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.” 1969
Offered to the Beatles, who passed on it, the song is credited to the Plastic Ono Band – which consists of Lennon, Eric Clapton (guitar), fellow Beatle Ringo Starr (drums) and Manfred Mann’s Klaus Voorman (bass). Yoko Ono is in there as well.  1969
Creed’s “Human Clay” is released. 1999
The band’s second studio effort contains the hit tracks “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open.”
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 six-day run at St. James Theatre in New York. Tony Vincent who was cast as St. Jimmy left the production to deal with family matters. 2010
Soundgarden’s ‘best of’ compilation “Telephantasm,” drops. The set goes platinum (1-million units) in a matter of days.  2010
The set includes “Fell On Black Days,” Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.”
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
New York DJ Murray The K gets a copy of The Beatles “She Loves You” and plays it on the air. It’s (possibly – though disputed) 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
Janis Joplin announces her departure from Big Brother & The Holding Company.  Joplin joined the psychedelic San Francisco band in ’66. “It took her about a year to really learn how to sing with an electric band,” states Big Brother guitarist Sam Andrew. Joplin recorded two albums with the group (one was “Cheap Thrills”). 1968
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
Black Sabbath release their 8th studio album, “Never Say Die!” It is the last to feature Ozzy Osbourne until his return in ’13.  1978
Blondie, with Debbie Harry, releases “Eat To The Beat.” Containing the track “Dreaming,” Blondie’s fourth album is later certified platinum (1-million sales). 1979
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
A stretch of Tennessee State Route 19, near Nutbush, is officially named for Tina Turner, who was born and raised there. 2002
PBS airs 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
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
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
Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) speaks in defense of National Football League (NFL) players who take a knee during the National Anthem, to protest police brutality. “First of all, this is America. You’ve got the right to protest; it is right in the goddamn Constitution,” says Taylor.  “This is a peaceful protest. It is not disrespecting the troops, no matter how much you try to twist it that way.”  2017
Machine Head’s 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