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Today in Rock: May 26

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Today in Rock: May 26
Today in Rock: May 26All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician Desmond Dekker
Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician Desmond DekkerJamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician Desmond Dekker/Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2006.

On this day in 1948 future Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks is born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in California.

On this day in 1953 Elvis Presley hitchhikes to the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Show in Meridian, Mississippi and wins second prize in the talent competition there.

On this day in 1958 Jerry Lee Lewis suffers the fallout from his engagement to his cousin Myra when he is booed off the stage in England. (His British tour ends the next night.)

On this day in 1969 Still on their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono check in to room 1742 in Montreal's Hotel La Reine, where they start their second week-long Bed-In for Peace. During this week, they write “Give Peace A Chance” with Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory.

On this day in 1971 Don McLean records the song “American Pie.”

On this day in 1972 Mott The Hoople, on the verge of breaking up, are offered help from David Bowie, who allows them to record two songs he wrote. They pass on "Suffragette City" but cut "All The Young Dudes," (which becomes their biggest hit and revives their career).

On this day in 1973 The Beatles' double platter The Beatles 1967-1970 hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1977 rock sensations and serial marketers Kiss provide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book.

On this day in 1980 Lipps, Inc.'s “Funkytown” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1993 Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Chicago.

On this day in 2006 Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician Desmond Dekker dies at the age of 64.