Legend: BTD – Born Today OTD – On This Day

DateArtist/GroupDescriptionImage
BTD Dec31,1942 Andy Summers#BTD Dec31,1942 #AndySummers (Andrew Somers) guitarist The #Police 5 UK #1 1979 Message in a Bottle, +17 UK Top40 singles with 4 more #1s and 9 US Top40s with one #1 and recorded 12 solo LPs. 2003 inducted into the @rockhall of Fame with the Police. #HBday @asummersmusic
BTD Dec31,1943 John Denver#BTD Dec31,1943 #JohnDenver (Henry Deutschendorf) RIP singer, songwriter. 1974 UK & US #1 "Annie's Song", +13 US Top40 singles with 3 more #1 hits. Killed in a plane crash Oct12,1997
BTD Dec31,1947 Burton Cummings#BTD Dec31,1947 #BurtonCummings #Canadian songwriter, singer, keyboardist #GuessWho 1970 US & CAN #1s "American Woman" and "No Sugar Tonight", +10 US Top40s & solo 1976 CAN #1 & US #10 "Stand Tall", 1978 CAN #1 "Break It to Them Gently", +14 CAN Top40s #HBday @burtoncummings
BTD Dec31,1948 Donna Summer#BTD Dec31,1948 #DonnaSummer (LaDonna Adrian Gaines) singer, songwriter RIP 1977 UK #1 "I Feel Love", 1979 US #1 & UK #11 "Hot Stuff", +25 Top40 singles. Big during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the "Queen of Disco"
BTD Dec31,1951 Fermin Goytisolo#BTD Dec31,1951 #FerminGoytisolo percussionist K.C. and the Sunshine Band 1975 US #1 "That's The Way, I Like It", 1983 UK #1 "Give It Up" @kcandsunshineb
BTD Dec31,1951 Tom Hamilton#BTD Dec31,1951 #TomHamilton bass guitarist #Aerosmith 1976 US #6 "Dream On", 1988 US #3 "Angel", 1989 US #4 "Janie's Got a Gun", +16 US Top40 Singles & 42 US Rock Top40s with 9 #1 singles; co-wrote 2 hits, "Sweet Emotion" and "Janie's Got a Gun" @Aerosmith #HBday @THaerosmith
OTD Dec31,1929 Guy Lombardo#OTD Dec31,1929 #GuyLombardo & the Royal #Canadians plays "Auld Lang Syne" as a #NewYearsEve song for the first time
OTD Dec31,1961 Janis Joplin's#OTD Dec31,1961 #JanisJoplin's 1st public show at a halfway house in Beaumont, Tx 6yrs before her debut LP with Big Brother & the Holding Company
OTD Dec31,1961Paul Hornung#OTD Dec31,1961 RB’s #PaulHornung & #JimTaylor with Coach #VinceLombardi at The 1961 #NFL Championship Game @NFL Played at "New" City Stadium (later Lambeau Field) Green Bay @packers beat the New York @Giants 37 - 0. Nitschke, Dowler & Hornung, were on leave from the @USArmy
OTD Dec31,1961Beach Boys#OTD Dec31,1961 The #BeachBoys play under the name the Beach Boys name for the 1st time at a #RitchieValens memorial concert in Long Beach, CA @TheBeachBoys previously called The #Pendletones a pun on Pendleton Woolen Mills flannel shirts worn by surfers during this era
OTD Dec31,1961Tokens#OTD Dec31,1961 The #Tokens are still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 singles chart "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for the 2nd week of a 3wk run at #1
OTD Dec31,1966 Monkees#OTD Dec31,1966 "I'm A Believer" by The #Monkees is the last #1 single of 1966. @TheMonkees have 1M advance orders, the single became gold in 2 days of its release. But not the #1 song of year
OTD Dec31,1966Monkees#OTD Dec31,1966 The #Monkees start a 7wk run at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with ''I'm a Believer" written by @NeilDiamond and lead vocals by @TheMickyDolenz1
OTD Dec31,1967Val Doonican#OTD Dec31,1967 Singer #ValDoonican starts a 3wk run at #1 on the UK album chart with "Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently" Knocking The #Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from the top of the charts
OTD Dec31,1967Monkees#OTD Dec31,1967 The #Monkees have the #1 album of the year on the US LP charts with "More of The Monkees"
OTD Dec31,1970 Paul McCartney#OTD Dec31,1970 This was the official date that #PaulMcCartney filed a suit to dissolve The #Beatles
OTD Dec31,1972Dick Clarks New Years Rockin' Eve#OTD Dec31,1972 the annual New Year's Eve TV special #DickClarks New Years Rockin' Eve was seen for the 1st time on the #NBC network. The show moved to the #ABC network in 1974 where it remains today
OTD Dec31,1975 Elvis Presley#OTD Dec31,1975 #ElvisPresley performs for 60,000 fans at the Silverdome, in Pontiac, Mi
OTD Dec31,1975 Mel Bush, Great British Music Festival #OTD Dec31,1975 #MelBush presents the 1st day of the 4 day Great British Music Festival at London's Olympia #StatusQuo, #SteveMarriotts All Stars, #ThinLizzy, #ClimaxBlues Band, #SteveGibbons Band and Doctors of Madness with Capitol Radio DJ #NickyHorne
OTD Dec31,1977Bee Gees#OTD Dec31,1977 The #BeeGees are at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "How Deep Is Your Love" @BeeGees 4th US #1. The chart is frozen for the week ending Dec31,1977. The next new chart date will be Jan7,1978
OTD Dec31,1979 Blondie#OTD Dec31,1979 #Blondie is at a gig at The Apollo Theatre Scotland broadcast live @BBC 2's "Old Grey Whistle Test" @WhisperingBob @BlondieOfficial
OTD Dec31,1983 Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson#OTD Dec31,1983 #PaulMcCartney & #MichaelJackson are still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Say Say Say" The @PaulMcCartney and @michaeljackson at #1 for the 4th week of a 6wk run
OTD Dec31,1985 Ricky Nelson#OTD Dec31,1985 #RickyNelson & six others die in an airplane crash near DeKalb, TX. A fire started on the plane. Died are Fiance #HelenBlair, #PatrickWoodward, #RickIntveld, #AndyChapin, #BobbyNeal & manager/sound #DonaldClarkRussell. Pilots #KenFerguson & #BradRank escape
OTD Dec31,1987 World Juniors Hockey#OTD Dec31,1987 #Canada faced #Russia at the world juniors, both teams were disqualified. See Video ==> youtu.be/8ydbATVriqA
OTD Dec31,1988 Poison#OTD Dec31,1988 #Poison is still at #1 on the @billboard Hot100 Singles Chart with "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" for the 2nd week of a 3wk run at #1
OTD Dec31Kiritimati IslandHappy New Year Kiritimati (Christmas Island). Kiritimati Island is in the world's farthest forward time zone, UTC+14, and is one of the 1st places on Earth to experience the New Year as of 5:00 a.m. EDT. It lies 144 miles north of the Equator and 1,340 miles south of Honolulu