Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2002.
On this day in 1946 Freddie Mercury, future lead singer of Queen, is born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar.
On this day in 1956 Johnny Cash releases “I Walk The Line.”
On this day in 1966 Terry Ellis, future member of En Vogue, is born in Houston, Texas.
On this day in 1967 The Beatles begin recording takes of “I Am The Walrus.”
On this day in 1968 John Lennon flies to Germany for his role in the movie How I Won the War - the only major non-documentary film in which he would ever appear. His character wears glasses that he would use as the basis for his distinctive eyewear.
On this day in 1970 Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen enters the charts.
On this day in 1976 Garry Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd falls asleep at the wheel of his new Ford Torino and hits a tree and a house. The incident inspires their song “That Smell.”
On this day in 1991 the steamy video for Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" scoops Best Male Video, Best Cinematography and Best Video from a Film at the MTV Video Music Awards.
On this day in 2002 Peter Tetteroo, lead singer of The Tee Set, dies at the age of 55. (NOTE: Some sources indicate he did not actually die until the 9th.)