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Today in Rock: May 28

Today in music history:

Today in Rock: May 28
Today in Rock: May 28
All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Tony Ashton, keyboardist for Deep Purple
Tony Ashton, keyboardist for Deep Purple/Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 2001.

On this day in 1949 Wendy O. Williams, future lead singer of the Plasmatics is born in Webster, New York.

On this day in 1958 Buddy Holly receives his draft notice in Lubbock, Texas, but is refused induction because of his notoriously poor eyesight and also a stomach ulcer.

On this day in 1960 Elvis Presley visits Vegas, and his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the local media because they have a penchant for wearing long coats and dark glasses.

On this day in 1968 songstress Kylie Minogue is born in Melbourne, Australia. Also on this day Simon & Garfunkel's “Mrs. Robinson” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1970 The Beatles’ LP Let It Be goes gold in the US. Also on this day George Harrison begins recording All Things Must Pass.

On this day in 1977 Bruce Springsteen is finally free to record after a legal battle with his former manager Mike Appel that keeps him out of the studio for two years. Springsteen learns that it's not a good idea to sign a contract on the hood of a car.

On this day in 1983 Van Halen is paid $1 million to play the "US Festival" in San Bernardino, California. It's the biggest fee anyone has ever received for playing a single concert.

On this day in 1988 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gets married for the second time when he ties the knot with Teresa Barrick, in her hometown of Tulsa.

On this day in 1993 Paul McCartney plays in Boulder, Colorado as part of his The New World Tour.

On this day in 2001 Tony Ashton, keyboardist for Deep Purple, dies at the age of 55.

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