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On this day in 1971, Charles Manson and three female members of his “family” (creepy) were found guilty of seven counts of murder in the first degree as well as one count of conspiracy to commit murder. They were sentenced to life in prison. During the trial, Manson, an amateur musician himself,
addressed The Beatles as angels who sent messages to him through their music. Specifically Manson cited their songs “Helter Skelter,” “Piggies” and “Revolution 9″ From “the White Album” as tracks that ordered him to commit these tragic crimes. What’d Ringo ever do to you, man?
Also on this day back in 1984, Yoko Ono donated $200,000 to Strawberry Fields, a retirement home in Liverpool. Strawberry Fields in the single “Strawberry Fields Forever” comes from a home for children that opened in the 70s. Lennon grew up near the house and attended the annual garden party that took place each summer on the grounds. Lennon would also play in the woods behind the house which he nicknamed “Strawberry Fields”.
Today also commemorates the birthday of soul and blues singer Etta James, who passed away last year. She would have been 75 today.