Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1963 – The Beatles form their Northern Music Publishing Company.

1967 – The Beatles wrap recording of “A Day In The Life,” with the Fab Four and roadie Mal Evans striking the famous final E-major chord on three grand pianos.

1968 – Genesis, a group formed as a songwriters’ cooperative by three English schoolboys, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, release their first single, “The Silent Sun.”

1975 – Ironically, John Lennon’s “#9 Dream” peaks at #9 on the pop chart.

1986 – The Dream Academy’s “Life In A Northern Town,” produced by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, peaks at #7 on the pop chart.

1989 – The Grammys are awarded: Tracy Chapman wins Best New Artist and Jethro Tull wins the first-ever Hard Rock/Metal Grammy. Carlos Santana wins a Grammy for Best Instrumental Rock Performance for his album “Blues for Salvador.”

2001 – John Fahey, acoustic-guitarist and indie label owner, dies in Salem, Ore., two days after undergoing coronary bypass surgery. Fahey formulated an idiosyncratic blues-based fingerpicking style that was showcased on a series of albums for his label, Takoma Records. He was 61.