2008-Heart co-founders Ann and Nancy Wilson ask the Republican campaign to stop the unauthorized use of their song “Barracuda” to introduce vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
1997-After performing with Foo Fighters before the MTV Video Music Awards, guitarist Pat Smear announces he is leaving the group. Beck is the night’s big winner, with five for seven nominations. Bruce Springsteen joins The Wallflowers to perform their “One Headlight.” Sting joins Puff Daddy for “I’ll Be Missing You.”
1982-The Stray Cats‘ Built for Speed album–which contains their two biggest hits, “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut”–enters the Billboard Top 40, on its way to number-two.
1980-Billy Joel, whose current hit is “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” is on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1976-Fleetwood Mac‘s self-titled album, which includes “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me,” hits number-one.
1973-Queen release their self-titled debut album in the U-S, two months after its U-K release.
1971-Paul and Linda McCartney‘s “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” single hits number-one.
1970-George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord” in the U-S. By year’s end, it tops the Billboard chart, making the quiet Beatle the first of the foursome to get a number-one single in the U-S on his own.
1968-The Rolling Stones‘ “Street Fighting Man” single is banned in Chicago and other cities where authorities fear it might incite riots.
1965-The Beatles‘ “Help!” hits number-one on the Billboard singles chart, topping Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone,” which peaks at number-two.
1965-In Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Rolling Stones play the second of the two Irish dates that will be chronicled in the documentary Charlie Is My Darling.
1962-At Abbey Road Studio, The Beatles record “How Do You Do It” and “Love Me Do” for their first single. Producer George Martin makes them do 15 takes of “Love Me Do,” but none is deemed adequate and the group is asked to return for another try a week later.
Martin Chambers – 65 years old
Pretenders drummer. Born in 1951.
Gene Parsons – 72 years old
The drummer-singer-guitarist was brought into The Byrds by his friend Clarence White. He has also worked as a solo artist and played in The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nashville West and Parsons Green. (He’s no relation to Gram Parsons.) Born in 1944.