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Today in Rock: May 13

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2012.

On this day in 1943 future singer Mary Wells is born in Detroit, Michigan.

On this day in 1950 future singer-songwriter/musician Stevie Wonder (Stevland Morris) is born in Saginaw, Michigan.

On this day in 1966 The Rolling Stones release “Paint It Black”. Also on this day The Kinks record the song “Sunny Afternoon.”

On this day in 1967 Melanie Thornton, future vocalist for La Bouche, is born in Charleston, South Carolina.

On this day in 1970 Badfinger records the song “No Matter What”. Also on this day the World premiere of The Beatles’ motion picture Let It Be is held New York, New York.

On this day in 1977 Linda Ronstadt indirectly declines an offer placed in Hustler magazine, promising a million dollars to any of ten female celebrities (including her) willing to pose for a nude photo shoot.

On this day in 1985 Tipper Gore, wife of Tennessee senator Al Gore, forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) with 3 other politically-connected women after listening to the Prince song “Darling Nikki.” (The group pressures the RIAA to establish a music ratings system.)

On this day in 2004 in an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of Kiss states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming . . . they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil." After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.

On this day in 2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs dies at the age of 70.


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