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.

Sept 22, 1985: First Farm Aid Concert is Star-Packed

An off-the-cuff comment by Bob Dylan at Live Aid about the plight of the American farmer led to its creation. Watch some of the great performances that first year

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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, 2017: Annie Lennox, Dhani Harrison Sing ‘Isn’t It a Pity’

The singer received the George Harrison Global Citizen Award in New York City and invited the legend’s son to join her onstage

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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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Sept. 15, 2019: Ric Ocasek, Cars Co-Founder, Found Dead

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, wrote and sung some of the new wave band’s biggest hits, including “Best Friend’s Girl” and “Good Times Roll”

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Sept. 15, 2017: McCartney Welcomes Guest in NYC: Springsteen

He’d already dazzled the Garden audience with a non-stop parade of Beatles, Wings and solo tunes, but Macca still had a big surprise in store

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