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Today in Rock: June 3

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1950 and 2011.

On this day in 1950 future singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit, Michigan.

On this day in 1951 vocalist Deniece Williams is born in Gary, Indiana.

On this day in 1964 during a photo shoot for The Saturday Evening Post, an exhausted Ringo Starr collapses and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis. Jimmy Nicol replaces him on the Beatles tour.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles are in the studio working on “I Want To Tell You.” Also on this day "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day," as Billie Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge, according to the Bobbie Gentry song, "Ode To Billie Joe."

On this day in 1968 Samantha Sprackling, future lead singer of Republica, is born in Ibadan, Nigeria.

On this day in 1970 Jimi Hendrix' platter Band Of Gypsies goes gold in the US. Also on this day with the BBC refusing to air The Kinks new single "Lola" because of its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being an issue the BBC), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."

On this day in 1972 Jethro Tull's LP Thick As A Brick hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1989 Michael Damian's “Rock On” climbs to number one on the US singles chart.

On this day in 2002 Paul McCartney and Aretha Franklin are the performers at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrating the 50th year of her reign.

On this day in 2011 American singer, songwriter, musician Andrew Gold dies at the age of 59.


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