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Today in Rock: August 20

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 Ross Barbour
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2011.

On this day in 1948 Robert Plant, future lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin, is born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England.

On this day in 1964 Shirley Bassey records the theme for the 007 film Goldfinger.

On this day in 1969 Frank Zappa shuts down his Mothers of Invention.

On this day in 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Cosmo's Factory hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1973 The Rolling Stones releases “Angie”.

On this day in 1980 John Lennon is recording the LP Double Fantasy.

On this day in 1981 Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott appears at Kingston Crown Court where he is fined £200 for possessing cocaine.

On this day in 1987 Lindsey Buckingham, who had helped turn Fleetwood Mac into one of the biggest-selling bands of the 1970s, leaves the group after refusing to tour behind its latest CD, Tango In The Night.

On this day in 1988 at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, two fans are killed during a set by Guns N' Roses, whose frontman Axl Rose had begged attendants, "Don't f*ckin' kill each other." With the ground wet and a record crowd of 107,000 at the festival, the surge of bodies during the set caused the two fans to be trampled to death.

On this day in 2005 on what would have been Phil Lynott's 56th birthday, a concert is held in Dublin, Ireland featuring Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Eric Bell, the original lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore share the lead on the classic "Whiskey In The Jar."

On this day in 2011 Ross Barbour of The Four Freshmen dies at the age of 82.

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