1957 Sam Cooke appears on The Ed Sullivan Show but is cut off before he can finish the song when the show ran out of time. He is invited to come back next month.
1967 Pink Floyd makes their US debut at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The tour will come to an early end when Syd Barrett displays increasingly strange behavior, refusing to lip sync on American Bandstand and refusing to answer questions on The Pat Boone Show.
1972 James Taylor and Carly Simon are married by a judge in Simon’s Manhattan apartment. It lasts eleven years.
1977 During a concert at the Empire Pool in London, Elton John announces that he will not tour anymore. He would stay retired for fifteen months, but on February 3, 1979, he will resume touring with a concert in Sweden.
1991 A free concert in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco was held to honor the memory of promoter Bill Graham, who was killed in a helicopter crash the week before. Journey, Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, The Grateful Dead and Joan Baez were the featured acts.
1992 The Grateful Dead announce that for the first time in many years they will not play a New Year’s Eve concert in San Francisco, breaking a long standing tradition.
2002 The king of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, died at the age of 71, midway through a UK tour.
2010 David Cassidy was charged with driving under the influence by The Florida Highway Patrol.
2015 A lock of John Lennon’s hair was one of 350 items put up for auction on the website Julien’s Live. Other items up for grabs included a long-lost acoustic guitar that belonged to Lennon, a drumhead from the Beatles’ 1964 visit to The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis Presley’s 24 karat gold leaf grand piano, and several items from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.