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Today in Rock: August 24

Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1938 and 1999.

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Jazz trombonist Warren Covington
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On this day in 1938 David Frieberg, future singer and multi-instrumentalist for Jefferson Airplane, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles LP Something New is certified gold. Also on this day The Beatles release “Matchbox” backed with “Slow Down”.

On this day in 1967 John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi when they attend his lecture at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

On this day in 1969 John Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal titled “Cold Turkey”, where he utilizes his recent introduction to "primal scream" therapy. Fans and critics are shocked and appalled by the emotionally raw recording (which foreshadowed his eventual Plastic Ono Band platter).

On this day in 1974 Paul Anka's “(You're) Having My Baby” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1981 John Lennon's killer is given a sentence of 20-years-to-life in prison, (where he will be denied parole five times over the next 27 years).

On this day in 1989 The Who perform a special 20th anniversary charity concert of their rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California. It features guests Elton John (as the Pinball Wizard), Patti Labelle (as the Acid Queen), Steve Winwood (as the Hawker), Phil Collins (as Uncle Ernie) and Billy Idol (as Cousin Kevin).

On this day in 1998 53-year-old Ingrid Pedersen announces that she is the long-lost illegitimate half-sister of John Lennon, explaining that she kept her secret for so many years as a way of protecting her now-deceased adoptive parents.

On this day in 1999 Big Band jazz trombonist Warren Covington dies at the age of 78.