1957 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on American Bandstand. Played their minor hit "Hey Little Schoolgirl." Both were just 16 years old.
1968 - The Beatles released The Beatles (AKA, The White Album). Each song on the sprawling double album is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view. There's a Beach Boys send up, ska, British blooze, mock country, and canned soul. None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together, but somehow The Beatles creates its own style and sound through its mess. (Photo by Krafft Angerer/Getty Images)
1989 - In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly spies on his future self, who is foolishly led into a shady business deal by his co-worker Douglas J. Needles, played by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1994 - Pearl Jam released their third studio album Vitalogy, which was first released on vinyl and became the first vinyl album to appear on the U.S. chart, since the domination of the compact disc format.
Vitalogy stands as Pearl Jam's most original and uncompromising album. While it isn't a concept album, death and despair shroud it. But Pearl Jam are at their best when they're fighting, whether it's Ticketmaster, fame, or their own personal demons.
1997 - Michael Hutchence of INXS died in Sydney. The INXS frontman was struggling with depression, made worse by constant media scrutiny over his relationship with British TV host Paula Yates and her contentious custody battle with ex-husband Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats). He was just 37, the victim of an apparent hanging.
Jesse Colin Young of the Youngbloods is 81. Sang the classic, "Get Together."
Aston "Family Man" Barrett, bassist from Bob Marley and the Wailers, is 76.
Steven Van Zandt is 72. Steven Van Zandt grew up in the same south New Jersey shore scene as Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon, and was closely associated with them. He was a member of Springsteen's band Steel Mill in 1969-1970 and the Bruce Springsteen Band in 1971. Helped form Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in 1974, but he re-joined Springsteen in the E Street Band in early 1975. He also put together Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul. Created music-industry activist group Artists United Against Apartheid as an action against the Sun City resort in South Africa. He also starred as Silvio Dante in the TV Series The Sopranos.
Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, also a member of Tom Tom Club, s 72.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from Allmusic, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.