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Today in Rock: July 23

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2011.

On this day in 1942 future singer for Blue Mink Madeline Bell is born in Newark, New Jersey.

On this day in 1966 Napoleon XIV's “They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-haaa” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1968 The Iveys, later known as Badfinger, sign with Apple Records after a persistent campaign by longtime Beatles associate Mal Evans, who will produce their first sessions. Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio recording “Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.”

On this day in 1971 future songstress Alison Krauss is born in Decatur, Illinois.

On this day in 1977 Foreigner releases “Cold As Ice.”

On this day in 1979 Iran's new leader, the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, bans rock and roll as a corruptive influence on the people. (This eventually inspires both the graphic novel Perseopolis and the Clash song "Rock The Casbah".)

On this day in 1980 Michelle Williams, future member of Destiny’s Child, is born in Rockford, Illinois.

On this day in 1989 Ringo Starr begins his first tour since The Beatles stopped touring in 1966.

On this day in 1994 The International Astronomical Union names an asteroid in Mars' orbit ZappaFrank, after the musician Frank Zappa, who'd passed away from cancer the year before.

On this day in 2001 Three years after the death of first wife Linda, Paul McCartney gets engaged to former model and activist Heather Mills, who he met at a charity event in 1999. (The marriage lasts four years and produces Beatrice Milly McCartney and a large settlement for Mills.)

On this day in 2011 Amy Winehouse dies at the age of 27.