Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1939 and 2006.
On this day in 1950 future folk singer Mary Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, United Kingdom.
On this day in 1953 Bruce Hall, future bassist for REO Speedwagon, is born in Champaign, Illinois.
On this day in 1965 The Supremes release the Holland–Dozier–Holland song “Back in My Arms Again”.
On this day in 1969 Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his bag. (He is later acquitted in court.)
Led Zeppelin, Chicago and Paul McCartney
ZZ Top, The Offspring and Doug Firley
On this day in 1991 Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declares today “ZZ Top Day” in the Lone Star State. (Some sources indicate it being celebrated on the following day. In truth it might have to do with the day of the week,)
On this day in 2000 The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough disc Smash goes platinum for the sixth time.
On this day in 2002 Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, breaking the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Black-Eyed Peas and Odell Brown
On this day in 2010 Nielsen SoundScan officially announces that the Black-Eyed Peas’ song "I Gotta Feelin'" has reached 5,561,000 downloads. (This meant it became the best-selling digital song of all time, surpassing Flo-Rida's "Low".)
On this day in 2011 Odell Brown, Marvin Gaye's organist and collaborator, dies at the age of 70.