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Today in Rock: May 21

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 1981.

On this day in 1944 future songstress Marcie Blane is born in Brooklyn, New York.

On this day in 1947 Bill Champlin, future singer-songwriter for Chicago, is born in Oakland, California.

On this day in 1955 Stan Lynch, future drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also on this day Chuck Berry records the song “Maybellene.”

On this day in 1961 Ernie K-Doe's song “Mother-in-Law” hits number one in the US. Also on this day The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany.

On this day in 1962 Dee Dee Sharp records the song "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)."

On this day in 1964 The Drifters continue to work on “Under The Boardwalk” after their lead singer, Rudy Lewis, is found dead. He is replaced by former member Johnny Moore. Also on this day The Beatles release the single “Sie Liebt Dich” b/w “I’ll Get You.”

On this day in 1968 Brian Jones, founder of The Rolling Stones, is arrested for a second time for marijuana possession.

On this day in 1972 the future rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher George Latore Wallace) is born in L.A., California.

On this day in 1973 Edgar Winter Group's “Frankenstein” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1979 Elton John officially becomes the first western act to tour the U.S.S.R. when he plays the first of eight concerts at a show in Leningrad.

On this day in 1980 : Joe Strummer of The Clash is arrested at a Hamburg, West Germany, gig after breaking his guitar over the head of an unruly audience member.

On this day in 1981 Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann’s, Jamaica.


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