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2012 Rush release a concept album titled Clockwork Angels, their 20th studio effort. On the album Neil Peart uses a new method in which producer Nick Raskulinecz "conducts" Peart's drumming during recordings.

2011 Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner ("Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak"), dies of heart failure at age 83.

2007 Canada issues postage stamps honoring Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Paul Anka.

2004 Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus' "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," Belew's own "The Lone Rhinoceros," and King Crimson's "Thela Hun Ginjeet."

2003 Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1994 Cab Calloway suffers a stroke that leads to his death a few months later.

1992 Jordan and Danny of New Kids on the Block are acquitted in copyright-infringement charges stemming from their song "I'll Be Your Everything," which the estate of Percy Sledge claimed borrowed heavily from Sledge's 1975 song of the same name.

1989 Italian American singer Lou Monte dies of emphysema at age 72.

1989 The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, a section of Graceland devoted to twenty of the King's vintage cars, opens to the public.

1987 The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.

1984 Howard Jones' debut album, Human's Lib, is released in the US.

1979 Electropop singer Robyn is born Robin Miriam Carlsson in Stockholm, Sweden.

1978 Country singer Johnny Bond, known for the 1965 hit "10 Little Bottles," dies of a stroke at age 63.

1977 Blues rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd is born Kenny Wayne Brobst in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1973 Grand Funk records "We're An American Band."

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Rockers Rally For "No Nukes"

1982

As part of the "No Nukes" movement during the Cold War, the largest political rally in US history takes place when about 750,000 people go to New York's Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which features performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary "U.S." Bonds.


The rally committee organized the event around the United Nations Special Session on Disarmament in a bid to "call for a freeze and reduction of all nuclear weapons and a transfer of military budgets to human needs." Not everyone agrees on the method of slowing the nuclear arms race that wages between the US and the USSR, but thousands gather with the shared conviction that something must be done to prevent a potential nuclear holocaust. Protestors from around the globe, wielding signs that read "Glow Spiritually, Not Radioactively" and "End the Arms Race, Not the Human Race," gather outside of the UN building and begin the peaceful march to Central Park, where a rock concert unfolds on the Great Lawn.

Many of the performers are veterans of Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE), a group formed in the wake of the Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown and the sponsor of several major no-nukes concerts in 1979.

Linda Ronstadt begins her six-song set with her cover of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice" and closes with a rendition of Chuck Berry's "Back In The U.S.A.." James Taylor sings his Carole King-penned hit "You've Got a Friend" and invites John Hall to join him on his new song, "Children's Cry." Bruce Springsteen, who debuted "The River" as part of an anti-nuclear protest, teams with Jackson Browne for "Running On Empty" and "The Promised Land."

The special session wraps up on July 10 with the General Assembly failing to agree on a specific strategy for arms control and disarmament. Democratic representatives hope to use the rally's historic numbers to influence an overturn of defense budget proposals, but Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger contends it's all for naught when it comes to legislation. "The fact that a very large number of people turn out for a particular event is certainly something that people notice," he said. "But I don't think that anybody rushes back and says, 'We have to change our policy' … or something because there's been a rally."

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