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Today in Rock: May 6

Mary MacGregor
Mary MacGregor
Mary MacGregor / Courtesy of TOO

Today in music history:

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2009.

On this day in 1948 future vocalist Mary MacGregor is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

On this day in 1957 Chuck Berry records “Rock And Roll Music”

On this day in 1965 at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can't sleep because there's a guitar riff running through his head. He messes around with his new Gibson Fuzz Box amp, rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he's recorded the riff to “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.”

On this day in 1969 The Beatles are in the studio working on "You Never Give Me Your Money."

On this day in 1971 Ike and Tina Turner's “Proud Mary” goes gold.

On this day in 1972 Elton John releases the single “Rocket Man”.

Led Zeppelin and Melissa Etheridge
Led Zeppelin and Melissa Etheridge Courtesy of Sheri Lynn Behr

Led Zeppelin and Melissa Etheridge

On this day in 1977 Led Zeppelin break the record (which they already held) for single-act concert attendance (76,229) in Pontiac, Michigan.

On this day in 1995 Melissa Etheridge sets a record with back-to-back singles – “Come to My Window” and “I'm The Only One” – on Billboard’s Hot 100 for at least 40 weeks.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Courtesy of Kurt Shaffer

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On this day in 1997 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, where the Hall is located. (Most ceremonies are held in New York). Getting in are The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.

Audioslave and Donald "Ean" Evans
Audioslave and Donald "Ean" Evans Courtesy of TOO

Audioslave and Donald "Ean" Evans

On this day in 2005 Audioslave becomes the first United States rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana.

On this day in 2009 Donald "Ean" Evans bassist for the band Lynyrd Skynyrd dies at the age of 48.