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.

June 5, 2016: Abba Perform Together After 30 Years

An impromptu performance at a Stockholm party was the first time the 4 members sang together in public since 1986. We’ve got video of the historic occasion

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June 4, 1992: Public Selects Elvis Presley Stamp

The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of remembering the King as a young rocker (vs an older Vegas image) on his commemorative stamp

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June 3, 2016: Fairport Convention’s Dave Swarbrick Dies

The player and songwriter known as “Swarb” who was a key player on the English folk revival was 75. He was the band’s second member to die that year

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June 3, 1972: Jethro Tull ‘Thick as a Brick’ Hits #1

Tull parodied both progressive rock and concept albums, while at the same time succeeding as a notably successful example of both

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June 2, 1941: Charlie Watts Born in London

Drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts is at heart a jazz player and an impeccable dresser. Check out “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from his perspective

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June 1, ’68: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Mrs. Robinson’ #1

Director Mike Nichols had been listening to the duo’s music before, during and after filming his movie + invited Simon to submit a few songs for the soundtrack

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May 31, 1961: Jimi Hendrix Enlists in U.S. Army

Why did a judge give the 19-year-old future rock superstar a choice: do two years in prison or join the military? How long did his hitch last?

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May 30, 1955: Clash Drummer Topper Headon Born

A key member of what’s considered the definitive line-up from 1977 until he was fired due to drug problems in ’82, he wrote most of the music to the band’s biggest single, “Rock The Casbah.”

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May 29, 1991: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love Meet

When Nirvana was asked to join the bill of a benefit show at L.A.’s Jabberjaw club just after making Nevermind, Kurt Cobain ended up meeting his future wife Courtney Love

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May 28, 1945: John Fogerty Born

Though he was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Fogerty wrote numerous rock classics with Creedence Clearwater Revival that are redolent with the styles, imagery and spirit of the American South.

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