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Today in Rock: May 7

Today in music history:

Today in Rock: May 7
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John Walker of The Walker Brothers
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1956 and 2011.

On this day in 1956 Anne Dudley, future critically-acclaimed musician and member of The Art Of Noise, is born in Chatham, England.

On this day in 1967 The Supremes' “The Happening” hits number one in the United States. Also on this day Jimi Hendrix plays the Saville Theatre in London, with Brian Jones, Ringo Starr and members of The Moody Blues and The Beach Boys in attendance.

On this day in 1968 Reginald Dwight legally changes his name to Elton Hercules John.

On this day in 1969 The Who releases “Pinball Wizard”. The Beatles are in the studio doing stereo mixing for the recording then known as the Get Back LP. Also on this day The Beatles and Allen Klein negotiate with Joseph Lockwood an increase of the group royalties. EMI decides to halt negotiations until seeing what happens with the group businesses and NEMS's purchase by Triumph Investment.

On this day in 1973 George Harrison releases “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)”.

On this day in 1977 “Hotel California” becomes The Eagles' fourth number one single in the United States.

On this day in 1978 Yvonne Elliman's “If I Can't Have You” hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1992 after a gig in Tokyo, John Frusciante quits the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

On this day in 1998 Steve Perry officially leaves Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour.

On this day in 2002 The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York’s Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour. Also on this day Carole King guests on the WB Network's TV show “Gilmore Girls".

On this day in 2011 singer John Walker of The Walker Brothers dies at the age of 67.

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