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Today in Rock: March 17

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2011.

On this day in 1944 John Sebastian, future singer/songwriter-guitarist for The Lovin' Spoonful, is born in New York City.

On this day in 1951 Scott Gorham, future guitarist for Thin Lizzy and Supertramp is born in Glendale, California.

On this day in 1958 The Coasters record their song "Yakety Yak".

On this day in 1967 Billy Corgan, future frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins is born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

On this day in 1968 The Rolling Stones’ own Mick Jagger joins a demonstration in London, England to protest the Vietnam War. The protesters, estimated at 25,000, march to the American embassy. Jagger goes home before the protest reaches the embassy but those who made it there were met by police and there is a riot. (The riot later inspires Jagger to write the song "Street Fighting Man."

On this day in 1984 Howard Jones' premiere platter Human's Lib is released in the UK (where it will soon rise to number one).

On this day in 1988 Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song "Dreams" is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs making it to number 6 in the UK.

On this day in 2005 Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

On this day in 2008 Heather Mills gets 23.7 million pounds (almost $47 million) in her divorce from Paul McCartney. McCartney only wanted to pay out about $32 million. She is roundly thrashed by the press.

On this day in 2011 Ferlin Husky dies at the age of 85.


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