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Today in Rock: May 14

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Today in Rock: May 14
Today in Rock: May 14
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Jimmy Martin
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2011.

On this day in 1952 David Byrne future singer/musician and founder of Talking Heads is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.

On this day in 1966 for the record ninth time in three years, The Kingsmen's hit version of “Louie Louie” enters the Billboard singles charts.

On this day in 1968 John Lennon and Paul McCartney go on “The Tonight Show” to announce the formation of Apple Records. Sadly, Johnny Carson is on vacation and the guest host is the sportscaster Joe Garagiola, who has no idea what to talk about.

On this day in 1973 Natalie Appleton, future member of All Saints, is born in Mississauga, Canada. Also on this day future R&B/Pop-Rock singer-songwriter Shanice is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Finally on this day Stevie Wonder's song “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1985 President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a special Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House for his work against drunk driving.

On this day in 1988 Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden, including appearances from numerous famous artists on the label's roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis and the event's main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, with John Bonham's son Jason sitting in on drums for his late father.

On this day in 1998 George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.

On this day in 2005 The “King of Bluegrass” bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin dies at the age of 77.