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.

Janis Joplin: January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

At the best musical and likely personal time in her life – the pain and blues in her voice was real – an accidental heroin overdose killed Janis Joplin.

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October 3, 1978: Aerosmith Bails Out Pot Smokers

As the band played a concert in Fort Wayne Indiana, several dozen concertgoers were busted for smoking tobacco, drinking beer and possession of marijuana

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October 2, 1986: Everly Brothers Get Hollywood Star

With #1 hits like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown,” Don and Phil Everly influenced the harmony singing of The Beatles

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October 1, 1969: Beatles Abbey Road U.S. Release

It is the final album recorded by The Beatles as they were in the process of breaking up. Yet it sounds like a band album and is rated by some as their best.

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Sept 30, 1993: George Harrison on The Simpsons

Way back in Season 5, David Crosby presented Homer Simpson with a Grammy. Harrison introduces himself to Homer and hips him to free brownies

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September 28, 1972: David Bowie Makes NYC Debut

It wasn’t just a concert. Bowie’s debut in New York City was an occasion that signaled his arrival at the cutting edge of the pop culture

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September 27, 1986: Metallica’s Cliff Burton Dies

Many feel that Metallica, for all its global success, hasn’t been as great a band since bassist Cliff Burton died on this day. His bandmates may well agree.

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Sept 26, 1964: Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ Milestone

It’s far more than simply their first chart hit. It’s a song that influenced garage rock, heavy metal and punk – especially its guitar riff

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Sept 25, 1965: Beatles Cartoon Series Debuts

After seeing the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, Al Brodax approached the group’s management about creating an animated series. It used their actual songs

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September 25, 1980: John Bonham Death

After a vodka bender the previous day before, during and after a tour rehearsal, Led Zeppelin’s beloved drummer Bonzo was found dead

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