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.

May 21, 1983: David Bowie Tops U.S. Hot 100 with ‘Let’s Dance’

The former glam rocker made his mark on the early ’80s new wave dance music scene with the Nile Rodgers-produced track.

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May 20, 1967: The Young Rascals Hit #1 with ‘Groovin’

The blue-eyed soul of New Jersey’s The Young Rascals met the spirit of The Summer of Love in “Groovin'” – the second #1 single by the band.

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May 19, 1945: Pete Townshend Born

He grew up to become an icon of classic rock, and did not die before he got old, turning 71 years old today and still rocking.

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May 18, 1980: Joy Division’s Ian Curtis Commits Suicide

Those close to the singer cite a number of factors that may have fed into his decision to take his own life at just 23. Do you know which band the remaining members formed?

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May 17, 1966: Bob Dylan Called ‘Judas’ in Manchester U.K.

Less than a year after Dylan had “gone electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, a heckler called him Judas at a concert. See how Dylan responded. The concert is now part of his official Bootleg series

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May 16, 1966: Beach Boys Release Pet Sounds 50 Years Ago

The album is considered to be Brian Wilson’s masterpiece. He began working on it in 1965 while the rest of the band was on tour. It yielded 3 hit singles and a lasting influence

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May 16, 1946: Robert Fripp Born

The founding member of King Crimson was one of the leaders of the progressive rock movement. He has since collaborated with the likes of Eno, Bowie + Gabriel

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Phil Collins 65th Birthday, News

The longtime Genesis singer and drummer is poised for a comeback in 2016 as he works on getting past numerous personal and physical issues

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October 21, 1977: Meat Loaf ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Released

Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman struggled to get it made, released and played on radio. Yet the album became an all-time best seller

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October 18, 1926/63: Chuck Berry Born/Out of Jail

One of the founding fathers of rock ‘n ‘roll music, Chuck Berry did a stint in prison in the early 1960s after an astonishing run of now classic hit singles

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