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.

August 28, 1964: Bob Dylan Gets The Beatles High

Dylan didn’t just have a musical influence on The Beatles. When they first met, he also turned them onto marijuana. “We got high and laughed our asses off.”

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August 27, 1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan Dies

Recently sober and enjoying a creative and personal blossoming, guitarist, singer and songwriter died in a helicopter accident on this day

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August 26, 1970: Electric Lady Studios Opens

Jimi Hendrix wanted to build a recording studio that was designed with the needs, comfort and spirit of creative musical artists in mind. He succeeded.

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August 25, 1970: Elton John Plays First U.S. Concert

The artist now known as Sir Elton John made his U.S. debut with a big splash at The Troubadour club in Los Angeles with several rock stars in attendance

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August 24, 1975: Queen Start Recording Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen’s nearly six-minute long-song hit the upper reaches of the U.S. and U.K. singles charts not once but twice. Things you didn’t know about their masterpiece

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August 23, 1970: Derek & The Dominos Start Layla LP

Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon convened with producer Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios in Miami to begin recording their debut album

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August 22, 1970: Creedence’s Cosmo’s Factory Hits #1

CCR’s fifth LP topped the Album Chart for multiple weeks, yielded a slew of Top 5 hits and has sold more than four million copies

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August 21, 1958: Ricky Nelson Cuts Lonesome Town

The star of a popular 1950s family sitcom whose rock ‘n’ roll music doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping popularize the music

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August 20, 1952: The Knack’s Doug Fieger Born

Fieger rocketed to fame and best-selling stature in 1979 as frontman for The Knack, powered by the mega-hit single “My Sharona.” He passed away in 2010.

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August 18, 1978: The Who Release ‘Who Are You’

The Who’s 8th studio album was their first in three years. Three weeks’ after its release, the band were in for a shock. Watch the recording of the title track

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