1975 - Tommy Bolin, a member of the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame, releases his debut solo album, Teaser. It's an impressive display of the guitarist's prowess and range, from funky-jazz-rock-fusion, country, reggae, and hard rock.. The album runs the gamut stylistically, and spawns the rocking title track, which Mötley Crüe covers years later. Phil Collins played percussion on 'Savannah' Lady.'
1980 - John Lennon releases Double Fantasy. After years in domestic bliss, being a husband, raising a baby, and, of course, baking bread, Double Fantasy was designed as a window into that bliss. These are really nice tunes, and what's special about them is their niceness -- it's a sweet acceptance of middle age, which, of course, makes his assassination all the sadder.
2003 - Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. This version sets the record straight, revisiting the contentious sessions, stripping away the Spectorian orchestrations, reworking the running order, and losing all extemporaneous in-studio banter. This alternate take on Let It Be enhances the album's power, reclaiming the raw, unadorned quality that was meant to be its calling card from the beginning.
2007 - Twenty-eight years after their last #1 album (The Long Run), the Eagles return to the top spot in America with Long Road Out Of Eden, a double album initially sold only at Walmart for the bargain price of $11.88. The album is crafted to evoke the spirit and feel of the Eagles' biggest hits. Nearly every one of their classic rock radio staples has a doppelgänger here, capturing the group's peaceful, easy harmonies and Joe Walsh's guitar growl in equal measure. The group released the album on their own label, allowing them to keep a hearty chunk of the profits.
2010 - Patti Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir, "Just Kids". The book offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship. Highly recommended. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Lancia
2020 - Shazam announces it's most Shazamed songs in history. A couple of KBCO favorites, Wake Me Up- Avicii and Let Her Go- Passenger, make the top 5.
Gordon Lightfoot is 83.
Gene Clark of The Byrds was born today in 1944.
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre is 75.
Jeff Buckley was born on this day in 1966.
On this Day In Music History is sourced from Allmusic, Goodreads, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.