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1975 - Patti Smith released her debut album, Horses. Smith is a rock critic's dream, a poet as steeped in '60s garage rock as she is in French Symbolism. Considered to be a seminal title in punk rock – as well as the genre’s first major label release – the album blended elements of the emerging genre with avant-garde and art rock. Broadly acclaimed upon its release, Horses would become highly influential, informing new wave, alt-rock, and grunge acts over the coming decades, including Morrissey, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and PJ Harvey. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

1978 - The Clash's second album Give 'Em Enough Rope, was released. While the record doesn't burn with the same intense energy of their debut, The Clash, it does have a big, forceful sound that is nearly as powerful. Many of the songs are outright classics, particularly the first half of the record ("Safe European Home," "English Civil War," "Tommy Gun," "Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad") and "Stay Free," but the group loses some momentum toward the end of the record. Even with such flaws, Give 'Em Enough Rope ranks as one of the strongest albums of the punk era.


"Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang becomes first rap song to hit the Billboard Hot 100.

"hip hop and you don't stop."

2002 - “My dream has been shattered into shards of a broken dream!”

―Homer Simpson

When Homer is secretly videotaped complaining about his family during an episode of Taxicab Conversations, they send him off to a rock and roll fantasy camp so he can regroup and try to live his dream as a rock star.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer and Lenny Kravitz made guest appearances on The Simpsons, where they were depicted running a Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.

The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.

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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer was born today in 1947. As a singer and instrumentalist, Greg Lake had his greatest success and influence in the progressive rock outfit Emerson, Lake & Palmer and, before that, as a founding member of the original King Crimson.

He got his first guitar for his 12th birthday, a gift from his mother. He began taking lessons from a local teacher, one of whose other students was Robert Fripp (King Crimson), who became close friends with Lake. Around the time he was 12 years old, Lake also wrote a folk-style song that played a major part in his future, entitled "Lucky Man", which would become a hit for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.


2015 - Allen Toussaint died aged 77. Producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, solo artist -- Allen Toussaint wore all these hats over the course of his lengthy and prolific career, and his behind-the-scenes work alone would have been enough to make him a legend of New Orleans R&B. Thanks to his work with numerous other artists, Toussaint bore an enormous amount of responsibility for the sound of R&B in the Crescent City from the '60s on into the '70s.

Many artists recorded his songs including; 'Mother-in-Law', 'Fortune Teller', 'Ride Your Pony', 'Working in the Coal Mine', 'Here Come the Girls', 'Yes We Can Can' and 'Southern Nights'. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant covered 'Fortune Teller' on their 2007 album Raising Sand.

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


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