This Day in Music History: December 30th
1999: George Harrison was stabbed by an intruder who broke into his home in the U.K. His wife Olivia hit the intruder over the head with a lamp & son Dhani detained him until police arrived. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung, but eventually recovered.
1999: Dire Straits singer & guitarist Mark Knopfler was awarded Order of the British Empire status by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.
1992: ZZ Top filed a $115 million lawsuit against Mitsubishi Motor Sales, and Gray Advertising, alleging copyright infringement over use of their song “La Grange” for a series of TV commercials in the U.S. which ran in 1990 & 1991.
1991: Bruce Springsteen’s wife, bandmate Patti Scialfa gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Jessica Rae.
1989: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic married longtime girlfriend Shelli Dilley in Tacoma, WA. The couple would divorce in 1999.
1980: Cheap Trick received a Gold record for their fifth studio album All Shook Up which was produced by Beatles producer George Martin.
1978: Emerson, Lake and Palmer announced that they were splitting up. They would later reunite in 1992 before splitting up again in 1998.
1972: At the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Bruce Springsteen opened for Brownsville Station and Sha Na Na.
1967: The Beatles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first of three weeks with “Hello, Goodbye”.
Bo Diddley born in 1928
Felix Pappalardi-bassist for Mountain born in 1939
Patti Smith born in 1946
Jeff Lynne-singer & guitarist for Electric Light Orchestra born in 1947
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