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.

50 Years Ago: Carl Wilson Drafted But Objects

The Beach Boy was indicted, arrested and faced serious charges, jail and more in his battle with the government over serving in the military

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January 2, 1979: Sid Vicious Murder Trial Begins

The Sex Pistols bassist had been arrested for allegedly stabbing girlfriend Nancy Spungen but one month after the trial started, it came to a shocking end

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Jan 1, 1972: Three Dog Night First Rock Band in Roses Parade

Three Dog Night were at the top of their game when they became the first rock band to ride a float at the annual Tournament of Roses parade

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December 31, 1984: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Loses Arm

An auto accident resulted in the loss of the drummer’s left arm but not the end of his career

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Dec 30, 2006: Rod Stewart on Queen’s Honor List

Rod the Mod was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a step below his eventual knighthood. We’ve got the short list of rockers you call “Sir”

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Dec 29, 1973: Jim Croce ‘Time in a Bottle’ Hits #1

Three months after his death, the singer-songwriter earned the second #1 single of his career. We can only imagine how many more he would have enjoyed

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Dec 28, 1975: Audience Member Aims Pistol at Ted Nugent

At a performance in Spokane, Washington, an audience member aimed a gun at the classic rocker

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Dec 27, 1989: Chuck Berry Sued, Accused of Peeping

A cook and later more women who either worked or patronized the Southern Air restaurant near St. Louis, MO accused Berry of taping them at the toilets.

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Dec 26, 1963: Capitol Releases Beatles ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’

Capitol Records had resisted releasing The Beatles singles in America. When they finally agreed to issue “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they had to rush it out

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December 24, 1974: Rock Stars Go Caroling

Details are sketchy to say the least, but On This Day James Taylor, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell sang holiday carols to surprised LA crowds

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