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Today in Rock: April 19

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1942 and 2012.

On this day in 1942 Alan Price, future keyboardist for The Animals, is born in Fatfield, England.

On this day in 1947 Mark Volman, future guitarist and singer for The Turtles, Flo and Eddie and The Mothers of Invention is born in Los Angeles, California.

On this day in 1960 Elvis Presley's “Stuck on You” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles are in the studio overdubbing “Doctor Robert”.

On this day in 1968 George Harrison and John Lennon bail out of their meditation lessons with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi two weeks early; (later, all four Beatles publicly distance themselves from the Maharishi).

On this day in 1975 The Raspberries disband.

On this day in 1980 Brian Johnson replaces the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson's first album with the band is Back In Black.

Simon & Garfunkel, Madonna and The Beach Boys
Simon & Garfunkel, Madonna and The Beach Boys Courtesy of TOO

Simon & Garfunkel, Madonna and The Beach Boys

On this day in 1982 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a world tour (but split up again in the midst of it).

On this day in 1989 Madonna's “Like A Prayer” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1990 the TV movie, Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys airs on ABC.

Donna Summer and The Flaming Lips
Donna Summer and The Flaming Lips Courtesy of TOO

Donna Summer and The Flaming Lips

On this day in 2008 with "I'm A Fire”, Donna Summer becomes the first artist to have a song reach number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in every decade since the chart’s 1974 debut.

On this day in 2009 The Flaming Lips celebrate Earth Day with a performance on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Greg Ham of Men At Work
Greg Ham of Men At Work Courtesy of TOO

Greg Ham of Men At Work

On this day in 2012 Greg Ham, multi-instrumentalist with the band Men At Work, famous for playing the sax on "Overkill" and "Who Can It Be Now", and the flute on "Down Under", was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his home in Melbourne, Australia. He was 58 years old, and the cause of his death is still unknown.


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