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1964 - The Beatles landed in the United States for the very first time. The Fab Four arrived at JFK to a cheering crowd. They were in town to play "The Ed Sullivan Show" and unsure if Beatlemania had taken over the U.S. the way it had in Britain. The screaming throngs of sign-holding fans that greeted them were telling of their future in the U.S., to say the least. (Photo by Getty Images)

1973 - Iggy and the Stooges released the David Bowie produced Raw Power. The album gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessor (1970s Fun House), is generally considered an influential forerunner of punk rock. Kurt Cobain said on numerous times that Raw Power was his favorite album of all time.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.

1980 - At the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Pink Floyd stage the first production of The Wall, an immersive concert performance in which a giant wall is erected on stage as the band plays, representing the alienation between audience and performer.

The Wall album was released in November 1979. Composed almost entirely by Roger Waters, it is a manifestation of the emotional wounds of his childhood, notably the death of his father months before he was born and the authoritarian teachers of his grammar school. These wounds can be seen as bricks that when mortared together, form an impenetrable wall. It's a feeling he got when Pink Floyd toured stadiums for the first time in 1977: there was no real connection between the massive crowds and the music.

1994 - Cake release their debut studio album, Motorcade of Generosity. Best songs: "Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle" is a thoroughly laudable send-up of the excesses of rock fans; "Jolene" begins as their most tightly crafted song and then dissolves into a deliciously messy jam session. Quirky music does demand a high standard of consistency because its triviality can easily become tiresome and there's enough standouts here to easily qualify Motorcade as a keeper.

2006 - The soundtrack album Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George by Jack Johnson "and Friends" is released. Universal Pictures couldn't have picked a better collaborator for this soundtrack to the Curious George film, as Johnson's easygoing delivery and breezy demeanor match George's silent curiosity to a T. Fellow songwriters Ben Harper, G. Love, and Matt Costa contribute three songs to the predominantly children-oriented affair, while Johnson and band give up an island rendition of the White Stripes' "We're Going to Be Friends".

2016 - Coldplay and football come together when the band headlines the halftime show of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Broncos win 24-10!


Earl King was born on this day in 1934. Highly respected around his Crescent City home base as both a performer and a songwriter, guitarist Earl King was a prime New Orleans R&B force for more than four decades. . He wrote 'Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll'), covered by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Sax player King Curtis was born on this day in 1934. King Curtis was the last of the great R&B tenor sax giants. he had hits with Memphis Soul Stew and Soul Serenade. Curtis worked with John Lennon and had played on The Coasters hit 'Yakety Yak'.

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

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