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Today in Rock: April 30

Mimi Farina
Mimi Farina/Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2013.

On this day in 1945 future singer-songwriter/guitarist and activist Mimi Farina was born in York, PA.

On this day in 1957 Elvis Presley is in the studio recording “Jailhouse Rock” and "Young And Beautiful".

On this day in 1960 Fats Domino records "Walking To New Orleans".

On this day in 1964 The Beatles perform at The Odeon in Glasgow, Scotland.

On this day in 1965 Herman's Hermits make their US stage debut. The Zombies open for them. Also on this day The Kinks begin their first U.K. tour.

On this day in 1976 “Human rock stereotype” drummer Keith Moon of The Who adds to his legend when he pays 9 New York cab drivers $100 each to block both ends of a street so he can throw furniture out his hotel window.

The Steve Miller Band , Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd
The Steve Miller Band , Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd Courtesy of Mercury Records

The Steve Miller Band , Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd

On this day in 1977 The Steve Miller Band releases “Jet Airliner”.

On this day in 1983 Michael Jackson's “Beat It” beats out all other songs to top the US charts.

On this day in 1988 for the first time since its release 11 years prior, Pink Floyd's landmark platter Dark Side Of The Moon drops off the Billboard charts (only to return a few months later).

 Earl King, Paul McCartney,  Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson
Earl King, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson Courtesy of TOO

Earl King, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Michael Jackson

On this day in 2003 1960s soul icon Earl King is buried in his hometown of New Orleans with an authentic jazz funeral. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton both send their condolences.

On this day in 2004 Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, including extortion and false imprisonment.

Madonna, Roger Waters and Deanna Durbin
Madonna, Roger Waters and Deanna Durbin Courtesy of TOO

Madonna, Roger Waters and Deanna Durbin

On this day in 2006 Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.

On this day in 2008 at the Coachella festival, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters' giant inflatable pig escapes, roams the countryside and ultimately deflates.

On this day in 2013 Canadian singer and actress Deanna Durbin died at the age of 91.