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rock-n-roll-history-40Alvin Lee, guitarist and vocalist for Ten Years After, is born. (1944)

Carl Perkins records what will be his biggest pop hit, "Blue Suede Shoes," at Sun Studios in Memphis. The song reaches #2. (1955)

Berry Gordy Jr. brings the Tamla-Motown Rock & Roll Show to New York City’s Apollo Theatre for a ten-day run. The show features the Supremes, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and the Contours. (1962)

"Downtown," the first U.S. hit by British pop singer Petula Clark, enters the Hot 100 where it will remain for 15 weeks. It hits Number One next month and stays their for two weeks. (1964)

President Nixon commends MGM chief, Mike Curb for taking the intiative in ridding the music biz of drug users through his well-publicized dismissal of 18 MGM acts who supposedly advocated drug use. (1970)

C.W. McCall earns a gold record for his novelty hits "Convoy," which climbs to Number One on the pop chart early next year. The song is a saga of interstate truck drivers and their run-ins with the law. It makes extensive use of, and helps popularize, CB radio language. (1975)

The Rolling Stones play the last show of their 1981 U.S. tour in Hampton, Virginia. This show was televised via closed-circuit cable and viewed by thousands across the country. (1981)

Both Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, host "Saturday Night Live." (1987)

Original Byrds drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure. He was 49. (1993)

Aerosmith plays the last date of their "Get A Grip" tour at the new Boston club "Mama Kin Complex," named after a song from their first album. (1994)

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