This Day in Music History
1961 : The Everly Brothers join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, arriving at California's Camp Pendleton.
1965 : London's famed department store, Harrods, opens for The Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.
1966 : Jimi Hendrix makes his stage debut with The Experience in front of a celebrity-filled audience at London's Bag O'Nails club.
1969 : As a protest against Britain's military involvement in foreign conflicts, John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal, with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."
1971 : Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke announces that he's leaving the group.
1975 : Deep in debt, Elvis Presley takes out a $350,000 loan from the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tennessee. His Graceland estate is put up as collateral.
1976 : At the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, The Band plays their last concert, which is filmed by Martin Scorsese and released as the classic concert movie "The Last Waltz". Guest performers include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison and Neil Young.
1978 : Playing The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is hit in the face with a bottle thrown from the audience. The band leaves the stage and the show is cancelled after Joe Perry tells the crowd, "We love you, but you can't throw things at us." A firecracker was thrown on stage during an Aerosmith show the previous year.
1988 : Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic, Ringo Starr returns to England with his second wife, actress Barbara Bach.
1997 : The original Zombies lineup - Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums - reunites onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season" to promote their new box set "Zombie Heaven".
1998 : Spin magazine editor Craig Marks tells police that shock rocker Marilyn Manson's bodyguards pinned him against a wall and hauled him up into the air. Marks claims he was invited backstage to talk with Manson after the artist performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Manson allegedly threatened Marks. "He said `You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know,'" Marks claims.
1999 : Clint Black is on hand to help the Salvation Army launch its annual holiday fundraising drive. Black entertains during the third annual "National Kettle Kick-off", a half-time event at the Dallas Cowboys' football game.
2000 : An unidentified thief burgles Alice Cooper's home in Paradise Valley, California, stealing $6,000 of his daughter's clothes and electronics as well as four of Alice's gold records.
2003 : Meat Loaf undergoes surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
2005 : Country music makes itself comfortable all around New York when the Country Music Association holds its 39th annual CMA Awards show at Madison Square Garden.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com