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.

Jan 25, 1986: Albert Grossman, ex-Dylan Manager, Dies

The fiery-tempered manager who aided in the careers of Dylan, The Band and many others, was on a flight to Europe when he had a fatal heart attack.

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January 23, 1986: Rock Hall Inaugural Ceremony

“Black Tie” + “rock ‘n’ roll” aren’t often used in the same sentence. But 30 years ago today, the Rock Hall’s initial induction event matched those words

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Jan 21, 1966: George Harrison Marries Pattie Boyd

When they married, the group’s bachelor served as best man. (She later famously married another rock legend.) Watch the great footage of the young couple

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35 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Bites Head Off Bat

Did it happen? Setting the record straight on the legend of the rock star’s unusual diet of winged creatures, which began with a dove

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January 19, 2007: Denny Doherty Dies

Fifty years ago the Mamas and the Papas were on top of the world. Then it all fell apart. We remember Denny Doherty on the 10th anniversary of his death.

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Jan 18, 1964: Beatles First U.S. Chart Appearance

Capitol Records had resisted releasing The Beatles singles in America. When they finally issued “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they looked like geniuses

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January 17, 1969: Led Zeppelin Debut Released

Someone at a long-closed record store plunked down his $2.79 and bought the first copy of Led Zeppelin’s debut album. 8 million copies later…

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Jan 16, 1996: Jamaican Police Fire on Jimmy Buffett Seaplane

The Margaritaville singer’s aircraft was shot at by Jamaican police with the singer and his A-List guests on board. He turned the episode into a song

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50 Years Ago: Rolling Stones Change Lyric for Ed Sullivan

For their appearance on US television’s most important showcase, the Rolling Stones agreed to the CBS censors’ request to switch a “bawdy” lyric

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Jan 14, 1966: David Jones Ch-Ch-Changes to David Bowie

Another Davy Jones had already achieved significant entertainment success so a decision was made to switch from Jones to Bowie for a single released On This Day in 1966

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