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.

Happy 70th Birthday, Rick Derringer!

He hit #1 in 1965 with “Hang On Sloopy” with his band The McCoys, worked with Johnny & Edgar Winter, wrote “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and more

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August 4, 1958: Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debuts

When they say a song is #1, the chart they are talking about is the Billboard magazine Hot 100. See what the very first chart topper was and some eye-opening totals

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Aug 4, ’15: Billy Joel Closes Venue With Paul Simon

The Long Island native has had many memorable concerts at the venue. The “Piano Man” closed it–and reopened it 18 months later

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August 3, 1973: Stevie Wonder Releases ‘Innervisions’

On his 16th album in a decade Wonder needed a strong album. He nailed it. Like its predecessor, this one earned a wide audience and generated 3 hit singles

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August 3, 2006: Love’s Arthur Lee Dies

The frontman and leader of the 1960s Los Angeles band Love is one of classic rock’s stars that should have been and was admired by artists then and now.

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August 2, 1987: Billy Joel Makes History in Leningrad

The first major American rocker to bring a large-scale rock concert to the country when he accepted an invitation from the Kremlin to play several concerts on Russian soil

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August 1, 1981: MTV Debuts

The notion of a 24-hour cable TV channel airing music videos was hardly an assured success when MTV launched. It proved to be a media game changer

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July 31, 1923: Atlantic Records Founder Ahmet Ertegun Born

His biographer called Ahmet Ertegun “The Last Sultan.” Truly hip, smart + a devoted lover of music, he presided over the legendary label with style + grace

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July 30, 1977: Andy Gibb Hits #1

The Bee Gees’ Barry, Robin and Maurice’s younger brother enjoyed a huge hit of his own but the trappings of success caught up with him

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July 30, 1968: Beatles London Boutique Closes

A store “where beautiful people can buy beautiful things” was one of the first ventures by The Beatles’ Apple Corps. It did not work out quite as planned.

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