1966 - John Lennon made his infamous remarks that led to an uproar — and even led to the banning and burning of Beatles records for a brief period in some communities. In an interview with The Evening Standard, Lennon commented, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary." Lennon later apologized.

1967 - The Rolling Stones went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Ruby Tuesday." According to a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, Keith Richards said he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew. Marianne Faithfull, however, recalls it differently; according to her, Brian Jones presented an early version of this melody to the rest of the Rolling Stones, and many believe that Jones actually wrote the song.

1971 - The Rolling Stones become rock's first tax exiles by announcing that they're moving from England to France. It was during their stay that they began work on the classic album, "Exile On Main Street".

1977 - CBS Records released The Clash's self-titled debut album in the U.K. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Until that time, Americans bought more than 100,000 imported copies of the record, making it one of the biggest-selling import records of all time.

1994 - Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing on alcohol and drugs in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour. Cobain had taken 50 to 60 pills of Rohypnol mixed with champagne; rumors circulated that Kurt was dead.

2015 - Daryl Hall and John Oates sued cereal maker Early Bird Foods & Co. over the company's use of the name Haulin' Oates for their maple syrup granola bars. The two musicians accused the Brooklyn-based firm of infringing on their trademark by creating a phonetic play on the band's well-known name.


Bobby Womack was born on this day in 1944.

Yes bassist Chris Squire was born today in 1948.

Chris Rea was born today in 1951.

Jason Newsted of Metallica is 58.

Evan Griffith Dando of the Lemonheads is 54.

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

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