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Today in Rock: May 10

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Today in Rock: May 10
Today in Rock: May 10
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Norma Zimmer
Norma Zimmer / Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1909 and 2011.

On this day in 1909 future country music singer and musician Maybelle Carter is born in Nickelsville, Virginia.

On this day in 1957 Sid Vicious, future bassist and lead singer for The Sex Pistols, is born in London, England.

On this day in 1960 Paul Hewson is born in Dublin. (He later shortens his nickname from Bono Vox to simply Bono and fronts the band U2.)

On this day in 1963 Beatle George Harrison recommends the Rolling Stones to Dick Rowe, of Decca A & R. Thus The Rolling Stones record their first single: a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On."

On this day in 1964 Dusty Springfield makes her U.S. television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles are shooting scenes for Help! in Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire. Also on this day The Rolling Stones are in the studio recording their platter Out of Our Heads.

On this day in 1974 The Who sell out Madison Square Garden in a then-record 8 hours. Also on this day Led Zeppelin officially launches their record label, Swan Song, with lavish parties in London and Los Angeles. Finally, Eric Clapton records his version of “I Shot The Sheriff”.

On this day in 1975 Apple Records officially dissolves.

On this day in 1985 The Go-Go’s announce their breakup, (which lasts until a reunion in 1990).

On this day in 1999 writer Shel Silverstein dies at the age of 68. The author of children’s books was also a top songwriter. He wrote “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash.

On this day in 2003 Madonna’s American Life hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2011 singer Norma Zimmer dies at the age of 87.