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Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was born August 19, 1945. The band formed in the spring of 1968 and replaced orginal lead singer Rod Evans with Gillan a year later when Deep Purple decided to pursue a "heavier" direction. In addition to solo projects and several reunions with Deep Purple, Ian would also have a brief stint in Black Sabbath in the early 80s. Gillan performed the role of Jesus in the original recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar". Deep Purple was nominated for the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2013 and also released a new album Now What?! earlier this year.

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, New York opened on August 15, 1969. The three-day concert event featured 24 acts and attracted about 400,000 people. Rolling Stone has listed Woodstock as "One Of The Moments That Changed Rock & Roll". Sonny Martin, whom was on the air at the legendary KAAY 1090 at the time, will pay homage to Woodstock with a special edition of the "Sunshine Seventies Show" this Sunday, August 18 from 5pm - 10pm on COOL 104.7

Rod Stewart unleashes "Maggie May" August 14, 1971. The record would be Rockin' Rod's first #1 single in the U.S. Rolling Stone magazine has recognized "Maggie May" as #130 of "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". The 68-year old Stewart has been twice inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame as both a solo artist and a member of The Faces. In May, he released a new rock album "Time" and has scheduled several U.S. concert dates in the last quarter of 2013.