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.

Jan 21, 1966: George Harrison Marries Pattie Boyd

When they married, the group’s bachelor served as best man. (She later famously married another rock legend.) Watch the great footage of the young couple

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January 20, 1982: Ozzy Osbourne Bites Head Off Bat

Did it happen? Setting the record straight on the legend of the rock star’s unusual diet of winged creatures, which began with a dove

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Jan 19, 2007: Mamas & Papas’ Denny Doherty Dies

The Mamas and the Papas were on top of the world. Then it all fell apart. We remember Doherty on the anniversary of his death

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Jan 18, 1964: Beatles First US Chart Appearance

Capitol Records had resisted releasing their singles in America. When they finally issued “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they looked like geniuses

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Jan. 17, 1969: Led Zeppelin Debut – U.S. Release

On This Day, someone at a long-closed record store plunked down $2.79 and bought the first copy of the band’s debut album. 8 million copies later…

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Jan 16, 1996: Jamaican Police Fire on Jimmy Buffett Seaplane

The Margaritaville singer’s aircraft was shot at by Jamaican police with the singer and his A-List guests on board. He turned the episode into a song

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Jan 15, ’67: Rolling Stones Spend ‘Time’ on Sullivan

For their appearance on US television’s most important showcase, the Rolling Stones agreed to the CBS censors’ request to switch a “bawdy” lyric

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Jan 15, 2018: Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies

Shocking news as word arrives that the Irish band’s lead vocalist and front woman died suddenly while recording in London

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January 15, 1972: Don McLean ‘American Pie’ Hits #1

Millions were trying to figure out the message and meaning of the song in 1972. Only trouble was… McLean hadn’t intended any

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Jan 14, 1966: David Jones Becomes David Bowie

Another Davy Jones had already achieved significant entertainment success so a decision was made to switch from Jones to Bowie for a single released On This Day in 1966

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