Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2005.
On this day in 1952 Kim Gordon, future musician and vocalist for Sonic Youth is born in Rochester, New York.
On this day in 1967 Gary Lewis and the Playboys' “This Diamond Ring” goes gold in the United States.
On this day in 1968 the musical Hair which includes the Hippie anthem, "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In", opens on Broadway in New York City.
The Verve and James Brown
On this day in 1999 The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.
On this day in 2000 James Brown Enterprises, which arranges tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. (An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.)
iTunes and Percy Heath
On this day in 2003 Apple launches iTunes, (which becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them.) The service was originally available only to Mac users and files were encoded.
On this day in 2005 American jazz bassist Percy Heath dies at the age of 1981.