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 6, 1965: Small Faces Release Debut Single in U.K.

The precursor to Faces were born in 1965. The East London quartet, specializing in high-energy R&B covers + a handful of originals, soon found a devoted audience

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August 6, 1970: Festival For Peace at Shea Stadium

Very little has been documented about this event which featured some of the biggest names in rock history, among them Janis Joplin, CCR and Paul Simon. And Dionne Warwick?

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August 5, 1947: Rick Derringer Born

He hit #1 in 1965 with “Hang On Sloopy” with his band The McCoys, worked with Johnny & Edgar Winter, wrote “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and more

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August 4, 1958: Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debuts

When they say a song is #1 or Top of the Pops, the chart they are talking about is the Billboard magazine Hot 100

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August 3, 1973: Stevie Wonder Releases ‘Innervisions’

On his 16th album in a decade Wonder needed a strong album. He nailed it. Like its predecessor, this one earned a wide audience and generated 3 hit singles

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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 Plays Leningrad, Makes History

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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