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Today in Rock: August 4

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 Johnnie Bassett
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2012.

On this day in 1952 Maire Ni Bhraonian, future singer-songwriter/harpist for Clannad, is born in Dublin, Ireland.

On this day in 1956 The Platters' "My Prayer" hits number one in the US. Also on this day Elvis Presley releases “Hound Dog” backed with “Don't Be Cruel.”

On this day in 1958 Billboard combines its unwieldy system of five separate sales, jukebox, and DJ charts to make one master chart, the "Billboard Hot 100" we know today. The first number one listed on it is Ricky Nelson's “Poor Little Fool.”

On this day in 1963 The Beatles crack the US charts for the first time with “From Me To You” which debuts at number 116 on the Billboard charts. (5 months later “I Want To Hold Your Hand” becomes their breakout hit in America.)

On this day in 1967 After a gig in Minneapolis, a 16-year-old gal stows away on The Monkees' plane to St. Louis. The girl's father threatens to bring charges for transporting a minor across state lines.

On this day in 1970 The Doors' Jim Morrison is arrested in L.A. for public drunkenness after being found lying unconscious on a resident's doorstep.

On this day in 1971 future rapper and actress Yo-Yo is born in Los Angeles, California.

On this day in 1974 Paul Simon releases “Love Me Like A Rock.”

On this day in 1975 while vacationing on the Greek Island of Rhodes, Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and his family are badly injured in a car accident, forcing the cancellation of an upcoming US tour. Doctors tell Plant he may never walk again.

On this day in 2012 electric blues guitarist Johnnie Bassett dies at the age of 76.

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