This Day in Music History: Dolly Parton records “I Will Always Love You,” Steve Winwood releases his self-titled debut solo album
1943 – After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records.
1964 – Elvis Presley’s 15th movie, Viva Las Vegas, opens nationally.
1964 – The Supremes release “Where Did Our Love Go.” It becomes their first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
1965 – The Beatles record “Act Naturally,” “Wait,” and “Yesterday.” One year later in 1966, they record “Here, There, And Everywhere” and “Got To Get You Into My Life.”
1965 – The Kinks and the Moody Blues make their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1966 – Peter Green joins John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
1966 – Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad “Mull Of Kintyre.”
1972 – Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron “Pigpen” McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in the next March at age 27.
1973 – Dolly Parton records “I Will Always Love You” in RCA’s Studio “B” in Nashville. She had written the song for her one-time partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner (the two were splitting professionally at the time). The song is later a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston.
1976 – Ian Dury plays his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers are also on the bill at The Assembly Hall in Walthamstow that night.
1976 – Blondie release their debut single, “X Offender.” Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally “Sex Offender,” written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label, insisted that the name of the song be changed to “X Offender” because they were nervous about the original title.
1977 – Steve Winwood releases his self-titled debut solo album.
1980 – Led Zeppelin begin what would be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.
1989 – Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren & Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and The Band’s Levon Helm & Rick Danko.
2006 – Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones enters rehab to treat his alcoholism and recovers in time to join the band on its latest world tour a month later.
2014 – Sam Smith releases his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in the US.