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Today in Rock: May 2

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Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1946 and 2001.

On this day in 1946 future songstress Lesley Gore is born in New York City, New York.

On this day in 1950 Lou Gramm, future lead singer and co-songwriter for Foreigner, is born in Rochester, New York.

On this day in 1954 Prescott Niles future bassist for The Knack is born in New York City, New York.

On this day in 1964 The BeatlesThe Beatles Second Album sets a record by reaching number one on the Billboard chart just one week after its release. For the first time in a year, The Beatles are bumped from the number one spot on the UK chart, by The Rolling Stones' debut album.

On this day in 1965 The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show after having earlier been banned from the show.

The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen
The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen Courtesy of Apple Records

The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio recording “Something”.

On this day in 1972 Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia Records’ John Hammond, who signed Bob Dylan. The planned 15-minute session runs 2 hours.  (The next day, Springsteen records a 14 song demo and signs with the label 5 weeks later).

Stevie Wonder, John Sebastian and Eric Clapton
Stevie Wonder, John Sebastian and Eric Clapton Courtesy of TOO

Stevie Wonder, John Sebastian and Eric Clapton

On this day in 1974 Stevie Wonder garners fan impressive our Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Innervisions.

On this day in 1976 John Sebastian's track “Welcome Back” hits number one in the United States.

On this day in 1977 Eric Clapton records the now classic cut “Wonderful Tonight.”

Michael Jackson and Billy Higgins
Michael Jackson and Billy Higgins Courtesy of TOO

Michael Jackson and Billy Higgins

On this day in 1989 Michael Jackson, wearing a wig and fake moustache, walks into a Zales jewelry store in Simi Valley, California. Security finds him suspicious and calls the police, who arrive and explain that you shouldn't wear a disguise to a jewelry store.

On this day in 2001 jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies at the age of 64.

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