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Today in Rock: April 5

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2011.

On this day in 1942 Alan Clarke future vocalist for The Hollies is born in Lancashire, England.

On this day in 1950 Agnetha Faltskog future vocalist for ABBA is born in Jönköping, Sweden.

On this day in 1958 the first "Greatest Hits" compilation is released, and it's by Johnny Mathis. It's a big success and the format catches on quickly. (The Mathis album stays in the Billboard 200 album chart for over 9 years, a record not broken until Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.)

On this day in 1964 The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, A Hard Day's Night, running away from a group of rabid female fans at London's Marylebone train station.

On this day in 1965 Mike McCready future lead guitarist of Pearl Jam is born in Pensacola, Florida.

On this day in 1968 the night after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, James Brown agrees to televise his performance in Boston where he appeals for calm in the wake of riots across the US.

On this day in 1969 The Guess Who's “These Eyes” enters the Billboard singles chart.

On this day in 1981 Bob "The Bear" Hite lead singer for Canned Heat dies at the age of 38.

On this day in 1984 Marvin Gaye's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy attending.

On this day in 1994 singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana commits suicide with a shotgun at the age of 27. (His body is not discovered until three days later when an electrician enters to install an alarm.)

On this day in 2011 American folksinger, musician and actor Gil Robbins of The Highwaymen dies at the age of 80.


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