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Today in Rock: May 27

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2011.

On this day in 1943 future singer/actress/entertainer Cilla Black is born in Liverpool, England.

On this day in 1957 Siouxsie Sioux future lead singer for Siouxsie and the Banshees, is born in Southwark, England.

On this day in 1963 The Beatles release “From Me to You” in the US.

On this day in 1966 The Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, featuring The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention, plays its first gig on the West Coast at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.

On this day in 1972 The Chi-Lites' “Oh Girl” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1977 The Sex Pistols' “God Save The Queen” is released, selling about 150,000 copies in week despite reportedly being banned on BBC's Radio 1 and declined by some record stores.

On this day in 1979 in the main newspapers of New York, London and Tokyo John Lennon and Yoko Ono publish an open letter entitled “A love letter from John and Yoko to people who ask us what, when and why.”

On this day in 1994 following a 14 year hiatus, The Eagles reunite for a show in Burbank, California, closing the gig with “Desperado.” (They will soon launch their "Hell Freezes Over" tour, which becomes the first tour to charge more than $100 for a substantial number of tickets.)

On this day in 1995 Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish becomes the number one album about 10 months after it was first released.

On this day in 2006 for the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a number one album on The Billboard 200 with the two-disc set Stadium Arcadium.

On this day in 2011 American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron dies at the age of 62.


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