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1972 - Bruce Springsteen first signed with Columbia Records. Springsteen had built up a loyal following in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and his successful audition with Columbia talent scout John Hammond sealed his fate. He started to assemble the E Street Band from various former bandmates. His debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey, in January of 1973.

1978 - The Rolling Stones released Some Girls, their first studio album recorded with Ronnie Wood as a full member. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response to the younger generation. Some Girls may not have the back-street aggression of their '60s records, or the majestic, drugged-out murk of their early-'70s work, but its brand of glitzy, decadent hard rock still makes it a definitive Stones album.

The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action.

When asked why the album was called "Some Girls", Keith Richards replied, “Because we couldn’t remember their fucking names.”

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1986 - Genesis release Invisible Touch, their most successful album. The title track gives them their only #1 hit.

2017 - Gene Simmons of Kiss files a trademark application for the devil horns hand gesture, which he claims he invented in 1974.

The description in the application reads: "Hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular."

Simmons is not the first musician to use the gesture: John Lennon (as a cartoon character) did it on the cover of the "Yellow Submarine" single in 1966. The band Coven did it on the album art of their 1969 debut, Witchcraft, although this variation, popularized by Ronnie James Dio when he joined Black Sabbath in 1979, is with the thumb folded inward.


Cole Porter was born today in 1891. His numerous hit songs include "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Well, Did You Evah!", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "You're the Top".

Les Paul, a key developer of the electric guitar, was born today in 1915. He broke his right arm in a car accident and had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar.

Jackie Wilson was born today in 1934. A tenor with a four octave vocal range, he was nicknamed "Mr. Excitement", and was important in the transition of rhythm and blues into soul.

Mick Box of Urian Heep is 75.

Trevor Boulder of Spiders From Mars and Uriah Heep was born today in 1950.

Chemical Brothers keyboardist Ed Simons is 52.

Matthew Bellamy of Muse is 44.

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

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