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Today in Rock: June 2

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1954 and 2011.

On this day in 1954 Michael Steele, future bassist for The Bangles, is born in Pasadena, California.

On this day in 1964 the first U.S. Rolling Stones concert is held, at the Manning Bowl, a high school in Lynn, Massachusetts.

On this day in 1973 Paul McCartney's Red Rose Speedway hits the top of the album chart in the US and “My Love” begins a four week run as the number one 1 single on the US chart. Also on this day Electric Light Orchestra open their first US tour, a 40-date trek in San Diego, CA.

On this day in 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings set a new world record when they perform in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.

On this day in 1984 Wham!'s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” hits number one on the UK singles chart. Also on this day Aerosmith play at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American Back In The Saddle Tour.

On this day in 1985 Tears For Fears' “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” climbs to number one in the US.

On this day in 1989 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman secretly marries 19-year-old Mandy Smith - a marriage that would last 17 months. Wyman's 28-year-old son is the best man, and the other four Stones attend.

On this day in 2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors 1967 classic “Light My Fire” hits number one on the UK singles chart.

On this day in 2011 American jazz pianist and composer Ray Bryant of The Ray Bryant Combo dies at the age of 79.


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