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 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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Sept 30, 1993: George Harrison, Croz on ‘The Simpsons’

Way back in Season 5, David Crosby presented Homer Simpson with a Grammy. Harrison introduces himself to Homer and hips him to free brownies

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September 28, 1972: David Bowie Makes NYC Debut

It wasn’t just a concert. Bowie’s debut in New York City was an occasion that signaled his arrival at the cutting edge of the pop culture

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September 27, 1986: Metallica’s Cliff Burton Dies

Many feel that Metallica, for all its global success, hasn’t been as great a band since their bassist died on this day. His bandmates may well agree

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Sept 26, 1964: Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ Milestone

It’s far more than simply their first chart hit. It’s a song that influenced garage rock, heavy metal and punk – especially its guitar riff

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September 25, 1980: John Bonham Dies

Led Zeppelin had been rehearsing for their first North American tour in three years. Their beloved drummer, known as Bonzo, was found dead the next day

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Sept 25, 1965: Beatles Cartoon Series Debuts

After seeing the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, Al Brodax approached the group’s management about creating an animated series. It used their actual songs

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September 24, 1991: Nirvana Releases ‘Nevermind’

An album that rose to #1 on its own strengths and the success of its first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” rapidly transforming the band into stars

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September 23, 1980: Bob Marley’s Final Show

Bob Marley was showing and suffering from the effects of cancer when he played what would be his final concert, overcoming it to shine that night in 1980.

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Sept 22, 1985: First Farm Aid Concert is Star-Packed

An off-the-cuff comment by Bob Dylan at Live Aid about the plight of the American farmer led to its creation. Watch some of the great performances that first year

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