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1963 – The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones after a concert by the latter band in Richmond, England.

1968 Producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes. They divorce in 1974.

1969 – The recording of “The Ballad Of John and Yoko” takes place with just two Beatles, John Lennon & Paul McCartney. Paul plays bass, drums, and piano; John plays guitars and does lead vocals.

1975 – Former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for the Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor.

1980 – New Jersey assemblymen Visotcky, McManimon, and Doria introduce a resolution to bestow the title of “New Jersey Pop Music Ambassador to America” on Bruce Springsteen and to declare “‘Born to Run’ as the unofficial theme” of the state. It does not pass. Read more here.

1980 – Gary Numan releases The Touring Principle. It is the first commercially available rock concert home videocassette.

1983 – David  Bowie releases Let’s Dance.


1983 – The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon dies from a drug overdose. He had been fired from the group on June 14th, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.

2014 – Sam Smith releases his debut single, “Stay With Me.”

2016 – At the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Prince performs his last concert. The last song he ever plays live is “Purple Rain.”

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

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