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 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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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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