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Today in Rock: April 29

April Stevens
April Stevens
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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1936 and 1993.

On this day in 1936 future songstress April Stevens is born in Niagara Falls, New York. (She was not born on the 23rd of this month as some sources indicate.)

On this day in 1959 Ronnie Hawkins records the song "Mary Lou".

On this day in 1961 The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany.

On this day in 1967 a 14-hour jam at London's Alexandra Palace features such acts as Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, Pretty Things and Soft Machine.

On this day in 1968 future TV host and Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson is born in Los Angeles, CA.

On this day in 1970 as he announces his first solo album, former Beatle George Harrison predicts that The Beatles will reunite. Also on this day rapper and actor Master P is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

John and Yoko and Bruce Springsteen
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John and Yoko and Bruce Springsteen

On this day in 1972 John Lindsay, New York governor, asks the federal authorities permission for John and Yoko's permanent residence in the US and the deportation process to be cancelled.

On this day in 1976 Bruce Springsteen, fresh from a Memphis concert, attempts to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate trying to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards who tell him the King isn’t even home.

Black Sabbath and Freddie Mercury
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Black Sabbath and Freddie Mercury

On this day in 1980 Black Sabbath head out on their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as lead vocalist, replacing Ozzy Osbourne.
On this day in 1985 Freddie Mercury of Queen releases his solo album Mr. Bad Guy. Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.

Paula Abdul, Mick Ronson and Barry White
Paula Abdul, Mick Ronson and Barry White Courtesy of TOO

Paula Abdul, Mick Ronson and Barry White

On this day in 1992 singer Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in what is (at the time) an A-list union.

On this day in On this day in 1993 Mick Ronson, a guitarist best known for his work with David Bowie, dies of cancer at age 46. Also on this day Barry White guests on Fox-TV's "The Simpsons."