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2003: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington underwent emergency heart surgery. Rossington had gone in for a routine screening & was found to have severe coronary artery disease. The surgery was a success & Lynyrd Skynyrd postponed the release of their album Vicious Circle & tour dates.

1993: Toy Caldwell, the guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band died of heart disease. He was 45 years old.

1986: The 28th Grammy Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Phil Collins won Album of the Year for No Jacket Required, Dire Straits won Best Rock Performance for “Money for Nothing” & Don Henley won Best Rock Vocal Performance for “The Boys of Summer”.

1985: U2 kicked off their first North American arena tour at the Reunion Arena in Dallas in support of The Unforgettable Fire.

1984: Van Halen reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first & only time with “Jump” which began a four week run on top of the chart.

1982: Iron Maiden kicked off their The Beast on the Road tour in Dunstable, U.K. in support of The Number of the Beast. During this tour they performed 179 concerts in sixteen countries. When they toured North America, they opened tours for Rainbow, 38 Special, the Scorpions & Judas Priest.

1981: Rush received their first Platinum album in the U.S. for 2112 which was certified by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. The album has since gone on to sell three million copies in the U.S.

1980: Bob Seger released his eleventh studio album Against the Wind which was his third album with The Silver Bullet Band. The album went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.

1967: The Spencer Davis Group peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Gimme Some Lovin’” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

George Harrison born in 1943

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