1970 - Four days after learning that their movie Let It Be will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record "I Me Mine" for the film and soundtrack. It would prove to be The Beatles' final recording session at EMI's Abby Road Studios. John was in Denmark with Yoko at the time.
George laconically announced, "You will have heard that Dave Dee is no longer with us, but Micky and Tich and I would just like to carry on the good work that's always been done in Number Two."
1987 - Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - she was one of a total of 14 inductees. It was only the second year of the Hall of Fame's existence, but still, a look at the early inductees reveals a list considerably short on females. Franklin was followed the next year by The Supremes, then LaVern Baker and Tina Turner two years later. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Fox Theatre)
2001 - The Dave Matthews Band become the first major artist to release a song on Napster when "I Did It" debuts on the controversial file-sharing platform.
Unlike Metallica, who successfully sued the company for copyright infringement a year earlier, and were outspoken critics of digital piracy, DMB figures if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
2014 - Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died. One of the most popular acts of the 50's, they had a big influence on The Beatles and the Beach Boys.
Sir George Martin, the "5th Beatle" who produced nearly every Beatles album, was born today in 1926. He signs the group to EMI in 1962 and his expertise as an arranger helps shape the band's unique sound. Upon Martin's death in 2016, Paul McCartney states: "If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George."
Stephen Stills, of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash, is 78. As renowned for his instrumental virtuosity as for writing era-defining anthems including "For What It's Worth" and "Love The One You're With," Stills is ranked #28 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, calling his acoustic picking on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" "a paragon of unplugged beauty."
John Paul Jones, bassist and keyboardist for Led Zeppelin, is 77. By the mid-'60s he had served for other groups as director and arranger, as well as bassist and keyboardist. His remarkable credits from that early period include artists like the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, the Yardbirds, the Everly Brothers, and the Supremes.
Raymond McGinley, singer and guitarist for Teenage Fanclub, is 59. Initially lauded for the sonically dense, guitar-driven anthems that heralded them as unexpected stars of the alternative rock era, the perception of Scotland's Teenage Fanclub transformed over time, eventually earning the group a reputation as pop craftsmen famous for a distinctive brand of classicist '60s- and '70s-style power pop and folk-rock.
Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk is 48. As they evolved from '90s French house pioneers to 2000s dance tastemakers to mainstream heroes in the 2010s, Daft Punk remained one of dance music's most iconic acts.
Kurt Vile is 43. He co-founded the War on Drugs with friend Adam Granduciel in 2005 but quit shortly after the band got off the ground to focus on his own music. a songwriter of epic proportions, evolving a laid-back yet transfixing psychedelic indie rock sound over a career arc that grew from self-released CD-Rs to major-label releases.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from Mental Floss, This Day in Music, Allmusic, Stephen Stills homepage, Song Facts and Wikipedia.