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The Cars' main driver Ric Ocasek (second from left) is born. 1949
1950's  Elvis Presley auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He performs "Good Rockin' Tonight." The scouts pass on Elvis preferring Pat Boone. 1955
1960's   
The Beach Boys "Surfin' USA" peaks at #3 on the U.S. pop chart. The song is the second greatest Chuck Berry rip-off of all-time (The Beatles' "Come Together" is first). 1963

John Lennon publishes In His Own Write. The title was originally In His Own Write and Draw (since it also contains sketches). The book becomes an instant best-seller. 1964

Singer-songwriter Damon Albarn is born in Leytonstone, London. Though best known for fronting Blur, his resume also includes Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad And The Queen. 1968

Following The Doors' infamous Miami concert (with singer Jim Morrison facing numerous criminal charges) several conservative entertainers appear at the Rally For Decency In Miami. Jackie Gleason, the Lettermen and future gay basher Anita Bryant show up. A few days later President Nixon sends a letter of appreciation to the organizers. Guess you can't drop you pants in Miami anymore. 1969
1970's  Yoko Ono, who was born in Japan, gets permission to permanently stay in the U.S. She and hubby John Lennon went through extensive immigration hassles. 1973

Community service. The Band appears at the Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Proceeds go toward covering an education budget shortfall. 1975

A&M Records sign The Police. 1978

A little more than a year after their self-titled debut album, Van Halen issue their sophomore set, appropriately titled, "Van Halen II." It contains the singles "Dance The Night Away" and "Beautiful Girls." 1979
1980's  Billy Joel marries model Christy Brinkley. Brinkley inspires a couple Joel hits but she eventually dumps the crooner after nine years. 1985

Mick Jagger performs his first solo concert in Japan. The Stones had been banned due to their well documented drug use. 1988

1990's  Blur release "13." The album features "Swamp Song." 1999

2000's  The Vines roll out their "Winning Days" CD. 2004

On a more turbulent note, a 14-track "Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits" is out. Frontman Axl Rose did not sanction the track selection, which results in an online petition in protest. A suit filed by Rose and ex-bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan also fails to halt the album. 2004

The devil's in the details. Van Halen announces plans for a U.S. tour-but don`t have dates or venues, just a list of 11 cities they intend to visit. The group also fails to mention who the band's singer will be. David Lee Roth? Sammy Hagar? Or, god forbid, Gary Cherone? Hagar eventually gets the call. 2004

Lostprophets change the name of their new single from "Make A Move" to "Wake Up (Make A Move)." "That's what everybody called it and we are way too lazy to explain to people what song we are talking about," says frontman Ian Watkins. 2004

Crossfade launches their U.S. tour, with Strata opening most dates, in lovely Albany, GA. 2005

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello calls out numbers during the Rock-N-Roll Bingo charity event in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the South Central Farmers activist organization. 2006

Tough times for the paparazzi. Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty lashes out in a violent rampage as he leaves court after pleading guilty to seven charges of possessing heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis. He kicks reporters and knocks a photographer's camera. 2006

More trouble. A photographer files a complaint against Kid Rock. According to the charges, the shutter bug was beaten by Rock's bodyguards a day earlier as he attempted to take a picture of the musician outside a Los Angeles hotel. The accuser further alleges that Rock took his camera before leaving the scene with his entourage. 2006

30 Seconds To Mars' "From Yesterday" replaces Three Days Grace's "Pain" at the top of Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Meanwhile, "From Yesterday" sits just outside the Top 10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at #11. 2007

Sci-fi flick, The Last Mimzy, premieres with the song, "Hello (I Love You)," co-written by Ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore. Waters also sings and plays bass on the track. The song "captures the themes of the movie, the clash between humanity's best and worst instincts, and how a child's innocence can win the day," claims Waters. 2007

The Spectrum Dance Theater debuts Never-Mind, an interpretive dance program based on Nirvana's music. The world premiere is in Seattle (well, of course!). 2007

Stone Sour headline the Jagermeister Music Tour. "This has been something we have been looking forward to for a very long time," says singer Corey Taylor. "Having done this tour before (as a supporting act), I can honestly say it's like nothing I've ever experienced." The first show is in St. Paul, MN. 2007

Ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Eddie Money and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander participate in the Rock On Scramble & Jam benefit show in Fort Myers, FL. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes and the John Entwistle Foundation. 2007

Jackson Browne and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform at a benefit concert for L.A.'s Midnight Mission homeless shelter. The Malibu event is hosted by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. 2007

Paul McCartney joins the International Board of Advisors of the OneVoice campaign, which promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace. "(OneVoice representatives) told me that the vast majority of people in both societies are moderates and simply want a better life for their families," explains McCartney. "This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the (area's) troubles." 2009
2010's   
Metallica Rules! An Ask Billboard: Battle of The Rock Bands, Part 2 online survey picks Metallica over Guns N' Roses. Metallica wins by 16 million votes. 2010

During his Pittsburgh concert, Elton John pays tribute to late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" to her on the night of her passing. Taylor, like John, was active in raising awareness (and money) to combat AIDS and HIV. 2011

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has his letter to the editor supporting gay and lesbian marriage published in his hometown Belleville News-Democrat. "All laws of (Illinois) applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children," writes Tweedy, who urges his fellow citizens to back state's SB10 measure. 2013

The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The four-month show displays Bowie's stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, films, music videos and set designs. 2013

Gwar frontman David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is found dead at his home in Virginia. Months later, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office concludes that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was 50 years old. 2014

Metallica's '86 album "Master Of Puppets" is among 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the U.S. Library Of Congress National Recording Registry. 2016



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