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Today in Rock April 13

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2005.

On this day in 1944 Jack Casady, future bassist for Jefferson Airplane/Starship and Hot Tuna is born in Washington, D.C.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles begin their now legendary stint at the new Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. (Performing three to four hours a night for 48 days (with only one day off), the group racks up a total of 172 hours of performance.)

On this day in 1963 The Beach Boys release the song “Surfin' U.S.A.”

On this day in 1965 The Beatles score their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for “A Hard Day's Night.” (Record of the Year goes to "The Girl From Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.) Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio working on the song “Help!”

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey
The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey Courtesy of TOO

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Roger Daltrey

On this day in 1967 The Rolling Stones play their first-ever gig behind the "Iron Curtain" of Soviet countries with a performance in Warsaw, Poland.

On this day in 1970 (thanks to Led Zeppelin) the Montreal Forum has its first sell-out event.

On this day in 1973 Roger Daltrey releases his platter Daltrey.

Elton John, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen
Elton John, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen Courtesy of TOO

Elton John, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen

On this day in 1974 Elton John's “Bennie And The Jets” is number one in the U.S.  Paul McCartney and Wings' LP Band On The Run also hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1986 Prince & the Revolution's “Kiss” tops the charts in the US.

On this day in 1993 Bruce Springsteen releases the disc In Concert / MTV Unplugged.

Billy Joel, Burl Ives and Johnnie Johnson
Billy Joel, Burl Ives and Johnnie Johnson Courtesy of TOO

Billy Joel, Burl Ives and Johnnie Johnson

On this day in 1994 after nine years of a very public marriage, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announce they have separated.

On this day in 1995 legendary actor/singer-songwriter Burl Ives dies at the age of 85.  (Note several sources the actual date of his death as April 14.)

On this day in 2005 American pianist and blues musician Johnnie Johnson dies at the age of 80.

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