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December 18th

1966Tara Browne was killed when driving at high speed in his Lotus Elan after it collided with a parked lorry in South Kensington, London. A close friend of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, his death was immortalized in The Beatles’s song ‘A Day In The Life’ after John Lennon read a report on the coroner’s verdict into Browne’s death.

1971Sly and the Family Stone went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘There’s A Riot Going On’.

1981Rod Stewart’s concert at the Los Angeles Forum is beamed worldwide via satellite. Stewart delights the masses by performing “Tonight’s the Night” with Kim Carnes and inviting out a virtually unknown Tina Turner to sing with him on “Hot Legs,” “Stay With Me,” and “Get Back.”

2004 – A guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon sold for $570,000 at auction in New York. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, including the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during White Album sessions. Other items sold in the Christie’s auction included a letter by Kurt Cobain, which fetched $19,400, and a school book report by Britney Spears.

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