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 22, 1977: Elvis Costello ‘My Aim Is True’ Debuts

The English singer-songwriter was not backed by his longtime band, The Attractions, on his first LP + did a clever stunt to get noticed by his future label

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July 21, 1979: Robert Palmer Releases ‘Bad Case’

His second Top 20 single set him up for future Top 10 hits, Grammys and MTV video popularity before he died in 2003

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July 20, 1947: Carlos Santana’s Birthday

Born in Mexico, he first started playing in Tijuana clubs as a youth. As the leader of one of the best-selling acts of all time, Santana remains the king of Latin rock

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July 19, 1986: Genesis, Peter Gabriel Top Chart

When Gabriel left Genesis in 1975, neither of them likely expected that 11 years later they’d have the #1 and #2 singles together on the U.S. chart

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July 18, 1975: Bob Marley Records ‘Live!’ Album

The reigning king of reggae tracked his album in London as he rose to become an international superstar. So who wrote “No Woman, No Cry”?

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July 17, 1968: Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ Film Premiere

The London debut of the groundbreaking animated movie was attended by all four Beatles and other rock stars. Check out footage of the event

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July 16, 1967: Arlo Guthrie ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ Debut

The folk singer’s arrest for littering on Thanksgiving 1965 helped launch his career two years later with a hippie anthem

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July 15, 2001: Bob Seger Wins Sailboat Race

The rocker is more then a mere yachting type in his spare time. For two years in a row he skippered his sailboat Lightning to victory in a race

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July 14, 1995: MP3 Gets Named; Suzanne Vega Connection

The music encoding and compression format that changed how we listen to music was given its name on this day. So what does Suzanne Vega have to do with it?

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July 13, 1985: Live Aid Rocks the Planet

In the biggest charity concert in music history, more than 50 artists played in London and Philadelphia for 1.5 billion people watching on TV around the globe. Watch some great clips

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