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The Week In Music History: Dec 30, '18-Jan 5, '19

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DEC 30

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On Dec. 30, 1999 George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked in their home. An intruder broke in and stabbed Harrison in the chest resulting in a collapsed lung and minor wounds. Olivia had tried to ward off the attacker with a poker and a heavy lamp. The obsessed fan was later arrested.😲 Happy birthday to Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary (81), Mike Nesmith of The Monkees (76), Patti Smith (72), Jeff Lynne of ELO (71), and Ellie Goulding (32). 🎂

DEC 31

AC/DC Bon Scott and Angus Young

On Dec. 31, 1973 AC/DC made their live debut in Sydney, Australia. They've been going strong ever since with many lineup changes, but with co-founder Angus Young still at the helm!🤘🎸 New Year's Eve birthdays include Andy Summers of The Police (76), Burton Cummings of The Guess Who (71), Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith (67), and Scott Ian of Anthrax (55).🎉

JAN 1

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On Jan. 1, 1959 Johnny Cash played a free concert for inmates at San Quentin Prison. One of the inmates, a 19 year old who was serving a sentence for grand theft auto and armed robbery, would also go on to become one of country musics biggest legends - Merle Haggard! New Year's Day birthdays: Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish (77), songwriter Diane Warren (63), and Grandmaster Flash is (61)! 🎉🎂

JAN 2

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On Jan. 2, 1969 an entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album Two Virgins was seized in New Jersey. The full frontal nudity on the cover prompted the seizure. Eventually, the album was sold with a brown wrapped cover! 👀 Birthday wishes to Ricky Van Shelton (67) and Doug Robb of Hoobastank (44).🎉

JAN 3

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On Jan. 3, 1987, the Queen of Soul herself Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.🎤 A well deserved honor! Happiest of birthdays to Stephen Stills (74) and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin (73).

JAN 4

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On Jan. 4, 1967, The Doors released their self-titled debut.The album was recorded over six days at a Hollywood recording studio, Sunset Sound Studio. On the album were two of The Doors biggest hits "Light My Fire" and "The End." Uniquely, the album contained each members bio.recorded over six days at a Hollywood recording studio, Sunset Sound Studio. On the album were two of The Doors biggest hits "Light My Fire" and "The End." Uniquely, the album contained each members bio.🔥 Happy birthday to Nels Cline of Wilco (63), Michael Stipe of R.E.M. (59), and Cait O'Riordan of The Pogues (54).

JAN 5

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On Jan 5, 1979, Prince made his live debut in Minneapolis. Warner Bros. execs were in attendance, but decided that Prince and his band needed more development. Later, Prince would be signed by Warner Bros. The two would have a battle later in Prince's career with Prince leaving the label. He went back and was on the Warner Bros. label at the time of his passing.🎸 Birthday shout outs to George Brown of Kool & the Gang (70), Blondie's Chris Stein (69), Grant Young of Soul Asylum (55), and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age (49). 

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AC/DC photo by {Lost Parables from Ballymena, Northern Ireland. ©jameshughes - ACDC in full flight (not online anymore), CC BY 2.0, Link
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