plus his own 'Blowin’ in the Wind' -one of the first times it was ever heard.
1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium' performing 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' 'This Boy,' 'All My Loving,' 'Money,' and 'Twist And Shout.' The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250 ($400.) Three months later, their fee was £1,000 ($1600.)
1965: A Rock 'n' Roll variety show called 'Hullabaloo' premieres on NBC TV. Hosted by Jack Jones, the show’s guests include the New Christy Minstrels and a comedian called Woody Allen. In a taped segment, Beatles manager Brian Epstein introduced performances by the Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers from London.
1968: The Doors sophomore album 'Strange Days' goes gold.
1968: The Beatles Film Productions changed its name to Apple Film Limited and Apple Music Limited changed its name to Apple Corps Limited.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. It is generally accepted that this was the first show to include David Gilmour as a permanent part of the group. They performed as a five-piece band until Syd Barrett’s dismissal.
1968: Manfred Mann's 'Mighty Quinn' b/w 'By Request - Edwin Garvey' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart for the week of February 14th and remained there the following week. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart and reached #4 in Cash Box.
1969: Led Zeppelin released their self-titled, debut album in the UK, which is now seen as one of the most impressive and important debuts in Rock music history. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album was completely funded by Jimmy Page (who was also the producer) and the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782 ($2851). Most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. Page also picked out the image of the burning Hindenburg (the “lead zeppelin”) on the cover.Rolling Stone wrote that “The cover of Led Zeppelin … shows the Hindenburg airship, in all its phallic glory, going down in flames. The image did a pretty good job of encapsulating the music inside: sex, catastrophe and things blowing up.” It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 73 weeks stay, and held a 79-week run on the British charts. In 2003, the album was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The name of the band had recently been changed from The New Yardbirds after drummer Keith Moon of The Who predicted the band's music would "go over like a lead zeppelin."
1970: Badfinger's 'Come And Get It' b/w 'Rock Of All Ages' 45 single is released. Composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film 'The Magic Christian,' was a hit single for the band, peaking at #7 in the United States, and #4 in the United Kingdom. It was the opening theme for the film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie's closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added).
1971: Alice Cooper released their 3rd album 'Love It to Death' which went on to become their breakthrough album reaching #35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling one million copies in the U.S.
1971: Deep Purple performs at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1971: Janis Joplin's 'Me And Bobby McGee' b/w 'Half Moon' 45 single is released. The song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. It topped the charts to become her only #1 single and only the second posthumous #1 single in rock & roll history (the first was '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' by Otis Redding). In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1974: The Steve Miller Band were at #1 on the US singles chart with 'The Joker', the group's first of three #1's.
1974: Jim Croce started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.'
1975: KISS appeared at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1975: The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes package tour kicks off in Europe, featuring the Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Graham Central Station, Bonaroo, Montrose and Tower of Power. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p ($1.17).
1977: The 'Long May You Run' album from he short-lived Stills-Young Band goes gold.
1977: Keith Richards is fined £1000 for possession of cocaine found in his wrecked car. At the same court appearance, he is found not guilty of possession of LSD.
1977: EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols' records in view of the adverse publicity the band had generated over the last two months.
1977: The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.
1978: Rush performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1981: The Record Industry Association of America donates 800 albums, including Bob Dylan's 'Blonde On Blonde,' KISS 'Alive' and 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols' to the Library of Congress.The Recording Industry Association of America donated to the White House library.
1981: Determined to blast into bankruptcy court, Casablanca Records releases 'The Best of the Solo Albums.' It culls tracks from the solo efforts of KISS members released three years earlier.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band played at Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, New York.
1981: John Lennon & Yoko Ono 'Woman' b/w 'Beautiful Boys' 45 single is released. It was the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and the first Lennon single issued after his death on December 8, 1980. The B-side of the single is Ono's song 'Beautiful Boys.' The single debuted at #3 in the UK, then moving to #2 and finally reaching #1, where it spent two weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-released 'Imagine.' In the US the single spent three consecutive weeks at #2.
1981: April Wine released their 9th studio album, 'The Nature of the Beast.' It peaks at #26 on Billboard’s 200 Album chart.
1981: KISS release 'Best Of Solo' Albums in Europe. It had been previously released in others territories. ‬
1983: Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist for Traffic died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Stockholm. He was 38 years old. He also worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Can and The Rolling Stones.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Duran Duran’s 'The Wild Boys' at #3, Bryan Adams’ 'Run To You' at #7, Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at #10, Don Henley’s 'The Boys Of Summer' at #16, Steve Perry’s Foolish Heart' at #29, and Glenn Frey’s 'The Heat Is On' at #43.
1987: Deep Purple released their 12th studio album, 'The House of Blue Light.'
1987: Malice released their 2nd studio album, 'License to Kill.'
1991: The Damn Yankees reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'High Enough.' The song was their only top 10 single in the U.S. It was also the highest charting single of Ted Nugent’s career.
1992: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall have their 3rd child, Georgia May Jagger.
1992: Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.
1993: Triumph released their last studio album 'Edge Of Excess.' It includes current Bon Jovi guitarist, Phil X.
1993: The original members of Cream reunite to perform at the 8th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held for the 1st time in Los Angeles. Other inductees include Van Morrison, CCR, Sly and the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon, The Doors (inducted by Eddie Vedder), Dinah Washington and Etta James. The Doors performed with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder & John Fogerty performed Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson as his fellow surviving bandmates were barred from the stage. Robbie Robertson inducts Van Morrison into the Hall as Morrison is the first living inductee not to attend the ceremony. Instead, he sends a fax saying, “I am unable to attend this induction dinner, and personally receive my award. However, thank you very much for inviting me, and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very enjoyable evening, and hope that everything goes well. Best Wishes, from Van Morrison.”
1995: At the Rock and Roll Induction Ceremonies the inductees include Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas and Frank Zappa. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry do the honors for Zeppelin. The pair also jam with Zep's surviving members (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones). Melissa Etheridge inducts Joplin and sings 'Piece Of My Heart.' "I just really wish she was up here instead of me," says Michael Joplin, the late singer's brother, who accepts the accolades on her behalf.
1996: AC/DC played the first date on their 'Ballbreaker' World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand. This tour featured the return of drummer Phil Rudd who previously left the band in 1983.
1998: Gene Vincent, Carlos Santana, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Mamas And The Papas, Lloyd Price, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton. One of the highlights is Fleetwood Mac founding member, guitarist Peter Green, performing 'Black Magic Woman,' a song he wrote that Santana covered. The Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey add a few "priceless" comments. "I want to thank (manager) Irving Azoff, without whom we wouldn't be here today," says Henley. "Well, we might still be here," blurts out Frey. "But we wouldn't have made as much money." The event marked the first time that all seven current and past members of The Eagles were photographed together. Former band mates Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who had quit the group, were virtually ignored by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and were forced to the extreme edges of the stage when the band played a short set of past hits.
1998: On his birthday, Rage Against The Machine's vocalist, Zach de la Rocha, joins a protest against the Mexican government and paramilitary repression in Chiapas. The previous month, 45 people were murdered in the town.
1999: The Black Crowes release their 5th studio album, 'By Your Side.'
2001: The 3rd Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The seven day festival featured artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Rob Halford, Iron Maiden, James Taylor, Neil Young, R.E.M., & Sting.
2001: British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess' bottom, refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.
2004: Metallica released the single 'The Unnamed Feeling.'
2004: Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa`s widow, appears in a Canadian court to sue Tanguay, a 10-store Quebec furniture chain. The suit is over the unauthorized use of Zappa's instrumental 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' in a 1995 Tanguay commercial. Tanguay claims it is all a misunderstanding. The lawsuit would be settled out of court the following day.
2005: Green Day donates royalties earned from the iTunes sale of 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' through the end of the year to the American Red Cross. The funds aid Asian and African tsunami victims.
2005: A Los Angeles Juvenile Court judge grants Courtney Love full custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Love lost custody of the 12-year-old, daughter of Nirvana's late Kurt Cobain, following an October 2003 arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
2005: It was announced that the Strawberry Field children's home immortalized by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote 'Strawberry Fields Forever' after playing there as a child.
2006: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose sues a Beverly Hills auto dealer. The lawsuit against Beverly Hills Classic Cars, alleges that the enterprise violated an oral agreement with Rose by failing to deliver two luxury vehicles. Rose also charges the dealership with not paying $135,000 it owes after selling his 1999 Ferrari on consignment.
2008: Kid Rock performs at an invitation-only General Motors-organized event in Detroit as part of the run-up to the North American International Auto Show.
2008: Liverpool is designated the European Capital of Culture. Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr (who was born in Liverpool) is on hand for the opening ceremonies.
2010: Ringo Starr's 'Y Not' is out. Former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney plays on the album's lead single 'Walk With You' which was co-written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks (best known for his work with the Beach Boys).
2010: Fans get to choose which song Bon Jovi will perform at the 52nd Grammys (two-and-a-half weeks later). 'Livin' On A Prayer' wins, it's the first Grammy appearance by the group.
2011: Rage Against The Machine announce their support for dismissed workers in South Korea - many of whom have been protesting the loss of their jobs since 2007. Guitarist Tom Morello meets with the workers, who produced parts for guitar companies, including Fender and Gibson. They claim that they were "padlocked out of their factory and forced to sign resignation papers," after they tried to form a trade union.
2011: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a bass player in addition to being a politician and TV show host (FOX News), jams with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen at the opening of the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, CA.
2012: Eddie Van Halen, in collaboration with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, donates 75 guitars to L.A.-area schools. "Music education and families are dealing with the economic times," says the guitarist in a statement. "I wanted to help them."
2012: Bob Dylan performs at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in honor of film director Martin Scorsese, who is awarded the Music + Film Award. Dylan was the subject of Scorsese's 2005 documentary 'No Direction Home.' Also, Scorsese's 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' wins the Best Documentary Feature award.
2012: Scott Weiland rejoins his Velvet Revolver band mates, for the first time in four years, for a one-off charity show titled 'Love You Madly: A Concert for John O'Brien' at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. O'Brien, who passed away on 8/20/11, composed music for the films (Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Pineapple Express and Four Christmases) and had several television credits.
2012: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested after police discover narcotics on him when he's stopped for a traffic violation in Culver City, CA. Police suspect Scantlin is intoxicated but a search leads a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Scantlin makes the $10,000 bail a few hours later.
2013: David Bowie's first album in 10 years, 'The Next Day,' is released.
2013: Eric Clapton releases 'Old Sock,' his 21st studio album. Essentially a covers set, Clapton gets help from Paul McCartney, JJ Cale, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and Jim Keltner.
2013: The Beatles first single, 'Love Me Do,' entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to copyright laws in the European Union that said copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years.
2013: The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 features grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.
2013: Bon Jovi's 12th album, 'What About Now?' is released. The lead single 'Because We Can' serves as the title of the group's 15th major tour.
2013: Black Sabbath, complete with their newly reunited original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, officially announce the upcoming release of the album '13,' the first Black Sabbath album in 18 years (since 1995's 'Forbidden').
2014: U2 play 'I Will Follow,' 'Desire' and 'Vertigo' at Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2014: Bruce Springsteen's songs 'High Hopes,' 'Hunter Of Invisible Game' and a rerecorded 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad' are heard during the CBS legal drama 'The Good Wife.' The tracks are from the album 'High Hopes.'
2015: Milwaukee Rock radio station 94.5 The Lake launches 'Say No to Seattle!', which bans Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix and Heart from being played during the run up to the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Doesn't help. Seahawks win the game later in the week.
2016: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is one of the guest speakers the ATTI technology conference in Santiago, Chile.

January 13
1958: Radio station KWK in St. Louis declares Rock n' Roll dead. After giving their Rock records a final play, the station staff breaks them.
1958: Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly' 7” 45 rpm single and 10” 78 rpm single is released. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants' version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock 'n' roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked #94 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: Chubby Checker went back to #1 on the US singles chart with 'The Twist'. The song first went to #1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.
1963: Bob Dylan appears on British television in a play called 'The Madhouse on Castle Street,' where he has the role of a wandering musician. We'll have to take the word of those who saw it since no recording exists, but Dylan supposedly played 'Blowin' In The Wind' during the show, which would be the first media appearance of the song.
1963: The Beatles recorded a TV appearance on the ABC Television program 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' in Birmingham playing their new single, 'Please Please Me' The show was broadcast on January 19.
1964: Beatles release 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' in the U.S.
1964: Bob Dylan's 3rd studio album, 'The Times They Are a-Changin' is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1965: The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' and 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue'.
1966: George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly's nightclub on Jermyn Street in London's west End.
1966: Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.
1967: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both went to the Bag O'Nails Club, London, England to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1967: Pink Floyd plays the UFO, at The Blarney, Tottenham Court Road, in London with Marilyn Monroe films and Dave Tomlin’s The Giant Sun Trolley. The set was filmed by Peter Whitehead.
1968: Cream debut on US chart with 'Sunshine of Your Love.' Their biggest American hit, it peaks at #5.
1968: Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida reports that tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to hearing.
1968: Against the advice of Columbia Records executives, Johnny Cash visits Folsom State Prison in California to record a live album. The resulting LP, 'Live At Folsom Prison' would become one of Johnny's biggest selling records, reaching #1 on the Country album chart and #13 on the Hot 200. It also produced one of his most memorable hit singles, 'Folsom Prison Blues.' In 2003, 'Live At Folsom Prison' was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over three million and was ranked #88 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Elvis Presley began a ten day recording session that would produce his final US #1 record, 'Suspicious Minds'. The tracks were laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and marked the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956.
1969: The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, kept from the top by 'The Beatles' (White Album), which had been released two months before.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness. Rock critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill for The San Francisco Examiner.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Guildhall, in Portsmouth, England.
1971: Yes appears at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: Poco's 3rd album and 1st live album, 'Deliverin' is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Pete Townshend of The Who helped Eric Clapton to overcome some personal problems by getting him involved in a show at the Rainbow Theatre in London he called The Rainbow Concert. Pete had discovered Clapton’s heroin addiction the previous August and devises a scheme with Clapton’s girlfriend’s father, Lord Harlech, to force Clapton to work so he can escape his narcotic-induced reclusion. Townshend recruited Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Jim Capaldi, Jim Karstein. Jim Capaldi and Rick Grech with support from The Average White Band and others. Clapton is late but manages to make it through both shows. They are recorded by Glyn Johns and later released on album.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, but not until 1976. The single, 'Dream On' also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (#6) after being released for the second time (It was released as a single on June 27, 1973 and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100).
1973: Deep Purple release their 7th studio album, 'Who Do We Think We Are.'
1973: Slade scored their first #1 album with 'Slayed.'
1973: Carly Simon's album 'No Secrets' hits #1.
1974: Genesis performs at the Hippodrome in Bristol, England.
1976: Black Sabbath plays at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1977: Queen kicked off a 59-date world tour at Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening act was Thin Lizzy.
1978: The Police begin recording their debut album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. The album 'Outlandos d'Amour' which was released in November of '78 featured the hits 'So Lonely,' 'Roxanne' and 'Can't Stand Losing You.'
1978: Elvis Presley's version of Paul Anka's 'My Way' goes Gold five months after the King's death.
1978: KISS bring their 'ALIVE II Tour to the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Toto’s 'Hold The Line' at #5, Alice Cooper’s 'How You Gonna See Me Now' at #12, Ace Frehley’s 'New York Groove' at #17, Rolling Stone’s 'Shattered' at #37, Foreigner’s 'Blue Morning Blue Day' at #46 and Gene Simmons’ 'Radioactive' at #47.
1980: An Oakland Coliseum concert to benefit the people of Kampuchea has the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship.
1980: Bob Dylan appears at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1983: Todd Rundgren's 10th studio album, 'The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect' is released. It reached #66 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was an album as well as the broadcast of the documentary of the same name. The documentary was filmed for UK Televisions Channel 4 and compiled and written by Todd, with interview footage and song visuals that illustrated Todd's career and personal life until this point. The album was very much a straight forward rock album and contained 'Bang the Drum All Day' - a popular hit for Todd and a song still played at concerts.
1983: KISS with Vinnie Vincent bring their 'Creatures Of The Night Tour' to the Montreal Forum.
1984: ‎W.A.S.P‬. and ‪Slayer‬ played ‪The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬ on a Friday the 13th.
1985: KISS release their 33rd single, 'Thrills in the Night.'
1986: Ozzy Osbourne is taken to court by the parents of John McCollum, a depressed teenager who shot himself while listening to Ozzy's song 'Suicide Solution.' The parents claim that their son was driven to suicide by Ozzy's song. The court later throws the case out.
1986: Sex Pistols members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They later settled out of court.
1987: Iron Maiden filmed their 'Somewhere In Time' concert in Philadelphia, PA.
1988: 'Need You Tonight' is INXS' first #1 U.S. single.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Tesla’s Love Song at #14, Skid Row’s 'I Remember You' at #19, Aerosmith’s 'Janie’s Got A Gun' at #20, Bon Jovi’s 'Living In Sin' at #28, Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart at #33 and Bad English was at #45 with 'Price Of Love' and at #47 with 'When I See You Smile.'
2003: British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend as part of their "Operation Ore" sting operation to crack down on child pornography. Townshend admits to having indecent images of children, but insists that he was doing research for an upcoming book dealing with his own experience with sexual abuse. He is placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.
2005: A report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis,' Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis,' Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis,' Kirsty MacColl, ‘I Saw Elvis in a UFO,' Ray Stevens. ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ by Frank Zappa and 'My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis' by Ray Herndon.
2005: Crossfade appears on NBC's 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno.' Their breakthrough single, 'Cold,' also claims the top spot on Billboard Radio Monitor's Most-Played Active Rock Song list for 2004.
2005: Rush headline a Canada for Asia tsunami-relief telethon in Toronto. Proceeds go to several charities.
2006: Rush's 'R30' DVD makes its television debut on VH1 Classic as part of a weekend of Rush-related programming. R30 documents an 2004 concert in Frankfurt, Germany, that was part of the trio's 30th anniversary tour.
2006: KoRn holds a press conference at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles to unveil the dates and cities of their upcoming North American tour which gets under way the following month.
2006: It's announced that The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Axis: Bold as Love' and Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' albums will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The inductees represent "the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.
2007: Eddie Van Halen won the Best Music trophy at the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards in Las Vegas for his musical contributions to the X-rated movie 'Sacred Sin.'
2007: Killswitch Engage postpone the first of three European dates (in London, Bristol and Paris) because guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz aggravated his injured back and has to undergo emergency surgery. Also, singer Howard Jones is hampered with a chest infection. The tour continues when Jones recovers. Peter Wichers fills in for Dutkiewicz.
2007: Hinder's North American tour, with Black Stone Cherry, begins in Ketchum, ID, as part of the Ski Tour/Base Camp Music Experience trek.
2007: Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, Michael Brecker, dies in New York after battling leukemia. Over the course of his lengthy career Brecker was heard on albums by Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
2008: Eddie Vedder's 'Guaranteed,' from the 'Into The Wild' soundtrack, wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
2008: Elton John tours South Africa for the first time. The trek starts in Cape Town.
2008: Glen Drover‬ left ‎Megadeth‬ to focus time with his family.
2009: Pearl Jam partners with Verizon Wireless to release remastered tracks from the band's 1991 debut, 'Ten,' to users of the V Cast With Rhapsody service. Starting with 'Once,' one song from the album is available each week for ten consecutive weeks.
2009: The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band compilation 'Greatest Hits,' is released exclusively via Wal-Mart. After receiving criticism, Springsteen admits the deal was a mistake.
2009: Kreator released their album 'Hordes Of Chaos.'
2009: The soundtrack for 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans' with remixed versions of songs by Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Deftones, AFI, ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland's Black Light Burns and Tool singer Maynard James Keenan's side band Puscifer, is in stores.
2010: A plaque of The Beatles iconic yellow submarine, which was stolen six months prior from Liverpool's Albert Dock, was set to be replaced by a new creation. The 5 foot design featured the faces of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison peering through its portholes. The new submarine would hang outside the museum dedicated to the band, 'The Beatles Story.'
2010: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is #1 (again) on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. The band's 6th studio release made its debut in 2008 and charted for 61 weeks, with much of that time spent at #1.
2011: Tommy Crain, guitarist for The Charlie Daniels Band on their Grammy-winning single 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and more than twenty albums, died in his sleep at the age of 59.
2011: Dire Straits 1985 hit 'Money For Nothing' is banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council because a homophobic epithet in the song is no longer acceptable. "The panel concludes that, like other racially driven words in the English language, 'faggot' is one that, even if entirely or marginally accepted in earlier days, is no longer so," says CBSC chair Ron Cohen in an official statement. Some Canadian stations ignore the ban.
2011: The Who, guitarist Jeff Beck, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft appear at the Killing Cancer charity concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
2011: Just two months after The Beatles back catalogue became available on iTunes, their sales figures topped 5 million songs according to Hudson Square Research. During that period, the legendary group also moved more than a million full-length albums.
2011: Five days after a Tucson assassination attempt on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D), AZ, that left six people dead (including a nine-year old girl) and over a dozen wounded, the critically injured Congresswoman among them, Drowning Pool responds to widespread suggestions that their song 'Bodies' inspired the nutcase shooter Jared Loughner. In a statement they explain that the track was never intended to have a violent message. "'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit," writes the band. "If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It's about a certain amount of respect and a code." The band concludes by stating, "We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy."
2014: Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman is treated for a face wound sustained while surfing. "I had a little conversation with my board and it turned into an argument. The board won," jokes Foreman. Though he makes a full recovery the injury forces the cancellation of a hometown appearance.
2014: U2 win the Best Original Song Award for 'Ordinary Love' at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The track is from the Nelson Mandela biopic, 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'
2014: Oasis' back catalog is available on the streaming services Spotify, Deezer and Rdio. Oasis was one of the more famous holdouts from free music streaming.
2016: Led Zeppelin top Rolling Stone magazine's Reader's Poll of band's they would like to see reunite.
2016: Avenged Sevenfold is sued for breach of contract by their label, Warner Bros. Records. The suit claims the band has refused to honor its contract.
2016: Nickelback sues Lloyd's Of London for non-payment of $13 million dollars after the group's tour was cancelled due to singer Chad Kroeger's medical issues. A month earlier, Lloyd's sued Kroeger for allegedly failing to disclose that he had a pre-existing throat condition.
2016: The Heavy Metal documentary 'Hair I Go Again' opened in Denver, Colorado.
2016: The Rolling Stones' first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, passed away at the age of 82. After he was replaced by Andrew Loog Oldham in May, 1963, Gomelsky went on to manage The Yardbirds, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger before moving to New York in 1978 and opening The Green Door nightclub. Those who knew him said that he never quite got over losing his job as The Stones' manager.
2017: Sepultura released their album 'Machine Messiah.'

January 14
1956: Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' enters the pop charts, giving him his first hit. Pat Boone's version of the song ends up charting higher, peaking at #12 to Richard's #17.
1960: United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley receives a promotion to Sergeant. He receives a pay increase of $22.94 per month.
1963: Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho in London. Before joining the Stones, Watts played regularly with Blues Incorporated.
1964: The Beatles (minus Ringo Starr who was fog-bound in Liverpool) left from Liverpool for Paris for an 18-day run at the Olympia Theatre. Arriving in Paris, John, Paul, and George were met by 60 fans. Ringo, accompanied by roadie Neil Aspinall, arrived the next day.
1965: Bob Dylan starts 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: David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, 'Can't Help Thinking About Me.' The single is credited to David Bowie and the Lower Third. would later say that he chose "Bowie" because he likes that "big American bear-killin' knife."
1966: The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom.
1967: Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The event was a forerunner of major, outdoor rock concerts and featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and The Holding Company. It's one of the key events leading up to the 'Summer of Love.' Timothy Leary sets the tone with his famous phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out” while “underground chemist” Owsley Stanley distributes his “White Lightning” LSD, specially produced for the event
1967: The Rolling Stones 'Ruby Tuesday' b/w 'Let's Spend the Night Together' 45 single is released. The US release was one day later than the UK. Due to the then-controversial nature of the lyrics (with its suggestion of casual sex) most radio stations opted to play the flip side 'Ruby Tuesday' instead. The two songs charted separately on the US Billboard Hot 100, 'Let's Spend the Night Together' stalling at #55 while 'Ruby Tuesday' became a #1 hit.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading in Whiteknights, Reading England.
1969: The Monterey Pop Concert film opens in Los Angeles.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Halle Münsterland in Muenster, Germany.
1970: John Lennon's erotic 'Bag One' lithographs are exhibited publicly in London (and removed by Scotland Yard two days later).
1971: Black Sabbath performed at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1972: Paul Simon's self-titled solo album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the charts in the UK and Japan.
1972: Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1972: Jefferson Airplane landed at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1973: Pink Floyd played two shows at the Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles in Paris.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1973: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is charged with possession of drugs in California.
1973: Elvis Presley nails the record for the largest worldwide audience for his 'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii' concert telecast. It is broadcast live on the Intelsat IV satellite to an estimated one billion people in forty countries around the world, but not the United States or England. The concert is released as a double album later in the year. American fans had to wait until April to watch the program.
1974: Black Sabbath release their 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Tour' into the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
1975: 'So What' from Joe Walsh goes gold. Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner of The Eagles contributed background vocals.
1975: Three Dog Night's 'Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits' is certified gold. It's their 12th and final Gold record.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band played at Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1977: Bob Seger performed at Cobo Arena in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
1977: David Bowie released his 11th studio album 'Low,' the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno termed the "Berlin Trilogy." It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 249 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The track 'Sound and Vision' was released as a single and used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing much needed exposure, as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song reach #3 on the UK charts.
1978: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' album logs its 31st week at #1 in America. It's the longest run for an album until 'Thriller' in 1984.
1978: Sex Pistols play their last live gig at Winterland in San Francisco. Johnny Rotten yelled to the crowd at the outset, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated.” It was the last time the band played with bassist Sid Vicious.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Bakersfield, California.
1979: Rush played at The Palladium in New York.
1980: Rush release their 7th studio album, 'Permanent Waves.' It was recorded at the now defunct Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec.‬
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: Roxy Music appeared at the Apollo in Manchester, England
1982: The Kinks played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1984: Paul McCartney was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pipes Of Peace.' With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a #1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder) in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
1984: Van Halen’s 'Jump' debuts at #47 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Also, debuting were U2’s 'I Will Follow' at #90, Huey Lewis’ 'I Want A New Drug' at #68 and Duran Duran’s 'New Moon On Monday' at #58.
1989: U2 goes platinum with the 'Rattle and Hum' album.
1989: Paul McCartney releases his album 'Back In The U.S.S.R.' exclusively in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for as much as $1,000 in the U.S.
1992: Jerry Nolan of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls died at the age of 45. He was being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, when he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered.
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: Oasis went to #1 on the UK album chart with '(What's The Story) Morning Glory', the group's second UK #1 spent a total of 145 week's on the chart.
1996: Ruby Starr, vocalist for Black Oak Arkansas on their 1974 hit 'Jim Dandy' as well as having her own solo career, died of cancer at the age of 45.
1997: The Beach Boys guest star on an episode of ABC-TV's Home Improvement. They played the cousins of Wilson, Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor's next door neighbor and sang 'Barbra Ann' with the show's cast.
1998: Less than two months after its release, Ozzy Osbourne's career retrospective, 'The Ozzman Cometh,' is certified platinum.
1999: Model Jerry Hall files for divorce from her husband, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. They had been together since 1977 & married since 1990.
1999: Metallica file suit in L.A. federal court vs. Victoria's Secret seeking injunctive relief and damages after VS used the name Metallica on lip pencils without permission. ‬
2000: ‎Marty Friedman‬ played his last concert with ‪Megadeth‬.
2000: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that David Crosby is the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher's child.
2001: Guns N' Roses perform before 200,000 fans at the Rock In Rio Festival.
2003: Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had 'publicly humiliated' her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
2004: White Stripes frontman Jack White pleads innocent to aggravated assault charges stemming from a December 13th run-in with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer.
2004: The Beastie Boys defunct record label Grand Royal LLC goes on the auction block.
2005: A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone. Nicolas Cage, Rob Zombie and Eddie Vedder are among those who commemorate his life. He died the previous September of prostate cancer at the age of 55. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.
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 2004 debut.
2005: A show is held in Columbus, OH, to benefit the victims and their families of the 12/8/04 shooting at the Alosa club that took the life of Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and two others.
2006: Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek performs with poet Michael McClure and flutist Larry Kassin at a spoken word and music event in San Francisco. The show marks the start of the 25th annual Noe Valley Music Series.
2008: Daughtry creates an uproar when he bad-mouthes American Idol, saying the show is on the "decline." Randy Jackson refutes Daughtry's comment, but the show would later suffer yet another season of declining ratings.
2009: Scott Weiland kicks off his U.S. tour in support of his solo album, 'Happy In Galoshes,' in Kansas City, MO.
2010: The BBC admitted coverage of the launch of U2's album 'No Line On The Horizon' in 2009 went too far - giving "undue prominence" to the band. RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio companies, had made a formal complaint over the coverage saying the BBC had given U2 "the sort of publicity money can't buy".
2010: Guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the United Nations' first ever Pathways To Peace Award. Pathways To Peace is an international peace building, educational and consulting organization which has consultative status with the United Nations. “Although this award has my name on it, this is a tribute to the power of music and its positive effect,” he said. “Music has been the most powerful language to reach the hearts of people around the world. During my career, I’ve experienced the connection and harmony that music can bring.”
2010: Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore is granted another restraining order against former band DJ Gavin Koppell, who Kilmore replaced in 1998. Kilmore was granted an initial restraining order in 2003 and that appeared to be at the root of a 12/28/09 incident where Koppell confronted Kilmore and his girlfriend allegedly threatening "you will get killed if you don't lift that (restraining) order, people get killed in the street for that."
2011: SoundScan reports that The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album is 2010's best-selling vinyl album in the U.S. Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' and Black Keys 'Brothers,' are #2 and #3, respectively. 'Abbey Road' was also #1 in 2009.
2012: Roger Waters weds his fiancee of seven years, Laurie Durning, in a private ceremony at the pair's home in Southampton, NY.
2012: Peter Criss receives Guitar Center's Drum Legend award. The event took place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
2014: Altitudes & Attitude members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) release their self-titled debut EP.
2014: After being leaked online less than two weeks earlier, Bruce Springsteen's solo album 'High Hopes' is released. The set is a mix of originals and covers, including the title track which was originally recorded by Havalina.
2014: Black Sabbath's 1970's catalog is added to the iTunes store for the first time. "It's about f*cking time," says Ozzy Osbourne.
2014: Bruce Springsteen appears on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' where he performs a reworked version of 'Born To Run' titled 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam.' In the song, Springsteen mocks a scandal where New Jersey governor Chris Christie's staff shut down parts of a road to retaliate against a mayor who didn't endorse him. "You're killing the working man who's stuck in the Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam," Springsteen sings.
2015: According to a poll conducted by Forbes magazine, Fleetwood Mac tickets were the highest priced by scalpers.
2016: The National Music Publishers' Association announce that Aerosmith frontman and songwriter Steven Tyler has joined the NMPA SONGS (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) foundation board of directors. "Everyone knows about Steven Tyler's music, but not everyone knows what a passionate advocate he is for the people behind the songs," says NMPA SONGS foundation president David Israelite.

