December 30th: Mountain, Manfred Man, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Slade and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1939: Singer-bassist-keyboardist Felix Pappalardi of Mountain is born. He dies in 1983.

1965: The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Man, The Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appeared on tonight's UK TV pop show 'Shindig!'

1966: Pink Floyd and Soft Machine appeared at the UFO presents Night Tripper at the Blarney Club, London, England.

1967: The Beatles scored their 15th US No.1 with 'Hello Goodbye', Gladys Knight and the Pips were at No.2 with 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' and The Monkees at No.3 with 'Daydream Believer.'

1968: Led Zeppelin appeared at Gonzaga University Gymnasium, Spokane on their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge.

1972: Brownsville Station, Sha-Na-Na and Bruce Springsteen (who was the opening act), all appeared of the Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio.

1978: Emerson, Lake & Palmer announced their official break up.

1989: Chris Novoselic bass player with Nirvana married his long-time girlfriend Shelli Dilly in Washington.

1991: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa have their second child, daughter Jessica Rae.

1995: Elton John was awarded the CBE, Commander of the British Empire. A few years later, he was knighted by the Queen.

1999: George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Olivia beat off the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp. Harrison who was stabbed in the chest was admitted to the hospital and treated for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. His wife, Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the struggle with the intruder. Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had nursed an irrational obsession with the Beatles.

1999: In the Queen's Millennium Honors list, former Slade singer Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and guitarist Mark Knopfler was awarded an OBE.

2001: Nickelback went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How To Remind Me'.

2002: The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London. Strummer had died of a suspected heart attack on 22nd Dec 2002 aged 50.

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