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This Day In Rock 4/25/13
2007 - Opening arguments are presented in the murder trial of Hall of Fame record producer Phil Spector.
 
2006- Bruce Springsteen releases We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, his seventh album not to feature the E Street Band. (He has released 10 with E Street.) The album contains 13 songs previously recorded by legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger.
 
2000 - Vermont approves same-sex unions.
 
1999- Paul Simon performs "Mrs. Robinson" at Yankee Stadium as part of a ceremony honoring then-recently deceased Yankee hero Joe DiMaggio.
 
1997 - U-2's PopMart Tour begins in Las Vegas. It goes on to become the year's second-highest-grossing tour (79.1-million dollars), after The Rolling Stones' (89.3-million dollars). But the following night's live U-2 T-V special sets an all-time record for low ratings.
 
1990- The Hubble Space Telescope is placed in orbit.
 
1981- Paul McCartney folds Wings after the departure of singer-guitarist (and former Moody Blues leader) Denny Laine.
 
1979- The Ramones' Rock and Roll High School movie has its premiere.
 
1975 - Alice Cooper: The Nightmare is an A-B-C late night special featuring the singer and a series of vignettes with the actor Vincent Price.
1974- According to Rolling Stone, Ray Stevens' novelty hit, "The Streak," has led to naked runners at concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman and The Beach Boys, victimized by their own Mike Love and Dennis Wilson.
 
1974 -Gregg Allman plays the last date of his solo tour. "I want to squelch a few rumors right now," he tells the Cincinnati crowd before bringing on the rest of the Allman Brothers Band for a 90-minute encore.
 
1974 - Pamela Courson Morrison, the widow of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose in her Hollywood apartment. She was 27 years old, the same age Jim was when he died three years earlier.
 
1968 - The Beatles refuse to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Ringo Starr explains, "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."
 
1901- New York becomes the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee: one dollar.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 4/24/13
2010 - Four decades after they broke up, The Rascals finally reunite at the annual Kristin Ann Carr cancer benefit. It's the quartet's first time working together since their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 13 years prior.
 
2008 - Bob Weir and Mickey Hart announce the donation of The Grateful Dead's archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz.
 
2008 - Cheap Trick play their 30th anniversary concert at the Budokan in Tokyo, where they recorded their 1979 album Live at Budokan.
 
2001- Paul McCartney reads from his first collection of poems, Blackbird Singing, to an audience of wildly cheering fans at New York's 92nd Street Y.
 
1998- A-B-C confirms that it's canceling Ellen, the first T-V series to feature an openly gay lead character.
 
1990 - While constructing the set for The Wall concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany, Roger Waters' crew discovers an unexploded World War Two-era bomb.
 
1982 - John Cougar, who has had little success as a performer but had his song "I Need a Lover" become a smash for Pat Benatar, relaunches his career. "Hurts So Good" enters the chart at number-83 on its way to number-two. "Jack and Diane" and American Fool, the album containing both singles, make it to number-one.
1976 - Paul McCartney visits John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment at the Dakota in New York. They watch Saturday Night Live--coincidentally, on the night that producer Lorne Michaels offers three-thousand dollars for The Beatles to reunite on the show. Lennon later told an interviewer he and McCartney actually considered going to the N-B-C studios during the broadcast-but were too tired (or stoned?). The meeting is later turned into a TV movie.
1974 - Billy Joel, on the charts with "Piano Man," is profiled in a Newsweek article titled "Split Level Rock."
 
1974 - Grand Funk Railroad gets a gold record for "The Loco-motion," a cover of Little Eva's 1962 hit.
 
1970 - Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is invited to a party at the White House by Tricia Nixon, daughter of the President. Slick shows up with "escort" Abbie Hoffman, who is on trial for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Hoffman is denied entrance, and Slick leaves.
 
1969-Led Zeppelin kick off their second U-S tour at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/23/13
2008 - Megan Fox is named the "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM magazine.
 
2008 - The original lineup of Jane's Addiction performs at the inaugural U-S edition of the NME Awards in Los Angeles. It's their first performance together in 17 years.
 
2006- Phil Walden, who managed such recording stars as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave and signed The Allman Brothers to his Capricorn label, dies of cancer. He was 66.
 
2001- Mark Knopfler starts the U-S leg of his Sailing to Philadelphia tour in Boston.
 
1998 -James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior in 1968 and then insisted he was framed, dies in a Nashville hospital at age 70.
 
1995 - Famed sportscaster Howard Cosell dies.
 
1989 - Kareem Abdul-Jabar plays his last regular season game in the N-B-A.
 
1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announces that it is changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke is not successful, which results in the resumption of selling the original version.
 
1978 - Sid Vicious films his violent rendition of "My Way" for the Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.
 