January 15
1958: The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on 'The Perry Como Show.'
1958: Elvis Presley records 'Hard Headed Woman,' 'Trouble,' 'New Orleans,' 'King Creole,' and 'Crawfish.'
1962: Drummer Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones. The band's original line-up is now complete.
1964: Capitol Records, Vee-Jay and Swan Records go to court over the rights to The Beatles. Capitol, a subsidiary of EMI, The Beatles label in England, had passed on the group resulting in Vee-Jay and Swan releasing, unsuccessfully, several Beatles tracks in the U.S. In the end, Capitol wins.
1964: Johnny Rivers begins a one year stand at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in L.A.
1964: The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.
1965: The Who release their first single, 'I Can't Explain' in the UK. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach #8 on the UK chart. While oldies stations in America still give it a fair amount of air-play, the song only made it to number 93 on Billboard's Hot 100. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Pete Townshend referred to "I Can't Explain" as "a song, written by some 18-year-old kid, about the fact that he can't tell his girlfriend he loves her because he's taken too many Dexedrine tablets." The song is ranked #9 on Pitchfork Media's list of the "200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s", #59 on Spin's list of the "100 Greatest Singles of All Time", and #371 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1965: The Rolling Stones' 'The Rolling Stones No. '2 is released in the UK. It spent 10 weeks at #1 in early 1965, during its 37 week run, becoming one of the year's biggest sellers in the UK.
1965: The Kinks 'Tired of Waiting for You' single is released in the UK. It was released in the U.S. on February 17.
1965: Bob Dylan completed recording his 5th studio album 'Bringing it all Back Home' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It went on to be Dylan’s first album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at #6.
1966: The Beach Boys enter Billboard's Hot 100 for the 23rd time with their version of 'Barbara Ann,' previously a #13 hit for the Regents in 1961. The song was recorded 'live' at a party staged in a recording studio and actually features the voice of Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean on lead vocal. The record will peak at #2 in the US and stay on the charts for 11 weeks. In the UK, it reached #3.
1966: The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford and the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London, England.
1966: 'December's Children' by the Rolling Stones goes gold. The album features 'Get Off My Cloud.'
1967: U.S. television censorship hits Rolling Stones when they appear on Ed Sullivan show singing 'Let's Spend The Night Together.' They change the lyrics to "let's spend some time together." Jagger rolls his eyes derisively when he sings the altered line, resulting in host Ed Sullivan announcing that The Rolling Stones would be banned from performing on his show ever again.
1967: The Who, with Eric Burdon and The Animals, flew to Hamburg, Germany to appear on Radio Bremen's 'Beat Club' TV special 'Dag Swing Time Party.' The Who mimed to 'I'm A Boy,' 'Heat Wave' and their current single 'Happy Jack.' The show was presented by Uschi Nerke and The Who's appearance helped get them their only #1 in Germany. The show was broadcast on January 21st.
1967: The film 'The Fastest Guitar Alive,' starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City. In his only acting role, Orbison is a Confederate spy who carries a bullet-shooting guitar and a bag of gold to smuggle across the Wild West.
1967: Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played in Kirklevington, North Yorkshire, England.
1968: The Byrds 5th album, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' released. It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LPs chart, and #12 on the UK Album Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked at #171 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and #32 on the NME's list of the "100 Best Albums".
1969: After George Harrison announced he was quitting The Beatles and failed to show up for recording sessions on January 13th, 14th or 15th, the band held a meeting at Ringo Starr's house, where they urged Harrison to come back. George agreed to re-join the band under the provision that the they give up on the idea a live concert and move the filming of 'Let It Be' to the Beatles' new studio in their Apple headquarters.
1969: Atlantic Records trades CBS Records - Richie Furay for Graham Nash. Furay is now free to work with Poco and Graham can partner with David Crosby and Stephen Stills for CS&N.
1970: MC5's 'Back in the USA' 1st studio album and 2nd overall is released. It reached #137 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: 'Bag One,' an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Arts Gallery.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
1971: George Harrison releases 'My Sweet Lord.' It's sometimes referred to as "He's So Fine - Take II" since Harrison is later found guilty of "unconscious plagiarism" of the Chiffon's tune.
1971: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat's 'Hooker 'n Heat' double album is released. It reached #78 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: Don McLean's 'American Pie' hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 and you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it. The song is a recounting of "The Day the Music Died" (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath. The song was listed as the #5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century. Although Don McLean never actually said so, most assumed he was singing about Buddy Holly's death as "The day the music died". When asked what 'American Pie' meant, McLean replied, "It means I never have to work again." He later said "You will find many interpretations of my lyrics, but none of them by me... sorry to leave you all on your own like this, but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence."
1972: Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' made its debut on the US singles chart. The group's third single peaked at #15 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The song's title is a reference to a nameless, black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording.
1973: Led Zeppelin appeared at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
1973: The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger had been recently devastated by an earthquake.
1973: Genesis performed at Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany.
1974: Brownsville Station's 'Smokin' In The Boys' Room' is certified gold. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & later covered by Motley Crue in 1985, which became the Crue’s first top 40 single.
1974: With '50s nostalgia trending, 'Happy Days' premieres on ABC with 'Rock Around The Clock' as its theme song.
1976: Pink Floyd’s 'Wish You Were Here' was on the UK album chart. The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve inside which was hidden the album artwork. Thorgerson had noted that, in the US, Roxy Music’s 'Country Life' was sold in an opaque green cellophane sleeve – censoring the cover image – and he adopted the idea, concealing the artwork for 'Wish You Were Here' in a dark-colored shrink-wrap.
1976: Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.
1976: Guitarist Joe Walsh makes his debut with the Eagles. He's joins the group for an Australia/Japan tour. Glenn Frey would later say "I personally thought that adding Joe Walsh was a dangerous move. 90% of the people who heard about it couldn't figure out how it was ever going to work."
1977: David Bowie releases 'Low.' It the first of three albums produced with the help of Brian Eno in which Bowie explores electronic music. Much of the album is instrumental.
1977: Eagles 'Hotel California' is the Top U.S. Album. It was the group's 3rd U.S. #1 album. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Don Henley said the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience...that's all". The L.P. was nominated for album of the year, but lost to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours.'
1979: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1979: Scorpions released their 6th studio album, 'Lovedrive.'
1980: The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show' The Old Grey Whistle Test'.
1980: Aerosmith played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1981: Roxy Music performed at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1981: Phil Collins plays "In The Air Tonight" on Top of the Pops with a paint can and brush nearby as props, seemingly a reference to the painter with whom his first wife cheated on him.
1982: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 119-date 'Ghost In The Machine' world tour at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, supported by The Go-Go's.
1982: In what turned out to be Ace Frehley's last live ever appearance with Eric Carr and ultimately KISS (until 1996), the band did a trio of songs from 'The Elder' on ABC's 'Fridays.'
1982: Hall And Oates album, 'Private Eyes' was awarded a Platinum disc. The Top 5 LP featured the title track as well as the Top 10 hits 'I Can't Go For That' and 'Did It In A Minute.'
1983: Phil Collins had his first UK #1 single with his version of 'You Can’t Hurry Love,' a hit for The Supremes in 1966. Collins’ version was the first track on the very first 'Now That’s What I Call Music' CD.
1983: Night Ranger’s 'Don’t Tell Me You Love Me' debuts at #86 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The Stray Cats were #25 & 26 with 'Stray Cat Strut' & 'Rock This Town.' Phil Collins’ 'You Can’t Hurry Love' was #15 and The Clash’s 'Rock The Casbah' was #9.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne‬, ‎Motley Crue‬ and Waysted played at ‪The Spectrum‬ in ‪Philadelphia‬.
1985: AC/DC‬ headlined the “Rock In Rio” festival at the Rockdrome in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
1985: John Fogerty's 'Centerfield' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and reached #7 on the Top Country Albums chart.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne‬ with special guest ‎Anthrax‬ played the Oakland Coliseum Arena.
1991: Slayer‬ and ‪Testament‬ performed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1991: Sean Lennon's updated version of his father John's 'Give Peace A Chance' was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect the concerns of the day.
1991: David Lee Roth‬ released 3rd full-length studio album, 'A Little Ain't Enough.'
1991: On the United Nations deadline for Iraq to remove troops from Kuwait, a new version of 'Give Peace A Chance' is released, with contributions from Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, LL Cool J and dozens of others.
1992: Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Band's guitarist/vocalist, Robbie Robertson, does the honors for Blues great Elmore James. Johnny Cash, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the MG's, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and The Yardbirds also make it into the Hall.
1992: On an episode of the TV variety show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent - such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them "the women who pioneered rock and roll" and points out that they're just as important as the men. Lee's remarks and others like her do eventually break the "glass ceiling" of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?
1992: Elton John's early bass player Dee Murray dies in Nashville after suffering a stroke at age 45. He first appeared with Elton on the 1970 album 'Tumbleweed Connection' and the milestone albums 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.'
1992: Dee Murray (born David Murray Oates) dies after suffering a stroke. He was 45. Originally a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Murray played bass with Elton John on the seminal albums 'Tumbleweed Connection,' 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.' He later became a successful studio musician, working with Alice Cooper, John Prine and many others.
1994: Harry Nilsson dies of heart failure at the age of 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack. His wife would later say that the last thing he ever said to her was "I love you so much." He also had the UK & US #1 single with his version of the Badfinger Evans & Ham song 'Without You.' When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, "Nilsson". Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, "Nilsson." Nilsson was great friends with the Beatles and highly regarded by many musicians of his generation. His partying espcapades, in particular with John Lennon, were legendary. He received Grammy Awards for two of his recordings; Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male in 1970 for 'Everybody’s Talkin', the theme song of the 1969 film 'Midnight Cowboy,' and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1973 for 'Without You.' Nilsson also wrote the song 'One,' made famous by the rock band Three Dog Night. Trivia: Nilsson owned the flat where two of his friends died – Keith Moon and Mama Cass Elliot. After Moon’s death, he sold the flat to Pete Townshend. Nilsson left behind seven children and one step-child.
1994: Counting Crows are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing 'Mr. Jones' and 'Round Here.' The appearance sparks sales of their debut album and sends radio stations scrambling to add the songs to their playlists. Despite this breakthrough appearance, the band was never asked back for the show.
1994: Bryan Adams began a two night stand at the Le Let Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Adams was the first major Western artist to perform in Vietnam since James Brown in 1971.
1996: Accept released their 11th studio album, 'Predator.'
1998: Harmonica player Junior Wells died, (born Amos Blakemore). He worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and The Rolling Stones. He was 63.
2004: KoRn's 'Play Me,' a track from 'Take A Look In The Mirror,' is featured on the 'NFL Street' video game. The game also features Fuel.
2005: 'Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope' airs on NBC. The program features Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. Showbiz celebrities include Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Uma Thurman.
2007: A lyric sheet to the Beatles 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' handwritten by George Harrison, goes for $300,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Producer George Martin's score for the version of 'Weeps' created for The Beatles 'Love' soundtrack album is also sold. A military tunic worn by John Lennon sells for $350,000 while a set of Beatles suits dating from 1964 go for $30,000.
2008: Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band's recent 'Bigger Bang' tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2008: Ringo Starr's 'Liverpool 8' is issued. The former Beatles drummer co-wrote all the tracks and co-produced with Mark Hudson and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi performs at a New York fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during her failed 2008 presidential campaign. According to reports she's over $6 million in the red. The Secretary of State and Bon Jovi are longtime friends.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, wins a libel suit brought against British newspaper The Sun. An 2007 article claimed that she was driving her husband "to destruction." Sharon receives an apology and undisclosed monetary damages from The Sun.
2009: ESP Signature Series guitars from Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett make their debut at the NAMM Show conference in Anaheim, CA. The limited edition guitars are replicas of custom-made instruments played by the two musicians.
2010: 73 year old Charlie Daniels is rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Durango, Colorado. Daniels will recover and be released from the hospital two days later.
2011: Kid Rock's birthday concert at Detroit's Ford Field takes place. The venue is renamed '40 Field' for the day in honor of Rock's 40th birthday. Over 45,000 attend the show, which sold out in 19 minutes.
2013: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with singer Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album on CD (the set was already available digitally).
2013: 'From Can To Can't' a song from the Dave Grohl directed documentary 'Sound City,' the legendary recording studio located in Van Nuys, CA. The track features Grohl, Slipknot/Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Kyuss' Scott Reeder.
2014: Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs' is heard in a commercial promoting the film '300: Rise Of An Empire.'
2014: The Eagles play the first of three shows to reopen the remodeled Los Angeles Forum. "The building is a grand dame of all these [arenas]," states guitarist/vocalist Glenn Frey. The Forum is the largest venue built in the U.S. specifically for music and live entertainment.
2015: Following years of internal strife, guitarist Rich Robinson issues a statement announcing the end of the Black Crowes after 24 years.
2015: California Breed call it quits. Formed in 2013, the group's line-up was bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.
2015: Legendary record producer and music business maven Kim Fowley dies at age 75 following a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley is best known for his work with the Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Starting in the early 1960s, he produced a string of successful records such as 'Alley Oop' by The Hollywood Argyles, 'Nut Rocker' for B. Bumble And The Stingers and 'Popsicles and Icicles' by The Murmaids. He also co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. During his career, he was involved with records that sold over 102 million copies. After his death, he was accused of raping Jackie Fox of the Runaways while he managed the band.
2015: During a Dead Kennedys show a pair of fans at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego perform a sex act onstage. "Of course, we don't condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away," states the tavern's management.
2015: Marilyn Manson released is the 9th studio album 'The Pale Emperor.'
2016: Five Finger Death Punch's single, 'Wash It All Away,' tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, marking the band's fourth #1 on the list but their first since 'Battle Born' in 2013.
2016: David Bowie's album 'Blackstar,' which was released just days before the artist's death, goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 181,000 copies in its debut week. Just days after his death on January 10th, albums by David Bowie made up 25% of the UK album chart and thirteen of his singles were in the Top 100. In total, Bowie sold 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles in less than a week, while his tunes were streamed more than 19 million times on services like Spotify and Apple Music, jumping by 2,822% following news of his passing.
2017: Metallica return to China for the first time in four years, and just as on previous trips, they face censorship. The Shanghai show omits 'Master Of Puppets,' 'One' and 'Hardwired.' "Why shouldn't you respect their culture when you're there as a guest and you've been invited to play,” asks frontman James Hetfield. “Hopefully we'll keep coming back and they'll realize we're not a threat.”
2018: Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies in London at 46 years old.

January 16
1957: Little Richard records 'Lucille.'
1957: The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool, England in a cellar that had been used as an air raid shelter during World War II. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times. The place starts as a Jazz hang-out but in the early '60s The Beatles become the house band.
1959: While on a whirlwind tour of the UK, The Everly Brothers receive a New Musical Express Award for being named the world's #1 vocal group.
1961: Del Shannon records his hit 'Runaway' in New York.
1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris' 'top society' members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day's papers, but The Beatles didn't care, because they'd just received news that their single 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' had hit #1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.
1964: The Dave Clark Five's 'Glad All Over' knocks The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' from #1 on the U.K. pop chart. Vocalist Mike Smith and drummer Dave Clark penned the tune.
1965: The Beatles played the last of a 16 night run billed as 'Another Beatles Christmas Show' that had started on Jan. 1st at The Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1965: Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top."
1965: Chad Allen And The Expressions release their first album under their new name, The Guess Who. Their debut single, a cover of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates’ 'Shakin’ All Over reached #1 in Canada & #22 in the U.S.
1967: The Young Rascals 'I've Been Lonely Too Long' b/w 'If You Knew' 45 single is released in the US. Wriiten by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, from the LP 'Collections,' the song reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: Pink Floyd performs at The Clubroom at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Mayfair, London. This was the first time that rock music was permitted at the Institute.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played at Die Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg, Germany.
1969: Marmalade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da.'
1970: Two days after it opened, the Bag One Gallery in London, England was raided by Scotland Yard. The police remove eight John Lennon lithographs under the Obscene Publications Act.
1970: The Who performed at the Champs Elysees Theater in Paris.
1971: Neil Young played at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1971: At a press conference in Memphis, TN., Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."
1971: 'ZZ Top’s First Album' is released. Although the album did not chart, the single '(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree' reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Blue Oyster Cult released their self-titled debut album. Despite positive reviews, it only reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: Genesis appeared at the Charleroi Festival in Arlon, Belgium.
1973: Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University in Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record 'Venus and Mars' at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They would stay through Mardi Gras.
1975: The Eric Burdon Band played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: The Who's 'Squeeze Box" b/w 'Success Story' 45 single is released in the US. It peaked at #10 on the UK charts and #16 in the U.S.
1977: Rush played at Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1978: Sex Pistol Sid Vicious falls through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, due to a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me' b/w 'Simple Man, Simple Dream' 45 single is released. Written by the Warren Zevon, it first appeared on Zevon's eponymous 1976 album 'Warren Zevon' with backing vocals by Lindsey Buckingham. Ronstadt recorded a gender-altered version of the song during 1977. Ronstadt's interpretation was released on her multi-platinum album 'Simple Dreams.' Released as a single, Linda's passionate version of the song debuted on the Hot 100 charts the week of January 28, 1978, and reached #31 position in several weeks. It had already been a hugely popular radio hit as an album cut.
1979: Gregg Allman and Cher are divorced.
1979: Accept released their self-titled debut album.
1979: Cheap Trick received their first Gold record for their 3rd album 'Heaven Tonight,' which is also known as the first album recorded with a 12 string electric bass.
1980: Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219 grams on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. The tour is cancelled. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
1983: KISS play the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York on their 'Creatures Of The Night' Tour.
1984: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200.
1984: The Rolling Stones venture to Mexico City to film the videos for 'She Was Hot' and 'Too Much Blood.' The tracks appear on the 'Undercover' album.
1985: David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
1986: KISS and W.A.S.P. play the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1988: Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist at this point.
1988: George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of #1 US hits in the rock era as 'Got My Mind Set On You' tops Billboard chart 24 years after he hit the top with Beatles 'I Want to Hold Your Hand.' George's record is subsequently broken by Beach Boys when "Kokomo" hit #1. It's his first solo #1 in 13 years, since he hit the top spot with 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).'
1988: Elton John gets his 22nd US Top 10 hit as 'Candle in the Wind' moves to #7.
1989: The Rolling Stones, Phil Spector and Stevie Wonder are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stevie Wonder is the youngest inductee ever at age 38.
1990: Joan Jett released her 7th studio album, 'The Hit List. It was her 1st cover album.
1991: The 6th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner. Bonnie Raitt inducts John Lee Hooker into the Hall and during the post-ceremony jam session, Raitt performs with John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen."I have a lot of gratitude for these men, who helped me make some of the best music of my life," says David Crosby of his former Byrd bandmates. A pall was cast over the evening when a declaration was issued by President George Bush, informing Americans that the nation’s military forces had entered into armed conflict in Iraq and Kuwait.
1992: Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film 'Freejack' at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1992: Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The subsequent album earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.
1993: Nirvana release 'Incesticide,' a collection of early material, live recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions.
1996: Jimmy Buffett and U2 singer Bonohis family, and Island Records head Chris Blackwell escape unhurt when Jamaican authorities open fire on Buffetts's seaplane (the Hemisphere Dancer), mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called 'Jamaica Mistaica'.
1997: As part of the 'Big Day Out,' Soundgarden tours Australia and New Zealand.
1999: At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays 'Ventura Highway.' Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.
2000: 71 year old Will "Dub" Jones of The Coasters passed away. The band had the 1958 U.S #1 single 'Yakety Yak,' and the 1959 U.S. #2/UK #6 single 'Charlie Brown.'
2000: It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was having doubts about the message it would give about family values. This decision was changed and on December 12, 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.
2001: Black Label Society released their first live album, 'Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!! +5.'
2002: A section of Interstate 80 in California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."
2004: John Siomos, who played drums on countless albums and singles with a host of bands and in studio recordings for artists such as Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, Mitch Ryder and Carly Simon, died at the age of 56.
2004: Linkin Park kick off their 'Meteora Tour' in Washington D.C. with P.O.D. and Hoobastank as the opening acts.
2004: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo is the permanent replacement for departed guitarist Ben Moody. Lee adds that Cold likely will call it quits, a statement later contradicted by Cold singer Scooter Ward.
2004: The estate of George Harrison settles its lawsuit against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, who treated the ex-Beatle. He is accused of coercing the dying Harrison into signing a guitar belonging to his son. The settlement comes 10 days after the lawsuit was filed against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, his three children and his employer, Staten Island University Hospital.
2005: Mick Jagger & David. A. Stewart won the Best Original Song Golden Globe for the song 'Old Habits Die Hard' from the 'Alfie' soundtrack.
2005: The Elvis Presley single 'One Night' made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK #1. Elvis, who led the previous week’s chart with 'Jailhouse Rock,' had now scored more #1 UK hits than any other artist with 20 number ones, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers.
2007: Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
2007: 'Rock Star: Supernova,' the manufactured TV supergroup (with the contest winning lead singer Lukas Rossi) featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (Johnny Colt temporarily filling in until Newsted recovers from a recent accident) and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, begin a six week arena tour in Hollywood, FL. The Panic Channel, with ex-Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, is the opening act.
2007: Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is presented with the key to his hometown of Lawrence, MA. "There is always going to be a place in my heart for Lawrence," says an emotional Erna. "It molded me into the man I have become." The singer grew up in the trouble-plagued area and expressed his desire to be a positive role model.
2007: Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, open Santana House in Los Angeles. The facility, run by the Violence Intervention Program, aids victims of physical abuse. It's named after the couple to honor their support of the VIP.
2007: Pookie Hudson, the lead singer and songwriter for the Doo Wop group, The Spaniels, died of complications from cancer of the thymus at the age of 72. Hudson lent his romantic tenor to hits like 'Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight' and influenced generations of later artists.
2008: KoRn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer bows out of the group's ongoing European tour for "family and personal reasons." "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now," writes frontman Jonathan Davis. "The tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too."
2008: The Foo Fighters start their U.S. tour in Miami (actually Sunrise, FL). Against Me! opens all dates while Jimmy Eat World are on select stops.
2008: Radiohead were forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.
2009: Disturbed, with Sevendust as opener, begin a month-and-a-half-long U.S. tour in Milwaukee.
2009: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that ninety-five per cent of music downloaded online was done so illegally in 2008. The IFPI, which represents 1,400 companies in 72 countries, said that there were 1.4 billion tracks legally downloaded last year, but estimated that more than 40 billion music files were illegally shared.
2011: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor wins the Best Score trophy at the Golden Globes (Hollywood's Foreign Press Association) in Beverly Hills. Reznor composed the film score for 'The Social Network' with Atticus Ross.
2012: Marilyn Manson announces that Jason Sutter is the band's drummer, replacing Chris Vrenna who left a few months earlier.
2013: Heart's performance of the Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven,' recorded at Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Zeppelin, is released. "My main goal was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones...especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul," says Heart vocalist Ann Wilson.
2013: It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honored. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.
2014: Neil Young's four-city concert run to benefit 'Honor The Treaties' came to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where the singer grew up.
2015: Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.
2015: London's O2 arena, O2 Academy Brixton and SSE Wembley Arena were among a string of U.K. venues that banned the use of "selfie sticks" over health and safety concerns. A selfie stick is an extendable phone and camera holder that allow the user to take a wider image or group shot.
2015: After deliberating for just one hour, a jury ruled that '80s Pop star Rick Springfield did not injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert more than a decade earlier. A woman claimed that Springfield's buttocks hit her head, causing lasting injuries when the "Jessie's Girl" singer fell on her during a 2004 concert in suburban Syracuse.
2016: Bruce Springsteen begins The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album 'The River' is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.
2016: Gary Loizzo, the lead singer for The American Breed on their 1968 #5 hit, "Bend Me, Shape Me", died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70. The band split in 1969 and Loizzo went on to open Pumpkin Studios where he produced hit albums for Styx.
2017: Green Day present their lyric video for 'Troubled Times' on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (in honor of the civil rights leader). Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong states, “Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever.”
2017: Steve Wright, who played bass with The Greg Kihn Band and co-wrote their biggest hits, passed away following a heart attack. The band is most often remembered for 1981's 'The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em),' 1983's 'Jeopardy' and 1985's'"Lucky.'

