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Eric At The Rainbow
Eric Clapton, Jan. 1973. (Express/Getty Images)

6/14/1970 (47 years ago today) - ...but without Duane Allman in the line-up: Derek & The Dominoes play their first-ever live gig when they appear at the Lyceum in London: the official debut personnel was Eric Clapton - guitar and vocals, Jim Gordon - drums, Carl Radle - bass, Bobby Whitlock - keyboards and vocals -- Interesting factoid: the band had spent the previous two months rehearsing at George Harrison's country home and even played on some of the sessions that became George's ultra-classic "All Things Must Pass"...Check out this rare TV appearance:

6/14/1975 (42 years ago today) - America went to No. 1 with the breezy/catchy sing-along "Sister Golden Hair" -- It was the band's second chart-topping single ("A Horse With No Name" was first back in '72), and this time around it was The Beatles' legendary producer George Martin who helped the band in the studio -- Weird factoid: The song was used in a rather bloody scene in a 2001 episode of "The Sopranos" titled "Another Toothpick" when a mobster kills two people and drives off, but ends up crashing his car and dying himself while the song continues to play on the radio. Nice!

6/14/1945 - Happy Birthday keyboard-ace Rod Argent, 72 years old today -- Rodney Terrence Argent's career has now spanned 50 years(!), beginning in the mid-Sixties as founder-keyboardist-and-songwriter for The Zombies ("Tell Her No" and  "She's Not There" [famously covered by Santana] were definitive classic British Invasion classic singles); then in the 1970's with the band that was simply named after him, Argent ("Hold Your Head Up" was their most notable classic hit, while "Liar" ended up being huge for Three Dog Night and "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" was quite successfully covered by Kiss) -- These days,The Zombies are back together and earning a lot of critical acclaim touring behind a start-to-finish presentation of their lush-pop-masterpiece album "Odessey And Oracle" (famously featuring the all-time classic "Time Of The Season")...

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