On This Day

We take you back into classic rock’s history and legacy to note important events that happened on this date as well as celebrate the birthdays of major musical artists and mourn their passing.

December 31, 1984: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Loses Arm

An auto accident resulted in the loss of the drummer’s left arm but not the end of his career. 20 months later, he returned to the stage

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Dec 30, 2006: Rod Stewart on Queen’s Honour List

Rod the Mod was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a step below his eventual knighthood. We’ve got the short list of rockers you call “Sir”

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Dec 29, 1973: Jim Croce ‘Time in a Bottle’ Hits #1

The posthumous release became the singer-songwriter’s second #1 single that year. We can only imagine how many more he would have gifted us

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Dec 28, 1975: Audience Member Aims Gun at Ted Nugent

At a performance in Spokane, Washington, an audience member aimed a gun at the classic rocker

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Dec 27, 1989: Chuck Berry Sued, Accused of Peeping

A cook and later more women who either worked or patronized the Southern Air restaurant near St. Louis, MO accused Berry of taping them at the toilets.

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Dec 26, ’63: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ US Release

The label had resisted releasing The Beatles singles in America. When they finally agreed to issue “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they had to rush it out

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December 25, 2016: Singer George Michael Dies

The hugely successful pop singer got his start in the hitmaking 1980s duo Wham and went on to a phenomenal career as a solo artist with 8 U.S. #1 hits

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December 24, 1974: Rock Stars Go Caroling

Details are sketchy to say the least, but On This Day James Taylor, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell sang holiday carols to surprised LA crowds

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Dec 24, 2016: Rick Parfitt, Status Quo Guitarist, Dies

The performer for the group best known for the 1968 hit “Pictures of Matchstick Men” had had several heart attacks, including one earlier in the year

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December 23, 1996: Nikki Sixx Marries 2nd Playmate

The Motley Crüe co-founder married the second of two Playboy Playmates. Both marriages ended in divorce and, sadly, both women have fallen on rough times

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