1971 - Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. Generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV", "Four Symbols" or "The Fourth Album", it had no official title. Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's fourth is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

1985 - Miles Davis guest stars on Miami Vice, playing a pimp named Ivory Jones. It's the acting debut for Davis, who later appears in the movies Scrooged and Dingo.

1975 - David Bowie makes his US television debut on the CBS variety show Cher, performing "Fame." Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher.

1995 - Michael Jackson sold the rights to scores of Beatles songs (he had outbid Paul McCartney for the rights several years earlier) to Sony for $95 million.

2002 - 8 Mile, a semi-biographical look at Eminem's early days as a struggling rapper in Detroit, opens in theaters. The film is a critical and commercial success, and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" becomes the first rap song to win the Oscar for Best Original Song.


1950s pop and country music singer Patti Page was born today in 1927.

Songwriter/producer Bert Berns was born today in 1929.He wrote many classic songs including 'Twist And Shout', 'Hang On Sloopy', ‘Here Comes the Night’, ‘I Want Candy’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ and 'Brown Eyed Girl'.

Minnie Riperton, singer of "Lovin' You" (and mother to Maya Rudolph) was born today in 1947.

Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born today in 1949, making her 72 today.

Rickie Lee Jones (with the 1979 single 'Chuck E.'s In Love') is 67.

Porl Thompson of The Cure is 64.

On this Day in Music History are gathered from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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