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1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded a new version of "Girl From The North Country" together in Nashville, Tenn., at CBS Studios. The track appeared on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. It was originally recorded in 1963 and released on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. The collaboration with Cash and an appearance on The Johnny Cash Show helped Nashville Skyline become one of Dylan's best-selling albums.

1975 - John Lennon released the Phil Spector-produced Rock 'n' Roll album, a collection of some of his favorite rock and R&B oldies. Recorded as an out-of-court settlement between John and an aggrieved publisher for the use of "Here comes old flat-top", in "Come together", which was inspired by Chuck Berry's "Catch Me if You Can".

It might not, on first glance, seem essential to hear him running through nuggets like "Be Bop A Lula," "Peggy Sue," and "Bring It on Home to Me," but, again, Lennon has seldom sounded so gleeful as he does on these numbers.

1976 - The Eagles release Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975), a collection of 10 songs from their first four albums. According to Don Felder, however, none of the band members had any say in the decision to release the compilation album, which they complained was "nothing more than a ploy by the record company to sell product without having to pay additional production costs".

Despite being unhappy with the album's release, the band nevertheless reasoned that it gave them more time to work on the Hotel California album. Their Greatest Hits is one of the best selling albums of all time.

1978 - Kate Bush releases her debut, The Kick Inside. Only 19 years old (but featuring some songs written at 15 and recorded at 16), is her most unabashedly romantic, the sound of an impressionable and highly precocious teenager spreading her wings for the first time. The centerpiece is "Wuthering Heights," which was a hit everywhere except the United States...Based on Emily Bronte's 1847 novel of the same name, "Wuthering Heights" tells the love story of Heathcliff and Cathy, whose tempestuous romance comes to an end with Cathy's death. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


Taylor Hawkins was born today in 1972. Worked with Alanis Morissette as her touring drummer on her Jagged Little Pill tour. He joined Foo Fighters in 1997. Foo Fighters also allowed Hawkins to pursue his rock star fantasies, giving him a built-in audience for his side project the Coattail Riders, a band where he unapologetically indulged in his love for Queen and Cheap Trick.

Billie Joe Armstrong is 51. He formed Sweet Children in 1987 with bassist Mike Dirnt. The group's name became Green Day in 1989. Besides Green Day, Armstrong released an album with Norah Jones, "Foreverly", a project to re-create the classic 1958 Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. He most recently released an album of covers, "No Fun Mondays".

And, as far as where Green Day came from, it’s likely exactly what you think. It’s about marijuana.

In an interview with TV host Bill Maher, Armstrong affirmed this storyline. “I always thought, maybe it’s an urban myth, that it was about pot,” Maher said.

“It was absolutely about pot,” Armstrong immediately confirmed. “We were trying to be like the Cheech & Chong of punk rock for a while, and some of us still are the Cheech & Chong of punk rock.”

Ed Sheeran is 32. Ed Sheeran may be the quintessential pop star of the 2010s: a singer/songwriter who doesn't seem to acknowledge boundaries between styles or eras, creating a sound that's idiosyncratic and personal. He borrows from any style that crosses his path -- elements of folk, hip-hop, pop, dance, soul, and rock can be heard in his big hits "The A Team," "Sing," "Thinking Out Loud," and "Shape of You" -- which gives him a broad appeal

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

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