1963 - Charlie Watts left the group Blues Incorporated to join an up and coming band called The Rolling Stones.
1973 - Lou Reed married a cocktail waitress/ Columbia University student named Betty Kronstad in New York City. He wrote "Perfect Day" from the classic 'Transformer', about a day they spent together in Central Park.
2014 - Rolling Stone magazine published their Readers Poll: The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All Time. The top 5 were: 5. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti - Bruce Springsteen - The River, 3. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street 2. Pink Floyd - The Wall, and winning the poll was The Beatles - The White Album.
Joan Baez is 82. With the exception of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez was the most important artist to rise from the folk music movement that first blossomed in the late 1950s and early '60s. The title track to1975's Diamonds & Rust, a biographical recollection of her relationship with Dylan, would prove to be one of her most enduring hits. Baez would become nearly as well-known for her political activism as her music, lending her talent and media profile to a long list of progressive causes.
Jimmy Page is 79. Unquestionably one of the all-time most influential, important, and versatile guitarists and songwriters in rock history. his monolithic riffs served as a blueprint for what would eventually become heavy metal, yet he refused to be pigeonholed to any single musical style touching upon folk, country, funk, blues, and other styles.
He honed his craft as an in demand session player working with the Who, Them, Donovan, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones, among others. In 1966 he joined The Yarbirds, who would break up two years later. Page would carry on adding new players John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and Robert Plant as the New Yardbirds. The later would change the name to Led Zeppelin. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
David Johansen / Buster Poindexter of the New York Dolls is 73. Best known for his tenure fronting the hugely influential New York Dolls, David Johansen was a true chameleon; throughout the course of a career which saw him transform from a lipstick-smeared proto-punk hero into an urbane blue-eyed soul man and finally into a tuxedo-clad lounge lizard, he remained a rock & roll original, an unpredictable iconoclast and a true cultural innovator.
Dave Matthews is 56. Born in Johannesburg South Africa, he would later form the band that bears his name in Virginia. The DMB would be a pop friendly jam band crossed with elements of jazz, funk, and the worldbeat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting. Besides acting, he owns Blenheim Vineyards and helped create Dreaming Tree Wines. He also serves on Farm Aid's board of directors.
On This Day In Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Post Punk Monk, Independent UK, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.