1946- Patti Smith is born. Allmusic: Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most ambitious, unconventional, and challenging rock & rollers of all time. When she emerged in the '70s, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. With her androgynous, visual presentation echoing her unabashedly intellectual and uncompromising songwriting, Smith followed her muse wherever it took her, from structured rock songs to free-form experimentalism.(Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tibet House)
1967 - The top 3 songs in the country were:
The Beatles - ‘Hello Goodbye’
Gladys Knight and the Pips at No.2 with 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'
The Monkees with 'Daydream Believer' at No.3
1969 - Peter Tork quit The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which left him broke. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison's soundtrack to the film "Wonderwall".
1999 - George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Olivia beat off the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp. Harrison who was stabbed in the chest was admitted to hospital and treated for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. His wife, Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the struggle with the intruder. Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had nursed an irrational obsession with The Beatles. Harrison was quoted as saying, “He wasn’t a burglar and he certainly wasn’t auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys.”
Bo Diddley was born today in 1928.
Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary is 83.
Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 78.
Davy Jones of The Monkees was born today in 1945.
Ellie Goulding is 34.
On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.