1965 – Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited.

1969 – Ozzy Osbourne announces onstage that the band Earth’s new name is Black Sabbath. The band had played “N.I.B.,” “The Wizard,” “Black Sabbath,” and “Warning.”

1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono play Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na, and Roberta Flack also appear at the event. Lennon personally buys $60,000 worth of tickets, which are given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances are later included on Lennon’s Live in New York City album.

1976 – Members of The Clash are present as the Notting Hill riots take place between black youth and the police in England. The event inspires them to write “White Riot” as a call for white people to protest with the same furor.

1988 – John Hiatt releases Slow Turning.

1993 – Billy Joel becomes the first musical guest on CBS-TV’s The Late Show with David Letterman the night the show debuts.

1995 – James Taylor and ex-wife Carly Simon perform together for a benefit concert at Martha’s Vineyard. It’s their first time in 16 years that they have shared a stage.

2005 – Death Cab for Cutie releases Plans.


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