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Today In Rock: September 4

1942

Merald "Bubba" Knight was born.

1947

Joe Liggins hits #3 on the R&B chart with "Blow Mr. Jackson."

1961

Solomon Burke's second single for Atlantic Records, the country-flavored "Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)," becomes his first to make the charts. It reaches #7 on the R&B chart and #24 on the pop chart.

1961

Etta James hits #39 with "Don't Cry Baby".

1962

The Beatles record their first sessions at EMI Studios in London, with George Martin as producer.

1965

The Miracles hit #16 with "The Tracks of My Tears".

1965

Number of British singles in 'Billboard's' Top 100: 17

1965

"Nothing But Heartaches" by the Supremes charts at #11.

1971

The Undisputed Truth hits #3 with "Smiling Faces Sometimes".

1976

"You Should Be Dancing" from the album 'Children of the World' becomes the latest Bee Gees single to top the charts. It is the third single to go to #1.

1981

MTV presents Charlie Daniels live concert from Saratoga Springs, television's first live stereo cable concert.

1982

"Valley Girl," co-written by Frank Zappa and daughter Moon Unit, enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #2.

1982

ABC hits #5 in the UK with "All of My Love".

1982

MTV starts their on-air merchandise program -- 16 weeks later, over 20,000 items were ordered.

1983

Maniac (Michael Sembello) was a hit.

1988

Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns n' Roses) was a hit.

1991

MTV Europe presents "The 1991 Video Music Awards" live from Los Angeles. Best Video of the Year goes to REM for "Losing My Religion" and the European Viewer's Choice Award goes to Roxette.

2000

David Brown of Santana dies due to liver and kidney failure.