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Today in Rock: August 11

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Mike Douglas
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 2006.

On this day in 1949 Eric Carmen, future solo artist and frontman for The Raspberries is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, has its US premiere in New York City. Also on this day The Beatles record “Baby's In Black.”

On this day in 1966 at a Beatles press conference in Chicago, they try to explain John Lennon's remarks that they are "Bigger than Jesus," which has caused a media fervor. Part of Lennon’s explanation: "I was pointing out that fact in reference to England - that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact."

On this day in 1973 rather than join Paul McCartney in traveling to Nigeria to record the band's latest album, Band On The Run, Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell both quit Wings, forcing Paul, wife Linda, and Denny Laine to record the LP as a trio.

On this day in 1980 Johnny Cash sings a duet of "Jackson" with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show.

On this day in 1987 Rolling Stone magazine declares The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the last twenty years.

On this day in 1989 Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in New Jersey, where they perform “Get Back”, “Long Tall Sally”, “Photograph” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”.

On this day in 1999 Kiss is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On this day in 2006 entertainer and talk show host Mike Douglas dies at the age of 81.