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1967 - At the Shrine Exhibition Hall in Los Angeles, the Grateful Dead perform "Dark Star" for the first time. The song quickly becomes one of the most revered songs in their live catalog, a conduit for extensive jams that become part of Dead lore. The studio version of the song runs a mere 2:44.

1969 - Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for $.35.

1975 - David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released. The song was the main single from Bowie's Station To Station album. Bowie has said he was looking to emulate something of the feeling of the song "On Broadway", and that he offered it to Elvis Presley to perform, but that Presley declined it.

1975 - Patti Smith released her debut studio album Horses. Produced by John Cale, Horses has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. Horses has also been cited as a key influence on a number of acts, including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smiths, R.E.M. and PJ Harvey. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tibet House US)

1985 - Phil Collins, whose song "In The Air Tonight" was used in the pilot episode of Miami Vice, plays a drug dealer in the episode "Phil The Shill."

1986 - Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 with 'The Way It Is.' Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, 'Changes' from 1998.

1996 - Jerry Maguire, directed by Cameron Crowe, opened in North American theaters. The film featured cameos from Glenn Frey of the Eagles and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains.


Dionne Warwick is 81.

Dicky Betts of The Allman Brothers Band is 78.

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist for Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers is 73.

Taylor Swift is 32.

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

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