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.

June 15, 1989: Nirvana Releases Bleach LP

The first album by the trio initially sold some 40,000 copies. Their success eventually made it the biggest release in their label’s history

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June 14, ’75: Peter Frampton Records ‘Alive!’ Concert

A concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom is recorded and used for a number of the tracks of Frampton’s breakout Comes Alive! album

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June 14, ’16: Wings Guitarist Henry McCullough Dies

The musician was also known for his work with Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, Spooky Tooth and others. McCartney praised his “My Love” solo

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June 13, ’89: Jerry Lee Lewis Gets Hollywood Star

The piano-playing singer and notorious musical wild man both onstage and off received one of the ultimate symbols of American celebrity on this day.

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June 12, 1982: Ronstadt, Browne at Anti-Nukes Rally

A crowd estimated between 750,000 to more than one million gathered on the Great Lawn in Manhattan’s Central Park in support of nuclear disarmament

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June 11, 1966: Formation of Cream Announced

The English weekly music paper Melody Maker revealed the news of the band, known as the first supergroup. Amazing how young their guitarist was…

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June 10, 1966: Janis Joplin Debuts With Big Brother

The Texas-born singer first appeared with the band that launched her to fame on this day at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom

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June 9, 1915: Rock Architect Les Paul Born

Lester Poisfuss was born 101 years ago and is best known as the developer of the first solid-body electric guitar. Watch his performance with Steve Miller

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June 8, 1991: Bruce Springsteen Marries Patti Scialfa

In 1984, the singer became the first female member of the E Street Band. Over time and touring together the two would fall in love and marry in 1991.

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June 7, ’77: Led Zeppelin Plays 1st of 6 MSG Shows

It was the biggest US tour by any popular music act to date with multiple nights in major city arenas + stadiums. Many of the shows were plagued by violence

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