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.

February 5, 1957: American Rock ‘n’ Roll Invades Britain

When original U.S. rocker Bill Haley toured the U.K., the mania foreshadowed The Beatles arriving in America. British stars weigh-in on his impact

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Feb 4, 1968: Teen Fans Sing on Beatles Song

The true story about the two teenage girls who actually joined the Fab Four as they recorded “Across The Universe.”

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February 4, 2016: That’s Sir Van Morrison to You

Van the Man is among the select few of rock icons to be honored with the Order of the British Empire

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February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

It was the day when the new youthful music first met the cold fact of death.

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February 1, 1964: The Beatles First U.S. #1 Single

On This Day, Beatlemania was in full force as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the band’s first single to top the U.S. charts. Some amazing stats…

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Jan 29, 1969: Glen Campbell Variety Show Debuts

Despite the so-called “rural purge” of TV shows in the late ’60s, CBS launched The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour to capitalize on the singer’s appeal

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Jan. 27, 1984: Michael Jackson Burned in Commercial Shoot

In Los Angeles to film a Pepsi commercial, the superstar got too close to a fireworks display. His life would never be the same.

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Jan 25, 1986: Albert Grossman, ex-Dylan Manager, Dies

The fiery-tempered manager who aided in the careers of Dylan, The Band and many others, was on a flight to Europe when he had a fatal heart attack.

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January 23, 1986: Rock Hall Inaugural Ceremony

“Black Tie” + “rock ‘n’ roll” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But 30 years ago today, the Rock Hall’s initial induction event matched those words

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Jan 21, 1966: George Harrison Marries Pattie Boyd

When they married, the group’s bachelor served as best man. (She later famously married another rock legend.) Watch the great footage of the young couple

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