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    Today in Rock n Roll History

    1923 --- Rudolph Sieber and Marlene Dietrich are married.

    1948 --- Leading this week's Hit Parade in the USA is 'Nature Boy' by Nat King Cole.

    1958 --- Ferriday, Louisiana honors hometown boy Jerry Lee Lewis with a parade.

    'All I Have To Do Is Dream' by The Everly Brothers reaches #1 on the USA singles chart.

    'Who's Sorry Now' by Connie Francis reaches #1 on the UK singles chart.

    1963 --- The Monterey Folk Festival opens today on the California coast. Appearing are The Weavers, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger,and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

    1967 --- The Bob Dylan documentary film 'Don't Look Back' premieres at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco.

    1969 --- Chicago Transit Authority, the group's original name, releases their debut double LP album. The City of Chicago Transit Authority sues the band to make them change their name. They go by 'Chicago' after an out of Court agreement.

    New Musical Express trade journal in the UK reports that LP album sales have exceeded sales of singles for the first time in UK history.

    Joni Mitchell is on the cover of this week's Rolling Stone. News stand price is 35 cents.

    'Hair' by The Cowsills enters its last week at #1 on the USA singles chart.

    'Get Back' by The Beatles enters its fourth week at #1 on the UK singles chart.

    1973 --- Stevie Wonder releases single 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Love'.

    'Yessongs' and 'The Yes Album' both receive their Gold Records.

    1974 --- Tonight's 'Midnight Special' on NBC is hosted by Frankie Avalon. He welcomes Sam and Dave, Shirley and Lee, and Fabian.

    On ABC, Elton John's Special, 'Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things' airs. 'Candle In The Wind' and 'Rocket Man' draw favorable reviews.

    1975 --- Mick Jagger accidentally breaks a window in a Montauk, New York restaurant. He is hospitalized and gets twenty stitches in his hand.

    'Jackie Blue' by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils enters its last week at #1 on the USA singles chart.

    'Stand By Your Man' by Tammy Wynette reaches #1 on the UK singles chart.

    1978 --- Lou Reed opens a week long engagement at the Bottom Line club in NYC. The shows are taped, and released in November on the 'Take No Prisoners' live album.

    1980 --- Paul and Linda McCartney appear on Saturday Night Live.

    'Call Me' by Blondie enters its sixth week at #1 on the USA singles chart.

    Peter Criss leaves KISS to start a solo career. He is replaced by Eric Carr.

    1981 --- Whitesnake plays Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.

    1987 --- Tom Petty's mansion in Encino, California has a house fire. No people are injured.

    1989 --- Bill Wyman opens his first restaurant, Sticky Fingers, in London.

    The Who cancel a concert in Montreal, Canada because of poor advance ticket sales. The other twenty-five dates on the North American tour are sellouts.

    1992 --- Lawrence Welk dies in Santa Monica, California. He was 89.

    1993 --- Alan Jackson releases single 'Chattahoochee'.

    1995 --- Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Little Richard play Sheffield, England, onstage together for the first time ever in the UK. Old guys rock.

    2001 --- The new Country Music Hall of Fame opens at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville. Grand Ol' Opry members and inductees into the Hall of Fame attend the opening party and concert. The Country Music Hall of Fame was founded in 1961.

    2005 --- Top honors at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards go to Gretchen Wilson and Keith Urban.

    2012 --- Donna Summer dies in Naples, Florida. She was only 63. Born 31 December 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    2014 --- A Rickenbacker 425 belonging to George Harrison went up for auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan, NYC. The guitar sells for $657,000 USD.

    2015 --- A Maton Mastersound guitar belonging to George Harrison sold for $485,000 USD at Julien's Auction in NYC. Also sold at this auction for undisclosed amounts were Elvis and Priscilla's marriage license, and Elvis' tour bus.
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