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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles second album 'With The Beatles' started a 21-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album 'Please Please me' which had been at the top of the charts since it's release 30 weeks previously. Also today, all four Beatles appeared on BBC TV's 'Juke Box Dury'. Some of the songs The Beatles judged were ‘Kiss Me Quick’ by Elvis Presley, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by the Swinging Blue Jeans. ‘Did You Have a Happy Birthday’ by Paul Anka and ‘Where Have You Been All My Life’ by Gene Vincent.

1964: Beach Boy singer Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, the Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips.

1967: The Beatles Apple boutique opened its doors. The store closed seven months later when all the goods were given away free to passers by.

1968: The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label and featured 'Back In The USSR', 'Dear Prudence', and the Harrison song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'

1968: Eric Burdon leaves the Animals, and the group disbands.

1969: The Byrds appeared at the Senior High school gym. Baldwyn, Mississippi.

1971: Genesis supported by Roxy Music appeared at The Hobbits Garden, Wimbledon, England.

1971: 'Wild Life' by Wings is released.

1973: 'Time Fades Away' by Neil Young is certified gold.

1973: 'Band On The Run' by Wings is released.

1979: The Police had their second UK No.1 single with 'Walking on the Moon', taken from their second album 'Reggatta De Blanc'. The video for the song was filmed at Kennedy Space Center interspersed with NASA footage.

1984: A Texas judge allows David Crosby to enter a drug rehabilitation program instead of doing jail time.

1984: A benefit concert for Ethiopia was held at The Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring, Nick Heyward, Julian Lennon, Mike Rutherford and others.

1985: 'Afterburner' by ZZ Top peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1985: 'Never' by Heart peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1991: Two weeks after Freddie Mercury's death 'Queen's Greatest Hits II' started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.

1991: U2 went to No.1 on the US album charts with 'Achtung Baby'. Featuring 'One', Zoo Station', 'The Fly' and 'Even Better Than The Real Thing'.

1993: Jimmy Page is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.

1996: Bush went to No. 1 on the US album chart with 'Razorblade Suitcase'.

1997: Bob Dylan is given the Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C. Others saluted that night are actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye Norman, and ballet master Edward Villella.

1999: 'Live Era 1987-93' by Guns N' Roses is released.

1999: The Eagles album 'Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975' is named "Best Selling Album Of The Century" by the RIAA.

2005: The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon." Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.

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