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2014 Drummer Bobby Gregg, who played on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and Simon and Garfunkel's hit rock version of "The Sound of Silence," dies at age 78 from reasons unknown.

2013 The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants host "Metallica Night" at the ballpark, with Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing the national anthem on electric guitars and Lars Ulrich throwing out the first pitch.More

2011 Marvin Gaye's organist Odell Brown dies at age 71.

2009 Clint Black is the eleventh contestant booted off Season 8 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

2008 Thanks to a Vegas-themed video featuring dice-shaped lollipops, Lil Wayne's single "Lollipop" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stays for five consecutive weeks.

2008 The A-Sides, a brief side project for British indie-folk rockers Noah and the Whale, play a one-off gig at London's Push Club. They promise new wave interpretations of Noah and the Whale songs, covers and some "punk style" new originals. Prior to the show, the band urges fans via their MySpace page to "read the Motley Crue biography The Dirt, because that's pretty much how it's gonna go down."

2006 Bob Dylan's first hosted radio show airs on XM Satellite Radio, with the legend playing favorite tracks by Prince, Wilco, Blur, LL Cool J, and Billy Bragg, among others.

2005 Fall Out Boy release their breakthrough album, From Under the Cork Tree. Debuting at #9 on the albums chart, the sophomore effort is their first to crack the Top 10.

2002 Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

2001 Jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies at age 64 of kidney and liver failure.

1997 Katrina & the Waves, whose last big hit was "Walking On Sunshine" in 1985, win the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with "Love Shine A Light." Lead singer Katrina Leskanich is American, but guitarist Kimberley Rew and drummer Alex Cooper are British.

1996 Country singer Patsy Montana dies in San Jacinto, California, at age 87. Known for her 1935 signature hit "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," the tune that made her the first female country performer to have a million-selling single.

1993 New Order's sixth album, Republic, is launched. It reaches #11 in America, helped to success in that country by a cover featuring images of California and an American-only limited edition release in bright orange vinyl packaging. Lead track "Regret" reaches #28, the band's biggest-selling single Stateside.

1991 Andy Williams marries his second wife, Debbie Haas, in New York City.

1987 Italian-French singer Dalida overdoses on barbiturates at age 54, leaving behind a note that reads "Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive me."

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Disastrous Concert Takes Rock Out Of Boston


The popular disc jockey Alan Freed hosts a rock concert at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) that does not go well. The city doesn't host another rock concert until 1964.

On his radio show, broadcast on WINS in New York City, Freed championed rock and roll (he also popularized that phrase), playing the hits and bringing the early stars of the genre to local theaters for concerts, which he extends into a package tour. New York audiences could handle the heat generated from this white-hot sound, as well as the mix of black and white artists, but Boston was more combustible. When Freed takes his show to Boston, acts on the bill include Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Accounts vary, but the crowd rushes the stage at various times, and Freed keeps imploring them to sit down - not easy to do when Lewis is playing "Great Balls of Fire." Freed is forced to stop the show, telling the crowd, "It looks like the Boston police don't want you to have a good time." Violence erupts, spurned on by gang members at the show, and spills over to the streets. Rock and roll becomes demonized in Boston, and the city does not host another rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles come through. Even into the late '60s, rock is scarce in Boston because of onerous regulations. Aerosmith, for example, is formed in Boston but has to get their wings in New Hampshire, where there are more venues where they can perform.



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