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.

October 21, 1977: Meat Loaf ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Released

Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman struggled to get it made, released and played on radio. Yet the album became an all-time best seller

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Oct. 20, 2015: Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells Dies

The co-founding vocalist for the hit-making rock band died unexpectedly at his home in upstate New York. He sang lead on a #1 hit

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October 20, 1950: Tom Petty Born

Elvis Presley inspired the young Petty to “follow that dream.” Then came The Beatles on TV. And guitar lessons by a future member of The Eagles.

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October 19, 2010: Elton John Slams Today’s Music

The musician took aim at what he felt was the sorry state of contemporary pop songwriting and how TV singing contests don’t yield lasting musical acts

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October 18, 1926/63: Chuck Berry Born/Out of Jail

One of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll did a stint in prison in the early 1960s after an astonishing run of now-classic hit singles

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Oct. 17, 2017: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dies

The beloved Canadian band’s frontman went out on one last tour after he was was diagnosed with cancer. He lived ‘the life,’ said the band in a statement.

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October 17, 1969: Kinks’ First U.S. Show in 4 Years

For reasons that are unclear and complicated, The Kinks were unable to play America from 1965 to ’69, with a first show back at the Fillmore East

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Oct 16, 1966: Grace Slick Joins Jefferson Airplane

A heartthrob for men and role model for women within the 1960s counterculture, she sang the band’s two biggest hits: “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”

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October 15, 1966: Monkees Record ‘I’m A Believer’

The song was written by a now-well known songwriter, who performed on the recording. Monkees-mania was in full swing as the single had orders of over 1 million copies

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October 14, 1988: UB40’s Strange Path to #1

20 years after Neil Diamond’s single of “Red Red Wine” was issued and five years after UB40 first released it as a single, the song finally went #1

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