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1963 - Neil Young, 17, plays his first show, performing at a country club in Winnipeg with his band, The Squires. They had a local hit with "The Sultan."

1970 - The Jackson 5 went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I Want You Back". The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & the Pips and was the first of four No. 1's for the group.

1979 - With Bo Diddley as their opening act, The Clash began their first U.S. tour. The Clash where huge fans of Bo Diddley. For his part, Diddley had no misgivings about facing a skeptical audience. “You cannot say what people are gonna like or not gonna like,” he explained later to the biographer George White. “You have to stick it out there and find out! If they taste it, and they like the way it tastes, you can bet they’ll eat some of it!”

1981 - Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Tide Is High.' It's is a cover song, originally recorded by a Jamaican vocal group called The Paragons in 1967. Harry and Stein heard the song on a compilation tape they picked up in London; they thought it was too good not to record. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for CBGB)


Phil Manzanera, guitarist of Roxy Music is 71.

John Joseph Lydon - aka Johnny Rotten - from The Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited, is 66.

British singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole is 61.

Justin Timberlake is 41.

Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons, is 35.

On this Day In Music History is sourced from Ultimate Classic Rock,, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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