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 10, 1971: Carole King Releases ‘Tapestry’

Her masterpiece set chart and sales records and was a signature album of the early 1970s while helping to launch the singer-songwriter movement

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February 9, 2009: Robert Plant Nabs 5 Grammys for Raising Sand

Though Led Zeppelin had been largely snubbed by the Recording Academy, its singer scored big this night with a huge solo album

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February 8, 1990: Del Shannon Dies at 55

The veteran rock was admired and produced by artists like Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty and had been enjoying a career resurgence

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February 7, 1964: The Beatles First US Visit

Beatlemania and the British Invasion were just getting started as the Fab Four arrived at New York’s JFK Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans

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February 6, 1990: Billy Idol Motorcycle Accident

Run a red light and pay a price. Injuries weren’t all that Idol suffered when be crashed his Harley. Movie roles went away, too

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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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