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1970 - Led Zeppelin played a gig in Copenhagen as The Nobs after Eva Von Zeppelin - a relative of the airship designer - threatened to sue if the family name was used in Denmark.

The band had earlier invited Countess Frau Eva von Zeppelin to meet with them for a cup of tea at a television studio, and by all accounts the conference was very friendly. However, her anger rekindled when she saw the cover of their debut album "Led Zeppelin", featuring the Hindenburg airship crashing to the ground in flames. The noblewoman angrily described the group as "shrieking monkeys."

1983 - U2 released their third studio album, War. The album is regarded as U2's first overtly political album, in part because of songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day", as well as the title, which stems from the band's perception of the world at the time. Previously, Bono's attempts at messages came across as grandstanding, but his vision becomes remarkably clear on this record, as his before mentioned anthems are balanced by effective, surprisingly emotional love songs ("Two Hearts Beat as One"), which are just as desperate and pleading as his protests. U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it.(Photo By Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)

1989 - Indigo Girls released their self-titled album. With their first major label release, the Indigo Girls come on strong with an outstanding batch of tunes, watertight harmonies, impeccable musicianship, and flawless production. Chiming in with musical support are Hothouse Flowers, Luka Bloom, and fellow Georgians R.E.M. Features "Closer To Fine".

1995 - Jewel released her debut album, Pieces of You. Jewel has a rich voice and an innocent, beguiling charm that makes "Who Will Save Your Soul," "I'm Sensitive," and "You Were Meant for Me" -- songs with slight, simple lyrics and catchy, sweet melodies -- quite endearing; they sound like a high-school diary brought to life.


John Fahey was born on this day in 1939. One of acoustic music's true innovators and eccentrics, John Fahey was a crucial figure in expanding the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His music was so eclectic that it's arguable whether he should be defined as a "folk" artist. In a career that saw him issue several dozen albums, he drew from blues, Native American music, Indian ragas, experimental dissonance, and pop.

Rolling Stone Brian Jones was born today in 1942. His attitude and stage presence did a good deal to help define the Rolling Stones' image in the 1960s, and his skills on a variety of instruments lent many of their records a diversity and eclecticism that the group would never match after his departure. These included the sitar on "Paint It Black"; the dulcimer on "Lady Jane"; the marimba on "Under My Thumb"; the recorder on "Ruby Tuesday"; and the Mellotron on "2000 Light Years From Home."

He also recorded traditional Moroccan musicians at the Rites of Pan Festival in Morocco in 1968. Excerpts of these were released in 1971 as Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. The album anticipated the wider popularity of trance-like music among both electronic rock and progressive African musicians later in the 20th century.

Joe South was born on this day in 1942. had the 1969 US No.12 & UK No.6 single 'Games People Play'. South started his career in July 1958 with the novelty hit ‘The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor’. He wrote ‘Rose Garden’, which became a 1970 hit for country music singer Lynn Anderson. South wrote the Deep Purple hit "Hush" and worked with Bob Dylan, (Blonde on Blonde), Simon And Garfunkel, (Sounds of Silence) and Aretha Franklin, (‘Chain of Fools’).

Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s is 67. As a founding member of the B-52s and as a solo artist, Cindy Wilson showcases her clarion vocals and boundless creativity in her music. With the legendary Athens, Georgia-based band, she helped usher in a dance-friendly sound that ran counter to the strained seriousness of many of their peers on the American new wave scene of the 1970s and '80s.


2008 - Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy's nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. He had a hit with the song "Them Changes" in 1970.

He was the lead voice in a TV ad campaign (California Rasins) that featured clay-animated raisins singing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; the ads proved so popular that a kid-friendly musical franchise was spun off, and thus Miles became the lead singer of the California Raisins

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


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