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Today in Rock: May 11

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1941 and 2008.

On this day in 1941 Eric Burdon, future singer-songwriter of The Animals, is born in Newcastle, England.

On this day in 1957 The Everly Brothers make their stage debut in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.

On this day in 1964 Mary Wells' “My Guy” hits number one in the US. Also on this day in an early sign of their habit of disrupting authority, The Rolling Stones, are refused service for lunch at Bristol, England's Grand Hotel because they're not properly dressed in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express calls them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarks, "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch."

On this day in 1967 The Beatles are in the studio recording “Baby You're A Rich Man.”

On this day in 1970 The Beatles release “The Long and Winding Road”. Also on this day The Who release the platter Live At Leeds.

On this day in 1972 John Lennon goes on the "Dick Cavett Show" and states that the FBI is monitoring him. (It turns out he is correct.)

On this day in 1973 Stevie Wonder records the song “Higher Ground.”

On this day in 1985 Madonna's song “Crazy For You” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1986 The Monkees' platter The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees enters the charts.

On this day in 1989 the late, great Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison's widow. (Orbison actually enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1980s, but died on December 6, 1988.)

On this day in 2008 John Rutsey, drummer for Rush, dies at the age of 55.


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