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AUG 18: On this day in 1982, the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool renamed some streets to honor the Fab Four! The new street names: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close, Ringo Starr Drive, and Sutcliffe Street for original bass player Stu Sutcliffe. 📷: Loz Pycock [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en]
AUG 19: Happy 80th birthday to Ginger Baker of Cream, born today in 1939!🎂🥁 He began playing drums at age 15 and would go on to be a co-founder of the band Cream in 1966. The band would break up in 1968, but Baker would join Blind Faith with his Cream bandmate, Eric Clapton. In 1970, he would form his own band, Ginger Baker's Air Force. During the 80s and 90s, Baker moved around the world making music and other pursuits. in 2005, he reunited with Clapton and Jack Bruce for a series of Cream concerts. Baker was diagnosed with severe heart issues in 2016 and has taken it easy since the diagnosis. 📷: Zoran Veselinovic [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en]
AUG 22: Happy birthday to Debbi Peterson of the Bangles, born today in 1961!🎂🥁She is the drummer of the all-female band and the younger sister of band mate, Vicki Peterson. Debbi worked on some solo projects during The Bangles decade long breakup. 📷: Jeanie Mackinder [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en]
AUG 23: Happy 70th birthday to Rick Springfield, born today in 1949!🎂🎤 The musician and actor began playing guitar at age 13. At the beginning of his music career, he was in several Australian bands before going solo in 1971. He moved to the U.S. in 1972. Throughout the 70s, Springfield recorded, but concentrated more on acting until the 1980, when he would have the biggest hit of his career - "Jessie's Girl". During the 80s, he would rack up several hits and become a daytime soap star! Springfield continues to record, act, and tour today. 📷: Michael Borkson [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en]
AUG 24: Today in 1979, The Ramones movie Rock ‘n’ Roll High School was released! Roger Corman, Executive Producer, originally wanted Cheap Trick or Todd Rundgren to play the band in the film, but they both had scheduling conflicts. The Ramones were suggested by one of the actors and were hired. The film has gone on to be a cult classic with a great soundtrack!
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