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.

75 Years Ago: Doug Sahm Born

Revered by critics and fellow musicians as a roots music sage, Texan Doug Sahm had a pop hit in 1965 with “She’s About a Mover” as The Sir Douglas Quintet.

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November 5, 1965: The Who Release My Generation

The song captured the era lyrically, musically and sonically. While it has stood the test of time as a rock anthem, US audiences ignored it upon its release

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November 4, 1978: Linda Ronstadt ‘Living in the USA’ Hits #1

Her ninth album found Ronstadt’s career as a pop-rock singer in full bloom, well on her way to becoming one of the best-selling musical acts of all time.

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November 3, 1992: Bon Jovi Releases ‘Keep the Faith’

When the band emerged from a four-year stretch between albums, their sound had changed and matured. Jon had shorter hair. They were ready for the next phase.

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November 2, 1974: George Harrison First Solo Tour Begins

The former Beatle’s Dark Horse tour was a disappointment for some fans and critics. And likely the artist himself, who didn’t tour again until 1991

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On This Day: Billboard Magazine First Published

Billboard is known as the “Music Business Bible” for its recorded music sales/airplay charts and trade reporting on the music industry

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October 31, 1963: Ed Sullivan Sees Beatlemania

American TV host Ed Sullivan was at London’s Heathrow Airport on this day when The Beatles arrived back from Sweden, greeted by hundreds of screaming girls.

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October 30, 1947: Timothy B. Schmit Born

The one member of the California country-rock band The Eagles that is from the state, he was also a member of Poco and has worked with many other acts.

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45 Years Ago: Duane Allman Passes

Duane Allman’s death in a motorcycle accident on this day cut short the career of an astonishingly talented guitar player who became a six-string icon

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October 28, 1964: ‘The T.A.M.I Show’ Filmed

It’s the hip granddaddy of rock concert movies with an amazing line-up of acts: The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Beach Boys, Supremes, Chuck Berry & more!

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