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.

December 13, 2003: Jack White Assaults Musician

If you have differences with Jack White… let’s just say he’s not the type to back down. (Warning: picture in story may be disturbing to some readers.)

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Dec 12, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis Marries Cousin, 13

The U.K. press discovered that the Killer was married to his cousin when he arrived to tour there – a scandal even if their kings had done the same

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December 11, 1964: Sam Cooke Shot Dead

The gospel turned soul singer was one of the greatest R&B talents of all time. He was shot by the manager of a Los Angeles motel at age 33

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Dec 10, 2016: Patti Smith ‘Nervous’ Speech at Bob Dylan’s Nobel Ceremony

“I apologize… Sorry, I’m so nervous.” The rock poetess performed a challenging Dylan song at the prestigious event, faltering twice. The audience forgave her

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December 10, 2015: Janis Joplin Porsche Sells at Auction

The classic rock legend’s psychedelic convertible was sold by her siblings at auction via Sotheby’s. The singer had bought the car as a present to herself

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December 10, 1967: Otis Redding Dies in Plane Crash

He was on his way from Cleveland, OH to Madison, WI when his plane crashed into a lake. Back in Memphis, his best song ever awaited his last touches.

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December 9, 2003: Ozzy Osbourne Crashes His ATV

A leisurely ride across his U.K. estate became a health nightmare for the star after it crashed. Result: an 8-day coma and broken bones

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Dec. 8, 2016: Mick Jagger Becomes a Father at 73

Junior’s 7 siblings ranged in age from 17 to 45. At birth, the kid became a great uncle! It was the first child for Mick’s 29-year-old girlfriend Melanie Hamrick

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Dec 8, 2004: Dimebag Darrell Murdered Onstage

A problematic one-time fan of Pantera took the life of the guitarist and several others while he was performing with his new band, Damageplan

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Dec. 7, 2016: Greg Lake, ELP Singer, Bassist, Dies

Several months after the death of Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s singer/bassist succumbed to cancer. Lake, a veteran of several bands, was 69

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