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1956 Lonnie Donegan quits the popular Chris Barber Jazz Band to form a skiffle group.

1951 Bruce Day (bass player for Santana, Pablo Cruise) is born.

1951 Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons is born Sigmund Esco Jackson in Gary, Indiana.

1951 Mick Mars (lead guitarist for Motley Crue) is born Robert Alan Deal in Terre Haute, Indiana.

1949 Zal Cleminson (guitarist for The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) is born Alistair Macdonald Cleminson in Glasgow, Scotland.

1949 Country singer-songwriter Stella Parton is born in Sevierville, Tennesee, to a family that includes older sister Dolly Parton.

1946 Perry Como's "Prisoner Of Love" hits #1 in America.

1945 Georg Wadenius (lead guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Stockholm, Sweden.

1944 '60s pop singer Peggy Santiglia (of The Angels, Dusk) is born in Belleville, New Jersey.

1941 Singer and violinist David LaFlamme (of It's a Beautiful Day) is born Gary Posie in New Britain, Connecticut.

1941 Motown songwriter Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) is born in Fairfield, South Carolina.

1940 Ronnie Bond (drummer for The Troggs) is born Ronald James Bullis in Andover, Hampshire, England.

1938 Tyrone Davis is born Tyrone Fettson in Greenville, Mississippi, but is raised by his father in Saginaw, Michigan. Known for his #1 R&B hits, "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).

1937 Surf rocker Dick Burns (of The Hondells) is born in Buffalo, New York.

1928 Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson is born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada.

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Four Dead In Ohio


Later memorialized in the Neil Young song "Ohio," the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of whom weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history leads to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale are both on campus and horrified by the events.

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