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Today in Rock May 3

Mary Hopkin
Mary Hopkin
Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

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

On this day in 1950 future folk singer Mary Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, United Kingdom.

On this day in 1953 Bruce Hall, future bassist for REO Speedwagon, is born in Champaign, Illinois.

On this day in 1965 The Supremes release the Holland–Dozier–Holland song “Back in My Arms Again”.

On this day in 1967 The Beatles are in the studio working on “Magical Mystery Tour”. Also on this day Beach Boy Carl Wilson goes to court on draft evasion charges.

On this day in 1969 Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his bag. (He is later acquitted in court.)

On this day in 1971 Led Zeppelin play their (now famous) song “Four Sticks” for the first and only time in concert during a gig in Denmark.

Led Zeppelin, Chicago and Paul McCartney
Led Zeppelin, Chicago and Paul McCartney Courtesy of Swan Song

Led Zeppelin, Chicago and Paul McCartney

On this day in 1971 Led Zeppelin launches its Swan Song label.

On this day in 1975 Chicago's platter Chicago VIII hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1976 Paul McCartney opens his first tour with his new band  (Wings) as the hugely successful Wings Over America tour begins in Ft. Worth, Texas.

ZZ Top, The Offspring and Doug Firley
ZZ Top, The Offspring and Doug Firley Courtesy of TOO

ZZ Top, The Offspring and Doug Firley

On this day in 1991 Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declares today “ZZ Top Day” in the Lone Star State.  (Some sources indicate it being celebrated on the following day.  In truth it might have to do with the day of the week,)

On this day in 2000 The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough disc Smash goes platinum for the sixth time.

On this day in 2002 Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, breaking the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Black-Eyed Peas and Odell Brown
Black-Eyed Peas and Odell Brown Courtesy of TOO

Black-Eyed Peas and Odell Brown

On this day in 2010 Nielsen SoundScan officially announces that the Black-Eyed Peas’ song "I Gotta Feelin'" has reached 5,561,000 downloads. (This meant it became the best-selling digital song of all time, surpassing Flo-Rida's "Low".)

On this day in 2011 Odell Brown, Marvin Gaye's organist and collaborator, dies at the age of 70.