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Today in Rock: April 17

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2008.

On this day in 1943 Roy Estrada future bassist and background vocalist for Captain Beefheart, Mothers of Invention and Little Feat is born in Santa Ana, California.

On this day in 1955 Pete Shelley singer and guitarist for the Buzzcocks is born in Lancashire, England.

On this day in 1960 "Summertime Blues" singer Eddie Cochran dies in England when the taxi he is riding in crashes. He was only 21.

On this day in 1967 future singer-songwriter/guitarist Liz Phair is born in New Haven, Connecticut.

On this day in 1970 Johnny Cash performs for President Richard Nixon at the White House, playing his song "What Is Truth." Nixon requested a song called "Welfare Cadillac," which Cash politely declined to play. Also on this day Paul McCartney releases his premiere solo platter McCartney.

The Beatles, Three Dog Night and Victoria Adams
The Beatles, Three Dog Night and Victoria Adams Courtesy of TOO

The Beatles, Three Dog Night and Victoria Adams

On this day in 1971 each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart.  Also on this day Three Dog Night's “Joy To The World” hits number one in the US. 

On this day in 1974 Victoria Adams, future member of The Spice Girls, is born in Harlow, England.

Amii Stewart, Bob Marley and Susanna Hoffs
Amii Stewart, Bob Marley and Susanna Hoffs Courtesy of TOO

Amii Stewart, Bob Marley and Susanna Hoffs

On this day in 1979 Amii Stewart's song “Knock On Wood” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1980 Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.

On this day in 1993 Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles, California.

Leona Lewis and Danny Federici
Leona Lewis and Danny Federici Courtesy of TOO

Leona Lewis and Danny Federici

On this day in 2008 with her disc Spirit, Leona Lewis becomes the first British woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album.  Also on this day Danny Federici  organist/accordionist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band dies at the age of 58.


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