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Today's Birthdays, Aug. 27
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is 61.
Bassist Tim Bogert is 70.  He was a member of the groups Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogart, and Appice.
Former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock is 58.
The Captain and Tennille's "Captain" Daryl Dragon, is 72.  He's also worked with the Beach Boys.
Singer Tommy Sands is 77.  He's best known for the 1957 hit "Teen Age Crush."
Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach is 67.

Today In History
In 1955
Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.

In 1962
Elvis Presley began filming the movie "It Happened at the World's Fair."

In 1963
Peter, Paul, and Mary's album "Moving" was certified Gold.

In 1965
Elvis Presley and The Beatles met at Elvis' Bel Air,
California, mansion.  The Fab Four spent roughly four hours with The King.

Bob Dylan's album "Highway 61 Revisited" was released.

In 1966
Stevie Wonder's "Blowin' in the Wind" hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart.

The Happenings' "See You In September" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" broke into the Top 40.

In 1967
Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead at his apartment in London from an overdose of sleeping pills.  He was 32.  Meanwhile, Britain's "Sunday Express" reported that former Beatles drummer Pete Best was now working at a bakery in Liverpool.

In 1969
The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" hit number one on the U.S. and UK pop singles charts.

In 1970
A ten-year-old Michael Jackson was featured in "Look" magazine.

In 1971
Freda Payne's single "Bring the Boys Home" was certified Gold.

In 1972
New album releases included The Raspberries' self-titled effort, featuring the hit "Go All The Way," and Uriah Heep's "Demons and Wizards."

In 1973
Roberta Flack's album "Killing Me Softly" was certified Gold.

In 1977
Crosby, Stills, and Nash's "Just A Song Before I Go" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" peaked at number 15 on the pop singles chart.

Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" broke into the Top 40.

In 1982
Aerosmith released the album "Rock in a Hard Place."

Robert Plant's first solo album "Pictures At Eleven" and Crosby, Stills, and Nash's album "Daylight Again" were certified Gold.

In 1983
David Bowie's "China Girl" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.

In 1986
John Lennon's leather jacket fetched 15-hundred-dollars at an auction in London.

It was ZZ Top day in Texas.

In 1990
Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.  Vaughan and Clapton were touring together.  Clapton was not on the helicopter.

In 1991
Alice Cooper was inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.

In 1995
Neil Young performed with Pearl Jam at the Redding Festival.

In 1998
Former Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green began a tour in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was supporting the album "The Robert Johnson Songbook," which was his first album in nearly 20 years.

In 2002
The Who's 1965 album "The Who Sings My Generation" was rereleased as a 30-track, two-CD set that included a number of bonus songs that had never been released before.

In 2003
Paul McCartney was entered into the new edition of the "Guinness Book of World Records."  With 26 entries, he had the world's record for having the most world's records.

Singer-songwriter Janis Ian married partner Patricia Snyder in a ceremony in Toronto.

The Rolling Stones played a rare club date, at the Astoria in London, as part of their Licks world tour.

In 2006
Barry Manilow performed a tribute to Dick Clark at the 58 annual Primetime Emmy Awards.  In addition, his PBS special "Barry Manilow: Music And Passion" got the nod for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

Ringo Starr's wife Barbara suffered a fracture to her right leg when she was kicked by a horse.  The injury, which occurred on her 59th birthday, required surgery.

In 2007
The evidence phase of Phil Spector's murder trial ended, and the producer's lead attorney Bruce Cutler resigned, citing a difference of opinion with Spector over the content of the defense closing.

Aretha Franklin participated in a salute to tennis legend Althea Gibson in the Opening Night ceremony for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

In 2008
Neil Diamond, who was battling laryngitis, postponed concerts in Green Bay, Wisconsin and St. Louis, Missouri.

Mackenzie Phillips, the daughter of the late Mamas and the Papas frontman John Phillips, was arrested while going through security at Los Angeles International Airport for alleged drug possession.

In 2009
A new statue of the late Michael Jackson was unveiled at Madame Tusseauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, just two days before what would have been the singer's 51st birthday.

In 2012
Metallica played a special show in Vancouver, British Columbia to complete the filming on their 3-D concert film, "Metallica Through The Never."  Because the performance was going to include a lot of interruptions, the band only charged five dollars for tickets, and donated that money to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Ringo Starr topped the list of the World's Richest Drummers, with an estimated fortune of 300-million-dollars.

In 2013
New releases included "Can't Get Enough," the debut album from Stephen Stills' new band The Rides, and Bob Dylan's "The Bootleg Series, Vol 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)."