Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Slim

Songs for Slim
The Replacements put out an album to help Slim Dunlap, who's birthday we celebrate today. (album cover art)

Birthday Highlight:

Slim Dunlap, of the Replacements, is 63 today. Bob "Slim" Dunlap was born in Plainview, Minn., in 1951 and was a known as a respected local guitarist (and First Avenue employee) before being hired by the band to be guitarist Bob Stinson's replacement after Stinson was let go in in mid 80s. Dunlap continued his career after the demise of the band and performed regular shows (such as his popular gigs at the Turf Club) up until 2012 when he suffered a massive stroke that has debilitated him ever since. The remaining Replacements created the Songs For Slim charity project to help cover his ongoing healthcare costs, beginning with their reunion album released last year. Today we continue to wish Slim and his family the best as we keep them in our thoughts continually.

Also, Today In:

1962 - Unhappy with drummer Pete Best's role in The Beatles Brian Epstein and the other three members decided to sack him. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern, Liverpool.

1965 - Sonny & Cher started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "I Got You Babe."

1976 - Funded by a £400 ($620) loan, "So It Goes" by Nick Lowe became the first record released on Stiff Records.

1995 - Foo Fighters made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman when they performed their new single "This Is A Call."

2001 - A pizza-stained piece of paper signed by three of the four Beatles sold for $48,000 to an anonymous collector at an auction in Melbourne. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all signed the paper during their 1964 tour of Australia. Drummer Ringo Starr had laryngitis and was not on the tour.