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.

July 14, 1995: MP3 Gets Named

The music encoding and compression format that changed how we listen to music was given its name on this day. So what does Suzanne Vega have to do with it?

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July 13, 1985: Live Aid Rocks the Planet

In the biggest charity concert in music history, more than 50 artists played in London and Philadelphia for 1.5 billion people watching on TV around the globe. Watch some great clips

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July 12, 1996: Smashing Pumpkins Death on Tour

The alternative rock band were touring arenas on their hit Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness LP when one player died and another was arrested in NYC

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July 11, 1922: Hollywood Bowl Opens

The legendary Los Angeles venue is known for its historic 1964 & ’65 Beatles shows that yielded a live album, plus significant Doors, Who & Genesis concerts.

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July 10, 1965: Rolling Stones Satisfaction Hits #1

Is it the greatest rock single to ever top the charts? Our writer still gets as much “Satisfaction” from the Stones classic, maybe more

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July 9, 1983: Police Score Their Only U.S. #1

It rode the top of the U.S. charts for eight weeks, won two Grammys, and went on to sell more than 10 million copies. Find out how long it took to write

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July 8, 1967: Jimi Hendrix Joins Monkees Tour

A real head-scratcher of a concert bill. But The Monkees wanted Jimi to open for them, and Hendrix’s manager thought it was a good idea. It didn’t last long

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July 7, 1941: Bassist Jim Rodford Born

A founding member of Argent, Rodford also played for 18 years with The Kinks and now is bassist with the reconvened Zombies

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July 6, 1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney Meet

The Beatles began when Paul heard John’s skiffle band play at a church party and were introduced after the show by a mutual friend

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July 5, 1954: Elvis Records First Single

Rock music began its rise with “That’s All Right,” a song Presley cut with producer Sam Phlllips. How much is legend and how much is fact?

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