1970 - Stephen Stills releases his first (self-titled) solo album, with the hit "Love The One You're With." It's supposedly the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. The cover was shot in Gold Hill, outside of Boulder, where he once lived. And what's up with the giraffe on the cover? Possibly a message to ex-girlfriend Rita Coolidge. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
1973 - David Bowie was the host of a special edition of the ABC show "Midnight Special". His show was called "1980 Floor Show", and featured Bowie doing a duet of "I Got You Babe" with Marianne Faithfull, who wore a nun's habit with an open back. Watch below.
1974 - John Lennon was at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Whatever Gets You Through The Night." Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No. 1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal, and on Thanksgiving Day 1974, the two played three songs together during a show at New York's Madison Square Garden: "I Saw Her Standing There," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Whatever Gets You Through the Night." The public had no idea Lennon was going to appear during the show. According to a BBC documentary about the event, Elton John says the crowd gave Lennon a 10-minute standing ovation.
2010 - The Beatles back catalogue was made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. Apple Computer spent decades battling the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the rights to sell music using the Apple name. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."
2014 - U2's Bono was involved in what doctors called a "high energy bicycle accident." The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's emergency department and underwent five hours of surgery. The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
2015 - Ween announce that they will come together to play two shows in early 2016. This is the first time the band will be together since their breakup in 2012. Those shows were at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.
Songwriter Teenie Hodges, who wrote many hits for Al Green, including "Take Me to the River", "Love and Happiness", "L-O-V-E (Love)", and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", was born today in 1945.
Singer songwriter Dan Penn is 81. Wrote (with Chips Moman) Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." Also co-wrote or wrote "Cry Like A Baby" and "The Letter", both hits for The Box Tops.
Jazz pianist and singer (and married to Elvis Costello) Diana Krall is 58.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from Music To Eat, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.