1969 Cab Calloway stars in NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of The Littlest Angel.
1968 The Beates' self-titled album (aka "The White Album") is certified gold.
1968 The Rolling Stones release Beggars Banquet.
1968 President Richard Nixon sends out 66,000 signed letters to potential administrative office holders, including Elvis Presley.
1966 The Beatles record "When I'm 64."
1965 The Beatles release Rubber Soul (US).
1965 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release "Going To A Go-Go."
1964 The Gerry and the Pacemakers movie Ferry Cross The Mersey debuts at the New Victoria Cinema in London.
1963 The Beatles release The First Christmas Record.
1962 Bob Dylan records "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" in Studio A at Columbia Recording Studios.
1962 Ben Watt (of the alt rock duo Everything but the Girl) is born in Marylebone, London, England.
1961 Brian Epstein gets his first job as a band manager; his first client: The Beatles.
1961 Keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who is on tour with Smashing Pumpkins when he dies of a drug overdose in 1996, is born in Los Angeles. He is the brother of Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa.
The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It's a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who are hired as security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.Read more
2004 Mötley Crüe announce their "reunion/farewell tour," with drummer Tommy Lee returning to the fold after a 5-year absence. It is not their farewell: They tour every year until 2015, when they finally call it quits.
1995 Coolio wins Single Of The Year for "Gangsta's Paradise" at the Billboard Music Awards. When he performs the song at the ceremony, he is joined by Stevie Wonder, whose "Pastime Paradise" is the basis for Coolio's track.
1988 Roy Orbison dies of heart failure at age 52.
1977 Jackson Browne releases Running On Empty, a live album compiled from performances at various stops on his summer tour. Live albums typically rely on songs that have already been released, but this one features all new songs, the first major rock album to do so.
1975 Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years album hits #1 in America, his first solo album to top the chart.
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