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1948 - Columbia Records launched a new vinyl disc that played at thirty-three and one third RPM in New York City, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it.

1966 - Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club, London. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top five of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton at No. 2, Page at No. 3, and Beck at No. 5).

1970 - Art Garfunkel makes his acting debut in the movie Catch-22. Paul Simon was also slated for a role in the film, but was dropped, leading to a rift that broke up Simon & Garfunkel.

2001 - John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist, died in his sleep at age 83. "The Hook" was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie. Despite being illiterate, Hooker was a prolific lyricist and often employed an improvisational style in his music. Cream, Zeppelin, Hendrix and many others covered his songs. His influenced stretched from the Stones to the Black Keys.

2002 - Widespread Panic headline the first Bonnaroo Music Festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The inaugural four-day event - named for the Creole slang for "good stuff," borrowed from a Dr. John album - focuses on jam bands and folk acts, welcoming Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, and Colorado natives, The String Cheese Incident to the line-up. It now features just about every style of music under the sun. This year featured everyone from Tool to Stevie Nicks and our boys Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images


Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is 78.

Joey Molland, singer and guitarist for Badfinger, is 75.

Guitarist Nils Lofgren (Grin, E Street Band, Crazy Horse) is 71.

Pat Sansone, multi-instrumentalist for Wilco, is 53.

Brandon Flowers (The Killers) is 41.

Lana Del Rey is 37.

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

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