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Today in Rock: March 4

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Today in Rock: March 4
Today in Rock: March 4
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2011.

On this day in 1948 future Yes bassist/background vocalist Chris Squire is born in England.

On this day in 1951 future singer-songwriter Chris (“Fool (If You Think It's Over)") Rea is born in England.

On this day in 1957 Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” is the number one 1 Billboard Pop Hit.

On this day in 1966 Beatle John Lennon is quoted in The London Evening Standard commenting: "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity." His remark goes largely unnoticed, but causes a big controversy when it’s reprinted in a US publication 4 months later.

On this day in 1967 musician Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. (Steve forms Traffic later that same year.) Also on this day The Rolling Stones“Ruby Tuesday” is the number one Billboard Pop Hit.

On this day in 1970 singer-songwriter Bob Dylan records the songs "Days Of '49", "Early Morning Rain"and "Wigwam".

On this day in 1976 Hall & Oates record the future hit “Rich Girl”.

On this day in 1986 singer and multi-instrumentalist for The Band, Richard Manuel, commits suicide at the age of 42.

On this day in 1993 400 hopeful wannabes audition for the singing group that will become known as The Spice Girls. They are given one minute each to sing, dance, and otherwise somehow impress producers at a studio in London, England.

On this day in 1996 The Beatles release The Real Love EP which includes "Real Love", "Baby's In Black", "Yellow Submarine" and "Here There And Everywhere".

On this day in 2001 Glenn (The Biker) Hughes of the singing group the Village People dies at age 50.

On this day in 2011 American singer Johnny (“Running Bear”) Preston dies at age 71.