1976 - The Ramones' self-titled debut album is released.
 
1975 - Badfinger lead singer Pete Ham commits suicide, just days after quitting the band. The Welsh band's key songwriter, Ham grew despondent over contractual problems with Warner Brothers Records.
 
1975 - Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" is certified gold.
 
1971 - The Rolling Stones release Sticky Fingers, the first album on the group's self-named label.
 
1960 - Billed as The Nerk Twins, John Lennon and Paul McCartney play the first of two nights at The Fox and Hounds, a pub in Caversham, Berkshire owned by Paul's cousin, Bett Robbins.
 
1955 - Buddy Holly trades in his first electric guitar, a Gibson Les Paul gold-top, and 305-dollars for a Fender Stratocaster at Adair Music in Lubbock, Texas. Buddy played most of his big hits on this instrument.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/22/13
2002 - One-time porn actress Linda Lovelace, whose starring role in Deep Throat made her a celebrity in the 1970s, dies of injuries sustained in a Denver car accident 19 days earlier. She was 53. 
 
1994- President Richard M. Nixon dies at 81.
 
1981- Eric Clapton lands in a Seattle hospital for bruised ribs and a cut shin suffered in a car accident.
 
1978 - The Blues Brothers make their debut in a skit on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd introduce the show by performing "Hey Bartender" with Paul Shaffer as Don Kirshner.
 
1978- Eddie Money lip-synchs "Baby Hold On" on American Bandstand.
 
1976 - A show by Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in Clearwater, Florida is taped for a possible T-V broadcast. But Dylan scraps the footage and goes with a later show taped in Fort Collins, Colorado.
 
1976 - Barbara Walters becomes the first female nightly network news anchor.
 
1974 - Roger Daltrey begins shooting his starring role in the Ken Russell film of The Who's rock opera Tommy.
 
1972- John Lennon and Yoko Ono speak at a peace rally in New York's Duffy Square.
 
1970- Paul McCartney, in a London Evening Standard interview, criticizes Phil Spector's arrangement of "The Long and Winding Road." "I couldn't believe it. I would never have female voices on a Beatles record." He says no one asked him about adding harps, horns and orchestra or choir to the original tracks.
 
1970- The First Earth Day takes place.
 
1969 - John Lennon legally changes his middle name from Winston to Ono. He says, "Yoko changed her name for me. I've changed mine for her. One for both. Both for each other."
 
1969- The Who give the first complete live performance of Tommy in Dolton, England.
 
1966 - The Troggs release "Wild Thing."
 
1914 - Babe Ruth makes his pitching debut with the Boston Red Sox.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/19/13
2006 - Teri Hatcher picks up an undisclosed wad of cash and an apology from the British tabloid The Sun over an erroneous article detailing her supposed sex romps in a V-W van parked in the driveway of her Hollywood home.
 
2004 - Early Days and Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin Volumes One and Two goes gold and platinum.
 
2001 - In a message posted on his website, David Lee Roth claims he recorded three songs with Van Halen in 2000 but hadn't spoken with the band in nine months.
 
2001 - Paul McCartney and his girlfriend, Heather Mills, visit with Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington, D-C to discuss raising awareness of the horrors of landmines.
 
2000 - Oprah Winfrey debuts O magazine.
 
1998 - Jimmy Smits, who plays "Detective Bobby Simone" on A-B-C's N-Y-P-D Blue, announces that he is leaving the show.
 
1995 - On the second anniversary of the F-B-I assault at Waco, Texas, Timothy McVeigh bombs the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.
 
1994 - A Los Angeles jury awards $3.8 million to Rodney King for the police violation of his civil rights.
 
1982 - NASA names Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
 
1978 - Jackson Browne and The Doobie Brothers are among more than 40 artists who petition President Jimmy Carter to end America's reliance on nuclear power. Also voicing that opinion are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. They later assemble for an anti-nuclear benefit concert.
 
1978 - The Patti Smith Group releases "Because the Night," a song co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen. The single reaches number-13, and becomes Smith's only Top 40 hit.
 
1971- Joe Cocker and his movie Mad Dogs and Englishmen are the subject of a story in Time.
 
1968 - John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives leave the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in India two weeks before completing their study. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have already left. All four Beatles later denounce the Maharishi.
 
1965 - The Beatles release "Ticket to Ride." The future chart-topper carries Capitol Records serial number 5407.
 
1927 - Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity. She had written, produced and directed Sex, a Broadway play about a gigolo.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/18/13
2002- Robert Blake and his bodyguard Earle Caldwell are arrested for the murder of Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, who was shot in the couple's car outside a Studio City, California restaurant the previous May.
 
2001- Carlos Santana does an in-store appearance at Macy's in San Francisco to present his new apparel line, which includes women's shoes and men's hats and ties.
 
