This Day In Music History
1968 – Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. A young James Taylor was among many that signed up.
1976 – The Rolling Stones finally release their long-awaited album Black and Blue. Stylistically, Black and Blue embraced funk with “Hot Stuff”; reggae with their cover of “Cherry Oh Baby”; and jazz with “Melody”, featuring the talents of Billy Preston.
1981 – John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was lifted after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US speaking out against drug use. Soon after he would co-write the #1 Beach Boys hit Kokomo which is probably his most famous, non-“mamas and the papas” work.
1999 – Billy Joel performs right here in the great Garden State up at the Meadowlands arena. He swears it will be his last pop concert ever.