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.

October 9, 1978: Ian McLagan Marries Kim Moon

Some couples share a very special love. That was the case with onetime Small Face/Face Ian McLagan and his wife, Keith Moon’s ex

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Oct 8, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis Cuts ‘Great Balls of Fire’

The third single by the Killer was the biggest hit of his career, selling one million copies within a mere 10 days of its being released

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Oct 7, 1969: Youngbloods ‘Get Together’ Goes Gold

The We Five first had a modest hit with it. When The Youngbloods initially released it in 1967 it stalled. When it was re-released in 1969 it hit #5

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October 6, 1980: Bee Gees Sue Manager

Together they had enjoyed truly phenomenal music business success in the 1970s. But by 1980 the Bee Gees sued Robert Stigwood

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Oct 6, 2015: World’s Largest Human Peace Sign Attempt

John Lennon would have loved it. Yoko Ono called for fans to gather in New York City’s Central Park to try to set a Guinness World Record

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October 5, 1947: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Born

It took a mighty set of pipes to replace AC/DC singer Bon Scott when he died in 1980. But now, of course, he himself has left the band in a departure that wasn’t handled well

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Janis Joplin: January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

At the best musical and likely personal time in her life – the pain and blues in her voice was real – an accidental heroin overdose killed Janis Joplin.

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October 3, 1969: Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ U.S. Release

It is the final album recorded by The Beatles as they were in the process of breaking up. Yet it sounds like a band album and is rated by some as their best.

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Oct 3, 1978: Aerosmith Bails Out Pot Smokers

As the band played a concert in Fort Wayne Indiana, several dozen concertgoers were busted for smoking tobacco, drinking beer and possession of marijuana

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October 2, 1986: Everly Brothers Get Hollywood Star

With #1 hits like “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Cathy’s Clown,” Don and Phil Everly influenced the harmony singing of The Beatles

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