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Today in Rock: June 17

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 1999.

On this day in 1944 future jazz and rock guitarist Chris Spedding is born in Staveley, England.

On this day in 1954 The UK music newspaper Record Mirror goes to press for the first time.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles are in the studio working on “Act Naturally”, “Wait” and additional takes of “Yesterday.”

On this day in 1966 Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 mega-hit ballad "Mull Of Kintyre." Also on this day The Beatles continue to work on “Here, There And Everywhere” as well as the new song “Got To Get You Into My Life.”

On this day in 1968 Ohio Express' “Yummy Yummy Yummy” goes gold.

On this day in 1972 Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in March, 1973 at age 27. Also on this day The Rolling Stones' LP Exile On Main Street hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1977 Steve Winwood releases the LP Steve Winwood.

On this day in 1980 Led Zeppelin begin what would be their last tour with a concert in Dortmund, Germany.

On this day in 1984 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Duran Duran's “The Reflex.”

On this day in 1989 Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

On this day in 1999 English musician Screaming Lord Sutch dies at the age of 58.


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