January 6th: Syd Barrett, Peter Frampton, Eric Carr, Peter Criss and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1946: Pink Floyd founder and guitarist Syd Barrett is born. He died in 2006 at age 60.

1958: Gibson guitars launched it' 'Flying V' electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.

1964: The Rolling Stones kick off their first headlining tour, topping the bill on the 14-act Group Scene 1964 package, at the Granada Theatre in London. Also on the tour are the Ronettes, the Swinging Blue Jeans, and others.
1967: The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier in England.

1968: The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' started an eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart, the group's 11th US chart topper.
1968: 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.

1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

1973: 'Homecoming' by America peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.

1973: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain', with Mick Jagger on backing vocals, started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

1975: Pink Floyd started session’s start at Abbey Road Studios London for their next album ‘Wish You Were Here’.

1975: The mayor of Boston cancelled a Led Zeppelin concert after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets. The fans caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden. The gig during the bands North American tour was rescheduled for Feb 4th.

1976: Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton is released.

1979: 'My Life' by Billy Joel peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1987: Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

1990: Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with '...But Seriously'.

1992: A memorial service for Kiss drummer Eric Carr is held in Hollywood.

1993: It was reported that David Bowie had lost over $4.25 million in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.

1993: During a live interview on the BBC's London Tonight news program, bassist Bill Wyman officially announces that he has quit the Rolling Stones, saying "I really don't want to do it anymore."

1996: 'Free As A Bird' by the Beatles peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

1997: Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison's estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.

2001: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.

2001: Fleetwood Mac performs at the White House in Washington, D.C., at an event marking the end of President Bill Clinton's eight-year term in office. The group plays several songs, including "Dreams," "Landslide," "Gypsy," "Go Your Own Way," and "Don't Stop," which was Clinton's 1992 campaign theme.

2002: Kiss drummer Peter Criss makes his first appearance as convict Martin Montgomery in the HBO prison drama Oz.

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