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1972 -“If you were to try and give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry,” praises John Lennon, live from The Mike Douglas Show.

Doing a week-long stint as guest host of the show, John Lennon performs "Memphis" and "Johnny B. Goode" with Chuck Berry, whom Lennon refers to as "my hero."

1974 - Planet Waves becomes the first Bob Dylan album to reach #1 in the US.

The album reaches the public two weeks later than planned when Dylan decides at the last minute to change the title from Ceremonies of the Horsemen (which fans recall as a lyric from "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" from 1965's Bringing It All Back Home), to Planet Waves.

The cover features Dylan's own artwork, complete with the phrase "Cast-iron songs & torch ballads."

"Forever Young" is the standout track, but Dylan nearly pulled the tune off the album after a friend's girlfriend said it sounded like he was getting "mushy."

1990 - The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with Green Day: 39/Smooth. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea breaks his arm in five places in a bad snowboarding accident.

Flea and his bandmate Anthony Kiedis are shredding in Montana during some time off from making their album The Getaway.

There is nerve damage, so Flea has to spend six months in rehab and slowly regain the strength and dexterity needed to play his instrument. Work on the album is put on hold while he slowly returns to form.


Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and producerwas born today in 1932.Few 1950s rock & roll tunesmiths were as prolifically talented as Otis Blackwell. who wrote 'All Shook Up', 'Return To Sender', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Great Balls Of Fire' and 'Fever', was born today in 1932.

Rapper Ice-T (born Tracy Lauren Marrow) is 65. Marrow began reading the novels of Iceberg Slim and took his stage name in honor of him. He also has a long career in acting that began with the movie New Jack City to Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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

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