1972- Stevie Wonder released his 15th studio album Talking Book. Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palette to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. Included 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' and 'Superstition.' Like no other Stevie Wonder LP before it, Talking Book is all of a piece, the first unified statement of his career.
1977 - The notorious album by The Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, was released in America. It was the only studio album that the punk band ever put out. It perfectly articulated the frustration, rage, and dissatisfaction of the British working class with the establishment, a spirit quick to translate itself to strictly rock & roll terms. The Pistols paved the way for countless other bands to make similarly rebellious statements, but arguably none were as daring or effective.
1997 - R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was departing the band after 17 years. Born in Duluth, Minn., Berry lives and works as a farmer in Georgia, mostly staying out of the limelight.
1999 - Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, out with an injury, tries his hand at rapping when he performs at the Denver nightclub Wazoos. Davis also guested on Denver-based rapper, Legit's, "It's All In The Game"
2014 - At their regular haunt - the Beacon Theater in New York City - The Allman Brothers Band played their final show, a four-hour set that went past midnight, ending on the anniversary of Duane Allman's death. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
Former Joy Division and current New Order drummer Stephen Morris is 64.
William Reid, guitarist with The Jesus and Mary Chain, is 63.
Ben Harper is 52.
On This Day In Music History is sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.