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Today in Rock: July 17

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1950 and 2009.

On this day in 1950 also on this day singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1952 singer Nicolette Larson is born in Helena, Montana.

On this day in 1958 Elvis Presley's "Hard Headed Woman" hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1959 jazz songstress Billie Holiday dies at the age of 44.

On this day in 1963 Singer-songwriter/actress Regina Belle is born in Englewood, New Jersey.

On this day in 1967 Jimi Hendrix plays his eighth and final show as the opening act for The Monkees, which understandably doesn’t go well as Monkees fans don’t get Hendrix.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles' fourth film, the animated Yellow Submarine, premieres in London, England. Although the four band members in the picture are voiced by professional actors, the foursome makes a cameo in the finale, leading movie audiences through “All Together Now.”

On this day in 1972 during a Montreal tour, a bomb goes off under one of The Rolling Stones' trucks. There are no injuries. The show goes on as planned.

On this day in 1974 John Lennon's appeal for US citizenship is denied by the government and he is given sixty days to leave the country.

On this day in 1975 the divorce between Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox is finalized in London.

On this day in 1991 the then current version of Lynyrd Skynyrd starts a world tour in the city they never reached 14 years before: Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That's where they were headed on October 20, 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of three band members, their assistant road manager and two pilots.

On this day in 2009 Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon dies at the age of 64.


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