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.

September 23, 1980: Bob Marley’s Final Show

Bob Marley was showing and suffering from the effects of cancer when he played what would be his final concert, overcoming it to shine that night in 1980.

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September 22, 1985: First Farm Aid Concert

An off-the-cuff comment by Bob Dylan at Live Aid about the plight of the American farmer led to its creation. Watch some of the great performances that first year

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September 21, 2011: REM Retires

With virtually little hoopla, no farewell celebrations, and in a genuine spirit of friendship and shared respect – Imagine that – the band break up

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September 20, 1973: Jim Croce Dies

His national career only lasted some two years. But classic hits like the #1 songs “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and “I Got a Name” keep his memory alive

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September 19, 1985: PMRC vs. Rockers Senate Hearings

Record labels had already punked out and agreed to put warning labels on certain records, Speaking for the defense: the team of Zappa, Snider and Denver

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September 18, 1976: Boston ‘More Than a Feeling’ Released

The song that helped launch its band to superstardom in 1976 has a riff that sounds a lot like another classic that did the same thing in 1991.

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Sept 17, 1967: The Who on Smothers Brothers Show

The Who had a blast on their now-legendary U.S. TV show debut and were a smash hit – literally – as Keith Moon’s drum kit exploded

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September 16, 1998: Lou Reed Plays The White House

The onetime underground rocker played for the assembled dignitaries, politicians and guests who enjoyed “Sweet Jane” as their after dinner treat

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1965: Music Goes Mobile with 8-Track Tapes

Do you remember when it was a big deal to have an 8-track player in your car? Check out Ford’s 1966 Mustang ad featuring a “stereosonic tape player”…

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September 14, 2003: Jet Releases First Album

The Australian band Jet prove in the 2000s that rock music with classic roots can still resonate with modern audiences and sell millions of albums.

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