1975 - A year and a half after its initial release, Lynyrd Skynyrd peaked at number 19 on the chart with "Free Bird", which became the band's anthem.

1978 - After changing their name from Warsaw, (inspired by the song Warszawa on David Bowie's Low album), Joy Division made their live debut when they played at Pips Disco in Manchester, England.

1991 - Paul McCartney recorded his Unplugged concert for MTV. Unlike other artists who appeared on the show with acoustic instruments plugged into amplifiers, McCartney played the show with all instruments actually unplugged. Microphones were placed close to the instruments to pick up the sound. The performance was released as an album: Unplugged (The Official Bootleg).

2004 - Bob Dylan was paid by ladies underwear company Victoria’s Secret to fly to Venice in Northern Italy, to film a TV advertisement in an ancient palazzo with a scantily dressed model.

2011 - A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. The ground-breaking course looked at the studio sound and composition of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music as well as examining the significance of the music of The Beatles and their impact on Western culture.


Blind Willie Johnson was born on the date in 1897. Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, White Stripes, Widespread Panic, and many more covered or reworked his songs.

Swedish songwriter, producer and ABBA's manager Stig Anderson was born on this day in 1931.

Etta James was born in 1938.

Robert Finch, singer with KC and the Sunshine Band, is 67.

Alicia Keys is 40.

On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts, setlistfm, and Wikipedia.


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