December 16th : 1970, Five singles and five albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival were certified gold in the US. The singles were: ‘Down on the Corner’, ‘Lookin out My Back Door’, ‘Travelin' Band’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ and ‘Up around the Bend’. The LPs were ‘Cosmo's Factory’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, ‘Green River’, ‘Bayou Country’ and ‘Credence Clearwater Revival’.
December 17th : 1962, Bob Dylan arrived in England for the first time; he played his 1st UK gig the following night at the Troubadour Club in London.
December 18th : 1943, Born on this day, Keith Richard's 'The Human Riff', guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine said Richards had created 'rock's greatest single body of riffs'.
December 19th : 1970, Elton John's first US hit, ‘Your Song’ entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it went on to reach number eight. The Hollies had been offered the song and Three Dog Night had already recorded a version which was included on their ‘It Ain't Easy’ album.
December 20th : 1966, Born on this day, Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
December 21st : 1985, Bruce Springsteen's album, ‘Born in the USA’ passed Michael Jackson's Thriller to become the 2nd longest-lasting LP on the Billboard US Top 10 staying for 79 weeks. Only ‘The Sound of Music’ with Julie Andrews lasted longer at 109 weeks.
December 22nd : 2002, Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) died of a suspected heart attack aged 50. Strummer was also a member of the The Mescaleros.