On this day

1956 | Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

1969 | John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF ‘Peace For Christmas’ benefit.

1979 | Pink Floyd started a five week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ their only UK chart topper.

1984 | Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million.

1988 | Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.

1999 | Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England.

2001 | American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84.

2003 | Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates.

2008 | Madonna paid former husband Guy Ritchie around £50m as part of their divorce settlement.

Born on this day

1919 | Max Yasgur, owner of the Woodstock farm where the 1969 festival was held. Yasgur died of a heart attack on 8th February 1973 aged 53.

1921 | Alan Freed, American DJ. The man who gave ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ its name. Died 20th January 1965.

1955 | Paul Simonon, bassist with The Clash.

1980 | Sergio Pizzorno, guitar, vocals, Kasabian.