Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 2001.
On this day in 1949 future singer/actress Maureen McGovern is born in Youngstown, Ohio.
On this day in 1957 The Bobbette's "Mr. Lee" enters the charts.
On this day in 1958 a study by Esso Oil (formerly Standard Oil, eventually Exxon) reveals that drivers speed more and thus waste more gas when listening to the new fad of rock and roll music.
On this day in 1961 The Tokens record “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Also on this day The Beatles perform at St. John's Hall in Tuebrook, Liverpool, England. They provide backup for Cilla White who later changes her name to Cilla Black.
On this day in 1968 The Rascals release the record “People Got To Be Free.” Also on this day it is decided that The Beatles’ Apple store will close.
On this day in 1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the single “Sweet Home Alabama.”
On this day in 1976 John Lennon ends his four-year struggle to stay in the US at a special government hearing granted him a green card (Number A-17-597-321).
On this day in 1983 Madonna releases her first album. The self-titled debut disc doesn't climb the charts and is panned by Rolling Stone (which calls her voice "irritating as hell"), but gets play in dance clubs, setting the stage for her breakout second offering Like A Virgin.
On this day in 1992 Michael Jackson sues the London tabloid Daily Mirror over claims that too many plastic surgeries had left him permanently disfigured.
On this day in 1994 Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.
On this day in 2002 John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, dies at the age of 57.