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1967 - John Lennon takes LSD and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track "Getting Better." To brace himself for a marathon recording session, he had reached into his pill box thinking he was grabbing an amphetamine pill. Wrong. He dosed himself with LSD.

“I thought I was taking some uppers and I was not in the state of handling it,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in 1970.

Lennon went to the top of EMI studios for fresh air and upon returning the session recommenced briefly, but soon it was deemed useless without a capable Lennon and the group decided to break early for the night.

Paul walked him home and decided right then and there to dose as well. "It was my first trip with John, or any of the guys. We stayed up all night, sat around and hallucinated a lot. It was a good trip".

1983 - Pink Floyd released The Final Cut, which was their final album with bassist and singer Roger Waters. Extends the autobiography of The Wall, concentrating on Roger Waters' pain when his father died in World War II. This is more like a novel than a record, requiring total concentration since shifts in dynamics, orchestration, and instrumentation are used as effect.

Distinctive, to be sure, but not easy to love.

1991 - Leo Fender, one of the key names in the development of the electric guitar, died at the age of 81. The idea of a solid body guitar had been in the forefront of manufacturer’s minds since the advent of electrical amplification, which meant that hollow sound boxes were no longer essential. It was Fender, along with Californian neighbors Les Paul and Paul Bigsby, who spearheaded the forthcoming wave of electric guitars. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

2000 - Soul Coughing disbanded after eight years and three albums. One of the most unique cult bands of the '90s. Driven by frontman M. Doughty's stream-of-consciousness poetry, Soul Coughing's sound was a willfully idiosyncratic mix of improvisational jazz grooves, oddball samples, hip-hop, electronics, and noisy experimentalism. Their name? Taken from the title of a poem Doughty had written about Neil Young vomiting.


Delta blues singer and guitarist Son House was born today in 1902.

Son House was a towering figure in the history of Delta blues, a contemporary of Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. House's best work is among the most emotionally vivid of the country blues, with the slash and sharp strum of his guitar a powerful match for the moaning wail of his voice in his songs of love, faith, and lives gone wrong.

Viv Stanshall was born on this day in 1943. Best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. In 1967, they appeared in The Beatles' television film Magical Mystery Tour, where they played Stanshall's "Death Cab for Cutie" during the strip club scene. And that's where the Death Cab got it's name.

Eddie Money was born today in 1949. Initially, Eddie Mahoney (his birth name) was going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Brooklyn cop. He attended the New York Police Academy during the early '70s, but at night he sang in rock & roll bands under the name Eddie Money. After a few years, he decided to pursue rock & roll as a career and quit the academy.

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


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