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 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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January 13, 1973: Eric Clapton’s ‘Rainbow Concert’

Pete Townshend figured the best thing for his heroin-addicted lovesick pal was to play some music. So he organized a concert with some of the biggest names in British rock

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Jan 12, 1985: ‘Born in the USA’ Tops ‘Purple Rain’

After Prince enjoyed a record-setting run at the top, he was replaced by another classic rock masterpiece when Bruce Springsteen’s biggest seller took over

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Jan 11, 2017: Tommy Allsup, ‘Lucky’ Guitarist for Buddy Holly, Dies

The pioneering rockabilly guitarist lost a coin toss and survived “the day the music died.” He went on to play with Willie Nelson and many others.

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Jan 10, 1981: Natalie Cole Hits Rock Bottom in Hotel Fire

Compare some of your worst days with Natalie Cole on crack… and then marvel at some of the deceased artist’s best days that followed

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Jan 9, 2016: Lemmy Kilmister Eulogized by Son and Rob Halford

The Motörhead frontman died at his Los Angeles apartment just 2 days after being diagnosed with cancer. His son, Paul, and other rockers delivered elegant eulogies

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Jan 9, 1981: Specials Members Fined for Inciting Riot

Though the ska revival band never scored a US hit, they began their career with a slew of Top 10 UK singles. On this day, some members were fined for inciting a concert riot

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Jan. 8, 2020: Buck Henry, ‘Get Smart’ Co-Creator With Mel Brooks, Dies

The legend also wrote the screenplay to the groundbreaking film, The Graduate, and hosted Saturday Night Live and astounding 10 times in its first 5 seasons

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January 8, 2018: Eric Clapton Performs at Charity Gig

Slowhand performed for an intimate crowd of 1,700 in Guildford, U.K. at the annual Paul Jones and Friends concert, organized by the former Manfred Mann vocalist

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Remembering Def Leppard Guitarist Steve Clark

A fatal combination of alcohol along with legal and illegal drugs took the guitarist’s life while he was on a leave of absence from the band

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