1999- Wayne Gretzky, the holder of 61 league records, plays in his last N-H-L game.
 
1995- Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers retires from football after 17 N-F-L seasons.
 
1981- Yes announces that the group is disbanding.
 
1979 - The palimony era begins as actor Lee Marvin is ordered to pay an ex-girlfriend 104-grand.
 
1977 - Steve Miller, whose current hit is "Fly Like an Eagle," is profiled in People.
 
1975- An Alice Cooper TV special, Welcome to My Nightmare - The Making of a Record Album, airs.
 
1974 - Steely Dan performs at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
 
1969 - Led Zeppelin start their second US tour at a New York Jazz Festival on a bill with Dave Brubeck and Errol Garner. During the tour, the band will head to various studios on their days off to work on Led Zeppelin II.
 
1966 - The Lovin' Spoonful, whose current hit is "Daydream," perform at the Marquee Club in London.
 
1964 - The Beach Boys lip-synch "I Get Around" and "Don't Worry Baby" on American Bandstand. The rest of the show is devoted to Beatles music, and Dick Clark plays a phone interview he recorded with the Fab Four while they were in Miami two months earlier.
 
1956 - American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.
 
1955- Albert Einstein dies.
 
1923 - Yankee Stadium opens in The Bronx, New York.
 
1906 - The Great San Francisco earthquake takes place
 

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This Day In Rock 4/17/13
2007 - Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun is remembered at a private all-star memorial at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Phil Collins, Genesis, Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock, Bette Midler, Sam Moore and Ben E. King are among the performers at the tribute.
 
2005 - Rush Hour star Chris Tucker is arrested in Georgia for doing 109 miles-per-hour in his 2005
Bentley and failing to stop immediately for troopers.

2002 - Al Hendrix, father of Jimi Hendrix, dies of congestive heart failure in Seattle at age 82.

2002 - Ally McBeal goes off the air after five seasons.
 
1998 - Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at a family ranch in Tucson, Arizona. She was 56.
 
1993 - Two police officers are convicted in Los Angeles on civil rights charges in the Rodney King beating.
 
1983- Cream producer and Mountain singer-bassist Felix Pappalardi, 44, is shot to death in New York by his wife and songwriting collaborator, Gail Collins.
 
1973 - Pink Floyd receives a gold album for The Dark Side of the Moon. It has since exceeded that modest achievement by more than 15-million copies.
 
1971 - The Doors release "Love Her Madly."
 
1970- Paul McCartney releases his self-titled solo album on Apple. "Maybe I'm Amazed" is a highlight.
 
1970 - Apollo 13 returns safely to Earth.
 
1969- At Winterland in San Francisco, The Band do their first concert as a solo act.
 
1969- In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
 
1964 - The Beatles announce that the title of their first movie, due in the summer, will be A Hard Day's Night. That day, they cut the audio track for a T-V special, Around the Beatles, which had to be lip-synched to meet British music union rules.
 
1964- The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album in the UK. When it's released in America on May 30th, the cover will bill them as "England's Newest Hitmakers."
 
1961 - The Bay of Pigs invasion, a disastrously unsuccessful covert attempt by the U-S government to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba, takes place.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/16/13
1999 - Wayne Gretzky announces his retirement from the National Hockey League.
 
1993- Billy Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood Mac to concentrate on country music. The band survives the loss.
 
1993 - Celebrating Earth Day, Paul McCartney plays a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. He had previously performed there in 1965, as a member of The Beatles.
 
1993 - David Lee Roth is arrested for buying $10 worth of pot in New York's Washington Square Park.
 
1981 - Canned Heat founder Bob "The Bear" Hite dies of a heart attack in L-A at age 36. Although he was the band's lead singer, he wasn't the voice of its two big 1968 hits. Both "On the Road Again" and "Goin' Up the Country" were sung by the group's slide guitarist, Alan Wilson, though Hite did the vocals on their 1970 Top 30 hit "Let's Work Together." After his death, Hite's younger brother became the band's vocalist.
 
1976 - Boz Scaggs is beaten by two bouncers outside Austin club Antone's when he attempts to get backstage and see the headliner, Bobby "Blue" Bland.
 
1973 - Paul McCartney and Wings star in a British television special, James Paul McCartney, which includes a rendition of "Yesterday" and footage from several concerts.
 
1972 - Apollo 16 lifts off on a mission to the Moon.
 
1971 - Ringo Starr releases "It Don't Come Easy" in the U.S. It becomes the ex-Beatle's first Top 10 hit.
 
1971 - The Rolling Stones celebrate the launch of their label, Rolling Stones Records, in Cannes, France, on the day the company releases its first single, "Brown Sugar," in the UK and Europe.
 
