1965 - History was made when the Smokey Robinson-written "My Girl" made The Temptations the first male Motown act to score a No. 1 single.
1970 - Charles Manson releases an album called "Lie" to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket is made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, "Cease To Exist". The title was changed to "Never Learn Not To Love".
1982 - Beauty and the Beat hits #1 in America, making The Go-Go's the first all-girl band with a #1 album.
The Supremes became the first girl group to top the chart when The Supremes A' Go-Go went to #1 in 1966, but The Go-Go's are the first to do it on an album where they play their own instruments and write their own songs.
Their songs and image are bouncy and fun, but they are a product of the Los Angeles punk scene, honing their skills since 1978 in small clubs alongside acts like The Dickies and The Germs.
2000 - Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first person inducted three times. He was also inducted as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream.
2021 - Lou Ottens passed away at the age of 94. The inventor of the tape cassette, he was instrumental in changing personal listening habits for an entire generation. “We were little boys who had fun playing,” he once said of his invention. “We didn’t feel like we were doing anything big.” All hail every mix tape I made to impress a girl...
Memphis blues artist Walter ‘Furry’ Lewis was born on this day in 1893. He was the first guitarist to play with a bottleneck (slide guitar). He lost a leg in a railroad accident and once supported The Rolling Stones. Joni Mitchell wrote the song ‘Furry Sings The Blues’ after him.
David Gilmour, lead singer of Pink Floyd, is 77. Gilmour gained international fame for his incisive, atmospheric guitar work and vocals with Pink Floyd, and eventually became the leader of the group during their late period, as he pursued a successful solo career. In grade school Gilmour became friends with Roger "Syd" Barrett, both learning to play guitar in their spare time. Syd would go on to form Pink Floyd and when it became apparent that Barrett was no longer able to perform, Gilmour eventually took his place.
Interesting note, He was instrumental in the career of Kate Bush. A family friend brought her to his attention, who then arranged for the 15-year-old to record her first demo. With Gilmour's help, Bush was signed to EMI Records at age 16. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Allmusic, Classic Bands, Song Facts and Wikipedia.
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