January 17
1963: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club at lunchtime and then an evening show at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
1963: The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. At the bottom of the bill is The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).
1964: The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On,' ‘Poison Ivy,' ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money.'
1964: The Rolling Stones record 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' in Hollywood.
1966: NBC-TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel release their 2nd album, 'Sounds of Silence' album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1967: John Lennon picked up a London Daily News newspaper and read a story about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire. It was this article that inspired the line in 'A Day In The Life.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1967: A 40-year-old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles 'Penny Lane' at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27, 10 shillings ($42) for his performance. In August, 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby's auction for $10,846.
1967: Big Brother and the Holding Company played at the Matrix in San Francisco.
1968: Pink Floyd were in recording sessions for 'Saucerful of Secrets' at Studio 2, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. Johns Wood, in London.
1969: In an interview, John Lennon warns that Apple will soon tank due to its enormous financial losses.
1969: 'Led Zeppelin I' is released coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at #10 in the US chart, and at #36 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit
1969: The Who performed at King’s College in London.
1969: Elton John's 'Lady Samantha' b/w 'All Across the Havens' 45 single is released in the UK. It was released six months before his first album, 'Empty Sky' came out. It appeared on its 1995 reissue as a bonus track. Recorded in December 1968 along with its b-side, 'All Across the Havens,' it was performed on several radio broadcasts (including John's first BBC radio airing) in 1969, but forgotten afterward. John has apparently never played it in concert.
1970: The Doors played the first of foundshows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Absolutely Live' album.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church. In 1976, Elvis released an album called 'From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee,' which was recorded at his home studio at Graceland.
1972: Neil Young 'Heart Of Gold' b/w 'Sugar Mountain' single is released. It was Young's only U.S. #1 single. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #297 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
1973: Ace Frehley auditions for KISS.
1973: Genesis performed at Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst in Frankfurt, Germany.
1974: Hawkwind played at Town Hall in Cheltenham, England.
1974: Bad Company is formed, with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.
1974: Joni Mitchell's 6th studio album, 'Court and Spark' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album was kept from the top spot by three #1 albums—in order Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, Barbra Streisand's 'The Way We Were' and John Denver's 'Greatest Hits.' In 2003 it was listed at #111 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1975: Bob Dylan's 15th studio album, 'Blood on the Tracks' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks in the beginning of March 1975. The single "Tangled Up in Blue" peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #16 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1975: KISS played at Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1976: Sweet peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Fox on the Run' which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: The Billboard Hot 100 includes David Bowie’s 'Golden Years' at #37, The Who’s 'Squeeze Box' at #28, Nazareth's 'Love Hurts' at #21, KISS’ Rock And Roll All Nite (Live version) at #13 and Sweet’s 'Fox On The Run' at #5.
1977: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: Warren Zevon released his 3rd album 'Excitable Boy.' Besides the title track, the record included 'Werewolves of London' as well as 'Lawyers, Guns and Money.'
1980: Rush performed at Aitken University Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
1981: Wendy O'Williams of the Plasmatics is arrested during performance in Milwaukee for 'simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer in front of an audience'.
1981: Cheap Trick made their first and only appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where they performed 'Baby Loves to Rock' & 'Can’t Stop it But I’m Gonna Try.'
1981: The Police get their first Top 10 album in the U.S. as 'Zenyatta Mondatta' hits #5. They also peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
1983: Van Halen played at the Caracas Polyhedron in Caracas, Venezuela.
1984: Pretenders 'Learning to Crawl' album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It came out after a two-year hiatus, during which time James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon both died of drug overdoses.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of five sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1987: Huey Lewis’ 'Jacob’s Ladder' debuted at #40 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Also on the chart are Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name at #41 and at #22 'Livin’ On A Prayer.' Billy Idol’s 'To Be A Lover' was at #35, Cinderella’s 'Nobody’s Fool' at #33, Glass Tiger’s Someday' at #12 and Duran Duran’s 'Notorious' was at #3.
1989: 'Addicted to Love' by Robert Palmer was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it Palmer’s only Gold certified single.
1990: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria. The inductees include The Who (inducted by U2), Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Simon and Garfunkel (inducted by James Taylor), the Platters and The Kinks (inducted by Graham Nash). Pete Townshend claims that his band has been a Rock N' Roll 'irritant'.
1993: President William Jefferson Clinton's Inauguration ceremonies feature a free outdoor concert at which Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and others perform.
1994: Guns N' Roses release their 15th single, 'Estranged.'
1996: David Bowie (inducted by David Byrne), Pink Floyd (inducted by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins), The Jefferson Airplane (inducted by Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart), Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles, Tom Donahue, Little Willie John and the Velvet Underground (inducted by Patti Smith) are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Billy Corgan, who performs 'Wish You Were Here' with Pink Floyd. Madonna says Bowie "truly changed my life."
1999: At the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is given the Special Award of Merit for his "inspired songwriting skills" and "exciting showmanship."
2001: Metallica bassist Jason Newsted leaves the band. Newsted's statement revealed his departure was based on "private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love."
2001: Iron Maiden surprise former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page with an autographed Fender guitar during a Rock In Rio press conference in Brazil.
2003: A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
2003: The All-American Rejects released their self-titled debut album.
2005: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme and Beck perform at a tsunami-aid benefit concert in Los Angeles. Proceeds go to Music For Relief, an organization founded by Linkin Park to assist the Red Cross.
2005: Guitarist Mike Tempesta is officially no longer part of Powerman 5000 due squabbles with bandmates.
2005: Incubus announces they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund via their nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation. "The magnitude of the tsunami disaster is truly overwhelming and we can only hope that this donation can help bring some relief to the people who've been affected by it," says the band in a statement.
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put their Beverly Hills mansion up for sale. It's the house where The Osbournes MTV series was filmed.
2006: A piece of paper on which John Lennon first wrote the lyrics to The Beatles' tune 'A Day in the Life' goes on the block in New York via a sealed-bid auction.
2006: Zakk Wylde is inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk. "I've listened to everything from Black Sabbath to Zeppelin to Creedence, Elton John and Neil Young," says Wylde. "It's all been an influence on me."
2006: Nickelback kick off their North American tour in support of 'All the Right Reasons' in Prince George, Canada. Live (for the first nine dates) and Trapt are the opening acts.
2006: The puppet-animation movie 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!' premieres at a private party in Los Angeles. The film features the voices by members of Green Day, Blink 182, A Perfect Circle and Rancid, who perform live. The movie opens in select theaters 10 days later.
2006: Gene Simmons delivers the keynote speech at 'The Next Big Idea: The Future of Branded Entertainment' in Hollywood, CA. His address is filmed for the A&E reality series, 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels.'
2007: 'Snow (Hey Oh)' from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" album, is #1 on Billboard's Modern-Rock Singles Chart. It's the Peppers' 11th chart-topping song, more than anyone else. Their first was 'Give It Away' from their multiplatinum 1991 album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.'
2007: Ted Nugent performs in a cutoff T-shirt adorned with a Confederate flag at the inaugural ball for second-term Texas Governor Rick Perry. Using machine guns as props, Nugent shouts offensive remarks about illegal aliens at the Austin event. A spokesman says the Governor does not approve.
2007: Slash, Ronnie James Dio and Missing Persons drummer Terry Bozzio are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Sunset Blvd.
2008: The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
2008: Custom model Gibson guitars are introduced at the NAMM music-equipment trade show in Anaheim, CA. A series of instruments are designed to look like guitars played by Jimmy Page, Slash, Alex Lifeson and Steve Jones.
2008: Gene Simmons is fired at the end of the third episode of NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice,' after his team fares poorly in the week's task to create and manage a mobile printing station for Kodak.
2009: The Doors documentary 'When You're Strange,' directed by Tom DiCillo, makes its world premiere at Utah's Sundance Film Festival.
2010: Paul McCartney presents the award for the best-animated feature at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in L.A. "Hello, I'm Paul McCartney. Or as I'm now known, that guy from Rock Band." McCartney, whose likeness is also in The Beatles cartoon classic Yellow Submarine says animation isn't just for kids. "It is also for adults who are on drugs."
2011: Don Kirshner, who hosted the late night TV program Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (which presented the most successful rock bands of the era, singing live, rather than lip synching) from 1973 to 1981, passes away in Boca Raton, FL. at age 76. The songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive helped launch the careers of The Monkees, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Archies and Kansas. Kirshner was hired by the producers of the Monkees to provide hit-worthy songs to accompany the television program and also served as a music consultant for almost two dozen TV series between 1966 and 1977. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
2011: John Mellencamp filed for divorce from his wife Elaine after 18 years.
2012: The Cure, Linkin Park and Evanescence are featured on the soundtrack album for the film 'Underworld: Awakening.' The film is in theaters three days later.
2012: Van Halen's single 'Tattoo,' from the band's 'A Different Kind Of Truth' album, enters the Billboard Rock Songs chart at #16. It's the band's first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: Johnny Otis, bandleader and songwriter who was often called the "Godfather of R & B," dies at his suburban Los Angeles home. Otis, best-known for the song "Willie And The Hand Jive," helped pave the way for Rock n' Roll in the early '50s. He was 90.
2013: Original Lacuna Coil guitarist, Claudio Leo, passes away. He left after performing on the group's self-titled debut EP.
2015: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 15th Annual Light of Day Concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. The event raises funds to battle Parkinson's Disease.
2016: David Bowie's final album, 'Blackstar,' debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, released two days before his death on Jan. 10. His highest-charting US album previously had been 'The Next Day,' which peaked at #2 in 2013.
2016: English drummer Dale Griffin died aged 67. He was a founder member of Mott the Hoople best known for classic tracks 'Roll Away The Stone' and 'All The Young Dudes.' The band who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 - but Griffin was too ill to take part. Griffin also produced numerous BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994 including the first professional recording session for Pulp in 1981. Griffin was also a producer for Hanoi Rocks, The Cult, Nirvana, OMD and many others.
2016: American brass player Mic Gillette died of a heart attack. A child prodigy, Gillette picked up the trumpet and was reading music by age four. He was a member of Tower of Power.

January 18
1960: Johnny Preston's Indian love song 'Running Bear' reached #1 and became the first song to do so after it had fallen off the Billboard chart completely. Penned by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also #1 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend 7 weeks at the #1 position. Capitol had earlier turned down "Love Me Do,' 'Please Please Me,''"From Me to You' and 'She Loves You,' which were then released by Vee Jay Records. After a nasty lawsuit, Capitol Records was granted an injunction, restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the Beatles.
1964: 'Glad All Over' by The Dave Clark Five rose to the top of the UK chart, replacing The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' Keyboard player Mike Smith wrote the song after he came across an old Carl Perkins' record with the same title. It would reach #6 in the US.
1965: Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1965: The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing a live version of 'Hey Joe.' They also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair in London that evening.
1969: The Beatles' album 'Yellow Submarine' enters the charts.
1969: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use. He had sought 8 million dollars, but won a considerably less, though undisclosed amount.
1969: Yes appeared at the Portsmouth College Of Education in Portsmouth, England
1969: Pink Floyd plays two gigs. An afternoon show at Homerton College in Cambridge, and an evening performance at the London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle, London.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England.
1971: In a move to help promote Canadian musicians in their own country, Canada passes a law known as CanCon, that requires that from 6 am to 12 am, 30% of all music aired on the radio must be by a Canadian artist. They count as Canadian if two of the following four characteristics are met: *Music composed entirely by a Canadian, *Artist is Canadian, *Produced in Canada, *Lyrics written entirely by a Canadian.
1973: Pink Floyd complete sessions for 'Dark Side of the Moon' at EMI studios, Abbey Road.
1973: Rolling Stones hold benefit for Nicaraguan earthquake victims at Los Angeles Forum. Santana are also on the bill. Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from Nicaragua. The concert raises $200,000 and the Stones add $150,000 of their own money.
1974: Bad Company is formed, featuring Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson. The band went on to score a #1 album with their self-titled debut release.
1975: Elton John’s 'Greatest Hits' remain atop the US album charts for the 8th consecutive week.
1975: KISS played at Swing Auditorium San Bernardino, California.
1976: President-elect Jimmy Carter has his Inaugural Concert. Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band all appear. John Lennon and Paul Simon are in the audience.
1977: Rush performed at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Stockton, California.
1978: Warren Zevon's 'Excitable Boy' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1981: Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.
1981: Styx appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band played at University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
1983: Bryan Adams 3rd album, 'Cuts Like a Knife' is released. Three singles, that hit the Top 10, were released from the album: 'Straight from the Heart' (#10), 'Cuts Like a Knife' (#15) and 'This Time' (#24).
1984: Van Halen kicked off their 103-date '1984' North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1985: USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1985: Deep Purple's 'Perfect Strangers' tour open. It's first Mk II show in 11 years.
1986: The Replacements play 'Bastards Of Young' and 'Kiss Me On The Bus' on Saturday Night Live. The drunken, chaotic performances get the group banned from the show "for life." It's 28 years (2014) before The Replacements appear on the NBC network again (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
1986: Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight saw their recording of 'That's What Friends Are For' hit #1 in the US. The song was originally on the soundtrack to the movie, 'Night Shift,' as performed by Rod Stewart. Warwick suggested doing it as a duet with Stevie Wonder and then Gladys Knight was added to the mix. To finish off the song, Elton John was asked to sing the final chorus. It became the biggest selling song of the year and all proceeds raised were donated to AIDS research.
1986: Tina Turner set a world record when 182,000 people attended one of her concerts at Maracana Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Paul McCartney broke Turner's record two years later on his 'Flowers in the Dirt' tour.
1987: Steve Winwood got married for the second time. He married Eugenia Crafton with whom he remains married to this day.
1988: AC/DC release their 11th studio album, 'Blow Up Your Video.'
1989: Ink Spots, Soul Stirrers, Bessie Smith, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Dion, Otis Redding and Temptations join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The Who's Pete Townshend does the honors of inducting The Stones but claims they "ripped off" Blues musicians. "So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand." Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest living person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the age of 38. Later, in 2012, Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers becomes the youngest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ever inducted at the age of 32.
1990: Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented 18 night concert stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1991: AC/DC's show in Salt Lake City, UT is catastrophic when a general admission audience of 13,000 stampede, killing three individuals. One of the fathers brings suit against the band, but by spring of '91 the case is dismissed.
1991: Guns N' Roses, Joe Cocker, Santana, Prince, INXS, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Queensrÿche and Sepultura are among the performers as the 10 day 'Rock In Rio Two' festival opens in Brazil.
1992: Bob Dylan performed 'Like a Rolling Stone' at the taping of David Letterman’s 10th anniversary special at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1993: Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club. Having supported Watford Football Club since growing up locally, Elton John became the club's chairman and director in 1976, investing large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the English First Division.
1994: King's X release their 5th studio album, 'Dogman.'
1994: ZZ Top release their 11th studio album, 'Antenna.'
1995: Jerry Garcia escapes without a scratch as he crashes his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California.
1996: Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.
1998: The Nick Broomfield documentary 'Kurt and Courtney' premieres at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah. The film about the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, had been pulled from the earlier Sundance Festival.
2000: Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.
2001: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple had split the previous September, eight months after Meg had given birth to their daughter, Anais.
2002: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers flew to America after his youngest daughter, Victoria, was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Miami Beach, Florida the day before. She was released from an area hospital but her female companion suffered serious head injuries in the accident.
2005: Fuel's Brett Scallions shouts "Welcome to the greatest f**king country in the world," at the America's Future Rocks concert, a Washington D.C. pre-inaugural event aimed at a young people. He quickly apologizes. Hillary Duff and Ruben Studdard are also on the bill. Kid Rock was originally selected but he got axed due to his 'inappropriate' songs. Later, President Bush takes the stage saying he thought Duff was fantastic. He also thanks 3 Doors Down (who are performing a couple nights later) for their appearance.
2005: Fozzy released the album 'All That Remains.'
2006: The 2nd annual Raven's Heart Foundation Benefit Concert in Los Angeles features a long list of Rockers including former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner. Also on hand are members or ex-members of Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Whitesnake and Dio. The Raven's Heart charity gives support to children with heart illnesses and their families.
2006: Members of Metallica, Linkin Park, KoRn, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Audioslave and Disturbed contribute to an art exhibit in remembrance of late Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute," features 50 guitars hand-painted by numerous Rock stars and artists. It debuts at the NAMM Show music-products conference in Anaheim, CA.
2007: Islington Green School in North London was fighting plans to turn it into an academy. The school, which found fame when some of its pupils sang on Pink Floyd's hit 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' wrote a new version of the song to sing outside Islington Town Hall as part of their protest. They hoped lyrics such as 'We don't need no business control' and 'Hey bankers leave our kids alone' could persuade authorities to reject the proposal.
2007: Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles is killed when he's hit by a truck while riding a dirt bike in Placentia, CA. Liles played on Social Distortion’s debut album, before quitting and forming the band Agent Orange. Strangely, Liles is the 4th member of Social Distortion to have died.
2007: Ted Nugent caused a stir at the inaugural ball of Texas Governor Rick Perry when he appeared on stage wearing a T-shirt adorned with the Confederate flag and then embarking on an angry monologue about people who don't speak English. The 58-year-old rocker also brought a fake machine gun on stage with him.
2009: U2, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp and more perform at the 'We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration' at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event kicks-off the celebration of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration (two days later).
2009: Donovan is awarded the distinguished medal as an officer of arts and letters by France's Minister of Culture Christine Albanel at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes.
2011: Pearl Jam release the compilation 'Live On Ten Legs.' The 18 songs, recorded by the band's engineer John Burton between 2003 and 2010, is the follow-up to Pearl Jam's '98 live album, 'Live On Two Legs,' and also marks the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-based band. The set has live favorites plus covers of songs by Public Image Limited and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
2011: The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects, setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.
2011: Social Distortion's 'Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes' album was released.
2011: Gregg Allman releases 'Low Country Blues.' Allman says that the album was largely influenced by listening to late night radio as a kid growing up in Florida.
2011: R.E.M. offers a download of 'Mine Smell Like Honey,' the first single from their 15th studio album 'Collapse Into Now.'
2011: Helix released the album 'Smash Hits....Unplugged!'
2013: Helloween release their 14th studio album, 'Straight Out of Hell.'
2013: Soundgarden begin their reunion tour in support of their comeback studio album, 'King Animal,' in Washington D.C.
2013: Pennywise play the first of two reunion shows with singer Jim Lindberg (who left the group in 2009) at the Palladium in L.A. The shows commemorate the group's 25th anniversary and lead to a full-fledged tour.
2013: Dave Grohl's (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) directorial debut, 'Sound City,' premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the Van Nuys recording studio's relatively obscure yet important history. Grohl's first experience with Sound City came in 1991 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for 'Nevermind.'
2014: Former Toto frontman Dennis Hardy 'Fergie' Frederiksen dies at age 62 after succumbing to inoperable liver cancer. He sang on Toto's 1984 album, 'Isolation,' taking over from Bobby Kimball. He also was a studio singer with Angel, Survivor and others.
2015: Alice In Chains perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship.
2015: Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, dies at age 66. He played Woodstock and appeared on seven top-selling albums and he also played with The Doors, Van Morrison and others. He is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, 'Crosby, Stills & Nash' (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, 'Déjà Vu' (1970) as well as appearing on Stephen Stills' eponymous first solo album in 1970. Taylor was the drummer for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973. In 1970, Dallas sat in with The Doors accompanying John Densmore on drums. Jim Morrison acknowledges him on 'The Doors Live in New York' album.
2016: The Eagles' Glenn Frey passes away at age 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery. Frey started his career with the help of his friend, Bob Seger, playing acoustic guitar and performing background vocals on 'Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.' After moving to Los Angeles from Detroit and playing with Don Henley in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band, Frey and Henley formed the Eagles. Frey was also a successful solo artist and occasional actor. "Glenn was the one who started it all," says bandmate Don Henley. "He was the spark plug; the man with the plan." Along with helping the band place 18 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1972 and 1995, Frey also reached the chart seven times as a solo artist.
2016: 'American Pie' singer Don McLean was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at his home in Camden, Maine. He was later released on $10,000 bail.
2017: Mike Kellie, drummer with Spooky Tooth and prolific session musician, dies in the UK after a short illness. He was 69. As a session musician, he worked with The Who on the 'Tommy' soundtrack, and also with Traffic, Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton, Gary Wright and many others.
2017: The First annual Hall Of Heavy Metal awards show happens in Anaheim, California.
2017: Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of The Beatles' classic tunes. As part of the US 1976 Copyright Act, songs in the Lennon-McCartney catalogue, composed between September 1962 and June 1971, become eligible for copyright termination in the US after 56 years.
2017: Ghost top the Active Rock chart with 'Square Hammer.' They are the first Swedish band to have a #1 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The track is from the EP 'Popestar.'

January 19
1957: Fats Domino's 'Blueberry Hill' hits #2 on the Hot 100, the highest he ever gets on the chart.
1957: Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on 'The Jackie Gleason Show.'
1959: Arbitron ratings reveal that ABC's 'American Bandstand' is now the nation's most popular daytime show.
1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing 'Please Please Me'.
1967: The Beatles began recording ‘A Day in the Life’ at Abbey Road studio’s London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 in Redcliffe Gardens, London.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Homeward Bound" b/w 'Leaves That Are Green' 45 single is released. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on February 12, 1966, peaking at #5 and remained on the charts for 12 weeks.
1966: The documentary 'A Boy Called Donovan' airs on British TV. The film follows the singer Donovan as he goes to parties and makes music. In one scene, one of his associates is seen smoking marijuana, which is kind of shocking. This makes Donovan a target for the London drug squad, who make him their first high-profile bust when they arrest him in June for possession of marijuana. Members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are later victims.
1967: Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The Monkees were at #1 on the singles chart with 'I’m A Believer.' The group’s only UK chart topper.
1969: The Who appear at Erdington Mothers Club, Birmingham, England.
1969: Led Zepplin perform the last of three nights at The Grand Ballroom in Detroit. Wind was the supporting act. The band’s name was misspelled on the poster.
1970: 'Easy Rider' starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper is released. The soundtrack album features Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf and The Byrds.
1970: The Who fly back to London to record a new single at IBC Studios. 'The Seeker' and a rare Roger-penned song 'Here For More' are recorded. Pete Townshend plays guitar, piano and produces, as Kit Lambert is unavailable due to recent dental surgery. Damon Lyon-Shaw engineers the session.
1971: The Beatles 'White Album' was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.
1971: During court proceedings held to dissolve The Beatles' partnership, Ringo testifies under oath that "Paul behaved like a spoiled child."
1974: Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.
1974: Genesis performed at Drury Lane Theatre Royal in London.
1974: Two Miami shows featuring Bob Dylan and The Band prove so popular that they cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam. Many ticket holders only get to see half of the show(s).
1974: Brownsville Station peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Smokin’ in the Boys Room' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: American promoter Bill Sargent issues a $30 million offer to The Beatles to re-unite for one show. He proposes that the band play together for at least twenty minutes at any venue they choose on July 5th. The former members of the group wasted no time in turning him down, but Sargent would later say that he was shocked by the refusal.
1977: Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band perform at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration ceremonies.
1978: Johnny Rotten was fired from the Sex Pistols for 'not being weird enough anymore.'
1980: 'Pink Floyd: The Wall' started a 15-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart. The group's third U.S. #1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. The Wall is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Eagles’ 'Greatest Hits.'
1980: The self-titled debut album from The Pretenders is released. It topped the UK Album charts, and reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980's.
1980: The Pretenders reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with 'Brass in Pocket,' which spent two weeks on top of the chart. It peaked #14 in the U.S.
1981: Styx's 10th album 'Paradise Theatre' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three non-consecutive weeks beginning April 4, 1981. 'The Best of Times,' written by Dennis DeYoung, went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Too Much Time on My Hands,' written by Tommy Shaw, went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaw's only top 10 hit for Styx. 'Rockin' The Paradise,' written by DeYoung, Shaw and James Young went to #1 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
1985: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Born in the U.S.A.,' Springsteen’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Metallica and Armored Saint opened for WASP in Toronto, Canada.
1985: Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Scorpions and Whitesnake played at Rock In Rio 1985 in Rio De Janeiro.
1988: Doc McGhee current manager for Kiss & former manager for Bon Jovi & Motley Crue pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs. of marijuana into the U.S.
1988: Megadeth's 'So Far, So Good... So What!' album is released.
1993: The US Supreme Court rules that Tom Waits can keep all of the $2.5 million awarded him by a lower court. Waits had sued Frito-Lay for using a soundalike of him in a 1988 snack commercial.
1993: Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's 'Don't Stop' was used as the theme for his campaign. Others appearing were Aretha Frqnklin, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Judy Collins, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
1994: The 9th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Stewart can’t make it there due to the massive earthquake that hit LA that week, and Jerry Garcia and Eric Burdon are also no-shows. Axl Rose inducts Elton John, and then performs 'Come Together' with Bruce Springsteen in honor of Lennon. Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon, saying "The thing you must remember is, that I'm the number one John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him."
1995: Extreme released the album 'Waiting For The Punchline.'
1998: Carl Perkins died at age 65 from throat cancer. He wrote 'Blue Suede Shoes', the first record on the Sun label to sell a million copies. Blue Suede Shoes' went to #2 for him in 1956, selling 2 million copies. The Elvis Presley version topped out at #20 the same year.
1998: Joey Ramone from the Ramones was admitted to hospital in New York suffering from a blood related illness.
2000: Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were barred from placing signs on highways in Liverpool saying “Liverpool, Birthplace of the Beatles."
2001: It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world's first pop star billionaire. McCartney was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
2006: Wilson Pickett died in hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack at age 64. Pickett recorded the soul classics ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ and ‘In The Midnight Hour’ plus Pickett scored 15 other US Top 40 singles.
2007: Denny Doherty, the angelic voice that carried the '60s Folk-Pop group The Mamas And Papas through such memorable hits as 'California Dreamin' and 'Monday, Monday,' died after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 66.
2008: John Stewart, singer/ songwriter who was a member of The Kingston Trio in the early '60s, but more often remembered for writing The Monkees' hit,'"Daydream Believer,' died following a brain aneurism. Stewart also had a successful solo career which included four dozen albums and a Billboard #9 hit single with 'Gold' in 1979.
2009: The 12th annual Maple Blues Awards, the event honoring excellence among Canadian blues artists, is held by The Toronto Blues Society in Toronto, Canada. Jeff Healey sweeps three Maple Blues Awards including Entertainer of the Year.
2011: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made his debut appearance as a judge on' American Idol,' during the premiere of the show's 10th season, (replacing Simon Cowell).
2012: The documentary 'Searching for Sugar Man' is premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.
2013: Steve Knight (keyboardist for Mountain) dies of complications from Parkinson's disease in New York at age 77.
2014: Bruce Springsteen scored his 10th UK #1 album with 'High Hopes,' putting him ahead of the likes of Abba, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. The achievement puts him on level pegging with The Rolling Stones and U2, who also have 10 UK #1's. The Beatles lead the way, with 15, followed by Madonna on 12, while Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams both had 11 each.
2016: After 8 years, 'That Metal Show' with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine on VH1 Classic was cancelled.
2017: The former business manager of Alanis Morissette admitted stealing over $7m from the singer and other celebrities. Jonathan Schwartz was charged with fraud over claims he transferred the singer's money into his own accounts. When initially confronted about the theft, Mr Schwartz lied and said he had invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business.
2017: 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith and Sam Moore are among the performers at President Donald Trump's inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
2018: Anvil release their album 'Pounding The Pavement.'

