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Audioslave's lead groaner Chris Cornell at last has reason to smile: his wife gives birth to son ... Christopher Cornell.

Chris Cornell   Audioslave  
Band Aid 20's re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" tops the UK singles chart. The new "Band Aid" features Paul McCartney, Coldplay's Chris Martin, U2's Bono and members of Radiohead.

Paul McCartney   Coldplay   Chris Martin   U2   Bono   Radiohead  
Sir Elton John receives a Kennedy Center honor in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Secretary of State Colin Powell performs a rap to celebrate another honoree, Warren "Bulworth" Beatty.

Elton John  
Britney Spears leaves behind a crowd of angry fans after abruptly ending her 20-minute set at the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles. Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff also perform at the show.

Britney Spears   Beyoncé   Kelly Clarkson   Jessica Simpson   Hilary Duff  
Doug Hopkins, guitarist with the Gin Blossoms, shoots and kills himself.

Gin Blossoms  
John Lennon gives his final Rolling Stone interview to Jonathan Cott. Mark David Chapman leaves Honolulu to fly to New York, where he will shoot John Lennon three days later.

John Lennon  
Jazz messiah Rahsaan Roland Kirk dies in Bloomington, Ind. He had suffered a stroke in 1975.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk  
Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevents Atlantic from releasing "Whole Lotta Love" as a single in the U.K. John Bonham says, "We refused because they wanted to take the middle section out and we didn't like it. We don't want kids to think we are releasing an LP track just to get into the chart. I'm dead against that sort of thing - we feel it's conning the public."

Led Zeppelin  
Ringo Starr and family move from his Surrey, England, mansion, Brookfields, to Roundhill, located in London.

Ringo Starr  
The Rolling Stones' launch party at London's Queensgate Hotel for Beggars Banquet soon degenerates into a near-riot. Waitresses serve food dressed as medieval wenches. During the dessert course, a custard pie fight begins, with most of the pastries aimed at record label execs who vetoed the Stones' toilet cover art. Brian Jones, about to be fired by the band, delivers a few well-placed pies directly into Mick Jagger's face.

The Rolling Stones   Mick Jagger  
Pink Floyd finish their tour supporting Jimi Hendrix at Green's Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland. Throughout the tour, the Nice guitarist Davy O'List has been drafted in when regular singer Syd Barrett either has been too out of it to play or simply hasn't deigned to show up.

Davy O'List   Jimi Hendrix   Syd Barrett   The Nice   Pink Floyd  
The Rolling Stones have their second U.K. No. 1 with their cover of Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster." In the U.S., their version of Irma Thomas' "Time Is on My Side" goes to No. 6.

Irma Thomas   Willie Dixon   The Rolling Stones  
Billboard today reports on the rash of singles released in response to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Titles include "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight" and "Oh How I Miss You Tonight."

Elvis Presley  
Haircut 100's bassist Les Nemes is born.

Haircut 100  
Rocker Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") meets TV producer Jack Good upon his arrival in England. Good convinces Vincent to adopt an outlaw image and clothes him completely in black leather, creating an enduring rock 'n' roll icon.

Gene Vincent  
Guitarist Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield is born in Maywood, Calif. He also performed with Kenny Loggins in Loggins & Messina.

Kenny Loggins   Loggins & Messina   Buffalo Springfield   Jim Messina  
Pop singer Andy Kim is born in Montreal. His biggest hit was the 1974 No. 1 "Rock Me Gently."

Andy Kim  
Lucas Sideras, drummer with Greek prog rockers Aphrodite's Child, has a birthday today.

Aphrodite's Child  
Reclusive guitar picker J.J. Cale is born in Oklahoma City. The two J's stand for Jean Jacques, by the way.

J.J. Cale  
The King - and Queen - of Rock 'n' Roll, Little Richard is born in Macon, Ga.

Little Richard  
Johnny Pate, who arranged classic soul sides by the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield, is born in Chicago Heights, Ill.

Johnny Pate   Curtis Mayfield   The Impressions