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Today in Rock: August 16

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Vassar Clements
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1931 and 2005.

On this day in 1931 future singer Eydie Gormé is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1938 future singer and actress Ketty Lester is born in Hope, Arkansas.

On this day in 1942 future R&B singer Barbara George is born in Smithridge, Louisiana.

On this day in 1958 future pop star and actress Madonna Louise Ciccone is born in Bay City, Michigan.

On this day in 1962 Pete Best is fired as drummer for The Beatles and replaced by Ringo Starr. The group's manager Brian Epstein does the firing by calling Best into his record shop and giving him the bad news. Also on this day Stevie Wonder's first single is released: "I Call It Pretty Music (But Old People Call It The Blues)." Motown newbie Marvin Gaye plays drums on the track.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles play a concert at the Philadelphia Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio working on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Also on this day the first “Apple new artist” record is released. It’s Mary Hopkin’s “`Those Were The Days.'

On this day in 1969 The Guess Who's “These Eyes” goes gold.

On this day in 1972 Emily Robison future singer-songwriter/and multi-instrumentalist for the Dixie Chicks is born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

On this day in 1977 The King is dead. Elvis Presley dies at his home in Graceland as a result of an overdose from prescription drugs.

On this day in 1980 future singer-songwriter/musician Vanessa Carlton is born in Milford, Pennsylvania,

On this day in 2005 Vassar Clements, Grammy Award- winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler and member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, dies at the age of 77.