This Day in Music History: The Band release their self-titled album, the first Farm Aid is held - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1965 – The Supremes record “I Hear A Symphony.”

1969 – The Band releases their self-titled album.

1979 – Joe Walsh announces his bid for the US presidency (obviously, he doesn’t win).

1980 – John Lennon signs with Geffen Records the day the label is formed. Read more about this fascinating piece of music history here.

1983 – The Everly Brothers reunite for the first time in a decade at Royal Albert Hall in London.

1985 – The first Farm Aid benefit concert is held before a crowd of 80,000 people at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young; the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up included: Alabama, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, and Kenny Rogers.

1989 – Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Cliff onstage to sing “Trapped,” which is recorded for the We Are The World album.

1990 – After parting with original drummer Chad Channing, Nirvana plays their one and only show with Dan Peters of Mudhoney on drums. Dave Grohl, who would audition for the band in a few days’ time, is in the audience of 15,000 people at Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle.

1992MTV Unplugged becomes MTV Plugged for one episode when Bruce Springsteen plays an electric set on the show.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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