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1969 - Psychedelic rockers The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce they're breaking up. They sang the song "Death Cab For Cutie", in The Beatles film, Magical Mystery Tour. It tells a story of youthful angst. "Cutie," who goes out on the town against her lover's wishes ("Last night Cutie caught a cab, uhuh-huh ..."), is killed when the taxicab she is in runs a red light and crashes. It's where the band Death Cab For Cutie get their name.

1999 - George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Olivia beat off the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp.

Harrison who was stabbed in the chest was admitted to hospital and treated for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. His wife, Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the struggle with the intruder.

As a bloodied George was being carried from his home on a stretcher. He groggily looked up and said to a new employee: “So, what do you think of the job so far?”

Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had nursed an irrational obsession with The Beatles.


Bo Diddley, guitarst and singer, was born on this day in 1928. The Bo Diddley beat -- bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp -- is one of rock & roll's bedrock rhythms, showing up in the work of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, and even pop-garage knock-offs like the Strangeloves' 1965 hit "I Want Candy." Diddley's hypnotic rhythmic attack and declamatory, boasting vocals stretched back as far as Africa for their roots, and looked as far into the future as rap. His trademark otherworldly vibrating, fuzzy guitar style did much to expand the instrument's power and range. (Photo by James Green/Getty Images)

Del Shannon was born on this day in 1939. Best know for the hit "Runaway". He's name checked in Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream".

Felix Pappalardi was born on this day in 1939. A founding member of Mountain. He produced Disraeli Gears for Cream and The Youngbloods' first album.

Mike Nesmith of The Monkees was born on this day in 1942. He also wrote "Different Drum", which was a hit for the Linda Ronstadt lead Stone Ponys. He also wrote "Some Of Shelly's Blues" and gave to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Colorado Music Hall Of Famers). He fronted The First National Band, once described as strange, stubbornly American music which didn't get much attention during their time. In retrospect he's now considered one of the founding fathers of what came to be labelled “country rock”. Check out "Joanne" or "Silver Moon". He was also the executive producer of the cult film Repo Man.

Robert Quine, guitarist from Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was born on this day in 1942. Also worked with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, They Might Be Giants.

Davy Jones from The Monkees was born on this day in 1945. Not only a singer and actor, but early on he aspired to be a jockey as well.

Patti Smith is 76. Punk rock's poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most ambitious, unconventional, and challenging rock & rollers of all time. When she emerged in the '70s, Smith's music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan's heyday. With her androgynous, visual presentation echoing her unabashedly intellectual and uncompromising songwriting,

Jeff Lynne is 75. Best known as a founding member of E.L.O. and The Traveling Wilburys. He was also a member of The Move. They originally recorded "Do Ya", which was later covered by E.L.O.

On This Day In Music History was sourced from Uncut, Culture Sonar, Song Facts, This Day In Music, Allmusic, and Wkipedia.

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