1970 - Stephen Stills releases his first (self-titled) solo album, with the hit "Love The One You're With." It featured Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, David Crosby and Graham Nash. The album cover was shot on his deck in Gold Hill. Legend is, the pink giraffe on the cover is thought to be a secret message to one of his girlfriends, possibly Rita Coolidge, who he had just broken up with.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
1973 - David Bowie was the host of a special edition of the ABC show "Midnight Special". His show was called "1980 Floor Show", and featured Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull, who wore a nun's habit with an open back.
1974 - John Lennon was at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Whatever Gets You Through The Night." Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No. 1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal, and on Thanksgiving Day 1974, the two played three songs together during a show at New York's Madison Square Garden: "I Saw Her Standing There," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Whatever Gets You Through the Night." The public had no idea Lennon was going to appear during the show.
1985 - "We Built This City" by Starship hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is later named Worst Song of All Time by Blender magazine.
"It purports to be anti-commercial but reeks of '80s corporate-rock commercialism," says the magazine's editor Craig Marks. "It's a real reflection of what practically killed rock music in the '80s."
2010 - The Beatles back catalogue was made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. Apple Computer spent decades battling the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the rights to sell music using the Apple name. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."
2014 - U2's Bono was involved in what doctors called a "high energy bicycle accident." The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's emergency department and underwent five hours of surgery. The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Dan Penn, who co-wrote Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "The Letter," and "Cry Like A Baby," for the Box Tops, "I'm Your Puppet," James and Bobby Purity, and many more, is 80.
Songwriter Teenie Hodges, who wrote many hits for Al Green, including "Take Me to the River", "Love and Happiness", "L-O-V-E (Love)", and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", was born today in 1945.
"Thunder and Lightning" (1972) singer Chi Coltrane is 73.
Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is 57. She is married to Elvis Costello.
On This Day In Music History is sourced from Music To Eat, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.