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.

Oct. 22, 2017: AC/DC Producer George Young Dies

He came to prominence as a member and songwriter for the Easybeats, scoring a hit with “Friday on My Mind.” He then teamed with Harry Vanda to produce AC/DC’s first 5 albums

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October 22, 2009: Soupy Sales Dies

Not just your basic children’s TV show host, he was as irreverent as any rock star and even had a hit record of his own. We salute a true original.

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Oct 22, 1976: Damned Release 1st UK Punk Single

In the first of their many British punk rock firsts, the band released the first single from a U.K. punk act, on this day

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October 21, 1977: Meat Loaf ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Released

Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman struggled to get it made, released and played on radio. Yet the album became an all-time best seller

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Oct. 20, 2015: Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells Dies

The co-founding vocalist for the hit-making rock band died unexpectedly at his home in upstate New York. He sang lead on a #1 hit

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October 20, 1950: Tom Petty Born

Elvis Presley inspired the young Petty to “follow that dream.” Then came The Beatles on TV. And guitar lessons by a future member of The Eagles.

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October 19, 2010: Elton John Slams Today’s Music

The musician took aim at what he felt was the sorry state of contemporary pop songwriting and how TV singing contests don’t yield lasting musical acts

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October 18, 1926/63: Chuck Berry Born/Out of Jail

One of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll did a stint in prison in the early 1960s after an astonishing run of now-classic hit singles

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Oct. 17, 2017: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dies

The beloved Canadian band’s frontman went out on one last tour after he was was diagnosed with cancer. He lived ‘the life,’ said the band in a statement.

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October 17, 1969: Kinks’ First U.S. Show in 4 Years

For reasons that are unclear and complicated, The Kinks were unable to play America from 1965 to ’69, with a first show back at the Fillmore East

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