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2013 Sammy Johns, who wrote and recorded "Chevy Van," dies at age 66.

2013 Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he's quitting the band. The split is affirmed by all members as amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he'd like to work on other projects.

2012 Bryan Ferry, 66, marries Amanda Sheppard, 29. Sheppard dated Ferry's son Isaac for a short time.

2011 Grady Chapman of The Robins dies at age 81.

1979 Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band, as they played a residency there early on.

1973 The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.

1972 Yes releases "Roundabout."

1968 Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.

1967 The Doors break on through with their eponymous debut album. The Doors is a hit with listeners and critics alike and produces the single "Light My Fire," which quickly hits #1 in the US.

1966 Deana Carter is born in Nashville. Her dad is country guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.

1965 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.

1965 David Glasper of Breathe is born in Wales.

1965 Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons is born in Devon, England.

1964 Bobby Vinton's "There! I've Said It Again" hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks.

1962 Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins is born in Grangemouth, Scotland.

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Jimi Hendrix Goes Stone Free On Live TV, Is Banned By The BBC


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