1976 - Firefall's self-titled album is certified Gold. The group was formed in 1974 in Boulder, with a pedigree of former Spirit and Flying Burrito Brothers members. The album featured the hits 'You Are The Woman' and 'Cinderella.'
1985 - With hit songs like "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins and "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey, the Miami Vice TV soundtrack was the No. 1 album in America. Music is an integral part of the series, which has the look and feel of a music video, with imagery taking precedence over plot, and long stretches where songs carry the scenes. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
1990 - "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice became the first rap record to top the U.S. singles chart.
1993 - Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Theremin is best known for the electronic musical instrument that bears his name. He first performed the Theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928; in pop music, the Theremin features prominently in the Beach Boys' hit song, "Good Vibrations." Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and Portishead used it as well.
1995 - Hootie & the Blowfish settle out of court with Bob Dylan, who sees their lifting of lyrics from "Tangled Up In Blue" on their hit "Only Want To Be With You" as more plagiarism than tribute.
2015 - Months after 1000 singers and musicians in Cesena, Italy perform "Learn to Fly" in an effort to entice Foo Fighters to play there, the group complies, performing a concert in the city.
Adam Ant is 66.
On This Day In Music History is sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.