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1968 - Fleetwood Mac released their debut studio album (also known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac), a mixture of blues covers and originals penned by guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. This is the only album by the band not to feature keyboardist, vocalist Christine McVie in any capacity.

1975 - Led Zeppelin release Physical Graffiti. Where Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy integrated influences on each song, the majority of the tracks on Physical Graffiti are individual stylistic workouts, Eastern-influence, funk-metal and pop. It captures the whole experience of Led Zeppelin at the top of their game better than any of their other albums. Interesting note, recording sessions had been disrupted when bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones had proposed quitting the band, supposedly to become choirmaster at Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

1987 - Graceland won Paul Simon a Grammy for Album Of The Year. In 1984, after a period of depression, divorce and commercial disappointment from his previous album, Simon became fascinated with a bootleg cassette of South African township music. He then planned a trip to Johannesburg, where he spent two weeks recording with South African musicians.

1988 - As a joke, Alice Cooper announced plans to run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild" Party. Cooper's slogan: "A troubled man for troubled times."

1995 - Dave Matthews Band make their first appearance on national TV when they perform the hit "What Would You Say" on the Late Show with David Letterman.

1992 - Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. Kurt famously wore his pajamas to the wedding ceremony.


Rupert Holmes, a singer-songwriter best known for his hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is 75.

Nicky Hopkins, a session piano player who worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, John Lennon, The Who and The Small Faces was born on this day in 1944.

George Thorogood is 72.

Michelle Shocked is 60.

On this Day in Music History is sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Rhino, Song Facts radio x, and Wikipedia.

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