“Whole Lotta Love,” probably the most famous track on “Led Zeppelin II,” is released. Recorded at London’s Olympic Studios and mixed at A&R studios in New York, the song was nicked in-part from Willie Dixon’s “You Need Lovin’.” 1969
Containing “Immigrant Song” (“We come from the land of the ice and snow”), Led Zeppelin III” tops the U.S. and the U.K. album charts.  1970
“III” began a four- week run at the top of the U.S. survey a week earlier.  Meanwhile, the album starts a three-week stint at #1 in the U.K.
“Diary Of A Madman,” the second studio album by Ozzy Osbourne, arrives. It’s the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads.  The album goes on to sell over 3-million copies worldwide.  1981
Alice In Chains release their third full-length album. The self-titled effort, the band’s final album with vocalist Layne Staley, debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart and sells over 3-million copies.  1995
Tommy Thayer enters the world. The guitarist goes on to replace Ace Frehley’ in ‘02 as “The Spaceman” in KISS. 1960
The Rolling Stones embark on their first American tour with guitarist Mick Taylor (replacing Brian Jones). This is the tour that includes a stop at Altamont. 1969
MGM Records drops 18 acts for allegedly promoting drug use. Eric Burdon (The Animals), now fronting the successful War, freely admits to drug use. He is not dropped because his group is still selling records, making a mockery of the whole exercise. 1970
Guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails) is born in Park Ridge, NJ.  1971
Former Anthrax guitarist, Robert Caggiano, is born. 1976
Otep Shamaya (Otep) is born in Austin, TX.  1979
Zach Myers, Shinedown’s rhythm guitarist, is born in Memphis, TN. 1983
The film “Sid and Nancy,” a bio film of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opens nationally. 1986
John Fogerty wins a plagiarism suit launched by his former record label. Fantasy, which owns the publishing rights to Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.  The label contends Fogerty used “Run Through The Jungle” to create his solo hit “Old Man Down The Road.” 1988
Frank Zappa reveals he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The disease eventually claims his life. 1991
Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, mostly commonly known as Lorde (“Royals”), is born in Devonport, New Zealand. 1996
Foo Fighters release an acoustic live album titled “Skin And Bones.” The collection, recorded in L.A., features songs from the unplugged half of their “In Your Honor” double album plus classic Foo songs. 2006
KISS’ Gene Simmons wins $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during his appearance on FOX’s “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” It’s a record sum earned by a celebrity guest on the game show. 2008
Ra Ra Riot wins the Best Music Video trophy for “Can You Tell” at the Finger Lakes Film Festival. 2009
U2’s Larry Mullen says the music industry is “broken” during a radio interview. “A lot of younger artists don’t get paid, and that’s a real problem,” Mullen explains. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more.” 2015
An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to write and record some of The Beatles most famous hit songs is sold at auction in California for $2.4 million (£1.5 million) to an undisclosed buyer.  The jumbo J-160E Gibson acoustic guitar, purchased by Lennon in Liverpool, was stolen in ’63 during The Beatles’ Finsbury Park Christmas Show. It turned up 50 years later in a U.S. second-hand shop. Also, the drumhead, which was used by The Beatles when they made their historic appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show’ in ’64, sells for $2.1 million. And the cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s appearance on MTV Unplugged goes for $140,800. 2015