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961 -Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. Cline was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier and had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song at first due to her broken ribs. 'Crazy' spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

1966 - The Beatles play under a tarp at Busch Stadium on a rainy evening in St. Louis. It's rather unpleasant, leading to their decision to stop doing concerts and focus on studio work.

1987 - Midnight Oil release Diesel and Dust, inspired by their tour of indigenous communities in the Australian Outback. The single "Beds Are Burning" - a demand to give Aboriginal Australians back their rightful land - is the band's breakthrough hit in the US.

1990 -Jane's Addiction release Ritual de lo Habitual, which frontman Perry Farrell describes as filled with "sex and violence and joy and happiness."

Conservative groups around the US find themselves up in arms over the cover of the album, which pictures a sculpture of three happy naked people, pubic hair and all.

In the wake of the cover controversy, Ritual de lo Habitual sells over 2 million copies in the US, fueled by the singles "Been Caught Stealing" and "Stop!" (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

1993 - For one week, standards outsell rap as the soundtrack to the hit romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle knocks Cypress Hill's Black Sunday off the top of the charts.

Hearing his voice over the radio, Meg Ryan falls in love with widower Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle. The plot unfolds to a soundtrack laden with standards from Jimmy Durante, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole.

2015 - When the Westboro Baptist Church, famous for their anti-gay demonstrations, stage a protest before a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, the band responds by driving a truck in front of the demonstrators and Rickrolling them by blasting Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."


1952 - Joe Strummer was born John Graham Mellor, when his father, a diplomat, was stationed in Ankara, Turkey. During his time at London boarding schools, the teenage Strummer immersed himself in rock and reggae, and began busking on the streets under his newly adopted stage name. In 1974

As frontman and main songwriter of the Clash, Joe Strummer created some of the fieriest, most passionate punk rock -- and, indeed, rock & roll -- of all time. Strummer expanded punk's musical palette with his fondness for reggae and early rock & roll, and his signature bellow lent an impassioned urgency to the political sloganeering that filled some of his best songs


2012 - Don Everly, the surviving member of the rock 'n' roll duo The Everly Brothers, died at the age of 84. Everly and his brother, Phil, had worldwide hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including 'Bye Bye Love' and 'All I Have To Do Is Dream'. They were known for their close harmonies, and influenced groups like The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.

2005 - Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer died aged 71. Dr. Moog made the MiniMoog, "the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser". He produced numerous models from 1965 to 1981, and again from 2014.

Wendy Carlos' 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr. Moog to prominence. It was a bestselling album of Bach compositions arranged for Moog synthesizer.

In the late 1960s, it was adopted by rock and pop acts including the Doors, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. At its height of popularity, it was a staple of 1970s progressive rock, used by acts including Yes, Tangerine Dream and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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


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