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 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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June 5, 2016: Abba Perform Together After 30 Years

An impromptu performance at a Stockholm party was the first time the 4 members sang together in public since 1986. We’ve got video of the historic occasion

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25 Years Ago: Public Selects Elvis Presley Stamp

The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of remembering Elvis Presley as a young rocker on his commemorative stamp

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June 3, 1972: Jethro Tull ‘Thick as a Brick’ Hits #1

Tull parodied both progressive rock and concept albums, while at the same time succeeding as a notably successful example of both

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June 2, 1941: Charlie Watts Born in London

Drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts is at heart a jazz player and an impeccable dresser. Check out “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from his perspective

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June 1, ’68: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ #1

Director Mike Nichols had been listening to the duo’s music before, during and after filming his movie + invited Simon to submit a few songs for the soundtrack

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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 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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