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Today in Rock: June 16

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Today in Rock: June 16
Today in Rock: June 16
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John Christian Wolters, drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1946 and 1997.

On this day in 1946 Ian Matthews, future musician and songwriter for Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort, is born in Scunthorpe, England.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles perform at The Cavern with Tony Smith's Jazzmen.

On this day 1965 Herman's Hermits' “Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter” goes gold.

On this day 1967 the first Monterey International Pop Festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. It's the first of many rock festivals, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals among those performing. It’s considered by some to be the beginning of the "Summer of Love." Also on this day The Beatles appear on the front page of `Life' magazine.

On this day 1975 John Lennon sues US Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst for alleged harassment during his recent deportation investigation.

On this day 1979 Donna Summer's platter Bad Girls hits number one in the US.

On this day 1980 the movie The Blues Brothers, adapted from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's classic “SNL” skit, premieres in Chicago. (It will help re-establish the careers of its musical co-stars James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.)

On this day 1990 The Rolling Stones' “Paint It Black”, re-released in the Netherlands as a single, hits number one on the charts 24 years after its initial release.

On this day 1993 The USPS issues a series of commemorative stamps honoring early rock heroes Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.

On this day 1994 Kristen Pfaff, bassist for Hole, dies at the age of 27.

On this day 1997 John Christian Wolters, drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, dies at the age of 52.