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Today in Rock: March 31

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 1996.

On this day in 1944 Mick Ralphs future guitarist and songwriter for Mott The Hoople and Bad Company is born in Hereford, England.

On this day in 1949 RCA introduces the 45 rpm record which eventually becomes the format of choice for "singles."

On this day in 1955 Angus Young, future guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

On this day in 1958 Chuck Berry releases “Johnny B. Goode”.

On this day in 1962 The Shirelles release “Soldier Boy”.

On this day in 1967 At the Astoria Theatre in London, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar for the first time, and goes to the hospital after the show with minor burns.

On this day in 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in Vienna where they announce their "Bagism" project, giving the entire press conference from inside a white bag. Also on this day George Harrison and his wife, Pattie, appear in court in Surrey, England, to face recent charges of marijuana resin possession. Both are fined 250 pounds. Also on this day a short John Lennon movie titled Rape appears on Australian TV.

On this day in 1972 America's premiere platter America hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1973 Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker which announces: "Now Elton's A Teen Idol!"

On this day in 1992 Bruce Springsteen releases “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town”.

On this day in 1995 Tejano singer Selena dies after being shot by her former personal assistant and former fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 23.

On this day in 1996 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, singer-songwriter/guitarist for Gun Club, dies at the age of 37.

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