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1963 - The Chiffons' "He's So Fine" appeared on the pop chart for the first time, on its way to No. 1. George Harrison was sued years later for unconsciously plagiarizing the melody for his "My Sweet Lord."

1980 - Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" reached No. 1. The song was Queen's first No. 1 in the United States. Queen frontman Freddy Mercury wrote the song as a tribute to Elvis Presley.

2003 - Nickel Creek won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album for the Alison Krauss-produced This Side. It included Smoothie Song. The title was inspired when playing it at a festival here in Colorado and someone delivered smoothies for the band to the stage.

2010 - Abbey Road studios was made a listed building, protecting it from plans to radically alter it. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge listed the studios on the advice of English Heritage saying it had "produced some of the very best music in the world". The Beatles used Abbey Road for 90% of their recordings. The studio was origanally named EMI Studios, they changed the name to Abbey Road Studios in 1970 because of The Beatles album. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

2017 - Jay Z was set to become first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. But no rapper had ever made the cut before.


Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter was born on this day in 1944. Winter was one of the first blues rock guitar virtuosos, releasing a string of popular and fiery albums in the late Sixties and early Seventies, becoming an arena-level concert draw in the process.

Rusty Young of Poco was born on this day in 1946. He had grown up in Denver, playing in the band Böenzee Cryque. Young was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2013. Poco is in the Colorado Music hall Of Fame.

Howard Jones is 68. One of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop, Howard Jones merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Humans Lib, Jones' debut, contained the hits New song and What Is Love.

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

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