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Today in Rock: April 28

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2005.

On this day in 1952 Kim Gordon, future musician and vocalist for Sonic Youth is born in Rochester, New York.

On this day in 1966 The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin'” hits number one in the United States. Also on this day The Beatles are in the recording studio working on “Eleanor Rigby.”

On this day in 1967 Gary Lewis and the Playboys' “This Diamond Ring” goes gold in the United States.

On this day in 1968 the musical Hair which includes the Hippie anthem, "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In", opens on Broadway in New York City.

On this day in 1973 Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1974 Grand Funk's song "Loco-motion" hits number one in the United States.

Blondie and Steve Currie
Blondie and Steve Currie Courtesy of TOO

Blondie and Steve Currie

On this day in 1979 Blondie's “Heart Of Glass” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1981 T. Rex bass player Steve Currie dies in a car accident four years after the group's lead singer Marc Bolan met his demise in a similar fashion.  He was 33.

The Verve and James Brown
The Verve and James Brown Courtesy of TOO

The Verve and James Brown

On this day in 1999 The Verve release a statement announcing their breakup.

On this day in 2000 James Brown Enterprises, which arranges tours for The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and memorabilia. (An employee is later charged with arson in connection with the incident.)

iTunes and Percy Heath
iTunes and Percy Heath Courtesy of Apple

iTunes and Percy Heath

On this day in 2003 Apple launches iTunes, (which becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them.)  The service was originally available only to Mac users and files were encoded.

On this day in 2005 American jazz bassist Percy Heath dies at the age of 1981.

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