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Today in Rock: March 19

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1946 and 2013.

On this day in 1946 Ruth Pointer future member of The Pointer Sisters is born in Oakland, California. Also on this day Paul Atkinson future guitarist for The Zombies is born in the UK.

On this day in 1955 Derek Longmuir future drummer of The Bay City Rollers is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On this day in 1958 Simon & Garfunkel--using the names Tom and Jerry--release their third single which is titled "Our Song".

On this day in 1964 The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who is the "Mr. Wilson" in their song “Taxman”, presents The Beatles with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Annual Show Business Awards.

On this day in 1975 Kiss releases Dressed to Kill.

On this day in 1976 Paul Kossoff, guitarist for Free, dies at the age of 25. Also on this day bassist Gary Thain of Uriah Heep dies at the age of 27.

On this day in 1982 while touring Florida Black Sabbath has a stopover for the night at a farm in Leesburg. During the night, a small aircraft pilot and friend of the band offers to take the members on flights. Guitarist Randy Rhodes is at first hesitant due to his fear of flying but later agrees to go on a short flight On a low pass over the tour bus the plane clips the tour bus and crashes in a fireball, killing all passengers and the pilot.

On this day in 2001 Aerosmith, The Flamingos, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen, Steely Dan, Ritchie Valens and Solomon Burke, and are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

On this day in 2013 Buddy McRae, last surviving member of the doo-wop group The Chords dies at the age of 79.


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