2008-Metallica‘s Death Magnetic bows at number-one on the Billboard album chart with 489-thousand copies sold in just three days. It stays at number-one for three straight weeks.
1997-Fleetwood Mac begins a tour in support of the live reunion album The Dance in Hartford, Connecticut.
1991-Guns n’ Roses releases two albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, simultaneously at midnight. A half-million copies are sold by 2:00am.
1976-Ringo Starr releases Ringo’s Rotogravure.
1975-Wish You Were Here becomes Pink Floyd‘s third gold album.
1967-In a performance taped two days earlier, The Who appears on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, doing “I Can See for Miles” and “My Generation.” Keith Moon overdoes the explosive charge in his bass drum, which goes off at the end of “My Generation” and injures him and damages Pete Townshend‘s hearing.
1967-The Doors sing “Light My Fire” on the fall’s first Ed Sullivan Show. Though requested by the producers not to do so, Jim Morrison sings the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” ensuring that they’d never be asked back to the number-one prime-time variety show.
1964-The Beatles perform at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City just 13 months after their last Cavern Club show, earning a then-record 150-thousand dollars. The Fab Four add the “Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey” medley to their usual set.
Hank Williams – Died in 1953
The hard-living country legend died at 29 of a heart attack in the backseat of a Cadillac, somewhere between Knoxville, Tennessee and Oak Hill, West Virginia, on the first day of 1953. Born in 1923.