1971 - Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

1973 - John Lennon releases "Mind Games" and the LP of the same name in the US. After the hostile reaction to the politically charged Sometime in New York City, John Lennon moved away from explicit protest songs and returned to introspective songwriting with Mind Games. While the best numbers are among Lennon's finest, there's only a handful of them, and the remainder of the record is simply pleasant. But compared to Sometime in New York City, as well as the subsequent Walls and Bridges, Mind Games sounded like a return to form.

1983 - The Dark Side Of The Moon album by Pink Floyd won the distinction of remaining on the album chart for the longest period in history when it reached a record total of 491 weeks. The previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits.' (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

2003 - Researchers in Ohio found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a "brain itch" that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's "YMCA" and the Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out" owe their success to their ability to create a "cognitive itch", according to Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration.

2014 - Phil Collins handed over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade "journey". "I'm 64," he said of his fascination with the 1836 battle. "When I was five or six years old, this thing began." Collins' collection included a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie's legendary knife.


Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Wings is 77.

Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac was born on this day in 1946.

Peter Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 56.

Bassist Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend is 37.

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

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