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1 hit and 3 deaths in today’s Rock History!

JUNE 19TH IS THE 170TH DAY OF THE YEAR. TODAY IS GARFIELD THE CAT DAY, JUNETEENTH, NATIONAL EAT AN OREO DAY, NATIONAL MARTINI DAY, NATIONAL PETS IN FILM DAY AND NATIONAL WATCH DAY.

1961

Ben E. King enjoys his biggest hit as “Stand by Me” reaches #4 on the Billboard singles chart.

1997

Bobby Helms, best known for his perennial Christmas hit, “Jingle Bell Rock”, died of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana. He was 63.

2006

Duane Roland, a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes at the age of 53.

2014

Gerry Goffin, the songwriter who wrote more than 50 US Top 40 hits, died at the age of 75. Along with his then-wife, Carole King, Goffin wrote such Rock ‘n’ Roll standards as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Take Good Care of my Baby “, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “The Loco-Motion “.

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