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.

May 5, 1968: Buffalo Springfield Plays Final Concert

For a band that was together for less than three years, they had an outsized impact on rock. They played their last gig on this date in 1968.

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May 5, 2020: Millie Small, ‘My Boy Lollipop’ Singer, Dies

The Jamaican singer, discovered by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, scored a worldwide pop hit as a teenager with her 1964 pre-reggae recording

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May 4, 1970: Kent State Deaths Inspire CSNY’s ‘Ohio’

The massacre of four university students by the National Guard inspired one of the most iconic protest songs in rock history

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May 4, 2017: Legendary Whisky a Go Go Owner Dies

The Whisky has been a live music staple on the Sunset Strip for more than half century and played a pivotal role for many of the scene’s biggest acts

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May 3, 1980: Bob Seger Scores 1st #1 Album

Talk about hard work paying off. Nearly two decades after he started out in Detroit, this mainstream American rocker finally went to the top.

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May 3, 2016: Desert Trip Announces Lineup for Mega-Fest

The superstars for the event, which spanned two weekends, had been teasing it for weeks. We look back at the unique festival

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May 3, 2014: Dr. John’s ‘Musical Mojo’ Celebrated

Stars and admirers including Fogerty, Springsteen and Toussaint gathered in New Orleans to join the Louisiana legend and 6x Grammy winner

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May 2, 2019: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Awarded CBE at Palace

At the ceremony the band’s co-founder and drummer said he was – no surprise here – “honoured and delighted.” He has performed on every Floyd album

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May 1, 2017: Musician Collapses, Dies at Own Tribute Concert

A jam band hero and former leader of bands such as the Hampton Grease Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit was participating at a 70th birthday celebration

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May 1, 1969: Bob Dylan Sings on Johnny Cash TV Show

Two superstars had a mutual admiration society going when they finally performed together. One song became a classic; the others were often bootlegged.

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