ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC HISTORY: 2.6
1958 - George Harrison joined Liverpool band The Quarrymen. The band's lineup included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1998 - Beach Boy Carl Wilson died. Wilson sang lead vocal on "God Only Knows", "Good Vibrations", and "I Can Hear Music", and sang backing vocals on Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", from the album Caribou, recorded at Caribou Ranch in Nederland.
2001 - Guitarist Don Felder was fired from the Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Felder came up with the music for the song Hotel California. In it's demo form, Don Henley referred to it as the one that sounded like Mexican Reggae.
2016 - Dan Hicks, best-known as the lead musician and founder of the Seventies acoustic band Hicks and His Hot Licks, died at the age of 74. Hot Licks' hits included 'I Scare Myself' and 'Canned Music', which blended genre such as country, blues, jazz and swing.
Bob Marley was born on this day in 1945. Reggae's most transcendent and iconic figure, Bob Marley was the first Jamaican artist to achieve international superstardom, in the process introducing the music of his native island nation to the far-flung corners of the globe. Marley's music gave voice to the day-to-day struggles of the Jamaican experience, vividly capturing not only the plight of the country's impoverished and oppressed but also the devout spirituality that remains their source of strength. Backed by his all-star band the Wailers, Marley delivered classics in the ska era of the early '60s, all but invented roots music with '70s albums like Catch a Fire, and offered millions of listeners an entry point to reggae with his posthumous best-of collection, 1984's Legend. His songs of faith, devotion, and revolution created a legacy that continues to live on not only through the music of his extended family but also through generations of artists the world over touched by his genius. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)
Rick Astley is 57. Wielding a rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. He also became the subject of "Rickrolling," an Internet phenomenon involving the video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" and a series of bait and switch tactics.
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip was born today in 1964. Singer/songwriter and poetic improviser Gordon Downie was one of Canada's most treasured artists. Beginning in 1983, he fronted Kingston, Ontario's beloved trad rock band the Tragically Hip, (think Canada's R.E.M.)and Downie's lush and charming lyrical stories garnered the Hip many fans across the globe.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Louder, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.