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1962 - Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform their first paid gig when they appear as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys at a club in Ealing, England.

1973 - Lou Reed was bitten on the buttocks by a zealous fan at a concert in Buffalo, N.Y. This is not a joke. The display of affection happened as Reed got ready to play the classic Velvet Underground tune "Waitin' For The Man." The crazed fan — screaming, "Leather!" — evaded security as he attacked Reed. The fan was ejected, and Reed commented afterward that the U.S. "seems to breed real animals."

1977 - Fleetwood Mac released 'Dreams' from their eleventh studio album Rumours which became their first and only US No.1 hit single. Stevie Nicks wrote the song in early 1976 at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California in around 10 minutes, on a day when she wasn't required in the main studio.

Christine McVie said in a 1997 interview with Q: "'Dreams' developed in a bizarre way. When Stevie first played it for me on the piano, it was just three chords and one note in the left hand. I thought, This is really boring, but the Lindsey genius came into play and he fashioned three sections out of identical chords, making each section sound completely different. He created the impression that there's a thread running through the whole thing."

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1990 - Canadian singer Alannah Myles started a two-week run at No. 1 "Black Velvet." It's a song loaded with lyrics about a young Elvis Presley. It was inspired by one of the songwriter's trip to Graceland to cover the 10th anniversary of Elvis' death. Christopher Ward, then a VJ for a Canadian music channel, encountered many hardcore, Elvis fans, took notes, and then wrote the song with Myles and David Tyson.


Carole Kaye is 88. Carol Kaye was not only a pioneer in the male-dominated world of pop recording sessions, but she also broke down musical barriers, playing on a multitude of records and TV and movie scoring dates of almost every kind. One of the most prolific and widely heard bass guitarists, who has played on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 50 years. Kaye was the bassist on many Phil Spector and Brian Wilson productions in the 1960s and 1970s. Kaye also performed on many TV themes including The Streets of San Francisco, Mission: Impossible, M*A*S*H and Kojak.

Nick Lowe is 74. A singer/songwriter of considerable grace and wit, Nick Lowe pioneered pub rock and punk, then settled into a dignified third act as an elegant crooner. Lowe started his career as the nominal leader of Brinsley Schwarz, a ragged collection of hippies that helped create the pub rock circuit of the early 1970s.

After Brinsley, he would produce early records by Elvis Costello, Pretenders, and the Damned. Was also in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds.

For Lowe, the high-water mark of this period was Labour of Lust, a 1979 power pop album overspilling with hooks and jokes, a sensibility crystalized on his lone hit, "Cruel to Be Kind."

Lee Oskar from War is 75. Harmonica player and vocalist Lee was a charter member of War in the late '60s, when the West Coast group first backed Eric Burdon and later went out on their own. His extended wailing solos became a vital part of War's funk/rock/Latin sound in the '70s and '80s.

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers is 59. His father is David Hood, a respected session musician who was the bassist with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Whether with DBT or his parallel solo career, he pens forceful, literate, but unpretentious stories of life in the American South

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


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