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This day in 1973: Gram Parsons dies

This day in 1973: Country-rock singer and songwriter 26-year-old Gram Parsons formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure…
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This day in 1970 - Jimi Hendrix dies in London

This day in 1970 - Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message 'I…
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This day in 1931: The first long-playing record is unveiled by RCA Victor

This day in 1931: The first long-playing record, a 33 1/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the…
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This day in 1977: Marc Bolan dies in car crash

This day in 1977 - 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss…
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This day in 1963: Graham Nash tumbles from van

This day in 1963: Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn't and he fell out as it travelled…
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This day in 1967 -The Beatles get stuck while filming their "Magical Mystery Tour"

This day in 1967 - Filming continued for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor, where a local fair was being held but the bus driver (Alf Manders) took…
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This day in 1952: Ray Charles begins recording at Atlantic

This day in 1952 - Ahmet Ertegun began recording his newest signing, 21 year old Ray Charles at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singers contract from the…
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This day in 1964: Rod Stewart records debut single

This day in 1964: Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon's 'Good Morning Little School Girl.' Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played on the session. Despite Stewart performing…
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This day in 1956: Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

This day in 1956: Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He sang four songs, including "Love Me Tender" and "Don't Be Cruel," shot only from the waist up (because of…
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This day in 2005 - Bob Geldof honored by his native Dublin

This day in 2005 - Sir Bob Geldof was awarded the freedom of his native Dublin after the City Council voted in favor of giving him the accolade in honor of his campaign against world…
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