England’s New Musical Express name The Beatles the Number One Group and “She Loves You,” the top song of the year. 1963
The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” rules (#1) the U.S. pop chart. 1967
The J. Geils Band go gold (500,000 units sold) with the biggest album of their career “Freeze-Frame.” 1981
Skillett is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart for the first time with “Feel Invincible,” a song from the album, “Unleashed.”  2016
Called ‘The Originator’ of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Bo Diddlley is born Ellas Otha Bates in McComb, MS. By employing more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged guitar sound, Diddlley is one of the key figures in the transition from Blues to Rock N’ Roll. 1928
“Runaway” vocalist, Del Shannon, is born. He also has hits with “Hats Off To Larry” and “Little Town Flirt.” 1934
Cream producer and Mountain bassist, Felix Pappalardi, is born in the Bronx, NY. A classically trained musician Pappalardi produced Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” and “Wheels Of Fire.” 1939
The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith enters the world. 1942
Daydream believer. Davy Jones, also of The Monkees, is born in Manchester, England. 1945
Patti Smith, Punk Rock’s poet laureate, enters the world. The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame member brings a feminist viewpoint to Punk. 1946
Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra and the Traveling Wilburys) is born. Over the course of his career he’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. 1947
“Hello Goodbye” is #1. Flip The Beatles single over and there’s John Lennon’s mind blowing “I Am The Walrus” (which didn’t even come close to charting on the Top 40).  1967
Peter Tork buys himself out of his Monkees contract. After a hit TV show (“The Monkees”) and a string of successful albums, he cites exhaustion and a lack of cohesive group collaboration as the reasons. 1968
After years of legal hassles, which only benefitted the lawyers, The Beatles legally disband (following Paul McCartney’s announced departure over four years earlier). 1974
The U.S. Immigration Service reverses their decision made two weeks earlier and allow the Sex Pistols into the country. 1977
After eight studio albums Emerson, Lake and Palmer call it quits. 1978
George Harrison and wife Olivia are attacked by an intruder in their London home. They manage to subdue the attacker and Harrison recovers from a stab wound to the chest. 1999
AC/DC is recognized for selling the most concert tickets during the year beating out Taylor Swift. However, Swift has a higher gross revenue – $250.4 million worldwide compared to $180 million for AC/DC, who landed at #2. 2015
8,500 people attend Soul legend James Brown’s funeral service in Augusta, GA. Speakers include Rev. Jesse Jackson and Michael Jackson. The Godfather of Soul passed away five days earlier in Atlanta. 2006
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s Honours list. He is recognized for his contributions to music in the United Kingdom. Anderson seems to take the honor in stride. “A lowly MBE… requires only a discrete bow or curtsey from friends and family,” writes the singer in an online post. “The rest of you can tell me to bugger off.” 2007
Puddle Of Mudd perform “We Don’t Have To Look Back Now,” on ABC’s “One Life To Live.” The band is on hand to help the fictional town of Llanview celebrate the New Year. Somebody in that band obviously has a serious soap opera addiction. 2008
“Patti Smith: Dream Of Life,” a documentary about Godmother of Punk, airs on PBS. In the works since ’96, the film is broadcast on the singer’s 63rd birthday (see above). “My own personal hope is just that people get some sense that I have more dimensions than is sometimes reported,” Smith tells the New York Times. 2009
Neil Young is made an Officer of the Order of Canada.  It’s the country’s second highest honor.  Young was born in Canada.  2009
The Darkness announce they have added drummer Emily Dolan Davies. “She’s got the chops and the attitude that you need to be The Darkness’ drummer,” says frontman Justin Hawkins. Davies replaces Ed Graham, who left earlier in the year. 2014
Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale joins Trans-Siberian Orchestra on stage in Cleveland to perform the song “Forget About The Blame (Moon Version).” 2015
Singer Austin Carlile leaves Of Mice & Men.  He suffers from Marfan Syndrome (which affects his connective tissue and causes weakness in his heart, lungs, ears, joints and muscles).  “It’s with heavy hearts that we announce Austin’s departure from the band for reasons pertaining to his health,” reads a band statement. 2016
Pearl Jam donate $70,000 to Keith Baxter who saved frontman Eddie Vedder’s life 15-years earlier after a sailboat capsized.  The money helps pay Baxter’s medical bills for a severe leg injury resulting from a boating mishap.  2016