1965 - Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966 - The Rolling Stones went into RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles to begin work on the album Aftermath. It would be their first of all original songs including future classics, 'Paint It Black' and 'Under My Thumb'.
1966 - Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Stills and Furay encountered Neil Young and Bruce Palmer, who were driving a hearse on the Sunset Strip. They started playing gigs on the Strip. The group became the house band at Whisky a Go Go and Atco signed them to a four-record deal. So popular was their hit, "For What It's Worth," it threatened to obscure how instrumental Buffalo Springfield's original run of three albums were in reshaping the sound of rock & roll in the late '60s. Nominally a folk-rock band, Buffalo Springfield also showed a facility with country-rock, psychedelia, soul, and hard rock, all the while embracing the possibilities of the recording studios of Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
1972 - Elton John released 'Rocket Man' as a single, (officially titled 'Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)'. The song was inspired by the short story "The Rocket Man" in The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.
1995 - R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry underwent surgery to halt bleeding caused by a brain aneurysm. The operation was a success, but he still felt it was best that he retire from the band.
2010 - Gorillaz' third album, Plastic Beach, is released. Featuring guest appearances from Snoop Dogg to Lou Reed. Conceived from an unfinished project called Carousel, KBCO was a supporter of the song 'Stylo', featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def.
Mike Pender of The Searchers is 80.
Robyn Hitchcock is 68.
On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts, Groovy History, Allmusic, and Wikipedia.