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1975 - Fleetwood Mac play their first concert with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks at a show in El Paso, Texas.

Early in 1975, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were auditioning engineers for the band's new album when they heard Buckingham-Nicks, an album recorded by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The pair were asked to join the group and their addition revived the band's musical and commercial fortunes. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

1976 - The Rolling Stones went to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Black And Blue, the group's sixth U.S. No. 1 album. The Rolling Stones recorded Black and Blue while auditioning Mick Taylor's replacement (Ron Wood would get the gig), so it's unfair to criticize it, really, for being longer on grooves and jams than songs, especially since that's what's good about it. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.

1982 - Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory'. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!".

It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine.

2001 - Weezer releases Weezer (aka The Green Album). It's a collection of punk-pop songs in the now-patented Weezer style. And that, quite frankly, is more than enough. This may be a very short album -- a mere 28:34, actually -- but that just makes it bracing, a reminder of how good this band can be. Features "Island In The Sun."

2003 - June Carter Cash, country singer and the wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 73. Taught by her mother (the legendary Mother Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family) to play autoharp, June entered the spotlight in 1937 singing with her sisters Helen and Anita, eventually performing as the Carter Sisters.

Although Carter dabbled in acting during the '50s, she returned to the musical stage in 1961 when the Carters joined Johnny Cash's road show. Rumor has it that Cash had kept an eye on June since her appearances with the Carter Sisters in the early '50s, commenting, "I'm going to marry that girl someday" (despite the fact that both of them were still married to other people at the time). In 1963, Carter co-wrote the song "Ring of Fire" with Merle Kilgore, which Cash (supposedly June's inspiration for the song) took to number one.

June Carter Cash left the spotlight for most of the '70s and '80s, stating, "I worked with John, but I had enough sense to walk just a little ways behind him. I could have made more records, but I wanted to have a marriage."


Brian Eno is 75. Ambient pioneer, glam rocker, hit producer, multimedia artist, technological innovator, worldbeat proponent, and self-described non-musician -- over the course of his long, prolific, and immensely influential career, Brian Eno has been all of these things and much, much more. Determining his creative pathways with the aid of a deck of instructional, tarot-like cards called Oblique Strategies, Eno champions theory over practice, serendipity over forethought, and texture over craft; in the process, he forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence. Initially known for playing keyboards and tape recorders in Roxy Music, he left in 1973 and began releasing atmospheric instrumental albums. He has produced albums by U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Coldplay and countless others.

Mike Oldfield is 70. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer Mike Oldfield rose to international fame on the success of Tubular Bells, an eerie, album-length conceptual piece employed to stunning effect in William Friedkin's 1973 film The Exorcist; it has since sold some 16 million copies and become an indelible entry in the history of popular instrumental music.

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


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