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Today in Rock: April 12

John Kay of Steppenwolf
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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 1999.

On this day in 1944 John Kay, future frontman of Steppenwolf is born in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany, (now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia).

On this day in 1958 Will Sergeant future guitarist for Echo And The Bunnymen, is born in Melling, England.

On this day in 1964 Amy Ray future member of the Indigo Girls is born in Decatur, Georgia.

On this day in 1969 The Beatles’ now classic Yellow Submarine platter reaches its 13th week on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

On this day in 1971 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's LP Four Way Street goes gold.

On this day in 1975 Josephine Baker dies at the age of 68. Also on this date David Bowie retires, for the second time. Also on this day Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" hits number one in the United States.

Mickey Thomas and Sonny Bono
Mickey Thomas and Sonny Bono Courtesy of TOO

Mickey Thomas and Sonny Bono

On this day in 1979 Mickey Thomas, vocalist on the Elvin Bishop Band's 1975 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” becomes the new lead vocalist for Jefferson Starship.

On this day in 1988 Sonny Bono (formerly of Sonny & Cher) is elected mayor in his hometown of Palm Springs, California.

David Cassidy
David Cassidy Courtesy of TOO

David Cassidy

On this day in 1989 David Cassidy's comeback begins when Los Angeles radio station KLOS, to which the former Partridge Family singer is listening, wonder what happened to him. Before long, he's at the studio, performing three songs that land him a new record deal. (He was also born on this day in 1950.)

The Beatles asteroids and Sinead O'Connor
The Beatles asteroids and Sinead O'Connor Courtesy of TOO

The Beatles asteroids and Sinead O'Connor

On this day in 1990 The Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center, located at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, announces that four newly discovered asteroids, 4147-4150, will be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr. Also on this day Sinead O'Connor refuses to appear as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in protest of the guest host, comedian Andrew Dice Clay.

Don Henley and Boxcar Willie
Don Henley and Boxcar Willie Courtesy of TOO

Don Henley and Boxcar Willie

On this day in 1992 The Eagles' Don Henley leads 6,000 fans through Walden Woods in Massachusetts as part of a benefit walk to save the literally significant woods popularized by Henry Thoreau's work.

On this day in 1999 "old-time hobo" country singer Boxcar Willie dies at the age of 67.