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Today in Rock: May 4

Peggy Santiglia
Peggy Santiglia/Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1944 and 2012.

On this day in 1944 Peggy Santiglia, future member of the singing group The Angels and Dusk, is born in Belleville, New Jersey. Also on this day Richie Furay future singer-songwriter for Buffalo Springfield and Poco is born in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

On this day in 1959 the very first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, California with Record of the Year going to Domenico Modugno's “Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)” and Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' “Tequila”, for some reason, takes home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance.

On this day in 1964 Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. (They would later change the name of the group to The Moody Blues.)

Neil Young and Devo
Neil Young and Devo Courtesy of TOO

Neil Young and Devo

On this day in 1970 the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of which weren't even protesting. (This event later memorialized in the Neil Young song “Ohio”, led to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were both on campus and horrified by the events.)

The Eagles, The Beatles and Lance Bass
The Eagles, The Beatles and Lance Bass Courtesy of TOO

The Eagles, The Beatles and Lance Bass

On this day in 1977 The Eagles' “Hotel California” hits number one in the US. Also on this day The Beatles release the LP The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl.

On this day in 1979 Lance Bass, future member of the boy band 'N Sync, is born in laurel, Mississippi.

David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Adam Yauch
David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Adam Yauch Courtesy of TOO

David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Adam Yauch

On this day in 1990 David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.

On this day in 2012 Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies at the age of 47.