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Today in Rock: April 15

The Ohio Players
The Ohio Players
Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1940 and 2001.

On this day in 1940 Clarence Satchell, future musician for The Ohio Players, is born in the US.

On this day in 1962 Elvis Presley's song “Good Luck Charm” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1964 Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming their first movie, that it's been "a hard day's night." (John Lennon turns the phrase into a song and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to A Hard Day's Night.)

On this day in 1966 Samantha Fox is born in London, England. Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio working on the song “Rain.”

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio working on the song “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

The Beatles and Tony orlando and Dawn
The Beatles and Tony orlando and Dawn Courtesy of Capitol Records

The Beatles and Tony orlando and Dawn

On this day in 1971 The Beatles score their only Oscar, taking Best Original Song Score for their (now famous) film Let It Be.

On this day in 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn's “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” climbs to number one in the United States.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Stranglers
Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Stranglers Courtesy of TOO

Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Stranglers

On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd is honored before the Atlanta Braves home opener in a ceremony to honor the band for their live album One More From The Road, which was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. (The platter goes gold that same day.)

Also on this day The Stranglers' debut full length LP, Rattus Norvegicus, is released. (It spawns one of punk's all-time classics "Peaches" (and to this day remains a favorite in your rockin’ writer’s record collection).

Roy Orbison, Tone-Loc and Joey Ramone
Roy Orbison, Tone-Loc and Joey Ramone Courtesy of TOO

Roy Orbison, Tone-Loc and Joey Ramone

On this day in 1989 Roy Orbison's "You Got It" peaks at number 9 four months after he died of a heart attack. Also on this day Tone-Loc's debut disc Loc-ed After Dark hits number one in the US.

On this day in 2001 Joey Ramone of the Ramones dies at the age of 49.