1965 - Keith Richards woke up in his hotel room with the guitar riff and lyric "Can't get no satisfaction" in his head. He recorded it on a portable tape deck, went back to sleep, and brought it to the studio that week. The tape contained his guitar riff followed by the sounds of him snoring.
Richards was staying at the Fort Harrison Hotel (known at the time as the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel) when he rolled out of bed with the idea for this song. The hotel still exists. In 1975, it was bought by the Church of Scientology and frequently hosts religious retreats.
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1972 - Elton John released "Rocket Man."The inspiration for Bernie Taupin's lyrics, however, was the short story The Rocket Man, written by Ray Bradbury. The sci-fi author's tale is told from the perspective of a child, whose astronaut father has mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job. It was published as part of the anthology The Illustrated Man in 1951.
1994 - Pearl Jam filed charges against Ticketmaster in a federal court, claiming monopolistic practices on the part of the ticketing agency. The band didn't want to charge more than $18.50 for tickets at the time, with service fees of no more than $1.80. Ticketmaster balked, saying that they needed at least $2 in fees to cover costs. Pearl Jam skipped their tour that summer as the case continued, and they tried to play venues that didn't use Ticketmaster to sell their tickets. The band ended up losing in court, and eventually had to book their next tour with Ticketmaster.
2005 - Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Devils and Dust, over concerns about its adult content. The retailer said it would promote other albums instead.
The track in question, “Reno,” describes an encounter with a prostitute. Between that and an f-bomb dropped in “Long Time Comin’,” the album cover was given an explicit-lyrics tag, a first for Springsteen.
2020 - Florian Schneider, co-founder of the highly influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, died at the age of 73. The German quartet set the template for synthesiser music in the 1970s and 80s with songs like 'Autobahn' and 'The Model'. "V-2 Schneider" a largely instrumental song written by David Bowie in 1977 for the album "Heroes". It was a tribute to Florian Schneider, whom Bowie acknowledged as a significant influence at the time
Bob Seger is 77.
Americana singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 77.
Davey Johnstone of the Elton John band is 71.
John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is 62.
On this Day In Music History is sourced from Ultimate Classic Rock, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.