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1970 - Deja Vu, the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. Déjà Vu worked as an album, a product of four potent musical talents who were all ascending to the top of their game. It took an estimated 800 hours of studio time to record. Most of the music, apart from the quartet's version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," was done as individual sessions by each of the members when they turned up (which was seldom together), contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. The music ranged from late era Beatles, country rock, and blues. Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars. (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

1991 - Pearl Jam begin recording their debut album, Ten, at London Bridge Studios in Seattle. They would lean on the influences of Hendrix and Zeppelin, explore themes of homelessness, childhood traumas, and gun violence and eventually produce a flawlessly crafted hard rock masterpiece.

1997 - Thirty years after being admitted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to popular music.

2019 - Drummer Hal Blaine, one of the most recorded musicians in pop music history, died of natural causes at his home in Palm Desert, California at the age of 90. As a member of the The Wrecking Crew his drumming can be heard on songs such as Presley's 'Return to Sender,' the Byrds' 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations,' Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and dozens of hits produced by Phil Spector, not to mention the theme songs to 'Batman,' and 'The Partridge Family'.


Guitarist Harvey Mandel is 77.

George Kooymans of Golden Earring is 74.

Bobby McFerrin is 72.

Nina Hagen is 67.

Bruce Watson of Big Country is 61.

Mike Percy of Dead or Alive is 61.

Lisa Loeb is 54.

Foo Fighters and Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee is 53.

On this Day In Music History is sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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