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New World Man. Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib in Toronto, Ontario) has a birthday. He's is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for Rush. 1953
1940's  Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is born. The Evansville, IN, native is the group's keyboard player. 1946


1950's  Mrs. Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, celebrates her birthday. Born in the U.S.A. (Deal, New Jersey - figures), Vivienne "Patti" Scialfa ("Skal-fa") is also a back-up singer in the E Street band. 1953

Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes enters the world. 1959
1960's   
Saturday Of Folk Music on New York’s WRVR-FM features Bob Dylan making his broadcast debut singing traditional songs. 1961

The Beatles second film, Help!, premieres at the London Pavilion. 1965

Billed individually, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (a short time later they’re collectively known as Cream), perform in public for the first time. It’s in Manchester, England. 1966

The Doors have their first #1 when the original seven-minute album version of “Light My Fire” gets cut down to a more AM radio-friendly three-minutes. 1967

The Beatles begin recording “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road Studios in London. Working with an orchestra of ten violins, three violas, three cellos, two flutes, one contra bassoon, one bassoon, two clarinets, one contra bass clarinet, four trumpets, four trombones, two horns, percussion, and two string basses, the seven-minute song (featuring a long coda) is finished four days later. 1968

The Byrds leave for a tour of South Africa without guitarist Gram Parsons who refuses to set foot in the country due to its apartheid policy. 1969

The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca Records expires. The group lays plans to start their own label. 1969
1970's  While on tour, Led Zeppelin gets robbed to the tune of $180,000 in New York. 1973

Eric Clapton tours Britain for the first time in five years. 1976
1980's   
David Bowie makes his theatrical debut as the title character in “The Elephant Man.” 1980

This makes perfect sense. Duran Duran guitarist, Andy Taylor, marries the group’s hairdresser, Tracey Wilson, in L.A. 1983

Cherry Garcia goes on sale. The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is named after the Grateful Dead frontman, Jerry Garcia (get the pun?). Half the royalties go to Garcia’s Rex Foundation. 1987
1990's   
"Enter Sandman" is issued as a single. It’s on Metallica’s eponymous fifth album. 1991
2000's   
The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Rush headline a benefit concert in Toronto, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. 450,000 attend the largest concert in Canadian history. 2003

The White Stripes headline the San Diego Street Scene Festival. The two-day event includes performances by the Killers, the Pixies, 311, the Used, Social Distortion, Garbage and Unwritten Law. 2005

It’s on again. The often stormy relationship between Kid Rock and former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson reaches calm seas when the couple marries aboard a yacht near St. Tropez, France. "They couldn't be happier about their future together," says a representative for Anderson. Think it lasts? Not a chance. 2006

Jackson Browne performs in Agoura Hills, CA, at a benefit show for Boarding House Mentors, a nonprofit youth-mentoring organization. 2007

Scars On Broadway release their self-titled debut. The System Of A Down offshoot features singer/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. "I've tried at times to get away from the System sound with this record," says Malakian. "But I didn't want to completely get away, because that's part of me." The set contains the single "They Say." 2008

Alice Cooper's “Along Came A Spider” is released. The 11-song set tells the story of a serial killer named Spider. Cooper gets assistance from ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Ozzy Osbourne. 2008

The Rolling Stones concert film, Shine The Light, is released on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Both versions include a behind-the-scenes featurette and archival footage not part of the original movie. There are also four extra Stones performance clips. 2008

Songs by Staind ("This Is It") and Scars On Broadway ("They Say") are on the Rock Band video game for Xbox. The PlayStation version makes its debut two days later. 2008
2010's  "Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration" (Presley was born in 1935), is shown in theaters across the U.S. The film features remastered concert footage and interviews from the ‘72 documentary "Elvis on Tour.” 2010

Jack White (White Stripes) makes a $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation who preserve sound libraries and cultural institutions from recorded music history. White is a foundation board member. 2013

“The Voyager,” by former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, is out. The set was produced by Beck and Ryan Adams. 2014

Theory Of A Deadman issue their fifth album, “Savages.” "We went back to where we belong on this record, back to the angst, back to the darkness,” says frontman Tyler Connolly. 2014

Adelitas Way’s third studio album, 'Stuck,' is released. 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release “Hypnotic Eye,” containing the single "American Dream Plan B." 2014

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