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Today in Rock: August 17

Today in music history:

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Pearl Bailey
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1958 and 1990.

On this day in 1958 Belinda Carlisle future lead singer for the Go-Go's is born in L.A., California.

On this day in 1960 The Beatles start their run at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, honing their performing skills with 4 hour sets where they play a mix of R&B covers and their original songs.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles play their last gig with drummer Pete Best at the Cavern.

On this day in 1964 future singer-songwriter Maria McKee is born in L.A., California. Also on this day The Kinks release “You Really Got Me.”

On this day in 1966 During a press conference in Toronto (where the group was scheduled to play that night) The Beatles create more controversy by siding with US "draft dodgers" who moved to Toronto rather than be sent to Vietnam. John jokes, "Ah, we've had it in Memphis now," referring to the death threats received there after his "bigger than Jesus" remark.

On this day in 1968 The Doors' Waiting For The Sun LP hits number one in the US. Also on this day Deep Purple releases “Hush.”

On this day in 1972 Paul McCartney and Wings play a gig in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

On this day in 1974 Paper Lace's “The Night Chicago Died” hits number one in the US. Also on this day Bad Company releases "Can't Get Enough".

On this day in 1990 singer-actress Pearl Bailey dies at the age of 72. Also on this day Nirvana shoots their video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was set to look like a deranged pep rally at "Anarchy High School," and featured fans recruited at a gig two days earlier. The video was a major hit on MTV and helped propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

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