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Today in Rock: July 9

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Today in Rock: July 9
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Singer Kay Kay Greenwade
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1954 and 2012.

On this day in 1954 Debbie Sledge, future member of Sister Sledge, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On this day in 1955 Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" becomes the first Rock song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (where it will remain for 8 weeks.) Originally released as the B-side of "Thirteen Women", it became a hit after it appeared in the movie Blackboard Jungle.

On this day in 1964 Courtney Love, future singer-songwriter/musician for Hole, is born in San Francisco, California.

On this day in 1968 David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations after missing a show. The lead singer on their hits “My Girl” and “Ain't Too Proud To Beg”, Ruffin clashed with his bandmates and with Motown head Berry Gordy before he was fired.

On this day in 1969 John Lennon's “Give Peace A Chance” marks his solo debut on the U.K. charts. Also on this day The Beatles complete a version of “Maxwell's Silver Hammer.”

On this day in 1977 Alan O'Day's “Undercover Angel” hits number one in the US. Also on this day Elvis Costello quits his job at cosmetics factory to pursue a music career.

On this day in 1995 Grateful Dead's last concert is in Chicago's Soldier Field.

On this day in 1999 Elton John checks into London's Wellington hospital to have a pacemaker installed due to an irregular heartbeat. Also on this day Mick Jagger's common-law marriage to actress/supermodel Jerry Hall, conducted in Haiti back in 1990, is annulled.

On this day in 2003 Buzzcocks play Madison Square Garden for the first time ever in their career, opening for Pearl Jam.

On this day in 2012 singer Kay Kay Greenwade dies at the age of 56.