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Today in Rock: September 1

Today in music history:

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Joe Kelley
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2013.

On this day in 1942 future pop singer Diane Ray is born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

On this day in 1956 Jerry Lee Lewis, then only nineteen years old, goes to Memphis to audition for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Phillips is vacationing in Florida, so Jerry Lee records a few songs for him to hear when he returns.

On this day in 1957 Gloria Estefan, future lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine, is born in Havana, Cuba. Also on this day a young Jimi Hendrix catches Elvis Presley's performance at Seattle's Sicks Stadium.

On this day in 1965 James Brown introduces America to “Papa's Got A Brand New Bag”, his latest single, on the night’s episode of ABC-TV's Shindig!

On this day in 1967 A young guitarist named Boz Scaggs joins The Steve Miller Band, the blues band led by his childhood friend, Steve Miller. Also on this day The Beatles meet up at Paul McCartney's house in London to decide what to do following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. They decide to be their own managers, and McCartney takes the lead on most business decisions. (With many other responsibilities outside of music, things get tense and the group breaks up two years later.)

On this day in 1972 The O'Jays' “Back Stabbers” goes gold.

On this day in 1980 Fleetwood Mac ends a 9-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., California. Lindsey Buckingham announces that it will be the last Fleetwood Mac show for "a long time." He's right: the band doesn't play live again for over two years.

On this day in 2013 Joe Kelley, guitarist for Shadows of Knight, dies at the age of 67.

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