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Today in Rock: September 4

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Kelly Clarkson
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2002.

On this day in 1952 Martin Chamber, future drummer for The Pretenders, is born in Hereford, England. Also on this day, Gladys Knight & The Pips form at a birthday party for her brother Bubba.

On this day in 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his second wife. (He marries his cousin Myra three months later, before it is final.)

On this day in 1964 The Animals make their U.S. concert debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles“Help!” hits its first week at number one on the Billboard singles chart. Also on this day while The Who shops for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

On this day in 1968 "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones is banned in Chicago and some other cities as local officials fear it will incite riots.

On this day in 1970 The Rolling Stones release the platter Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

On this day in 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon.

On this day in 1976 Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album hits number one a year after its release, knocking off Peter Frampton's live double album Frampton Comes Alive.

On this day in 1982 future singer Beyoncé Knowles is born in Houston, Texas. Also on this day Frank Zappa's single "Valley Girl" reaches number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This marks the sole time Zappa charted in the Top-40 in the US despite being an international hit abroad and producing a career total of 62 albums in his lifetime.

On this day in 2002 Kelly Clarkson beats Justin Guarini to become the first and perhaps only significant winner of "American Idol."