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.

March 29, 2016: Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman Dies

The pianist in the group that bore his name and recorded the indelible 1960s anthem “Something in the Air” was a protege of Pete Townshend

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March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton Marries Pattie Boyd

“I’d rather she was with him than some dope.” That was George Harrison’s response when asked how he felt about his ex-wife marrying his friend

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March 25, 1967: The Who & Cream Make U.S. Debut

Amidst the many bands playing at a New York concert hosted by DJ Murray the K were two that were new to American audiences

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March 24, 1958: Elvis Inducted Into the Army

When the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was called upon to serve his country, he went with a smile. On this date, he became Private Elvis Presley.

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March 23, 1985: Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley Wed

She had no idea who the piano player was. He knew who she was though. In fact, they’d met before. Now he wanted to make her his ‘Uptown Girl.’

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Mar. 22, ’65: Dylan’s New ‘Bringing… Back Home’ LP

As 1965 dawned, with the Beatles having redrawn the map, the singer-songwriter from Minnesota knew he wanted to try something different

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March 21, 1964: Beatles ‘She Loves You’ Hits #1

They were already on top in the US with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Then they replaced themselves. And then they did it again! The fab chart story

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March 20, 1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Bobby McGee’ Hits #1

When Janis heard Kris Kristofferson’s song she had to record it. A few days later she was dead, but it went on to become her only #1 single

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March 19, 1982: Guitarist Randy Rhoads Dies

He was only 25, and one of the most promising guitarists in rock. One night in Florida he boarded a small plane and it didn’t end well. RIP.

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