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Today in Rock: July 20

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Today in Rock: July 20
Today in Rock: July 20
Courtesy of TOO
Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2012.

On this day in 1945 future singer-songwriter Kim Carnes is born in L.A., California.

On this day in 1955 Marisa DeFranco, future keyboardist for The DeFranco Family, is born in Ontario, Canada.

On this day in 1956 Paul Cook, future drummer for The Sex Pistols, is born in London, England.

On this day in 1961 The Beatles, known as The Beat Brothers, get some press in the British paper Mersey Beat, which announces their first record deal.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles release “I'll Cry Instead” backed with "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You”. They also release “And I Love Her” backed with “If I Fell” as well as their platter Something New.

On this day in 1968 Iron Butterfly's “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” enters the charts.

On this day in 1986 Sid and Nancy, the biopic about The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious, premieres with Gary Oldman as Vicious.

On this day in 1987 Paul McCartney is in the studio working on the songs “Kansas City”, "Twenty Flight Rock", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," "I'm In Love Again”, “Bring It On Home To Me”, “Lucille”, "I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday”, “That's Alright Mama”, “Summertime”, "Just Because” and “Midnight Special.”

On this day in 1996 De La Soul's Stakes Is High debuts at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart and number four on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

On this day in 2012 Electro-dubstep musician Skrillex hits number one on a chart for the first time. The chart is the Billboard Social 50, which measures digital audiences on websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The video for Skrillex's song "Goin' In" gets a total of 11.8 million views. Some believe “the 21st century is finally getting underway.”