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Today in Rock: May 31

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Today in Rock: May 31
Today in Rock: May 31All Images Courtesy of TOO unless otherwise indicated
Singer Johnnie Taylor
Singer Johnnie Taylor Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2000.

On this day in 1948 future Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

On this day in 1954 future singer/actress Vicki Sue Robinson is born in New York, New York.

On this day in 1956 Buddy Holly sees the John Wayne film, The Searchers which includes the line: "That'll be the day" in it inspires him to write a song with that title.

On this day in 1961 Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. Also on this day Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. (He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.)

On this day in 1968 while recording vocals for “Revolution”, John Lennon does some improvised ranting that will be included in the head-scratching “Revolution 9.”

On this day in 1971 Badfinger record the song “Day After Day.”

On this day in 1974 Gordon Lightfoot's LP Sundown goes gold in the US.

On this day in 1975 The Eagles release the single “One Of These Nights.”

On this day in 1976 The Who secures its place as the World's Loudest Rock Band with a 120-decibel, 76,000-watt blast of a performance at Charlton Athletic Grounds in London. The record would stand for nearly a decade.

On this day in 1979 Supertramp's Breakfast In America goes gold in the US.

On this day in 1987 Kim Wilde's song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2000 singer Johnnie Taylor dies at the age of 66.