1965 - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, while staying in a hotel in Clearwater, Fla., worked out the opening guitar riff of what would become the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz box earlier that day. The riff came to Keith right before he called it a night. He rolled tape in his hotel room and woke up the next morning with the foundation to the future classic. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
1966 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on 'I'm Only Sleeping'. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by Harrison who perfected the part with the tape running backwards so that, when reversed, it would fit the dreamlike mood.
1972 - Elton John releases "Rocket Man." The inspiration for Bernie Taupin's lyrics, however, was the short story The Rocket Man, written by Ray Bradbury. The sci-fi author's tale is told from the perspective of a child, whose astronaut father has mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job. It was published as part of the anthology The Illustrated Man in 1951.
1994 - Pearl Jam filed charges against Ticketmaster in a federal court, claiming monopolistic practices on the part of the ticketing agency. The band didn't want to charge more than $18.50 for tickets at the time, with service fees of no more than $1.80. Ticketmaster balked, saying that they needed at least $2 in fees to cover costs. Pearl Jam skipped their tour that summer as the case continued and they tried to play venues that didn't use Ticketmaster to sell their tickets. The band ended up losing in court, and eventually had to book their next tour with Ticketmaster.
2005 - Starbucks Coffee banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content...check the lyrics to 'Reno.' The retailer said it would promote other albums instead.
2020 - Florian Schneider, co-founder of the highly influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, died at the age of 73. The German quartet set the template for synthesizer music in the 1970s and 80s with songs like 'Autobahn' and 'The Model'. David Bowie's 'V-2 Schneider' is a tribute to Florian.
Bob Seger is 76.
Singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 76.
Davey Johnstone of the Elton John band is 70.
John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is 61.
Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett is 50.
On this Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.