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Today in Rock: March 18

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1941 and 2011.

On this day in 1941 future singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett is born in Reston, Virginia.

On this day in 1947 Barrie James “B.J.” Wilson, future drummer for Procol Harum is born in London, England.

On this day in 1960 The Everly Brothers, record the song “Cathy's Clown”.

On this day in 1967 Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract with EMI.

On this day in 1968 The Beatles release the US single “Lady Madonna"/”The Inner Light”.

On this day in 1972 Neil Young's “Heart Of Gold” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1976 The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie, opens in London, England. The motion picture is based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.

On this day in 1978 Cal Jam II takes place at the Ontario Motor Speedway outside of Los Angeles. It’s the largest festival of the late 1970s featuring such acts as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart. The Los Angeles Times reports that 700 of the 350,000 in attendance are treated for overdoses of Angel Dust.

On this day in 1994 Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones.

On this day in 2001 John Phillips singer-songwriter/guitarist of The Mamas And The Papas dies at the age of 65.

On this day in 2002 Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

On this day in 2011 Jet Harris bass player for The Shadows dies at the age of 71.


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