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Today in Rock: May 8

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Today in Rock: May 8
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Eddy Arnold
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1940 and 2008.

On this day in 1940 Toni Tennille, future singer for Captain & Tennille, is born in Montgomery, Alabama.

On this day in 1949 Vaughn Monroe's song “Riders in the Sky” hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1953 Alex Van Halen, future drummer of Van Halen, is born in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

On this day in 1964 Dave Rowntree, future musician for Blur, is born in Colchester, England.

On this day in 1965 the song "Count Me In" makes Gary Lewis and the Playboys the only American act in the Unites States Top-10. It is at number 2 under "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits. Also on this day Bob Dylan films one of the first music videos the now famous "flashcard" clip for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

On this day in 1970 The Beatles release their platter Let It Be.

On this day in 1972 Darren Hayes, future singer-songwriter for Savage Garden, is born in Queensland, Australia. Also on this day Billy Preston becomes the first rock star to headline at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

On this day in 1988 Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine's “Anything For You” hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1993 the comeback is complete, as Aerosmith's Get a Grip disc debuts at number one thus marking their first trip to the top of the album charts.

On this day in 2001 the road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was tossing M&M candies on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.

On this day in 2008 country music singer Eddy Arnold dies at the age of 89.