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Today in Rock: April 24

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1947 and 2006.

On this day in 1947 Ann Kelly, future member of The Hues Corporation is born in Fairfield, Alabama.

On this day in 1963 Little Peggy March's “I Will Follow Him” hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1967 Patty Schemel, future drummer of Hole is born in Marysville, Washington.

On this day in 1968 the newly-formed Apple Records – the label founded by The Beatles – decides not to sign the relatively unknown singer David Bowie.

On this day in 1969 The Cowsills' "Hair" goes gold.

On this day in 1970 Ringo Starr releases Sentimental Journey.

On this day in 1972 John Lennon releases “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World.”

On this day in 1974 David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs with a cover painting of Bowie as half-dog, half-man by the Dutch artist Guy Peellaert.

Paul McCartney and Wings and John Lennon
Paul McCartney and Wings and John Lennon Courtesy of Capitol Records

Paul McCartney and Wings and John Lennon

On this day in 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings' platter At The Speed Of Sound hits number one in the US.  Also on this day in a take-off of then recent public offers, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels goes on air and offers The Beatles the whopping sum of $3,000 if they agree to reunite on the hits NBC-TV show.  Reportedly, it almost happens: McCartney, visiting Lennon in his New York apartment for what would turn out to be the last time, is watching the skit with him.  Both consider going across town to the studio live. However, they decide they're too tired.

Wilson Pickett and  Michael Jackson
Wilson Pickett and Michael Jackson Courtesy of TOO

Wilson Pickett and Michael Jackson

On this day in 1992 Wilson Pickett, hits 86-year-old Pepe Ruiz with his car, which has open beer and vodka bottles in it.  Also on this day The Cleveland Orchestra sues Michael Jackson for $7 million after it discovers Jackson used a portion of their recording of “Beethoven's Ninth Symphony” on his hit album Dangerous.

Jewel and Bonnie Owens
Jewel and Bonnie Owens Courtesy of TOO

Jewel and Bonnie Owens

On this day in 2002 pop singer-songwriter and guitarist Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray.

On this day in 2006 American country music singer Bonnie Owens dies at the age of 76.

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