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.

June 14, 1975: Frampton Records Show for ‘Comes Alive!’ Album

A concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom is recorded and used for a number of the tracks of Frampton’s breakout Comes Alive! album

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June 13, 1989: Jerry Lee Lewis Gets Walk of Fame Star

The piano-playing singer and notorious musical wild man both onstage and off received one of the ultimate symbols of American celebrity on this day.

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June 12, 1982: Ronstadt, Browne Protest Nukes in NYC

A crowd estimated between 750,000 to more than one million gathered on the Great Lawn in Manhattan’s Central Park in support of nuclear disarmament

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June 11, 1966: Formation of Cream Announced

The English weekly music paper Melody Maker revealed the news of the band, known as the first supergroup. Amazing how young their guitarist was…

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June 10, 1966: Janis Joplin Debuts With Big Brother

The Texas-born singer first appeared with the band that launched her to fame on this day at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom

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June 9, 1915: Les Paul Born in Waukesha, WI

Lester Poisfuss was born 101 years ago and is best known as the developer of the first solid-body electric guitar. Watch his performance with Steve Miller

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June 8, 1991: Bruce Springsteen Marries Patti Scialfa

In 1984, the singer became the first female member of the E Street Band. Over time and touring together the two would fall in love and marry in 1991.

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June 7, 1977: Led Zeppelin Plays 1st of 6 MSG Shows

It was the biggest US tour by any popular music act to date with multiple nights in major city arenas + stadiums. Many of the shows were plagued by violence

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June 4, 1992: Public Selects Elvis Presley Stamp

The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of remembering Elvis Presley as a young rocker on his commemorative stamp

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June 3, 1972: Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick Tops U.S. Chart

Tull parodied both progressive rock and concept albums, while at the same time succeeding as a notably successful example of both

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