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.

Dec. 7, 2016: Greg Lake, ELP Singer, Bassist, Dies

Several months after the death of Keith Emerson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s singer/bassist succumbed to cancer. Lake, a veteran of several bands, was 69

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December 7, 2004: William Shatner LP Reissued

Compounding a bad decision, a 1968 spoken word album featuring TV’s Captain Kirk reading poetry set to contemporary hit songs, was re-released On This Day in 2004

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Dec 5, 1968: Stones Throw Beggars Banquet Bash

Take over the bar of a posh Knightsbridge hotel. Have a crew of bosomy wenches serve a seven-course meal. Then have a pie fight. Ah, the Stones. We’ve got the video

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Dec. 4, 2016: Kennedy Center Honors for Eagles, Taylor

President Barack Obama praised the prestigious artists in D.C. The Eagles were originally selected for 2015 but Glenn Frey took ill

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December 3, 1976: Pink Floyd Flying Pig Gets Loose

That pig floating in the sky on the cover of their 1977 album Animals? Her name was Algie. She broke loose into the sky and caused quite a stir

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Dec. 2, 1973: The Who Wreck Montreal Hotel Suite

Sometimes the lads in the band get a bit carried away with their fun, no harm meant. So how much does it cost to make this go away?

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Dec 1, 2006: Oasis’ Noel Gallagher Plays Fan’s Home

What’s more exciting than having a member of your favorite group play a set in your living room? That’s what happened to a British radio listener. See the video

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Nov 30, 1968: Sly & the Family Stone Release ‘Everyday People’

After gaining attention with “Dance to the Music,” the multi-racial band scored big with “Everyday People” and then used their Woodstock appearance as a springboard for further success

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Nov 30, 2003: NYC Street Named Joey Ramone Place

A big crowd gathered on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to honor the Ramones singer with a street sign that couldn’t seem to stay put

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Nov 29, 2002: ‘Concert For George’ Honors Harrison

Many of Harrison’s former bandmates and great friends including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton played a concert on the first anniversary of his passing

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