This Day in Music History — September 29

1967 : John Lennon flips on the radio while working on I Am The Walrus and hears a BBC broadcast of the Shakespeare play King Lear, which he decides to mix into the song.

1976 : At his 41st birthday party, a drunk Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and instead hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. Owens makes a full recovery.

1977 : #1 on the Hot 100 is Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band by Meco. It’s a 15-minute song made up of Star Wars music set to a disco beat. There’s even an R2-D2 bleeping solo.

1996 : Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.

1997 : The Clinton White House awards Don Henley a National Medal of the Humanities for his work on the Walden Woods Project, which was set up to preserve the area in Massachusetts where Henry David Thoreau did his writing.

2003 : “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne is released. The song will go on to peak at #21 in the US and #11 in the UK. It will also be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Pop Performance. The song’s infamous music video stars model/actress, Rachel Hunter, who plays Stacy’s mom and the obsession of her teenage daughter’s friend.