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.

April 11, 1970: Peter Green Quits Fleetwood Mac

They started out as a British blues band and were on the verge of success when their co-founder announced he was getting out.

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April 10, 1976: Frampton Comes Alive Hits #1

He was a journeyman rocker with a decade of experience behind him, but he still hadn’t broken through. Then he released a live album.

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April 7, 1962: Mick and Keith Meet Brian Jones

In a new London club devoted to American blues, two fans met a third on this date. Soon they started making their own blues. Soon they’d be world-famous.

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April 6, 2016: Merle Haggard Dies at 79

A genuine outlaw throughout his life and career, his songs were covered by rockers like the Byrds and the Grateful Dead.

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April 5, 1998: Drummer Cozy Powell Dies in Car Crash

The drummer who played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson and Lake, and so many others died on this day. RIP to a master musician.

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April 4, 1964: The Beatles Hold Top 5 Chart Spots

No other artist had done it before and none has since. Not only did the Beatles own the top 5, but they had 7 other singles in the Hot 100!

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April 2, 1977: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Hits #1

After years as a highly respected English blues band, they made some changes and went pop. Soon, they owned the top of the chart.

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April 1, 1984: Marvin Gaye Killed By His Father

Few stories in popular music history are more shocking. On This Day, after numerous arguments, the soul legend’s father shot his own son dead

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March 31, 1958: Chuck Berry ‘Johnny B. Goode’ Out

He “could play a guitar just like a-ringin’ a bell” but he was no country boy. How one of the great rock ‘n’ roll anthems came to be.

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March 30, 1967: ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Photo Shoot

Paul McCartney had an idea for the Beatles’ next album cover. He explained it to the artist and photographer and they went to work.

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