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.

March 22, 1965: Dylan Releases Bringing It All Back Home

As 1965 dawned, with the Beatles having redrawn the map, the singer-songwriter from Minnesota knew he wanted to try something different

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March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You Hits #1

They were already at #1 with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Then they replaced themselves at the top. And then they did it again! The Fabs’ fab chart story.

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March 20, 1971: Janis Joplin and Bobby McGee Hit #1

When Janis heard Kris Kristofferson’s song she had to record it. A few days later she was dead, but it went on to become her only #1 single

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March 19, 1982: Guitarist Randy Rhoads Dies

He was only 25, and one of the most promising guitarists in rock. One night in Florida he boarded a small plane and it didn’t end well. RIP.

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March 18, 1978: California Jam 2 Rocks L.A.

The original festival was a success so the promoters decided to go for a sequel: a day of music featuring Aerosmith, Heart, Foreigner, Santana and more.

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March 17, 1973: Dr. Hook ‘Cover of the Rolling Stone’ Peaks

A band records a song about its burning desire to make it to the cover of the leading music magazine. We’ve got the backstory. Do you know who wrote it?

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March 16, 1968: Otis Redding’s ‘Dock of the Bay’ Hits #1

In March 1968, for the first time, a song released posthumously reached #1. Here is the sad tale of Otis Redding’s bittersweet success.

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March 15, 1999: Bruce Springsteen Inducted Into Rock Hall

There was no doubt whatsoever that The Boss would be a first-ballot inductee when he became eligible for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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March 14, 1983: The Band Bon Jovi Is Formed

With his song “Runaway” getting some airplay and a record deal inked, Jon Bon Jovi puts together a group that will make music under his name.

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane’ Hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with “Strawberry Fields Forever” on the flip side, The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” hit #1 in the U.S. on March 13, 1967, and their first Parlophone release in the U.K. to not reach #1 since 1963 (it peaked

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