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Today In Rock: May 24

1941

Bob Dylan was born.

1949

Wynonie Harris hits #4 on the R&B chart with "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee".

1950

Buddy Johnson hits #8 on the R&B chart with "Because, Pts. 1 & 2".

1955

Chuck Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart with the Chess single "Thirty Days."

1956

Ricky Nelson hears James Burton playing guitar in the office of Imperial Records in Los Angeles. Burton is asked to join Nelson's backup band and regularly appears in the closing musical segments on the Ozzy and Harriet TV sitcom.

1963

Beset with heart problems exacerbated by heavy drinking and chronic asthma, James died of a heart attack in Chicago.

1964

Love Me Do (The Beatles) was a hit.

1968

Pioneering San Francisco album-rock deejay Tom Donahue moves from KMPX-FM to KSAN-FM, taking the station's entire staff with him. KSAN thereupon becomes the top progressive-rock station in town, it not the entire country.

1968

Donovan hits #7 with "Atlantis".

1969

The Beatles reach #1 with "Get Back".

1975

Gordon Lightfoot hits #26 with "Rainy Day People".

1975

"Shining Star,' from Earth, Wind & Fire's 'That's the Way of the World', reaches #1 on Billboard's singles chart. It earns the first of many Grammys for the group, winning Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group.

1980

James Last Band hits #28 with "The Seduction (Love Theme)".

1986

Peter Gabriel releases "Sledgehammer" with an acclaimed and innovative claymation video. The single hits #4 in the UK and #2 in the US.

1988

MTV announces plans to give away a tropical island in "The MTV/Coca-Cola Island Giveaway" contest.

1997

Hanson, three brothers who write and play their own music, hit #1 in the US for 4 weeks with "MMMBop".