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Today in Rock: March 13

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1939 and 2008.

On this day in 1939 future singer-songwriter/pianist Neil Sedaka is born in Brooklyn, New York.

On this day 1949 Donald York future actor and member of the singing group Sha Na Na is born in Boise, Idaho.

On this day 1959 an emergency plane landing in a field in South Bend, Indiana almost kills The Kingston Trio's band members.

On this day in 1961 actor/singer-songwriter Ricky Nelson records the song “Travelin' Man”.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles' “Eight Days a Week” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1968 The Byrds' platter Greatest Hits goes gold.

On this day in 1978 The Bee Gees' “Night Fever” hit number one in the US.

On this day in 1980 Pink Floyd's The Wall goes platinum.

On this day in 1992 Bad Religion puts out their sixth full-length studio album Generator. It’s there first album with drummer Bobby Schayer.

On this day in 1998 Rick Astley's “Never Gonna Give You Up” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2006 Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Sex Pistols refuse to attend and turn down the induction. (Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath is later almost unable to take his award back to the UK because airport security said it could have been used as a weapon. Ironically the band had NOT played "Paranoid" at that ceremony.)

On this day in 2008 SXSW (South By Southwest) features a rare performance from both R.E.M. and My Morning Jacket.

On this day—to date—no one in music history has died.


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