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Today in Rock: May 20

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Today in Rock: May 20
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors/Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1958 and 2013.

On this day in 1958 Jane Wiedlin, future rhythm guitarist of the Go-Go's, is born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

On this day in 1960 Susan Cowsill, future vocalist for The Cowsills, is born in Canton, Ohio.

On this day in 1964 The Drifters lead singer Rudy Lewis is found dead on the morning when the group is booked to record "Under The Boardwalk." He is replaced by Johnny Moore, who was with a previous incarnation of the group, and sings lead on the song the following day. Lewis' death is widely reported as a drug overdose, although this is never confirmed.

On this day in 1966 Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band play their first gig at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles premiere Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on BBC radio, where they talk about making the now classic platter. The song “A Day In The Life” is skipped, as the BBC banned it for drug references. They believed the line "I'd love to turn you on" could promote drug use.

On this day in 1970 George Harrison meets producer Phil Spector at Abbey Road Studios to play demos of the songs which will appear on his debut album, All Things Must Pass.

On this day in 1977 the stage show “Beatlemania” opens at the Winter Garden Theater, New York.

On this day in 1978 Paul McCartney and Wings' “With A Little Luck” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1989 Eazy-E's solo debut album Eazy-Duz-It, which was released eight months earlier, debuts at number 41 on the Billboard 200 chart.

On this day in 2013 Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, dies at the age of 74.

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