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.

July 5, 1954: Elvis Records First Single

Rock music began its rise with “That’s All Right,” a song Presley cut with producer Sam Phlllips. How much is legend and how much is fact?

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July 4, 1969: Atlanta International Pop Festival Rocks

Six weeks before Woodstock unfurled America’s freak flag to show the counterculture had truly taken hold, the Atlanta Pop Festival rocked the Deep South.

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July 3, 1969/1971: Brian Jones, Jim Morrison Die

The deaths of two iconic classic rock stars on the same day two years apart are both fraught with questions, rumor + speculation about the causes + circumstances

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July 2, 1991: Axl Rose Sparks Riot at Guns N’ Roses Gig

After Rose got into a tussle at a GN’R show near St. Louis 25 years ago and ended the concert early, the angry crowd showed an appetite for destruction

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July 1, 1978: Texxas Jam Debuts

From 1978 to ’88, the Texxas World Music Festival aka Texxas Jam was America’s premier annual rock event featuring many of the biggest acts of the day

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June 30, 1975: Gregg Allman and Cher Marry

Just days after her divorce to Sonny Bono was final, Cher and Gregg Allman tied the knot and then made an album together. The marriage was fated not to last

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June 29, 1979: Lowell George Dies

The primary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the L.A.-based group passed away from heart failure in a hotel room at age 34 while on a solo tour

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June 28, 1997: Pink Floyd DSOTM Hits Chart Landmark

The 1973 release hit a benchmark on the U.S. album charts 19 years ago today. Its consistent sales make it the #3 best-selling album ever. How many at #1?

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June 27, 1971: Fillmore East Closes

From 1968 – 1971, Bill Graham’s Fillmore East was one of rock music’s premier venues, hosting many classic rock legends and the site of numerous live albums

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June 26, 1965: Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man Soars to #1

The mid-1960s folk-rock boom began when the Los Angeles band of plugged-in ex-folkies topped the pop charts both in the U.S, & U.K. with a Bob Dylan song.

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