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Today in Rock: August 15

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 Betty Thatcher the lyricist for Renaissance
Betty Thatcher the lyricist for RenaissanceCourtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2013.

On this day in 1948 Tom Johnston, future guitarist and lead singer for The Doobie Brothers, is born in Visalia, California.

On this day in 1960 Elvis Presley's “It's Now Or Never” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1964 after the massive success of The Beatles' debut film, A Hard Day's Night, United Artists rushes to sign The Dave Clark Five to a film project titled Catch Us If You Can (which was released in the US as Having A Wild Weekend).

On this day in 1965 The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York. It's the first time a rock band headlines at a stadium, and is probably The Beatles most famous concert. With Beatlemania in full force, the screaming girls drowned out the group in a very memorable albeit “less-than-intimate” concert.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles record “Rocky Raccoon.”

On this day in 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" enters the charts.

On this day in 1979 Led Zeppelin releases their eighth and final studio album In Through The Out Door.

On this day in 1980 George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to release an autobiography when his book I Me Mine is published. Also on this day John Lennon enters the Record Plant Studios in New York to record his "comeback" album, Double Fantasy.

On this day in 1991 Nirvana plays a concert at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for their first video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which they are filming two days later.

On this day in 2011 Betty Thatcher the lyricist for Renaissance dies at the age of 67.