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.

Jan. 18, 2016, Heartache Tonight: Eagles’ Glenn Frey Dies

The music world was rocked with news of the death of another legend. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade”

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Jan 18, 1964: Beatles First U.S. Chart Appearance

Capitol Records had resisted releasing their singles in America. When they finally issued “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they looked like geniuses

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Jan. 17, 1969: Led Zeppelin Debut – U.S. Release

On This Day, someone at a long-closed record store plunked down $2.79 and bought the first copy of the band’s debut album. 8 million copies later…

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Jan. 16, 2016: Springsteen Covers Bowie as Tour Opens

Paying tribute to “a big supporter of ours,” the E Street Band paid tribute by performing “Rebel Rebel” on opening night of The River anniversary tour

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Jan 16, 1996: Jamaican Police Fire on Jimmy Buffett Seaplane

The Margaritaville singer’s aircraft was shot at by Jamaican police with the singer and his A-List guests on board. He turned the episode into a song

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January 15, 1972: Don McLean ‘American Pie’ Hits #1

Millions were trying to figure out the message and meaning of the song in 1972. Only trouble was… McLean hadn’t intended any

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Jan. 15, 2018: Edwin Hawkins, ‘Oh Happy Day’ Gospel Star, Dies

He was behind one of the most popular gospel crossover hits, in 1969. In addition to their big hit, his group also backed Melanie on a 1970 smash

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Jan 15, ’67: Rolling Stones Spend ‘Time’ on Sullivan

For their appearance on U.S. television’s most important showcase, the Stones agreed to the CBS censors’ request to switch a “bawdy” lyric

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Jan 15, 2018: Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies

Shocking news as word arrives that the Irish band’s lead vocalist and front woman died suddenly while recording in London

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Jan 14, 1966: David Jones Becomes David Bowie

Another Davy Jones had already achieved significant entertainment success so a decision was made to switch from Jones to Bowie for a single released On This Day in 1966

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