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Today in Rock: July 12

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Today in Rock: July 12
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Jimmy Driftwood
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 1983.

On this day in 1943 Christine McVie, future singer-songwriter and keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, is born in Bouth, England.

On this day in 1952 Liz Mitchell, future lead singer for Boney M, is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

On this day in 1962 The Rolling Stones make their live debut at the Marquee Club in London subbing for Long John Baldry's Blues Incorporated. The band at this point features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and future Kink Mick Avory.

On this day in 1964 George Harrison crashes his Jaguar on New Kings Road in London heading to a Beatles concert in Brighton, suffering minor injuries. A few fans gather wreckage as souvenirs. Also on this day In London, the Observer publishes a praiseful review of the film A Hard Day's Night being especially flattering of Ringo Starr's work.

On this day in 1965 The Beach Boys release the song “Sloop John B.”

On this day in 1969 Zager and Evans' “In The Year 2525” hits number one in the US. Also on this day the supergroup Blind Faith begin their first (and only) U.S. tour with a sellout performance at Madison Square Garden. Finally, on this day Ringo Starr expresses his opinion about the banning of “The Ballad Of John And Yoko” by some US radio stations.

On this day in 1970 Janis Joplin performs her first live gig with her new backing group, Full Tilt Boogie Band.

On this day in 1975 KC and the Sunshine Band's “Get Down Tonight” enters the charts.

On this day in 1976 future singer-songwriter and actress Tracie Spencer is born in Waterloo, Iowa.

On this day in 1983 folk singer/songwriter Jimmy Driftwood dies at the age of 91.