This Day in Music History
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".
1968 : The Berkeley, California swamp-rockers The Golliwogs change their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
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.
1972 : Three Dog Night become 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.
1976 : Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year.
1980 : Cliff Richard is honored with an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, only the third rocker to be so honored, behind The Beatles and Elton John.
1987 : Elton John is admitted to a hospital in Sydney, Australia, for emergency throat surgery, and is forbidden from performing for four months.
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.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com