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Woodstock ’69 hits the stage and Elton loses a bass player in Today’s Rock History!

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1958

21-year-old Buddy Holly was married to 25-year-old Maria Elena Santiago, a woman he had met just two months earlier. The wedding took place at the home of Buddy’s parents in Lubbock, Texas

1969

The Woodstock Music and Art Festival began on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York. The three-day long festival drew a crowd of more than 500,000 people and became one of the most celebrated Rock and Folk concert festivals of all time. During the three days, there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

 1991

 Paul Simon gave a free concert in Central Park, New York in front of 600,000 people. The performance was released later in the year as “Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park”.

 2012

 56-year-old Bob Birch, who had been Elton John’s bass player since 1992, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had also performed with Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Phil Collins and dozens of other top recording stars despite suffering the effects of being hit by a pick-up truck while walking in 1995.

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