1954: Johnny Ace shot himself before a Christmas concert in Houston, Texas. (Note: it was widely reported that Ace died in a game of Russian roulette. Curtis Tillman, bass player for Big Mama Thornton, however, witnessed the incident. He said that Ace had been drinking and was waving the pistol around. He said "The gun's not loaded...see?" Ace then pointed the gun at himself, the gun went off, and killed him.)
1958: The Everly Brothers, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry, Frankie Avalon, Johnnie Ray, Bo Diddley, Eddie Cochran and the Moonglows performed at Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular at Loew's State Theatre in Manhattan, New York.