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Today in Rock: June 8

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1953 and 2012.

On this day in 1953 future singer and songwriter Bonnie Tyler is born in Skewen, Wales.

On this day in 1959 The Clovers record the song “Love Potion #9.”

On this day in 1970 Nicci Gilbert, future member of Brownstone, is born in Detroit, Michigan.

On this day in 1974 Paul McCartney and Wings' single “Band On The Run” slots in at number one in the US. Also on this day Bill Wyman releases the platter Monkey Grip.

On this day in 1983 Ringo Starr’s album Old Wave is released in Canada, Japan and South America.

On this day in 1984 Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.

On this day in 1990 Two days after a federal court declares the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be legally obscene, Charles Freeman, the owner of a record store in Ft. Lauderdale, is arrested for selling the album by six Broward county sheriff's deputies who are working undercover. (He is later found guilty of selling obscene material and fined $1000. Police may have had motive for targeting Freeman, as he was later arrested for selling cocaine.)

On this day in 1996 Jars of Clay hits number 37 with "Flood" - the first Top 40 hit for a Contemporary Christian band in the Alternative Rock era. (Over the next few years, a steady stream of Christian Rock bands would cross over, led by Creed.)

On this day in 2004 Bad Religion release their thirteenth full-length studio album The Empire Strikes First.

On this day in 2012 blues man Nat Reese dies at the age of 88.

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