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.

January 20, 1982: Ozzy Osbourne Bites Head Off Bat

Did it happen? Setting the record straight on the legend of the rock star’s unusual diet of winged creatures, which began with a dove

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Jan 19, 2007: Mamas & Papas’ Denny Doherty Dies

Fifty years ago the Mamas and the Papas were on top of the world. Then it all fell apart. We remember Denny Doherty on the anniversary of his death.

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Jan 18, 1964: Beatles First US Chart Appearance

Capitol Records had resisted releasing their singles in America. When they finally issued “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they looked like geniuses

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January 17, 1969: Led Zeppelin Debut Released

Someone at a long-closed record store plunked down his $2.79 and bought the first copy of Led Zeppelin’s debut album. 8 million copies later…

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Jan 16, 1996: Jamaican Police Fire on Jimmy Buffett Seaplane

The Margaritaville singer’s aircraft was shot at by Jamaican police with the singer and his A-List guests on board. He turned the episode into a song

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Jan 15, ’67: Rolling Stones Spend ‘Time’ on Sullivan

For their appearance on US television’s most important showcase, the Rolling Stones agreed to the CBS censors’ request to switch a “bawdy” lyric

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January 15, 1972: Don McLean ‘American Pie’ Hits #1

Millions were trying to figure out the message and meaning of the song in 1972. Only trouble was… McLean hadn’t intended any

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Jan 14, 1966: David Jones Becomes David Bowie

Another Davy Jones had already achieved significant entertainment success so a decision was made to switch from Jones to Bowie for a single released On This Day in 1966

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January 13, 1973: Eric Clapton’s ‘Rainbow Concert’

Pete Townshend figured the best thing for his heroin-addicted lovesick pal was to play some music. So he organized a concert with some of the biggest names in British rock

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Jan 12, 1985: ‘Born in the USA’ Tops ‘Purple Rain’

After Prince enjoyed a record-setting run at the top, he was replaced by another classic rock masterpiece when Bruce Springsteen’s biggest seller took over

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