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A Diddy hits #1 and George buys some Lennon in Today’s Rock History!

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1964

A British group known collectively as Manfred Mann had the number one single on the Billboard Pop chart with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”

1969

The Kinks are finally able to launch their first US tour in over four years. The band had troubles getting permits from the American Federation of Musicians because the group appeared on Hullabaloo in 1966 without filing the proper paperwork.

2000

George Michael became the new owner of the piano that John Lennon used to compose his classic song “Imagine”. George paid 1.5m Pounds at a London auction.

2010

Gene Simmons threatened to “sue the pants off” a group of hackers who infiltrated SimmonsRecords.com and GeneSimmons.com. The attack was thought to have been a protest against Simmons’ recent comments in support of prosecuting illegal file-sharers, but Gene was not impressed with the stunt and says he contacted U.S. federal authorities to help track down the offenders.

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