1979 - U2 released their first record in their native Ireland. It was an EP titled U2-3. This single contains earlier recordings of the songs "Out of Control" and "Stories for Boys," which appear on Boy, and the non-LP track "Boy/Girl."

1983 - Guitarist Mick Jones was dismissed from the Clash by Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon for "drifting apart from the original concept of the band." The Clash soon broke up afterwards, and Jones went on to form Big Audio Dynamite. Big Audio Dynamite, was launched in 1985, and provided the freedom to experiment with other styles (mostly funk/dance-based). (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

1984 - After 25 years in the music industry, Tina Turner had her first solo No. 1 single with "What's Love Got To Do With It." Turner hated it. She balked at recording it, but had the good sense to defer to her manager, who was engineering her comeback and was sure the song would be a hit. It was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.

1988 - The Rock N' Roll Cuisine cookbook is published, with 95 recipes from various musicians. Selections include Yoko Ono's "Dream Soup" (sunshine in a bowl), Cher's "Boyfriend Approved Macaroni Salad," Mick Jagger's shrimp curry and Weird Al Yankovic's peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

2008 - Jerry Reed passed away at age 71. Reed was famous for being a country singer as well as an actor who appeared in more than a dozen films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The New Scooby-Doo Movies". His signature songs were, "When You're Hot, You're Hot" (which won him a Grammy), and of course "East Bound and Down" (the theme song for "Smokey and the Bandit").

2011 - While boarding a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is forced off the flight after giving some lip to a flight attendant who asked him to pull up his sagging pants. Armstrong doesn't take kindly to the request, and eventually he and his traveling companion are booted from the flight. Armstrong takes to Twitter, writing, "Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!" The tweet is quickly re-tweeted by his followers, forcing Southwest to release a statement apologizing for the incident.


Conway Twitty was born today in 1933. He passed away in 1993.

Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is 75.

Gloria Estefan is 64.

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

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