January 20
1958: The management of St. Louis radio station KWK had all Rock 'n' Roll music removed from its play list. The disc jockeys gave every Rock 'n' Roll record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it to pieces. The station manager, Robert T. Convey felt that Rock 'n' Roll had dominated the airwaves long enough and called the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music."
1958: Elvis Presley receives his draft notice in Memphis, Tennessee. It allows a sixty-day deferment for the King to finish his film 'King Creole.'
1958: 'Get A Job' by The Silhouettes was released. The song will climb to #1 in the US and is considered to be a Rock and Roll classic, although the Philadelphia quartet who sang it never had another Top 40 hit.
1958: Rick Nelson started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Ricky,' which featured his #3 hit single 'Be-Bop Baby.'
1962: Dick Dale's guitar instrumental 'Let's Go Trippin' hits #60, becoming the first Surf Rock song to chart. Many groups, including The Beach Boys, would subsequently cover the song.
1964: 'Meet the Beatles' album is released in the U.S. It reached the #1 on the Billboard 200 Top album charts on February 15th, 1964 and remained there for 11 weeks before being replaced by 'The Beatles' Second Album,' In 2003, 'Meet The Beatles!' was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Byrds cover Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' However, only group leader/guitarist Jim McGuinn is allowed to play on the track. CBS Records decides to use Hollywood session musicians rather than the group.
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of ABC's pop music show 'Shindig.' They bring Blues great Howlin' Wolf along as special guest. The Kinks also make their debut on Shindig! along with guests Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1965: Alan Freed dies from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at 43. Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who started promoting dances that featured the top artists of the day, including, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. He coined the term “rock and roll” and was extremely influential in the careers of early rock stars, in particular African-American artists. After moving to New York and appearing in the movies 'Rock Around the Clock,' 'Go, Johnny Go!' and others, he was caught up in the payola scandal of 1959 for accepting money for playing certain records on his radio show. His career was destroyed by the scandal. Freed's brother says he "died of a broken heart because they took his microphone away." In 1986, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1967: The Rolling Stones 'Between the Buttons' is released in the UK. It was the 5th British and 7th American studio album (US version released in February 1967). It reached #3 on the UK Album chart.
1967: The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK.
1968: Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in 1966. He appears with the Band at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He shares a bill with Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
1968: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fairport Convention all appeared at the Roundhouse Chalk Farm in London.
1968: The Who play at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Queensland. The performances go over well with the audience but gets belittled in the next day’s press. “The Who were guilty of playing down to the yokels.” The tone of the press coverage is only to get worse. On the same day, back in England, New Musical Express reports that 'Glow Girl' will be The Who’s next single. Pete Townshend mentions 'Little Billy,' written for the American Cancer Society and, probably referencing “Faith In Something Bigger,” says he wants The Who to “preach” on their next album.
1968: Buffalo Springfield played at Whittier High School in Whittier, California.
1968: The Grateful Dead performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Eureka, California.
1969: Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
1969: Led Zeppelin allegedly play a live show at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland during their first North American tour. Some reports say only 55 fans attend the show, making it the smallest U.S. audience Zeppelin ever played for. Tickets were only sold at the door, fliers weren’t produced and no one can definitively prove that this did or did not happen as there are conflicting reports.
Zeppelin were paid $250 to appear. It was also on the same night as Richard Nixon’s inauguration.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Leeds Town Hall, England.
1970: Janis Joplin's 'Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)' b/w 'One Good Man' 45 single is released.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the University of California Riverside in Riverside, California.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono both cut their hair off in Denmark and declare it to be Year One.
1971: Chicago and The Chamber Brothers appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972: On the first date of a UK tour, Pink Floyd premiered their new album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' at The Dome in Brighton, England. Due to technical problems this was abandoned after a performance of the track 'Money.'
1972: Jerry Garcia's first solo album, 'Garcia' is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, telling the crowd at the end of his set: "Let me tell ya somethin' about Jerry Lee Lewis, ladies and gentlemen; I am a rock 'n' rollin', country-and-western, rhythm 'n' blues-singin’ motherf---er."
1973: Bob Dylan begins recording in Mexico City the soundtrack to 'Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid,' a Western starring Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn, and himself.
1974: Genesis performed at the Drury Lane Theatre, London on the 'Selling England By The Pound' tour.
1977: Jimmy Buffett's 'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes' album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Two singles from the album charted including 'Margaritaville' (#8 on the Billboard Hot 100; #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart; #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart) and 'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes' (#37 Hot 100; #24 Country; #11 Easy Listening).
1977: Foghat performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta.
1978: Gerry Rafferty's 'City to City' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and reached #9 on the UK album chart. The single, 'Baker Street,' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: Journey's 4th album, 'Infinity' is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1979: Eric Clapton peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Promises' which was Clapton’s 3rd top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1980: The Police launch their first world tour in Buffalo, NY.
1980: Aerosmith played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1981: Bruce Springsteen performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat at a show in Des Moines, Iowa, thinking it was a rubber bat thrown on the stage. In his memoir, he says, “Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched.” After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
1983: Def Leppard release their third album 'Pyromania.' It contains the hits 'Photograph.' 'Foolin' and 'Rock of Ages' and goes on to sell over ten million copies in the U.S. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2004, the album ranked #384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #35 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".
1984: Metallica released their 2nd single, 'Jump in the Fire.'
1985: Foreigner had their only UK #1 single with 'I Want To Know What Love Is.' London-born Mick Jones wrote the song.
1986: Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder appeared at a concert to celebrate the first Martin Luther King day in the US.
1988: Mike Love of the Beach Boys insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger at the third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Of Jagger, he says, “I know Mick Jagger won’t be here tonight…because he’s always been chickenshit to get on stage with the Beach Boys.” Jagger was actually in the audience. Paul McCartney was a no-show, stating, “After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences, which I had hoped would have been settled by now. Unfortunately, they haven’t been, so I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.” The Beach Boys were inducted along with the Beatles (George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney does not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence), the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and the Supremes. Due to continuing legal issues among the ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney does not attend but George Harrison does. "I don't have much to say 'cause I'm the quiet Beatle'," deadpans Harrison in his speech.
1989: Metallica's 'One' video premieres on MTV. The Bill Pope and Michael Saloman directed video was the first ever for Metallica.
1990: Tesla peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love Song' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger' album goes platinum.
1996: KISS announce that there will be a reunion tour the upcoming spring featuring the original lineup with make-up. The band plan to use the vintage Love Gun stage show and won't play anything past 1983. The KISS unplugged record is scheduled for March, but a current legal battle between the band and MTV saw that date get pushed back again.
1997: Ben and Jerry's introduced 'Phish food', a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
1998: Bassist John Regan oversees the release of Ace Frehley greatest hits compilation, 'Loaded Deck.' A nine plus minute version of KISS’ 'Shock Me; is included.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was arrested for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center. Weiland was on probation for a 1997 heroin case.
1999: Bill Albaugh drummer from the Sixties psychedelic group The Lemon Pipers died aged 53. The Lemon Pipers scored the 1967 US #1 single 'Green Tambourine.' The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum pop chart-topper and it was also the first US #1 hit for the Buddah label.
2001: The Ozzfest '99 documentary film, 'We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll,' directed by Penelope Spheeris, premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.
2001: With the debut Lifehouse album climbing the charts, lead singer Jason Wade marries his longtime girlfriend, Braeden.
2002: George Harrison had the posthumous UK #1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former #1 'My Sweet Lord'. Harrison's single replaced Aaliyah's 'More Than A Woman', the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at #1.
2005: A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group's royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group' founder and frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group's royalties.
2005: Members of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Disturbed, Danzig and Ministry appear at a concert in West Hollywood, CA. The proceeds benefit the Raven's Heart Foundation, a charity organization that raises money to aid a 4-month-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the RIAA's (Record Industry Association of America) inauguration party (for President Bush) in Washington, D.C.
2006: U2 are named the top-earning music act of 2005, according to Billboard's inaugural Money Makers chart which ranks the most profitable artists of the past year based on album sales, digital downloads and box-office receipts. The group earns more than $255 million. The Rolling Stones are #2.
2006: American music executive Johnny Bienstock died of complications from heart disease aged 83. Owned Moss Rose Music, worked with Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf.
2009: Bon Jovi sings the civil rights anthem 'A Change Is Gonna Come' at President Barack Obama's inauguration in D.C. The Dead continues the celebration by giving a headlining performance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball. "[Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor," said Mickey Hart. During the campaign, the group (which features four founding Grateful Dead members), played benefit shows to raise funds for Obama. Across town, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne co-headline the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball. The event seeks to encourage the President to make domestic and international health care a priority during his term of office.
2010: Three Days Grace's 'Break,' the lead single off the band's 3rd album, 'Life Starts Now,' tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart for the eighth straight week.
2010: Weezer returns to the stage at Florida State University seven weeks after frontman Rivers Cuomo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident. Cuomo suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and cut spleen in the 12/6/09 accident that occurred while the band was traveling from Toronto to Boston.
2011: Avenged Sevenfold announce via Facebook that Arin Ilejay, formerly of the Christian group Confide, will join them on tour. Mike Portnoy temporarily replaced original A7X drummer "The Rev" Sullivan, who died of a drug overdose in 2009. Portnoy's departure was announced the previous December, just three and a half months after becoming a full band member.
2010: T-Mobile teams with Eric Clapton to promote the myTouch 3G Fender phone. The android phone ships preloaded with 'Layla' and other Clapton classics.
2010: Linkin Park, Slash and Dave Matthews Band donate songs to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Music for Relief organization, founded by Linkin Park - joins the United Nations foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews Band's BAMA Works to offer the music in exchange for donations.
2012: Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) dies from complications of leukemia. She was 73. James is most often remembered for her signature song, 'At Last,' but also won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. James dated B.B. King when she was a teenager, was discovered by Otis Redding, and was a heroin addict for over a decade.
2013: P.O.D. perform 'Higher' during the halftime show at the Falcons vs. 49ers NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
2014: Ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce files a lawsuit against his former bandmates alleging trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation. Duce was fired by the band nearly a year earlier.
2014: Ringo Starr receives the David Lynch Foundation's Lifetime of Peace and Love Award at L.A.'s El Rey Theater.
2014: Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' is featured in a video promoting the MV Agusta's Dragster 800 motorcycle.
2015: Marilyn Manson's 10th album, 'The Pale Emperor,' is released.
2015: Linkin Park cancel the remaining dates on their Hunting Party tour following frontman Chester Bennington's leg injury. The leg requires immediate medical attention. "I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour," the singer says in a statement.
2015: KISS release the animated/live action video for 'Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,' their collaboration with Japanese band Momorio Clover Z.
2015: A memorial concert for late Static-X frontman Wayne Static at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood is streamed online. Static passed away a few months earlier (11/1/14).
2015: Motley Crue announced that they would perform for the last time on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. The band went so far as signing a Cessation of Touring contract during a press conference to promise they will play no more gigs after 2015.
2016: Black Sabbath embark on the North American leg of their farewell tour in Omaha. Tommy Clufetos replaces original drummer Bill Ward who is sidelined due to any one or all of the following: a) ill health, b) a contractual dispute, and/or c) bitter exchanges with frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
2016: Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, announce that Dustin Steinke is their permanent drummer. Steinke made his live debut with the band nearly a year earlier.
2017: Following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Audioslave (Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk plus Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell) perform at the Prophets of Rage and Friends Anti-Inaugural Ball at the Teragram Ballroom in LA. It’s Audioslave’s first concert since they disbanded in ‘07.
2017: The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) present singer/songwriter/guitarist Lita Ford with the She Rocks Award, which recognizes women who stand out as role models in the music industry. Also, Ford and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) are among those heard on the 'She Rocks, Volume 1' compilation.
2017: Sir Paul McCartney was suing Sony over control of The Beatles' back catalogue. McCartney had gone to a US court, seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of the band's classic songs. He had been trying to get them back since the 1980s, when Michael Jackson famously out-bid him for the rights. Jackson's debt-ridden estate sold the songs to Sony in 2016.
2018: Jim Rodford, bassist and founding member of the band Argent, died at his home in St. Albans, England at the age of 76. During his career he was also a member of The Kinks for eighteen years starting in 1979 and a further eighteen years with The Zombies beginning in the late '90s.

January 21
1957: Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, 'Loving You.' The soundtrack contains '(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.'
1961: Del Shannon records his first single, 'Runaway,' which will top the US charts by April. The song was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and would later be rated as #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program 'The Friday Spectacular.' The Beatles were interviewed by the host and played two tracks, 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why.'
1964: Peter And Gordon record the Lennon / McCartney tune 'A World Without Love,' which will top the UK chart next June. Peter Asher's sister Jane was currently dating Paul McCartney.
1965: The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City's famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country. Instead, the English group appears on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'
1965: Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1965: The Byrds record Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blaine on drums, Jerry Cole and Bill Pittman on guitar, replace the rest of the band. These musicians provided the backing track over which McGuinn, Crosby, and Clark sang. By the time the sessions for their debut album began in March 1965, however, producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son) was satisfied that the band was competent enough to record its own music.
1966: Them's 2nd album, 'Them Again' is released in the UK. In the U.S. it was released in April 1966 (with different tracklisting) where it peaked at #138 on the Billboard charts.
1966: George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’ Eric Clapton would later fall in love with Pattie, inspiring the song 'Layla.'
1966: The first Trips Festival, a three-day event, begins at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco. It's a landmark event in the evolution of psychedelic music.
1967: The Rolling Stones hit the USA charts with 'Ruby Tuesday' on way to #1.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: It was to have been The Who’s first performance at Leeds University, but Pete Townshend doesn’t make it, because his car ran out of gas and the date was canceled. 'Happy Jack' reaches its U.K. peak at #3. Brian Epstein’s NEMS officially announces their amalgamation with the Robert Stigwood Organization taking over concert bookings for Stigwood’s acts including The Who.
1968: Canned Heat's 2nd album, 'Boogie with Canned Heat' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. And features the single, 'On the Road Again,' reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at #20.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: Elvis Presley’s last film 'Change Of Habit' was released.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at The Guildhall in Portsmouth, England. This was the first time that they were able to perform the whole of what became the 'The Dark Side of The Moon' album in its entirety, the previous night's performance in Brighton having been halted for technical reasons.
1973: Led Zeppelin performs at Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England. Tickets cost £1 ($1.60).
1973: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre.
1974: Bob Dylan meets future president Jimmy Carter at a gathering in Georgia, where Carter is serving as governor. "Carter has his heart in the right place," Dylan would later say. "He has a sense of who he is." Carter later remarks, “He never initiates conversation, but he’ll answer a question if you ask him.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago. A floor seat cost $8.50.
1977: Genesis performed at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1979: The Grateful Dead perform at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash which killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of 'Free Bird' alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.
1980: Rush appeared at the Forum in Montreal.
1981: Black Sabbath took the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1982: B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the 50's.
1983: Lamar Williams (the bassist who replaced Berry Oakley in The Allman Brothers Band) dies of lung cancer, possibly from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War, at age 34. Opposed to the war and to killing in general, Williams went AWOL frequently and wandered around the jungles of South Vietnam, occasionally returning to various units. He was given an honorable discharge in 1970.
1984: Jackie Wilson passed away at the age of 49. He had suffered a heart attack while singing 'Lonely Teardrops' at the Latin Casino in New Jersey during a performance in 1975 and hit his head in the fall. Wilson suffered brain damage and required permanent care the rest of his life.
1984: Bon Jovi's debut album is released. It reached #43 on The Billboard 200 Top albums chart.
1984: Yes score their first (and only) Top 10 U.S. single, 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart,' which spent two weeks at #1. They also peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with '90125' which went on to become their biggest selling album in the U.S. where it sell three million copies. It reached #28 on the charts in the UK.
1985: Loudness released their 5th studio album, 'Thunder in the East.'
1987: The 2nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson. Roy Orbison inducted by Bruce Springsteen. Keith Richards inducted Aretha Franklin and later took part in a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Sting, and Daryl Hall.
1989: Steve Wahrer, drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen on their 1964 hit 'Surfin' Bird,' died of throat cancer at the age of 47.
1989: Guns N'Roses becomes the first act for six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with 'Appetite for Destruction' at #2 and 'Guns N'Roses Lies' at #10.
1989: Six weeks after his death Roy Orbison started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'The Legendary Roy Orbison' collection.
1989: Def Leppard peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Armageddon It' which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Squeeze are the first performers as the MTV show 'Unplugged' makes its debut.
1992: Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
1995: The Melissa Etheridge tune, 'I'm The Only One' cracks the Top 10, peaking at #8.
1997: 'Colonel' Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life. He briefly managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.
1997: Pat Boone releases the album 'In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,' where he covers various hard rock classics, including 'Stairway To Heaven,' 'Enter Sandman' and 'Crazy Train.'
1999: Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol crown court charged with eight sexual offences on girls dating back to 1976 and 50 charges relating to indecent photographs.
2001: During the 58th Golden Globe Awards, Bob Dylan took home a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for 'Things Have Changed' from the movie 'Wonder Boys.'
2003: David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980.
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.
2004: The MTV reality series 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave' premieres. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro's wedding to Baywatch actress/Playboy model Carmen Electra.
2004: Courtney Love is sued by the California law firm that represented her in a two-year legal battle against her former record label. The Cappello & McCann firm files a $228,926 breach-of-contract suit alleging they haven't been paid for their services.
2005: Journey gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand. 2005: System Of A Down kick off a two year road trip to support their 'Mesmerize/Hypnotize' CD in Auckland, New Zealand, at the annual Big Day Out festival.
2006: A chartered plane carrying Bon Jovi skidded off the runway at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, ON. Nobody was injured.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend and the Eagles' Joe Walsh appear in London at concert paying tribute to late Traffic drummer-singer Jim Capaldi. The event, dubbed Dear Mr. Fantasy, also features appearances by Capaldi's Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke. The show benefits the U.K. charity Julilee Action, a group that supports children at risk and families in need.
2007: To promote his album 'Liverpool 8,' Ringo Starr guests on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman. It's the first of several telly appearances by the ex-Beatle.
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."
2010: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry issued a statement that said global government legislation is essential to the survival of recorded music. The IFPI said that "Copyright holders cannot hope to micro-manage the behavior of every consumer" and "there is a growing threat to local artists posed by piracy."
2011: Marilyn Manson appears as a guest judge and coach on an Austrian talent show 'Helden von Morgen' (Tomorrow's Heroes).
2011: Mr. Big release their 7th full-length studio album, 'What If...'
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: 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.
2014: Casino game developer NetEnt unfurls a Guns N' Roses-themed slot machine. The game's set list includes 'Welcome To The Jungle,' 'Sweet Child O' Mine,' 'Paradise City' and 'November Rain.'
2017: Joe Perry 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.

January 22
1889: Columbia Phonograph Company, later to become CBS formed in Washington.
1959: Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,' ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping,' ‘That's What They Say,' ‘What To Do,' ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough.' The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.
1960: On his 25th birthday, Sam Cooke switched record labels from Keen Records to RCA, even though he had a string of hits with Keen that included 'You Send Me,' 'Only Sixteen,' 'Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha' and 'Wonderful World.' The switch was beneficial to all as Sam continued to crank out the chart busters until his death in 1964.
1963: The Beatles appeared on three UK radio programs. First The Beatles recorded a session for the show Pop Inn at the BBC Paris studio, they then went to the Playhouse Theatre also in London, to tape a radio appearance on Saturday Club, recording five songs. Then the Beatles went back to the BBC Paris studio to record an appearance on The Talent Spot recording 'Please Please Me', 'Ask Me Why' and 'Some Other Guy' before a live audience.
1964: The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1965: The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures' Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
1965: The Animals were set to record their live album 'The Animals at the Apollo at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.' Before the concert, the U.S. Immingration Department ordered the concert to be cancelled.
1965: The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s 'Ready Steady Radio!' at the Marquee Club. The show is broadcast on January 31st.
1966: The Beatles peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Day Tripper.'
1966: Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. None of the Beach Boys played on the session. Most of those who participated were members of the L.A. group of studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew." Vocals were added on March 10 at Columbia Studios and the track was completed on April 11.
1966: After a rare four-inch snowfall in Memphis, Elvis Presley and members of his "Memphis Mafia" build a snowman in front of Graceland (and have a snowball fight as well).
1966: The Grateful Dead, the Loading Zone and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters all perform at the Trips Festival, held in San Francisco’s Longshoremen’s Hall. Also on the bill, Big Brother, who plays their first official gig. Aided by Donald Buchla’s synthesizer, their repertoire consists of freak jazz – Sun Ra, Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders – R&B, music of the Mystic East and fuzz tone/feedback distortion.
1967: Janis Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, appeared at the Matrix in San Francisco.
1967: The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace in San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.
1967: The Rolling Stones appear on the British TV program 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium,' performing 'Let’s Spend the Night Together,' 'Ruby Tuesday,' 'It’s All Over Now,' and 'Connection.' However, they refuse to join the rest of the line-up for the closing credits, during which the band were supposed to wave to the audience from a revolving stage. Press outrage follows.
1968: During the bands first Australian tour The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with the Small Faces and Paul Jones.
1968: Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its offices at 5 Wigmore Street in Marylebone, London.
1968: Spirit released their self-titled debut album. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the 'Get Back' album. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard's backing group). The Beatles were determined to record the album "live", flaws and all.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) opened for The Elvin Bishop Band at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Steel Mill were paid only $5 for the gig, The Elvin Bishop Band received $90 as headliner.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: The Joe Cocker film 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen,' featuring performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and others, premieres at London’s Festival Palace.
1972: David Bowie 'came out' as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. Bowie says, "I'm gay and I always have been."
1972: Don McLean's album 'American Pie' started a seven week run at #1 in the US album chart.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at Southampton University in Southampton, England. A popular Zeppelin bootleg show.
1974: Carly Simon's album 'Hotcakes' is certified gold.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1977: EMI Records and the Sex Pistols part company. The group receives a cash settlement (around $75,000).
1977: 'Best Of The Doobie Brothers,' a compilation of the group's early and mid-70s work, peaks at #5.
1977: Wings triple live album 'Wings Over America' is #1 in the US. It was Paul McCartney's 6th US #1 after The Beatles.
1977: James Taylor and Carly Simon celebrate the birth of their second child, a son, Ben Taylor. Ben would later become a singer/songwriter, and sometimes have both his mother and father tour with him, and on occasions, his older sister, Sally.
1977: Rush appeared at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
1977: Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, was institutionalized after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced Rock and Roll in 1970 and didn't want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger, but came back in 1979 to record "In the Skies,' which did manage some moderate success.
1978: Ted Nugent played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. Lennon's full interview was not published by the magazine until 2010.
1983: The new 24-hour music video network MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable in Los Angeles.
1983: The Clash peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Rock the Casbah' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: ZZ Top performed at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas.
1985: Queensryche appeared at Slipped Disc Records in Valley Stream, New York for a meet and greet to promote the album 'The Warning.'
1985: In his annual list of the Worst-Dressed Women, designer/fashion critic Mr. Blackwell names Cher the Worst of 1984, writing that she "has little or less respect for being a woman." Cyndi Lauper comes in at #4 ("looks like the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake"), and rounding out the list in a tie for #10 are Dee Snider of Twisted Sister ("a car crash in a whorehouse) and Prince ("a toothpick wrapped in a purple doily").
1988: Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls in London at the start of a 13-date tour.
1989: KISS' Gene Simmons and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed have a son named Nicholas.
1990: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized. Due to this incident, every subsequent American Music Awards show was on broadcast delay.
1991: Twenty-three years after it was released in America, the LP 'Elvis' Gold Records' is made available in China on cassette only.
1991: Sting's 3rd studio album, 'The Soul Cages' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and topped the UK chart. The title track won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
1993: Metallica kicked off their 77-date 'Nowhere Else To Roam' world tour at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1994: Rush kicked off their tour in support of 'Counterparts' at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.
1994: Rhett Forrester of Riot was shot and killed at a Northwest Atlanta intersection on the corner of Lovejoy and Merrit off Techwood Drive after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. He was just 37 years old. The killers were later caught many years later.
1994: The #1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 was 'All For Love' by Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart. The tune was the first #1 for Sting since 1983's 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police and the first for Stewart since 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' from 1978. The track was written for the movie 'The Three Musketeers.'
1994: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Aerosmith’s 'Cryin’ at #47, Def Leppard’s 'Miss You In A Heartbeat' at #39, Aerosmith’s 'Amazing' at #24, MeatLoaf’s 'I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)' at #22, Bryan Adams’ 'Please Forgive Me' at #7 & 'All For Love (with Sting/Rod Stewart at #1.
1996: Offspring's 'Ignition' earns a gold record.
1998: Rolling Stone's Reader's Poll names Jakob Dylan Sexiest Male Artist.
2001: Chubby Checker guest stars on Fox's 'Ally McBeal' in the episode "Mr. Bo."
2001: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart with 'Supernatural.' The album spent a total of 9 weeks at the top during the year.
2002: Bad Religion release their 12th full-length studio album 'The Process of Belief.' This is their first recording with Brett Gurewitz on guitar since 1994's 'Stranger Than Fiction' and their debut with current drummer Brooks Wackerman. It's also their first studio album released on Epitaph Records since 1993's 'Recipe for Hate.'
2004: Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever at its Greenwich Village location. Opened nearly 30 years previously by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowski, the club is forced to close after failed negotiations with its landlord, New York University. Bruce Springsteen offers to pay their back rent if they can work out a new lease, but the deal does not come to fruition.
2004: Metallica conducts a satellite press conference for the launch of their 'Some Kind Of Monster' documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
2005: One of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised $2 million for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert.
2005: The SnoCore 2005 Tour with headliner Chevelle logically starts in Vail, CO. Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders of the World and Strata are also on the trek.
2008: Burnout Paradise, a road-racing video, with Guns N' Roses 'Paradise City' on the soundtrack is released on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 systems. Tunes by Seether, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Operator, Airbourne, Killswitch Engage and Jane's Addiction are also heard on the in-game soundtrack.
2008: Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity funds the planting of 100,000 trees to help the environment. The donation goes to the ecologically minded American Forests organization on behalf of the band's LP Underground fan club.
2008: Ringo Starr walks off the set of Live With Regis and Kelly rather than radically edit (shorten) the title track of his album 'Liverpool 8.' The TV people want the song to come in at two-an-a-half minutes. Ringo, rightfully, feels the tune deserves more time. "We still love Regis," is Ringo's parting line.
2009: Peter Gabriel scores his first-ever Oscar nomination (in the Music: Song category) for his musical contribution to the animated film 'WALL-E.' 'Down to Earth,' which Gabriel co-wrote.
2009: AC/DC is #2 on Forbes magazine's Top-Selling Musicians of 2008 (behind Taylor Swift). Metallica (#5), Kid Rock (#6) and Nickelback (#9) also make the Top 10.
2009: Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial rested their case after testimony from Donna Clarkson, mother of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot at Spector's California mansion in February 2003.
2010: Bono, The Edge (U2), Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Sting appear on the Hope for Haiti Telethon. The commercial-free live telecast of the fundraiser for the earthquake ravaged country runs on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, among others, without commercial interruption.
2010: Evanescence and frontwoman Amy Lee announce they have teamed with the United Nations to raise money for Haiti. A previously unreleased track, 'Together Again,' is sold via download to support the effort. "I am deeply moved by the tragic loss and devastation in Haiti," says Lee.
2012: A Volkswagen Jetta commercial uses Ted Nugent's 'Stranglehold.' The ad shows a young man's the vehicle purchases before becoming a mature father buying a Volkswagen.
2012: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler embarrasses himself singing the National Anthem prior to the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, MA. New England squeaks out a victory over Baltimore to go to the Super Bowl.
2013: Voivod release their 13th studio album, 'Target Earth.'
2013: Camper Van Beethoven release 'La Costa Perdida.' "The songs have great energy, but we're more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident," claims the band's Victor Krummenacher. "The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper."
2013: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page appears in a spread for menswear designer John Varvatos. The photos were shot at London's Rivoli Ballroom.
2013: Bad Religion release their 16th full-length studio album, 'True North.'
2014: Bruce Springsteen scores his 11th #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 'High Hopes.' Opening week album sales totaled 99,000 copies.
2015: A '65 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar once owned by the late Johnny Ramone (Ramones) is auctioned for $71,875 by Boston-based RR Auction.
2015: Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and his Anthrax counterpart Charlie Benante are named thrash legends at the annual Bonzo Bash in California. The event honors Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.
2016: Megadeth release their 15th studio album, 'Dystopia.' "I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record," says frontman Dave Mustaine. This is first record with guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler.
2016: Pearl Jam launch an effort that raises $300,000 for the victims of the Flint, MI water crisis, where for two years dangerous amounts of lead contaminated the drinking water. The group also starts crowdfunding campaign to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.
2016: Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss co-hosts the Women's International Music Network's (the WiMN) She Rocks Awards in Anaheim, CA. The event honors women who stand out as role models in the music industry.
2016: The Monster Energy Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016, a benefit honoring late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, takes place at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. Proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. However, there is controversy. Ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo's "white power" salute, while performing Pantera's "Walk," has some calling Anselmo a racist. Anselmo later states that he "deserves completely" the "heat" that he has taken and apologizes for his actions.
2017: Peter Overend Watts, the original bassist for Mott the Hoople who played on the band's only Billboard Top 40 hit, 'All The Young Dudes", died of throat cancer at the age of 69. Watts helped start the Buddies with guitarist Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Ian Hunter joined in 1969.
2017: Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, a noted gun enthusiast, is on the cover of Ballistic magazine. He holds a memorial rifle of Sergeant Robert Miller who was killed in combat in Afghanistan at age 24. Miller was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service. The lyrics to Tool’s 'Vicarious' are inscribed on the rifle.

