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Today in Rock: July 7

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1940 and 2006.

On this day in 1940 future Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr is born Richard Starkey in Dingle, Liverpool, England.

On this day in 1950 Johnny Cash joins the U.S. Air Force.

On this day in 1956 Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on the Grand Old Opry show in Nashville. Also on this day The Platters release the song "My Prayer."

On this day in 1962 David Rose's “The Stripper” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1963 future singer/pianist Vonda Shepard is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1968 The Yardbirds disband immediately after a gig in Luton, England. Jimmy Page begins forming what will become Led Zeppelin.

On this day in 1969 The Beatles release the song “Here Comes The Sun.’

On this day in 1973 Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles" hits number one in the US. Also on this day Paul McCartney and Wings release “Live And Let Die.”

On this day in 1975 The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is arrested in Arkansas for reckless driving and firearm possession.

On this day in 1989 compact discs outsell vinyl records for the first time.

On this day in 1993 Mia Zapata, lead singer of the Gits, is found dead—beaten, raped and strangled—at the age of 27.

On this day in 1998 Along with his financial partner Don Barden, Michael Jackson announces plans to build an entertainment complex in Detroit called "The Majestic Kingdom." It never materializes.

On this day in 2001 The Pointer Sisters' June Pointer completes her court-ordered rehab for cocaine.

On this day in 2006 Syd Barrett former and founding member of Pink Floyd dies at the age of 60.


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