1968 - Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" hits #1, becoming the first-ever posthumous #1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.
Near the end of the song, Redding runs out of words and starts whistling. The plan was to fill in this section with lyrics, but he died before he could.
1972 - The Dripping Springs Reunion festival kicks off in a field near Austin, Texas. Envisioned as the Woodstock of country music, the 3-day event features performances by Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and Dottie West.
The festival is poorly promoted and a huge flop, with attendance estimated at about 20,000 (combined) when at least 180,000 were expected. Two years later, Willie Nelson uses the same site for the first of his Fourth of July Picnic concerts, which becomes a popular annual event and helps establish Austin as a music destination.(Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
2019 - Dick Dale died of heart failure at the age of 81. He was known as the “King of the Surf Guitar.” He created and developed what many call the “surf music” style. Dale worked closely with Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. His song “Misirlou” featured over the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.
Fred Neil was born on this day in 1936. The folk singer-songwriter wrote 'Everybody's Talkin'', which became a hit for Harry Nilsson after being used for the film Midnight Cowboy.
Songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker was born on this day in 1942. Jerry Jeff Walker was a Texan by choice, not birth, (he was born in New York) but few artists better typified the mood of the Lone Star State's outlaw country scene and their fabled singer/songwriter community. Penned Mr. Bojangles and was a hit for Colorado boys, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970.
Flavor Flav is 64. Rising to fame as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, he is known for popularizing the role of the hype man and for yelling "Yeah boy!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances. If you don't know him from his hip-hop career, you might know him as the star of several VH1 reality series.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.