January 23
1956: Rock 'n' Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.
1957: Bill Haley & his Comets attend the Australian premiere of their movie 'Don't Knock The Rock' while on tour there.
1958: The Crickets featuring Buddy Holly 'Maybe Baby' is released.
1959: 6,000 teenagers attend the first night of the 24 date ill-fated Winter Dance Party with Buddy Holly (with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper) at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee (despite temperatures of 17 below and 13 inches of snow). Holly's backing band included Tommy Allsup on guitar, Waylon Jennings on bass and Carl Bunch on drums.
1964: The Searchers were at #1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song 'Needles And Pins.'
1965: The Who play the Corn Exchange at Chelmsford and then an all-night rave at the Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist, Ian McLagan.
1966: Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall, this show did not include Janis Joplin, who would join the band in June of that year.
1966: The Who appeared at Coop Hall in Warrington, Cheshire, England.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the first of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. According to Roger Waters, Arnold Layne was based on a real person - a transvestite whose primary pastime was stealing women's clothes and undergarments from washing lines in Cambridge.
1968: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1969: Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles, with Billy Preston on keyboards, recorded ten takes of a new song called 'Get Back.' Alan Parsons makes his debut as the Beatles’ engineer.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany.
1970: Yes appeared at King’s Hall, Stoke, England.
1971: 'My Sweet Lord' gives George Harrison the distinction of being the first former Beatle with a #1 solo single. The song from his 'All Things Must Pass' album stayed at #1 for five weeks.
1971: Steel Mill played their final show when they appeared at the Upstage Club, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Singer Bruce Springsteen formed new bands during the rest of the year known under such names as the Bruce Springsteen Jam, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and finally the Bruce Springsteen Band.
1972: Pink Floyd performed 'Dark Side of The Moon' at Guildhall, in Southampton, England. The entire show was filmed by the BBC in an effort to test some new equipment. However, the film was not supposed to be broadcast, and the tapes were wiped clean.
1973: Neil Young announces at a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York that the Vietnam War had ended, reading a note that says 'an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam." Young tells the Madison Square Garden crowd, "Peace has come." Of course, like most things in the world, it doesn't last. North Vietnamese troops overrun South Vietnam in two years.
1973: Rick Wakeman's 1st solo album, 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is released. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Supertramp kick off a 13 date British tour to promote their 3rd album 'Crime Of The Century.' The LP will spawn the single 'Dreamer,' which will reach #13 in the UK and #15 in the US.
1976: David Bowie's 10th studio album, 'Station to Station' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #323 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1976: The Sex Pistols played at Watford College in Watford, England. The first of 65 gigs for band in 1976.
1976: Roxy Music performed at Konserthaus in Stockholm, Sweden.
1977: Pink Floyd's 10th studio album, 'Animals' is released in the UK (February 10, 1977 in the US). It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1977: Carole King's landmark LP, 'Tapestry' became the longest-running album of all time on the Billboard chart, as it reached its 302nd week on the list.
1977: While on tour opening for Bob Seger, Patti Smith broke her vertebra when she fell off the stage at a gig in Tampa, Florida. She also suffers cuts to her head and is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches. The accident takes Smith off the tour.
1978: Terry Kath, best known as the original guitarist, and founding members of the rock band Chicago accidentally shot himself dead. After a party at roadie and band technician Don Johnson's home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath picked up a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, "Don't worry about it ... look, the clip is not even in it." To satisfy Johnson's concerns, Kath showed the empty magazine to Johnson. Kath then replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. Apparently unbeknownst to Kath, however, there was still one round in the chamber, and he died instantly from the gunshot
1979: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys and mother of W"ndy and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips).
1979: Rush played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.
1980: The B-52's 'Rock Lobster' b/w '6060-842' 45 single is released. It was the band's first single to appear on Billboard's Hot 100, where it reached #56. A major hit in Canada, the single went all the way to #1 in the RPM national singles chart. It placed at #147 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1981: Joan Jett released her debut solo studio album 'Bad Reputation.' Originally self-released in 1980 as 'Joan Jett' after The Runaways disbanded, then re-issued on Boardwalk Records
1982: 'Waiting For A Girl Like You" is Foreigner's first Top 10 U.K. hit. It makes it to #8.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band appeared on 'Saturday Night Live,' playing 'Midnight Rider,' 'Southbound,' and 'I’m Leaving.' It was to be their last performance until 1986.
1982: Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their duet 'Leather and Lace.'
1984: The Rolling Stones' 'She Was Hot' b/w 'I Think I'm Going Mad' 45 single is released.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Sporthalle in Augsburg, Germany.
1986: The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York City. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis are selected from a nominee list of forty-one performers. "It's hard for me to induct Chuck Berry," says Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones' guitarist. "Because I lifted every lick he ever played!" Elvis Presley (inducted by Julian and Sean Lennon), Chuck Berry (inducted by Keith Richards), Jerry Lee Lewis (inducted by Hank Williams, Jr.), James Brown (inducted by Steve Winwood), The Everly Brothers (inducted by Neil Young) and Buddy Holly (inducted by John Fogerty). The induction ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City with more than 1,000 in the audience. At the time, it was not determined where the Rock Hall of Fame would be built.
1988: George Harrison peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Cloud Nine' which was Harrison’s 6th and final top 10 album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1988: Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub P'p records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
1988: Great White & Def Leppard debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 with 'Save Your Love' at #81 & 'Hysteria' at #66. Billy Idol’s 'Hot In The City' was at #48, David Lee Roth’s 'Just Like Paradise' was #45, Whitesnake’s 'Is This Love' was #19, Stryper’s 'Honestly' at #25, and Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' was #17.
1990: Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band's songs (including 'Free Bird'), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
1990: David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, 'Sound And Vision 1990,' during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a 'greatest hits' running order, organised through local radio stations.
1991: John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played the Led Zeppelin song 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. It played more than 200 times, eliciting hundreds of angry calls and letters. Police showed up with guns drawn after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, later because of suspicion that, this being 8 days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein. Weirdest of all, lots of listeners didn't move the dial: "Turns out a lot of people listened to see when we would finally stop playing it."
1993: The Van Halen video for 'Live: Right Here, Right Now' was released.
1994: Rage Against The Machine headlined the Rock For Choice benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary's Danish, 7 Year Bitch and Green Apple Quick Step.
1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'All For Love.'
1995: William Horton of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died at the age of 65. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with 'Get A Job.'
1995: Thunder release their album 'Behind Closed Doors.'
1996: The City Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated Satan worship.
1996: The Smashing Pumpkins single '1979' is released. It goes on to top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks Charts.
1997: Rage Against The Machine is named Best Hard Rock/Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine's critic poll. Garbage is named Best New Artist in the poll.
1997: 63 year old Richard Berry, who wrote The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie,' died from an aneurysm while sleeping at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
1998: Bret Michaels attorney files a temporary restraining order against the Internet Entertainment Group to halt the release of a Michaels/Pam Anderson home video sex tape.
1998: Johnny Funches from The Dells died of pneumonia at the age of 62. The Dells had the 1956 hit 'Oh What a Night' and 1968 US #10 single 'Stay In My Corner'. The Dells formed in 1952 after all attending high school together.
2000: Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson gave birth to twin boys, Willia3rdes Crowe & Curtis Wilson Crowe. These were her first two children with husband Cameron Crowe.
2000: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Supernatural', the album which went on to win 8 Grammy awards spent a total of 9 weeks at #1 during this year.
2001: A lawsuit alleging Slayer's music caused a trio of the band's fans to commit murder was dismissed by a California court.
2004: Jethro Tull keyboardist David Palmer announced that he had undergone a sex change & now goes by the name Dee. Palmer was born with genital ambiguity, assigned male at birth, and said her desire to change sex had been an “open secret” in the music business for many years. She did not have her sex change operation until the death of wife Margaret.
2004: A judge in Pasadena, CA. orders Scott Weiland to return to a live-in drug detoxification facility after it is learned that he left, or was discharged, only one month into the program. He is to stay in the facility until July and then participate in a six-month program.
2007: John Mellencamp releases his 'Freedom Road' album with the single 'Our Country,' used in a commercial campaign for Chevy trucks.
2007: Panic Channel officially announced that bassist Chri Chaney has left the group after "family obligations" prevented him from touring. A post on the group's website says the split was amicable. Powerman 5000's Siggy Sjursen is tapped to replace Chaney during Panic Channel's trek supporting Rock Star Supernova.
2007: Saliva release 'Blood Stained Love Story.' The disc's first single, 'Ladies And Gentleman,' is heard in promotional spots for Wrestlemania 23. "We wrote (the song) for sports and movies," says singer Josey Scott. "It's got that real violent dynamic to it. It was premeditated. I'm not going to lie."
2007: The Grateful Dead's historic New Year's Eve '76 concert at the Cow Palace near San Francisco is officially issued as a three-CD set. 'Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace' features the band's entire 22-song performance (previous available only as a bootleg).
2009: Slipknot's headlining U.S. arena tour in support of 'All Hope Is Gone' starts in St. Paul. "2009 is the 10-year anniversary of the world's first taste of this band," says frontman Corey Taylor, referring to Slipknot's '99 self-titled debut. "To celebrate, we are coming back out with a killer tour." Coheed & Cambria are among the opening acts.
2009: Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea plays trumpet with the Caltech Jazz Band during a concert at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
2009: Doro released her 11th studio album, 'Fear No Evil.'
2009: Sepultura released their album 'A-Lex.' It was the band's first album featuring drummer Jean Dolabella, since the departure of Igor Cavalera in 2006.
2010: While Aerosmith is actively looking for a lead singer, Steven Tyler, the man who held the job for over three decades, performs 'Dude Looks Like A Lady' and 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' over the loudspeaker of a Home Depot in Rancho Mirage, CA. This bizarre moment follows a karaoke performance in a bar a few days earlier. Aerosmith decide to keep Tyler.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Richard Starkey filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the name "Ringo."
2012: Exhibit A Gallery's 'Obey Your Master: A Tribute to Metallica,' opens in L.A. The exhibit features artists' interpretations of Metallica songs.
2013: Jimmie Vaughan suffers a heart attack in Mumbai, India where he is scheduled to perform at a festival. He is later released from the hospital and recovers at his home in Texas.
2013: The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Zavala announces that he is done with the group. The Mars Volta had been on 'hiatus' though Zavala claims he tried to get them back on the road. “I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," tweets Zavala.
2015: Representatives for Bob Dylan announced that 50,000 copies of his latest album, 'Shadows in the Night,' would be randomly included in the February issue of AARP The Magazine.
2016: '31,' written and directed by Rob Zombie, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of five carnies kidnapped and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell.
2016: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is joined onstage by the band's former members Jeff Young (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) at the 'Ronnie Montrose Remembered' memorial celebration at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2016: Bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow, Last In Line) dies of lung cancer, while in his cabin on Def Leppard's 'Hysteria on the High Seas' cruise. He was due to perform on the cruise with his group Last In Line the following day. Bain was best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio, he also worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums as well as Ian Hunter, Gary Moore and John Cale.
2017: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is fired from NBC's 'The New Celebrity Apprentice' because he is seen as being responsible for his team's loss. Neil later claims he wanted off the show. While there, Neil raised $769,280 for Keep Memory Alive, the charity arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

January 24
1958: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock'. It became the first ever single to enter the chart at #1 and was Presley's second UK #1. It went on to sell over 4 million copies in the U.S.
1958: The Quarry Men performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles.
1961: Bob Dylan arrives in New York. The 19-year-old Folk singer (who had recently dropped out of the University of Minnesota) traveled by car to the Big Apple with other seekers. In his 2004 memoir 'Chronicles: Volume 1.' Dylan wrote, "I didn't know a single soul in this dark freezing metropolis but that was all about to change-and quick."
1962: The Beatles signed a contract to have Brian Epstein manage the group, giving him 25% of what they earned. Epstein never added his signature to the document.
1962: Chubby Checker had four albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard LP chart. They were 'For Twisters Only,' 'Your Twist Party,' 'Bobby Rydell / Chubby Checker' and 'Let's Twist Again.' The single, 'The Twist' sat at the top of Cashbox Best Sellers chart.
1965: The film 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs for the film which also starred Julie Samuel, Cilla Black, Jimmy Savile, and The Fourmost.
1966: The Byrds make a second attempt at recording 'Eight Miles High' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. They finish the song the next day. This version is released as a single and appears on the album 'Fifth Dimension.' The original version, which band members claim is superior, was rejected because it wasn't recorded at a Columbia owned studio.
1967: The Doors self-titled debut is released.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Marquee Club in London.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the second of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. 'Candy And A Current Bun' was first known as 'Let's Roll Another One' and contained the line 'I'm high - Don't try to spoil my fun', but it was decided that Syd Barrett should rewrite it without the drug references.
1969: The Beatles work on recording 'On Our Way Home,' 'Teddy Boy,' 'Maggie Mae,' 'Dig It,' 'Dig A Pony,' and 'I’ve Got A Feeling' at the Apple Studios in London.
1969: New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono album ‘Two Virgins.' The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach #124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.
1969: The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts of the year.
1969: Jethro Tull plays their first show in the US. They are openers for Led Zeppelin at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1970: The Who play in Copenhagen at Det Kunglige Teater. They had been turned down for hotel reservations at the Copenhagen Inn because of that establishment’s policy against “long-haired pop groups.” The Dutch Royal family does not have a problem with The Who’s hair as they attend that night’s show. Due to the cold weather Pete announces their opera as “Tommy On Ice!”
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England. It was at this show when Zeppelin had a meeting with fine arts lecturer Zacron to discuss their ideas for the album sleeve of the band’s next album, 'Led Zeppelin III.' Zacron, born Richard Drew, had studied at Kingston College of Art with members of the Yardbirds.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1970: The mini-moog synthesizer was introduced by Dr. Robert Moog. Artists could now have the sound of strings and horns on stage without having a full orchestra with them. The American Federation of Musicians considered banning the $2,000 keyboard, fearing that its ability to simulate acoustic instruments could put musicians out of work, but later relented.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1973: Ringo Starr has the #1 song in the U.S. with 'Photograph.'
1974: Emerson, Lake & Palmer appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1975: Genesis performed 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show was included in the Genesis box set release.
1976: 10cc released their 4th album, 'How Dare You!' It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Bob Dylan started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Desire' his 3rd US chart topper.
1976: The live version of KISS' 'Rock & Roll All Nite' (from 'Alive I'), peaks at #12 on the chart.
1977: George Harrison's 'Crackerbox Palace' b/w 'Learning How to Love You' 45 single is released.
1979: The Clash released their first single in the US, 'I Fought The Law' (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly's Crickets).
1979: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys divorced his wife Marilyn after 15 years together. She was a member of the Honeys, and mother of Wendy and Carnie Wilson, who would go on to sing in Wilson-Phillips.
1980: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. A blank wall was pasted up and each day a brick was ‘removed’ to slowly reveal the inside spread and title of the album.
1980: The Ants of Adam & The Ants leave to join Bow Wow Wow, whose manager, the punk godfather Malcolm McLaren, presents the offer. Adam Ant had paid McLaren £1000 for musical advice, for which he learned about African beats, but lost his band, which he quickly replaced.
1981: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler runs into a tree on his motorcycle, tearing open his heel. The accident leaves him hospitalized for two months, and recovering for almost a year.
1982: ZZ Top appeared at the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
1982: The Beach Boys' cover of The Dell-Vikings 1957 hit, 'Come Go With Me,' peaks at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have to wait four more years until they cracked the Top 40 again with 'Getcha Back.'
1984: Bon Jovi release their self-titled debut album.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Teatro Tenda Lampugnano in Milan, Italy.
1985: Quiet Riot was the first Heavy Metal band to play on the island of Guiam. They played one show at the UDG Fieldhouse.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 included Genesis’ Land Of Confusion at #6, Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' at #15, and Billy Idol debuts with 'Don’t Need A Gun' at #72 & Europe debut with 'The Final Countdown' at #83.
1989: Skid Row's self-titled debut album is released. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 5× platinum by the RIAA in 1995. Released from the album were the top 10 singles '18 and Life' and 'I Remember You' and the mainstream rock hit 'Youth Gone Wild.'
1989: Dark Angel released the album 'Leave Scars.'
1990: The Black Crowes release their debut studio album, 'Shake Your Money Maker.'
1992: Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.
1995: Van Halen released their 10th studio album 'Balance,' their final album with Sammy Hagar singing for them. The album would reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1995: Oasis sweep the New Musical Express Awards in London. They win Best Album ('Definitely Maybe'), Best New Band and Best Single ('Live Forever').
1997: 'Louie Louie' composer Richard Berry dies.
1998: Oasis went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World.' The longest running-time for a UK chart topper with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. It was one of the first songs to be written by Noel Gallagher.
1999: The Offspring went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Fly, For A White Guy.' Taken from their 5th studio album 'Americana' the single was a #1 hit in ten other countries.
2000: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young kicked off their reunion tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. This was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s first tour together since 1974.
2001: AC/DC made-up their scheduled show from the previous night in Adelaide, Australia. The previous night’s concert was postponed due to drummer Phil Rudd being diagnosed with a kidney infection.
2004: Drowning Pool confirms that former Built XL frontman Jason 'Gong' Jones has been tapped to replace late singer Dave Williams.
2004: In New York, an overzealous concertgoer throws a beer that lands on the mixing board, blowing out the sound system, ending Iron Maiden's performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert is only one of six U.S. performances the group makes in support of their 'Dance Of Death' CD. Fans exit the venue without incident.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons appears on an episode of ABC's 'Ugly Betty.'
2008: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that although music downloads rose by 40% in 2007, global music sales fell by an estimated 10%.
2009: Queen drummer Roger Taylor performs with his son, Rufus, at a concert in London headlined by Queen touring keyboardist Spike Edney's SAS Band. This is the first time the father-son team play drums onstage together.
2009: Kings Of Leon play a fundraiser for the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital at the House of Blues in Chicago. Despite the $150 ticket price, the show sells out.
2010: A Beatles iPhone app is available. It's the first official Beatles content to be featured on iTunes. The program includes lyrics and chords to more than 160 Beatles songs.
2010: Radiohead play Hollywood's Henry Fonda Theatre to raise money for Haiti's earthquake victims. The concert earns $572,000 for Oxfam's Haiti relief efforts. The show also marks the first time Radiohead performs the song 'Lotus Flower' as a group.
2011: Bret Michaels undergoes surgery to close a hole in his heart. Doctors insert a closure device that remains in Michaels' heart permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart which is thought to have caused a warning stroke. The operation is deemed a success.
2012: Pete Townshend sells the publishing rights to the songs he has written to the Spirit Music Group, which plans to place more of his music in TV shows, movies and commercials. Townshend's catalog includes about 400 songs, most of which he wrote for The Who.
2012: 'Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International,' is released. The 4-CD compilation has Dylan covers performed by Patti Smith, Pete Townsend (The Who), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Sting (The Police) and Elvis Costello. The collection recognizes the organization's fight against censorship and activities on behalf of free speech.
2012: 'Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman,' a documentary about the making of The Doors' last album with Jim Morrison, is released. The film contains interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from their manager and the album's engineer/co-producer.
2012: Lamb Of God released the album 'Resolution.' The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2013: Steven Tyler and Roger Daltrey appear at the 'Raise Your Voice' charity benefit for the Voice Health Institute. The Beverley Hills event honors VHI founder Dr. Steven Zeitels' work in voice restoration.
2013: Fleetwood Mac announced that the re-issue their 1977 album 'Rumours' would be packed with unreleased material from the studio and live versions of old favorites. They were slated to hit the road for their first tour since 2009, starting in April.
2014: Todd Rundgren receives the Les Paul Award at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in Anaheim during the NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants) Show. The award honors outstanding progress in professional audio technology.
2015: The premiere of the documentary 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck' is at the Sundance Film Festival. Courtney Love, and her and Kurt's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, the executive producer on the project, attend. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film is the first authorized film about the late Nirvana frontman.
2015: 'The Last Ship,' the Broadway musical written by Sting closes after a three month stint at NYC's Neil Simon Theater. The show ran for 105 performances.
2015: INXS guitarist and founding member Tim Farriss catches his hand in an electric boat anchor winch. "The accident has caused permanent damage to Tim's left hand and one of his fingers has been severed. He has undergone two extensive operations to reattach his finger," posts the group's label.
2016: David Bowie was at #1 on both the UK & US album charts with his 25th and final studio album 'Blackstar,' Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the US. Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist of 2016 in the UK, with five albums in the vinyl Top 30, including 'Blackstar' as the #1 selling vinyl album of the year.
2017: Butch Trucks, born Claude Hudson Trucks, founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Florida. He was 69. Trucks was allegedly despondent over financial matters. Gregg Allman and Trucks were the only two members who were in every incarnation of The Allman Brothers Band starting in 1969. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1995.
2017: The Ludwig drum set used by Andy White to record The Beatle's first hit, 'Love Me Do,' while Ringo played a tambourine, was scheduled to be sold at an auction. The kit, which included the bass drum head with White's name and The Beatles' logo, was expected to bring a bid of $75,000.
2017: Deanna Adler, mother of original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler releases the tell-all book 'Sweet Child Of Mine: How I Lost My Son To Guns N’ Roses.'

