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Today in Rock: March 2

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2008.

On this day in 1944 future solo artist and Velvet Underground guitarist and singer-songwriter Lou Reed is born.

On this day in 1950 future singer/drummer of The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter, is born in New Haven, Connecticut.

On this day in 1955 singer-songwriter/guitarist Bo Diddley is in the studio recording “Bo Diddley” and "I'm A Man".

On this day in 1962 John Francis Bongiovi—later to be known as Jon Bon Jovi lead singer for Bon Jovi—is born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

On this day in 1964 The BeatlesTwist And Shout” is released on the Tollie label initially created by Vee-Jay Records just for this record.

On this day in 1967 The Supremes are in the studio recording “Reflections” and “The Happening”.

On this day in 1974 Gladys Knight & The Pips garner a Grammy for "Neither One of Us" (Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus) and another one for “Midnight Train To Georgia” (Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Group).

On this day in 1989 Madonna's "Like A Prayer" officially becomes the first hit song to debut in a commercial when it’s used in a Pepsi commercial starring Madonna. The ad features Madonna watching her 8-year-old self at her birthday party. It aired in primetime around the world but would never be seen again because the following day her music video was released, and in it, she kisses a black man and rocks out before burning crosses which was too much for Pepsi. They dropped her although she was able to keep the remainder of the $5 million endorsement deal.

On this day in 1999 songstress Dusty Springfield dies at age 59.

On this day in 2008 (Norman) Jeff(rey) Healey the blind Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist, dies at age 41.

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