1969 - The Beatles start recording "Something."
 
1966- The Rolling Stones' Aftermath album is released in the U-S.
 
1964 - The Beatles record "A Hard Day's Night" in nine takes at Abbey Road Studio Two in London.
 
1943 - The hallucinogenic effects of L-S-D are first discovered.
 

 
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This Day In Rock 4/15/13
2007 - Donald Trump tops the Boston Phoenix's annual list of "The 100 Unsexiest Men in America."
 
2001- Former Ramones singer Joey Ramone (who was born Jeffrey Hyman) dies of lymphoma at a New York hospital, a month shy of his 50th birthday.
 
1998 - Cambodian dictator Pol Pot dies.
 
1997 - Christopher Reeve receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1996 - Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
 
1990 - Reclusive acting legend Greta Garbo dies at age 84.
 
1983- Flashdance opens in one thousand movie theaters.
 
1980- A day after its U.K. release, Judas Priest's British Steel hits stores in the U.S.
 
1974 - Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones, shot on the band's 1972 tour, has its premiere at New York City's Ziegfeld Theater, complete with a 40-foot winged tongue and the release of two-thousand white doves.
 
1974 - Grand Funk, whose current hit is "The Loco-motion," play the Boston Garden.
1972 - Electric Light Orchestra, an ambitious classical-rock side project of The Move's Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, play their first public show at the Fox and Hounds, a pub in Croyden, South London.
1971 - Rolling Stone magazine reports on a list of "drug oriented rock records" assembled by the Illinois Crime Commission. Among the targeted tunes are "Lets Go Get Stoned," "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and "White Rabbit."
 
1967- The Who release their second album, Happy Jack, in the U-S. It reaches number-24.
 
1966 - The Rolling Stones release Aftermath in Britain. The album, which features "Mother's Little Helper," "Under My Thumb," "Goin' Home," "Lady Jane" and "Out of Time," reaches number-two in the U-S.
 
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American player to appear in a regular season Major League baseball game. Playing first base for the Broooklyn Dodgers.
 
1927 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford are the first celebrities to leave their footprints in cement at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.
 

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This Day In Rock 4/12/13
2002- Ozzy Osbourne gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993 - Led Zeppelin's box set goes quadruple platinum.
1992 - The Euro-Disneyland theme park opens in France.
 
1989 - Anti-establishment icon Abbie Hoffman commits suicide at age 52.
 
1989 - Onetime middle-weight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson dies in Culver City, California at the age of 67.
 
1985- USA for Africa's We Are the World album is released.
 
1979 - Mickey Thomas, the singer on Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," replaces Marty Balin as lead singer in Jefferson Starship.
 
1979 - Poco get a gold record for Legend.
1976- Led Zeppelin's Presence goes platinum.
 
1973 - Rolling Stone magazine reports that a Buffalo Springfield reunion may be in the works.
 
1973 - Richie Furay of Poco says, "It's all up to Neil [Young]." Stephen Stills is into it, as are bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin. The reunion doesn't happen.
 
1971 - Even before it hits the album chart, Four Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is certified gold. The live double-album reaches number-one.
 
1968 - A Life magazine article on The Doors describes Jim Morrison as "24 years old, out of UCLA and he appears in public and on his records to be moody, temperamental, enchanted in the mind and extremely stoned on something."
 
1963- In his first major concert, Bob Dylan performs at Town Hall in New York City.
 
1963 - Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
1961- Rock and roll is notably absent from the third annual Grammy Awards. In a year when Bob Newhart gets Album of the Year and the "Theme From Exodus" is Song of the Year, the big winner is Ray Charles, who gets four awards.
 
1955- The Salk vaccine against polio is declared safe and effective
 
1945 - President Franklin Roosevelt dies.
1861 - The Civil War begins
 
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This Day In Rock 4/11/13
2007 - Lynyrd Skynyrd kick off their co-headlining Rowdy Frynds tour with Hank Williams Junior in Huntsville, Alabama.
 
1981 - Eddie Van Halen weds actress Valerie Bertinelli.
 
1981 - Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt.
 
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - in the charts at the time with "Travelin' Band" - kick off a European tour with a pair of shows in Rotterdam, Holland.
 
1970 - Guitarist Peter Green announces that he will quit Fleetwood Mac on May 25th to devote himself to "what God would have me do."
 
1970 - Nice organist Keith Emerson and ex-King Crimson bass player Greg Lake are reportedly looking for a drummer. They find Carl Palmer and launch Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
 
1970 - The Beatles' "Let It Be" hits number-one amid the band's evident dissolution.
 
1970 - Apollo 13 blasts off for the moon on a mission that will be disrupted when an explosion cripples the spacecraft. The astronauts manage to return safely.
 
