1963 - Decca Records in the U.K. released "Come On," the first record by The Rolling Stones. They had yet to start writing their own material, and they were principally concerned with finding a song to cover that would reflect their emerging blues-rock sensibilities; be commercial without selling out; and be sufficiently obscure that it was unknown in Britain. It was written by Chuck Berry and his version came out in 1916.
Interesting side note, on this day in 1964...During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.
1969 - Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dylan sang I Threw It All Away and Living The Blues and duetted with Johnny Cash on Girl From The North Country.
1975 - Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, with the hit "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," became the first album to debut at No. 1 in the US. It held the top spot for seven (non-consecutive) weeks. It was recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland.
Captain Fantastic' is a concept album that gives an autobiographical glimpse at the struggles John (Captain Fantastic) and Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy) had in the early years of their musical careers in London.
1977 - The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.
1994 - Stone Temple Pilots released Purple. It featured "Big Empty," (a vague story involving a car, a cigarette and a conversation. Scott Weiland said it was about "doing it" in the back seat of a car) and "Interstate Love Song."
1995 - Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was admitted to hospital after his ear was leaking blood. The problem was diagnosed as his arm movement from continuous guitar playing.
2012 - Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as "Ebony Eyes", was found dead at home in Nashville of an apparent suicide. He was 66. His death comes months after spinal surgery when he learned that he would never walk again.
Dean Martin was born today in 1917.
Tom Jones is 82.
Prince was born today in 1958. Also on this day Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, and became known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
No other artist of the rock & roll era compares to Prince. He was the rare combination of a visionary pop conceptualist and master musician who could capture the sounds he imagined, a quality that fueled his remarkable success in the 1980s.
He's named after his father's jazz combo, the Prince Rogers Trio.(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Clarence White (guitarist for The Byrds) is born on this day in 1944. He was a gifted guitarist who was one of the pioneers of country-rock in the late '60s. Although he died young, his work with the Byrds and the Kentucky Colonels, among others, remained celebrated among country-rock and bluegrass aficionados in the decades following his death.
Guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 55.
George Ezra is 29.
On this Day in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.