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 5, 1954: Elvis Presley Records First Single

Rock music began its rise with “That’s All Right,” a song Presley cut with producer Sam Phlllips. How much is legend and how much is fact?

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July 4, 1969: Atlanta International Pop Festival Rocks

Six weeks before Woodstock unfurled America’s freak flag to show the counterculture had truly taken hold, this all-star event rocked the Deep South

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July 3, 2019: Arte Johnson, ‘Laugh-In’ Comic, Dies at 90

The actor was a prominent member of the late ’60s TV sketch comedy series which rose to #1 in the ratings in its 2nd season. “Verrry interesting”

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July 3, 1969/1971: Brian Jones, Jim Morrison Die

The deaths of two iconic classic rock stars on the same day two years apart are both fraught with questions, rumor and speculation about the causes and circumstances

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July 2, 2018: Alan Longmuir, Bay City Rollers Co-Founder, Dies

By the mid-’70s, they’d sparked a rabid following among young girls, imitating the group’s tartan fashions, that took on the name Rollermania.

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July 2, 1991: Guns N’ Roses Concert Riot

After Rose got into a tussle at a GN’R show near St. Louis and ended the concert early, the angry crowd showed an appetite for destruction

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July 1, 2015: Bruce Springsteen Joins Brian Wilson

Cries of “Bruuuce!” rang out from the New Jersey fans as Bruce Springsteen joined Brian Wilson onstage. Open the story to learn what songs he performed.

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July 1, 1978: Texxas Jam Debuts

From 1978 to ’88, the Texxas World Music Festival aka Texxas Jam was America’s premier annual rock event featuring many of the biggest acts of the day

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June 30, 1975: Gregg Allman and Cher Wed

Just days after her divorce to Sonny Bono was final, Cher and Gregg Allman tied the knot and then made an album together. The marriage was fated not to last

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Remembering Little Feat’s Lowell George

The primary lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the L.A.-based group passed away from heart failure in a hotel room at age 34 while on a solo tour

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