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Today in Rock: August 12

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Luther Allison
Luther Allison
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 1997.

On this day in 1949 Mark Knopfler, future lead guitarist/frontman for Dire Straits, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

On this day in 1958 on "compassionate leave" from the Army, Elvis Presley goes to Memphis' Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mom, Gladys, who is deteriorating from acute hepatitis. Also on this day The Crests record "Sixteen Candles."

On this day in 1960 Pete Best becomes the drummer of the Silver Beetles, who are renamed The Beatles.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles begin the US leg of their final tour, playing a gig at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.

On this day in 1967 Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces and Chicken Shack featuring a young Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie).

On this day in 1968 The New Yardbirds, later to be known as Led Zeppelin, begin their first rehearsal under a record store at 22 Gerrard Street in Westminster, London, performing a cover of the old Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio number “Train Kept A-Rollin'.”

On this day in 1969 future Brit singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram is born in Munster, Germany.

On this day in 1970 At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what will be her last concert closing with a cover of “Summertime.”

On this day in 1978 after years on the road and substantial chart success, The Commodores finally get their first number one hit with the Lionel Richie-penned ballad "Three Times a Lady," off their LP Natural High.

On this day in 1997 blues guitarist Luther Allison dies at the age of 57.