January 25
1957: Elvis Presley's 'Strictly Elvis' EP is released in the US.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock' becomes the first single to enter the U.K. pop chart at #1.
1961: The House of Representatives Special Sub-committee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey payola. Legendary Cleveland DJ Alan Freed would eventually be convicted, while Philadelphia's Dick Clark would be cleared.
1963: EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at the Ricky Tick Club at the Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berkshirehire, UK. This was the first time The Rolling Stones, including Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, played at this venue. All the walls in the club were painted black and the lighting was made out of old ice-cream tins.
1963: Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues with folksingers Roger Perkins and Larry Hanks, and hangs out with David Crosby and Nick Gravenites.
1964: The Beatles score their first #1 single on the U.S. charts with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' The Beatles 'She Loves You' also enters the pop charts. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.
1964: Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain's 'Juke Box Jury' program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.
1967: The Beatles made a last-minute remix of 'Penny Lane' before the pressing of their next double A sided single 'Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane'. Both songs were originally intended for the forthcoming Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1967: The Who played at the Kingsway Theatre in Hadleigh, Essex, supported by The Roulettes, Sound Around, the She Trinity, and the Sovereigns.
1967: Jimi Hendrix perfromed at Oxford Cellar in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
1968: David Gilmour plays his first show with Pink Floyd at Southampton University. He replaces Syd Barrett whose behavior had become increasingly unpredictable.
1968: The Who played at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival hit the US charts for third time with 'Proud Mary.'
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their 'Born On The Bayou' album.
1969: The Grateful Dead perform at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the Sixty Nine Club, Royal York Hotel, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. Support band was The Cherokees, who had had a minor hit single in 1964 with 'Seven Golden Daffodils' produced by Mickie Most. They later changed their name to New York Public Library.
1970: Yes performed at Fox At Greyhound in Croyden, England.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave their heads and declare 1970 as 'Year One'. Their hair is then donated to 'Black House', an interracial community centre in North London, and is auctioned.
1971: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane welcome a baby girl they name "God." Her name is later changed to "China," and as "China Kantner" becomes a VJ on MTV.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1973: The Kinks 'The Great Lost Kinks Album' is released. The album of unreleased material was issued by Reprise Records after The Kinks had moved to RCA. It reached #145 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Davies and the Kinks management first learned of the album's existence from the US Billboard record chart. Davies instituted legal action against Reprise, which resulted in Reprise discontinuing the album in 1975.
1973: David Bowie finished a week of rehearsals at the Royal Ballroon in Tottenham, London, for the forthcoming UK leg of his Ziggy Stardust tour. Bowie had already played dates in North America and Japan, the tour saw the singer playing a total of 182 dates.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
1974: Led Zeppelin perform at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana in front of 17,000 fans. Tickets cost $8.50.
1975: The last Sunbury Rock Festival in Victoria, Australia was held. The promoters who had made heavy losses only paid Deep Purple. AC/DC were scheduled to play after Deep Purple but a fight started on stage between road crews after Purple's set when they began packing up the lights and PA and denied AC/DC use of them, who then left the festival site without playing at all.
1975: A year and a half after its initial release, Lynyrd Skynyrd peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Free Bird,' which became the band’s anthem.
1976: KISS played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: Elvis Costello and Rockpile (featuring Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) tour the U.S. Austin is the first stop.
1978: Ted Nugent autographs a man's arm with a bowie knife as the the fan requested it.
1979: Rolling Stone magazine's Reader's Poll names The Cars as the year's best new band.
1980: Paul McCartney is released and deported from Japan after spending 9 days in a Tokyo jail. He was busted at the airport after officers find a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage. Paul's Japan tour is cancelled and the government requests he not return. After his release McCartney flew to Amsterdam.
1981: Black Sabbath appeared at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1983: Lamar Williams dies of lung cancer at 34. Williams replaced original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley in the band in 1972. Williams was thought to have contracted his cancer by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
1984: John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, donates $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Field, an orphanage which served as the inspiration for the Beatles song 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'
1984: Van Halen performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985: Metallica, WASP and ArmoredSaint played the legendary L'Amour night club in Brooklyn.
1985: Phil Collins 3rd solo album, 'No Jacket Required' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Album chart for seven weeks throughout 1985, and reached #26 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985. It spends a total of 123 weeks on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart.
1985: George Thorogood and The Destroyers released their 6th album, Maverick.'
1986: Bruce Springsteen's 'My Hometown' climbs from #11 to #6, giving him his 7th top 10 single released from the album 'Born in the USA,' equalling the record set by Michael Jackson with 'Thriller.'
1986: Albert Grossman dies of a heart attack while flying on the Concorde from New York to London at 59. Grossman managed Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot and Todd Rundgren. He also built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Simple Minds’ Sanctify Yourself' debuting at #64, ZZ Top’s 'Stages' at #50, Pat Benatar’s 'Sex As A Weapon' at #33, Bryan Adams & Tina Turner’s 'It’s Only Love' at #18, John Cougar’s 'Small Town' at #14 and Dire Straits’ 'Walk Of Life' at #7.
1986: Dire Straits reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Walk of Life,' their final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Neil Diamond sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXI (21).
1987: Leatherwolf released their self-titled debut album.
1988: Bon Jovi take top honors at The American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group. ‬
1988: Nearly twelve years after its release, 'Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,' the group's debut album, goes gold.
1988: George Harrison's 'When We Was Fab' b/w 'Zig Zag' 45 single is released. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart, and in the United States, the song peaked at #23 in Billboard magazine's Hot 100 singles chart. It is Harrison's last Top 40 hit in the U.S., and the second such hit in which the lyrics reflect on his years as a Beatle - the other being 'All Those Years Ago.'
1989: Gary Moore released his 8th studio album, 'After the War.'
1990: CBS TV's '48 Hours' program profiles Paul McCartney.
1990: Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV's 'Cheers.'
1991: Paul McCartney records an acoustic set in London for 'MTV Unplugged.' He performed such Beatles songs as 'Here, There and Everywhere' & 'And I Love Her' for the first time.
1992: U2 peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Mysterious Ways' which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Metallica win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over Def Leppard & Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1994: 'Jar Of Flies,' the 2nd studio EP by Alice in Chains is released. It becomes the first EP in music history to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. The set contains 'No Excuses' and is later certified double-platinum by the RIAA. It spends 59 weeks on the chart.
1996: Tom Petty's career retrospective 'Playback 1973-1993' is certified gold.
1997: The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Ohio Player's classic 'Loverollercoaster' peaks at #20 on the U.S. pop chart.
1999: The Rolling Stones kick off their 'No Security Tour' at the Oakland Coliseum. This was their first arena tour in twenty years.
2003: Billy Joel crashes his Mercedes while driving in Long Island, New York. The singer would later say that he was in a "mental fog" around this time, caused by relationship issues and a lingering depression after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2004: Bob Dylan was paid by ladies underwear company Victoria’s Secret to fly to Venice in Northern Italy, to film a TV advertisement in an ancient palazzo with a scantily dressed model.
2005: Adrian Belew, former singer guitarist with King Crimson, releases "Side One" with help from Primus bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey. "You're only as good as your rhythm section," says Belew. "I can't imagine a better rhythm section than Les and Danny."
2005: The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, led by the Smashing Pumpkins drummer, release their debut album, 'Life Begins Again.'
2005: Breaking Benjamin announce they've added drummer Chad Szeliga.
2005: The DVD of Metallica's 'Some Kind of Monster' documentary is released.
2006: Metallica perform at a private party in Park City, UT, to celebrate the premiere of the movie 'The Darwin Awards' at the Sundance Film Festival. The group appears in footage shot at a 2004 concert in Salt Lake City.
2006: Motley Crue receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group and 600 fans turn out for the ceremony. "We're across the street from the Erotica Museum and Frederick's of Hollywood. This is a perfect place for us to be," says bassist Nikki Sixx.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi and designer Kenneth Cole co-host the 'R.S.V.P. To Help' in New York. Bon Jovi performs an acoustic set to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity, Help USA and the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation. This is Bon Jovi's second initiative with Cole to benefit homeless charities.
2007: Roger Waters kicked off the Australian leg of his 119-date The Dark Side of The Moon Live world tour at Acer Arena in Sydney.
2007: The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule and Bruce Hornsby perform on the tribute album 'Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band.' An Allmans' rendition of 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' Hornsby's version of 'King Harvest (Has Surely Come)' and Gov't Mule's take on 'The Shape I'm In' are among the set's 19 tracks.
2007: Ted Nugent claims reports by the 'hyper-liberal media' stating he made racially offensive remarks during his performance at Texas Governor Rick Perry's inauguration ball are untrue. "In total defiance to the vicious lies and hateful allegations of 'racism' leveled at me by irresponsible, unprofessional and downright goofy media punks, I never said a word . . . against 'illegal immigrants' or 'non-English-speaking' anyone," writes Nugent in a Waco Tribune-Herald guest column. "I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English."
2007: Satellite Party, with ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, perform at the Winter X Games 11 in Aspen, CO.
2008: Kid Rock's 'Rock N' Revival Tour' starts in Evansville, IN. Run DMC's Rev. Run and J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf are on the bill of the package tour. Later in the tour, founding Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is a supporting act.
2008: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attend the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of 'CSNY Deja Vu' documentary about the quartet's 2006's antiwar-themed 'Freedom of Speech tour.' Neil Young directed (under his Bernard Shakey alias) and co-wrote the film. It examines the group's opposition to the Iraq war.
2010: KISS ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
2010: Eddie Vedder's (Pearl Jam) cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'My City Of Ruins' is available as a digital download with proceeds benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief (raising funds to aid earthquake victims). The track was recorded at the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in '09 when Springsteen was recognized for his lifetime contributions to American culture.
2011: A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, 53, was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009. The ground-breaking course looked at the studio sound and composition of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music as well as examining the significance of the music of The Beatles and their impact on Western culture.
2011: Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson releases 'The Party Ain't Over.' The Jack White (White Stripes/The Raconteurs) produced set was recorded at White's Nashville studio with help from his fellow Raconteurs.
2012: Van Halen's single, 'Tattoo,' hits #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Singles chart. The track is also the Most Played Song at Classic Rock Radio and the Most Added song at Mainstream and Active Rock Radio. It'splayed on more than 160 stations across the U.S. "Tattoo" is also heard on the CBS television series 'CSI.'
2012: A viral infection sends Anthrax's Scott Ian to the hospital and temporarily off the group's tour. Also, drummer Charlie Benante leaves to be near his terminally-ill mother in New York. Members of Testament (Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson and Gene Hoglan), Anthrax tour mates, fill in.
2012: Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale dies in San Antonio following a near lifelong battle against Crohn's Disease. He was just 56 year old.
2013: Without offering an explanation, Tina Turner revealed that she was giving up her US citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland. Her reasons were probably was not tax related, as Switzerland itself is a high tax environment for its citizens.
2013: Aria Guitars introduce the Cliff Burton Aria Pro II signature bass at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.
2013: The Who's Pete Townshend receives the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, CA. The award recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
2013: Esquire magazine presents 'The 10 Craziest Drummers Ever'. Ginger Baker (Cream), Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Topper Headon (The Clash), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Josh Freeze (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa/Missing Persons) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) make the list.
2014: A US jury decided that a tweet posted by Courtney Love about a lawyer she hired was not defamatory. The case against Love claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that Rhonda Holmes had been "bought off." Jurors found that Love's tweet included false information, but the singer did not know it was not true.
2014: KISS perform during the pre-game festivities and at the end of the first period of the first outdoor classic NHL game in L.A. at Dodger Stadium.
2014: 'Randy Rhoads Remembered - A Celebration of a Legend,' a tribute honoring the late iconic Ozzy Osbourne guitarist takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2015: Venom released their 14th studio album, 'From The Very Depths.'
2015: In an interview for Australian TV Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan says Pop and Rock should go their own way. "Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a Rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end; an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a Pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting."
2016: 'Red White & You' by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's goes to radio. His label calls the track an "American up-tempo Country anthem."
2017: The first issue of 'Slayer: Repentless,' a three-issue Dark Horse Comics series, produced by Slayer, writer Jon Schnepp and artist Guiu Vilanova, is out.

January 26
1956: In Nashville, Buddy Holly has his first recording session for Decca Records. Backing Buddy on four songs are Grady Martin on guitar and Doug Kirkham on drums.
1958: Buddy Holly performs 'Oh Boy!' on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York.
1961: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. The singers 6th UK #1.
1962: Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school's functions.
1963: The Beatles played two gigs, the first was at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana and the Jets. Then The Beatles drove 20 miles to their next gig at King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
1963: The Four Seasons' 'Walk Like A Man' is released. Five weeks later, it will become their 3rd Billboard #1 single.
1965: During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at The Town Hall in Brisbane.
1966: The Byrds finish recording 'Eight Miles High' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The song is release a couple months later.
1966: When Manfred Mann's lead singer, Paul Jones, falls ill, The Animals' Eric Burdon fills in at this evening's concert at the Marquee in London.
1966: The Who played at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
1968: Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They were supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, featuring Marc Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. Members of Floyd decided not to pick up Syd Barrett on the way to the show due to his ongoing troubles and a mere two weeks after David Gilmour officially became a member of the band. That was the end of Syd Barrett as part of Pink Floyd.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1970: John Lennon, wrote, recorded and mixed 'Instant Karma!' which was produced by Phil Spector and released 11 days later.
1970: Ringo Starr's film 'The Magic Christian' premieres in Beverly Hills, CA.
1970: Chicago 'Chicago II' album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Album chart. While The Chicago Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including 'Make Me Smile' (#9), 'Colour My World' (#7), and '25 or 6 to 4' (#4).
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 5th and final studio album, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is released in the US. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart on March 7 and remained there for ten consecutive weeks. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971. In 2003, it was ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1970: The Who play the Stadt Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Their $2500 salary for the two nights is donated to the Save The Children Fund and the taxes on their shows are also excused as the German government declares The Who to be a “cultural attraction.” Both German President Heinemann and Chancellor Willie Brandt attend the show and visit The Who backstage afterwards.
1970: Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement playing 2 shows every night at The International Hotel in Las Vegas.
1971: Elvis Presley kicked off a 31 date stint at The Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis played an 8:30 and midnight show.
1972: Elvis Presley begins wearing one-piece jumpsuits during his gigs at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.
1973: Deep Purple's 7th studio album, 'Who Do We Think We Are' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was Deep Purple's last album with the Mark II lineup of the group until 'Perfect Strangers' in 1984.
1973: Elton John's 6th studio album, 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player' is released. It was Elton's second straight # 1 album on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and yielded his first # 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 – 'Crocodile Rock.'
1974: Ringo Starr hits #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). The track featured Paul McCartney on kazoo and Harry Nilsson on background vocals. It reached #3 in the UK.
1974: The Doobie Brothers launch their first European tour in London.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium.
1975: The BBC airs the David Bowie documentary 'Cracked Actor.' At the time of filming, Bowie was addicted to cocaine and the footage shows Bowie's fragile mental state.
1975: In Austin, Texas, Bob Dylan makes a surprise guest appearance at a Joni Mitchell concert.
1976: The Beatles’ nine-year contract with EMI expires.
1977: The Clash sign a six-album deal with CBS Records. The Clash sign a 100,000 Pound contract with CBS Records, a remarkable amount for a band that had played a total of about thirty gigs and very few as a headliner.
1977: Patti Smith falls off the stage during a performance, sustaining a head injury that requires 22 stitches.
1977: Ginger Alden, who was Elvis Presley's fiance at the time of his death, claims that Elvis proposed to her on this day.
1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty check to him. Green became the ultimate acid casualty and spent years in mental hospitals and clinics undergoing electroconvulsive therapy. He gave away much of his money and has since acknowledged that his illness was brought on by hallucinogenic drugs.
1978: Rush played at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1979: Bob Dylan formed his record label Accomplice Records.
1980: Three years after signing with Warner Brothers Records, 21 year old Prince makes his US television debut on 'American Bandstand' where he performs his R&B chart topping hit, 'I Wanna Be Your Lover.'
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralyzing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. He can't play with the re-formed band the next year, but chooses his replacement: Randall Hall.
1988: David Lee Roth‬ released his 2nd full-length album, 'Skyscraper.'
1989: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their 'New Jersey Syndicate Tour' at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. Skid Row was the opening band.
1991: Queen had their second UK #1 with 'Innuendo.' At 6 minutes 30 seconds, it exceeded their epic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by 35 seconds and became the third longest UK number song of all time, behind The Beatles’ 'Hey Jude' and Simple Minds’ 'Belfast Child,' At a later date, 'All Around The World' by Oasis, at 9 minutes 38 seconds took over the top slot and demoted 'Innuendo' to 4th place. For ‘Innuendo’s’ flamenco guitar solo, Brian May was joined by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.
1993: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Oakland-Alemeda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1993: Bon Jovi release the single 'Bed Of Roses.'
1994: Dio‬ released their 6th studio album, 'Strange Highways.'
1995: Soundgarden is named the Best Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine's 1995 Music Awards. The group nails both the Readers and Critics' Polls.
1997: The halftime show at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans is titled 'Blues Brothers Bash' and features actors Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and James Belushi as the Blues Brothers, along with ZZ Top and singer James Brown.
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.
2003: Billy Joel was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after he lost control of his car in Long Island & smashed it into a tree.
2004: Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show 'I’m a Celebrity...Get Me out Of Here' set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the program.
2004: Yes release the Roger Daltrey narrated film 'YESSPEAK.' It was recorded during their 35th anniversary tour.‬
2004: Yes record and eventually release 'Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss.'
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 had left Nickleback after five years.
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.
2007: The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6 million in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132 million and country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earned $110.5 million in the past year.
2007: 'Screamers,' a movie that documents System Of A Down's ongoing campaign for the recognition of Armenian genocide, opens in New York.
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.
2007: Tommy Dee, who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with 'Three Stars,' a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
2008: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo scores a goal during the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge charity game in Carson, CA. "It was a dream come true," said Cuomo. "It's just unreal." The match raises money for L.A.'s Children's Hospital.
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.
2008: Billy Joel performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra to mark the 151st anniversary of the city's Academy of Music. It's Joel's first time fronting a major orchestra. He plays his hits plus a classical piece he composed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the orchestra's Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education.
2010: Fozzy released the album 'Chasing The Grail.'
2010: iTunes issues Wanda Jackson's cover of Amy Winehouse's 'You Know I'm No Good' and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates' 'Shakin' All Over.' The Rockabilly legend's single was produced by Jack White (White Stripes) and is also available on vinyl via White's Third Man Records.
2011: Motley Crue's Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. "He pled 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.
2012: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis earns a Country Music Association (CMA) nomination for Vocal Event of the Year. 'Country Boy,' from his EP 'Town Line,' featured Charlie Daniels and George Jones.
2013: 'Muscle Shoals,' a documentary about the music that was recorded at the Alabama city's legendary studios (FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
2013: Green Day screen their documentary 'Cuatro!' at the X Games in Aspen. The film chronicles the making of the band's album trilogy, 'Uno!,' 'Dos!,' and 'Tre!'
2014: Motley Crue's ballad, 'Home Sweet Home,' premieres in a commercial for Coldwell Banker Real Estate on the Grammy Awards broadcast. The track first appeared on 1985's 'Theatre Of Pain.'
2014: At the 56th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul McCartney nabs five Grammy trophies, including Best Rock Song for 'Cut Me Some Slack,' his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Black Sabbath gets the Best Metal Performance award for their song 'God Is Dead?' And Led Zeppelin is handed the Best Rock Album Grammy for their documentary 'Celebration Day.' Imagine Dragons takes home Best Rock Performance for their track 'Radioactive.'
2014: Black Sabbath win a Grammy - Best Metal Performance for the song 'God Is Dead?"'
2015: Tom Petty and E.L.O.'s Jeff Lynne are given a song writing credit for Sam Smith's hit 'Stay With Me,' because of the similarities to Petty's 1989 song 'I Won't Back Down,' co-written by Petty and Lynne. Smith 'acknowledged the similarity', but the likeness was 'a complete coincidence'. 'I Won't Back Down' was released three years before Smith was born.
2015: Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge's resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."
2016: Enfield High School in Connecticut cites sex, drugs and foul language as the reasons for cancelling a production of the musical 'American Idiot,' based on the Green Day album of the same name. "This production tackles issues in a post-9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history," states Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
2018: Machine Head release their album 'Catharsis.'

January 27
1956: Elvis Presley's RCA Records debut, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' is released. RCA had just purchased Presley's contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million.
1958: Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister. Richard explained that while flying over the Philippines on tour, the wing of his plane caught fire and his prayers that the flames go out were answered, so he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to God. Some of the members of his touring band found work with James Brown's Famous Flames. During his four years in school, Richard still had hit records with previously recorded material like 'Good Golly Miss Molly.' By the time he returned to music in 1962, the British Invasion had started and the best Richard could do was a minor UK hit, 'He Got What He Wanted.' In 1965, Jimi Hendrix backed him on 'I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me,' but the song barely cracked the US Hot 100, topping out at #92.
1962: Elvis Presley received his 29th Gold record for 'Can't Help falling in Love,' just weeks after getting one for the soundtrack to his seventh movie, 'Blue Hawaii.'
1962: The Beatles performed at the Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles' fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter again.
1964: The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC's 'Juke Box Jury' show as panelists. Their impolite behavior, including referring to Elvis' latest single as "dated," causes a furor in the British press.
1965: John and Cynthia Lennon fly to the Alps for a ten-day-long skiing vacation.
1967: The Beatles signed a new, 9 year contract with EMI Records.
1967: The Grateful Dead played at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Chislehurst Caves in London, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the UFO, held at the Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London. Also on the bill were AMM, Five Acre Light, Dave Brown, Plight of the Erogenius, and Chapter 1. The Floyd’s performance was filmed and clips of two songs were used in a Granada TV documentary program.
1967: Donovan'a 'Epistle To Dippy' b/w 'Preachin' Love' 45 single is released. Musicians featured are Donovan on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimmy Page on electric guitar, John Cameron on keyboards and arrangement, Danny Thompson on bass and Tony Carr on drums. Strings provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chart positions were: # 19 (USA Billboard), # 10 (USA Cashbox), # 10 (USA Record World)
1967: General Motors begins offering an eight-track tape player as an option in their Buick line. They had been available from Ford since September, 1965. Although they were very popular for awhile, the tapes would be phased out of US retail stores by late 1982.
1968: Melody Maker became the first music publication to report that David Gilmour had become a member of Pink Floyd.
1968: Otis Redding's 'Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay' is released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. It will become the first posthumous #1 single in US chart history. Otis had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add lyrics in place of the whistling that is heard during the closing bars.
1969: The Who begin five days of rehearsals at the Whitehall Theatre working on a new set.
1970: John Lennon’s 'Instant Karma!' was written, recorded and released within a period of ten days, making it one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history. The UK release was on February 6th, while the US release took place fourteen days later. The recording was produced by Phil Spector, marking a comeback for the American producer after his self-imposed retirement in 1966, and leading to him being offered the producer’s role on the Beatles’ 'Let It Be' album (1970). The song was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios, 'Instant Karma!' employs Spector’s signature Wall of Sound technique and features contributions from George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Billy Preston.
1970: The Who played at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany.
1971: Neil Young performed at Macky Auditorium, at the University Of Colorado in Boulder.
1971: David Bowie arrives in US for his first visit. He’s held up for hours by Customs officials, “maybe because I look so strange.” He does not play live, but does multiple interviews. In order to cultivate an attention-getting androgynous look, Bowie wears a purple maxi-coat and white chiffon scarf, and his luggage contains two dresses.
1972: Pink Floyd performed 'Dark Side of the Moon' at City Hall, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. Also in the performance was 'One of These Days / Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun / Echoes,' and the encore was 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1972: Mahalia Jackson dies in Chicago of heart failure and diabetes complications. She was 60. Known as the “The Queen of Gospel”, she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. Jackson won four Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
1973: Originally given to guitarist Jeff Beck but not immediately released, Stevie Wonder's take on his own song, 'Superstition' hits #1 on the charts. - The track is #74 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1975: The J Geils Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1976: David Bowie sues his former agent, attorney Michael Lippman, for charging too much and withholding funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.
1976: Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement, which he is forced to end when he files bankruptcy.
1976: Queen kick off a four month tour of the U.S., Japan and Australia. The first show is in Waterbury, CT.
1977: The Clash sign with CBS Records in the UK.
1977: AC/DC performed at The Haymarket in Sydney, Australia.
1980: Def Leppard played the first of two nights at The Marquee Club in London. Tickets cost £2 ($3.40).
1980: At the Gaumont theater in Southampton, England, AC/DC play their last show with Bon Scott. Bon would die on February 19 after a night of excessive drinking.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.
1984: John Lennon and Yoko Ono 'Milk and Honey' is released. It is the first posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #3 in the UK. 'Nobody Told Me,' a song Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr's 1981 'Stop and Smell the Roses,' was released as a single and became a worldwide Top 10 hit.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Ausstellungshalle, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, Germany.
1987: Alice Cooper with Megadeth rocked the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, California.
1990: Tom Petty Day was declared in Petty’s birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Petty also peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Free Fallin’ which was Petty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Eric Clapton peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Journeyman' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. & was heralded as a return to form.
1990: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Just Between You and Me' which was Gramm’s second and final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Slaughter‬ released their debut album 'Stick It To Ya.' The LP was nominated for best metal album of the year at the 1991 American Music Awards show.
1992: Van Halen win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' beating Guns NR & Metallica‬.
1992: Firehouse win Favorite Heavy Metal new artist at the American Music Awards, beating out Nirvana & Alice In Chains.
1993: Warner Brothers Records announces that it is releasing rapper Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow) from his contract due to "creative differences." The previous summer the record company found itself in the middle of controversy over Ice-T's song, 'Cop Killer.' Marrow would go on to co-star in the police drama, 'Law and Order' in 1999.
1994: Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King's Cross Water Rats. The UK gig was by invite only.
1997: The reunited Motley Crue perform on the American Music Awards.
1997: At the 24th annual American Music Awards, Pat Boone and Alice Cooper present Metalica the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock artist. Boone appears in leather pants and a studded collar to promote his new album, 'In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,' which features cover songs of metal and hard rock songs. The show also featured performances by Metallica & Motley Crue, performing with Vince Neil for the first time since 1991. Metallica win the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over The Smashing Pumpkins & Stone Temple Pilots‬.
2002: Brian Wilson played the first of four sold-out nights at The Royal Festival Hall in London.
2004: The Offspring closes out the 2004 edition of the ESPN Winter X Games with a free outdoor concert in Aspen, Colorado.
2004: The Osbournes publish their book 'Ordinary People: Our Story' which chronicles the lives of Ozzy, Sharon and the kids.
2005: U2's Bono joins British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to address the issue of poverty in Africa.
2005: R.E.M. had to cancel a concert for the first time in ten years due to their crew and gear being held up at the Estonia/Russia border. They were scheduled to play the Ice Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008: Marilyn Manson rocks the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
2009: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Working On A Dream,' his 16th studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien, the set was recorded with the E Street Band during downtime on their tour. The album contains 'The Last Carnival,' a song that pays tribute to late E Street Band member Danny Federici.
2009: Seether's cover of Wham!'s '80's pop hit 'Careless Whisper' is available on Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless (V Cast Music With Rhapsody service).
2009: Hoobastank release their album 'For(N)ever.' It features the single, 'My Turn.'
2009: Frank Ferdinand release their 3rd album, 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.'
2009: Paul McCartney's 'Amoeba's Secret' vinyl EP, recorded in 2007 at L.A.'s Amoeba Music store, is released.
2009: 'The Secret Policeman's Balls,' a three-DVD set featuring Eric Clapton, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, The Who's Pete Townshend and Lou Reed is released. The collection has footage from a series of comedy and music events held in London during the 1970s and '80s to raise money for the Amnesty International organization.
2010: 'Hope For Haiti Now,' a compilation album designed to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims tops the Billboard 200 with debut week sales in excess of 150,000. It's the first digital-only production to top the chart. The set includes songs by Bono and The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Sting.
2011: "I don't think I've done anything good if it ends up with Green Day on Broadway," John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells the L.A. Times. The former Sex Pistols frontman claims to have little interest in contemporary Punk bands adding that Green Day are a bunch of 'cop-outs'. Green Day's musical 'American Idiot' is a Broadway hit.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir celebrates the opening of his Sweetwater Music Hall. The original Sweetwater closed in 2007 but Weir decided the area's local arts scene needed to be revamped.
2014: Billy Joel begins his residency at Madison Square Garden, where he plays once a month as long as there is demand.
2014: Legendary Folk singer Pete Seeger dies of natural causes in New York. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950’s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s 'Goodnight, Irene.' The song was a #1 for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. As a member of The Weavers, he recorded other hits as 'On Top of Old Smokey' and would go on to write 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Turn, Turn, Turn,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone' and 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.' In the 1960's, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causesHe influenced countless musicians including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger wrote the music and adapted the lyrics for 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Originally released as 'To Everything There Is a Season' by The Limeliters in 1962, the song became a #1 hit for The Byrds three years later. Seeger was 94.
2015: Papa Roach release their 8th album, 'F.E.A.R.' "It's everything we believe is great about Papa Roach," claims frontman Jacoby Shaddix. The follow-up to '12's "The Connection" contains the lead single 'Face Everything And Rise' (#1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks).
2015: Sweet & Lynch, featuring Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken/ Lynch Mob, unfurl their debut album 'Only To Rise.' The group also has James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy.
2015: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given a song writing credit on Sam Smith’s hit 'Stay With Me,' because of the similarities to his 1989 track 'I Won’t Back Down.' 'Stay With Me' had been nominated for three Grammy awards, including Song of the Year. The parties made an out of court settlement.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist, 65-year-old Geezer Butler, was arrested in California after a bar fight following an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation. Police said he was released after detox and citation.
2016: AC/DC file a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized merchandise sales during their U.S. tour. They ask the court to send U.S. Marshals to arrest offenders and seize all counterfeit goods.
2017: Stephen Pearcy releases his solo album 'Smash.'
2017: Jack Russell's Great White releases their debut album 'He Saw It Comin.'

