1962 – Tony Bennett records “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
1967 – Pink Floyd spends the first of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs “Arnold Layne” and “Candy And A Current Bun” at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. According to Roger Waters, “Arnold Layne” is based on a real person – a transvestite whose primary pastime was stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines in Cambridge.
1969 – Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles (with Billy Preston on keyboards) record ten takes of a new song called “Get Back.”
1971 – “My Sweet Lord” gives George Harrison the distinction of being the first former Beatle with a #1 solo single.
1971 – Steel Mill plays their final show when they appear at the Upstage Club in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bruce Springsteen forms new bands during the rest of the year known under such names as the Bruce Springsteen Jam, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and finally the Bruce Springsteen Band.
1976 – David Bowie releases his tenth studio album, Station to Station, which is the vehicle for his character the Thin White Duke.
1979 – Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys and mother of Wendy and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips).
1986 – The first inductees to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame include Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino.
1988 – Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop Records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.
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