1967 - Paul McCartney comes up with the idea for The Beatles' T-V movie Magical Mystery Tour on a flight from L-A to London.
 
1965- The Beatles and The Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express poll-winners concert in London. Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, Kinks, Searchers, Seekers, Herman's Hermits, Moody Blues, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Donovan, Them, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones also perform at the show.
 
1963- The Beatles release their third British single, "From Me to You" backed with "Thank You Girl." It goes to number-one there, but neither side is released in the US until a year later, when Vee Jay pairs "From Me to You" with "Please Please Me," and "Thank You Girl" with "Do You Want to Know a Secret."
 
1961 - A 19-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York City stage debut at Gerde's Folk City, opening for bluesman John Lee Hooker. He sings "House of the Rising Sun," his own "Song to Woody" and a few others.
 
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player in major-league history. He plays in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
 
1921 - Iowa becomes the first state to impose a tax on cigarettes.
 
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This Day In Rock 4/10/13
2011 - U2’s 360 Degrees tour breaks the record for the highest-grossing tour ever, which had been held by The Rolling Stones' 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang tour.
 
2007 - The lineups for the Live Earth shows in Britain and the United States are announced. The Police, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and The Smashing Pumpkins headline the show in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while Madonna, The Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis and Spinal Tap highlight the lineup in London.
 
2004- President Bush's daily briefing from August 6th, 2001 is released. Titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States," it warns that members of al-Qaeda had been in the U-S for several years and were thought to have been conducting surveillance of buildings in New York.
 
2002- President Bush calls for a total ban on human cloning. He urges the Senate to pass legislation forbidding the procedures for both reproductive and research purposes.
 
2002- After a long battle, M-G-M and United Artists close a deal that will allow the third "Austin Powers" film--originally titled Goldmember--to be called Austin Powers in Goldmember.
 
2000 - In New York, The Who announce a U-S reunion tour. Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes will play the same venues, using the same set-up-either the day before or after-to help cut down on tour costs.
 
1996 - President Clinton blocks a ban on late-term abortions.
 
1994 - Thousands gather at Seattle's Space Needle for a candlelight vigil in honor of Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love prerecords a message, which contains excerpts from Kurt's suicide note, for broadcast over the PA system.
 
1973 - Led Zeppelin gets a gold album for Houses of the Holy.
 
1970 - The Beatles split up, according to London's Daily Mirror, whose front-page headline proclaims, "Paul Is Quitting The Beatles." McCartney counters the previous day's statement from Apple by distributing his own "self-interview" along with review copies of his solo album. Citing "business and music differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family."
 
1968 - Rolling Stone magazine reports that drummer Mickey Hart has joined The Grateful Dead.
 
1964- The Beatles' Second Album is released.
 
1961- At Gerde's Folk City in New York, newcomer Bob Dylan is introduced to folk singing sensation (and his future girlfriend) Joan Baez for the first time.
 
1912 - The Titanic embarks on her maiden voyage.
 
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This Day In Rock 4/9/13
2008 - 41 years into his solo career, Van Morrison finally lands a Top 10 album in the U-S as Keep It Simple bows at number-10 on the Billboard album chart.
 
2008 - Jimmy Buffett warms up for his upcoming tour by performing an acoustic set at his Margaritaville Cafe in Glendale, Arizona.
 
2008- R-E-M's Accelerate bows at number-two on Billboard's album chart with 115-thousand copies sold. It's the band's best chart showing in 12 years.
 
2004 - Pearl Jam receives the 2004 Northwest IMPACT Award -- recognizing the band's creative and charitable efforts -- from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy. It's the group's first appearance at any awards show in nine years.
 
1992- Comedian Sam Kinison is killed when a truck hits his car on a road between LA and Las Vegas.
 
1989- Hundreds of thousands march past the White House in support of abortion rights.
 
1986- It is announced that Patrick Duffy's character on the T-V show Dallas will be returning even though he has already been killed on the series.
 
1973- Paul McCartney releases "My Love," which becomes his biggest solo hit, spending four weeks at number-one. Three years later, "Silly Love Songs" bests that record by topping the singles chart for five weeks.
 
1970- Paul Simon is a guest on A-B-C's Dick Cavett Show. The baseball-loving singer-songwriter is joined by boyhood idols Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle of The New York Yankees. Mantle asks Simon why, if he's the musician's favorite player, it was Joe DiMaggio's name that appeared in the lyrics of "Mrs. Robinson." Simon replies, "I needed the syllables."
 
1970 - The Beatles aren't breaking up, says a press release from Apple. While admitting that no further recordings are scheduled, publicist Mavis Smith notes that a new L-P will soon be released and says she "hoped The Beatles would get together for another recording session after the summer." That night, Paul McCartney performs "Maybe I'm Amazed" on London Weekend Television.
 