January 28
1956: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) makes his television debut on CBS' 'Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.' Program producer, comedian Jackie Gleason, flatly predicts Elvis won't last. Backed by the house band, he sings 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Heartbreak Hotel.' It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success of their first appearance they were signed to five more in early 1956. The national furor over Presley would not erupt, however, until subsequent appearances on Milton Berle and Steve Allen's shows.
1963: Touring the UK The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland.
1965: The Who make their TV debut on 'Ready Steady, Go.' They play 'I Can't Explain' on the British pop program. The hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.
1965: The Moody Blues were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Go Now!'
1966: The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run up debts of 10,000 pounds. The club became world famous as one of The Beatles’ earliest venues.
1968: During a tour of Australia, a plane carrying members of The Who & the Small Faces landed in Melbourne en route from Adelaide to Sydney & was delayed for three hours amidst claims of drunkenness & unruly behavior. The flight continued with two security guards on board.
1968: Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.
1969: After the Beatles cut versions of 'Get Back' and 'Don”t Let Me Down' for single release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Allen Klein for the first time at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
1970: Jimi Hendrix performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1970: The Who played at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany.
1971: Genesis appeared at St. George’s Hall in Bradford, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1972: Deep Purple performed at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people.
1974: Hawkwind performed at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1974: Paul McCartney And Wings 'Jet' single is released in the US. The song peaked at #7 in both the British and American charts on March 20, 1974.
1975: Genesis performed at Civic Hall in Phoenix, Arizona.
1977: Pink Floyd's 10th studio album Animals entered the UK charts at #2. The sleeve concept was that of Roger Waters, who lived at the time near Clapham Common, and regularly drove past Battersea Power Station. A view of the imposing but disused former power station building was chosen for the cover image, complete with massive inflatable pig suspended between two of the towers.
1978: The Doobie Brothers guest star on an episode of ABC's 'What's Happening!'
1978: ‪Van Halen‬ released their first single 'You Really Got Me.'
1978: The Fleetwood Mac album 'Rumours' went to #1 on the album chart. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and spent over 440 weeks on the album chart.
1978: Ted Nugent was approached by a fan to autograph his arm with a Bowie knife, in which Nugent obliged.
1978: Styx peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Come Sail Away' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Van Halen - 'You Really Got Me' at #91 & Kansas’ 'Dust In The Wind' at #81. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ 'Breakdown' was #48 and Queen’s 'We Are The Champions/ We Will Rock You' was at #6.
1980: J. Geils Band's 11th album, 'Love Stinks' is released. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1982: AC/DC appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1983: Triumph's 6th studio album, 'Never Surrender' is released.
1983: The first Narara Music Festival was held near Somersby, New South Wales over the Australia Day weekend, the line-up included Men At Work, The Church, The Choirboys, Cold Chisel and INXS.
1983: Radio station WDHA, 105.5 in New Jersey, claims to be the first US station to play music from a compact disc.
1983: Billy Fury, the British rock-a-billy artist who scored a major hit in Great Britain in 1961 with 'Halfway To Paradise,' died from heart and kidney problems at the age of 42. Fury was a major star in his homeland, but couldn't catch the break he needed to become a part of the British Invasion.
1984: The Romantics peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Talking in Your Sleep' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billy Idol made his first and only appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where he performed 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell.'
1984: Van Halen's album '1984' (including the hit 'Jump') hits the US charts.
1984: Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passes comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motley’s manager Doug Thaler convinced the fan not to press any charges.
1985: David Lee Roth releases the 'Crazy from the Heat' EP. It included two Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits: 'California Girls' at #3 and 'Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody' at #12.
1985: With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, 'We Are The World' is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video. Among those taking part: Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, The Jacksons, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Bob Geldof.
1986: Black Sabbath release their 12th studio album, 'Seventh Star.' It includes a supergroup lineup featuring Tony Iommi, Glenn Hughes, Eric Singer, Dave Spitz & Geoff Nicholls. It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi.
1987: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
1988: Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols,' went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.
1988: Metalica enters One On One Studios in Los Angeles to begin recording of '...And Justice for All.'
1989: The 'Traveling Wilburys' album hits the Top 3 in the U.S.
1991: ‎Motley Crue‬ won favorite Hard Rock/Metal album at the American Music Awards for 'Dr. Feelgood.' Slaughter grab the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist. Aerosmith take home the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Poison & Mötley Crüe. ‬
1993: Geffen Records files a $30 million breach of contract suit against Don Henley, claiming that he failed to deliver the final two albums that he agreed to in his contract. The suit would be settled before coming to trial with undisclosed terms.
1994: Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of 'Wayne's World II' in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Cafe, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 ($42,500) from the sale of Linda's vegetarian burgers.
1995: Yoko Ono recorded 'Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue' at Paul McCartney’s Mill Studio in Sussex, U.K with Paul, Linda McCartney & Sean Lennon.
1996: Chris Isaak guest-stars in the 'Friends' episode 'The One After the Superbowl.' Isaak plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.
1997: Pat Boone releases an album of Heavy Metal tunes called 'In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,' a tongue-in-cheek collection of tunes like 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Stairway to Heaven.' When the religious community failed to get the joke, he was dismissed from his Trinity Broadcasting Network program, 'Gospel America.' He would later make an appearance on TBN with the president of the network, Paul Crouch, and his pastor, Jack Hayford, where he explained that the album was a "parody of himself." Trinity Broadcasting then reinstated him and 'Gospel America' was brought back
1997: MCA Records announces that it has come to an agreement with Jimi Hendrix's family to acquire the rights to the entire Jimi Hendrix catalog.
1998: Guitarist Chris DeGarmo leaves Queensryche. He begins working with Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell's brother) on a future project.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.
2001: Aerosmith are joined onstage by pop stars 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige to sing 'Walk This Way' during the Super Bowl Halftime Show Sunday in Tampa, FL.
2001: Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Chocolate Starfish.'
2004: Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer's early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play. US firm Master Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and sold for $460 each.
2004: Tony Iommi is named the World's Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist according to a Guitar World tally of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
2005: Traffic drummer/vocalist/songwriter Jim Capaldi, dies of stomach cancer at age 60. He was a co-founder of the group (along with Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and Chris Wood). His talents were used by Bob Marley, Eric Clapton and the Eagles as he was also a prolific songwriter. Capaldi was inducted with Traffic into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
2006: Long standing issues cause keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch to part ways with the Black Crowes. The rift takes place before the group's concert in Orlando, FL.
2008: The reunited Police top Forbes magazine's list of 2007's top musical earners, bringing in more than $140 million in U.S. music sales and concert tickets.
2008: Papa Roach announce, via an online post, that they have parted ways with drummer Dave Buckner. "It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do," writes Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix. "He's taking this time to get his life together." Buckner bailed on the group's '07 tour to enter a rehab facility. "The road is a hard place to live and if you're falling apart it will destroy you," concludes Shaddix.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock's ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).
2009: Halloween Jack makes its live North American debut in Los Angeles. The 'supergroup' features ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, ex-Alice Cooper/Slash's Snakepit singer-guitarist Eric Dover and former Garbage bassist Daniel Schulman. According to their press release, "Halloween Jack are laying down an old-school glitter party that will cook your eardrums, blow your mind, and Rock your world."
2009: Duff McKagan announces that he's a financial columnist for Playboy magazine. The former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist says the column is "just some no-nonsense plain talk about things that can usually get real confusing." McKagan adds that he wants to "shed some light and maybe even bring down some of the criminals on Wall Street."
2009: Rise Against is named 2008's Most Animal-Friendly Band by U.S. animal-rights organization peta2. Weezer's song "Pig" nabs the Best Animal Rights Song prize.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor's appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock's 'All Summer Long' (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song 'Sweet Home Alabama'). Powell, who joined Skynyrd in 1972, survived the band's tragic 1977 plane crash.
2011: Foo Fighters Dave Grohl uses Twitter to announce a surprise Santa Barbara show that evening at Velvet Jones, a small club, where the band debuts new songs, along with their classics. The concert quickly sells out.
2014: Motley Crue announce their farewell tour at an event in L.A. billed as 'RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End.' "It's time for us to throw the towel in," says guitarist Mick Mars. The tour features Alice Cooper as the opening act.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested after officers were called to the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park, CA. The 65 year-old bassist was arrested for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a fight broke out in the bar.
2015: Sly Stone was awarded $5 million in missed royalties by a Los Angeles court. The singer claimed his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and lawyer, Glenn Stone, had cheated him out of earnings dating back more than 20 years. In 2011, it was reported he was homeless and living in a camper van after falling on hard times, and fighting drug addiction problems.
2016: Jefferson Airplane co-founder/vocalist/guitarist Paul Kantner dies at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure following a heart attack. And in a strange coincidence, original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson (later replaced by Grace Slick) also dies at the age of 74. In the 1960s, he and Grace Slick led the band to five Gold albums including 1967's 'Surrealistic Pillow' and 1968's 'Crown of Creation.' Even greater success came in the 1970s as Starship with the Double Platinum 'Red Octopus' LP. Kantner was essentially the leader of both bands, and performed with them the longest – 19 years in the original run of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship and 24 years in the revived Jefferson Starship. Kantner is one of the few performers who appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and later in 1969 at Altamonte. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Jefferson Airplane in 1996.
2017: Longtime Black Sabbath keyboardist James "Geoff” Nicholls passed away. He played on the following Black Sabbath albums: Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tÿr, Dehumanizer, Cross Purposes, Forbidden, Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, Live Evil, Cross Purposes Live, and Reunion.
2017: Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) criticizes President Donald Trump’s barrage of executive orders, including a travel ban on Muslims from seven countries. “(It) feels like a vendetta," writes Armstrong in an Instagram post. "Trump is not only taking out his revenge on the people who protested him, but also the average American that just didn't vote for him."

January 29
1958: A band called The Champs release 'Tequila,' an instrumental that will hit #1 in mid-March. The group included sax player Jim Seals and drummer Dash Crofts, who would go on to score several hits in the seventies, including 'Summer Breeze' as Seals And Crofts.
1961: Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington's disease. Dylan plays him 'Song To Woody,' which would appear on his first album the following year. Dylan told him; "I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox." Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said: "I ain't dead yet."
1962: Warner Brothers Records signed Peter, Paul And Mary to their first recording contract. Their self-titled album would stay in the US Top 10 for ten months, remained in the Top 20 for two years and did not drop off the Hot 100 album chart until three-and-a-half years after its release. Their only single to make it all the way to number one was 1969's, Leaving On a Jet Plane, written by John Denver.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart - their first #1 in America.
1964: The Beatles record 'Sie Liebt Dich' (the German version of 'She Loves You'), spenting the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles' only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, after EMI's West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier.
1966: 'I Fought The Law' by The Bobby Fuller Four is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later and eventually reach #9 during an eight week chart run.
1967: The Monkees self-titled debut album started a 7 week run at #1 on the UK album chart.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre in London. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.
1968: The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go in Las Vegas. 
After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification.
1969: Fleetwood Mac had their only UK #1 single with the instrumental 'Albatross' which was composed by guitarist Peter Green. 'Albatross' is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, 'Sun King' from 1969's Abbey Road.
1971: Deep Purple kicked of a 21-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire.
1971: Hot Tuna, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band played the first of a three night engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1972: Henry McCulloch joins Wings.
1972: David Bowie performed at Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England.
1972: The triple album 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' went to #1 on the UK album chart. The event was organized by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.
1973: Johnny Rivers received a Gold record for the Billboard #6 hit single, 'Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.' Huey "Piano" Smith And The Clowns had a #52 hit with it in 1957.
1974: Grand Funk records 'The Loco-Motion' after Mark Farner comes in singing the song.
1974: Genesis played at Eulachhalle in Winterthur, Switzerland.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. A total of 39 people were arrested, mostly on drug charges.
1977: The Runaways 2nd studio album, 'Queens of Noise' is released. It reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son at #45, Alice Cooper’s 'I Never Cry' at #34, KISS’ Hard Luck Woman at #20 and peaking at #10 was Aerosmith’s 'Walk This Way.'
1977: Aerosmith hit the top 10 on the charts with 'Walk This Way,' peaking at #10. The song is inspired by a line in Mel Brooks' comedy 'Young Frankenstein.' It was their 2nd ever Top 10 on the chart. ‬
1977: Aerosmith played at Gunma Sports Center in Maebashi, Japan.
1977: Pink Floyd appeared at Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany.
1978: Whitesnake is formed by David Coverdale.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1979: 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” Bob Geldorf of The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event.
1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband following a financially disastrous tour of America.
1980: Rush played at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
1982: ZZ Top performed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1982: Huey Lewis and the News release their 2nd album, 'Picture This."
1982: Joe Walsh, backed by a band billed as the Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue performed a benefit concert in Santa Barbara, CA. The benefit was the Pacific Alliance Presents A Water For Life Benefit Concert For A Non-Nuclear Future.
1983: Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks marries the husband (Kim Anderson) of her deceased best friend (Robin Anderson). The couple would be divorced in April 1984. Anderson has one child, Matthew, with the late Robin Snyder, who died of leukemia in 1982. Robin was Stevie’s best friend, and Stevie considers Matthew to be her stepson.
1983: 'Shock the Monkey' by Peter Gabriel peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, which was Gabriel’s first top 40 single & his first single to chart higher in the U.S. than the U.K.
1983: Men At Work top the UK and US singles charts with 'Down Under' and the UK and US album charts with 'Business As Usual.' This feat had not been accomplished since Rod Stewart did it in 1971.
1984: Members of ‪Motley Crue‬ received a Gold album for ‪'Shout At The Devil‬' at the Limelight Club in ‪New York City.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hydepark Circus in Osnabrück, Germany.
1986: Pete Townshend performed at Gala du Midem in Cannes, France.
1989: Billy Joel sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIII in Miami.
1991: Pearl Jam enters a Seattle recording studio to cut a handful of demos. These tracks eventually help them land a deal with Epic Records.
1992: Blues legend Willie Dixon passes away. A musician, songwriter ('Back Door Man,' 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and 'I Ain't Superstitious'), arranger and record producer, Dixon is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago Blues sound and his influence on Rock, especially the British vein, is immeasurable. Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. He ended up suing Led Zeppelin in 1984 for plagiarism and winning. Next to Muddy Waters, Dixon is recognized as the most influential person in shaping the sound of the Chicago blues Dixon was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
1997: The Paul Simon musical 'The Cape Man,' opens on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances).
2001: A New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD's released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at #5, Eva Cassidy at #4, Jimi Hendrix at #3, Bob Marley at #2 and 2Pac at #1.
2002: Dream Theater's 6th full-length studio album, 'Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence' album is released.
2002: King Diamond released his 10th studio album, 'Abigail II: The Revenge.'
2005: David Lerchey, a founding member of The Dell-Vikings who reached the Billboard Top 40 with 'Come Go With Me' (#4), 'Whispering Bells' (#9) and 'Cool Shake' (#12), all in 1957, died of cancer at the age of 67.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appears on Animal Planet's 'Trail MIX.' The TV show focuses on "the special bond that some musicians have with horses."
2006: Bryan Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, Pakistan, where he performed a benefit concert to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school and for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
2007: 'The Paths We Choose,' written by Sully Erna, ships to bookstores. In the memoir, Godsmack's frontman recalls his youthful experiences with drugs, crime and spent dreams. He says he feels grateful for his tough upbringing.
2007: KISS' 'Rock The Nation Live!' DVD is certified 2x platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ‬
2008: Carlos Santana helps lead a campaign to have late United Farm Workers Union founder Cesar Chavez's birthday, March 31, recognized as a U.S. holiday.
2008: Airbourne release 'Runnin' Wild' in the U.S. The debut set from the Aussie band includes the title track, 'Stand Up For Rock n' Roll' and 'Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast.'
2008: Nickelback, Green Day, U2, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, White Stripes and Daughtry are featured on the 21-track '08 Grammy Nominees compilation.
2009: Singer-songwriter John Martyn died in the hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton.
2009: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready appears in front of the Washington state legislature to promote a bill that would require local businesses to give sufferers of Crohn's disease and other digestive disorders emergency access to private restrooms.
2010: Roy Orbison gets a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (on Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building, next to John Lennon and George Harrison) at a ceremony attended by Jeff Beck, Chris Isaak, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh & Dwight Yoakam.
2010: MusiCares 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center pays tribute Neil Young for his achievements in both music and philanthropy (Farm Aid and the Bridge School benefit concerts). During the Grammy-related awards show, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer makes his first public appearance as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2010: The Gillette UNCUT music film series premieres on Fuse TV. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is one of the subjects. "I'm not a high fashion guy," claims Hoppus in his documentary. "There are a lot of dudes who can pull off the scruffy look, but I'm not one of them. Every night before I go onstage, I have a moment where I think, 'Can I pull this off tonight?'"
2010: Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Goldstein later filed a countersuit for slander following a rant by Stone at the Coachella Festival in California.
2010: Pete Townshend's 2003 child pornography scandal came back to haunt him just days before he was to perform during the half-time show at The Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Protect Our Children officials distributed flyers to local homes, warning parents that The Who's guitarist admitted using his credit card to view images on a child porn website. Townshend was placed on a British sex offenders list following his arrest, but was not convicted after protesting that he was only researching a book.
2010: Overkill released their 15th full-length studio album, 'Ironbound.'
2010: Keel released their 7th studio album, 'Streets of Rock & Roll.'
2011: 'Tighten Up' by the Black Keys tops the Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
2012: Elton John took another swipe at his Pop rival Madonna. When asked if he had any advice for her before she played the half-time show at The Super Bowl, Elton replied "Make sure you lip-sync good. Of course you have to play live, but I don't think you can."
2013: Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Country's Lady Antebellum perform together in L.A. for the CMT series 'Crossroads.' The show includes the Fleetwood Mac classics and selections from Nicks' solo career. It airs eight months later.
2016: Dream Theater's 13th album, 'The Astonishing,' is released.
2016: Tedeschi Trucks Band's 3rd album, 'Let Me Get By' is released.
2016: KISS' Gene Simmons grants a dying teenager's wish by visiting him at the Children's Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas. Dilan Kohn, who idolized Simmons and saw the bassist as an inspiration, passes away just days after Simmons' visit.
2016: Three weeks after his death, David Bowie had twelve albums in the UK top 40, equaling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.
2016: Resurrection Kings released their self-titled debut album. The band features Craig Goldy (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums), Sean McNabb (bass) and Chas West (Red Dragon Cartel, Tango Down)

January 30
1955: Although more than half a million jukeboxes were scattered around North America, US manufacturer AMI finally introduces the pay-for-play devices in the UK. Company president John Haddock says he intended to target the ever growing coffee house market first.
1956: Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA's New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song 'Blue Suede Shoes.' Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C. V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmens shoes as "blue suede shoes."
1958: On the first nig't of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.
1959: Elvis Presley had his third UK #1 single 'One Night / I Got Stung' a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title 'One Night of Sin') a revival of the Smiley Lewis's R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached #1.
1961: Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce that they are forming their own independent production company.
1961: The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 when 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' reached the top. They would go on to place ten more hits in the Top 40. The song reached #4 in the UK.
1964: Muddy Waters 4th album, 'Folk Singer is released. In 2003, the album was ranked #280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album features Waters on acoustic guitar, backed by Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. The record is Waters' only all-acoustic album. The recording took place at the Tel Mar Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois on September 1963, and was produced by Willie Dixon.
1967: The Beatles shoot a promotional clip for 'Strawberry Fields Forever' in Kent, England.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at London’s Saville Theatre to promote their next single.
1967: The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1968: The Velvet Underground's 2nd studio album, 'White Light/White Heat' is released. It just made the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (#199) in 1968, however, despite its poor sales, the distorted, feedback-driven, and roughly recorded sound on White Light/White Heat became a notable influence on punk and experimental rock. In 2003, the album was ranked #293 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, alongside other releases by the group.
1969: The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. A portion appears in the film 'Let It Be.' They played ‘Get Back,' ‘Don’t Let Me Down,' ‘I’ve Got A Feeling,' ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony.' The session is stopped when the law arrives responding to neighbors complaints about the noise. It is the last public performance by the group. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.”
1970: The Who performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
1970: The Flock, Fleetwood Mac, and The Grateful Dead appeared at the opening of The Warehouse in New Orleans.
1970: T. Rex singer & guitarist Marc Bolan married girlfriend June Child at the Kensington Registry Office in the U.K. They would divorce in 1975.
1971: Bob Seger played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a #1 when ‘My Sweet Lord' went to the top of the singles charts. The song from his 'All Things Must Pass' album stayed at number one for five weeks. The track returned to the top of the UK charts in 2002, following his death.
1972: Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973: After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York (soon to be renamed the Coventry). The group's make-up and identity is a 'work in progress.' They have the make-up but it's leaning toward Glam (eye shadow, glitter and rouge). Less than ten people catch the show.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Aerosmith played at The Brewery in East Lansing, Michigan.
1974: Greg Lake arrested for swimming nude in a Salt Lake City hotel pool, clearly visible from the street. He is fined $75.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at Chicago’s Uptown Theatre.
1980: Rush appeared at the Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' wins Favorite Pop/Rock Single at the 8th Annual American Music Awards in Hollywood. Billy Joel wins Favorite Pop/Rock Album with 'Glass Houses' and The Eagles are named Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group.
1982: American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin' Hopkins died of esophageal cancer at age 69. He influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and many more. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their 'Document' album. His obituary in the New York Times described him as “one of the great country blues singers and perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players.
1982: Hall And Oates' 'I Can't Go for That' hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the R&B chart simultaneously, one week after reaching #1 on the Disco chart. It becomes only the 4th single by a white act to reach the top of the R&B chart since 1965. The record was also a #8 hit in the UK.
1982: The following songs debut on Billboard’s Hot 100: The Go-Go’s 'We Got The Beat' at #79, Sammy Hagar’s 'I’ll Fall In Love Again' at #83, Bob and Doug McKenzie’s 'Take Off' at #84 and Prism’s 'Don’t Let Him Know' at #86.
1982: Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios 'Desert Island Discs.' His selections include, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel,' Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy' and Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti.'
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1988: KISS single their 'Reason To Live.' It reaches #64 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1988: 'Need You Tonight' by INXS is the #1 song in the U.S.
1988: 'Everywhere' gives Fleetwood Mac their 4th Top 10 single from the 'Tango in the Night' album in U.S.
1988: Robbie Robertson of The Band appears on 'Saturday Night Live.' It's his first live TV appearance in 12 years.
1989: During Guns N’ Roses’ performance of 'Patience' at the 16th annual American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Don Henley filled in on drums due to drummer Steven Adler having the flu.
1989: Def Leppard win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for 'Hysteria' and the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Van Halen & Guns N' Roses
1989: Exodus releases their 3rd studio album, 'Fabulous Disaster.'
1990: The Black Crowes released their debut album 'Shake Your Money Maker' which went on to reach #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.
1990: Bob Dylan is awarded France's highest cultural honor when he is named Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by The Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
1990: Unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single 'Sally Cinnaman,' The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1992: Soundgarden earns a platinum record for 'Badmotorfinger.'
1995: Led Zeppelin received the International Artist Award at the 22nd American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant performed 'Black Dog' via satellite from London on the program.
1998: Tim 'Ripper' Owens‬ performed first concert as lead singer of ‪Judas Priest‬ in ‪Norfolk‬, ‎Virginia‬.
1999: Offspring's 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy' makes it to #1 in the U.K.
2007: Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign. The Global Cool campaign, from ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's Satellite Party project, serves as the theme song for the initiative aimed at fighting global warming.
2007: 'Freedom's Road' lands at #5 becoming John Mellencamp's best chart debut.
2007: Saliva's 'Blood Stained Love Story' enters the Billboard 200 at #19 making it the group's highest-ever first-week showing on the album chart.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he is working with Reverb, a nonprofit group, to help make his upcoming solo tour as environmentally friendly as possible. Green measures include recycling backstage garbage, offsetting the carbon produced by tour buses and encouraging the use of local products.
2008: The song and video, 'Fired Up, Ready To Go,' inspired by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, makes its debut. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron worked with a gospel choir on the track.
2010: Sting plays songs from the Police catalog and his solo career with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music's 153rd Anniversary concert. The performance takes place in the Academy of Music's restored ballroom with proceeds helping with the continued restoration of the venue.
2010: Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work." A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2011: Publishing industry insiders reported that Bob Dylan had signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster that includes two follow-ups to his 2004 best-selling memoir 'Chronicles: Volume One.'
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil said that he was ready to serve his 15-day jail term for a driving under the influence conviction, insisting he's learned his lesson. "I just have to move on and get past it and get it behind me." Neil was to surrender to authorities at the Clark County Detention Center on February 15th.
2012: "Listening to Metallica could help stimulate the brain," claims Professor Galina Mindlin of New York's Columbia University. "It's (about) how music affects you, how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks," explains Mindlin. "The idea is to activate as many brain areas as you can."
2012: Noel and Liam Gallagher (both formerly of Oasis) are nominated for XFM New Music Awards, which are chosen by a panel of music industry insiders to honor the best album by a British act for the previous year. Noel's High Flying Birds are nominated for their self-titled debut while Liam's Beady Eye earns a nod for their first album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.' A month later, The Vaccines and their album 'What Do You Expect From The Vaccines?' wins.
2013: Even though two members of Pussy Riot already languish in prison, Russian authorities order Internet providers to block videos of the group's February, 2012 anti-Putin protest performance in a Moscow cathedral. Pussy Riot videos are banned under Russia's 'extremism' law.
2013: Mick Jagger was named the most stylish rock star of all time by lifestyle website Complex. Jagger lead their top 50 list ahead of Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious and Keith Richards. Complex stated “Even today, he wears silk scarves and suits with more rakish appeal than most men – and he’s pushing 70.
2014: Metallica's IMAX 3D concert film, 'Metallica Through The Never,' wins the Best 3D Documentary award at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards.
2014: Poison frontman Bret Michaels introduces his new fragrance, Roses & Thorns on HSN.
2015: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, accompanied by former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen, perform with the Seattle Symphony. Later in the show, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron appear for a near complete, except without Eddie Vedder, reunion of Temple Of The Dog. The Sonic Evolution series features local Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop musicians playing with the symphony to provide a different perspective on the music.
2015: Metal Hammer readers name Iron Maiden's Steve Harris the greatest bassist of all time. Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Geddy Lee (Rush) round out the top 3.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd's concert at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH ends abruptly when lead singer Wes Scantlin walks off stage after berating an audience member for "stealing" his house. Earlier in the year, Scantlin was arrested for trespassing on a property he once owned. To help assuage fan's disappointment, the venue issues concertgoers a ticket to the next show of their choice.
2016: David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100 million, according to his will which was filed in New York. Half would go to his widow, Iman, along with the home they shared in New York. The rest was shared between his son and daughter. Bowie's personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, was left $2m and another $1m went to a former nanny, Marion Skene.
2017: During a concert in Australia, Bruce Springsteen slams President Donald Trump for his executive order calling for an immigration ban of citizens from seven Muslim countries that allegedly harbor terrorists. "We want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees," says The Boss. "We find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American."

