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Today in Rock: April 6

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Today in Rock: April 6
Today in Rock: April 6
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2004.

On this day in 1942 Christopher Franke, future musician for Tangerine Dream, is born in Berlin, Germany.

On this day in 1944 Michelle Phillips, future of member of The Mamas & The Papas, is born in Long Beach, California.

On this day in 1956 the Capitol Tower, new home of Capitol Records, opens on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. The 13 story tower, which resembles a stack of records, houses three new recording studios where Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Linda Ronstadt and many other stars would lay down tracks. The building becomes an LA landmark, with the red light at the top flashing "HOLLYWOOD" in Morse Code.

On this day in 1965 Simon and Garfunkel's soundtrack album The Graduate hits number one. Also on this day the Beach Boys recorded “California Girls”.

On this day in 1968 Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett becomes an early acid casualty and quits the group because he can no longer contribute.

On this day in 1969 the original bassist for The Kinks, Pete Quaife, quits the band and is replaced by Nobby Dalton.

On this day in 1973 The Stylistics' "Break Up To Make Up" goes gold.

On this day in 1974 ABBA become European stars overnight when their song “Waterloo” wins the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Also on this day Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with “Piano Man.”

On this day in 1992 former Beatle George Harrison performs his first full live solo concert since 1969 at a benefit for the Natural Law political party in London.

On this day in 1998 Wendy O. Williams singer for the Plasmatics dies at the age of 48.

On this day in 2004 Niki Sullivan, guitarist for The Crickets, dies at the age of 66.

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