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  • Legendary bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn has a birthday. His is known for his session work as well as his lengthy stint with Booker T. & The MGs. 1941

    The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best is born in Madras, India. He joins in '60 and spends two years with the group before being unceremoniously sacked in favor of Ringo Starr. 1941

    Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) drummer Bev Bevan starts life in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England. 1944

    Stone Roses’ guitarist, John Squire, celebrates his birthday. 1962

    The Beatles begin the “Sgt. Pepper’s” sessions. Ironically, they start on John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” which doesn’t appear until the next album “Magical Mystery Tour.” 1966

    The Beatles release “The White Album” in the U.S. 1968

    The Rolling Stones incredible “Let It Bleed” album is certified gold. The title track, “Live With Me,” “Midnight Rambler,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Gimme Shelter” make this effort among the Stones' best. 1969

    Chad Taylor has a birthday. The Baltimore native is the lead guitarist for Live. He’s also a founding member. 1970

    In the time before MTV or not ready for prime time. The late night TV show In Concert debuts with Alice Cooper and Bo Diddley. The first broadcast is terminated early in Cincinnati when the station manager of WKRC-TV is so disgusted by Alice Cooper’s performance that he calls the station's master control room and orders them to take it off the air, which they do. Protests ensue and everybody gets publicity. 1972

    Ringo Starr (The Beatles) has his first solo #1 single in the U.S. with “Photograph.” 1973

    Reverend Little Richard officiates the marriage of pop singer Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton. 1991

    Oasis earn the Best U.K. Band trophy at the first annual MTV Europe Music Awards held in Berlin. 1994

    Pearl Jam’s “Live On Two Legs,” with “Daughter,” “Even Flow,” and “Better Man,” is released. It’s one of those rare Top 20 live albums. 1998

    Nickelback's Chad Kroeger wins the Rock Music Award at the 14th annual SOCAN (Canada's Grammys) Awards for "Hero," from 2002's Spider-Man soundtrack. "Hero" also features Saliva`s Josey Scott. International Achievement Awards are presented for Nickelback`s "How You Remind Me" and Default`s "Wasting My Time." 2003

    The original members of Motley Crue announce they are reforming to tour. At the time, drummer Tommy Lee and singer Vince Neil aren’t on speaking terms which is likely why the tour doesn’t actually happen until 14 months later. 2003

    Evanescence's "The Open Door" is certified platinum. Selling 450,000 copies in its first week of release, the album only needs five weeks to pass the 1 million-sales mark. According to singer Amy Lee, songs on the album cover "a broader range of emotions" than the band's previous efforts -- "not just pain and sadness, but also anger and, yes, even happiness." 2006

    Wildfires burn through Malibu (CA) destroying dozens of homes including one owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The mansion, which had been on the market for $4.8 million, "burnt to a crisp" according to Flea in a text message to the Los Angeles Times. The home was not the bassist's primary residence. 2007

    China’s communist government condemns Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy." They claim the album as an attack on the country and say GN'R is part of a Western conspiracy to "grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn." Really? Who in their right mind would use GN’R as a tool to rule the world? 2008

    Kid Rock's “Born Free” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. The Rick Rubin produced album, Rock's eighth studio effort, also debuts at #5 on the 200 chart. 2010

    Imagine Dragons win the Favorite Artist, Alternative Rock trophy at the pop oriented American Music Awards. 2013

    Foo Fighters sell their own Christmas sweaters with the design of a Rock-n-Roll gingerbread man. 2014

    Metallica’s "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" debuts at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart, moving over 290,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release. It’s the sixth Metallica album to top The Billboard 200. 2016