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.

November 9, 1999: Eagles ‘Hits’ Century’s Top Seller

The first greatest hits collection from the Eagles was the U.S.’s biggest selling album of the 20th century, among its many firsts

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November 8, 1994: Sonny Bono Elected to Congress

His beat went on from singing, writing and producing hit songs with his wife Cher to becoming the mayor of Palm Springs, CA and then a member of Congress

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Nov 7, 1970: MGM Records Drops Druggie Acts

Label President Mike Curb says he is purging acts whose music condones drug usage, and drops The Velvet Underground… but also The Cowsills. Huh?

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November 6, 1941: 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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Nov 5, 1965: The Who Release My Generation in US

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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Nov 4, 1978: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘USA’ Hits #1

Her ninth album, again produced by Peter Asher, found her career as a pop-rock singer in full bloom, with more hits from some well-chosen covers

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Nov 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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Nov 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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