1967 - Enjoying a wild birthday party, Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, drove a Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.

Keith Moon: Half-a-dozen cars were parked around this swimming pool. I ran out, jumped into the first car I came to, which was a brand new Lincoln Continental. It was parked on a slight hill, and when I took the handbrake off it started to roll, and it smashed straight through this pool-surround fence, and the whole Lincoln Continental went into the swimming pool – with me in it.

John Entwistle: He never drove a car into the swimming pool. He couldn’t even drive.

1969 - The man in black, Johnny Cash, began a four-week run at the top of the album chart with the live album, Johnny Cash At San Quentin. A nominal sequel to At Folsom Prison that surpasses its predecessor and captures Cash at his rawest and wildest. Part of this is due to how he feeds off of his captive audience, playing to the prisoners and seeming like one of them.

1969 - The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Honky Tonk Women.' Inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo.

1970 - Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at Max's Kansas City in New York. The band released a live recording of the night, Live at Max's Kansas City, and released it in 1972. And yes, that really is Jim Carroll ordering double Pernods and asking about the availability of Tuinal between songs.

1980 - David Bowie released Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), featuring "Ashes To Ashes." The song referenced Bowie's Major Tom character from his 1969 song, "Space Oddity." Bowie described the song as a "nursery rhyme" and also as his way of "wrapping up the 70s" for himself.

1989 - Ric Ocasek of The Cars marries the model Paulina Porizkova. They met when she starred in the video for the Cars hit Drive. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)


Jimi Jamison who had the hit single, 'Eye of the Tiger' was born today in 1951. He passed away in 2014.

Keith Moon was born today in 1946. He passed away in 1978.

Rick Springfield is 72.

1959 - Edwyn Collins, Orange Juice, (1983 single 'Rip It Up'), solo, ('A Girl Like You'). is 62

1962 - Shaun Ryder, best known as the lead singer of the Happy Mondays and Black Grape, is 59.

Cedella Marley of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers is 54.

Julian Casablancas, Strokes, is 43.

Edwin Collins who had the hit single, 'A Girl Like You' is 62.

On This Day In Music History is sourced from This Day in Music, Song Facts, Louder Sound, Allmusic, and Wikipedia.

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