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Today in Rock: July 4

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Today in Rock: July 4
Today in Rock: July 4
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Drake Levin
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2009.

On this day in 1948 Jeremy Spencer, future guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, is born in Hartlepool, England.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles accidentally snub Phillipine first lady Imelda Marcos, and her husband pulls their police protection. An angry mob attacks the Fab Four.

On this day in 1969 A performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival lands Grand Funk Railroad a record deal. Also on this day John Lennon releases the UK single “Give Peace A Chance” b/w “Remember Love”. It is acknowledged as the “first commercial Beatle solo single.”

On this day in 1974 The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show debuts on CBS (which would eventually include comedian George Carlin and singer/actress Suze Lanier-Bramlett as series regulars.)

On this day in 1984 Ringo Starr sits in with The Beach Boys during their Miami concert.

On this day in 1992 John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas receives a liver transplant in Los Angeles.

On this day in 1999 Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice of The Spice Girls, marries the soccer star David Beckham.

On this day in 2002 The man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison, Michael Abram, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the fury of George's widow, Olivia.

On this day in 2008 The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens Sweden where the group attends the screening, briefly reuniting Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog.

On this day in 2009 American businessman, talent agent, and record label executive Allen Klein and Drake Levin, lead guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders, die at ages 77 and 62 respectively.