1970: Eric Clapton played guitar for Delaney and Bonnie for the first of two shows at the Fillmore East in New York City. The shows were recorded and later released as the album Live at Fillmore East.
1971: Dawn continued to own the #1 song with "Knock Three Times". The Osmonds jumped from 9 to 2 with "One Bad Apple" while George Harrison's all-time smash "My Sweet Lord" was third. The Bee Gees dropped from a peak of #3 with "Lonely Days while Lynn Anderson had a big hit with "Rose Garden". The rest of the Top 10: Dave Edmunds with "I Hear You Knocking", King Floyd's "Groove Me", Elton John had his first career hit with "Your Song", the 5th Dimension's former #2 song "One Less Bell To Answer" was ninth and Gladys Knight & the Pips edged up with "If I Were Your Woman".
1987: Sonny Bono of Sonny & Cher declared his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California.
1992: Whitney Houston remained unstoppable in her 10-week reign on top of the R&B chart with "I Will Always Love You".
1995: Brian Wilson, formerly with the Beach Boys, married Melinda Ledbetter.
1998: Carl Wilson, singer and guitarist with the Beach Boys, died from lung cancer in Los Angeles at age 51.
2007: Frankie Laine ("Moonlight Gambler" from 1957), whose career spanned 75 years, died at the age of 93 of heart failure in San Diego, California.
2009: Neil Diamond was named the MusiCares Person of the Year by the Grammy organization.
1950/2015: Natalie Cole, major star and daughter of Nat King Cole, was born in Los Angeles, California; died in Los Angeles December 31, 2015 of congestive heart failure.