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.

July 18, 1975: Bob Marley Records ‘Live!’ Album

The reigning king of reggae tracked his album in London as he rose to become an international superstar. So who wrote “No Woman, No Cry”?

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July 17, 1968: Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ Film Premiere

The London debut of the groundbreaking animated movie was attended by all four Beatles and other rock stars. Check out footage of the event

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July 16, 1967: Arlo Guthrie ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ Debut

The folk singer’s arrest for littering on Thanksgiving 1965 helped launch his career two years later with a hippie anthem

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July 15, 2001: Bob Seger Wins Sailboat Race

The rocker is more then a mere yachting type in his spare time. For two years in a row he skippered his sailboat Lightning to victory in a race

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July 14, 1995: MP3 Gets Named; Suzanne Vega Connection

The music encoding and compression format that changed how we listen to music was given its name on this day. So what does Suzanne Vega have to do with it?

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July 12, 1996: Smashing Pumpkins Death on Tour

The alternative rock band were touring arenas on their hit Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness LP when one player died and another was arrested in NYC

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July 11, 1922: Hollywood Bowl Opens

The legendary Los Angeles venue is known for its historic 1964 & ’65 Beatles shows that yielded a live album, plus significant Doors, Who & Genesis concerts.

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July 10, 1965: Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ Hits #1

Is it the greatest rock single to ever top the charts? Our writer still gets as much “Satisfaction” from the Stones classic, maybe more

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July 9, 1983: The Police Score Their Only U.S. #1

It rode the top of the Hot 100 for eight weeks, won two Grammys, and went on to sell more than 10 million copies. Find out how long it took to write

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July 8, 1967: Jimi Hendrix Joins Monkees Tour

A real head-scratcher of a concert bill. But The Monkees wanted Jimi to open for them, and Hendrix’s manager thought it was a good idea. It didn’t last long

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