January 31
1956: Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.
1957: Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around the Clock' had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10 inch 78's. The version of 'Rock Around the Clock' that was used in the movie 'Blackboard Jungle' differs from the hit single version. The difference is in the two solo breaks.
1959: 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper played at The Armory in Duluth, MN. Three days later, the three die in a plane crash.
1961: At 24 years old, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer at that time to headline a TV special as 'Bobby Darin & Friends' airs on NBC.
1963: A 17-year-old Neil Young makes his stage debut at a country club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1963: The Beach Boys record 'Surfin' USA,' which will climb to #3 in the US by mid-April. Although it was credited as being composed by Brian Wilson, the tune was a note-for-note cover of Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen.' Following a lawsuit, Berry was granted writing credit and royalties from the record. 'Shutdown' was also recorded on this day.
1964: Sales figures show that the Beatles’ 'She Loves You' has sold 1.3 million copies in England, while 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' has sold 1.5 million.
1966: At Western Recorders in Hollywood, Brian Wilson records 'Caroline, No' without the other Beach Boys. The song appears on the group's 'Pet Sounds' album, but the single is released under his name.
1967: While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchases a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles 'Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite.' The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white.
1968: The Who performed at Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City during the band's first North American tour. Porter's Popular Preachers opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage. Zeppelin opened for the Iron Butterfly and kicks ass so much that the headliners refuse to go on.
1969: Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.
1969: The Beatles record 'Two Of Us,' the opening track on 'Let It Be,' at Apple Studios in London. This version is used in the 'Let it Be' film and on the album.
1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' peaks at #4 on the U.S. pop chart. It was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, 'Truckin'.' (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")
1970: American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. He had the 1966 #16 single ‘Baby Scratch My Back.' The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, The Doors and Them all covered his songs. The riff from Harpo’s 1966 hit 'Shake Your Hips' was used in the ZZ Top’s 'La Grange' and the Rolling Stones covered the song on their album 'Exile On Main Street.'
1971: Bobby Darin walks off the 'Jackie Gleason Show' set when he is not allowed to sing 'Long Line Rider,' a song about the poor treatment of prisoners in America.
1971: Genesis appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1972: Yes played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: Less than a day after an incident now known as "Bloody Sunday" in which British soldiers killed twelve Irish civil rights demonstrators, Paul McCartney writes and records 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' After some resistance from EMI, the song will finally be released on February 25th, but was immediately banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority. Despite the lack of air-play, the song would reach #1 on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Spain, also climbing to #16 on the UK singles chart and #21 in the US.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Olympia Stadium in Detroit.
1976: Black Sabbath's double album 'We Sold Our Souls For Rock N' Roll' peaks at #48 on the U.S. chart.
1976: Daryl Hall & John Oates' 'Sara Smile' b/w 'Soldering' 45 single is released. It was the duo's first Top Ten hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #23 on Hot Soul Singles (now Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and #18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. 'Sara Smile' was the second single released from Hall & Oates' 1975 self-titled album for RCA Records. It was written about Hall's then-girlfriend, Sara Allen.
1977: Elton John won awards for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Single ('Don't Go Breaking My Heart' with Kiki Dee), at the 4th American Music Awards held in California.
1978: Greg Herbert, saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland at the age of 30.
1977: Aerosmith headlined at the famous Budokan in Tokyo.
1978: Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the 'The Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1979: The Clash kicked off their first North American tour in Vancouver, with Bo Diddley as the support act throughout the tour.
1980: Bob Dylan appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: Blondie tops the Cashbox Best Sellers list and The Billboard Hot 100 with 'The Tide Is High.' a song written and recorded in 1967 by John Holt and his Kingston, Jamaica band, The Paragons. It was the group's 3rd U.S. #1. It was also a #1 in the UK.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hall Polyvalent in Schifflange, Luxembourg.
1985: Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty gives his first live performance in fourteen years at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California. He performed with Albert Lee and Booker T. Jones at the A&M Soundstage in Hollywood, harkening a return for Fogerty, who two weeks earlier released 'Centerfield,' his first album in 10 years.
1987: Paul Simon went back to #1 on the UK album chart with Graceland, the album stayed on the chart for a total 101 weeks. Graceland later won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
1987: Genesis peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Land of Confusion' which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Paul Simon's 'Graceland' went to #1 on the UK album chart. The LP would stay on the list for 101 weeks.
1989: Warrant release their debut studio album, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'
1994: Black Sabbath released their 17th studio album, 'Cross Purposes.'
1995: Green Day release their single, 'When I Come Around.' The 'Dookie' track peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.
1997: David Bowie released part of his holdings in intellectual property for sale on the stock market, becoming the first Rock star to offer Wall Street stock options on his career.
1998: The 'Come Together' benefit concert becomes an E Street Band reunion, with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. The show, held at a small New Jersey theatre, was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty. It turns into a 3 1/2 hour jam with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and other New Jersey musicians.
1998: The Presidents of the United States of America play their last show before disbanding. It's a charity gig at Seattle's Paramount Theater. They eventually get back together.
1998: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett gets married to his wife Lani in Kailua, Hawaii.
1999: After a performance by the classic lineup of KISS during the pregame ceremonies, Cher sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII. Stevie Wonder provided half-time entertainment.
2001: Asia release their 9th studio album, 'Aura.'
2001: Avenged Sevenfold released their debut album 'Sounding The Seventh Trumpet.'
2001: KISS announce that Eric Singer will finish the band's Farewell tour replacing without explanation about Peter Criss.‬ The band issues the following statement via their official website: "Eric has been a member of our family, and his drumming and singing have been the cornerstone of past KISS tours. We are stoked that we can bring our ultimate spectacle to KISS fans worldwide." Singer's first show with the band since 1995 takes place in Japan in March.
2005: The Edge takes Ireland's Sunday World newspaper to court over its naming a seriously ill relative in an article about U2 postponing the start of its tour. The Edge gets a temporary injunction keeping the tabloid from printing the relative's name again.
2005: It takes Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) a mere two hours to sell out four shows (May 2nd through 6th) at London's Royal Albert Hall. The last time the group played together was at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
2007: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Burdon And The Animals are part of a lineup for the 'Beat It Wally' concert in Glendale, CA. The event benefits veteran drummer Wally Ingram who is fighting throat cancer.
2007: The widow of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia files a civil lawsuit in a California Superior Court against the corporation that manages her late husband's estate. Deborah Koons Garcia seeks access to unreleased Garcia recordings, which she wants to have professionally restored. Koons Garcia belongs to the limited-liability group she is suing, which is made up of Garcia's beneficiaries, some of whom oppose her plans.
2007: An unreleased poem written and recorded by Jim Morrison titled 'Woman in the Window' was set to music & given to Global Cool to raise awareness of global warming.
2008: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton donates a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and other memorabilia to the Hard Rock Boston. In return, the Hard Rock company presents $30,000 to Massachusetts General Hospital's YouthCare behavioral-therapy program, which Hamilton and his wife support.
2008: The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde participates in a PETA demonstation in New York. The animal-rights organization is protesting the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city. "I love horses and hate seeing them reduced to beasts of burden," says Hynde.
2009: AC/DC win the Major Tour of the Year trophy at the 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A. The duo of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss ('Raising Sand') receive the Most Creative Tour Package prize.
2009: VH1 airs a documentary on the recording of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band's 'Working On A Dream' album.
2009: Dewey Martin dies in his Van Nuys, CA, home at 68. The drummer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997. The Canadian musician had worked with The Monkees as well. In 1971, Martin retired from the music industry to become a car mechanic.
2009: David Gilmour appeared at Coldfall Primary School in Muswell Hill, London, during a charity show with The Seat Of The Pants Band. The black-tie dinner dance, at which Bob Hoskins, Suggs from Madness and comedian Les Dennis also appeared, raised over £50,000 for a cancer charity.
2010: The 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center in L.A. opens with a duet by Lady Gaga and Elton John, doing her 'Speechless' and his 'Your Song.' Green Day and the cast of American Idiot perform '21 Guns' and Bon Jovi play 'We Weren't Born To Follow.' The fan-selected song (through online voting), 'Living On A Prayer' closes their performance. Kings Of Leon win Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance honors for 'Use Somebody.' Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' lands the Best Rock Album award. Jeff Beck is honored for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance and AC/DC earns the trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
2011: A torn bicep and subsequent surgery on the right arm of Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill forces the group to cancel dates in Australia and South Africa. The dates are rescheduled.
2012: Metallica release their four-track 'Beyond Magnetic' EP on CD in the U.S. (the set was originally available as a download only release). The songs are leftovers from the 2007 and '08 "Death Magnetic" sessions.
2012: Former Mountain guitarist Leslie West plays his first public performance since his lower right leg was amputated as a result of complications from diabetes. West, who performs while sitting in a wheelchair, gets a standing ovation at New York's BB King Blues Club.
2013: Dave Grohl's directorial debut, 'Sound City' opens in theaters. The film chronicles the story of the legendary Van Nuys, CA, recording studio. Nirvana, Grohl's old band, recorded 1991's 'Nevermind' at Sound City.
2014: The Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron offers to buy fans a pint if they are not impressed with the group's U.K. shows to promote the Blues oriented album, "If The River Was Whiskey." "If you come to one of our shows you can expect us to play our guts out and if you honestly don't think we played our hearts out, I'll buy you a pint," states Baron.
2015: Phil Anselmo (Pantera) receives the Musical Artist Of The Year Award at the 10th annual President's Arts Awards in his hometown of Covington, LA.
2015: R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay passed away at the age of 78. Among the songs he wrote were Chubby Checker's hit, 'Pony Time,' Aretha Franklin's 'Chain Of Fools' and The Rolling Stones' 'Mercy Mercy.'
2016: Fox airs a live version of 'Grease,' the hit Broadway musical-turned-movie, starring Julianne Hough.
2017: English singer, bassist, and songwriter John Wetton died in his sleep at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK from colon cancer. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia. Their biggest hit 'Heat of the Moment,' reached #4 in the US in 1982. After his time in Asia, Wetton went on to have a successful solo career and worked extensively as a session musician.
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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) - 78
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 73
John Densmore (Doors, The Butts Band, Riders on the Storm, Tribaljazz) - 73
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) - 60
Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) - 52
Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down) - 46
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (The Mars Volta, Jack White + more) - b. 1974 - d. 10/14/14
Brad Delson “Big Bad Brad” (Linkin Park) - 40

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) - 76
Ted Bluechel, Jr. (The Association) - 75
Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (Hanoi Rocks) - b. 1960 - d. 12/8/84
Rick Savage (Def Leppard) - 57
Chris Heilman (Shark Island, Tormé) -
Nate Mendel (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters) - 49
Donna Matthews (Elastica) - 46

Dec. 3:
John Cale (Velvet Underground) - 77
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, solo) - 69
Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Elvin Bishop Group) - 68
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) - 66
Don Barnes (38 Special) - 65
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) - 31

Dec. 4
Bob Mosley (Moby Grape, solo) - 75
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) - 73
Southside Johnny - born John Lyon (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) - 69
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Rossington Band) - 66
Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) - 58
Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes) - 51
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 - 85
J.J. Cale - b. 1938 - d . 7/26/13
Eduardo Delgado (? & The Mysterians) - 72
Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina, Poco, Buffalo Springfield) - 70
Rick Wills (Foreigner, Small Faces, Bad Company, David Gilmour, Cochise, Joker's Wild, Roxy Music, Roger Daltrey, The Jones Gang, Peter Frampton) - 70
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown, solo) - 70
Mark Boals (Savoy Brown, Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billionaires Boys Club, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, Seven the Hardway, Dokken, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 59
Jack Russell (Great White) - 57
Bobby Barth (Wakefield, Babyface, Axe, Blackfoot) - 55
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) - 52
Glen Graham (Blind Melon) - 49
Todd Kerns (Sin City Sinners, The Age of Electric, Static In Stereo, Slash, Torque + more) - 48

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) - 61
Jeff Blando (Left For Dead, Saigon Kick, Slaughter, Vince Neil, others) - 53
Nita Strauss (Iron Maidens, Alice Cooper) - 31

Dec. 7
Harry Chapin - b. 1942 - d. 7/18/81
Tom Waits - 68
Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) - 59
Dennis Chick (VVSI, House of Lords, Freak of Nature)

Dec. 8:
Bobby Elliott (The Hollies + more) - 76
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) - 68
Warren Cuccurullo (Frank Zappa, Missing Persobs, Duran Duran) - 61
Phil Collen (Girl, Def Leppard, Manraze, Delta Deep) - 60
Johnny Rod (W.A.S.P., King Kobra) - 60
Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony, Hawaii, Shout, solo) - 55
Athena Lee (Hardly Dangerous, Butt Trumpet, KrunK, Femme Fatale - sister of Tommy Lee, cast member of the reality TV series 'Ex Wives of Rock) - 53
Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) - 45
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - 44

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) - 73
Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) - 71
Jack Sonni (Dire Straits) - 63
Rikk Agnew (Adolescents, Social Distortion, Christian Death) - 59
Michael Foster (Firehouse) - 53
Paul Landers‬ (‎Rammstein) - 53 ‬
Brian Bell (Space Twins, The Relationship, Weezer) - 49
Jacob Dylan (The Wallflowers, solo) - 48
Tre Cool - Frank Edwin Wright III (Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam) - 45

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) - 71
Brendan Harkin (Starz) - 69
Wolf Hoffman (Accept) - 58
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, Heavy Blanket, solo) - 52
Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) - 46
Meg White (The White Stripes) - 43

Dec. 11
Big Mama Thornton - b. 1926 - d. 7/25/84
David Gates (Bread, solo) - 77
Chester Thompson (Santana, Zappa, Weather Report, Air Pocket, Genesis, solo + more) - 69
Stevie Young (AC/DC) - 61
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - 60
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx:A.M., Brides of Destruction, 58, London, Sister) - 59
Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) - 56
Justin Currie (Del Amitri, solo) - 53
Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, The Stockholm Syndrome, J Mascis and the Fog, Gov't Mule, others) - 53
Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) - 36
John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) - 33

Dec. 12
Terry Kirkman (Association) - 78
Dicky Betts (The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dickey Betts Band) - 74
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) - 73
Michael Lang (Woodstock promoter) - 73
Rob Tyner (Rob Tyner Band, MC5) - b. 1944 - d. 9/17/91
Dave Meniketti (Y&T) - 64
Bruce Kulick (Billy Squier, Blackjack, Kiss, Union, Eric Singer Project, Daniel McCartney, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, Lordi) - 64
Dan Baird (Homemade Sin, The Georgia Satellites, The Yayhoos) - 64
Cy Curnin (The Fixx, solo) - 60
Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) - 54
Dan Hawkins‬ (The Darkness‬) - 41

Dec. 13
Robert Martinez (& the Mysterians) - 72
Irving Azoff (manager for The Eagles, Steely Dan, & Van Halen) - 70
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) - 70
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) - 69
David "Davy" O'List (Roxy Music, The Nice) - 69
Ted Nugent (Damnocracy, The Amboy Dukes, solo, Damn Yankees) – 69
Tom Verlaine (Television) - 68
Berton Averre (The Knack) - 64
Dana Strum (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Slaughter, Vince Neil) - 59
Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) - 58
Robb Rivera‬ (Nonpoint‬) - 48
Joel Hoekstra‬ (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, solo) - 47
Daniel Patrick (Worked Nine Inch Nails, Tapeworm, Killing Joke, Methods of Mayhem0 - 47
Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) - 43
Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Box Car Racer) - 42
Amy Lee (Evanescence) - 36

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) - 68
Mike Scott (The Waterboys, Another Pretty Face, DNV, Funhouse, solo) - 59
C.J. Snare (Firehouse) - 53
Matt Deis (All That Remains) - 34

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) - 75
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) - 71
Paul Simonon (Clash, Havana 3am, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz) - 62
Tim Gaines (Stormer, Stryper) - 55

Dec. 16
Tony Hicks (The Hollies) - 72
Billy Gibbons (The Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top) - 68
Robben Ford (Discovering the Blues, Charles Ford Band, Yellowjackets, Gregg Allman Band, L.A. Express, others, solo) - 66
Chris Howarth (In This Moment) - 47
Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, Unified Theory, Sonny Boy Thorn, AWOLNATION + more) - 39

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) - 74
Jim Hodder (Steely Dan, sessionist) - b. 1947 - d. 6/5/90
Jim Bonfanti (Raspberries, Dynamite) - 69
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers, solo) - 68
Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley, The Wailers, Upsetters) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/87
Mark Simon (Grim Reaper) - 61
Earl Hudson (Bad Brains) - 60
Mike Mills (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Backbeat Band, Automatic Baby) - 59
Bob Stinson (The Replacements) - b. 1959 - d. 2/18/95
David "Ginger" Walls aka Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe Band, solo) - 53
Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock (Sugar Ray) - 45
Sam Loeffler (Chevelle) - 43
Maria Brink (In This Moment) - 40
Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace, others) - 39
Ryan Key (Yellowcard, Bothers) - 38

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) - 76
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac, The New Barbarians, The X-Pensive Winos, solo) - 74
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) - 64
Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Dawn Road, Electric Sun, Sky Of Avalon, G3) - 63
John Webster (Red Rider) - 60
Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax, Pride & Glory, Steven Pearcy, Burning Star, Lynyrd Skynhead) - 54
‎Mille Petrozza‬ (‎Kreator‬) - 50
Roman Glick‬ (Brother Cane, Jackyl, Slave to the System‬) - 47
‪Raymond Herrera‬ (Fear Factory) - 45
DJ Lethal / Leor Dimant (Limp Bizkit) - 45

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) - 60
Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) - 50
Kevin Shepard (Tonic) - 49

Dec. 20
Larry Willis (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jazz great) - 77
Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears + more) - 73
Peter Criss (Wicked Lester, Chelsea, KISS, solo) - 72
Stevie Wright (The Easybeats) - b. 1948 - d. 12/27/15
Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project, Producer, Engineer) - 69
Guy Babylon (Elton John) - b. 1956 - d. 9/2/09
Mike Watt (Minutemen, Dos, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Banyan, solo) - 60
Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Dweezil, Steve Vai, Metropole Orkest, Beer for Dolphins, The Mike Keneally Band, The Mistakes, Marco Minnemann, KMB, Joe Satriani) - 56
Ray Coburn (Honeymoon Suite) - 55
Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, New Earth Mud, Phil Lesh and Friends, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, solo) - 51

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) - 74
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) - b. 1946 - d. 2/6/98
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 66
Patrick Murphy (The Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr.) - 53
Gabby Glaser (Luscious Jackson) - 52
Brett Scallions (Fuel) - 46
Steve Mazur (Our Lady Peace) - 40
Shaun Morgan (Seether) - 39

Dec. 22
Ernest "Barry" Jenkins (Eric Burton & The Animals) - 73
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) - 71
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage) - 53

Dec. 23
Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - 77
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) - 74
Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly) - 72
Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) (Mott The Hoople, Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel, Widowmaker, The V.I.P.'s, solo) - 71
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.) - 71
Graham Bonnet (The Marbles, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Anthem, solo) - 70
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, The Bears, Tori Amos, solo) - 68
Doug Stegmeyer (Billy Joel, Hall and Oates, The Carpenters + more) - b. 1951 - d. 8/25/95
Anthony Phillips (Genesis, Mike Rutherford, Camel, solo) - 66
Dave Murray (Urchin, Iron Maiden) - 61
Munetaka Higuchi (Loudness) - b. 1958 - d. 11/30/08
Sass Jordan (solo, Something Unto Nothing, actress + more) - 55
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam, Bad Radio, Temple of the Dog, Hovercraft) - 53
Nick Harmer (Death Cab For Cutie) - 42

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) - 70
Brent Doerner‬ (Helix) -
Neil Turbin (Anthrax, DeathRiders, Bleed The Hunger) - 54
Millard Powers (Counting Crows, The Semantics, Majosha, Ben Folds) - 52
Doyle Bramhall II (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Arc Angels, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters) - 49

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 – 79
Merry Clayton (The Raelettes, The Rolling Stones, Sisters Love, solo + more) - 69
Alannah Myles - 58
Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Dare) - 55
Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) - 46
Stix Zadinia (The Thornbirds, Steel Panther) - 45
Josh Freese (Vandals, Devo, Viva Death, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) - 45

Dec. 26
Phil Spector (songwriter, record producer) - 78
Les Maguire (Gerry & the Pacemakers, Hog Owl) - 76
Bob Carpenter (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) - 71
Paul Quinn (Saxon) - 66
Steve Witherington (Ace) - 64
James Kottak (Kingdom Come, Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Warrant) - 55
Lars Ulrich (Metallica) - 54
J / Jay Noel Yuenger (Rights of the Accused, Ruined Eye, White Zombie) - 51
Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) - 51
Peter Klett (Candlebox) - 48
James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells) - 47
Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars, actor) - 46
Zach Blair (Hagfish, Gwar, Rise Against) - 44
Chris Daughtry (Cadence, Daughtry, Absent Element) - 38
Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) - 27

Dec. 27
Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) - b. 1931 - d. 6/28/16
Mike Pinder (El Riot and the Rebels, Krew Kats, The Moody Blues) - 76
Les Maguire (Gerry And The Pacemakers) - 76
Peter Sinfield (King Crimson, ELP, Roxy Music, PFM, solo) - 74
Mick Jones (Foreigner, Wonderwheel, Leslie West Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Spooky Tooth, sessions) - 73
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) - 72
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group, Jim Carroll Band, Lenny Kaye Connection, others) - 71
Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf, Ratchell) - 69
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_ - 69
Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, HoBoLeMa, Jeff Beck, Korn, Fantômas, Debbie Harry + more) - 67
Gary Shea (Alcatrazz, TALK, New England) - 67
David Knopfler (Dire Straits, solo) - 65
Rik Fox (Steeler, Surgical Steel, SIN) - 62
Jerry Gaskill (King's X, Galactic Cowboys, solo) - 60
Niclas Engelin (In Flames) - 45
Scott Holiday (Rival Sons) -
Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat) - 35
Chris Rorland (Sabaton) - 31
Hayley Williams (Paramore) - 29

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) - 80
Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 71
Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, The Outlaws, Heads Hands & Feet) - 70
Dick Diamonde (The Easybeats) - 70
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) - 66
Rik Fox (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P, Steeler, SIN, Thunderball, Surgical Steel, Burn, Hellion) - 62
Paul Wagstaff (Black Grape)- 53
Matt Jp Walst (My Darkest Days) -
Parker Lundgren (Queensryche) - 31

Dec. 29
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (The Blues Brothers) - 90
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) - 76
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) - 71
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) - 62
Dexter Holland (Clowns of Death, The Offspring) - 52
Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, Damnocracy, Attika7, The Spyderz) - 50
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Vasco Rossi, Sixx: A.M., Beautiful Creatures, Impellitteri, SX-10, Gary Hoey, Jennifer Batten, Tony MacAlpine) - 47
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, Plover, solo) - 47

Dec. 30
Bo Diddley - b. 1928 - d. 6/2/08
Del Shannon - b. 1934 - d. 2/8/90
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) - 80
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) - b. 1939 - d. 4/17/83
Kenny Penifallo (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) - 78
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) - 75
Davy Jones (The Monkees) - b. 1945 - d. 2/29/12
Patti Smith - 71
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) - 71
Jeff Lynne (The Move, The Idle Race, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, solo, Producer) - 70
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) - 61
Tommy Clufetos (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) - 38

Dec. 31
Pete Quaife (Kinks) - b. 1943 - d. 6/23/10
Andy Summers (Police, solo) - 75
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who, The Carpet Frogs, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 70
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) - 66
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) - 58
Scott Ian / Scott Ian Rosenfeld (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl, The Damned Things) - 54
Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly, The Used) - 38
Sean Kelly (Helix, Crash Kelly, Author of .Metal On Ice. book) - 35

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 bastard...you 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.
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: 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 concert...is 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.
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 Spinner.com. 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 ParadiseCity.com." 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.
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.'
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.
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'
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."
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: 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.

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.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: 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.'
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 MusicRadar.com. 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.
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.'
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.'
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.
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: 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.
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.

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: 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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
1976: Uriah Heep appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
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.
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: Anthrax’s Scott Ian releases his book 'Access All Areas: Stories From A Hard Rock Life.'

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: '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.'
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: 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: Pat DiNizio, singer and main songwriter of the Smithereens, passes away at the age of 62.

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.
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.

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.
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: Billboard.com 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 Pollstar.com'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 pearljams.com. 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) - 70
Dan Peek (America, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 7/24/11
Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm) - 58
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 55
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - 54
Joe LeSte’ (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures) - 53

Nov. 2
Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) - 79
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) - 72
Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention) - 70
Rich Gooch (Quarterflash) - 69
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) - 60
Andrew Elt (Sleeze Beez) - 55
Bobby Dall (Poison) - 54
Ron McGovney (Metallica) - 54
Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (Korn, Fieldy's Dreams, StillWell, L.A.P.D., solo) - 48
Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) - 42
Thomas Brendahl (Volbeat) - 37

Nov. 3
Nick Simper (Deep Purple) - 72
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 - 63
Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man, Bass Communion, Opeth, Continuum, Storm Corrosion, Orphaned Land, solo, others; producer, audio engineer) - 50
Mick Thomson (Slipknot) - 44

Nov. 4
Delbert McClinton - 77
Chris Difford (Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook, solo) - 63
James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders) - b. 1956 - d. 6/16/82
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, solo + more) - 61
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army, The Jeff Watson Band + more) - 61
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sons Of Apollo, solo) - 52
Wayne Static (Static X, solo) - b. 1965 - d. 11/1/14
Stacey Blades (L.A. G