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Today in Rock: June 6

Today in music history:

Today in Rock: June 6
Today in Rock: June 6
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Billy Preston
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2006.

On this day in 1944 Peter Albin, future guitarist for Big Brother & the Holding Company, is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles record at Abbey Road for the first time, demoing three tunes they wrote themselves: “Love Me Do”, “Ask Me Why” and “P.S. I Love You.”

On this day in 1964 an anonymous ad taken out in six American music trade papers states: "In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"

On this day in 1966 The Beatles are in the studio recording “Eleanor Rigby.”

On this day in 1971 John Lennon makes his first stage appearance since 1969 when he and Yoko Ono jam with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East in New York. The show is recorded (and released as a bonus disc with the Lennon/Ono album Some Time In New York City.)

On this day in 1973 Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby" goes gold in the US.

From this day in 1976 onward the 1975 hit “Convoy” by C.W. McCall is frequently named “Song Of The Day” due to the lyrics: "It was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June".

On this day in 1990 The 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be becomes the first album declared legally obscene when Federal District Judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the album violates community obscenity standards in three south Florida counties: Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach. (The ruling sets off a censorship firestorm which drives sales of the album past 2 million copies.)

On this day in 2006 singer and musician Billy Preston dies at the age of 59.

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