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Today in Rock: June 21

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Today in Rock: June 21
Today in Rock: June 21
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Blues guitarist/singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1929 and 2001.

On this day in 1929 future jazz vocalist Helen Merrill is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1945 Ray Davies, future musician, lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks, is born in London, England.

On this day in 1946 future singer/songwriter Brenda Holloway is born in Atascadero, California.

On this day in 1948 The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a "long-playing" vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.

On this day in 1958 Bobby Darin releases the single “Splish Splash.”

On this day in 1959 future Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea is born in South Charleston, West Virginia. Also on this day Marcy Levy is born in Detroit, Michigan. She co-wrote and sang on Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally," and using the name Marcella Detroit was a member of Shakespear's Sister.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles are in the studio recording the first takes of “She Said She Said.”

On this day in 1968 future English singer Sonique is born in Crouch End, London, England.

On this day in 1973 the band Bread, already having decided to break up, play their last live gig ever in Salt Lake City after one of its tour trucks flips over and destroys most of its gear.

On this day in 1989 John Lennon's 1956 four door Bentley S1 featuring a psychedelic paint job, purple leather interior, pink door-to-door carpeting, and purple/green paisley curtains is auctioned at Christie's.

On this day in 1990 Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."

On this day in 2001 blues guitarist/singer-songwriter John Lee Hooker dies at the age of 83.