The middle of December is filled with holiday cheer and happenings, but that doesn't mean rock 'n' roll takes a break. From the Doors performing their final show with Jim Morrison to the births of Frank Sinatra and Billy Gibbons, this week has lots to talk about when it comes to rock history. Read on for some significant events, historic record releases as well as notable births and deaths happening from December 11 through 17. 

Events

1960 - Aretha Franklin performs her very first concert. The show is at the Village Vanguard in New York City. 

1962 - Bob Dylan visited England for the first time. On that same trip, he plays his first show in London at the Troubadour Club. 

1966 - Jimi Hendrix, now a rising star, makes his first UK TV appearance on Ready Steady Go

1969 - John Lennon performs his final live concert ever in the UK. He performs with the Plastic Ono Band at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, and it's a Christmas benefit show with UNICEF. 

1970 - The Doors perform their final  show with Jim Morrison. It's at the Warehouse in New Orleans. 

1972 - Genesis plays their debut U.S. show at Massachusetts' Brandeis University. 

1974 - Mick Taylor announces his his departure from the Rolling Stones. Ronnie Wood replaces him and stays with the Stones permanently. 

1990 - Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond, having sold 10 million in America. 


Releases

1964 - The Beatles: Beatles '65

1967 - The Who: The Who Sell Out

The Who

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

1970 - John Lennon, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

1971 - David Bowie: Hunky Dory

David Bowie

1972 - The Rolling Stones, More Hot Rocks

1972 - Status Quo: Piledriver

1974 - Joe Walsh: So What

1980 - The Clash: Sandinista!

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

Dinosaur Jr.

2000 - Tool: Salival (box set) 

Tool

2008 - Fall Out Boy: Folie à Deux


Deaths

Sam Cooke - December 11, 1964 

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

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

Lynn Strait - December 11, 1998 

Rufus Thomas - December 14, 2001 

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

Captain Beefheart - December 17, 2010 

Tommy Ruger- December 11, 2013 

Dawn Sears- December 11, 2014 


Births

Frank Sinatra - December 12, 1915 

Tom Brumley - December 11, 1935 

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

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 

Robben Ford - December 16, 1951 

Bruce Kulick (Kiss) - December 12, 1953 

Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - December 11, 1957 

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) - December 11, 1958 

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