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.

Feb 27, 1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Pearl’ Hits #1 for 9-Week Run

It was the album that fulfilled the Texas-born blues-rock singer’s artistic promise. Alas she was gone and unable to enjoy its success.

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Feb 26, 1997: The Beatles Win Three Grammys

The history of The Beatles & the Grammy Awards is strange and disappointing

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Feb 25, 1993: Marshall Tucker’s Toy Caldwell Dies

The guitarist and primary songwriter for one of southern rock’s leading bands passes away.

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Feb 24, 1992: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love Wedding

With a baby on the way, the Nirvana front man tied the knot with the leader of the band Hole. One of Nirvana’s members chose not to attend

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Feb 23, 2000: Santana Sweeps Grammy Awards

The legendary guitarist tied the record set by Michael Jackson for most wins in a night. Watch him perform a #1 hit and accept a big award from Bob Dylan

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Feb 22, 1989: Jethro Tull Inexplicably Wins First Metal Grammy

The winning act may have deserved an award, but not for this category. “Everybody took it for granted that Metallica were gonna win, including Metallica…”

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Feb 21, 1975: David Bowie Releases ‘Young Americans’ 45

This soulful single from the “Thin White Duke” helped launch Bowie’s U.S. breakthrough. Do you know the guest musicians on the recording?

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Feb 20, 2003: Great White Nightclub Fire Tragedy

Rock music’s most fatal concert disaster never should have happened on this day due to a tragic series of avoidable errors

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February 19, 1980: Bon Scott Dies

The AC/DC singer remains atop or close to it on the honor roll of greatest hard rock singers ever. “Death by misadventure”

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Feb 18, 1990: Freddie Mercury’s Last Public Appearance

His gaunt appearance, when Queen were honored at the Brit Awards, raised concerns. “We didn’t know what was wrong for a very long time.”

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