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Today in Rock: August 18

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Scott McKenzie
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2012.

On this day in 1945, future singer Nona Hendryx is born in Trenton, New Jersey.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles perform at the 17th annual fete for the Birkenhead, England, Horticultural Society at local Hulme Hall, a gig notable only as the first time Ringo Starr will play onstage with the group. Ringo had prepared for two hours with the band beforehand.

On this day in 1969 Jimi Hendrix closes out the Woodstock festival with "Hey Joe." He was supposed to perform the previous night but the festival ran long and he went on the morning after Woodstock was supposed to end. Also on this day while filming the violent gangster movie Ned Kelly in Australia, Mick Jagger is hit in the hand by a stray bullet from an old gun being used as a prop. Finally also on this day The Beatles record “The End.”

On this day in 1973 Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits number one in the US. Also on this day Jethro Tull's platter A Passion Play hits number one in the US. Finally on this The Doobie Brothers release “China Grove.”

On this day in 1976 Marvin Gaye narrowly averts a ten-day stint in the Los Angeles county jail for failure to pay child support and alimony.

On this day in 1982 The Beatles hometown of Liverpool, England renames some streets in honor of the band members. There is John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive and even Sutcliffe Street (in honor of original bass player Stu Sutcliffe).

On this day in 1984 after years toiling in clubs, Red Hot Chili Peppers release their self-titled debut album.

On this day in 2012 singer-songwriter Scott McKenzie dies at the age of 73.