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.

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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October 17, 1969: Kinks Play First US Show in 4 Years

For reasons that are unclear and complicated, The Kinks were unable to play America from 1965 to ’69, with a first show back at the Fillmore East.

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October 14, 1988: UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ Finally Goes #1

You can’t keep a good song down. But sometimes it takes a while to be fully appreciated. In this case, five years. Or 20, depending on where you begin counting. “Red Red Wine” was written by Neil Diamond and first

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October 12, 1969: Paul Is Dead?

It was one of the biggest pre-Internet “memes” ever: Paul McCartney had died and replaced by a lookalike. “Clues” could be found throughout his band’s albums.

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October 8, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis Records ‘Great Balls of Fire’

The third single by Jerry Lee Lewis was the biggest hit of his career, selling one million copies within a mere 10 days of its being released.

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October 7, 1969: ‘Get Together’ Goes Gold

The We Five first had a modest hit with it. When The Youngbloods put it out in 1967 it stalled. When it was re-released in 1969 it hit #5

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October 2, 1986: Everlys Get Walk of Fame Star

With #1 hits like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown,” Don and Phil Everly influenced the harmony singing of The Beatles and many others.

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August 2, 1992: Henley Sings on Anti-Don Song

Gotta hand it to the guy: Singing along on a song that calls for your death is a pretty cool move

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May 29, 1991: Kurt Cobain Meets Courtney Love at L.A. Gig After Making Nevermind

When Nirvana was asked to join the bill of a benefit show at L.A.’s Jabberjaw club just after making Nevermind, Kurt Cobain ended up meeting his future wife Courtney Love.

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