Today in rock history; Ready Steady Go! goes, so does Jerry Garcia and more

Whitney Houston born, Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'" goes no. 1, too.

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Today in rock history: on this date in 1963, the popular, weekly British music television program Ready Steady Go! premiered. The show ran for three-and-a-half years and featured some of the biggest and most popular artists of the day. Jimi Hendrix made his U.K. TV debut on the program with a solo version of his hit, “Hey Joe.” Other notable artists to appear on the program include Otis Redding, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Small Faces and The Beach Boys. The show scored in highest ratings in March of 1964 with an episode that featured The Beatles who were interviewed and performed three songs.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1995, loved and revered Grateful Dead lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia died at the age of 55. The native Californian died as a result of a heart attack after enduring a long, fruitful career in the music industry that resulted in dozens of albums and scores of successful concert tours all around the world. After his death, half of Garcia’s ashes were spread over the Ganges River in India and the rest were poured into Garcia’s hometown San Francisco Bay.

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Born on this date in 1963 in Newark New Jersey: singer and pop diva, Whitney Houston. After several years leading a record-breaking and blockbuster career, Houston scored her biggest hit of all when she starred in and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of the 1992 film, The Bodyguard, featuring her massively successful version of the Dolly Parton hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Houston’s impeccable voice and her onstage charisma made her a reigning superstar for the duration of her career until her untimely death. Houston passed away in 2012 at the age of 48.

Today in rock history: on this date in 1975, British brother act, The Bee Gees, slipped into the no. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard singles chart with its hit “Jive Talkin’.” The song, taken from the group’s Main Course album, was the highest charting single the group had enjoyed in America since 1971’s Top 10 hit, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.” The song was the band’s first foray into the disco genre the Bee Gee's would soon become deeply embroiled in, and it also appeared on their highly successful 1977 soundtrack for the film Saturday Night Fever. The song was also covered by Chaka Khan and her former band, Rufus, in 1975 as well.

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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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