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Today in Rock: August 31

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Max Bygraves
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1957 and 2012.

On this day in 1957 Gina Schock, future drummer for the Go-Go's, is born in Baltimore, Maryland. (How many drummers did they have!?)

On this day in 1961 Mersey Beat publishes an article by Bob Wooler about The Beatles.

On this day in 1968 Jefferson Airplane headline the first Isle of Wight Festival, which is a one day event this year. Also on this day “Hey Jude” enters the Billboard ranking at number 10 --a record for this singles chart.

On this day in 1969 George Harrison, Ringo Starr , John Lennon and their ladies attend the Festival of the Isle of Wight, to see Bob Dylan perform.

On this day in 1970 future pop singer Debbie Gibson is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1973 The Rolling Stones release the platter Goat's Head Soup.

On this day in 1974 the final first-run “Partridge Family" episode airs on ABC-TV.

On this day in 1976 George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism." In a lawsuit which began in February, 1971, Bright Tunes Music Corp. brought a copyright infringement action against Harrison, claiming that he plagiarized "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons for his song, "My Sweet Lord".

On this day in 2010 Papa Roach release their debut disc, Time for Annihilation. Alongside nine live tracks, the record contains five new studio tracks.

On this day in 2012 singer/comedian/actor Max Bygraves dies at the age of 89. Also on this day Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist of Van Halen, is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his digestive system. The surgery is to correct a severe bout of diverticulitis. He is expected to recover within six months. Tour dates with Van Halen are rescheduled.

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