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Today in Rock: July 24

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Dan Peek
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2011.

On this day in 1941 Barbara Jean Love, future member of Friends of Distinction, is born in L.A., California.

On this day in 1965 The Beach Boys record “California Girls.”

On this day in 1967 Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow platter goes gold. Also on this day The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein, among other celebrities, take out a full-page ad in The Times newspaper in Britain calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Finally, on the same day, Asia's edition of Life magazine features The Beatles on the cover, sporting a new look featuring long hair and facial hair, a major stylistic statement at the time, and carrying the headline "The New, Far-Out Beatles."

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio working on “Sun King” and “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

On this day in 1970 future actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 976 Hall and Oates releases “She's Gone.”

On this day in 1978 the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens in America and it bombs. (It becomes a legendary Hollywood flop despite appearances by Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Aerosmith and The Bee Gees.)

On this day in 1987 the film La Bamba, a slightly fictionalized biography of Latin rock star Ritchie Valens, opens in the US. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who died in the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper; Marshall Crenshaw appears as Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran.

On this day in 2007 Etta James enters Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for complications stemming from recent abdominal surgery.

On this day in 2011 Dan Peek of America dies at the age of 60.