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1965 - Bob Dylan released his fifth studio album Bringing It All Back Home. This is the point where Dylan eclipses any conventional sense of folk and rewrites the rules of rock, making it safe for personal expression and poetry, not only making words mean as much as the music, but making the music an extension of the words. A truly remarkable album.

1969 - Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they were promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events were outlined in the song "The Ballad of John and Yoko." (Photo credit should read /AFP via Getty Images)

1974 - The Eagles released their third studio album On the Border the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder. While the band dabbled a bit in hard rock, the album also features the usual mixture of styles typical of an Eagles album. It's a record that looked back to their earlier work and anticipated their later work. A hidden message carved into the run out groove of some vinyl LPs reads: "He who hesitates is lunch".

1976 - While campaigning for U.S. President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (the National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while governor of Georgia.

1978 - The Beatles' parody 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash' aired on NBC with Eric Idle, Neil Innes, etc. The mockumentary chronicles the rise of the "Prefab Four" while playfully poking holes in the Beatles' legacy. Coming out a full four years before This Is Spinal Tap, it was considered the first rock mockumentary.


Stephen Sondheim was born on this day in 1930. In his lifetime, this American composer and lyricist won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammys, a Pulitzer, and the 2015 Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Keith Relf, lead singer of The Yardbirds, was born today in 1943.

Jazz guitarist George Benson is 79

Andrew Lloyd Webber is 74.

On This Day In Music History is sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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