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Today in Rock: June 22

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Today in Rock: June 22
Today in Rock: June 22
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Nick Holt, bassist for The Teardrops
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1953 and 2009.

On this day in 1953 future singer-songwriter Cindy Lauper is born in Astoria, New York.

On this day in 1957 The Quarry Men play in Rosebery Street - their first appearance in public - in an "Empire Day"celebration.

On this day in 1961 Elvis Presley's Wild In The Country movie opens nationally. Also on this day The Beatles back Tony Sheridan on several recordings made at the Frederich-Eberts-Halle studio in Hamburg, Germany. .

On this day in 1963 The Surfaris release the single “Wipe Out.”

On this day in 1966 The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” hits number one in the UK.

On this day in 1967 The Young Rascals record “How Can I Be Sure?”

On this day in 1968 the first U.S. concert by the Jeff Beck Group (with Rod Stewart as lead singer) is held, in New York. Also on this day Mason Williams releases “Classical Gas.”

On this day in 1981 Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon six months earlier and is sentenced to 20 years-to-life in prison.

On this day in 1990 Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to play at Yankee Stadium when he performs at the first of two sellout shows.

On this day in 1991 N.W.A.'s second and final studio album Niggaz4life (also known as Efil4zaggin), which had already debuted at number 2 in its first week, becomes a number one album on the Billboard 200 chart.

On this day in 2009 Nick Holt, bassist for The Teardrops, dies at the age of 69. Also on this day Chris Brown pleads guilty to the charges for beating Rihanna on February 7, 2009, the night before the Grammy awards. He and Rihanna, who had been dating, were in Los Angeles for the event.