This day in Rock History: In 1971 – The trial over Paul McCartney’s move to dissolve the Beatles partnership begins today in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoilt child.”
In 1956 – Elvis Presley starts his first recording session for RCA. The result includes “Heartbreak Hotel.”
In 1952 – Pat Benatar (Pat Andrzejewski) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her first six albums all go platinum, selling more than 1 million copies.
In 1945 – Roderick (Rod) Stewart is born in London. His biggest hit, “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” is No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 for eight weeks.
And finally, in 1948 – Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is born in Passaic, N.J. The pop/jazz group has three top 10 albums, including “Aja,” which goes to No. 3 on Chart Toppers’s pop chart.