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1941 – The world’s first commercial FM radio station, Nashville’s W47NV, begins broadcasting.

1957 – The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence records and record “Bye Bye Love.”

1964 – Sam Cooke releases his final album, Ain’t That Good News.

1966 – Gene Clark announces he is leaving The Byrds due to his fear of flying. They do not replace him.

1967 – The Beatles start recording “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” at Abbey Road studios. The song is inspired by a drawing John Lennon’s son Julian made of a classmate.

1968 – Elton John’s first single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” is released on the Phillips label in the UK but doesn’t chart.

1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter marry.

1973 – Pink Floyd releases Dark Side of the Moon and Tom Waits releases his debut album, Closing Time.

1974 – Rush releases their self-titled, debut album.

1974 – Queen begin their first headlining tour.

1974 – Chris Difford places a wanted ad in a store window that says, “Lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook contacts him and the pair become Squeeze.

1975 – The Eagles go to #1 on the US singles chart with “Best Of My Love,” the first of five US chart-toppers for the band.

1980 – Patti Smith marries Fred “Sonic” Smith (formerly with MC5).

1981 NBC airs Elvis And The Beauty Queen, starring Don Johnson as Elvis Presley. The TV special tells the story of his last years and his affair with Linda Thompson.

1985 – Ford licenses The Beatles’ “Help!” for a commercial, marking the first time one of their songs is used in a TV ad.

1991The Doors movie debuted. Val Kilmer plays the role of Jim Morrison.

1993 – The Cranberries release their debut album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

1994 – Beck releases his debut album, Mellow Gold.

1994 – Nirvana plays their final concert at a 3,000 capacity venue: an airport hanger called The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. They lose power during the show, so the band plays an impromptu acoustic set, which includes a cover of The Cars “My Best Friend’s Girl.”

1995 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” wins three Grammys: Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song.

1997 – “Bowie Bonds” are issued on the US Stock Exchange. They are linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue albums with money earned via interest from royalties. Investors expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.

2005 – Jack Johnson releases In Between Dreams.

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

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