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.

August 3, 2006: Love’s Arthur Lee Dies

The frontman and leader of the 1960s Los Angeles band Love is one of classic rock’s stars that should have been and was admired by artists then and now.

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August 2, 1987: Billy Joel Makes History in Leningrad

The first major American rocker to bring a large-scale rock concert to the country when he accepted an invitation from the Kremlin to play several concerts on Russian soil

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August 1, 1981: MTV Debuts

The notion of a 24-hour cable TV channel airing music videos was hardly an assured success when MTV launched. It proved to be a media game changer

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July 31, 1923: Atlantic Records Founder Ahmet Ertegun Born

His biographer called Ahmet Ertegun “The Last Sultan.” Truly hip, smart + a devoted lover of music, he presided over the legendary label with style + grace

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July 30, 1977: Andy Gibb Hits #1

The Bee Gees’ Barry, Robin and Maurice’s younger brother enjoyed a huge hit of his own but the trappings of success caught up with him

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July 30, 1968: Beatles London Boutique Closes

A store “where beautiful people can buy beautiful things” was one of the first ventures by The Beatles’ Apple Corps. It did not work out quite as planned.

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July 29, 1967: The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ Hits #1

The band’s first and biggest hit spent three weeks at #1 in the summer of 1967 and we’ve got some facts you may not know

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July 28, 1949: Bad Company’s Simon Kirke Born

The drummer who first made a name for himself with Free is also a multi-instrumentalist who records and performs as a singer-songwriter

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July 27, 1973: New York Dolls Debut Album Released

The legacy of the band spans from being named both Best New Band and Worst Band by Creem magazine to being today considered innovators who changed rock. That Vinyl appearance…

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July 26, 2001: Court Shuts Down Napster

In 1999, the peer-to-peer music file sharing network Napster launched. Two years later a federal appeals court ruled that its network must cease operations.

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