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Today in Rock: May 9

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Today in Rock: May 9
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American blues harmonica player and singer Lester Butler
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1949 and 1998.

On this day in 1949 future singer-songwriter/pianist Billy Joel is born in Hicksville, New York.

On this day in 1961 The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, in Hamburg, Germany.

On this day in 1963 The Rolling Stones sign their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham's management company Impact, agreeing to license their UK music to the Decca label.

On this day in 1964 Chuck Berry makes his UK stage debut at London's Astoria Theatre, with The Animals, Nashville Teens, and The Swinging Blue Jeans opening for him. Also on this day The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” hits its 6th week in the Billboard Top 30.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles are in the recording studio working on “For No One”.

On this day in 1970 the Canadian band The Guess Who hits number one in America with "American Woman." Many listeners do not even realize the song is a condemnation of US foreign policy.

On this day in 1971 Paul McGuigan, future bassist for Oasis, is born in Bellshill, Scotland.

On this day in 1974 Bruce Springsteen gets a big career boost when he opens for Bonnie Raitt at her Boston Arena show. Playing his full two-hour set at Raitt's insistence—which is rare for an opening act—Springsteen is so impressive that Rolling Stone's Jon Landau writes in Boston's The Real Paper, "I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time."

On this day in 1998 American blues harmonica player and singer Lester Butler dies at the age of 38.

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