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Today in Rock: July 2

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Today in Rock: July 2
Today in Rock: July 2
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"The Wall"
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 2005.

On this day in 1949 Roy "The Professor" Brittan, future keyboardist for the E Street Band, is born in Queens, New York.

On this day in 1956 Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” and “Don't Be Cruel.”.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles are in the studio recording/overdubbing “Good Night.”

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio recording takes of “Her Majesty” and “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight”.

On this day in 1970 emcee and radio personality Monie Love is born in London, England.

On this day in 1973 Brian Eno quits Roxy Music over a spat with lead singer Bryan Ferry.

On this day in 1980 Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bob Weir are arrested and charged with inciting a riot at San Diego Sports Arena to break up a drug bust. Also on this day, Sheena Easton is featured on the BBC show “The Big Time”, which follows regular people trying to achieve their dreams. With visions of stardom as a singer, she is seen auditioning for EMI, who are suitably impressed and sign her to a deal.

On this day in 1981 Bruce Springsteen plays the first of 6 sold out shows at the new Byrne Arena in New Jersey. His average show lasts 28 songs.

On this day in 1983 future singer-songwriter/guitarist Michelle Branch is born in Phoenix, Arizona.

On this day in 1988 Michael Jackson's “Dirty Diana” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2001 Liverpool renames its airport after native son John Lennon.

On this day in 2005 Pink Floyd plays “Comfortably Numb” at the Live 8 London concert, reforming with band members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright.

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