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Today in Rock: June 15

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Today in Rock: June 15
Today in Rock: June 15
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Roger LaVern, keyboardist for The Tornados
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1941 and 2009.

On this day in 1954 Terri Gibbs, future country music artist, is born in Miami, Florida.

On this day in 1961 The Beatles again play the Top Ten Club, 136 Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany.

On this day in 1965 Bob Dylan records the song “Like A Rolling Stone.” Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio recording takes of the song “It’s Only Love.”

On this day 1966 The Beatles release the platter Yesterday . . . and Today in the US with the original “butcher” cover. Finally, The Beatles’ Rubber Soul hits its 28th week in the UK Top 10.

On this day 1967 Peter Green leaves John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to form Fleetwood Mac. He hires Mick Fleetwood. (Oddly, it takes John McVie four months to leave The Bluesbreakers and join the band named after him.)

On this day 1971 The Best Of The Guess Who goes gold.

On this day 1989 The Offspring's self-titled debut album is released only on vinyl. (A CD and cassette reissue would not be released until 1995.)

On this day 1994 Disney releases The Lion King, an animated musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Elton John. The soundtrack was the first animated film soundtrack to ever to go Diamond. (However, the use of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in the film resulted in a lawsuit from the family of composer Solomon Linda seeking $1.6 million for the song's use.)

On this day in 1993 Paul McCartney closes out the American end of his “The New Worlds Tour” with a televised concert at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On this day 2013 Roger LaVern, keyboardist for The Tornados, dies at the age of 74.