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1964 - In an early sign of their tendency to disrupt authority, The Rolling Stones are refused service for lunch at Bristol, England's Grand Hotel because they're not properly dressed in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express calls them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarks, "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch."

1968 - A Rolling Stone review of Electric Flag's album A Long Time Comin' incorporates the first documented use of the phrase "heavy metal": "This is the new soul music, the synthesis of white blues and heavy metal rock."

Also released in May of 1968 was Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", which features the line, "heavy metal thunder", the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style but rather a motorcycle).

1974 - Led Zeppelin attended an Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute, if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we're doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.

Robert talked about it on the Bret Saunders Podcast, listen below.

1981 - Bob Marley died aged 36. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe, Marley's health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body.

Marley was injured in a soccer game when another player's cleat punctured the big toe of his right foot. It got infected, and in 1977 doctors told him that he needed to have it amputated.

Marley ignored the advice on the basis of his Rastafarian religion, figuring his faith will heal him. He continued to deny treatment even as melanoma developed in the toe and spread through his body, eventually causing his death.

In an Instagram post, his son Ziggy said: "The last thing my father told me was: 'On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don't let me down'."

Ziggy continued: "A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously." (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

2011 - One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000 , the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world's rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.


Eric Burden is 82. As the lead singer of the Animals, Eric Burdon was one of the British Invasion's most distinctive vocalists, with a powerful blues-rock voice. He also hooked up with War for 3 albums, that produced the hit, "Spill The Wine."

Drummer Butch Trucks, The Allman Brothers Band, was born on this day in 1947. Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot at the age of 69.

Greg Dulli, a member of the Afghan Whigs is 58. Dulli is also known as the voice of John Lennon in the 1994 film Backbeat, and he also played additional guitar on the track 'X-Static' on the debut Foo Fighters album.

On This Day In Music History was sourced from LA Dible, Allmusic, This Day In Music, Songfacts, and Wikipedia.

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