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.
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."
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.
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.
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.