1969- Bob Dylan releases Nashville Skyline. The now-classic album spins off the hit single "Lay Lady Lay."
 
1968- Reverend Martin Luther King Junior is buried.
 
1965- The Beatles release "Ticket to Ride" in Britain. U-S fans have to wait another 11 days for the single.
 
1964 - The feud between Capitol and Vee Jay Records over the US rights to recordings by The Beatles is settled out of court in Capitol's favor.
 
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This Day In Rock 4/8/13
2011- Just as the government is about to run out of funds, Congressional Republicans and Democrats craft a last-minute deal to cut $38 billion from the 2011 fiscal budget.
 
2008 - The Roman Catholic priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien pleads guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and is ordered to stay away from the red-haired talk show host for two years.
 
2006- The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show in mainland China at the Grand Stage Theater in Shanghai.
 
2004 - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testifies that President Bush was warned of suspicious activity by terrorists located in the U-S about a month before the 9/11 attacks occurred. 
 
2000- Santana performs the Supernatural album in Pasadena, California for a FOX concert special. The performance features many of the album's guests, including Rob Thomas, Everlast and Dave Matthews. The show, which airs in May, will be released on D-V-D.
 
1994 - An electrician spots the body of Nirvana singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain in a room above the garage of his Seattle home at 8:40 am [PT]. At 7:05 pm, police confirm that it is Cobain. The 27-year-old had killed himself with a 20-gauge shotgun three days earlier.
 
1986 - Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel, California.
 
1974- Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" is certified gold.
 
1974- Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
 
1973- Neil Young's Journey Through the Past has its premiere at a film festival in Dallas. Young describes the film, a bunch of scenes and images from his career, as "a collection of thoughts. Every scene meant something to me - although with some of them I can't say what."
 
1968 - The Beatles' last Capitol Records single, "Lady Madonna," is certified gold..
 
1967- Buffalo Springfield performs "For What It's Worth" on The Hollywood Palace.
 
1966- The Beatles record a usable backing track for "Got to Get You Into My Life."
 
 
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This Day In Rock 4/5/13
2004- A new Victoria's Secret commercial using Bob Dylan's "Love Sick" debuts -- and it includes an appearance by Dylan himself.
 
1998 - Former Rainbow and Jeff Beck Group drummer Cozy Powell dies in a car crash in Bristol, England at age 50.
 
1997 - Famed "beat poet" Allen Ginsberg, who had collaborated musically with The Clash and others, dies of liver cancer at age 70.
 
1994 - Kurt Cobain of Nirvana kills himself with a shotgun blast at his home in Seattle, Washington.
 
1987 - FOX Broadcasting Company launches its first two original series, Married With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.
 
1984- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes the all-time N-B-A regular season scoring leader when he breaks Wilt Chamberlain's record of 31-thousand-419 career points.
 
1981 - Bob "The Bear" Hite, singer and harmonica player of Canned Heat ("On the Road Again," "Going Up the Country"), dies of a heart attack in Venice, California. The 36-year-old is the band's second fatality. Guitarist/singer Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson overdosed in 1970.
 
1979- Bianca Jagger sues her husband Mick Jagger for divorce.
 
1979- The Knack records "My Sharona" at Whitney Recording Studio in Glendale, CA.
 
1977 - Jackson Browne, Richie Havens and John Sebastian help raise 150-thousand-dollars at a three-day rally in Tokyo to save whales and dolphins from the nets of the international fishing industry.
 
1971- Chicago kicks off a historic five-night run at Carnegie Hall in New York. Highlights are released as a multi-disc album set.
 
1965 - The Beach Boys release "Help Me Rhonda" on Capitol Records. It's the first single on which Al Jardine, the group's rhythm guitarist, sings lead.
 
1964- The Searchers sing "Needles and Pins" on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Liverpudlians are the third British Invasion band on the show after The Beatles.
 
 
 
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This Day In Rock 4/4/13
2008 - The Rolling Stones' concert film Shine a Light opens in theaters nationwide.
 
2007 - The piano John Lennon used to write "Imagine" is displayed at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis to mark the anniversary of the date in 1968 when Doctor Martin Luther King was assassinated.
 
2006- Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour starts a brief North American tour in support of his new album, On an Island, with the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Unnanounced guests David Crosby and Graham Nash do some background vocals.
 
2005 - Queen is asked not to perform in Rome out of respect for the death of Pope John Paul the Second, but the band goes ahead with the show. Judas Priest cancels a show in the Pope's native Poland.
 
2003- A colossal squid weighing 330 pounds and measuring 16 feet is found in the Antarctic waters off New Zealand.
 
2001- Comedian Tom Greene tells U-S-A Today that he and Drew Barrymore have been married for a few weeks.
 
