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. 2, 2018: Producer Rick Hall Dies

The co-founder of FAME Studios produced songs for dozens of artists, seamlessly spanning musical genres from country, R&B and pop

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Jan 1, 1972: Three Dog Night Play Roses Parade

The group were at the top of their game when they became the first rock band to ride a float at the annual Tournament of Roses parade

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December 31, 1984: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen Loses Arm

An auto accident resulted in the loss of the drummer’s left arm but not the end of his career. 20 months later, he returned to the stage

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Dec 30, 2006: Rod Stewart on Queen’s Honour List

Rod the Mod was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a step below his eventual knighthood. We’ve got the short list of rockers you call “Sir”

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Dec 29, 1973: Jim Croce ‘Time in a Bottle’ Hits #1

The posthumous release became the singer-songwriter’s second #1 single that year. We can only imagine how many more he would have gifted us

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Dec 28, 1975: Audience Member Aims Gun at Nugent

At a performance in Spokane, Washington, an audience member aimed a gun at the classic rocker

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Dec. 28, 2015: Tributes for Motörhead’s Lemmy

Almost immediately after the passing of Lemmy Kilmister, many rock icons took to social media to pay their respects, as did Motörhead themselves

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Dec 27, 1989: Chuck Berry Sued, Accused of Peeping

A cook and later more women who either worked or patronized the Southern Air restaurant near St. Louis, MO accused Berry of taping them at the toilets.

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Dec 26, ’63: ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ US Release

The label had resisted releasing The Beatles singles in America. When they finally agreed to issue “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” they had to rush it out

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December 25, 2016: Singer George Michael Dies

The hugely successful pop singer got his start in the hitmaking 1980s duo Wham and went on to a phenomenal career as a solo artist with 8 U.S. #1 hits

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