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Today in Rock: April 14

Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2010.

On this day in 1945 Ritchie Blackmore future guitarist for Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore's Night is born in Weston-super-Mare, England.

On this day in 1959 The Fleetwoods's “Come Softly To Me” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1962 The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time after one of the Stones’ concerts in Richmond, England.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles record their song “Paperback Writer."

On this day in 1969 Martyn Le Noble future for bassist for Porno For Pyros is born in Vlaardingen, Netherlands.

On this day in 1974 The platter MFSB featuring The Three Degrees' TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) hit number one in the US.

On this day in 1975 former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood is announced as the replacement for Rolling Stones Mick Taylor.

Stevie Wonder, Blondie and Bruce Springsteen
Stevie Wonder, Blondie and Bruce Springsteen Courtesy of TOO

Stevie Wonder, Blondie and Bruce Springsteen

On this day in 1976 Stevie Wonder renews his Motown contract for $13 million in a 7 year deal. It's the largest recording contract in history at the time.

On this day in 1980 Blondie’s “Call Me” hits number one in the US. Also on this day a New Jersey State assemblyman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's “Born To Run” the official state song of New Jersey.

Tom Petty and Clutch
Tom Petty and Clutch Courtesy of TOO

Tom Petty and Clutch

On this day in 1989 Tom Petty releases Full Moon Fever, which is credited just to him despite the fact that members of The Heartbreakers play on it.

On this day in 1998 Clutch's third full-length album, The Elephant Riders, is issued, spawning such classics as the title track, "The Soapmakers," "The Yeti," and "The Dragonfly."

George Harrison's star and Mississippi Slim
George Harrison's star and Mississippi Slim Courtesy of TOO

George Harrison's star and Mississippi Slim

On this day in 2009 Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Olivia Harrison and Dhani Harrison hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles to take part in the ceremony honoring George Harrison with his very own star in Hollywood.

On this day in 2010 blues musician Mississippi Slim dies at the age of 66.