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1967 - While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and buys an 1843 circus poster that inspires The Beatles song "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite."

1970 - In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would help inspire one of their most famous songs, "Truckin'."

"Busted, down on Bourbon Street

Set up, like a bowling pin"

1970 - The Jackson 5 went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I Want You Back". The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & the Pips and was the first of four No. 1's for the group.

1979 - With Bo Diddley as their opening act, The Clash began their first U.S. tour.

“In the flesh, he was more awe-inspiring than we could possibly imagine,” Joe Strummer recalled, according to Q. “He dressed like he was ready to fight. He always had his huge sheriff’s hat on and a giant belt buckle, and you were unmistakably in the presence of someone who gave no quarter.”

They rented Dolly Parton's bus for the tour.

1994 - Tori Amos releases Under the Pink. Amos combines some of her strongest melodies and lyrics with especially haunting and powerful arrangements to create an artistic success that stands on its own two feet. The best-known tracks are "God," a wicked critique of the deity armed with a stiff, heavy funk-rock arrangement, and "Cornflake Girl," a waltz-paced number with an unnerving whistle and stuttering vocal hook. . (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)


Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago, was born on this day in 1946. sadly died in a gun accident. his last words were, "Don't worry it's not loaded".

Phil Manzanera is 72. Longtime guitarist for legendary British art pop sophisticates Roxy Music. He also played on albums by Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno. His production credits include David Gilmour and Split Endz.

K.C. Casey of K.C. & the Sunshine Band is 72. The Bee Gees may have been the undisputed disco kings of the late '70s, but KC & the Sunshine Band weren't far behind. During the mid- to late '70s, the multi-member and racially integrated group -- led by bandleaders Harry Wayne "KC" Casey and Richard Finch -- racked up some of the era's biggest, most recognized dance hits.

Johnny Lydon is 67. As the true brains behind the Sex Pistols, John Lydon -- formerly Johnny Rotten -- is easily one of the most influential and revered figures in rock & roll. The godfather of British punk, a leader in the arty post-punk movement with Public Image Ltd., and a participant in the alternative rock scene his earlier work helped inspire, Lydon has forged a stubbornly idiosyncratic body of work that reflects both his love of challenging his audience and his snarling contempt for shallowness and conformity.

Lloyd Cole is 62. Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era.

Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons, is 36. Born in Yorba Linda, California, to English parents who are international leaders of the evangelical Christian Association of Vineyard Churches. Raised in London, co-founded Mumford & Sons in 2007. Mumford teamed up with composer Tom Howe to provide the score and theme song for the American sports comedy-drama TV series Ted Lasso.

On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Song Facts, Ultimate Classic Rock, Allmusic, and Wikipedia.

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