The Eagles’ first album with guitarist Joe Walsh, “Hotel California,” sells over a million copies. The title track becomes the group’s “Stairway To Heaven.” But unlike “Stairway To Heaven” it’s released as a single and goes to #1. 1976
Ringo Starr gets a set of drums for Christmas. After a spell with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes he lands with The Beatles. 1959
George Harrison’s future ex-wife, Patti Boyd, is attacked by fans at The Beatles Christmas concert. 1964
The U.S. Department of Labor decides not to grant any more work visas to British groups – a backlash resulting from the so-called British Invasion and the fear these foreigners are hampering U.S. musician’s ability to make a living. The ruling is later dismissed. 1964
Pretty good day on the Billboard pop chart. The Dave Clark Five’s “Over And Over” pushes The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to #2 while James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” shimmies at #3. 1965
The Cranberries’ guitarist, Noel Hogan, is born Moyross, Limerick, Ireland. 1971
Grand Funk Railroad’s manager Terry Knight gloats. He tells the press that Grand Funk has sold millions of records and sold-out concerts all without critics’ approval or major radio airplay. 1971
Ironically, a charity gig, playing for an audience of children, is the Sex Pistols last U.K. concert. 1977
The J. Geils Band play a Christmas concert for inmates at Norfolk Correctional Center near the band’s Boston hometown. Vocalist Peter Wolf shouts “we want to be the first ones to buy you a drink on the outside.” At least he didn’t say the “Norfolk Correctional audience is the best audience in the world.” 1991
If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas mood, nothing will. The film “The People Vs Larry Flint,” starring the ever-charming Courtney Love (Hole), premieres. 1996
The film “Cold Mountain” opens in theaters. Jack White (White Stripes) has a bit part in the movie. He also contributes five songs, including two originals, to the soundtrack. 2003
An in-concert version of Pink Floyd’s “Arnold Layne” performed by Floyd’s David Gilmour, with guest vocals by David Bowie, is released as a digital download. Recorded earlier in the year at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the song is part of a limited-edition three-track EP dedicated to the memory of the song’s composer, Syd Barrett. A 10-inch vinyl version of the EP is available the following day. 2006
The Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, passes away in Atlanta at age 73. Brown had an immeasurable impact on Rock. But his greatest legacy was as a driving force behind Soul and a key influence in the development of Funk, Hip-Hop and Rap. “He was a whirlwind of energy and precision, and he was always very generous and supportive to me in the early days of the Stones,” says Mick Jagger. “His passing is a huge loss to music.” 2006
X-mas baby! Elton John and his partner David Furnish welcome their son into the world on Christmas Day via a surrogate mother. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John weighs 7 lbs. 15 oz. 2010
Merry Christmas or Light My Fire? A 29-year-old Texas woman claims that the music of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails inspired her to torch her parent’s home. Christina Paz, of Cielo Vista, is arrested after lighting a bed and curtains covered with flammable glue. Convinced her parents are trying to kill her on Christmas Day she starts the fire as an evasive measure. 2011
Iggy Pop is the DJ on a BBC 6 Christmas Day special. “I’ve had to dig back to things that I haven’t heard in a long, long time, but that still carry memories of joy and compulsion,” says Pop. 2013
Too much Christmas cheer. Former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz is arrested after police responded to a call at the Spitz house in Lake Worth, FL. Spitz and his wife Candi had reportedly been drinking when things turned contentious. 2013