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.

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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January 11, 1964: Whisky a Go Go Opens in L.A.

The Whisky a Go Go has been a live music staple on the Sunset Strip for a good half century.

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Jan 10, 1981: Natalie Cole on Crack in Burning Hotel

Compare some of your worst days with Natalie Cole on crack… and then marvel at some of the deceased artist’s best days that followed

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Jan 9, 1981: Members of The Specials Fined for Inciting Riot

How much was it worth back in 1980 to be in an English band and start a riot? Nearly $700!

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January 8, 1991: Def Leppard’s Steve Clark Dies

A fatal combination of alcohol along with legal and illegal drugs took the guitarist’s life while he was on a leave of absence from the band

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Jan 7, 1970: Woodstock Farmer Max Yasgur Sued by Neighbors

The dairy farmer helped the organizers by hosting the 1969 music festival. And he also knew that hosting history was priceless

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Jan 6, 1975: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash Boston Garden

The Boston Garden let fans into its lobby one cold winter night as they waited to buy tickets to a Led Zeppelin show – A big mistake as it turned out.

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January 5, 2004: Ray Davies Shot in New Orleans

The Kinks’ singer and a female companion were approached by two men who grabbed the woman’s pocketbook and fled. Davies chased after them and was shot.

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Jan 4, 1970: Keith Moon Accidentally Kills His Driver

Confronted by threatening skinheads after a night of drinking, The Who drummer tries to protect his friends

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50 Years Ago: Carl Wilson Drafted But Objects

The Beach Boy was indicted, arrested and faced serious charges, jail and more in his battle with the government over serving in the military

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