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Today in Rock: July 29

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Gene McDaniels
Gene McDaniels courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1953 and 2011.

On this day in 1953 Patty Scialfa, future member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is born in Deal, New Jersey.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles' second movie, Help! premieres in London at the Pavilion Theatre, with none other than the Queen attending.

On this day in 1966 future country music crooner Martina McBride is born in Sharon, Kansas. Also on this day a U.S. magazine targeted to teenagers called Datebook creates a controversy when they reprint some of John Lennon's interview 4 months earlier in the London Evening Standard, where Lennon said, "We're more popular than Jesus now." The American media jumps on the quote and turns it into a major story.

On this day in 1967 The Doors' “Light My Fire” hits number one.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles record “Hey Jude.”

On this day in 1970 The Rolling Stones' contract with Decca expires. The band leaves notorious manager Allen Klein and they deliver one final song to the label to fulfill its obligation, the famously unreleasable "C*cksucker Blues" (aka Schoolboy Blues).

On this day in 1972 Gilbert O'Sullivan's “Alone Again (Naturally)” hits number one.

On this day in 1978 The Village People's "Macho Man" enters the charts.

On this day in 1998 Miramax studios announces their purchase of the rights to The Beatles' 1964 film A Hard Day's Night, intending to remaster it in time for the film's 35th anniversary.

On this day in 2005 an anonymous bidder pays one million dollars for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' “All You Need Is Love” at the Hippodrome nightclub in London.

On this day in 2011 singer-songwriter Gene McDaniels dies at the age of 76.