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Today in Rock: May 22

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1950 and 2011.

On this day in 1950 Elton John’s future songwriting partner Bernie Taupin is born in Sleaford, England.

On this day in 1954 Bob Dylan is bar mitzvahed in Hibbing, Minnesota.

On this day in 1955 Bridgeport, Connecticut police cancel a dance featuring Fats Domino, fearing a riot when they discover that "rock and roll dances might be featured."

On this day in 1957 Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones record the song "Black Slacks."

On this day in 1958 arriving in England for a tour, Jerry Lee Lewis tells the world he’s married his 13-year-old cousin Myra.

On this day in 1959 future singer Morrissey is born in greater Manchester, England.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles are in the studio overdubbing “You Can't Do That”.

On this day in 1965 “Ticket To Ride” becomes The Beatles' eighth number one US single.

On this day in 1966 Percy Sledge's “When A Man Loves A Woman” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1967 Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with The Supremes, on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show."

On this day in 1968 Cream's Disraeli Gears goes gold. Also on this day John Lennon declares that the Vietnam War is matter of insane people in an interview screened in the US.

On this day in 1971 The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album, with a working zipper on the cover, hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1972 The Guess Who are working on the Live At The Paramount platter in Seattle, Washington.

On this day in 2006 Mary Wilson of The Supremes has heart bypass surgery.

On this day in 2011 American screenwriter, director, producer, and composer Joseph Brooks commits suicide at the age of 73.


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