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Today in Rock: July 6

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Today in Rock: July 6
Today in Rock: July 6
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Skip Battin
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2003.

On this day in 1944 future singer Jan Bradley is born in Byhalia, Mississippi.

On this day in 1953 future singer-songwriter/guitarist Nanci Griffith is born in Seguin, Texas.

On this day in 1954 WHBQ in Memphis becomes the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they give "That's Alright Mama" a spin.

On this day in 1957 Paul McCartney first meets John Lennon at a Liverpool church festival concert by John's group, the Quarrymen.

On this day in 1961 the first issue of Mersey Beat is published in England.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles' movie, A Hard Day's Night, premieres in London, England.

On this day in 1965 Marty Balin starts recruiting members for the band that will become Jefferson Airplane. Also on this day Jackie Wilson releases the record “Higher And Higher.”

On this day in 1966 Mike D'abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann. Also on this day Elvis Presley's Paradise Hawaiian Style movie opens nationwide.

On this day in 1967 Pink Floyd appear on the British TV show “Top Of The Pops” for the first time, performing "See Emily Play."

On this day in 1968 A piece of the animated Yellow Submarine film is screened in advance on BBC-TV's “Release.”

On this day in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono leave the hospital, after their car crash in Scotland. They return to England.

On this day in 1973 Queen releases the single “Keep Yourself Alive.”

On this day in 1975 50 Cent is born Curtis Jackson III in Queens, New York.

On this day in 2003 Skip Battin, bass player and vocalist for The Byrds, NRPS and the Flying Burrito Brothers dies at the age of 69.