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Today in Rock: April 20

Craig Frost
Craig Frost
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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2012.

On this day in 1948 Craig Frost, future keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, is born in Flint, Michigan.

On this day in 1961 Del Shannon's “Runaway” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles are in the studio recording “Only a Northern Song”.

On this day in 1968 Deep Purple make their stage debut at the Vestpoppen, in Kastrup, Denmark. Also on this day The Rolling Stones record “Jumpin' Jack Flash”.

On this day in 1970 The New York Times reports that Catholic and Protestant youth groups are adopting The Beatles' "yellow submarine" image, from the song and movie of the same name, as a symbol of their faith. Also on this day in Elvis Presley records "The Wonder Of You".

Mikey Welsh and George Harrison
Mikey Welsh and George Harrison Courtesy of TOO

Mikey Welsh and George Harrison

On this day in 1971 Mikey Welsh, future bassist of Weezer is born in Syracuse, New York.

On this day in 1976 George Harrison, who is buddies with Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy troupe's show at New York's City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison joins the chorus for "The Lumberjack Song." No mention is made of Harrison's appearance and most don’t even notice.

Ozzy Osbourne and Ol' Dirty Bastard
Ozzy Osbourne and Ol' Dirty Bastard Courtesy of TOO

Ozzy Osbourne and Ol' Dirty Bastard

On this day in 1987 Rhode Island police arrest a teen accused of biting the head off a gerbil in tribute to his hero, Ozzy Osbourne.

On this day in 2001 Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard pleads guilty in a Queens, N.Y. courtroom to criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).

Layne Staley and Gerard Smith
Layne Staley and Gerard Smith Courtesy of TOO

Layne Staley and Gerard Smith

On this day in 2002 the body of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley is discovered by police in Staley’s north Seattle apartment. The cause of death is determined to be a drug overdose approximately two weeks earlier.

On this day in 2011 musician Gerard Smith of TV on the Radio dies at the age of 36.