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 28, 1949: Bad Company’s Simon Kirke Born

The drummer who first made a name for himself with Free is also a multi-instrumentalist who records and performs as a singer-songwriter

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July 27, 1973: New York Dolls Debut Album Released

The legacy of the band spans from being named both Best New Band and Worst Band by Creem magazine to being today considered innovators who changed rock. That Vinyl appearance…

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July 26, 2001: Court Shuts Down Napster

In 1999, the peer-to-peer music file sharing network Napster launched. Two years later a federal appeals court ruled that its network must cease operations.

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July 25, ’64: Animals ‘Rising Sun’ Debuts, Causes Rift

The American folk song became the biggest single for the R&B-flavored British Invasion band, but a songwriting credit caused problems

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July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper’s Movie Opens

The best-laid plans of music moguls to make a film starring three of the best-selling musical acts of the day failed. A box-office bomb and total stinker.

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Happy Birthday to John Hall of Orleans

The singer and songwriter’s career includes writing the Top 5 hits “Still The One” & “Dance With Me” with his band Orleans and then turning to politics

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40 Years Ago: Elvis Costello ‘My Aim Is True’ Debuts

The English singer-songwriter was not backed by his longtime band, The Attractions, on his first LP + did a clever stunt to get noticed by his future label

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July 21, 1979: Robert Palmer Releases ‘Bad Case’

His second Top 20 single set him up for future Top 10 hits, Grammys and MTV video popularity before he died in 2003

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Smooth: Carlos Santana Turns 70!

Born in Mexico, he first started playing in Tijuana clubs as a youth. As the leader of one of the best-selling acts of all time, Santana remains the king of Latin rock

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Jan 10, 1981: Natalie Cole on Crack in Burning Hotel

Compare some of your worst days with Natalie Cole on crack… and then marvel at some of the deceased artist’s best days that followed

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