In 1979, Bruce Springsteen had a close call when a fan hurled a fire-cracker onstage at a New Year's Eve concert in Cleveland. Korner was a major force behind the early '60s Brit blues and R&B boom.
In 1988, Prince gave an after-midnight New Year's Eve charity concert to benefit the homeless in Minnesota. In 1990, A radio station in Florida launched a new "All Zeppelin, All The Time" format by playing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" continuously for 24 hours. In 1997, Esteemed Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt ("Pancho And Lefty") died.
He was a friend and a favorite songwriter of Willie Nelson, among many other country and folk stars.
In 2002, Eric Clapton wed 25-year-old Melia Mc Enery, the mother of his baby daughter, in Ripley, Surrey, England.
1/2: ROGER MILLER (Singer, composer of catchy, clever international hit country/pop novelty '60s songs; "Dang Me," "Chug-A-Lug," "King of The Road" [covered on 2005 Breakback Mountain soundtrack by Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson]) Born in 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas. THIS DAY IN MUSIC 1/2: In 1963, Duke Records released Bobby "Blue" Bland's "That's The Way Love Is," his second R&B #1 and third single to make the Top 40.