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On This Day in Rock

1943: Singer-songwriter Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. She dies October 4th, 1970, at age 27 from a drug overdose.

1949: Robert Palmer is born. He dies in 2003.

1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing 'Please Please Me'.
1967: Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London, England. Marmalade went on to score a #1 UK hit with their version of The Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da in 1968.

1967: The Beatles began recording ‘A Day in the Life’ at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. Roadie Mal Evans counted off the 24 empty bars in the middle and marked the end by setting off an alarm clock.
1971: Tracks from The Beatles White Album, including 'Helter Skelter, were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. Actress Sharon Tate who was married to film director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson.

1971: Neil Young gives a solo performance at Massey Hall in Toronto, at which he debuts music from his Harvest album, including "Old Man," "The Needle And The Damage Done," and "Heart Of Gold." The show is recorded and will be released in March under the title Live At Massey Hall.

1974: A Bob Dylan and the Band concert in Miami causes a nine-mile-long traffic jam that keeps many ticket holders from the venue until the show is half over.

1974: 'Smokin' In The Boy's Room' by Brownsville Station peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.

1974: Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.

1977: Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band play at Jimmy Carter's presidential inauguration.

1980: 'Brass In Pocket' gave The Pretenders their first UK No.1 single. The bands self-titled debut album started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart also on this day.

1980: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' started a 15-week run at #1 on the US album chart. The group’s third US #1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. 'The Wall' is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' and Eagles’ 'Greatest Hits'.

1983: 'Long After Dark' by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, while "You Got Lucky" peaks at Number 20 on the pop chart.

1983: Bassist Lamar Williams of the Allman Brothers Band and Sea Level dies.

1985: 'Run To You' by Bryan Adams peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

1985: 'Born In The U.S.A.' by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.

1985: Who drummer Zak Starkey and Sarah Menedikes are married.

1986: Bruce Springsteen plays a benefit show in Asbury Park, New Jersey for laid-off workers from a 3M plant.
1988: Bon Jovi's and Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US.

1991: 'You're Amazing' by Robert Palmer peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart on his 43rd birthday.

1993: Fleetwood Mac re-formed to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's "Don't Stop" was used as the theme for his campaign.

1994: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts John Lennon, Duane Eddy, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, the late blues singer Willie Dixon, Johnny Otis, the Grateful Dead, the Band, and the Animals.
2001: It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth $1.2 billion and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.

2001: REO Speedwagon is honored in Champaign, Illinois, as a section of Main Street is being renamed REO Speedwagon Way. In addition, both the mayor of Champaign and the governor of Illinois have declared it "REO Speedwagon Day."

2001: Carlos Santana unveils his new signature guitar at the NAMM music merchants convention in Anaheim, California.

2005: ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen are among the performers in Washington, D.C., at the state of Texas's Black Tie & Boots Ball as part of President George W. Bush's inaugural week festivities.

2006: Aerosmith is featured on the Today show.

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