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.

March 5, 1982: Blues Brother John Belushi Dies

A lethal combination of drugs took the life of the comedy/musical legend. His impact was so large it’s hard to image he’s been dead longer than he was alive

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Mar. 4, 2017: Valerie Carter, Singer with James Taylor and Others, Dies

She enjoyed a brief solo career but her mark was made as a backup singer on recordings and tours for dozens of classic rock acts

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March 4, 1966: John Lennon: ‘Beatles Bigger Than Jesus’ Remark

He did not mean it as a boast, but rather a wry commentary on how pop culture was overtaking religious traditions in the modern world. The quote didn’t emerge in the US until 4 months later

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March 3, 2017: Jim Fuller, ‘Wipe Out’ Guitarist with Surfaris, Dies

The man who created one of the most unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll riffs of all time was called “The Godfather of Surf Guitar”

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March 3, 1978: Van Halen Begins First Tour

It was initially supposed to be a few weeks on the road, but it eventually lasted eight months and more than 170 shows as the band became stars

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March 3, 2017: Lyle Ritz, Wrecking Crew Bassist, Dies

He played bass on hit records by the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, the Monkees, the RIghteous Brothers and many more. But before that he was the ukulele king!

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March 2, 1984: ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Opens

Why is this “mockumentary” so funny and beloved by rock fans and stars? Because it is so close to reality. It was only a modest success until its video release

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March 1, 1973: The Dark Side of the Moon Released

The classic rock masterpiece was released on this day. Using some of the most cutting-edge recording technology of its time, it still sounds modern

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Feb 29, 1980: Buddy Holly Glasses Given to Widow

His trademark black specs were sitting in a file for decades until discovered by law enforcement who gave them to Maria Elena

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February 28, 1996: Original Kiss Members Reunite

The Grammy appearance was the first time by the reunited original line-up in 17 years and was followed by a worldwide tour. Ace Frehley: “Things got weird…”

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