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1965 - The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place, following an incident that had taken place at a petrol station after a gig. The station attendant refused access the "long haired monsters", so the band went to the side of the building and took matters into their own hands...

1967 - The Beatles had their 13th U.S. No. 1 single with McCartney's "Penny Lane." Paul was sitting at a bus shelter waiting for John Lennon to meet him on Penny Lane, a street near their houses in Liverpool. While sitting there he jotted down the things he saw, including a barber's shop with pictures of its clients and a nurse selling poppies for Remembrance Day (November 11th, marking the day World War I officially ended). He later turned these images into the song we now know, which celebrates this time in his life.

There is no guitar on "Penny Lane"; John Lennon played piano and George Harrison played the conga drum.

1972 - Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," with backing vocals by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, goes to #1 in the US.

1976 - The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought. It's Bowie's first major film role.

1978 - California Jam II took place at Ontario Motor Speedway outside of Los Angeles. The largest festival of the late '70s, Cal Jam II featured Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart. An estimated 350,000 fans attended; the Los Angeles Times reported that 700 of them were treated for overdoses of PCP.

1991 - U2 were fined about $750 after being convicted of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore in Dublin. Owner Richard Branson: "When we were asked by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) if we would let them sell condoms in our Dublin Virgin Megastore, we were happy to oblige".

At the time you couldn't get condoms in Ireland without a prescription. Branson and the store were fined, U2 stepped in to pay it.

1996 - The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. Lead singer Johnny Rotten, who once vowed never to reunite the group, says, "We have found a common cause to bring us back together again, and it's your money."

The Sex Pistols tour again in 2002 and 2007.

2002 - The Ramones were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a close friend of the Ramones. "They were armed with two-minute songs that they rattled off like machinegun fire," Vedder said, "and it was enough to change the Earth's revolution."

2013 - David Bowie's first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year. Bowie took great pains to keep the recording of the album secret, requiring people involved in the recording to sign NDAs. Bowie had to change recording studios after one day when someone at the studio leaked the rumour that he was recording there. The Next Day was the 66-year-old's first No. 1 album since 1993's Black Tie White Noise and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.

2017 - Chuck Berry died at age 90. Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none was more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He was its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, or myriad others. (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)


Singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player Charley Pride was born on this day in 1934.

Scottish songwriter, lyricist, vocalist, producer, pianist, and co-creator of The Alan Parsons Project Eric Woolfson was born today in 1945.

Wilson Pickett, forefather in the American soul movement, was born today in 1941.

John Hartman, drummer for The Doobie Brothers, is 72.

Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart was born today in 1961.

Vanessa Williams is 59.

Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains is 56.

Stuart Zender, bassist with Jamiroquai, is 48.

Adam Levine is 43.

Lykke Li is 36.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from Allmusic,, Ultimate Classic Rock, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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