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Dec 20
1955

Chuck Berry records You Can't Catch Me, Roly Poly [aka Rolli Polli], No Money Down, Berry Pickin, Down Bound Train and I've Changed for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1955)

Dec 20
1958

Skiffle group The Quarrymen play for a wedding reception at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool, UK, the home of their guitarist, George Harrison. The group also includes John Lennon, Paul McCartney. This trio will later form The Beatles. (1958)

Dec 20
1961

Mike Keneally, who will find success while playing guitar in Frank Zappa's touring band, is born in Long Island, New York State, USA. He will go on to achieve wide acclaim as a solo performer and composer. (1961)

Dec 20
1962

The Classics, with Neil Young on guitar, play at St Ignacious CYO, Winnipeg, Canada. (1962)

Dec 20
1962

The Classics, with Neil Young on guitar, play at St Ignacious CYO, Winnipeg, Canada. (1962)

Dec 20
1964

The Squires, with Neil Young on lead guitar, play the last of six nights at the Twilight Zone, Winnipeg, Canada. (1964)

Dec 20
1967

Cream play at a private party - the 'coming out' ball for the daughter of a business magnate in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1967)

Dec 20
1968

The Amboy Dukes [including the mad axeman Ted Nugent] play the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, as support to The New York Rock'n'Roll Ensemble. Also on the bill is blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite. (1968)

Dec 20
2007

After seven years of separation, actress Valerie Bertinelli is granted a divorce from rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, on grounds of irreconcilable differences, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA. (2007)

Dec 20
2009

James Gurley, guitarist for Big Brother And The Holding Company, dies of a heart attack in Palm Springs, California, aged 69 (2009)