1964 – The Beatles are introduced to Bob Dylan, who immediately introduces them to marijuana when he joins the band after their concert at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. Dylan is surprised they haven’t tried it before, as he thought they sang “I get high” in their song “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” when it was really “I can’t hide.”
1965 – The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.
1968 – At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, overzealous police in riot gear brutally beat protestors who are demonstrating against the Vietnam War. The Doors, Graham Nash, and Chicago all write songs about it.
1968 – Tammy Wynette records “Stand By Your Man” at Epic studios. Wynette and producer Billy Sherril complete the song in 15 minutes. It proves to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and GoldenEye.
1973 – Marvin Gaye releases Let’s Get It On.
1978 – The debut album Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! is released.
1995 – Oingo Boingo announce they will break up following a series of Halloween shows in California.
1998 – “Do The Evolution,” one of the Pearl Jam’s few music videos, debuts on MTV. The band does not appear in the video, which is animated by Todd McFarlane.
2009 – Noel Gallagher quits Oasis, saying he can no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together, and only saw each other on stage.
Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.
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