1967 - The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She's Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs - a unique idea at the time.
1971 - The Rolling Stones unveil their new custom record label, Rolling Stones Records, which also features the group's new logo, the infamous tongue-and-lips "pop art" drawing created by London graphic artist John Pasche.
Inspired by Mick Jagger’s desire to convey a tribute to the Hindu goddess, Kali. Kali was the goddess of empowerment and energy. Kali, had a sharp tongue and vibrant red lips.
The first album to be released was Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka in 1971, and is widely credited with being the first world music LP. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)
1971 - 4 Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released. It’s their second album as a group, and their first live album. Each of the participants got to show off a significant chunk of his best work, whether presented alone or in tandem with the others, and the shared repertory -- "Long Time Gone," "Ohio" etc. -- binding it all together as more than a documentary of some joint appearances. A double-LP set, chock-full of superb music distilled down from a bunch of nights on that tour that more than fulfilled the promise of the group.
1983 - Ronald Reagan's secretary of the Interior, James Watt, cancels an appearance by The Beach Boys at Washington DC's Independence Day festivities, infamously stating that the band would attract "an undesirable element." The Beach Boys?
Merle Ronald Haggard was born today in 1937 (and died on this day in 2016). As a performer and a songwriter, Merle Haggard was the most important country artist to emerge in the 1960s, and he became one of the leading figures of the Bakersfield country scene. While his music remained hardcore country, he pushed the boundaries of the music quite far. Like his idol, Bob Wills, his music was a melting pot that drew from all forms of traditional American music -- country, jazz, blues, and folk -- and in the process, developed a distinctive style of his own.
Haggard's son said Merle knew he was going to pass away on his birthday, and on Facebook he said "He loved everything about life and he loved that every one of you gave him a chance with his music. He wasn't just a country singer...he was the best country singer that ever lived."
Pixies frontman Black Francis is 58. Also known as solo artist Frank Black. Founding member of the Pixies who released the influential albums, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, and Bossanova. Nirvana, Radiohead, Bush, Blur and Weezer have all claimed the Pixies as an influence.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day in Music, Fabrik Brands, Allmusic, Song Facts and Wikipedia.