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1960 : Johnny Cash plays the first of his jailhouse shows when he performs at San Quentin prison in San Rafael, California. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
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Awards and Honors (3)

1980 : Cliff Richard becomes just the third rock act honored with an MBE (Member of the British Empire) designation, following The Beatles and Elton John.
2004 : Charles Aznavour is named a Commander in the French Legion of Honor.
2011 : Hugh Laurie, a blues artist and actor best known for his role on TV drama House, wins the fourth Golden Mouth Organ Award on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Laurie earns the award by playing "Oh Susanna."

Band Dynamics (3)

1968 : The Berkeley, California, swamp-rockers The Golliwogs change their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1975 : Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham officially join Fleetwood Mac, bringing with them the songs "Rhiannon" and "Landslide."
2010 : At long last, the long-awaited reunion of Soundgarden happens.

Births (7)

1900 : Bandleader Xavier Cugat is born with the impressive moniker Francisco de Asís Javier Cugat Mingall de Bru y Deulofeu in Girona, Spain.
1923 : Jazz vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson is born in Detroit, Michigan. He would be discovered by famous jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
1941 : James West (lead vocalist for The Innocents) is born.
1942 : Joe McDonald (Country Joe & The Fish) is born in Washington, DC, but would grow up in El Monte, California.
1950 : Morgan Fisher (keyboardist for Mott The Hoople) is born Stephen Morgan Fisher in Mayfair, London, England.
1958 : Grandmaster Flash is born Joseph Saddler in Barbados. The name "Flash" came about because he had a friend named Gordon, so one of their buddies called him Flash so they would be "Flash Gordon," like the sci-fi superhero.
1986 : Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have a daughter, Alexa Ray. She will eventually become a singer like her dad.

Certifications and Milestones (2)

2003 : Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem when Michigan's first female governor, Jennifer Granholm, is sworn into office.
2013 : For the first time in 41 years, the world marks a New Year's Eve celebration without iconic music mogul Dick Clark. Clark, host of American Bandstand amongst many years of entertainment in TV and radio, had hosted an annual countdown to New Year's Eve with many live music performances, titled Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, from 1972 until 2012, even making video phone-ins from his hospital bed while recovering from stroke in his later years. The show continued with many memorial tributes to him and Ryan Seacrest taking over as the new host.

Charts (5)

1955 : Joan Weber's "Let Me Go Lover" hits #1.
1965 : The Beatles (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the Billboard Top 10.
1966 : Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence" hits #1.
1972 : Carole King's LP Music hits #1.
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.

Concerts and Festivals (3)

1960 : Johnny Cash plays the first of his jailhouse shows when he performs at San Quentin prison in San Rafael, California. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
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 (lead singer: Janis Joplin). The event is christened "The New Year's Wail."
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.

Deaths (9)

1782 : Classical composer Johann Christian Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at age 47.
1953 : Hank Williams dies of a heart attack in the back seat of a Cadillac while traveling to a concert in Ohio. He was 29.
1984 : Blues musician Alexis Korner dies of lung cancer in London, England, at age 55.
1991 : Buck Ram - producer, songwriter, and arranger - dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 83. Produced all recordings by The Platters.
1995 : Blues singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins dies of a stroke at age 58.
1997 : Townes Van Zandt, a long-suffering alcoholic, dies of a cardiac arrhythmia after hip surgery at age 52.
2006 : Guitarist/songwriter Bryan Harvey is murdered in his home along with his wife and two young daughters.
2007 : Country singer Del Reeves - known for the 1965 novelty hit "Girl on the Billboard," among others - dies of emphysema at age 74.
2013 : Traditional pop and country singer Patti Page dies at age 85, suffering from both heart and lung disease.

Debuts (1)

1962 : The Beatles and The Tremeloes both audition for Decca Records. Decca signs The Tremeloes, reasoning that "Guitar groups are on the way out."

Health Issues (3)

1976 : Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year.
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.
2011 : An 84-year-old Chuck Berry collapses on stage in Chicago at a New Year's Day concert. He makes a full recovery.

Legal Issues (1)

1951 : This being the prohibition era, performers are required to carry a "Cabaret Card" to play clubs in New York State. Charlie Parker's card is revoked because of drug charges against him, which makes it very difficult for him to earn a living.

Marriages and Breakups (1)

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.

Miscellaneous (2)

1968 : Al Stewart moves into a basement flat, number 10 Elvaston Place. One of his visitors is Yoko Ono, who records "The Snow Is Falling" there.
2012 : During celebrations in Times Square, Lady GaGa shares a kiss with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg just after the ball drops.

Releases (4)

1956 : Carl Perkins releases "Blue Suede Shoes."
1964 : The Beach Boys release "Fun, Fun, Fun."
1972 : The Rolling Stones release Hot Rocks.
2000 : D'Angelo releases "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," the third single from his second album, Voodoo.

TV, Radio, Press (6)

1940 : W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building.
1957 : BBC-TV premieres its new musical variety show Cool For Cats.
1959 : For the first time, ABC-TV's teen dance program American Bandstand leads the US daytime television ratings.
1964 : BBC-TV premieres a new musical variety show entitled Top Of The Pops, kicked off by Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want to Be With You," followed by lip-synced performances from The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
1990 : The Clearwater, Florida, radio station WKRL becomes the first "All Led Zeppelin" station, kicking off the format flip with 24 straight hours of "Stairway To Heaven." The all-Zep rotation lasts two weeks, after which they become more of a traditional Classic Rock station (they would also switch their call letters to WXTB).
2006 : Flavor Flav's reality show, Flavor of Love, premieres on VH1. The series would last for a total of three seasons.
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