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.

September 21, 2011: REM Retires

With virtually little hoopla, no farewell celebrations, and in a genuine spirit of friendship and shared respect – Imagine that – the band break up

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September 20, 1973: Jim Croce Dies

His national career only lasted some two years. But classic hits like the #1 songs “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and “I Got a Name” keep his memory alive

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Sept 19, 1985: PMRC vs. Rockers Senate Hearings

Record labels had already punked out and agreed to put warning labels on certain records, Speaking for the defense: the team of Zappa, Snider and Denver

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Sept 18, 1976: Boston Releases ‘More Than a Feeling’

The song helped launch the band to superstardom with one of the most successful debut albums of all-time. Some wild facts

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Sept 17, 1967: The Who on Smothers Brothers Show

The Who had a blast on their now-legendary U.S. TV show debut and were a smash hit – literally – as Keith Moon’s drum kit exploded

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September 16, 1998: Lou Reed Plays the White House

The onetime underground rocker played for the assembled dignitaries, politicians and guests who enjoyed “Sweet Jane” as their after dinner treat

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September 14, 2003: Jet Releases First Album

The Australian band Jet prove in the 2000s that rock music with classic roots can still resonate with modern audiences and sell millions of albums.

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September 13, 1952: Don Was (Is) Born

From his own band Was (Not Was) to producing albums by The Rolling Stones as well as for Dylan, Elton, Brian Wilson, Ringo and more, Was is one busy man.

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Sept 12, 1990: Fleetwood Mac Lineup Changes

Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie say they will no longer tour with the band in an era of fluctuating membership for the superstar group.

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September 11, 1987: Peter Tosh Killed

The reggae musician and activist was murdered by a man who he had assisted when his future assailant had been released from prison. Watch his duet with Mick Jagger

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