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Today in Rock: May 1

Judy Collins
Judy Collins
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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1939 and 2006.

On this day in 1939 future singer-songwriter Judy Collins is born in Seattle, Washington.

On this day in 1946 Jerry Weiss future trumpet and flugelhorn player for Blood, Sweat & Tears is born in New York City.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles play their last ever concert (not counting their Apple Records rooftop appearance in 1969) in their native England when they perform a gig put on by the New Musical Express. Their last song is “I'm Down.”

On this day in 1968 D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown future bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins is born in South Haven, Michigan. Also on this day Paul McCartney and John Lennon watch Bill Haley play Royal Albert Hall in London.

On this day in 1973 Washington, DC mayor Walter Washington officially declares today Marvin Gaye day in the singer's hometown.

The Rolling Stones, Bachman Turner Overdrive  and Thin Lizzy
The Rolling Stones, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Thin Lizzy Courtesy of TOO

The Rolling Stones, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Thin Lizzy

On this day in 1975 The Rolling Stones kick off their tour by rolling down 5th Avenue in New York City playing "Brown Sugar" from the back of a flatbed truck. Ron Wood has joined the band, though not officially at this point.  Also on this day Bachman-Turner Overdrive begin their first UK tour at the Glasgow Apollo in Scotland.  They are supported by Thin Lizzy.

Elton John
Elton John Courtesy of TOO

Elton John

On this day in 1979 Elton John becomes the first Western rock star to ever play in Israel when he performs a concert in Jerusalem (as part of a tour that would also take him to Russia, where he becomes the first Western rock star to ever play there as well.)

Big Hawk and 1581 guitarists
Big Hawk and 1581 guitarists Courtesy of TOO

Big Hawk and 1581 guitarists

On this day in 2006 rapper Big Hawk of Screwed Up Click dies at the age of 36.  Also on this day Guinness certifies a new world record for most guitarists playing at the same time when 1,581 guitarists simultaneously perform the Jimi Hendrix version of the song "Hey Joe" in Wrocław, Poland.