This Day in Music History
1964 : The first recording featuring David Bowie is released. He's still known as David Jones when "Liza Jane" by David Jones and the King Bees comes out.
1972 : Maureen McGovern quits her full-time secretarial job in order to follow her dream of being a professional singer.
1993 : Toby Keith scores his first #1 country hit when "Should've Been a Cowboy" reaches the top.
1969 : Donovan and Joan Baez perform at a rally for nuclear disarmament in London.
1983 : U2 plays the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. Despite rain, the concert is intimate and energetic; it is later released as a concert film called "Under a Blood Red Sky".
1989 : The Doobie Brothers begin their reunion tour, their first with their original lineup since 1975.
1966 : Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, awakens suddenly in Memphis, convinced that her boy is in danger; at that moment, Elvis' first pink Cadillac catches on fire while en route from Fulton, Arizona. Elvis is unharmed.
1977 : Alice Cooper's boa constrictor dies after being bitten by the rat that it was being served for breakfast. Cooper holds open auditions for a new snake, and chooses one named Angel.
2006 : Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when their tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.
1959 : A young kid named Robert Zimmerman, a greaser of sorts known for his long hair and black leather jackets, graduates from Hibbing High School in Hibbing, Minnesota. Within a few years, he would become a New York folksinger and change his name to Bob Dylan.
1971 : Grand Funk Railroad beats The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium record gross for a concert, after manager Terry Knight has the idea to raise ticket prices at Shea just enough to make that possible.
1975 : Syd Barrett, ex-Pink Floyd member and founder who was forced from the band after becoming an acid casualty, quietly appears in the Abbey Road studios during recording of the band's album "Wish You Were Here", which was largely written about him. No one notices Barrett, and he soon leaves as quietly as he entered.
2008 : James Taylor sings the US national Anthem at tonight's Game One of the NBA finals in Boston.
1968 : Senator Robert Kennedy is shot three times while exiting through a kitchen at a hotel where he delivered a speech after winning the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. This event prompts David Crosby to write Long Time Gone and The Rolling Stones to insert the lyrics, "Who killed the Kennedys?" to their new song, Sympathy For The Devil.
2006 : The right-leaning National Review publishes their list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. At the top is "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who, which is praised for it's revolutionary spirit. Next on the list is "Taxman" by The Beatles and "Sympathy For The Devil" by The Rolling Stones.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com