1977- The Clash's self-titled first album is released in the UK. It sells over 100-thousand copies on import before being released in the U-S in a revised version in 1979.
 
1975- The Who begin working on The Who by Numbers album in England.
 
1975 - More than 130 children are killed when a U-S Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashes just after takeoff from Saigon.
 
1974- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves ties Babe Ruth's home run record with 714.
 
1974- Queen's second album, Queen II, is released in the U-S.
 
1968 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior, 39, is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
1968 - The Who start a two-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York. Buddy Guy is their opening act.
 
1967 - Johnny Carson quits The Tonight Show. He returns three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.
 
1965- The number-one single in Britain is "For Your Love," the third (and final) Yardbirds single to feature Eric Clapton.
 
1949- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed by 12 nations.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 4/3/13
2002- The Recording Academy announces that the Grammy Awards will be held in New York for the first time since 1998.
 
2001- Bruce Springsteen's two-CD Live in New York City is released. The Boss celebrates the release by showing up at Jack's Music Shop in Red Bank, New Jersey to greet fans who lined up at midnight to buy the album.
 
2001- Jodie Foster confirms that she's pregnant with her second child and due in November. No word on the paternity of the baby.
 
1999- Paul McCartney becomes a grandfather when his daughter Mary gives birth to a boy.
 
1996- "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski is captured by the F-B-I in a Montana cabin.
 
1991 - A cease-fire ends the Gulf War, with United Nations forces victorious.
 
1979- Van Halen 2, which took six days to record, goes gold five days before the start of a 10-month tour.
 
1974 - Steely Dan performs at Lincoln Center in New York.
 
1973 - To combat a rash of Beatles bootlegs, Apple releases the twin double greatest hits albums, The Beatles 1962 - 1966 and The Beatles 1967 - 1970. The packages both go Top 3 on the album chart.
 
1968- The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior delivers his "mountaintop" speech, just 24 hours before he is assassinated.
 
1968- Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends album is released.
 
1964 - Bob Dylan enters the UK pop chart for the first time, with "The Times They Are a-Changin'."
 
1953 - T-V Guide is published for the first time.
 
1942 - The Japanese begin an all-out assault on American and Filipino troops at Bataan.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 4/2/13
2006- Neil Young picks up a pair of trophies at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys. Young's Prairie Wind collects him the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year trophy as well as Alternative Album of the Year. Bryan Adams is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
 
2006 - John Mellencamp headlines a free concert in downtown Indianapolis as part of the celebration for the N-C-A-A Final Four.
 
2005- Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope and the first non-Italian Pope since 1522, dies.
 
2004 - Kelly Osbourne is shipped off to Malibu, California's Promises Center for drug rehab.
 
1995- The Major League baseball strike ends.
 
1994- Courtney Love hires a private detective to track down her missing husband, Kurt Cobain.
 
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours spends its first of 31 (non-consecutive) weeks atop the Billboard chart.
 
1973- John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a news conference in New York to announce that they'll appeal the Immigration Department's decision to deport John.
 
1972- Burt Reynolds appears nude in Cosmopolitan magazine.
 
1970 - London Magistrate's Court hears arguments on John Lennon's arrest for indecency over a January exhibition of his erotic lithographs.
 
1967 - The Spencer Davis Group loses lead singer Steve Winwood, who leaves to forms Traffic.
 
1964- The Beach Boys record "I Get Around" and "Little Honda." Brian Wilson gets into an argument with his father Murry during the L-A session and fires him as the group's manager.
 
1963- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior begins the first non-violent civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
1917 - Jeannette Rankin, first women ever elected to Congress, assumes office.
 
1902 - The first motion picture house opens in Los Angeles. It is called The Electric Theater.
 
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This Day In Rock 4/1/13
2008- Velvet Revolver announce that they'll continue on without Scott Weiland. A message from Slash reads, "This band is all about its fans and its music, and Scott Weiland isn't 100 percent committed to either
 
1993- Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and Heart's Wilson sisters are among the performers at a major environmental rally in Portland, Oregon.
 
1986 - The We Are the World fundraising album is released.
 
1985- Singer David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to go solo.
 
1981- John Lennon's "Woman," the second of three Top 10s from the Double Fantasy album, is certified gold.
 
1978- The Knack begins recording its low-budget first album, Get The Knack.
 
1977- Jimmy Buffett releases his signature hit, "Margaritaville."
 
1977- Led Zeppelin begin their largest American tour at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas. After playing their first show in nearly two years, Robert Plant says, "I was so happy. I don't think I've ever sung better in America."
 
1976 - Over one-million ticket applications are received following the announcement of a 13-date U-K tour by The Rolling Stones.
 
