1971 - Bob Dylan releases Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 2. It's a greatest-hits album only in the loosest sense of the term. While the double album does contain several genuine hits, it is largely comprised of album tracks that became classics, either through Dylan's own version or through covers. There are also various rarities scattered throughout the 21 songs.
While some of the cuts may not be immediately familiar to some listeners, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 in many ways is a more accurate picture of the depth and breadth of Dylan's talents, making it an excellent introduction. And it's not just for casual fans, because the rarities and sequencing are revealing for even devoted Dylan fans.
1975 - Tommy Bolin's debut solo album, Teaser, is released. After performing in a variety of bands since the late '60s (including Zephyr, formed in Boulder), Bolin finally released his first solo album in 1975. Teaser is an impressive display of the guitarist's prowess and range. The album runs the gamut stylistically, and spawns the rocking title track, which Mötley Crüe covers years later. Tommy is a member of the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame.
1980 - John Lennon releases Double Fantasy. As legend has it, Lennon spent those years in domestic bliss, being a husband, raising a baby, and, of course, baking bread. Double Fantasy was designed as a window into that bliss.
He's surprisingly sentimental, not just when he's expressing love for his wife and child, but when he's coming to terms with his quiet years and his return to creative life. These are really nice tunes, and what's special about them is their niceness -- it's a sweet acceptance of middle age, which, of course, makes his assassination a few weeks later all the sadder.(Photo by MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP via Getty Images)
2003 - Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements.
The band intended the original1970 release to be an organic, bare-bones return to their roots. Instead, the endless hours of tapes were eventually handed over to Phil Spector, since neither the quickly splintering Beatles nor their longtime producer George Martin wanted to sift through the voluminous results.
Let It Be... Naked sets the record straight, revisiting the contentious sessions, stripping away the Spectorian orchestrations, reworking the running order, and losing all extemporaneous in-studio banter. This alternate take on Let It Be enhances the album's power, reclaiming the raw, unadorned quality that was meant to be its calling card from the beginning.
Jeff Buckley was born on this day in 1966. The son of singer songwriter Jeff Buckley, it was his step father that introduced him to records by Queen, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin's guitar work and vocal styles are clear influences on Grace, Buckley's debut
After working as a session guitarist in Los Angeles and playing in a rotating cast of jazz, folk, and metal bands, he moves to New York in 1991 at age 24 and quickly lands a regular Monday night gig at venue Sin-é. In 1994 he releases Grace, which proves to be his only album, as he dies three years later at age 30 from an accidental drowning.
On This Day In Music History was sourced from This Day In Music, Allmusic, Songfacts, and Wikipedia.