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Today in Rock: August 7

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1925 and 2011.

On this day in 1925 future hit songwriter Felice Bryant is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On this day in 1943 future singer/entertainment lawyer Lana Cantrell is born in Australia.

On this day in 1957 The Quarrymen (minus new member Paul McCartney, away at Scout camp) make their debut at Liverpool's Cavern Club. Manager Alan Sytner tells them not to play rock and roll but halfway through their skiffle performance, Lennon lights into a version of Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel”, which the crowd loves.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles' Help! LP hits number one on the charts.

On this day in 1966 Kristen Hersh, future singer/songwriter for Throwing Muses, is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

On this day in 1970 Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention releases the LP Just Another Band From L.A.

On this day in 1975 The Rolling Stones' Made In The Shade platter goes gold.

On this day in 1976 Elton John & Kiki Dee's “Don't Go Breaking My Heart” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1981 the animated science fiction film Heavy Metal debuts. Although its name is the same as the hard rock genre, the film isn't originally intended to have anything to do with music, but instead is an animated anthology of different stories appearing in the comic magazine Heavy Metal. A great soundtrack is added featuring songs by Sammy Hagar, Devo, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Journey and Black Sabbath to name a few. Critics don’t like it but it becomes a cult classic for many years based mainly on its soundtrack.

On this day in 2011 Marshall Grant, bassist for The Tennessee Two and Johnny Cash, dies at the age of 83.

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