A song inspired by John Lennon’s son Julian, and written predominantly by Paul McCartney, the seven minute-plus ballad “Hey Jude” is the #1 song in the U.S. It has a nine-week run at the top becoming The Beatles best-selling single. 1968
John Lennon records his blistering “Cold Turkey.” He has a pretty impressive backing band: guitarist Eric Clapton, fellow Beatle Ringo Starr on drums and Manfred Mann bassist (and friend from The Beatles Hamburg days) Klaus Voorman. Yoko is in there as well. Lennon presents the song his fellow Beatles for inclusion on “Abbey Road” but they pass on it so it comes out credited to the Plastic Ono Band. 1969
Creed’s “Human Clay” is released. 1999
The band’s second studio effort contains the hit tracks “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open.”
Disturbed’s third album, “Ten Thousand Fists,” tops the Billboard 200 chart after selling 238,000 copies during its first week of release. 2005
Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas is born in Plon, Germany with the name Klaus Karl Kassbaum. He is the band’s second bassist (replacing Rushton Moreve).  1945
Original Iron Butterfly guitarist Danny Weis is born in Huntington Park, CA. A founding member, he leaves the group after their debut album, “Heavy,” is recorded. 1948
Dokken guitarist George Lynch enters the world. 1955
“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” his second album, is released. 1963
New York DJ Murray The K gets a copy of The Beatles “She Loves You” and plays it on the air. It’s the first Beatles song broadcast in the U.S. And that’s how Murray The K became the fifth Beatle. 1963
Kenneth Robert Wilson, better known by his stage name Ginger Fish, is born. The drummer plays with Marilyn Manson (’95 – ’11) before joining Rob Zombie. 1966
Despite being featured in the counter-culture film “Easy Rider ,” The Band’s “The Weight” can only make it to #63. Ironically, covers by Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Temptations and Jackie DeShannon all chart higher. 1968
War’s “Spill The Wine” goes gold. Eric Burdon (formerly fronting The Animals) provides the free-form vocals. 1970
Fistful Of Mercy’s Joseph Arthur is born in Akron, OH. The singer-songwriter is also an acclaimed painter and designer. 1971
A&M Records sue George Harrison because he’s late with his “33 1/3” album. Harrison is suffering from hepatitis at the time. 1976
Black Sabbath release their 8th studio album, “Never Say Die!” It is the last to feature Ozzy Osbourne until his return in ’13.  1978
Imagine Dragons drummer Daniel Platzman has a birthday. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music. 1986
During a show in Moscow, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson tells the audience, “Opera and ballet did not cut the ice in the Cold War years. They used to exchange opera and ballet companies and circuses, but it takes Rock and Roll to make no more Cold War.” 1991
During a show in Moscow, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson tells the audience, “Opera and ballet did not cut the ice in the Cold War years. They used to exchange opera and ballet companies and circuses, but it takes Rock and Roll to make no more Cold War.” 1991
R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People” gets no further than #10 on the pop chart. 1991
A stretch of Tennessee State Route 19, near Nutbush, is officially named for Tina Turner, who was born and raised there. 2002
PBS runs a documentary called Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest. Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, the Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine and U2 are among the artists who appear as the film explores the use of popular music as an instrument for political change. 2005
Bon Jovi’s “Have a Nice Day” lands at #2 (behind Disturbed’s “Ten Thousand Fists”) with 202,000 units sold. 2005
A heart condition lands Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon in the hospital for the second time in a month.  He rejoins the band a few days later for an L.A. performance but he soon has to leave the tour. 2005
Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is one of 400 people arrested for unlawful assembly, blocking the main entrance road to the Los Angeles International Airport. The protest takes place during a march to raise awareness about the rights of immigrant hotel workers. He is released from police custody the next morning. 2006
Lucy Vodden, a classmate of John Lennon’s son Julian, dies at age 46 after a long battle with lupus. Julian brought home a drawing he made of her and showed it to his father, saying it was a picture of his friend “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” 2009
Original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in L.A. on a drug charge. Starr, who left Alice In Chains in ’93, is reportedly held with bail set at $100,000. 2009
Jimmy Eat World roll out “Invented,” the group’s seventh album. It has the single “My Best Theory.” 2010
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) makes his Broadway debut in American Idiot, the musical that he co-authored. Armstrong plays the role of St. Jimmy for a run at St. James Theatre in New York. Tony Vincent who was cast in the role left the production to deal with family matters. 2010
The European launch of KISS Zin Fire, a 2010 California Zinfandel, is announced. Ironically, KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley do not drink alcohol. “This isn’t just something we put a label on,” explains Stanley. “This stuff will set your taste buds on fire.” 2011
Labatt Brewing produce a limited-edition Metallica beer. The black cans show lightning bolts, a tribute to the album “Ride The Lightning.” 2015
Machine Head  frontman Robb Flynn announces that both guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain have quit the band.  2018
Stairway to more litigation.  A federal appeals court decides unanimously to overturn a jury’s decision that Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” was not lifted from the Spirit  song “Taurus,” written by the band’s guitarist Randy California (Wolfe).  Over two years earlier a jury in L.A. ruled in Led Zeppelin’s favor.  2018
Guitarist/actor Stevie Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) publishes his memoir, “Unrequited Infatuations.”  2021