1969 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American tour in Fort Collins, at Colorado State's Moby Arena (then known as Moby Gym). Also on the bill was Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and B.B. King.
While the Nov. 7 show was a priceless experience for students, it led to $5,873 — almost $40,000 in today's dollars — in damages to the university's arena.
According to a gem of a document kept by the university's Archives and Special Collections office, here's a full list of the damages left behind:
193 cigarette burn holes on basketball floor ($2,200)
Burned tarp ($3,000)
Damaged windows in north concourse ($262)
Damaged glass in four entrance doors ($151)
Two broken Kotex machines ($70)
Damaged interior tile ($70)
Damage to walls in men's restroom, requiring sanding and repainting ($28)
Broken towel dispenser in men's restroom ($25)
Damaged ceramic tiles in Portal D ($25)
Trash pickup ($20)
Burned carpet in Lettermen's Lounge ($15)
Damaged door jam ($7.50)
The 1969 show was the band's first performance in Fort Collins.
The suggestion of starting their tour at Moby Gym came from Barry Fey, the legendary Colorado concert promoter who was familiar with the college town.
"They said 'Fort What?'"
1969 - After Life magazine tracked down Paul McCartney at his farm in Scotland, they put him on the cover with his family, dispelling the "Paul is dead" rumors with the headline, "Paul Is Still With Us."
McCartney drops this bombshell: "The Beatle thing is over," and although the band hasn't announced their split, they are indeed fractured. Management struggles have taken their toll on the band, especially on McCartney, who went to Scotland to get away from it all.
1977 - The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever was released. The film has been cited as the first example of "cross-media marketing", with the tie-in soundtrack's single being used to help promote the film before its release and the film popularizing the entire soundtrack after its release.
1979 - The Rose, starring Bette Midler as a rock singer who hits the big time, opens in theaters. The film is based on the life of Janis Joplin, but filmmakers can't secure the rights to use her image or story. Midler gets an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the role.
1985 - Lots of Dylan is now available in one place as his five-album Biograph set is released. Historically, Biograph is significant not for what it did for Dylan's career, but for establishing the box set, complete with hits and rarities, as a viable part of rock history. Following Biograph, multi-disc box sets for veteran rockers became accepted and almost the norm, but that doesn't discount this set's strengths as a summary of Dylan's career, using the familiar and the rare to draw a fully rounded portrait of his strengths as a songwriter, musician, and record-maker in a way that conventional choices alone couldn't achieve.
2016 -Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82. One of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration (writing poetry and novels, traveling the world, dropping LSD), all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued to work in the 21st century, which is all the more remarkable an achievement for someone who didn't even aspire to a musical career until he was in his thirties.
His signature song, "Hallelujah" was originally released on his album Various Positions. 'Hallelujah' found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell is 79. Among the singer/songwriters who emerged in the wake of Bob Dylan in the 1960s, none were as adventurous, incisive, or influential as Joni Mitchell. A veteran of the folk music circuit of the '60s, Mitchell first came to prominence as a songwriter, composing the '60s standards "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," and "Both Sides Now." Mitchell became part of Los Angeles' folk-rock scene, but it often seemed as if she operated on its fringes, working from a different musical and personal aesthetic, relying on a series of alternate guitar tunings and writing from a stark personal perspective. Along the way she embraced jazz fusion and worldbeat. Even though her last album of original music, Shine, was released 2007, but her legacy has not only loomed large, it has grown with listeners and artists catching up to the innovations she pioneered throughout her career.
Lorde, born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, is 26.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from The Coloradoan, This Day in Music, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.