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Today in Rock: April 10

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1947 and 2009.

On this day in 1947 Bunny Livingston, future singer-songwriter/percussionist of Bob Marley & The Wailers, is born in Jamaica.

On this day in 1958 Bobby Darin records the songs “Splish Splash” and "Queen Of The Hop".

On this day in 1962 Stu Sutcliffe first bassist for The Beatles dies at the age of 21.

On this day in 1970 The Beatles announce their breakup. It's a unanimous decision but Paul McCartney takes a majority of the heat in the press because he was the first to actually quit. Also on this day at one of the band's last concerts, in Boston, Doors frontman Jim Morrison asks the audience if they'd like to see something of his "that rhymes with 'sock,'" and then, more bluntly, screaming "Would you like to see my genitals?" The power in the stadium is switched off and keyboardist Ray Manzarek pulls Morrison, already facing similar charges from a Miami gig, off the stage.

"Houses Of The Holy", "Frampton Comes Alive!" and Madonna
"Houses Of The Holy", "Frampton Comes Alive!" and Madonna Courtesy of Swan Song

"Houses Of The Holy", "Frampton Comes Alive!" and Madonna

On this day in 1973 Led Zeppelin's now classic LP Houses Of The Holy goes gold.

On this day in 1976 Peter Frampton's now famous release Frampton Comes Alive! hits number one in the US. 

On this day in 1985 Madonna kicks off her first tour, the Virgin Tour, in Seattle, Washington.

Little Eva and Janet Jackson
Little Eva and Janet Jackson Courtesy of TOO

Little Eva and Janet Jackson

On this day in 2003 singer Little Eva dies at the age of 59.

On this day in 2004 two months after her now infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl, Janet Jackson hosts an episode of NBC’s  "Saturday Night Live"and is also the musical guest for the evening.

Johnny Cash, Barry Gibb and Rocky Hill
Johnny Cash, Barry Gibb and Rocky Hill Courtesy of TOO

Johnny Cash, Barry Gibb and Rocky Hill

On this day in 2007 the Hendersonville, Tennessee house once owned by Johnny Cash burns to the ground.  (It had been purchased after Cash's death by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, who planned to renovate it.)

On this day in 2009 blues guitarist/singer/bassist Rocky Hill dies at the age of 62.


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