1976- Paul McCartney and Wings release "Silly Love Songs" as a single from the Wings at the Speed of Sound album just prior to the group's first U-S tour.
 
1971- More than six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix's Cry of Love goes gold. It's the last album the guitarist knowingly worked on in his lifetime. It reaches number-three in the charts, and might have gone higher if not for another posthumous release - Janis Joplin's Pearl.
 
1970- As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce that they have both undergone sex change operations.
 
1970- President Nixon signs a bill banning broadcast advertising of cigarettes, effective January 1st, 1971.
 
1967 - "Let's Spend the Night Together" by The Rolling Stones peaks at number-three on the British chart.
 
1967- "Strawberry Fields Forever" by The Beatles peaks at number-eight on the pop chart.
 
1967- Jefferson Airplane make their first chart appearance, with "Somebody to Love."
 
1966 - The Beatles get a gold record for "Nowhere Man."
 

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This Day In Rock 3/29/13
2005 - Neil Young undergoes brain surgery in New York. Young first felt ill after performing with The Pretenders at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on March 14th, experiencing problems with his vision. An M-R-I revealed a serious brain aneurysm. The surgery forces Young to cancel his April 3rd Juno Awards appearance.

1993- Clint Eastwood wins his first Oscars, for directing Unforgiven.
 
1992- Presidential candidate Bill Clinton says "I didn't inhale" when he tried marijuana as a young man.
 
1975 - All six Led Zeppelin albums appear on Billboard's Top 200 albums list simultaneously, a feat unprecedented in the chart's history.
1974 - The unmanned Mariner 10 probe reaches Mercury.
1968- The Rolling Stones finish recording "Jumpin' Jack Flash" at Olympic Studios in London.
 
1964 - English mods and rockers battle on the beaches of Clacton, Essex. A subsequent rumble in Brighton provides inspiration for The Who's Quadrophenia as well as a song by The Stray Cats.
1886- The first batch of Coca Cola is brewed by Atlanta druggist John Pemberton. Originally named Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage, the sweet, fizzy concoction originally contained cocaine -- until its non-prescription use was banned in 1904.
 
 

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This Day In Rock 3/28/13
2010 - Rush is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto.

2005 - Queen start their first tour with former Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers in London.
 
1996- Singer-drummer Phil Collins announces that he is leaving Genesis to concentrate on his solo career.
 
1994- Two thousand Pearl Jam fans without tickets push through fences to get into the band's show in Miami, Florida, causing riot police to move in. There are five injuries and four arrests.
 
1979- One day into his 47-date US tour, Eric Clapton weds Patti Boyd - George Harrison's ex-wife and the inspiration for "Layla" - in Tucson, Arizona.
 
1976 - In Buffalo, New York, Genesis kick off their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel's departure the previous year. Drummer Phil Collins is now also the band's lead singer.
 
1974 - A streaker runs onto the set of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.
 
1973- The Doobie Brothers release "Long Train Running," the first single off their third album, The Captain and Me. It will become their first Top Ten, peaking at number-8.
 
1969- In London, Ringo Starr says The Beatles will make no further public appearances. John Lennon contradicts him, saying the band will make several during the year. (Ringo was right.)
 
1967- Van Morrison records "Brown Eyed Girl" at A&R Studios in New Take-22 will be used for the single that becomes the Irish rocker's U.S. breakthrough.
 
1965- The Rolling Stones top the British singles charts with "The Last Time."
 
 

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This Day In Rock 3/27/13
2008 - The Allman Brothers Band postpone their annual run at New York's Beacon Theater because Gregg Allman is recovering from treatments for Hepatitis C.
 
2006 - The readers of F-H-M name Scarlett Johansson the Sexiest Woman in the World.
 
2003 - The Rolling Stones announce that they've cancelled their upcoming shows in Singapore --scheduled to take place the next two nights -- due to concern over the recent SARS outbreak in Southeast Asia.
 
1998- The Food and Drug Administration approves the impotence drug Viagra.
 
1992 - During a Zoo-TV concert in Detroit, U2 singer Bono notices an ad for pizza on the onstage TV monitors. He phones in an order for 10-thousand pepperoni pies for the audience, but only about 100 are actually delivered.
 
1986- Sammy Hagar does his first show as lead singer of Van Halen, in Shreveport, Lousiana.
 
1975 - Jerry Garcia is pulled over for speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike and arrested when police find drugs in his car.
 
1975- The Tommy movie premieres in London.
 
1973- Rolling Stone magazine reports that Carlos Santana, a disciple of guru Sri Chinmoy, has changed his name to Devadip, which means "the lamp of the light of the Supreme."
 
1966- Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney win the Ivor Novello Award for writing "Michelle," the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
 
1964 - Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is released. 1967
A massive earthquake rocks Alaska.
 
1958 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
 

 
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