On This Day

We take you back into classic rock’s history and legacy to note important events that happened on this date as well as celebrate the birthdays of major musical artists and mourn their passing.

July 25, ’64: Animals ‘Rising Sun’ Debuts, Causes Rift

The American folk song became the biggest single for the R&B-flavored British Invasion band, but a songwriting credit caused problems

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July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper’s Movie Opens

The best-laid plans of music moguls to make a film starring three of the best-selling musical acts of the day failed. A box-office bomb and total stinker.

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Happy Birthday to John Hall of Orleans

The singer and songwriter’s career includes writing the Top 5 hits “Still The One” & “Dance With Me” with his band Orleans and then turning to politics

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40 Years Ago: Elvis Costello ‘My Aim Is True’ Debuts

The English singer-songwriter was not backed by his longtime band, The Attractions, on his first LP + did a clever stunt to get noticed by his future label

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July 21, 1979: Robert Palmer Releases ‘Bad Case’

His second Top 20 single set him up for future Top 10 hits, Grammys and MTV video popularity before he died in 2003

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Smooth: Carlos Santana Turns 70!

Born in Mexico, he first started playing in Tijuana clubs as a youth. As the leader of one of the best-selling acts of all time, Santana remains the king of Latin rock

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July 19, 1986: Genesis, Peter Gabriel Top Chart

When Gabriel left Genesis in 1975, neither of them likely expected that 11 years later they’d have the #1 and #2 singles together on the U.S. chart

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July 18, 1975: Bob Marley Records ‘Live!’ Album

The reigning king of reggae tracked his album in London as he rose to become an international superstar. So who wrote “No Woman, No Cry”?

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July 17, 1968: Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Premiere

The London debut of the groundbreaking animated film was attended by all four Beatles and other rock stars. Check out footage of the event

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50 Years Ago: Arlo Guthrie Alice’s Restaurant Debut

The folk singer’s arrest for littering on Thanksgiving 1965 helped launch his career two years later with a hippie anthem

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