Here's proof that your Grammar school years have nothing to do with how you really turn out... --  One of the '70's greatest hard-rock line-ups make their "debut"... -- Happy Birthday to the best Bowie/Dylan hybrid ever...

Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter in 1968, when he was bass player for the band Silence; a year later he's the vocalist for Mott The Hoople. (Photo: Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)

6/03/1949 (71 years ago today)Elvis Presley receives his Grade 8 report card from Memphis' Humes High School -- Let's see, he gets an 'A' in language, but only a 'C' in music. Well, that's that...

6/03/1970 (50 years ago today) - Deep Purple release their fourth studio album "Deep Purple In Rock" -- This is the first one, though, to feature the all-time-classic-bona-fide-defintive Mk. II line-up of the band: Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, lead vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, Jon Lord on keyboards and Ian Paice on drums. The albums that followed were as good as or better than any other hard rock outfit of the day: "Fireball" (with "Strange Kind Of Woman" and "The Mule" from 1971); the totally perfect 1972 masterpiece "Machine Head" ("Highway Star", "Smoke On The Water", "Lazy", "Space Truckin'", are you kidding?); "Who Do We Think We Are?" (1973, featuring "Woman From Tokyo") and the legendary double-live work-out "Made In Japan" (also from '73). Pretty freakin' exceptional hard rock run right there, kids!

6/03/1939 - Happy Birthday to one of the U.K.'s best-ever songwriter/rockers, the ridiculously underrated Ian Hunter, 81 years old today(!) -- From Mott The Hoople to his latest critically acclaimed run of solo album's in the 2000's, you'll discover quite a remarkable catalog of classic rock recordings -- "All The Young Dudes", "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Cleveland Rocks", "All The Way From Memphis", "Ships", "When I'm President"; frankly, the fact is that Ian's done so much extraordinary work, we could write a 100-plus-page thesis on the guy's brilliance and it still wouldn't be enough. God Bless Ian Hunter.

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