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.

May 31, 1961: Jimi Hendrix Enlists in U.S. Army

Why did a judge give the 19-year-old future rock superstar a choice: do two years in prison or join the military? How long did his hitch last?

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May 30, 1955: Clash Drummer Topper Headon Born

A key member of what’s considered the definitive line-up from 1977 until he was fired due to drug problems in ’82, he wrote most of the music to the band’s biggest single, “Rock The Casbah.”

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May 29, 1991: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love Meet

When Nirvana was asked to join the bill of a benefit show at L.A.’s Jabberjaw club just after making Nevermind, Kurt Cobain ended up meeting his future wife Courtney Love

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May 28, 1945: John Fogerty Born

Though he was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Fogerty wrote numerous rock classics with Creedence Clearwater Revival that are redolent with the styles, imagery and spirit of the American South.

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May 27, 1977: Sex Pistols Release ‘God Save the Queen’

Their 2nd single sparked outrage in the UK with its blast at the monarchy. Find out where it reached on the chart despite being banned from the radio

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May 27, 1957: Buddy Holly ‘That’ll Be the Day’ Released

The title of the first hit song by the legend + his band came from a line used by John Wayne in one of his films. We’ve got a surprising chart fact

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May 26, 1966: Beatles Record ‘Yellow Submarine’

The highest charting U.S. Beatles single with lead vocals by Ringo Starr, “Yellow Submarine” was mostly written by Paul McCartney as a children’s song, though much else would later be speculatively read into it.

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May 25, 1969: The Who, Led Zeppelin Share a Bill

The two legendary classic rock bands only played together once + the tickets misspelled the opening act’s name. We’ve got audio of both bands’ performances.

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May 23, 2017: James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dies

He appeared as the iconic British secret agent in seven films including ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved Me,’ and also starred in TV’s ‘The Saint.’

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May 22, 2017: Musicians React to Manchester Attack

Classic rock stars and other entertainers expressed their grief for the victims of the terrorist bombing, and held a benefit concert two weeks later

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