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Today in Rock: April 11

Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up"
Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up"
Courtesy of RCA

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1957 and 2011.

On this day in 1957 Elvis Presley's “All Shook Up” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1958 Stuart Adamson, future guitarist and vocalist for Big Country, is born in Manchester, England.

On this day in 1961 Doug Hopkins, future guitarist and songwriter for The Gin Blossoms is born in Tempe, Arizona.

Also on this day Bob Dylan plays for the first time at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York where he opens for John Lee Hooker and plays a new tune titled “Blowin' In The Wind.”

On this day in 1964 The Beatles set a new record when 14 of the Top 100 songs on the US charts are theirs. “Can't Buy Me Love” is number one and “Love Me Do” is their lowest at number 81.

New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London, England
New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London, England Courtesy of NME

New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London, England

On this day in 1965 at the annual New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London, England the audience is treated to performances by such now legendary acts as: The Beatles, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, Them,  The Seekers, Donovan, Herman’s Hermits and Cilla Black.

The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac
The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac Courtesy of Capitol Records

The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac

On this day in 1970 The Beatles song "Let It Be" hits number one in the US (for the first of two weeks). 

Also on this day Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green announces he is officially leaving the group to devote himself to "What God would have me do."

Dave Mustaine, Elton John and Michael Jackson
Dave Mustaine, Elton John and Michael Jackson Courtesy of TOO

Dave Mustaine, Elton John and Michael Jackson

On this day in 1983 future founder of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, is fired as the guitarist for Metallica. Mustaine is kicked out of the band because of his drug and alcohol addictions.

On this day in 1990 Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, an 18-year-old got AIDS from a blood transfusion. Michael Jackson also attends the funeral (and later dedicates the song “Gone Too Soon” to White).

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Lacy Gibson
Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Lacy Gibson Courtesy of Rolling Stone

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Lacy Gibson

On this day in 1991 Ringo Starr guests on Fox-TV's “The Simpsons”.

On this day in 1997 Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London, England.

On this day in 2011 Chicago blues guitarist Lacy Gibson dies at the age of 74.