Today in rock history Thursday 31st December
1942 – Police guitarist Andy Summers is born
1943 – Kinks bassist Peter Quaife is born in Tavistock
1947 – The Guess Who’s singer Burton Cummings is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1951 – Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton is born in Colorado Springs, Colo.
1965 – The Beatles begin a European tour in Paris.
1965 – John Lennon’s father Alfred releases a U.K. single today, titled “That’s My Life (My Love And My Home).”
1961 – Janis Joplin has her first singing engagement at Beaumont, Texas’ Halfway House.
1966 – George Harrison’s New Year’s plans are foiled when London
nightclub Annabel’s bars him from admission because he’s not wearing a
1968 – Vanilla Fudge and an unknown Led Zeppelin perform a New Year’s Eve gig in Portland, Ore.
1969 – Jimi Hendrix unveils his new group Band of Gypsys at New York’s
Fillmore East. The concert, featuring the rhythm section of Billy Cox
and Buddy Miles backing Hendrix, later appears on the album Band of
1969 – BBC television broadcast the program Man of the Decade, who is …
John Lennon! Rolling Stone names Lennon its man of the year, while
Lennon himself admits to the New Musical Express that he’s considering
leaving the Beatles.
1970 – Paul McCartney files suit against John Lennon, Ringo Starr and
George Harrison as the Beatles Co., effectively ending the band.
1971 – Bob Dylan makes a special appearance at the Band’s New Year’s Eve concert at the New York Academy of Music.
1973 – Having only recorded three tracks, Pink Floyd abandon their idea
to make an album using only household objects and settle for recording
Wish You Were Here instead.
1974 – Ron Wood denies reports that he will join the Rolling Stones as a replacement for the recently departed Mick Taylor.
1974 – A document signed by all the Beatles confirms the dissolution of their partnership.
1978 – San Francisco’s Winterland Theater closes its doors after a
farewell performance by the Grateful Dead and the Blues Brothers.
1982 – The E Street Band’s guitarist Miami/Little Steven Van Zandt
marries Maureen Santora in Asbury Park, N.J. His boss Bruce Springsteen
is the best man. Little Richard, who conducted the ceremony, duets with
Percy Sledge on “When a Man Loves a Woman” at the reception.
1985 – Teen idol and country artist Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash
with his fiance. The pair were on their way to a New Year’s Eve concert
in Dallas. He was 45.
1991 – Guns N’ Roses play a New Year’s Eve show at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
1996 – Paul McCartney is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
1999 – John Fogerty sues his lawyer. He alleges that he was provided
with incompetent legal advice during a 1985 copyright infringement
lawsuit during which he was accused of plagiarizing himself.
2003 – Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Elton John and Kiss perform on Dick Clark’s 32nd annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
2003 – The White Stripes and the Flaming Lips play a New Year’s Eve gig
in Chicago. At midnight, both bands jam on the Stripes’ “We’re Going to
2003 – Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is arrested for allegedly assaulting a
police officer, resisting arrest and drunken violent behavior at a New
Year’s Eve party at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, Fla. Officers say a
stun gun was needed to subdue the Canadian prog rock great.
2004 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey is made a Commander of the British Empire
by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music and charity work.
2009 – Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi from Status Quo were both appointed OBEs for services to music and charity.