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Today in Rock: August 26

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 Ellie Greenwich
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2009.

On this day in 1944 Maureen "Moe" Tucker, future drummer for the Velvet Underground, was born in Levittown, New York.

On this day in 1948 Valerie Simpson, future member of Ashford & Simpson, is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1963 British singer Cilla Black makes her stage debut, opening for The Beatles at the Odeon in Lancashire, England.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles follow their favorite new lecturer, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to University College in Bangor, North Wales, along with Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. After his lecture the group holds a press conference to announce that they've become his disciples in the "Spiritual Regeneration Movement" and officially renounce drug use.

On this day in 1968 Jeannie C. Riley's “Harper Valley P.T.A” goes gold. Also on this day The Beatles release “Hey Jude” backed with “Revolution.”

On this day in 1970 after an all-night jam, The Allman Brothers' Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can attend the recording sessions for his new group, Derek and the Dominoes. Clapton agrees on the condition that Allman also play on the sessions.

On this day in 1972 Looking Glass' “Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1990 Randy Newman scores an Emmy for his score to the ABC-TV series "Cop Rock".

On this day in 1993 a recording of the Beatles playing “Kansas City” and "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 goes for approximately $32,000 at Christie's auction house in London, England.

On this day in 2004 Laura Branigan dies at the age of 47.

On this day in 2009 pop singer Ellie Greenwich dies at the age of 68.

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