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Today in Rock: April 4

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Today in Rock: April 4
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Jerry Garcia
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1915 and 1996.

On this day in 1915 future blues legend Muddy Waters is born in Issaquena County, Mississippi.

On this day in 1961 The Marcel’s “Blue Moon” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles hold the Top-5 spots on the Billboard chart with number 5 “Please Please Me”, number 4 “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, number 3 “She Loves You”, number 2 “Twist And Shout” and number 1 “Can't Buy Me Love”. Also on this day a court orders The Trashmen of “Surfin' Bird” fame to pay royalties to Beechwood Music, holder of the copyright for The Rivington's 1962 hit "Papa Oom Mow Mow," from which The Trashmen hit obviously heavily borrows.

On this day in 1968 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King is murdered on a Memphis motel balcony. (King's life later inspires the U2 song "Pride (In The Name Of Love)." That night, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy play an all night blues session in Virginia Beach. Also on this day Bobby Goldsboro's song “Honey” goes gold.

On this day in 1971 The Temptations' “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1972 Elvis Presley releases “An American Trilogy” backed with “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”.

On this day in 1996 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia's widow, Deborah. Also on this day Wilson Pickett, who after serving a 1 year jail sentence in 1994, is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he prepares to go into rehab.

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