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1942 Andy Summers, guitarist, Police, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Every Breath You Take', plus 4 other UK No.1 singles).

1943 Henry John Deutschendorf, (John Denver), singer, songwriter. 1974 UK & US No.1 single 'Annie's Song'. Killed in a plane crash on 12th October 1997.

1943 Pete Quaife, bass, The Kinks, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 'You Really Got Me', 1967 UK No.2 single 'Waterloo Sunset' plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles).

1947 Burton Cummings, Guess Who & solo, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman').

1948 US singer Donna Summer, (1977 UK No.1 single 'I Feel Love' 1979 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'Hot Stuff, over 25 other top 40 hits).

1951 Fermin Goytisolo, KC and the Sunshine Band, (1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up').

1960 Paul Westerberg, guitar, vocals, The Replacements, (1984 album, 'Let It Be').

1961 Scott Taylor, guitar, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Big Area').

1963 Scott Ian, Anthrax, (1991 UK No.16 single 'Got The Time').

1970 Danny McNamara, singer, Embrace, (2006 UK No. 2 single 'Natures Law', 2006 UK No.1 album 'This New Day').

1972 Joey McIntrye, New Kids On The Block, (1989 UK No.1 single 'You Got It, The Right Stuff', 1990 US No.1 single 'Step By Step').

1979 Bob Bryar, drummer, My Chemical Romance, (2006 UK No.1 single 'Welcome to the Black Parade', 2006 US No.2 album 'The Black Parade').

1967 Songwriter and producer Bert Berns died. He wrote many classic songs including 'Twist And Shout', 'Hang On Sloopy' and 'Brown Eyed Girl'.

1985 Ricky Nelson and six others died in an airplane crash near DeKalb, TX. A fire had broken out on the plane.

2003 Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with Cutting Crew died of lung cancer aged 51. (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single 'I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight'). Also worked with Robert Plant and The Rankin Family.

1923 Singer Eddie Cantor opened in the lead role of "Kid Boots."

1929 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played "Auld Lang Syne" as a New Year's Eve song for the first time.

1940 As a result of a dispute between the radio networks and ASCAP (the American Society of Composers and Publishers), the radio industry was prevented from playing any ASCAP-licensed music. The ban lasted for ten months.

1955 Based on sales from stores, radio and jukebox plays Billboard named 'Unchained Melody' by Les Baxter the number 1 US song of 1955.

1961 The Four Freshmen made their live debut using their new name; The Beach Boys at the Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California.

1961 The Beach Boys played a show under this name for the first time at a Ritchie Valens memorial concert in Long Beach, CA.

1962 During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan played at the King and Queen pub in London.

1963 The Kinks made their live debut when they played at the Lotus House Restaurant, London.

1966 The Monkees started a 7-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with the Neil Diamond song 'I'm A Believer'. Also No.1 in the UK in 1967.

1966 Ray Charles appeared at the City Center Arena in Seattle Washington, tickets cost $4.50 on the door.

1968 Appearing at Alexandra Palace, London, Joe Cocker, Amen Corner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Small Faces, Free and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Tickets 25 shillings, ($3.00).

1969 Jimi Hendrix introduced his new Band of Gypsys at a show that was recorded and later released as the live album "Band of Gypsys."

1970 Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles.

1971 The Beatles broke up.

1971 David Clayton-Thomas made his last appearance with Blood, Sweat & Tears (until their reunion).

1973 Australian band AC/DC made their live debut when they appeared at Chequers Bar in Sydney.

1973 Journey made their live debut at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.

1975 Elvis Presley performed for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, MI. He set a world record for earning $800,000 for a single concert by a single artist.

1976 The Cars gave their debut performance at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH.

1978 The Bauhaus gave their performance debut in England.

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 Show'.

1981 Tom Waits married Irish playwright Kathleen Brennan.

1981 MTV hosted the first New Year's Eve Rock and Roll Ball.

1982 Guitarist with The E Street Band, Miami Steve Van Zandt married Maureen Santora in New Jersey. Best man was Bruce Springsteen.

1982 Max's Kansas City in New York City closed down. The venue had been a launching pad for such artists as The New York Dolls, Bruce Springsteen and The Velvet Underground.

1982 Steve Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, married Maureen Santora.

1983 MTV completed its first profitable quarter.

1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in an auto accident in England.

1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, crashed his Corvette Stingray, on the A57 outside Sheffield, Allen lost his left arm in the accident.

1986 At a birthday party for Don Henley, Gary Hart and Donna Rice met each other.

1991 appearing on the same bill at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1991 John Power quit Liverpool based band the La's to form Cast.

1991 Ted Nugent donated 200 pounds of venison to a Salvation Army soup kitchen in Detroit with the Message 'I kill it, you grill it'.

1993 Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.

1994 Garth Brooks started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, 'The Hits'.

1995 Guests on UK C4-TV show 'The White Room' included David Bowie, Oasis, Pulp, Stevie Wonder and PM Dawn.

1996 Paul McCartney became a Sir after he was listed in the Queens New Year's Honours List.

1999 The Manic Street Preachers performed to 57,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The Guinness Book of Records confirmed that the concert set a new record as the biggest indoor show ever staged in Europe, tickets L30.

1999 "Rave Un2 The Joy 2000" was aired. Prince had recorded the show on December 18, 1999 at Paisley Park Studios.

2000 Janet Jackson's estranged husband filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming that Jackson, who had sold more than 40 million records, promised to share equally any assets acquired after their relationship began in 1987.

2000 Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson married actress Kate Hudson the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn. The couple separated in 2006.

2001 UK record chain HMV listed the best selling music products over Christmas: 'No Angel' by Dido was the best selling album, Kylie Minogue sold the most calendars, Kurt Cobain: 'Heavier Than Heaven' was the best selling book and D-12 T-Shirt was listed as the No.1 seller.

2002 50 Cent and four other men were arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Police had found two guns in the vehicle the men were riding in.

2003 Ringtones.co.uk announced that Beyonce's number 1 hit 'Crazy In Love' was the best selling mobile ringtone of the year. 'Fly On The Wings Of Love' by XTM was the second biggest ringtone and R Kelly's 'Ignition' was third.

2003 Australian singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia married Silverchair singer Daniel Johns.

2004 Pete Waterman was awarded an OBE for his services to music. Once part of the Stock, Aitken & Waterman team he also booked the first ever tour for The Bay City Rollers, signed Musical Youth and Nik Kershaw during the 70's and was promotion consultant for John Travolta. Waterman had written and produced more than 200 hit singles in 25 years for acts from Kylie Minogue to Steps.

2005 According to official figures singer-songwriter James Blunt's 'Back To Bedlam' was the biggest selling UK album of 2005. The former soldier, who was virtually unknown this time last year, outsold Coldplay's album 'X&Y' which finished second and Robbie Williams came in third place with 'Intensive Care' album. The rest of the Top 10: No.4. Kaiser Chiefs - 'Employment', 5. Gorillaz - 'Demon Days', 6. Westlife - 'Face To Face', 7. KT Tunstall - 'Eye To The Telescope', 8. Kelly Clarkson - 'Breakaway', 9. Faithless - 'Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits' and No.10, Eminem - 'Curtain Call - The Hits'.

2006 George Michael was paid a reported L1.5m for an hour's concert at a Russian billionaire's New Year party. The unnamed businessman paid for Michael to entertain his 300 guests on his private estate 20 miles outside Moscow. Michael had just finished the British leg of his Twentyfive tour which included a free concert for nurses in London.
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