The end of the year is traditionally a bit light on album releases, but both David Bowie and The Clash released a couple of classic albums during this week. This was also the week that saw the birth of two legendary guitarists - Keith Richards and Billy Gibbons, and sadly the passing of the great Captain Beefheart.

Events

1962 - Bassist Bill Wyman appeared on stage with the Rolling Stones for the first time.

1962 - Bob Dylan visited England for the first time, where he played his first gig in London at the Troubadour Club.

1969 - John Lennon played his final live show ever in the UK. Lennon took the stage with the Plastic Ono Band at the Lyceum Ballroom in London during a Christmas benefit show put on by UNICEF.

1970 - The Doors played their last show with Jim Morrison. It took place at the Warehouse in New Orleans.

The Doors

1974 - Mick Taylor announced his departure from the Rolling Stones. He was replaced by Ronnie Wood from the Faces, who has remained with the Stones ever since.

Releases

1964 - The Beatles: Beatles '65

1967 - The Who: The Who Sell Out

1967 - The Beach Boys: Wild Honey

1968 - Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears

1970 - T. Rex: T. Rex

T Rex

1971 - David Bowie: Hunky Dory

1972 - Status Quo: Piledriver

1974 - Joe Walsh: So What

1980 - The Clash: Sandinista!

Clash

1987 - Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me

2000 - Tool: Salival (box set)

2008 - Fall Out Boy: Folie à Deux

Deaths

Big Joe Williams (blues musician) - December 17, 1982

Jimmy Nolan (James Brown) - December 18, 1983

Ian Stewart (pianist with the Rolling Stones) - December 12, 1985

Rufus Thomas - December 14, 2001

Zal Yanovsky (The Lovin' Spoonful) - December 13, 2002

Captain Beefheart - December 17, 2010

Captain Beefheart

Births

Chas Chandler (The Animals) - December 18, 1938

Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) - December 12, 1943

Keith Richards - December 18, 1943

Keith Richards

Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) - December 15, 1946

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - December 13, 1948

Ted Nugent - December 13, 1948

Cliff Williams (AC/DC) - December 14, 1949

Paul Rodgers (Free) - December 17, 1949

Billy Gibbons - December 16, 1950

Billy Gibbons

Robben Ford - December 16, 1951

Bruce Kulick (Kiss) - December 12, 1953

Mike Mills (R.E.M.) - December 17, 1958

Tom Delonge (Blink 182) - December 13, 1975

Dan Hawkins (The Darkness) - December 12, 1976

Amy Lee (Evanescence) - December 13, 1981